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Family Trips to Avoid

I don’t know about you, but I have trouble even watching a kissing scene on TV if my dad is in the room.

I also wouldn’t eat ribs on a first date, get drunk in front of my mother-in-law, wear a short halter dress to a meeting with the CEO or ugly underwear to the gynecologist.

There are just certain things that we don’t do around certain people and for very good reasons. So, why then do people forget to apply this logic to their holidays?

How much fun would it be to go on a girls cruise with Chippendale entertainment, special toys parties and raucous truth or dare games… with your future mother-in-law?

Chances are that her finding out about that night, with that many shooters and that certain Sharks player is just not a good idea.

Most of us use a holiday as a way to escape the family or the mother-in-law, so we are pretty clued up on this subject. But it never hurts to take a quick refresher course on the art of avoiding a mini drama on our hard-earned vacations.

Trips to avoid… with your mom

I asked one of my friends what type of trip he would avoid taking with his mother and the answer was simple – any holiday during which you intend to relax.

Another friend asked to take the money instead.

Someone else commented that you should never go on holiday with her mom if you intend to sleep past 7am and are not a fan of the “wakey wakey song”.

If it was my mom, I would have to avoid any trip to a town that has been around for more than a day. Otherwise I would be subjected to every museum, gallery and stately home there was. (What is a stately home anyway?)

So apparently what to avoid depends completely on your particular mom.

The alternative: Instead of worrying what kind of holiday would be testing with your mom, why not plan a trip that you know would be a hit with you both? Heading to a new place like Zambia or Mauritius is exciting and new for you both, meaning you can explore together.

Each GoTravel24 package to these destinations also ensures that you are slap bang in the middle of the action. So if you need to sleep in, there will be plenty for your mom to do until the sun rises sufficiently to get you out of bed.

Trips to avoid… with your dad

I think avoiding the red light district in Amsterdam with your dad pretty much goes without saying here (or at least we hope so). So we’ll take a more local angle and suggest that you think about what your dad is like before you trek across South Africa.

Think about it, if your dad is outdoorsy and believes that starting a fire with matches is cheating, then he is probably not going to be thrilled with a trip to Sun City.

If your dad is anything like mine, then a holiday where the main attraction is a shopping mall is also not going to go down well. There is nothing worse than having a sulky man in tow and nothings brings out that side in a dad like a changing room.

The alternative: Whether it’s screaming from the sidelines of a rugby field or practicing pirouettes, dads love to get involved with their kids.

Dads will jump at the chance to be able to teach you something again or hold your hand when you get scared. And who cares if you chicken out or fall over? It’s just your daddy after all.

Trips to avoid… with your new girlfriend

There are so many options for romantic getaways and holidays for couples that it can be easy to get carried away and for things to go wrong. For many reasons, couples often decide to go on adventure holidays together. You could want to share your interests with a new partner or simply be trying to impress with your bravery. But broken bones, flying off a mountain bike, sky diving to your death are never usually a good look. The kind of bonding you are looking to do is not usually done best from twin hospital beds.

Besides the chance at irreparably damaging your partner and your chances at a second date, adventure trips can backfire in another way. The way to impress a girl is not by showing off on a mountain bike and crashing into a tree that just “appeared out of nowhere”.

Honestly, we’d just think you’re being stupid.

Or what happens if you get all hooked up to the bungee jumping equipment and then you chicken out? That is not exactly impressive either.

You also have no idea how she is going to react in certain situations. Chances are that she didn’t disclose her comical lack of coordination and balance on your first date. So tying her up behind a boat with a wooden plank attached to her feet is not going to endear you to her. Take it from me (yes, I fell over every time) you are just going to embarrass her and ensure that your first holiday away is your last.

The alternative: If you are looking for something different to do to impress a girl, why not try a cruise? It can almost be guaranteed that this is something she hasn’t done meaning you score ingenuity points and there are lots of fun activities on board that all come with lifeboat and trained staff safety.

Trips to avoid… with your new boyfriend
A weekend away with a new girlfriend usually means one thing… (please don’t make me say it). So as long as there is a bed involved, new boyfriends are usually happy.

But there are some trips that can put a dampener on your lust, I mean love.

