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Homemade Hydroponic Growing System – How to Build at Lowest Cost

For those without garden space, indoor gardening can be a rewarding alternative. Imagine growing organic fruits, and vegetables in your home without soil. Hydroponics is an effective means of growing plants with water containing nutrients instead. It offers all the benefits of a greenhouse, using only twenty percent of the space required for soil gardening. To start out as a hydroponic gardener, you can choose one of the many available hydroponic kits, or enjoy the satisfaction of making your own home hydroponic growing system.

There are several homemade hydroponic growing system methods. The two simple methods are the reservoir method, and the flood and drain method.

Five gallon plastic tubs with matching lids work well for either method. Tubs should be opaque in order to prevent light from reaching the nutrient solution, or liquid plant food. Wash containers with vinegar, and then soap and water, to kill any bacteria.

Begin by creating your grow medium. Place seeds and an inert mixture of perlite, vermiculite, and coconut coir into individual plastic planters. Cut two rows of holes, matching the diameter of the individual planter's size, into the tub's lid. Drop a planter into each hole. Fit the lid, laden with planters, onto its container.

In the reservoir method, the plants will be sitting in a reservoir filled to the roots with nutrient solution. An external air pump will provide a constant, but gentle flow of air bubbles to the solution, providing the roots with oxygen. Cut an additional hole in the lid and pass an airline of tubing from the pump, through the hole, and down to bottom of the container.

For the flood and drain method, a second tub with matching lid will act as the reservoir. This time, instead of cutting that extra hole for the tubing into the lid, cut holes into the sides of each tub. Run the waterline from tub to tub. Use waterproof caulking to seal the connections. The principle here is based on gravity. When the reservoir is positioned level to, or higher than, the grow medium, the solution will run from the reservoir through the line and flood the grow medium. Reverse the positions to drain it. Plants should be flooded in this manner several times daily.

After setting up the hydration system, lighting will need to be provided. Place your homemade hydroponic growing system in a window that receives direct sunlight. Use a High Intensity Discharge lamp, or fluorescent fluorescent lamp in the absence of direct sunlight

If you do not have time to build your own hydroponics growing system, pick up a kit. Hydroponic kits include everything needed to begin indoor gardening including nutrients, pH kits, and grow guide. Hydroponic kits are available in any one of the system methods. Choose the one that will work best for you.

Whether you create your own home hydroponics growing system or purchase one of the system methods available as hydroponic kits, you will enjoy growing your own produce.



Source by Karen Xavier

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Tips to Find Best BLS Training

For acquiring a BLS certificate one should undergo the best training for appearing in the BLS certification exam. The best training helps the aspirer to increase the confidence towards the certification test and he/she can do the exam with an ease. This certification is opted by every medical practitioner and the common people. The one who has gained the BLS certificate can treat the victims of cardiac arrest, unconsciousness and drowning. BLS is part of pre-hospital medical treatment given to a patient. Every country has formulated basic life support guidelines and these guidelines are formulated by the professional medical bodies of that country. United States of America has formulated the guidelines depending on the instructions of American Red Cross and American Heart Association.

Every City is facilitated with the best training centers which follow all the guidelines prescribed by the government of America. There are many schools, hospitals, organizations conducting the training classes very efficiently for all the aspirers. In order to gain good knowledge and valued certificate every aspirer should select the best training institute. For finding a best institute the aspirer needs to follow some tips. Some of the tips for selecting the best BLS training institute are:

The aspirer should make a choice from the various BLS services. The various BLS techniques are: Adult CPR classes, Child CPR classes, Infant CPR classes and Mechanized External Defillbrator for the kids, adults and infants.

The aspirer should be very conscious while selecting the institute. The aspirer should select the institute which follows the latest guide lines issued by the American Red Cross.

The one who is willing to master these techniques should select the institute which offers the certificate card for the training period which will be valid for 2 years as this certificate is very essential for gaining a job.

The training institute selected should comprise of skilled tutors who are certificate holders and they should have a good experience on BLS techniques.

