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How Can You Use Currency To Choose Your Summer Holiday Locations?

How Can You Use Currency To Choose Your Summer Holiday Locations?

Mar 28, 2016

With financial markets falling and the options for stimulating growth diminishing, several analysts believe that another global recession is just around the corner. While some investors may shift their attention to leveraged products such as CFD (what is CFD trading explained), others will look to take advantage of foreign exchange (FX) instead. Since the economic downturn of 2008, several central banks have attempted to boost inflation by driving down interest rates into negative territory, which has also helped lower the level of their respective currencies. As a result, investors are given ample opportunities to convert one currency to another and make lots of profit in the process. But what has this got to do with summer holiday locations? Well, if you identify a destination with a currency that is weaker than your own country’s currency, you will benefit from a cheaper deal and lots more spending money. How foreign exchange rates work The way foreign exchange figures get quoted may seem a little confusing, but they are essentially the value of one country’s currency against another. A strong dollar for instance is actually shown by a lower figure, as it takes less to buy another country’s currency. Although a range of factors affect exchange rates, which can include government debt and the relative strength of other currencies, the biggest influence tends to be inflation rates. If these are higher compared with other countries, exchange rates tend to be low. Interest rates also make a difference, but they are always relative to other countries. Exchange rates can change dramatically within the course of the week, especially when political decisions that will affect the economy are made. After a date for Great Britain’s referendum to leave the EU was announced, the pound slumped to a seven-year low, a level associated with previous crises for the currency. Using currency to choose your holiday destination  Even if you have a specific holiday destination in mind, it makes sense to check how strong the country’s currency is before booking. Otherwise, a relaxing retreat could turn into an expensive endeavour due to unfavourable exchange rates. What’s more, you might miss out on visiting a location where your money will go...

Canada Cares: Youth Programs and the National Parks

Canada Cares: Youth Programs and the National Parks

Oct 30, 2015

National parks are protected areas of stunning countryside that house a diverse mixture of flora and fauna. Canada currently has 37 national parks spread out over its 13 provinces with plans to add many more over the coming years. National parks are ideal places to take children whether for camping holidays or a short visit, and many parks offer games and activities that appeal to kids of all ages. Parks Canada has introduced a number of programs designed to get children interested in nature and encourage them to spend time in some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places the world has to offer. Learn to Camp Camping vacations are ideal ways to experience the great outdoors and teach children valuable skills that will last a lifetime. For families that have yet to experience the fun of a camping trip, Parks Canada offers camping lessons to help prepare children for their first outdoor adventures. Experienced guides are on hand to teach children how to put up a tent, how to cook outdoors and what equipment is necessary for a safe and enjoyable camping trip. Camping is only allowed in designated areas of national parks, and it is advisable to check with Parks Canada to see which parks offer camping amenities. My Parks Pass The My Parks Pass is a fantastic scheme that gives children currently in Grade 8 free entry to all national parks for a year whether they visit with their family or as part of a school trip. The scheme also gives students the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to a national park, historic site, or marine conservation area for their entire class. Parents of grade 8 pupils can order a My Parks Pass online from the main website. Off-roading is one of the best ways to explore everything that Canada’s national parks have to offer, and a Atlantic Dodge dealer can offer some excellent deals on four-wheel drive vehicles. Heritage Chocolate What better way to get kids interested in the outdoors than by offering them chocolate? Heritage chocolate events are held at various historic sites and are designed to teach children about the role chocolate production has played in Canada’s...

How to Travel West to East Like a Pro

How to Travel West to East Like a Pro

Apr 22, 2015

Whether you’re a travel amateur, a travel veteran, or an absolute gypsy–there are some things that all of us could benefit from when it comes to travel advice. No matter how you travel, you’ve no doubt been the victim of a blog or post that told you take something you never used….or you found something you forgot to pack that would have really come in handy. From bags to toiletries, types of clothes, practical shoes, and a shewee, below are some useful tips, hints and tricks to get your through any style journey you’re about to adventure on!    What To Pack In So many times you’ve heard what to pack, what not to pack and how to pack it, but in what? Unless you’re hiking Nepal, less is better. A great back-pack or rucksack can go a really long way. Learn how to military fold most clothes, and limit yourself to one style of shorts and pants, then pack five t-shirts. You’ll want to make sure your bag fits into the overhead compartment of the lowest economy flight in Europe–they’re pretty on the up and up with size standards. You never know what airline you might end up on during your journey, and better safe than sorry with checked baggage fees these days. A safe bet is a bag no bigger than: 55cm x 40cm x 20 cm. You can find killer deals for backpacks on sites like Finish Line and Sports Authority, or get creative and go super-durable with something from Home Depot. Clothes One of the worst things in the world is reading about covering up in Muslim countries, and packing for winter weather in 90°F heat. Not cool. Don’t be that guy. Most countries, while very religious, are pretty progressive. You can beat the heat and be modest. Stores like American Eagle and Forever 21 have super stylish gear for both outdoor days and nights out–that aren’t too revealing for countries in East Asia. What’s even more amazing–they have super sweet daily deals on Groupon for up to 90% off the retail price. Toiletries A great way to stay clean and keep your trip cheap is to pack things like...

