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All About Birmingham

All About Birmingham

So you’re visiting Birmingham but don’t know where to go or what to see? There is so much to do in this Midlands city that you’ll be spoiled for choice! The people are also famously friendly in this central hub that you’ll feel at home in no time at all in this popular tourist destination. If you want to visit the city you can really make a break of it with a range of museums, theatres, arts, sports, parks and events just waiting for you.

If it’s culture you’re after, you might want to spend a day at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which is a wonderfully well-stocked museum with a trove of treasures from local jewellery heritage to Jacobean history. Alternatively, you can visit the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter for more in depth knowledge of the local trade. There is also the Sarehole Mill, which is one of the surviving water mills from Birmingham’s industrial history. Visitors can also go and walk about the grounds of a 700 year-old castle in Weoley Castle, which is a famous moated castle in the city.

The Symphony Hall is an obvious choice for music lovers and there is also the Barber Institute of Fine Art and the Ikon Gallery for art admirers. Theatre goers can book seats to see national tours of popular theatre productions and musicals at locations such as the Birmingham Hippodrome, the Repertory Theatre, the Crescent Theatre or the Old Rep Theatre on Station Street.

Those working at a Birmingham office will find some of the finest local amenities such as the Bull Ring shopping centre on their doorstep and incredible transport connections such as New Street Station just nearby.

Tourist centres in the city are happy to give advice on the events and festivals that are happening in the internationally renowned city of culture.…

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Great Family Days Out In Exmoor

Great Family Days Out In Exmoor

Exmoor is the right place to go for families who are looking for spectacular scenic views. Exmoor is known for its abundance of wildlife, many of which are unique to the place and the area covers hundreds of miles of footpaths and bridleways. There are so many things to do at Exmoor, from canoeing to game shooting and hunting.

Let’s first take a look at the range of possible accommodation in the area; an Exmoor B&B can be luxurious but a little pricey for the whole family. Luckily as Exmoor is such a popular region for holiday makers there is a variety of low budget options for larger families who would rather spend money on activities than accommodation. There are lodges, caravans and camping options around the region. There are also inns and hotels that come with 2 bedrooms with an attached private bathroom for small families. Larger families can choose suites with five to nine bedrooms. Some inns allow pets while others do not. Nevertheless, there will always be an Exmoor B&B, hotel, cottage, caravan or camping that will suit every family’s budget range.

Exmoor is also known for its open gardens and commercial nurseries. Among them, the Bittescombe Manor is quite popular. Located in Upton, near Wiveliscombe, it is a 5 acre garden 950ft above ground level on the Brendon Hills. It is a beautifully arboretum or walled garden with topiary, shrubbery, a large water garden and herbaceous borders. Families who plan to visit Bittescombe Manor must first make an appointment.

A visit to Exmoor will not be complete without going to its museums. There are so many museums to visit in Exmoor. For those who like model ships, pewter, furniture and shells, Arlington Court is the place to go. Art lovers will enjoy the Bakelite Museum with its spectacular display of the largest collection of vintage plastics in the country. It has a lovely water mill setting, tea rooms, vintage caravan and a huge play area. The Dunster Dolls Museum is a favourite among doll lovers. The doll museum houses a unique collection by Mollie Hardwick of over 800 dolls from many periods.

Adventure parks and zoos are big attractions in Exmoor as well. The Big Sheep is a premiere indoor adventure playground for children of all ages. Some of the main attractions at the Big Sheep include Sheep Racing Derby, Sheepdog and Duck Show. The Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park and the Exmoor Zoological Park come with life size animated dinosaurs, earthquake canyon ride, 170 species of wildlife and various animal shows to help educate children on the importance of animal protection and nature conservation efforts. Those looking for thrill and excitement should make a beeline for the Watermouth Castle Family Theme Park. Situated on a high cliff overlooking Watermouth Bay, it comes with all the fun that a theme park can offer such as Haunted Dungeons, Penny Slot Arcade, Water Tube and Giant Tube Slide. Parents and kids can spend a whole day there enjoying the entertainment and fun designed for all age groups.

