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If you’re heading off for a vacation under canvas you might be wondering what you’re going to eat. Cooking on campsites has gone a long way from simply opening a can of soup and heating it over a campfire! Now, you can cook like a foodie even if you’re a camping novice thanks to the latest advances in camping cookware.

These days, there are camping stoves available in a host of sizes and shapes. You can go for a 2 burner model, a portable grill or even a full scale camping oven. You can even get grill plates which you can fit over a campfire for a more traditional experience with none of the hassle. On the other hand if you’re backpacking, a compact stove with a lightweight pot is the ideal solution. So, how do you cook like a foodie under canvas? Let’s take a look.

Getting The Right Equipment

Right Equipment

The very first step is to make sure you have the right equipment to prepare all the foods you have in mind. Plan every meal before you set off so that you already know in advance exactly what you’re going to be cooking and the best way to prepare them. Preparation is always the key to successful camping cuisine. If you’re going to be taking your car to the campsite you’ve got a lot more flexibility. You can choose a larger camping oven which will let you cook joints of meat and casserole dishes, or a combination burner/grill set up which lets you cook a wide range of foods from stir fries to cheese on toast! View this page to find out more about how to select the best camping stoves for you. The key is making sure that you have the right cookware to go with your camping stove. Make sure that your chosen pots and pans are suitable for use with the type of camping stove that you’ve selected. Also, don’t forget that you’re going to need some utensils too. Otherwise, how are you going to stir your sauce or serve your steak? Don’t forget key items like bottle openers and can openers too, otherwise you’re going to struggle if you’re out on the trail – there may not be any stores available to replace those missing items!

Keeping Your Food At The Right Temperature

You don’t want to give your family food poisoning during your camping trip, so make sure to keep your food at the right temperature. You need to make sure that perishables are kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit as otherwise bacteria can grow. You should take along a thermometer to ensure that your food is safe to eat. You’ll need at least one cooler and perhaps two, depending on how long you’re traveling for. Try to freeze most of your food before you set off on your trip. If you freeze the vegetables and meat before heading off, these foods will stay cold and your cooler will also stay colder for longer. It goes without saying that raw meat must be kept in a watertight container to avoid cross-contamination. Try to keep your cooler as tightly packed as possible as this will ensure it stays cold too. Whenever you take items out of your cooler, use ice to fill the empty space.

Take Along Some Spices

When you’re camping it can be tempting to simply take the absolute basics. However, spices won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack or car and you’ll be amazed by how much difference they can make to your meals. Even something very simple such as a plain tomato pasta sauce can be radically improved by the addition of a few herbs and spices. There’s nothing more boring than plain foods, so taking along some cayenne pepper, some paprika, some mixed herbs and, of course, some salt and pepper, will give a little more variety to even the most ordinary meals and make you feel as if you’re indulging in a culinary experience.

When you’re heading off on a camping trip, there’s no need to worry about food when you follow this advice. You’re sure to enjoy every meal just as much as if you were at home!

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Baskets are not just for your laundry or for holiday celebrations. In fact, they are the perfect solution for all your extra storage needs. Baskets are convenient because they move without much effort and you can take them from room to room with you.

A basket is a storage solution for any of your items to include toys, books, dirty laundry, cooking supplies, and much more. If you want to add some charm to your home and have extra storage area, learn how below.

Improve Your Home’s Natural Aesthetics

Ah, the interior of your home is a place you want to be, and you want others to enjoy how eye-pleasing your décor is. For a fresh and modern look, you can choose a basket that is woven from rattan wicker. Many of these baskets come in an array of colors for you to choose from and you can even have them decorated with leather strips that encompass them.

These baskets are usually on the bigger side and work great for laundry or to even store a small plant in that you want to keep indoors.

Wicker is Always a Winner

Wicker baskets

Wicker baskets are some of the most popular on the market and you can add a nice touch to your home with the addition of them. Often, you can buy these baskets in sets or even individually. You can also stagger them by size or you can buy a handful that are all the same in size.

These types of baskets work well on shelves and can help fill in those spaces on the book shelf. The nice thing about wicker baskets is that they are affordable and stylish too.

Nesting Baskets

Nesting baskets serve two main purposes. You can use them each individually for any purpose you see fit from storage to decoration. When you are not storing items in them, they all fit together, inside one another, to save space.

One of the nice things about nesting baskets is that they come in a variety of colors which allows you to match them to your home’s current décor. If you are not one who is looking to nest them, you can display them on their own or use one in each room.