The aspirer should select the institute which consists of less student’s strength in the class. This helps the aspirer to enhance with deep individual attention of the tutor which indeed helps the aspirer to gain a good knowledge on the subject.

The training institute should be facilitated with the best laboratory facilities for performing the practical’s as this course needs both the practical and theoretical knowledge. The practical should be organized under the guidance of well trained technician.

The training institute should provide the mannequins for the students for performing the practical as these play a key role in learning the chest pressing strategies.

These training sessions are very helpful for the fire persons, law enforcement officers and many more in day to day life.



Source by Kevin Peter Sherman

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Cheap Candy Wedding Favors

Cheap candy wedding favors? Yes, that is what many brides want, and you may, too. You want your wedding reception to be memorable, but you are trying to be financially responsible. You want to give candy wedding favors to thank guests for helping you make your day special, but you do not want to spend as much on the candy wedding favors as guests spend on the gifts they will give. You want a cheap price, but you do not want to appear too cheap.

Traditional Candy Wedding Favors

Cheap candy wedding favors can be traditional, even though you get lower prices. Jordan Almonds are a traditional wedding candy. The almonds, hidden in a candy shell, are meant to represent the sweetness and bitterness every marriage experiences. The sweet candy coating is supposed to be stronger than the bitterness of the nut inside, reminding that there should be more sweetness than bitterness in marriage. You may use all white Jordan Almonds, white with a pastel that matches your wedding color scheme, or a pastel mix.

Buy Jordan Almonds in bulk, wrap them yourself, and you will have a candy wedding favor for cheap prices. The Jelly Belly store online sells 10 pounds, about 1,100 Jordan Almonds, for $ 72. Since most candy wedding favors offer just 6 Jordan Almonds, 10 pounds should be enough for 180 guests, making your candy price per guest about $ 0.40. Tulle and ribbon for wrapping the candy will add a few cents, but you should be able to keep the price of your candy wedding favor under $ .50 each.

Cheap candy wedding favors can be Peach Jordan Almonds, too. These go well with a peach or orange color scheme. At Bulk Foods website, you can buy 10 pounds, about 950 of these larger almonds covered in a sweet orange shell, for $ 48.50. This would provide candy wedding favors for 150 guests, making your candy price per guest about $ .032. With the tulle and ribbon, your candy wedding favor price will be well under $ 0.50 each.

Chocolate Candy Wedding Favors

Andes Crème De Menthe chocolate candies make a nice candy wedding favor for cheap prices. Bulk Foods offers these small rectangles in bright green paper. Place three mints in a small square of white tulle, and tie with a white ribbon for cheap candy wedding favors. You can get enough Andes Crème De Menthe chocolate candies for 150 guests for about $ 22, making your candy price per guest about $ 0.15. If you do not want to make bags, you can purchase discount organza bags online for $ 0.19 each. You can go up to 4 or 5 mints in a dainty organza bad, and your candy wedding favor price will still be under $ 0.50 each.

Hershey Kisses are another possibility for cheap candy wedding favors. You can order them in bulk in all silver wrappers, place 5 in a bit of tulle, and tie with ribbon for an elegant candy wedding favor. Or choose one of the special color combinations. Hershey offers:

* Almond Kisses "traditional" candy wedding favors wrapped in gold foil

* Red / Silver Kisses in red and silver foil with love-sayings strips

* Pastel Kisses in pink, fuchsia, silver, pastel blue and green foils

* Autumn Kisses in silver, gold, brown, and red foil

* Holiday Kisses in red, green, and silver foil

Hershey kisses of any color can be wrapped in white tulle and tied with ribbon to match your color scheme. Or use cheap plastic holders, available at party stores. This will make another candy wedding favor for cheap prices.

Tips for Cheap Candy Wedding Favors

Cheap candy wedding favors, already packaged, can be found on some wedding favor websites. Cheap is, of course, a relative term, and what looks cheap to one person will not be so to another.