There are things that women (no stereotypes here) find incredibly romantic, but can leave a newly captured man trembling. While you might find an overnight train trip across South Africa incredibly Mills & Boon and dreamy, in reality it means being stuck in one small cabin with the same person for a very long time.

While you could envision cuddling all day while the rain patters on the windows, he probably sees a cage with nowhere for him to go to the loo out of earshot.

Another gem of a trip to avoid (I had no idea people actually do this) is a themed tour. You might be an avid Shakespeare lover and adore the idea of dressing up in the garb, talking all fancy and taking a boat trip around Cape Town harbour. Chances are that your new boyfriend doesn’t. Remember, Shakespeare involved tights and wigs. There are better ways to share your interests with your new partner without subjecting them to something that will probably embarrass them, make you look a little odd and put them amongst, um, interesting company.

The alternative: The best way to get a romantic weekend with your new man is to compromise a tad (just a tad, relax). Try a city break somewhere there is something cool and manly happening at the time. Think Sharks vs Stormers or A1 Grand Prix. Once you have wowed him with how cool you are, spending the rest of the weekend in bed is guaranteed. Throw a cool city hotel into the mix and you are both happy.

Trips to avoid… with your in-laws
This entirely depends on your in-laws of course. I have a friend who laughed at this question and called her mom-in-law “an awesome party animal”. So, I’ll close my eyes while you all maim her and offer some advice anyway.
Remember how it irks you when you partner back seat drives? Well, imagine how super annoying it would be coming from your in-laws?

Taking a self-drive family safari trip is one holiday I would not recommend to take with your extended family. It involves long days spent in the car, arguments over the air con and awkward moments when you run out of conversation. No matter how good your relationship is with your in-laws, being stuck in a car together is testing.

Before you know it you are arguing over that being an eland or a kudu, whether or not her son really likes broccoli, whatever happened to that lovely Shelley girl he dated in high school and how you wear too much make up for a safari.

The alternative: Rather opt for a safari package from GoTravel24 that includes flights, car hire, accommodation and meals. No mother-in-law can critique your cooking, driving or bed-making skill when everything is expertly taken care of for you.

Trips to avoid… with your siblings

Once again, this will depend on your siblings and whether or not they have procreated yet. If they have multiplied already, then you should really just avoid all trips.

While you love your nieces and nephews, I very much doubt you envisioned your holiday to include tropical sunsets, massages, room service and dirty nappies.

Most child friendly holiday resorts mean that, shockingly, there will be lots of children around.

Screaming kids can hinder relaxation and you will be surprised by how much your siblings will expect you to help out. And believe me, “I’m re-hydrating under a face mask in a hammock” will not be classified as a good enough excuse for you to be “too busy for bath time”.

The alternative: If traveling with toddlers and kids is unavoidable, try a safari in a malaria free area of South Africa. This means that kids will be safe and free of revolting malaria medication.

Many game lodges also have childcare facilities, so by doing some research and choosing one of these you will even be able to spend some adult time together.

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Keeping Busy And Protecting Your Privacy When Traveling

Traveling alone can be an adventure. Traveling with your family can be an even bigger adventure and can present its own set of problems and requirements. When you are traveling alone, you only have to worry about yourself. You can keep yourself busy working or doing whatever else you like. You can read a book or watch a movie. When the family goes along with you, there are more people to worry about and to keep busy.

The best thing to do is make sure everyone in your traveling party, whether it’s yourself or your family, is kept busy at all times. A decade ago it meant everyone needed to bring a good old-fashioned book with paper pages, but they are pretty much out of date now. The best way to go on a flight is to take advantage of today’s technology. Start with a laptop and an iPod and you are already halfway to your destination in a much better mood.

A laptop is perfect if you bring it along and you don’t need to bring it along only for work. There are plenty of games you can access to help you kill that travel time and you can listen to music on your -Pod while you are at it. Remember that the stranger sitting next to you will be staring and probably want to ask you what you are doing, so keep the earpiece in to drown out the noise. Your neighbor will get the message.

When you have your computer you can also do any work that needs to get done before arriving at your final destination. With the ability to basically carry a computer in your pocket, with the cell phones and portable devices, there really no need to even carry a notebook around. You can e-mail, text and surf the web all in the palm of your hand. This works great to get any last minute details taken care of before you arrive.