Colorful Baskets Add a Pop

Baskets do not just come in browns or tans and can be very colorful too. If you are one who wants to add a pop of color to your home, consider some of these ornate and explosive colors. You will find that these baskets double as storage too and they can be a statement piece in your bedroom or simply add another layer of color in the living room.

Baskets Are a Wonderful Choice for Any Home

You never know when you may need some extra storage space and baskets are the perfect home décor AND they double as a place to store things. At minimum, have a couple baskets on hand because you will find they are ideal for even storing small items such as pens, mail, and similar.

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It can become a frenzy to attract new business for bookmakers during the Cheltenham Festival. Out of the 20 turnover races during the year at least 10 of those races take place at the Cheltenham Festival. The meeting gets extensive coverage in the racing and national Press and the fixture is shown live on ITV. Due to contracts with subscription-based broadcasters the channel can only show five of the seven races on each card. Even so all 28 races attract huge betting interest and bookmakers strive to achieve the biggest market share. Some compete on odds and betting limits at the Cheltenham Festival while others use promotions to attract new customers and maintain the loyalty of existing ones. Two of the most common offers related to the Cheltenham Festival are enhanced odds and extra places. These offers are race specific and they are heavily promoted in the media.

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Cheltenham Festival Enhanced Odds

The betting markets are competitive for individual races at the Cheltenham Festival. There is a feature race on each day of the meeting and these Grade 1 contests attract the most betting, in terms of the number of bets and stakes. There is no hiding place with odds comparison sites and the major bookmakers publicise their prices. There is rarely much variance in the odds offered by the major firms, so some enhance odds for a selected runner. For example, Buveur D’Air is the odds on favourite for the Champion Hurdle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival with all bookmakers. If any firm boosts the price to Even money it will attract an influx of bets. However, stakes are usually limited at the enhanced price. That means bets will be settled at the boosted odds for the maximum stake and any stake over that will be subject to the regular odds. This kind of price boost will be on offer for several races at the next Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival Extra Places

With competitive markets for most of the major races at the Cheltenham Festival there can be some value in seeking out the best each way bets. There are industry standard place terms that apply depending on the number of runners and the type of race. Each way bets are settled at one quarter or one fifth the odds and there are two to four payout places. The handicaps attract big fields at the Cheltenham Festival and bets are settled for the first four places. The odds are well publicized on TV and in the Press. Some bookmakers offer an extra place for the major races but still apply the standard place terms. This concession applies to many of the big Saturday handicaps during the season, but it attracts most interest when an extra place is on offer at the Cheltenham Festival. The big field handicaps are attractive for punters because there is usually no short price favourite. An extra place adds to the value of each way bets which are popular during the Cheltenham Festival.

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Whether you work for an agency or firm or are a self-employed professional, you can benefit in your daily business activity by using a lot of the same business tools available to high-profile successful people.

In this article, we will cover five of the top business tools or resources. These tools can include simple apps, software programs or devices that help you stay organized and streamlined to carry out your daily activities despite how busy your schedule may be.

Due to the vast number of tools available, we tried to incorporate a variety of tools to cover various needs.

1.      Freshbooks

Freshbooks

Freshbooks is cloud-based accounting software that boasts the ability to help you put your business on auto-pilot. Let’s look at a few features.

Invoicing – you can create custom invoices that include, among other things, your logo and a personal “thank you” email.

Expenses – tracking business expenses can be a real challenge, but with Freshbooks, you get an at-a-glance view of where your money is going – and how profitable you are.

Time Tracking – if you are an independent consultant who charges clients by the hour, this feature will be valuable to you. It not only will tell you how much time you spending working with clients – it will help you generate an accurate invoice in the process.

Projects – get everyone on the same page, from contractors, partners or employees, by sharing documents and files they need for a project, all again from the same dashboard.

Payments – whether it’s deposits to move a project to beginning stages or getting your final payment on a finished project, Freshbooks makes it easy to set up and execute, and everything can be done right from the app.

2.      Hootsuite

When it comes to social media, we all can become overwhelmed. With so many different ways to contact and engage people, especially customers, managing them all can be a chore.

With Hootsuite, you can connect with several social media networks and save time as you use them. Here’s how:

Management – regardless of the number of networks you are connected to, you can manage them and see what’s happening in all of them from one dashboard.

Quick reply – you can reply to any messages, comments and other details from the same single dashboard to any of your networks – even more than one at a time.

Scheduling – this is an effective tool to help you broadcast to your networks without actually being at your desk to post them. If you have a series of posts to gradually send out, you can set them up to post at a certain date and time, enabling you to attend to other important business matters.