Exmoor is definitely a great place for family members to have their day out. Those who make a trip there never regret their decision.…

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Medical Travel and Emergency Evacuation

Medical Travel and Emergency Evacuation

With the technology and standards of healthcare industry rising globally, more and more people are looking at medical tourism as a lucrative solution to solve their problems. The rising popularity of medical travel can be directly traced to the incredibly high costs of medicinal services and never ending waiting lists for some procedures in many countries. The concept of medical travel heads back to ancient times when Greek pilgrims would travel to a small town called Epidauria for medical treatment. Towns with hot water springs were also considered medicinal tourism destinations whereas today, countries with well established medical industry including state-of-the-art facilities (hospitals & clinics), and proficient doctors are leading the way in the health-related tourism industry.

Though tourists seeking health related services come from all over the world but the citizens from Western countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East countries constitute largely to it. The most understandable advantage for medical tourists is a dramatic savings in cost of medical procedures. Individuals who cannot afford health related insurance are simply left with no choice but to travel abroad for a low lost medical procedure. Furthermore, certain procedures such as orthopedic surgeries, knee & hip replacements are now often covered in routine health insurances. It is estimated that nearly 45 million Americans are currently uninsured, which creates a huge market for people needing affordable health related services.

Amongst most expensive coronary bypass surgeries to mundane dental treatments, healthcare tourism is making a lot of sense as the same work can be done at a fraction of cost at therapeutic tourism destinations like Costa Rica, India and Thailand. All medical treatments abroad can help you be prepared for extreme emergencies during your international trip.

Another major benefit is that the doctors and surgeons at healthcare tourism destinations are well-trained internationally as a result, patients can expect quality healthcare at the reputable medical institutions.

A vital factor that further supports medicinal travel is the ability to add travel and adventure to the medical needs. For many foreign nationals, a trip to healthcare tourism destinations shall be a unique experience with relaxing vacation period following the medical procedure. Medical tourism destinations promote this aspect just as much as the quality and cost of their health.

At destinations like Costa Rica, medical tourists can lounge at one of the country’s most beautiful beaches during their recovery, where luxury and pampering is the prime focus.…

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Knowing More About Medical Tourism

Knowing More About Medical Tourism

Medical tourism refers to the industry of crossing international borders to obtain health care. This means that while a person can have an elective surgery at his / her own country, he / she travel instead to another country for that surgery. This is a lucrative industry that is rapidly spreading to more and more countries. In India alone, the value of the industry is expected to go as high as 2 billion per year. India, Brazil, Hong Kong, Argentina, and Malaysia are just few of the countries that are popular destinations for medical tourism.

So why do a lot of people opt to go abroad for their surgery? Wouldn’t it be more comfortable and far safer to have their healing time right at their country? The primary reasons for surgery abroad are convenience, cost, and even expertise and advanced medical technology.

Convenience

Even though countries in the west cater to a lot of patients, there is difficulty scheduling for a non emergency surgical procedure. Typically, a person can wait up to 9 weeks for his / her non emergency surgery. The waiting period is considered to be an inconvenience to a lot of people. This prolonged waiting time for surgery can be a cause of anxiety and really – it’s a lot of time spent waiting when one could use it for recuperation. Also, many insurance companies do not cover the cost of orthopedic surgeries (hip, knee, joint replacements) as a result many get the surgeries abroad.

Cost

Specifically – low cost. The cost for surgery abroad – whether cosmetic in nature or not is definitely lower compared to the cost in United States or United Kingdom. The cost for surgery abroad can be about one tenth to the cost of the surgery in the US. Also, this cost can cover the airfare and the mini vacation package. With a budget of $20,000 you can already have a multiple surgery (provided you do need it or otherwise for cosmetic purposes). Bottom line is, you have the same surgery but pay less for it.

Expertise, Advanced Medical Technology / Practice

Brazil is especially known as a hot spot for cosmetic surgery while India is known for their cardiac surgeries. Transplant surgeries like organ transplants and bone marrow transplant are also an expertise in India. People will always feel safer with experts. This is another reason for medical tourism. There are also some procedures that are practiced readily in other countries than in US. One particular procedure is the height surgery that is pioneered in China. This is a surgery that some orthopedic surgeons do not find agreeable. Other procedures many go abroad for is In Vitro Fertilization and Surrogate Pregnancy.

