The Different Pros and Cons to Using a Sightseeing Bus on Vacation

The vacation to Europe has arrived, and you are highly excited about seeing all the major tourist sites, the only problem is that you have no idea where you are going.  Also, while a lot of people speak English in these cities, it seems that you always run into the ones who don’t when asking questions about where to go.  How can you find your way around the city without feeling frustrated, confused, and wasting the day the answer is by using a sightseeing bus?

Of course, while many of these hops on, hop off buses are available they aren’t all beneficial.  Yes, there are several advantages to using these facilities – why would they be that popular if it wasn’t useful but, believe it or not, there are also disadvantages to using these facilities.  This article will point out the different pros and cons of this type of tourist feature.

The Different Pros

  1. Seeing Every Major Tourist Site

Potentially the most beneficial factor associated with sightseeing buses is that they pass (and stop) at every major tourist site.  This is useful for tourists who are eager to see all that a city has to offer and are interested in exploring the city to its fullest.

  1. Stopping at Tourist Sites

In addition to passing all of the tourist sites, many of the buses will stop at the major sites allowing tourists to disembark and explore the area.  It should be mentioned, however, that some sights are not available to the public – like the Vatican City in Rome – but you can hop off to view the surrounding area if you wish.

  1. No Need for Complicated Maps

Even with GPS services, finding our way through cities can be confusing, and many people can get lost in places they don’t know.  By using a sightseeing bus it is possible to travel through a major city without the need for complicated maps, a GPS system, and you will reach your destination without becoming lost.

  1. Frequent Busses

One issue that many people fear when using these buses is that they will need to wait for another bus.  This is untrue because the buses run regularly and you can travel on any hop on, hop off bus in the city using the ticket purchased.

The Different Cons

  1. It Can Be Expensive

Cost is important, and because this is a popular feature, the tour buses in major cities are quite expensive.  You may think that the average cost of $45 for a 2-day pass is not too bad, but it is far too costly considering what you are getting.

  1. Stopping at Every Site

This can be a pro and con.  While it is beneficial for tourists to hop on and hop off at all sites, it can be time-wasting if you want to see a particular site.  For example, the average bus trip will take 90 minutes and reaching your destination using the Metro or a cab would be cheaper and quicker.…

 

Stay In Awesome Treehouses During Your Next Adventure

Forget staying at mainstream hotels. Be adventurous! Stay in a treehouse. If you love nature, what better way can there be to be at one with it than staying up high in amongst the trees? Worldwide, treehouse hotels are becoming ever more popular. You can stay in places that just have simple wooden planks elevated in the canopy of the trees to more luxurious treehouses that have full kitchens and bathrooms. Some even have swimming pools and fireplaces.

Treehouses are great places to let the inner child in everyone come out. It also enables people who live in concrete jungles to get away and get much needed time off from everyone and everything. So break away from the mainstream tourist hotels and lose yourself high up in the trees.

Some of the best tree house resorts to stay in are:

Hinchinbrook Island Resort, Australia

Stay among the rainforest trees at this resort. You’ve got the best of all worlds – the beach, the mountains, and the rainforest in one place. The treehouse bungalows offer great views with large wall windows. You can cook your own meals inside and each comes with it’s own balcony.

Tree House Lodge, Costa Rica

Head to South America to stay at the beachfront treehouses here. This eco-friendly lodge is built from already dead trees. It’s heated by solar power technology. This lodge is literally built in and around a large tree.

Tsala Treetop Lodge, South Africa

Go to Africa for this lodge. It’s location is ideal for viewing the forest. It’s build from wood, stone, and glass giving it a mix of luxury and rustic atmosphere. You can enjoy a warm fire on cool nights by the fireplace or have a drink out on the veranda. You can have a swim at the infinity pool as well.

Tongabezi, Zambia

The Tongabezi treehouse can be accessed by a winding path on a cliff and is built above the Zambezi River. You can enjoy baths in their claw-foot tub and enjoy the carefully selected cultural artwork displayed in the room.

Chewton Glen, UK

Go to the United Kingdom for this luxuriously built tree house hotel. There are six tree houses to choose from set close to the New Forest National Park. You can relax in a hot tub and enjoy heated marble flooring.

If you want your home to have that treehouse feel, install hardwood flooring in your home. Get a floor sanding Brisbane company to do it for you and when you’re reminiscing about your past travels and stays at treehouses, you can feel like you’ve brought the treehouse home with you.

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Homeowner Skills You Should Know

If you’ve just bought a new house, likely you have some idea of what it takes to keep it maintained and looking good. But do you? Here are some skills that you should know if you are a homeowner.