Tracking – also known as “metrics” this data is important in determining how well your business is doing. It helps you evaluate what’s working in your networks and what isn’t. This helps you tweak in order to grow your audience.

Security – if the mention of your brand, trade secrets or anything other sensitive data must be shared through this app, you can rest assured that it is protected through two-step authentication.

3.      WordPress Themes (feminine)

We all know that WordPress themes are among the best for websites. However, many of them cater to more manly or business backgrounds.

That might be okay if the theme fits what you are selling. But what if you sell arts and crafts or decorative items? Then you might want to try a site known as Restored316. They have 17 beautiful themes, all of which will appeal to women.

Keep in mind that these are premium themes, ranging from $39 to around $300. Most of them are available for $75. So if you have the budget, Restored316 is the place to find your feminine WordPress themes.

4.      PRWeb

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Every business, online or offline, needs press releases to introduce the business to the public, draw attention to a new development within the organization, introduce a new service or product to the masses or anything else that is newsworthy. Press releases can be a very powerful marketing tool when used correctly.

Finding a good place to submit your press releases can be a challenge. There are decent sites that will publish them for free or for a small fee. Others may charge more.

Whatever they charge, however, the main concern is that they get your press release out there and that it gets noticed, read and hopefully prompts a reader to contact you.

PRWeb is currently, and has remained, the best place to submit a press release. As a PR service, their visibility ranks right at the top. What sets them apart from others is that they do more than just publish your press release. They help you optimize it with good keywords and allow you to add images or videos to attract more attention.

5.      GoToMeeting

If your team is spread out over several places, whether they work in distant offices or from home, holding a meeting with your team can be difficult.

Or, if you happen to be an internet marketer, and plan on publishing some instructive presentations for your subscriber list, then you may want to check out GoToMeeting.

This company’s service is very popular with internet marketers. Countless webinars and video coaching calls have taken place with this app.

GoToMeeting can easily be used for business meetings via video conferencing. They make it simple and through several ways to notify everyone who needs to attend the meeting. It can be as simple as emailing a link to everyone so they can access the video conference in a matter of seconds.

Summary

This is a list that no doubt could have grown with little effort. We also tried to offer a list of items that are not always out in the forefront but have acquired a healthy measure of attention, hinting at their usefulness.

We sincerely hope that you might find one or more of these tools or resources valuable in helping you streamline your business activity and keep you organized.

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If you’re lucky enough to be heading off on holiday for some winter fun this year, then make sure you’ve got everything you need to hand well before you go. After all, getting organized and ahead of the game will help you feel less stressed in the run up to take off. If you’re in need of a little helping hand, use our ultimate checklist to ensure you’re ready to go in style.

The gloves

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Keeping your hands toasty is a must if you’re going to enjoy the colder temperatures on your winter getaway. Heading for the ski slopes? Stay super insulated with some padded gloves or mittens. Alternatively, if you’re off on a city break then why not try out some of this season’s must have designs? Gloves were a trend to watch out for on the Fall/Winter catwalks so make the most of the styles available and give your winter look a twist. Bold, block colors is a trend that definitely stood out, as were elbow-length designs as seen at Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Prada. Take a look at the Fendi sale for more great winter accessories.

The jacket

There’s no better time to treat yourself to a new winter jacket than when you’re jetting off to enjoy some winter sun. With such variety in the coat trends that appeared this F/W, there’s sure to be one that’s right for you. If you’re off on an activity-based holiday, then why not try out this season’s puffer jacket? It’s easy to wear with a casual feel making it perfect for those après-ski moments. If you’re in the market for something a little more sophisticated than this year’s heritage trend might be for you. Seen at Balenciaga, Calvin Klein and Givenchy, it’s all about checked tweeds in any color palette and shape you like.

The hat

No winter look is complete without a hat to finish it off. So, what exactly did this season’s trends have in store for us? At Calvin Klein and Gucci it was all about coverage with models heading down the runway in brightly-colored balaclavas. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a design that’s a little simpler to pull off, why not go for a chunky knit beanie as seen at Anna Sui, Missoni and Dolce & Gabbana?

The bag

There have also been some pretty iconic bag trends gracing the runway this season and one which works perfectly for a winter getaway is faux fur. Varying from bold, exotic colors to neutral and natural tones, fluffy and furry bags stole the show at Moschino, Max Mara and Dolce & Gabbana. Everything from textured oversized totes and backpacks to clutches and shoulder bags made their way down the runway. That said, don’t worry if fluffy isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of accessories that will help you turn heads. How about a must-have clutch in sleek and stylish mock croc or embellished in eye-catching sequins?