Top 10 Must See Caribbean Beaches

Top 10 Must See Caribbean Beaches

Mar 2, 2015

You could be forgiven for thinking that if you had seen one stunning Caribbean beach, you had seen them all. However, this isn’t actually the case. From white sands that stretch for miles to tiny sheltered coves and dramatic rocky inlets; here is our pick of the top 10 Caribbean beaches you simply must see. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Sitting within Princess Alexandra National Park in Providenciales is Grace Bay; one of the most famous and most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Pristine white sands are edged by sparkling turquoise waters, stretching over three miles along the coastline. Providenciales best restaurants and most exclusive resorts are but a sun-dazed stumble away, though we doubt you will want to leave the beach anyway. Trunk Bay – St John Trunk Bay was donated to the US National Park Service by Lawrence S. Rockefeller 50 years ago and has since become known as the best beach in St John. The National Park provides a stunning backdrop for the beach and hiking the historic sugar plantations and surrounding greenery is a great way of killing time between topping-up your tan on the immaculate sands. Trunk Bay’s underwater snorkelling trail attracts enthusiasts from across the world, all of them lured by the promise of seeing at least 30 species of fish and countless underwater monuments in a single 30 minute snorkel session. With waters this clear, we don’t doubt this promise for a second. Love Beach – New Providence Island, Nassau This secluded spot is perfect for those who want to leave the world behind and relax undisturbed. The shallow waters of Love Beach stretch out almost half a mile into the sea, making it prime for snorkelling. Unspoilt reefs sit a mile from the coast but you needn’t venture even that far before you see your first fish; slip on your snorkelling gear and step just a few feet into the water and you’ll soon see them swimming around you. Those seeking hidden treasures deeper down can dive a seemingly endless amount of shipwrecks and caves. Nassau offers some of the best diving in the world and divers flock to experience the area’s blue holes....

Ontario Parks: Smart Safety Strategies for Campers

Ontario Parks: Smart Safety Strategies for Campers

Feb 28, 2015

Ontario’s extraordinary parks are home to majestic wilderness terrain and pristine lakes and rivers. It’s only natural that you’d want to check out RamTruckOffers.ca and then head out in your new truck to explore Ontario’s most extraordinary outdoor spaces. Before you head out on a hike, however, be sure to consider the following safety tips that will make your camping experience a safe rather than harrowing adventure. Know the Weather When preparing for your camping trip, be sure to check the weather reports for the region you are heading. You’ll definitely want to pack accordingly. Even if there’s only a slight chance for rain, make sure you pack a rain poncho and a tarp to throw over your campsite in case a storm blows in to catch you off guard. Naturally, you’ll need to pack plenty of warm clothes if you are camping in fall or spring, but even summer evenings can get cool. Bring a Map A map and a compass are essential when camping anywhere in Ontario’s wilderness lands. An expert camper isn’t likely to get lost in Ontario’s big sky country, because an expert camper would never forget to bring a compass and map along. The more detailed the map, the better off you will be in case you find yourself lost on a hike. Don’t Attract Bears When camping in Ontario, be advised that the province is home to a thriving population of black bears. These predators have been responsible for fatal attacks. You can reduce the likelihood of a bear attack on your camp by eliminating any food scraps from your camp site and keeping all food out of sight–and preferably locked in airtight containers that will prevent its scent from attracting bears. It’s a good idea to have Ontario-approved pepper spray on you in case you come across a bear during your hike. Know Where to Find Emergency Services From slips and falls to encounters with wildlife, any number of unexpected events can occur when you’re camping in Ontario’s parks. Be sure you know where to find emergency services in case someone in your party needs medical assistance. Bring your cell phone to the parks as coverage is...

Mountain Skiing: There’s an App for That

Mountain Skiing: There’s an App for That

Oct 18, 2014

When you head out to the slopes this year, bring your skis and your tablet (or at least your smartphone). When you’re not racing down the hills, you can use the free apps many resorts are now offering as a way to help you make the most of your stay. You can also pick some “off-label” apps that can help you get more out of any vacation. OffGrid   Offgrid disconnects you from the world. Many people these days are looking for more interaction, more connection. Offgrid offers you less. But, when you’re on vacation, less is more. By pressing a single button, you can block all incoming messages to your smartphone and get back to nature. You get a detailed report of what you missed while you were away, and an automatic message is sent to would-be time thieves. When you’re ready to enter civilization again, you just shut the app off. Ski Tracks Ski tracks is a mobile app that uses GPS to track your routes, hiking, runs, and elevation. You can fill the app with 14 hours of activity and, when you get home, load up your day and see it displayed in portrait format. ( Image by Helena Normark ) Liftopia Liftopia’s strength is in its lift ticket discount finder. Browse all of the deals from local or national resorts. You can also get updates about local weather conditions to see if your favorite ski resort is primed for a run. ( Image by reeceevan ) Whistler Blackcomb Mobile App The Whistler Blackcomb mobile application is offered by Whistler Blackcomb. It features information about hiking trails, summer lift status, bike park trails, and even Whistler Blackcomb lodging – just in case you want to plan a weekend getaway. The app is free, and focuses primarily on the Alpine and valley, but also gives you insights as to what’s happening there, as there’s access to the webcams right in the app. Ski and Snow Report Ski and Snow Report is for powder lovers. This app analyzes the snowfall data of major resorts, not by computer or by aggregating data from resorts, but by hand-fed analytics. That’s right, app staffers post information about snow and weather...