If you have a laptop and are traveling with kids, bring along a book and let the kids have some fun. They will get impatient more quickly than you will and if you can offer them the chance to play some games to pass the time, you might even be able to get in a quick refresher nap.

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Twilight – The Cullen Family

We all have different pasts and each has their own stories to tell. In Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, the most interesting collection of stories probably came from the most unusual family of all.

When we look at the definition of family we usually give it the meaning of a group of people related through blood whose main function is to reproduce and raise their young.

The Cullens, a family through a different kind of blood connection, truly proves to us that there is good among evil. Brought together by many unfortunate twists of events, their family remains strong despite all the forces that have and are working against them.

Each family member has their own story of how their birth came about. We see how Carlisle struggled to resist violence in his new existence; and Esme, after jumping off a cliff due to heartbreak from her loss of a child, continued to show compassion to her new adopted family.

The story of Rosalie Hale is something to be noticed as well. To be so close to the life she wanted, we can’t help but sympathize towards her resentment to her new life. And little Alice, with no past to remember, charms us all with her enthusiasm and positive outlook in life.

As for Jasper, his story is probably the most violent among them. He was created for the purpose of invasion, in a place where their kind lusts for more. And though his past still haunts him, he found peace in the arms of his new family.

They say our past defines who we are today, it may be true, but it cannot dictate to us where we can belong. Their story reminds us that choices are always open to those willing to change. It also helps us to understand that there are different kinds of families and the definitions are all just as important as each other.

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What Things Do You Need to Know When Traveling to Cairo?

One of the great countries in Africa and one of the first great civilizations in the world, Egypt attracts many visitors in the world, especially Cairo- the capital of the country, Africa’s biggest city and one of  cities with the most dense population on earth is the center of the region’s political and cultural life.In addition to, the city is the eleventh largest urban area worldwide which make many visitors interested in travelling to.

 

A city with a rich historical and contemporary significance such as this will undoubtedly be a major tourist spot. Cairo is along the great Nile River which is regarded as the longest in the planet. This river alone boasts of a global historical, cultural and scientific importance unmatched by any other river on earth.

 

Typical of any major tourist destination, Cairo has lots of attractions. For tourists who are on an African tour, this city is surely on the “won’t miss” list. The following are some helpful tips and information that can make your Cairo trip more fun, hassle-free and enjoyable:

 

1. Although the city has a desert climate, its air is unusually humid. The effects of the river valley are the main contributing factor to this.

 

2. Because of the hot temperature, bringing a hat and a bottle of water while doing the sightseeing is highly advisable. As a protection from the damaging rays of the sun, sunglasses and sunscreen would prove beneficial as well.

 

3. The Cairo Tower and Al-Azhar Mosque are great places to visit too especially if you don’t like the outdoors. You can also visit the Egyptian Museum if you want to avoid the extreme heat of the Cairo sun.

 

4. It’s highly recommended that you plan your Cairo trip between November and March to avoid the extreme heat of Cairo summer.

 

5. For people who love the outdoors, the “City of the Dead” and “Old Cairo” are some of the more popular choices.

 

6. Mobilization within the city is not a problem as there are numerous means of transportation like subway, bus and taxi.

 

7. Nightlife in Cairo is very much alive. Bars, clubs, casinos and discotheques abound. Despite the ancient quality of the city, people here actually live a pretty modern life.

 

8. Before having your trip, be sure to study and be aware of the Egyptian’s culture and heritage. The knowledge, awareness and respect that you have for their culture and history will surely make your stay more comfortable, enjoyable and memorable.

 

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Family Days Out in Brixham

The English Riviera is calling your name. It is most definitely the ideal location for your family’s next trip. Whether you want to take a long weekend getaway or that weeklong holiday vacation you have been waiting for, head to the English Riviera. It is beautiful, fun, and relaxing. Your family will love every second you spend there. Obviously, you will have to decide where to stay on when you get there. Brixham is a great option for families. The town is a famous area in the English Riviera. It is hot and sunny. You will love the cliffs. And, you will definitely enjoy the fisherman. Fishing is a huge part of the culture and industry there. People have been fishing on Brixham for over 900 years. Additionally, you will be able to do plenty of exciting things with your family. Here are some of the things people are doing right now on Brixham:
 