The best low budget way to have candy wedding favors for cheap prices is to create the favors yourself, sometimes with the help of family or bridesmaids.

Buy your candy in bulk at a wholesale store online. If your candy order totals $ 50 or more, shipping will usually be free.

Buy small organza bags or tulle and ribbon at a discount wedding favor website. Choose colors according to your wedding color scheme and the candy color or wrapper.

Create your candy wedding favors 2 weeks before the wedding, and store them in a cool, clean place.



Source by Anna Hart

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"The Travel Maestro" – Using a "Trip Packing List" to Guarantee a Successful Trip

Traveling for business and for pleasure regularly for more than 15 years now, I would have classified myself as a “clumsy” traveler — I was very unorganized and likely to forget important (if not critical!) items on my trips. I have wasted valuable time and money looking for and buying stuff that I already owned but forgot to pack. And I had a propensity to make the same packing mistakes more than once.

I remember a trip to visit a possible employer for a job interview. I was in a city I was unfamiliar with, and thought I packed everything that was needed. Dressing for the interview that morning with my nicest black suit, I realized that I hadn’t packed an appropriate pair of black dress socks. I figured that showing up with a black suit and gym socks would probably pre-empt any chances of getting the job, but I was also in a downtown area not close to any big box stores. The interview was at 9:00 a.m., and most of the city department stores didn’t open until 9:30 or 10:00. I was in a fix! If it wasn’t for a VERY kind store clerk that opened the door for me early, I would have really been left in an unwinnable situation. (By the way, no one at that company knew that I was wearing a pair of women’s dress socks that day, as that was the only pair the store had that would work.)

From that point forward, I vowed to never forget items on a trip, and I thought about my training in time and project management to come up with a very simple solution. I created a memo in my planner that was a standard pack list for business trips. Every time that I went on a trip, I would check my list as I packed for the trip to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything useful. It was also handy when I packed to go home to make sure I wasn’t forgettting anything in the hotel. And, over time, as I traveled, I kept adding items to the list that I thought would be useful, so the list has grown and evolved over time.

When I switched to the Palm and MS Outlooks platforms a few years ago, I built a standard memo in my memo pad, in the “Business” category, which now acts as my pack list, and I just carry my PDA around with me as I pack to make sure I have everything I need. I even created a few new “specialty” packing lists, including lists for personal trips/vacations, hiking/camping trips, trips to the beach, and even trips where we are taking the baby. These lists also have grown and evolved over time, and are much more inclusive than originally. Now, it is very rare that anything is forgotten.

I have actually posted many of these packing memos on my Web site (www.randalldean.com). You can go to the site, and click on the link for FREE PDA Memo Pad downloads. You’ll find several of the packing lists that I’ve mentioned, as well as a memo that details my daily routine for organizing my information overload and my weekly update process for maintaining the quality of my time management/organization system. I encourage you to visit the site today for these free downloads.

Now you can experience the greatly reduced stress level that accompanies well organized business or personal travel. Maybe you can actually even enjoy your trips now, without the stress and inconvenience of forgotten items.



Source by Randall Dean

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5 Do’s and Dont’s While Designing a Food Package

The food retail industry accounts for nearly $600 billion in the US alone. If we account for the market sizes in countries like India and China, the numbers will increase by at least 3-5 times. Getting the packaging right for the products is critical for every business. After all, it is the packaging that serves as the best form of in-store visual communication for the consumers that can help retain old customers and convert new ones. So what are the do’s and dont’s of food package designing that can make all the difference for a brand? Let’s find out.

Simplicity is never overrated

The average shopper has an attention span of about 4-seconds while browsing through products on the store shelf. Can your product packaging capture their attention in that short span of time? If you get it right, yes, it can.

In a store, when your consumer is likely to be bombarded with multiple choices from your competitors, using a label that offers both form and function, and delivers the right amount of product details to the consumers for them to make an informed choice in favor of your product becomes critical for your product’s success.