The boots

boots

Wintery weather is a great excuse to treat yourself to a new pair of boots, but which style should you go for? This season’s statement ankle boot trend is perfect for transitioning from day to night. It also gives you a lot of scope to experiment with your personal style. The options really are endless. From bold block colors and metallics to animal print and sequins, just make sure you keep the rest of your look low key. When it comes to heel height, go for what you feel comfortable in. Whether that’s sky high for an eye-catching evening look or a low block heel to go exploring in.

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Dubai is popularly known for its towering structures, manmade islands, modern architecture, luxury lifestyle, and shopping. You have the glittering wonderful city on one side and a wide-stretched desert on the other. Whether you want to spend your vacation enjoying modern amenities, indulging in your adventurous fantasies or getting soaked in the finest hospitality in the world, Dubai is the destination that should be on your mind. In fact, Dubai is the hotspot for all travellers and backpackers for its iconic skylines, revolutionary hotels, magnificent places, luxury and of course, it’s nightlife too. Apart from all this, the cuisine of the city is to die-for. You would get to enjoy kebabs, biryani, cardamom coffee, shawarma and many such delicious dishes in many of the restaurants and eateries of the city. In short, there is no shortage of unique experiences for tourists. One can indulge in thousands of things in the city during her or his stay. Here are a few experiences that would answer your question as to what to do in Dubai and what are the things that you should not miss.

City Sightseeing Tour

Burj Khalifa

There are many things that you can explore in the city when out for Dubai sightseeing. You can visit Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest tower in the world; the Dubai Museum at Al-Fahidi Fort; Heritage & Divine Village, which displays maritime and cultural heritage and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, the palace of the former ruler of Dubai which is popular for its unique architecture. Then there is the Jumeirah Beach, which has white sand and from where you would get the best view of Burj Al Arab, the sail-shaped hotel. Here, you can also explore various water sports activities like jet skiing, banana boat ride, etc. You must also take time to drive around the Sheikh Zayed Road, which is wide eight lane highway, with some of the most impressive buildings of the city erected on both sides. Another must visit place in Dubai is the Dubai Aquarium & underwater zoo (located inside the Dubai Mall), where you would get the chance to see the exotic marine life of more than 100 species as well as indulge in exciting activities like shark diving. Then there is the Mall of Emirates, which is famous for shopping, indoor ski park cinema complex and a centre for entertainment.

In-flight Tours

Helicopter Ride

If you want a change from the regular sightseeing, you can opt for in-flight tours and experience the flamboyant view of Dubai from the top. There are multiple options where you can explore the city and its beauty from above. One of the best ways to do is to visit the Observation Deck of the Burj Khalifa on the 148th floor. But if you want to have some adventure, you must go for the helicopter ride. Helicopter rides are available for various durations and would give you the chance to see some of the iconic buildings of Dubai closely. Hot-air balloon rides are for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the desert from a bird’s eye view. Go for an early morning ride to enjoy the glorious sunrise.

Fine Dining & Aromatic Puff:

jumeirah hotel, dubai

No fun can begin with an empty stomach and Dubai is a city which would not allow your tummy to be disappointed. This city has a lot to offer when it comes to food and you would find cuisines from all over the world in Dubai. The highlight is the Arabian cuisine finger-licking kebabs and grills and a shisha to smoke.

Bayt Al-Wakeel is specialised in seafood, Emirates and Arabic dishes. Then there are Jumeirah restaurants where they believe in giving the guest personalised experience. From quality and creative cuisine of guest’s choice to bars and lounge for a vibrant night life experience, there are lots of places to explore in the Jumeirah area. Al-Mahara restaurant is another wonderful place to dine, where the floor and ceiling are made of glass panels, where you can view a sea life while you enjoy your cuisine. Another fine dining experience that you should have in Dubai is the afternoon or high tea at Burj Al Arab’s Sky View Bar. The menu offers delicious scones, homemade jams, delectable pastries and cakes and a wide varieties of tea and coffee.

Whichever restaurant you go to, you must ask for the Aromatic puff. It is a fruit scented flavour, burnt in the charcoal which passes through the water vessel (varieties of shapes and size available) and inhaled for a puff.

If visiting fine dining restaurants for every meal is stretching your budget too much, you would be happy to know that Dubai has several small restaurants, eateries and food court that serve mouth-watering food at far lesser price. While the price is low, there is no compromise on the taste and quality of the food at these food places.