1. Repairing an unstable fence. If you’ve got a post for your fence that gives when you touch it or moves with the wind, it’s a good idea to secure it. If the fence is really old and most of the boards are flimsy or rotten, replacing the fence is your better option. Research online about how to go about it or hire a professional to the job. If you have a friend that knows how to install a new fence, consult with him or maybe he can lend you a hand building a fence on a weekend. For temporary fixing, you can buy what’s called a U-post which is a metal insert that can act as a stabilizer for an unstable fence post. All you have to do is insert it into the dirt next to the unstable post about two feet. Then attach the U-post to the fence post for stability.

2. Painting rooms in your house. You’ll likely get bored with the same paint color after a few years in the same house. It’s good to know how to repaint rooms properly so you’ll save time and money. You’ll need some angled paintbrushes for cutting and rollers for big walls. Good prep work is the most important part of the job. Cover all furniture to protect them from paint splatters. Dust and vacuum the rooms you’ll be painting in. Use painter’s tape to border the glass panes in windows to prevent them from getting painted on. It’s good to paint the trims and borders of rooms first. After that, you can start painting corners and areas around the trim. Finally, do the big surface areas. You’ll likely need two coats of paint minimum for a good paint job. If you’re using red paint, that will take more coats than other colours. For some paint jobs like new wall paint, you’ll likely need to use a primer first before the final coats of paint.

3. Cleaning. We mean thorough cleaning. For cleaning, it’s great to start from top to bottom. Dust ceilings with dry rags or feathered brushes. Get a long stick and attach a duster to it to clean high ceilings and hard to reach corners. Dust the walls and for areas with marks use magic erasers to get marks off. Just be gentle with the magic eraser because it can remove paint from the walls if rubbed too hard. For greasy hand marks, use a damp cloth to remove them. To clean inside closets and cupboards, have boxes or plastic tub containers to put contents of cupboards and closets in first. Then wipe down the inside of cupboards and closets with disinfectants or cleaners. For windows, remove the panes if able. Wash the screens out with soapy water to remove grime from the screen and rinse gently until all the soap is gone. Vacuum and wipe out the borders of the window sill. Finally, vaccum or sweep the floors. Use a damp mop with cleaner to disinfect and get grease off the floors. If you have rugs, vacuum and steam clean to disinfect the rugs. Area rugs should be vacuumed washed if possible. Hire cleaners to do your deep cleaning if you can’t do it yourself.

4. Maintaining the roof. Usually this gets neglected as we don’t often think of our roofs. It’s good to do a check up on the roof once in a while before there appears to be any damage visible. If you see any missing roof tiles, replace those right away as storms can allow water in which can lead to moisture being trapped then mould growth afterwards. If you see any leaks in your attic, find the source of the leakage and patch it right away. If your roof is heavily damaged and patch jobs just won’t cut it, hire professionals to install new roofing. Go to www.certifiedroofing.com.au for help with all your roofing needs.

 

Build Your Own Skate Park

Love going to skate parks but finding that they are already occupied? Get your needed cement time by building your own backyard skate park. You will need wood and cement to build your ramps, rails, and other obstacles to put on your own park. How can you do it? Follow these easy steps.

1. See if it’s okay with the law to have one in your own backyard. Write or go to your local city government office or check online to see what the requirements are to be able to build one. You might have to get certain permits for your yard. Make sure it’s okay with your insurance policy to build one as well. Also, before bulldozing or digging a bit, call the city office again to see if there are any gas or water lines in the ground. You don’t want to hit a major water line or gas line which could pose a major threat to you and your neighborhood.

2. Start planning the design of your skate park or skate bowl. Draw it out on paper or design it on the computer. Add your obstacles or fun things to ride on like curbs, ramp jumps, or rails. If you’re just beginning, make the design simple and later add on to it. Once you have your initial but not final plan done, calculate the cost of what it would take in materials like wood and cement, etc. If you can’t afford certain things at first, cut those out of the initial plan. A simple small skatepark might cost you two to ten thousand dollars including everything depending on the quality of the materials you buy and how big your skate park is.

3. Look at tutorials of how to build your own skate park on the internet or contact your local handyman on the best way to build your skate park. There are many good designs available on the internet to copy.

4. If you’re into building a skate park that will last, make sure you get high quality materials to build with so it will last. You will need to make it durable to take the beating of skateboards or rollerskates. You don’t want it to fall apart while grinding on it and you don’t want the cement to crumble. If you want to build a good quality one but can’t afford it, have your friends that want to build it and play on it pitch in with funds to help.

5. Get the tools you need to build. You will need drills, saws, hammers, screws, nails, a cement mixer (which you can rent from your local hardware store), and a level.