Don’t go overboard with graphics, fonts or even minimalism in your packaging. Remember, the primary objective is to attract consumers to your product and help them make an informed decision, and not make a style statement on the store shelf.

Honesty and dependability

When you’re selling processed fruit juices loaded with preservatives, sugar and some percentage of fruit pulp, and your product packaging says that it is fresh fruit juice, that’s misleading the consumers into thinking they’re buying something that they really aren’t.

While this is an extreme case, staying honest with the consumers can go a long way in earning their respect and brand loyalty. Your product packaging is the medium that communicates this honesty to them. Honest product packaging lends a dependability to the product and works as a key differentiator on the store shelves.

Visual impact

The in-store experience is all about visual communications with the consumers. However, inside a store, your product will not be alone on the shelves. It has to compete with other products for consumer’s attention. The products on the store shelves are always arranged in rows and columns, add to that the distance from the shelves and the relevance of package design become clear.

Test your product packaging by placing it on a shelf with other similar products to check for the visual impact it has on the consumers. The results will surprise you. It is often seen that the most intricate designs get lost on the shelf while the most simple ones pop-out. This simple test can help you get past this hurdle and ensure that your product registers the sales as per your expectations.

Scalability

Always keep one eye on the future. You may not have any immediate plans to introduce a new variation in your product line, but that doesn’t mean that your plans won’t change sometime in the future.

Product packaging design should leave future options open and allow you to scale your product line without having to invest heavily in new packaging design. If you sell jams and you decide to add a few more flavors to your product line, you shouldn’t have to reinvent your brand all over again. Moreover, this will allow you to retain consistency in your brand presence across your product line and add to the visual impact on the store shelves for your brand.

Practicality and sustainability in packaging

In the race to look distinctive with design elements like patterns, graphics and fonts in product packaging, don’t forget that the most critical function of the packaging is to preserve the food. Perishable items, in particular, need to be shipped and stored in packaging that allows longer shelf life of the product. The tried and tested design elements are always the safest bet for any product category. However, ‘tried and tested’ leaves no room for innovation, and the fact is that there is plenty of room for innovation while keeping practicality of the product packaging in mind.

Milk, for example, has been distributed to consumers in glass bottles for many decades with limited shelf life and preservation capacity. But tetra packs changed that, giving milk producers a chance to preserve their product for longer and distribute it to consumers in a wider market.

Moreover, advances in packaging materials mean that you have more choices than ever in selecting the right components for use in package design other than the traditional plastics, glass, aluminum, and cardboard. Sustainable packaging materials are no longer just buzzwords for the industry. Not only do they offer an improved shelf life of products, but also ensure better returns on investment, eliminate the possibility of toxicity, and help reduce your carbon footprint.

In conclusion

Product packaging is the closest interaction between your brand and your consumers. It is the last line of communication with the consumer, your last chance to convince them to choose your product over your competitor’s. So it wouldn’t be wrong to say that any product packaging design needs to be executed carefully with the target audience in mind. When your packaging can clearly communicate to the consumers, you’ll have a winning product in your portfolio.



Source by Sai Nivas

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Honeymoon Vacation Ideas Can Be Economical

If you are looking for honeymoon vacation ideas that will be the most enjoyable without putting you into massive debt, consider some of these tips.

The purpose of the honeymoon vacation is only minimally to live for a few days like extravagant royalty. The real purpose is for and your loved one to have the most beautiful and memorable experience of your lives. Decide exactly how much you really can afford to spend, and spend it all (but not more). It's always good to be frugal, but do not be stingy! After all, this is your honeymoon.

Honeymoon vacations are even more important than your typical week away from work. Do all the planning in advance – and make contingency plans, as well – to make sure you and your spouse will be totally free from stress for the entire occasion.

A travel agent will have an array of honeymoon vacation packages for destinations all over the world. These include a stay at an all-inclusive resort, a rental vehicle, and a schedule of various activities for your entertainment. Since just about everything is included in the price of the package, you can end up paying less than if you had booked it all separately.