·   Bike Rides. The coastline of Brixham is beautiful. There is no better way to experience it than on a bike. You will see the beautiful cliffs and rugged landscape that makes up the town. It will definitely be a fun adventure.
·   House of Marbles. The House of Marbles is a fun museum. The museum has a lot of historical collections and some rare marbles. Your kids will learn how marbles are made and they will even get to play games.
·   Walking. The area has one of the best coasts in all of England. Cliffs also shelter it, so you will have a great climate throughout the day.
·   Go-Karts. Who does not enjoy go-karts? There is a junior track and a senior track. They even have 2 seater cars so you can ride together. Also, the course is located outside in a beautiful area.
·   Totnes Castle. This castle is a classic Norman motte and bailey castle. There are amazing views from the castle to the rivers in the town. And, the castle is beautifully constructed.
·   Strand Art Gallery.  This is the largest place with originally painting. The great thing about it is the studio has art from many people who paint outside during the harbour in the summertime. 
 
Take your family to a few of these places when you are in Brixham. You will enjoy experiencing culture, having fun, and being together. That is what Brixham and the English Riviera is all about. Once you visit you will return home and start planning your next trip back.

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Keeping in Touch With Home While Traveling Abroad With Seven Ways

Due to the progress of techonology, internet has brought us many advantages and become simpler to communicate inexpensively with anyone in any part of the world. Certainly, it is lucky and useful for travelers and expats living abroad. This article will share you seven main ways of keeping in touch with family and friends at home while traveling abroad.

 

In the 1970s my only method of reaching my wife in Florida from India was by telephone. Just getting the connections set up between the two countries could take hours. By the early 1990s it was easier to make international connections but still slow and inconvenient. I still use landlines and cell phones but making international calls with either is not the best use of your time and money. So how do I communicate with home while abroad?

 

Cards and letters. This is the only method I presently use that does not in some way depend on the internet. I still find that friends and relatives get a kick out of receiving a picture postcard from overseas. The underdeveloped nature of the postal system or even the lack of one in some countries limits this method.

Email. Ten years ago having email was less common. Today it is rare to find anyone without email. Almost everyone today not only has email but checks it at least once a day. If your message does not require an immediate response, email is a good means of communication.

Internet VOIP Services. VOIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol is most commonly known as internet telephone service. I know of at least a dozen providers. My favorites in the last few years have been MagicJack and Vonage. Both provide a “back home” telephone number which allows you to make internet calls to family members as if the calls were local calls. Skype in some cases is cheaper, but only when making calls to other Skype members.

AIM, Yahoo, & MSN Online Instant Messaging. Each of these can be used when your established friends and relatives are online. The messages are instantaneous but has the limitation of only having the capability of messaging while both parties are online. These message systems are particularly appealing to the youth of today, and many adults are being converted to their use.

Facebook & Other Social Network Sites. You can also instant message with Facebook and some people do. But Facebook’s advantage over Yahoo & similar sites is that you can leave comments or messages that can be responded to at a later time. Posting regularly on Facebook can give your friends a running account of your activities at any frequency you desire.

Online Diaries Or Blogs. The terms are not mutually exclusive. Any blog can be used as an online diary. There are however specific online diary services designed specifically for the traveler. By simply giving your friends the URLS of these diaries or blogs, they can keep up with your activities.

Family Websites. The free Google Apps, for example is designed for families or organizations and provides a customized gmail account specific to your domain name. However, unless you get the paid premier edition (still a bargain at $ 50/year), you are limited to only 50 user accounts. I have one, but have to admit that I have only used it very infrequently.

 

Keeping in touch with home once meant writing a diary or letter and having it sent by ship or air in a process that could take weeks or even months. Today, instantaneous communication is not only possible but with the internet, has become the norm. Being able to communicate with family and friends daily if desired makes traveling or even living abroad much more enjoyable.

 

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Go Green With Family Cookouts

With warm weather, comes getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. One of the best ways to do that is by getting together with family and friends and cooking out on the grill. In fact, cookouts are so popular that it’s even become known as the nation’s favorite pastime. With so many people cooking out, imagine how much difference it would make if everyone were to go green with their family cookouts.