Dessert & Wildlife

Desert Safari

Another best thing to do in this city is dessert safari. It is an opportunity to take a break from the city and enjoy a wild ride on the four wheelers (dune bashing), camel riding, sand skiing and quad biking. There are entertainment programs and lots of fun activities at the desert. There is also the amazing BBQ dinner to look forward to at the end of the evening desert safari. If you want to enjoy the ambience of the desert a little more, you can go for overnight desert safari in Dubai. Here you would get to snooze inside cozy sleeping bags, under a star-lit sky or sit around a bonfire and listen to Arab folklore and other stories. If you are only looking for adventure, the morning desert safari would be great for you. You would not only be able to enjoy a beautiful sunrise but some of the most adventurous desert activities too. If The Arabic breakfast served at the desert is also the highlight of the trip. Explore Parks

There are many theme parks, water parks and amusement parks in the city which are some of the best places to see in Dubai. Check with your travel & tourism partner if they can help you to book tickets for you. Mushrif Park is a natural forest that has swimming pools, lakes, fountains, camel and pony rides. You can see Bruce’s owls nest in the park, yellow-throated sparrows and other spices. Mamzar Park, a large park with sheltered beaches, is a wonderful choice if you want to avoid the crowd in other beaches in Dubai. Safa Park is huge with 64 hectares of lawns, scooter paths, cafes, barbeque and a little lake where you can see plenty of ducks and fishes. You must also visit the Dubai Miracle Garden, where you would be able to see unique and splendid exhibits made of colourful flowers and plants. When it comes to water parks, the Wild Wadi and Atlantis’ Aquaventure Water Park are the best. For the ultimate adventure park experience, you must go for Dubai Parks and Resorts which is home to four theme parks including Legoland, Legoland Water Park, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks. You can also visit IMG Worlds of Adventure, the largest indoor adventure park in the UAE.  

Dubai is a marvellous city, and exploring the history of the city, enjoying an aerial view of the city vistas, savouring best and exotic foods, spending an evening or night in the wilderness of the desert, and having unlimited fun at theme parks are some of the marvellous experiences in Dubai that no travellers should miss. But before you start dreaming about your Dubai holiday, check whether you need a Dubai tourist visa and apply for a Dubai visa online as soon as possible. After all, with so many Dubai tourist attractions and fun activities to do, your holiday in the city would undoubtedly be a memorable one.

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Do you struggle to put the perfect look together that flows from outfit to makeup? How many times have you picked out clothing that looks great, only to find your look just feels off when it comes to the makeup you have paired with it? Often people assume if they just pick the same color of eyeshadow or lipstick as the color that they are wearing, it will all fall into place, but this really isn’t the case.

So, before you get too frustrated with trying to create a cohesive look from head to toe, here are some basic tips and tricks that you can follow that will help take the confusion out of the mix.

Don’t Go Overboard in Matching Everything

 Matching Everything

One mistake that people can make is to go overboard and try to match everything exactly from head to toe. While this may seem like a good idea in theory, the end result can appear dull, boring, one-dimensional or just far too much of one thing.

Just imagine if that one color you were working with was a vibrant cobalt blue. Rather than it just being a pop of color, if you are using it everywhere then it won’t have the same drama and interest. Instead, you want to pick a color palette and then work only with those tones. That means various shades within a certain color family.

Neutrals Can Be Your Best Friend

One way you can take all the confusion and frustration out of the equation is to embrace neutrals when it comes to your makeup. When you choose neutrals, it means they will work with any clothing you wear. It allows you to be more bold, daring, and bright where clothing is concerned. If neutral makeup feels a bit bland to you, feel free to add in a bold lip color, as long as it doesn’t take away from your outfit.

Always Pick One Feature to Highlight with Makeup

This next rule applies no matter what color palette you are working with. You want to pick one standout feature or highlight for your makeup and that’s it. Decide whether you’d rather your lips or your eyes be the focus, and then that’s where the bolder color can go. Typically, if you’re wearing a multi-colored outfit, it’s best to go with a bold lip to tie it together, whereas if your outfit is more neutral, then creating drama on the eyes won’t take away from anything.

Create a Well-Rounded Makeup Collection

The final tip has to do with your makeup collection. In order to properly match your makeup to your outfit, you need to have the right items on hand. The best way to create a well-rounded makeup collection is to get one neutral and one bold color in each item (eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, eyeliner, lip gloss, and lipstick).