A "prefab" honeymoon vacation package will provide some bang for your buck, but there are also some issues to keep in mind. For one thing, there is only so much that can be done to customize the experience to your preferences – and doing this can add to the price. During certain times of the year, the more traditional honeymoon vacation spots can be teeming with tourists and fellow honeymooners. Ask your travel agent for some statistics to help you book a destination during its off-peak season.

Not many people have the budget to fly around the planet or pay the price of hand-and-foot service at a posh resort. There are many ways to create the romantic ambience and enjoy the perfect honeymoon vacation with even the smallest of budgets. For example, everyone sees to associate honeymoon vacations with travel. It's as if there were no romantic getaways within 1,000 miles of anyone's home. That is obviously crazy, since there are probably couples visiting their own honeymoon vacation spaces within a few miles of you right now!

Instead of setting your sights on the ancient monuments of Europe or South America, look first in your own locale. In all likelihood, you can build the ideal honeymoon vacation package without even leaving your state. It will not include the glamor of flying to an exotic, remote island, but all that money you would have spent on plane tickets and passports can go towards even better things.



Source by Randy Wilson

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1000 Ways to Improve Your Business

One of the best things you can do for your business is to give information away. Information empowers your customer and brings them back for more. There are many great ways to give information to current and potential customers, which will instill confidence in your business. Many send out newsletters or email online newsletters to keep customers in their minds. It is important to keep customers aware of what is going on and tell them you appreciate their patronage. Some businesses send out gift certificates and Christmas Cards. But there is an easier and better way. One I think you might be aware of.

I recommend writing articles about things in which you have lots of knowledge in, areas of expertise where you are either an expert or borderline expert. Many companies and professionals write articles or have columns in industry rags or trade journals. Some write articles in their newspapers. But the very best way I have found to get the word out is this fast growing really cool company called EzineArticles.com where you can post your articles for free and people from all over the world come to see them and often reprint them on their websites, their company newsletters, the ezines and even read them on the Radio. This is especially good for someone like me, who has the perfect face for radio as I was once told by a former girlfriend.

Since it costs no money to post you can post as many articles as you would like. So I tried it at first by posting 2 articles and I was surprised when I searched “ME” on the Internet and found someone else liked my articles and posted them on their websites. So then, I thought; HA so I posted 10 more. Wow, again I saw three of my new articles on the Internet and people actually contacted my business within only 4 days. So, I posted some more. Then I got addicted, because it is so fun. So over the next 8 weeks, I posted 1000 articles. Today. I have searched and found at least one of my articles on about 45 websites, but I am sure it is much more, those are just the ones I could find. And in that time all my articles total have received 85,000 hits or views. I have had so many people contact my business, I had to take my website off the bottom my articles. But they still find me. I travel so much; I cannot call everyone back. HELP. It works too good.

As a writer I am not very good really, but each time I write an article I get better and actually some people like my articles even though my writing skills are not so great. I think everyone for their business should write one article per day at least so that they will have 30 articles per month and in no time they will be getting contacted by people all over the world who might like to do businesses with them. That is how it works you see, I know because they keep contacting ME.

I cannot believe the power of writing articles on the Internet. I wish I knew about this sooner. If I can do this and I am not even a writer really then you can too. I still don’t believe it, you have to admit it is pretty cool. But each article brings me business and in 8-weeks I already have 85,000 hits and hundreds and hundreds of stars next to my articles on EzineArticles.com people actually like what I wrote? Cool. All these people are coming to my websites and my Internet traffic has went up a lot.

Each article brings me new contacts and since I have posted 1000 articles; that is 1000 ways I improved my business. I am averaging over 2700 article views per day now and that is almost 1 million article views per year; it works, 1 million people will read my articles in the coming year. Write more articles everyone, increase your business today, what would you do with one million potential new customers? I think I will write some more articles tomorrow. Think about it



Source by Lance Winslow

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How to Make Renting a Villa in Europe a Reality

So you've been fantasizing about renting a villa in Italy … or Greece … or Spain … But how do you turn that dream into a reality? It's easier than you think. Here's my step-by-step guide to making sure that ultimate dream vacation does not disappear in a puff of smoke!