Now you have another reason to go abroad. Medical tourism enables many people to have their surgeries at an earlier time, at a lower cost. Also, this helps people who have financial trouble get their needed surgery. More and more people now see the advantages of having their surgeries abroad. You are also ensured of a quality performance since hospitals that cater medical tourism are accredited by designated agencies.…

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Tourism in the Pacific

Tourism in the Pacific

Tourism is the world’s largest and fastest-growing industry, accounting for 10 percent of world economic activity and one in 15 jobs worldwide. Some 750 million people a year currently travel abroad compared to only 25 million in 1950, and each year over 100 million first-world tourists visit developing countries, transferring billions of dollars from North to South. Tourism is the only industry that allows a net flow of wealth from richer to poorer countries, and in the islands it’s one of the few avenues open for economic development, providing much-needed foreign exchange required to pay for imports. Unlike every other export, purchasers of tourism products pay their own transportation costs to the market.

Australia provides the largest percentage of the one million plus tourists who visit the South Pacific islands each year, followed by the United States, New Zealand, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany in that order. Australia is the main source of visitors to Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, while New Zealanders are the biggest group in the Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, and Samoa. Americans and French are the largest single groups in French Polynesia, while the French and Japanese are tied in New Caledonia. On a per-capita basis, the Cook Islands gets the most tourists and Solomon Islands the fewest. It’s the number-one industry in French Polynesia, Easter Island, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, and Vanuatu, and some 50,000 islanders now rely on tourism as a way of making a living. Yet tourism is relatively low key: overcrowded Hawaii gets 10 times as many annual visitors as the entire South Pacific combined. The “tyranny of distance” has thus far prevented the islands from being spoiled.

Only about 40 percent of the net earnings from tourism actually stays in the host country. The rest is “leaked” in repatriated profits, salaries for expatriates, commissions, imported goods, food, fuel, etc. Top management positions usually go to foreigners, with local residents offered low-paying service jobs. To encourage hotel construction, local governments must commit to crippling tax concessions and large infrastructure investments for the benefit of hotel companies. The cost of airports, roads, communications networks, power lines, sewers, and waste disposal can exceed the profits from tourism.

Tourism-related construction can cause unsightly beach erosion due to the clearing of vegetation and the extraction of sand. Resort sewage causes lagoon pollution, while the reefs are blasted to provide passes for tourist craft and stripped of corals or shells by visitors. Locally scarce water supplies are diverted to hotels, and foods such as fruit and fish can be priced beyond the reach of local residents. Access to the ocean can be blocked by wall-to-wall resorts.

Although tourism is often seen as a way of experiencing other cultures, it can undermine those same cultures. Traditional dances and ceremonies are shortened or changed to fit into tourist schedules, and mock celebrations are held out of season and context, and their significance is lost. Cheap mass-produced handicrafts are made to satisfy the expectations of visitors; thus, the New Guinea-style masks of Fiji, mock-Hawaiian tikis of Tonga, and Balinese carvings of Bora Bora. Authenticity is sacrificed for immediate profits. While travel cannot help but improve international understanding, the aura of glamour and prosperity surrounding tourist resorts can present a totally false image of a country’s social and economic realities.

Foreign tour operators usually focus on luxury resorts and all-inclusive tours–the exotic rather than the authentic. Packaged holidays create the illusion of adventure while avoiding all risks and individualized variables, and on many tours the only islanders seen are maids and bartenders. This elitist tourism perpetuates the colonial master-servant relationship as condescending foreigners instill a feeling of inferiority in local residents and workers. Many island governments are publicly on record as favoring development based on local resources and island technology, yet inexplicably this concept is rarely applied to tourism. Without local participation, tourism can be the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing.…

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Three Secret Spots to Visit on a Romantic Trip to North Devon