You can buy discounted cosmetics at Maple Prime that will allow you to create that well-rounded kit that works for any occasion and outfit. They have individual items as well as palettes and sets that will take the guesswork out of it for you.

Each of these tips will help you to put together a more cohesive look when it comes to makeup and clothing.

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The cold weather is here, and many people have already started wearing all of their comfy, and warm fashionable winter clothing. However, while your clothes might be fashionable, cozy, and classy for the winter months, let’s not forget about the accessories that allow your outfit to stand out more. Adding a nice, shiny watch to your wardrobe would definitely do the trick of complimenting whatever outfit you are wearing. You can wear a nice women’s watch with your business attire, party attire, or special attire. Watches are quite versatile and there are so many to choose from that will be perfect for a number of different occasions.

Dress watches

Dress watches

Dress watches are perfect to wear with your formal attire for business needs or if you will be attending a special formal event that requires you to dress up a bit. Rolex watches for woman have some very nice watches available that are appropriate for formal events. Their designs that are available are one of a kind and cannot be found in other styles of watches that are available on the market. One of the most popular models of Rolex watches for women is the Lady-Datejust 26 silver Diamond Dial Watch. This watch is one of the most luxurious watches on the market, made of an 18k white gold diamond case and an oyster bracelet. This is truly a watch that will catch the eye of many.

Classic watches

A classic style watch is the type of watch that you would typically wear on a day to day basis. They are considered to be the type of watch that is worn with your casual attire; which is what the majority of women might wear since they are known to be quite versatile. Rolex has a line of classic watches available for women; there are actually quite a few to choose from. One of the models that would be more appropriate to wear on a day to day basis is the Rolex Datejust self-wind female watch. This watch is very nice, sleek, and slender to fit a woman’s risk perfectly. It can honestly be worn dressed up or dressed down, but if you are going for a simple casual watch then this would be the model for you.

Now keep in mind the Rolex watches are not the cheapest on the market to choose from, you can expect to pay anywhere from about $2,300-$35,000 for one of these high class watches. However, the detail that is put into these watches is quite worth the amount of money spent, and many merchants offer up to a six year warranty on the watches. Many merchants offer Rolex watches at a discounted price for pre-owned watches that have been restored to like-new condition, so if you are looking to score a great deal on a nice women’s Rolex watch then you can shop online for the ones that are pre-owned.

Sporty Watches

Sporty Watches

Are you a woman that goes on daily jogs, yoga, or exercises at the gym? Then you can rest assured that there are watches that fit are available to purchase and be worn while you are getting your daily workout. Rolex, doesn’t really carry any sport style watches, but there are plenty of other women’s brand watches that do carry sport type watches to accommodate your daily workouts. One of the hottest women’s sports watch models available at online and in-store retailers is the Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS watch. This watch has a number of different features that make it just the perfect watch to wear while you are on your daily jog. Not only will you be able to check the time, but you can monitor your heart rate as well as the resting rate of your heart. This watch also enables texting messaging just like what you would on your phone and it counts that steps that you take while walking. With such wonderful features in a watch it’s no wonder this watch is a hit and many women are buying it to wear for their sports needs.

Glamourous watches

If you are the fashionista type, then looks really do matter to you. It’s time to glam it up with a beautiful brand name watch that is embellished with beautiful stones, unique designs, and even bright colors that you may not find in other typical watches. Watches with pearls and lots of diamonds are quite glamourous for the fashionista diva, and there are many brands that carry such watches to be worn and shown off to others in public. Your glamour watch will give you something to cherish and be proud of. You can choose one that fits your very own personality and taste so that you know that you will be using it for a very long time.

There are plenty of womens watch choices available online to choose from.

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Australia is a challenging destination to reach no matter where you may be from. But the fact that it remains on many people’s list of tourism priorities despite this fact tells you a thing or two about just how wonderful it is. From the cities to the beaches, from natural allure to man-made attractions, it’s a big, beautiful country teeming with fun things to do for travelers. So, rather than focusing on a single specific destination, I want to look more broadly at some of the top things that make Australia such a blast to visit.

1. Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

If one attraction stands above all the rest in Australia, it’s the Great Barrier Reef off the northeastern coast. While it’s true that climate change and human impact have caused substantial harm to the reef, it’s still one of the most amazing underwater destinations on the Earth, and calls to divers from all around the world. What many don’t realize however is that there are other renowned diving spots in Australia as well, such as the Ningaloo Reef and the Neptune Islands, to name a few. Altogether, the variety coupled with the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef make scuba diving arguably the best thing about traveling to Australia.