1. Plan Ahead. Way Ahead. The first thing to understand is that renting a villa is not a spur of the moment decision. Most European villas are now booking up nine months or a year in advance, which means that if you call in a month before your departure date, you'll be stuck with whatever you can get– if anything. So get out your calendar ASAP and mark off the month when you think you'd like to travel (your trip does not have to be this long, but starting with flexible dates is the best). The good news about booking this far in advance is that you have a lot of time to plan– so you can arrange all of those special little details in advance. You'll also have plenty of opportunity to dream about the adventures ahead!

2. The More the Merrier – And Cheaper! Having more people in your party will enable you to rent a larger, more private estate, and will also reduce individual costs. A good, convenient group size would be anywhere from six to twelve people. This step is often the most difficult, as you struggle with deciding who to ask … and then try to get them to "commit!" My recommendation: Make a list of friends and family and order them according to shared interests such as outdoor activities, architecture and museums, cooking, etc. Ask the first six or eight people on your list if they would like to join you for a "two-week Italian vacation in June of 2007." Make it clear that each person has only so much time to decide– for sure. If, at the end of that time period, they are still wavering, thank them politely and move on down your list.

3. Plan Your Budget. Once you have your travel companions together, you'll need to find out about how much each person expects to spend. Most of your companions probably will not know how much to expect to pay, you may want to research some basic costs like airfare to Europe (book your flights after booking a villa), the exchange rate from dollars to Euros, and the cost of renting a mid-range villa. Try to get an idea about how many people are willing to pay for their accommodations. If anyone's budget is far below (or above) the group average, you may want to talk to them about either changing their expectations or opting out. It is also a good idea to collect some sort of "deposit" at this point to ensure that there are no last-minute dropouts after you've booked!

4. Let Your Interests Determine the Location– not the other way around. Trust me, you'll have more fun. Before you pick your destination, come up with a list of possible activities and ask your companions to pick their three favorites. Here is a short sample list:

– Visit museums

– Shop at outdoor markets

– Explore medieval towns

– Go swimming

– See famous sights

– Have a cooking lesson

– Hike in the countryside

When all the votes are in, come up with a "top five" list.

5. Call Your Travel Advisor! At this point, you're going to want to start consulting with someone who has experience. Get together your time frame, head count, budget, and activity preferences, and then contact a reputable villa rental agency or a travel advisor. Based on your information, your advisor should give you some good ideas about where you should go and the places that will best accommodate the size and needs of your group. Working together, you should be able to pick out a location and a villa to suite your group … and fulfill your own personal fantasies! After all, as your group's organizer, you'll have the last say in where you stay. So enjoy the rewards!



Source by Suzanne Pidduck

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Unsecured Business Loans – Why They Are Becoming So Popular

Unsecured business loans are increasing in popularity day by day. If you run a business, whether it is small or large, you may want to look into an unsecured business loans – here's why they are increasing in popularity …

Overcome the Shortage of Funds

In this day and age, the economy is not doing that great. For this reason, many businesses have already crashed due to a shortage of funds. If you currently own a business, do not let the shortage of funds crash your business – with the help of an unsecured business loan, you will be able to overcome the shortage of funds.

An Unsecured Business Loan Can be Hassle Free

With the proper documentation, getting an unsecured business loan can be hassle free. All you have to do is fill out an application, present the proper documentation and the financial institution will take it from there.

Receive the Money in as Little as 48 Hours

When you have a business that is on the line, you need money right away. Many financial institutions are able to get money to a borrower in as little as 48 hours. In order to make sure you get your money fast, you need to have the proper documentation ready – this includes proof of income, tax statements, accounts payable and receivable statements, business financial statements and business plan and projections.

No Collateral

With an unsecured business loan, you do not have to put anything up front – this means you will not be at risk of losing your house or car if you fail to pay the money. All you have to do is make sure you make your payments on time.