Three Secret Spots to Visit on a Romantic Trip to North Devon

Devon is a rural and beautiful county in the Southwest section of England. Its white sandy beaches and high cliffs in the northern and in the southern area are historical and present day fishing ports. Tourism is a vital industry in Devon counties. North Devon homes two of the highest cliffs in the southern area of the United Kingdom and is recognized as one of the U.K.’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Global visitors are warmly welcomed in North Devon. No matter what your vacation plans are, you will find them in this rural northern territory. Are you seeking a quiet, rural get-a-away, rather than checking into a North Devon B&B then North Devon beaches and coves are what you are looking for. Head your car toward the town of Lynton and onto the Martinhoe cross until the road ends in a junction. You are now 500 meters above Woody Bay beach, which is an enclosed bay with densely wooded steep cliffs. Let your eyes follow the gushing stream flowing downward, pointing the way to Wood Bay beach. A narrow winding path, following along-side the gushing stream, will take you to the beach, where you can just sit, relax and meditate in a beautiful environment. The beach is filled with pebbles, large rocks and smooth gravel, surrounded by dense woodlands, which is why it is called Woody Bay. This beach is a secluded wonderland, which is open year round.

For a picturesque view of lush valleys amid a secluded rocky cove, then take the A39 Atlantic Highway, away from North Devon B&B inns and you will arrive at Bucks Mills. The Bucks Mill area of Clovelly is popular for great fishing, but there are areas which are somewhat isolated, yet set in a pleasant quiet setting. Bucks Mills, is an out of the way retreat, featuring a sandy white beach, located at the bottom of an old fishing village. Its roadway, narrowly winds down a river valley, which passes through the village, ending at the beach, where persons are unhampered by noise, shops or in any cases, other persons. When people feel adventuresome, they can find their way to the beach, where you can relax, picnic, sun bathe or swim in the waters near the beach.

Located within the Lynton parish is Wringcliff Bay. Known as part of the Valley of Rocks, this coastline beach stretches for miles and miles, winding throughout majestic cliffs. Wringcliff Bay is a great beach for secluded picnics, sun bathing and relaxing, with the only sound of your breathing and the sea lapping against the many large and jagged rocks around you. Hidden coves are sprinkled amid limestone cliffs and are an ideal remote environment for exploring or just meditating on the beauty which will surround you.…

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Start Planning Your 2021 Vacation

In this specific season, the COVID has made you change the way you used to live. Your dynamics are not and cannot be the same anymore. You spend more time at home, the border between work and time for you is more and more blurred, to get out for a run or to the gym in the morning, for your coffee, to the bar after work or to visit your family or friends on the weekends seems to be out of your reach. Cheer up, this won’t last forever, and you can always focus on the positive and beautiful things in life and what better than to plan your next vacation in Maui!

According to official information from Hawaii, Maui, also known as the Valley Island, is the second largest. And thanks to its beautiful and world-famous beaches where you can enjoy impressive beaches to sunbathe, swim, snorkel, dive and surf. Please get to know the sacred Iao Valley, the whale watching season in Maui during its migration (during the winter months), the organic cuisine, the magnificent sunrises and sunsets from Haleakala. You can be sure that you will have an unforgettable experience and travel the legendary Road to Hana, one of the world’s most impressive roads.

When is the best time of the year to travel to Maui? Hey, it’s Maui; any time of the year is lovely to visit. Its average temperature is 24°C to 29°C. The summer is warmer and drier and covers the months between April and November, while the winter, between December and March, is a little cooler. The trade winds keep the climate pleasant throughout the year. The western side (leeward) is usually drier, and the eastern side (windward) is more humid.

Most Maui resorts and hotels are located on West Maui and South Maui in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, and Wailea. There is also the Travaasa Hana on East Maui.

To move around Maui, the best thing to do is rent a car so you can drive around on your own. Finding the perfect rental car for your trip, whether you want a small car, a Jeep, or an SUV, will allow you to stop at the places that interest you the most, but if you prefer to do the route with a tour, you can also do it.

The whale watching season in Maui starts in December and ends in May. The most active months for whale watching are between January and early April. NOAA experts say that thousands of humpback whales travel great distances during their seasonal migration, with some animals migrating 5,000 miles between high-latitude summer feeding grounds and winter mating and calving areas in tropical waters. In the North Pacific, some humpback whales migrate from Alaska to Hawaii to mate and give birth in tropical waters. They can complete the 3,000 mile trip in as few as 36 days. While calving, they prefer shallow, warm waters, commonly near offshore reef systems or shores.

So pack a light jacket or thin sweater for the evenings, or a thicker jacket if you plan to visit Haleakala. Bring some casual or resort wear if you plan to experience the nightlife and book your Maui trip now!…