It is said that people who have the habit of reading are always in the company of great thinkers. It is also important that the reading habit is cultivated at a very tender age. Reading is not only an effective way to spend the leisure time, but also the best way to improve a child’s command over the language as well as enhance knowledge. Read more

What to Do if You Get Banged Up Abroad

It’s perhaps not a very pleasant thought to entertain, but one which is indeed necessary to at least make provision for, that being preparing for one of the worst things that could happen to a traveller in getting into trouble with the law while you’re abroad. You should at least have a plan, however slight that plan may be, but you should definitely not write it off completely as something that could simply never happen to you as a law abiding citizen with nothing but good intentions all round. Read more

9 Girls’ must-dos in Phuket

It’s a girls’ trip to do girls things with your best friends and we are going to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the south of Thailand: Phuket. The island of Phuket makes a great holiday destination for a girl-themed holiday, with lots of fun things to do for you all! There is always something to see, places to visit and somewhere to dance to make this trip just perfect. Here are 9 girls’ things to do in Phuket: Read more

8 Tips When Taking a Pet Holiday In United Kingdom

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Taking the family pet along on a trip can be a lot of fun. The kids often enjoy having the dog come along when we take trips, they can spend a good hour just throwing a ball with our dog Max (and gives us a welcome break too!). Unfortunately, from what I’ve heard and have found out, many pet owners begin the trip unprepared for what lies ahead and the dog, the family, and the vacation all suffer as a result. Here are eight things to keep in mind when you are planning a trip with the family dog.

  • You need to have a crate available on your trip to put your dog in when it can’t be roaming about. Don’t make the mistake of using a crate that is too small. Your pup may have to be left in the crate for an extended period and should at least be able to get up and move around a little.
  • A visit to the vet is a good idea before a trip. Some carriers and hotels require a certification of good health from a vet when travelling by plane.
  • Some people give their dogs tranquillizers to keep them calm during travel, but this is not a good idea. The pet is already agitated, and these drugs can cause heart and respiratory problems. If you’re travelling by air, some airlines even require you to confirm that the dog has not been given any drugs before they will allow them to board.
  • Make sure your dog’s ID tag and chip are up to date in case they get lost or are stolen. Also, if hotels become suspicious of your relationship to the dog, you may need to confirm the information.
  • If you are travelling during times of extreme temperatures, consider leaving your pet behind. Consult your vet if you are unsure whether your pet can handle the trip. If you must travel with the pet, choose a travel time that minimises exposure to the extreme temperatures; early in the morning or at night will help to beat the heat and during the day to beat the cold.
  • If travelling by car with your pet, don’t let them stick their head out the window. At high speeds, a small piece of debris can easily injure or blind a dog. Reserve this treat for more leisurely drives at slower paces and with little obstructions.
  • Keep in mind that airbags can injure or kill dogs just like children. If your car is equipped with a passenger side airbag, make the dog ride in the back seat or switch the airbag off.
  • It’s best for your pet to travel on an empty stomach. Give them only water for a few hours before the trip. This will help avoid nausea and unwanted bowel movements.

Which Airlines allow Pets?

If you are choosing not to enjoy a holiday in the UK and are instead taking your pet abroad, there are certain airlines which allow pets in transit. British Airways allow them to travel in the cabin, while most others will allow pets to be checked into the hold as long as appropriate documents are provided.

Travelling abroad with a pet can cause a great amount of distress to them during the journey. If you are thinking of taking a pet friendly holiday, consider dog friendly cottages in the UK first. iKnow-UK always has fantastic offers on accommodation around the country, we’ve used them a few times now. Thanks to the increase in demand for pet friendly holidays, lots of hotels now offer pet friendly options and rooms in a range of locations.

Travel Stress: What causes it and How to Avoid It?

The holidays are already stressful enough, the parties, gift giving, house guests, and all the events for the kids. Add to that mix traveling, and it can be enough to put you over the edge. But, it does not have to be that way. There are some simple, easy things you can do to make traveling a breeze and stress-free! Read more

Planning the Perfect Trip to LA

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Hollywood and seeing the place where your favorite movies stars are? Myself and many others have and later fulfilled our dreams of travelling to LA. If you’re fortunate to visit this wonderful city in California, you should make sure it’s as perfect as it can be.

Avoid the tourist traps and grimy hostels. Visit the better places and get a nice hotel or even splash out on one of those luxury vacation rentals in Los Angeles county.

It’s not just Hollywood and celebrities that make this a great travel destination. You’re certain to have an amazing time and experience when you visit. This is your dream trip. Make sure you do it in style.

I’m going to tell you everything you need to know in this article about how to plan the perfect trip to LA.

Why Should I Visit LA?

There are so many fun things to do and see in LA for any age and to meet any budget. You can visit one of the many theme parks including Universal Studios and Disneyland. LA also has long and beautiful beaches where you can sunbathe in all year sunshine or enjoy a drink or two.

Perhaps you want to see celebrities? Well, it’s unlikely that you’re going to bump into anyone but you can check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You can have your photograph taken next to Elvis or Michael Jackson’s star.

LA also has a few parks where you can relax in the evening sun. My favorites are Grand Park and Griffith Park, which are popular with both locals and tourists.

Remember to snap a shot of the Hollywood sign and soak up some of the culture in this fascinating and multicultural city.

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Where to Stay in LA:

The best place to stay in LA depends on what you want to do in the city. LA is huge and most of the attractions are far from each other. If you’re here for the shopping and hopeful to meet a celeb or two, find somewhere in Beverly Hills. There are also lots of great hotels near the beach. Another popular spot is around Hollywood.

What’s the Budget?

I’m going to be frank, this isn’t a cheap place to visit. Budget travelers aren’t going to be able to experience much of what this city has to offer.

Admission into the theme parks can be more than $100 per person. This adds up fast if you’re travelling as a couple and want to check out a lot of places. It’s also not going to be cheap if you’re travelling with kids.

You should also be aware that because the city is so large and you may have to rely on cabs to get from one place to another. Again, the cost of adds up quickly. A cheaper alternative may be to rent a car when you arrive at the airport and just drive around the city yourself.

LA isn’t a cheap destination but you can still find bargains and good value for money. It’s just not as easy as other places. If you’re on a budget, you could take advantage of the free museums or just relax on the beach.

The Top Attractions in LA:

With everything that’s happening in this city, it can be difficult to find out what to do and where to go. Here are three of my favorite attractions to give you some guidance on planning your perfect trip.

Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most famous attractions in the city. It’s a theme park with several rides and a water park in one. The most famous thing to do here is to enjoy the Harry Potter experience.

Santa Monica Beach is another great place to check out. The beach is beautiful and it’s lined with bars and restaurants. This is a perfect place to enjoy a romantic moment with your special someone as the sunsets. Pacific Park amusement park is also in this area.

Getty Center is a museum where you can experience beautiful architecture and perfectly manicured gardens along with fine art in one place. This is my favorite place to visit in LA to soak up some culture.

Remember that these are just a few suggestions and this city is crammed full of fun and exciting things to do and see.

The Takeaway Message:

If you’re fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting this amazing city in California, make sure it’s unforgettable. There are lots of reasons to visit and plenty of things to do when you’re here. Don’t expect this to be a cheap trip and it’s not exactly a friendly place for budget travelers. And, don’t set your hopes too high of spotting a celeb! But, the city has its charm and it’s a great place to spend a few days to a week.