The typical cookout consists of lots of paper or plastic cups and plates, napkins and deposable plastic utensils. However, you don’t need to have a typical cookout in order to have a great time. You can make a few simple changes that will allow you to go green with your family cookouts and still enjoy them just as much as you always have.

Tips for going green with family cookouts:

Plan ahead by determining how much food is needed to avoid having leftovers that will need to be thrown away.
Note that gas grills are recommended because propane and natural gas will burn cleaner than the charcoal grills.
If you prefer charcoal, then consider using all natural brands that have eliminated the additives the other brands contain. Take the time to compost the charcoal remains.
Avoid using petroleum-based lighter fluid because these contain harmful chemicals.
Don’t send out written invitations. Instead invite your guest in person, by telephone or send them an email.
Switch out those paper plates and cups for reusable containers that can be washed.
Instead of plastic utensils use recycled plastic that can be washed in the dishwasher.
Choose organic foods and grass-fed meats.
Keep your grill properly maintained so it will work more efficiently.
Make sure all waste is separated correctly and placed in the right recycling bin.

If you follow the tips listed above you will be able to reduce the amount of waste your cookouts produce and still have a wonderful summer enjoying get-togethers with family and friends. Have a wonderful summer and go green with your next family cookout!

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Traveling in Business Airfares with Some Tips

Traveling by air is considered as the fastest and effective means of traveling within a few hours.Therefore it is more in demand than other means of traveling and the fare of flights are expensive depending on the class of flight and airline. There is difference between airline fares. Many people like to travel in executive class with long journey because it is more convenient option but  because of the business class fares, it is not possible for everyone.

 

There are many people who think that executive class is mainly for business people, but on the contrary anyone who can afford the fare can fly in this class. But why do these people prefer to fly in this class? That is because it is ample luxuries and has many facilities than economy class. The fare of this class is more expensive and not everyone can afford it. There are few points to follow if you really want to experience flying cheap in business class flights.

 

*Well you can plan and book your travel in advance. Generally the airline reduces the fare in preplanned flights. That is because they feel their flight will not be filled at the time of departure. As the time goes by the airline will double the fares before few days / weeks.

*Another thing is flying in peak season. Generally airline raises their prices at this time because 80 % of people like to fly to new destination. So if possible evade purchasing tickets in this season. Weekend flights are especially for company employees. If you are planning to travel on weekends then book at least few weeks in advance.

*Sometimes you can get lucky and get cheap tickets if the airlines have failed to fill the seats before departure. You can browse for these kinds of deals on online. Try comparing rates with other airlines fares and then book the tickets with cheapest fare.

*Sometimes there is a chance in decrease of the flight fares. If you have booked for the tickets before hand and you come to know about the decrease in rates then you can ask for refund from the airline.

*There are some airlines that provide discounts and offers in non season. If you are really interested in traveling in executive class then keep checking for these kinds of offers on online before booking for the first flight.

*Another thing that matters is the service of airline. Some airlines don’t take care of your needs even after paying tons of money for the ticket. Even if you buy cheap ticket it is the duty of the airline to give a proper service to the passengers. If the service is bad try to travel in other airlines.

 

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Trinity – The Family

When we examine Trinity in order to understand how to imitate God in human relationships (Ephesians 5:1, Philippians 2;5, 1 Corinthians 11:1), we must be clear concerning the nature of that which we seek to copy. Obviously no human institution or relationship can perfectly reproduce the kinship of the Triune God. In God there are three persons but not three individuals as we would find in the created realm. Instead we are confronted with three personal self-distinctions within the divine essence, “self conscious and self directing, yet never acting independently or in opposition” to one another. Nevertheless, if we understand the relationship aright, we cannot help but discover principles of “the one and the many” that are appropriate to human existence.

In the first place the doctrine of the Trinity tells us that fellowship between persons is the norm. Indeed, it is only in fellowship with others that the individual is made complete. Yet, since unity is not ultimate it is likewise true that the fullness of fellowship only exists with the recognition of variety.

Moreover, Mankind is invited to participate in the fellowship of the Trinity through our relationship with Jesus Christ. Because we are brought into fellowship with God in Christ, the Lord has established a variety of “schools” to educate us in the etiquette of unity and diversity. The most fundamental of these is the marriage and family relationship.

