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February 2013

Five Tenerife Holidays That Don’t Involve a Beach

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February

Tenerife has acquired a rather undesirable reputation over the years as the typical holiday for Brits abroad, in all of their red faced, all-day-breakfasted glory. However, this reputation is rather unfair and many hoteliers and those working in tourism have tried to change the reputation of Tenerife holidays to attract a different class of clientele.

A little searching beyond the bright lights, huge hotels and neon-decked bars of the large coastal resorts and you can find the real Tenerife, famous for it’s spectacular volcanic landscape and perfect weather – who wouldn’t want year-round sun?

Walking in Tenerife

If you’re a keen rambler then you should look no further than Tenerife. The spectacular mountains and moon-like terrain offers scenery like nowhere else in the world. If you are after a challenge then you should scale Mount Teide in the middle of the island, which rises to a whopping 3,718 meters above sea level: about three times higher than Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.

Because the terrain rises very steeply in Tenerife, it means that walks are not for the faint hearted, unless you plan a more gentle route in advance. You should also take care not to walk during the middle of the day as the intense heat can make even a gentle stroll a challenge. If you are up for the adventure, you will have one of the best rambling holidays around.

Sports

There are a huge range of sports available on Tenerife and the perfect, still and hot conditions make it an excellent place to improve the technique of your chosen pastime.

There are hundreds of tennis courts around the island – many pros choose Tenerife as the place to train during the off-season. Badminton is also a popular sport to play in Tenerife because of the many days where the wind isn’t very strong, making it certain that the shuttlecock flies true!

Golf is another huge pull for holidaymakers and the islands numerous golf courses and resorts make it easy to get a round in before tea.
Fishing and Whale and Watching

The Atlantic Ocean surrounding Tenerife is teeming with life – there are so many things to see in the ocean that it makes lounging around on the beach seem like a criminal waste of time.

The seas are so full of fish that even the most modest fishermen can seem like experts and there is nothing more satisfying than cooking up the fish that you caught earlier that day on the barbecue.

There are many sailors that offer trips out into the ocean to see whales and dolphins. Costing about £20 per person for a couple of hours trip, it is a great way to see a different part of the island and the spectacular sight of a whale in the ocean is not to be missed.


Ways to Finance Your Big Trip Abroad

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February

Are you going away on travels soon? An important thing to take care of before you go is your money. The financial aspect of your trip should be last thing on your mind when you’re traveling, you have sights to see, people to meet and local food to taste! If you make a rough overview of your finances before you set off to your holiday destination you won’t face any surprises, spend too much money or run out of the cash you saved up for the trip before returning home.

Compare your home country to your destination
With the use of an online currency converter, you can find out how much your money is worth in the country you’re visiting. If you want to be one hundred percent sure, you can make a call to your bank and enquire about the most recent conversion rates.

Find out how expensive or cheap the costs are for tourists in your destination place – travel guides and online search engines will help you out with this.

Plan your daily finances
Now that you know how much money you have and how much you will roughly spend every day, write it down. Make a table and organize how much money you want to spend on accommodation, food, entertainment, culture, souvenirs and possibly nightlife and/or shopping.

Try to stick to your plan when you’re abroad. If you go past your spending limit, find free things to do, cheaper places to eat and spend less money the following day.

Don’t withdraw too much at once
It’s tempting to exchange a lot of money at once as it will cost you less. But when a pickpocket gets their hands on you, it will cost you more. Always be careful with the amount of money you carry with you! A lot of pickpockets target tourists specifically as they know their wallets will be full. Be wise and don’t be one of those poor tourists!

Set some money aside
If something unexpected happens to you, you need to have a backup plan and in most cases cash is your only way out. Everyone has gone through the trouble of losing their luggage or passport at least once so you should always set some money aside just in case this happens to you. Don’t touch this money during your travels when you don’t need to.

If you want to receive some last-minute earnings so you have a little bit more to spend during your travels, why not go through your personal belongings and see if there’s anything you can sell? Get rid of some old books or try a little clothes recycling for cash on musicMagpie. This is an easy and quick way to earn some extra money to spend abroad.


Visiting Vegas

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February

There is an indisputable magic to Las Vegas, and just about everyone who enjoys a little gaming even at an online casino, such as http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com, will have at some time felt its draw. Many films have been made about the town, and many others have used it as a backdrop, but it is not until you visit it yourself that you can really appreciate its true spectacle.

The main street is known as The Strip and from end to end it is lines on both sides with splendid dazzling casinos and each one of them is a vast complex of gambling floors, restaurants, bars and shops. Most of the casinos have over 2,000 slot machines housed in huge parlours and they tend to be the first thing you come across as you enter; a huge array of flashing lights and sounds with literally hundreds of people milling around.

If you intend to explore several casinos, then make sure that you have comfortable shoes as you are likely to cover many miles. Fortunately there is a monorail that runs the distance of the strip, so getting from casino to casino is easy, but you will still walk a huge distance inside the casinos.

Beyond the glamour of the casinos, there is much more of Nevada to explore and it is worth taking a trip to some of the surrounding countryside. Hire a car and drive across the desert to Death Valley; it takes a little over two hours to get there but you will find it an unforgettable experience, especially in the summer months when the temperatures at Furnace Creek can soar to over 50 degrees C.
Staying in Las Vegas is relatively inexpensive ñ even if you choose one of the more upmarket hotel casinos. The casinos make their money at the gaming tables and slot machines, so they are happy to charge minimal rates for their hotel rooms, after all there is nothing like a captive audience.