 2. Wildlife

You’ll see plenty of exotic creatures if you travel to Australia and try scuba diving, as you may expect. However, it should still be mentioned that the country is famous for all kinds of additional wildlife as well. Kangaroos, koala bears, dingos, great snakes, penguins, and more all populate the island, and can be viewed both in their natural habitats and in some of the big cities’ zoos.

3. Beach Variety

It’s no accident that most of Australia’s noteworthy destinations and big cities are near the coast. Between these coastal areas and several prominent islands just offshore, primarily to the south and east, the country has an incredible number of beaches that can take your breath away. Bondi Beach near Sydney is the most famous of them all, but from the shores on Fraser Island and Lizard Island to Broome’s Cable Beach and Wineglass Bay, the options can seem nearly unlimited in quality and quantity alike.

4. Sports

Australia loves its sports. Aussie Rules football, football, cricket, tennis, horse racing, basketball, and rugby are all legitimately popular all throughout the country. In the cities you can find local clubs, major stadiums, and passionate fans. And even if you’re not right in the thick of the sports scene, the nationwide betting scene and fan networks keep people tapped in from pretty much anywhere. So, if you happen to like sports, it’s pretty easy to fall in love with this specific aspect of the culture.

5. National Parks

It’s an easy thing to say about countries around the world, but Australia really is just about overflowing with natural beauty. It’s nearly a problem from a travel perspective, because it makes it incredibly hard to narrow down the sightseeing you might want to do. That said, if you’re simply looking for a place to start, the national parks should be looked into. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park includes the jaw-dropping rock formation known widely as Ayers Rock; Daintree National Park features a legitimate rainforest that extends right up to the nearby sea; Kakadu National Park is home to waterfalls and watering holes, comprising the biggest park in the country; and Blue Mountains National Park may still be the prettiest of the bunch.

6. Sydney Highlights

I don’t want to simply recommend a city, let alone the most famous one in the country, but there really is something magical about Sydney. Few cities in the world are as big, beautiful, unique, and friendly all at once. Additionally, Sydney happens to have a few of the true highlight attractions in the country – namely, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the nearby Opera House. Both are even more extraordinary in person than in photos or on postcards, so you may want to factor in a trip into town to see them up close, and perhaps to stay a night at one of Sydney’s incredible hotels.

7. Activities In The Air

air balloon rides

There are actually several ways you can have a good time above Australia, so to speak. I say this simply because there are skydiving and bungee opportunities, parasailing adventures, hang gliding, and most notably hot air balloon rides, in many parts of the country. All of these activities can give you an adrenaline rush coupled with extraordinary views. And the hot air balloon rides over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley in particular are becoming somewhat legendary.

The United Arab Emirates has absolutely redefined the definition of a desert destination. The credit goes to Dubai as the emirate is an absolutely extraordinary destination; there is no doubt about it. But let’s take a moment to realize that the United Arab Emirates is not all about Dubai. Of course, Dubai is prominently the reason UAE is famous among globetrotters, but the country also offers several rich travel experiences apart from Dubai. Dubai’s abundant sightseeings and iconic landmarks take up most of the slots as tourist attractions in UAE. Abu Dhabi is next in line to follow in Dubai’s footsteps to become an ultramodern travel destination. However, there are other fascinating UAE sightseeings to visit that aren’t in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. While Dubai offers a surreal glimpse into a futuristic world, other emirates offer a sublime experience of Arabian culture and landscapes. Essentially, it would be a great experience to combine a couple of these emirates on a UAE trip to comprehend what UAE has to offer to its travel guests. Here are our top picks on what you should visit in UAE for a complete UAE vacation experience.