The book of Genesis tells us that in light of the creation of Man and Woman, God intends that “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). It is interesting that in this relationship we see the dissolution of unity and its reestablishment. A man is to leave the family of his father and mother and institute a new family, a new “one” out of the many. This models the action of the Trinity in at least two ways. However, we will limit our examination to the manner in which the marriage relationship is designed to illustrate Trinitarian unity and diversity

The Bible says that a woman is supposed to submit to her husband. This action of submission is integral to the concept of “the one.” However, the Bible also tells us that “the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does” (1 Corinthians 7:4). This principle was presented within the context of the sexual relationship in marriage. Yet, because that association has an impact on the covenant relationship as a whole, we cannot limit the application of the precept to physical intimacy. For instance, a husband cannot relinquish regular ablutions in spite of his wife’s insistence that he practice a reasonable standard of personal hygiene. His position as head of the household (guarantor of the one), does not allow him to ignore the wishes of the many. More fundamental is the fact that a man must love his wife “just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25). Indeed, he must be the first one in the relationship to let the mind of Christ be also in him and “look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).

Therefore the warrantor of “the one” cannot live so as to dominate “the many.” Neither the one nor the many is ultimate and neither can be ignored. Maintaining this balance becomes more difficult as children are added to the family. Thus the requirement for a husband to do his best “to present [himself] to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

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Traveling Easily With Eurostar Between UK and France

If you are going to travel across Europe, one of the fastest and easiest ways is to use Eurostar, which offers three different travel classes. Travelers selecting Business Premier and Leisure can enjoy on-board meals that are served at their seat with a wide variety of drinks and dishes at the bar buffet. Premier travelers also have many other advantages, including shorter checkins, wireless internet or lounge access before departure.

 

With a wide service offer and great efficiency (96% of the trains arrived on time in 2009), Eurostar is growing more successful each year, welcoming more than 100 million customers on board in August 2009, with about 50 trains taking the tunnel every day. Within 16 years of existence, Eurostar’s customer number has risen from 3 to 9.2 million.

 

Since November 2007, Eurostar’s network has undergone several modifications aiming at increasing the speed of trips. Thanks to these works, who have tremendously boosted tourism on the European scale, it now only takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to go from central London to central Paris, faster and cheaper than air travel, with an average speed of 186.4 miles per hour.

 

Assuming your destination is the sunny city of Nice, the Eurostar service will take you to Lille in 1 hour and 20 minutes, and you can take a high-speed train (TGV) nonstop from Lille to Nice, with a trip of about 7 hours and 22 minutes. Therefore, within less than 9 hours you can go from London to Nice with only one stop at Lille and for less than £160. For seasoned travellers, who aren’t afraid of changing stations, it is possible to go from London to Nice within 8 hours and 50 minutes with a railway station in Paris, Lyon or Marseille.

 

According to route-planning site Mappy.com, it takes about 13 hours and a half to drive from central London to central Nice, with costs reaching up to £240. Is it really necessary to point out how exhausting and expensive undertaking such a journey might be?

 

As for air travel, prices can be matched if the booking is done weeks in advance, but the trip is shorter and more convenient with Eurostar, as trains take you directly in city centres, whereas travelling through busy airports often requires long check-ins and commuting to finally reach the final destination. For example, it takes 50 minutes to go from central Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport, and 75 minutes to go from Stansted airport to Victoria station in London. Here’s another example: a flight to Nice from London’s Luton airport takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. If you take commuting and then checking-in into account, with almost 50 minutes on the bus on your way to Luton, 120 minutes waiting to checking, 2 hours and 30 minutes flying, and then 20 minutes to go from Nice airport to the city centre, you can spend about 5 hours and 40 minutes sitting around, or walking from one platform to another.

 

Let’s not also forget one crucial upside when taking Eurostar trains, which is unlimited luggage. Indeed, although your belongings on Eurostar services are searched, you can take as many suitcases as you like with you, which is rather convenient for long holidays abroad. Families and couples won’t have the trouble of counting how many clothes everybody’s allowed to bring, and how many times it is necessary to hop on and off trains, buses and planes. Eurostar is therefore a fast, comfortable and convenient way to travel, which will take you to Paris for a planned holiday or on a whim, for a day or two.

 

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