  1. Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains
    burj-khalifa
    This is an absolute must-see attraction! The hype of the tallest building in the world drew visitors to Dubai like mesmerized moths to a flame. The illuminated ambiance of Burj Khalifa flanked by dancing Dubai Fountains is a sight to behold! Standing 828 meters tall, Burj Khalifa offers its visitors an unparalleled 360-degree panoramic vista of Dubai and beyond from the highest observatory deck in the world. The aerial view of the Dubai Fountains at night from the observatory decks is a spectacle you will remember for a lifetime.
  2. Dubai Frame
    Dubai Frame
    Adding another feather to its feats of breaking barriers, Dubai Frame is the latest addition to Dubai’s extraordinary collection of architectural sightseeing. Located at Kabeel Park Dubai, the world’s largest picture frame is strategically located in such a way that you can witness scenic vistas of Dubai’s old world charm and avant-gardism. This brand new landmark consists of two majestic towers linked together by a 93-meter long bridge which is accessible to the public to enjoy panoramic views of Dubai.
  3. The Desert Safaris
    The Desert Safaris
    UAE’s vast deserts are the true identity of the country. The country was only known by these barren, golden landscapes before Dubai broke its mould from a desert emirate to a futuristic city. The Arabian deserts are a great way to take a break from the scintillating and sophisticated ambiance and enjoy moments in pristine nature with a twist of adventure. A visit to the desert is something you should not miss on your UAE trip. You can opt for desert safari adventures at Dubai and Abu Dhabi where you realize that a bleak desert can welcome you to a world of amazing experiences, adventures and cultural immersion.
  4. Dubai Miracle Gardens
    Dubai Miracle Gardens
    grand, blossoming oasis in a desert emirate – Dubai Miracle Garden astonishes you with its refreshing and vivid arrangements of flowers sprawling over 72000 square meters. The world’s largest natural flower garden is set in Dubailand, welcoming visitors to a world sheathed in millions of colourful blooms. A stroll through this attraction makes you wonder if you are really in a desert destination. The garden comprises of fascinating structures and layouts made entirely out of flowering plants and shrubs displayed as exhibits. The Dubai Miracle Garden is open only from October to April as the weather is pleasantly suitable for flowering plants and remains closed for rest of the year.
  5. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    Abu Dhabi stepped up its game in modernism with the unveiling of Yas Island. One of the most thrilling attractions in Yas Island is the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – the world’s first Ferrari branded theme park. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an indoor arena comprising of motorsport-inspired rides, shows, and thrills. It is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster – Formula Rossa. A day spent at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi lets you enjoy hi-speed roller coaster, go-karting and car racing activities, state of the art simulated activities along with exciting shopping and Italian dining experiences.
  6. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
    Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
    One among the grandest mosques of the world, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is an epitome of Islamic culture and civilization. Embedded in its grand architecture are elements and styles of different Islamic civilizations. The grandiose of white marble and gold structures adorned in intricate designs, semi-precious stone motifs, and crystal chandeliers are awe-inspiring sights to watch. The carpet in the main hall is believed to be the largest carpet in the world. Its beauty turns mesmeric under the moonlit sky when the surrounding pools gleam and reflect its magnificent splendour. The mosque is the largest in Abu Dhabi and is a place of daily worship accommodating over 40,000 worshippers.
  7. Um Al Quwain Wetlands
    Um Al Quwain Wetlands
    Um Al Quwain being the least populated emirate has its share of advantages. Here, you would not find traces of modernism but an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife. Located at the north of UAE, Um Al Quwain is known for its dense mangroves and wetlands which attract hoards of migratory birds. Bird lovers and nature enthusiasts can have a great time enjoying the picturesque vistas and spotting rare species of birds.  It is one of the protected nature reserves in UAE and particularly famous for flamingo sightings.
  8. Saadiyat Island
    Saadiyat Island
    Located a few minutes off the coast of Abu Dhabi lies a beautiful isle called Saadiyat Island. The island is presently undergoing extensive transformation to be the world’s largest single concentration of tourism-cultural. On its completion, the island will be host to Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi among other incredible leisure and residential projects. Nevertheless, the island’s charming coastline offers some of the amazing beaches of UAE. The natural shores lapped up by turquoise pools and the serene surrounds offer a calming setting for its visitors to reconnect with nature. These sweeping beach shores are also a nesting point for Hawksbill Turtles which are one of the endangered species of turtles in the world. A visit to this UAE attraction would offer you a tranquil experience amid stunning natural settings and also let you watch turtles in their natural habitat.

There is no way to skip Dubai if you are visiting UAE, but it is also time to open our minds and look beyond Dubai to understand what else UAE has to offer. Once the ignorance of other desert emirates is out of the way, you will realize that there is an amazing assortment of places to visit in UAE. However, since Dubai will always be a popular and predominant UAE destination, it is only wise to plan a UAE holiday around Dubai. You can also notice that most attractions in UAE are quite nearby to Dubai and do not take a longer time to travel. An ideal way to experience a UAE holiday would be to spend two days in Dubai and two days in Abu Dhabi. On your stays in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, you can plan out excursions to Um Al Quwain Wetlands and Saadiyat Islands.  So next time you acquire a Dubai visa online,  take a look at other tourist places in UAE that suits your travel interest and club them up with you Dubai holiday to enjoy an amazing time in UAE.

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