Offers Additional Flexibility

As a business, having extra cash on hand to use whenever you need it would be great. It's even better when the cash is not being leveraged against your assets. You can use the extra money to cover slow payroll during a slow month, purchase that new server you have been needing for quite some time or make improvements to the property.

Build a Good Relationship with a Lender

By getting a loan, as long as you pay the money back on time, you will be building a good relationship with a lender – this is something that every business needs. It is always good to know that if you need a loan, the lender is there to give it to you. In any business, having a good relationship with a lender will make it easier to get a loan if you ever run into trouble. Many times, businesses are able to get these loans because they already have a good relationship with the lender or because they are in a good financial position.

If you are interested in an unsecured business loan, go ahead and search for the right financial institution. Remember, even if you do not need the money, it may be a good idea to go ahead and get a loan so that you can start building a good relationship with a lender.



Source by Steven Fitzpatrick

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Hungarian Italy, Pecs

If you have traveled the length and breadth of Budapest, if all its suburbs are discovered and you want to see the other side of Hungary, you should make your way to the railway station, take a train and … three hours later you are in the south-west of Hungary, in Pecs – one of the most beautiful cities that has a 2000-year history. The city where Roman monuments stand side by side with Medieval erections.

One could call Pecs "the city of awards": in 2010 it will become the European Capital of Culture, its ancient monument – 16 buildings of the Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs, is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another architectural treasure is a two-storied Christian mausoleum, with frescos, x-shaped Christogram and the remains of three sarcophagi found in it. Mosque of Yakovali Hassan Pasha and the former Turkish Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kassim were left from the 150-year Turkish rule. The latter is located at the central square. The mosque is adorned with a cross dominating the crescent – the symbol of the Christian victory. In 1009 Pecs became the residence for the bishop of Pecs – there was the four-tower Cathedral left from those times.

Pecs has another name, too – the Hungarian Italy, or the city with Mediterranean atmosphere. There are several facts that play their part in this: the city's "origin" (Pecs was founded 2000 years ago as an important Christian center, the Roman settlement of Sopianae), and its cozy location by the southern foot of the Mecsek mountain, not far from Croatian boarder and the Adriatic. That is why Pecs is rich in plants that northern Hungarians are not familiar with: fig trees and mountainous flowers, almond-trees … Numerous tourists and students spend their time in the shadow of the trees, drinking coffee and chatting loudly. By the way, Pecs is also an important educational center, the oldest Hungarian university is found in it (founded in 1367).

A magnificent city panorama of red roofs and green domes can be observed from the Municipality tower. From this spot you can also see the Pecs skyscraper – the only one in the city since it was built by the technology that was later declared unsafe. Now this "ghost house" is uninhabited while ancient architectural monuments lead life at its full. The beautiful city landscape and endless mountains are seen from the Television tower on top of a 535-meter mountain. The route to the mountain lies through one of the city's old districts, where Mediterranean diversity is mixed with Hungarian traditions. Streets and colorful houses prove this.

Night can be sent at one of the hotels in the city center: Amstel Cafe Hotel, Hotel Nador, Patria, Szinbad Restaurant Pension two minutes from the pedestrian area. Kikelet hotel is located on the Mecsek mountain and overlooks the city center. You can also spend your time at Czanadomb Guesthouse 4 km from Pecs. The hotel is surrounded with greenery and is a pleasant spot.

The pedestrian area in the city center is all covered with cafés and restaurants. Kiraly and Ferencesk streets or Jokai square are perfect to try Hungarian dishes and do the shopping. One thing you should definitely buy in Pecs is its ceramics – the city is famous for its porcelain factory and Zsolnay Porcelain.



Source by Tatyana Kogut

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International Travel Grants – Get Paid to Travel

Searching for a scholarship is only the first half of the process. After that you need to apply for the scholarship that you wish to win. There are many organizations that give international travel grants that help the grantee on saving some money. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting gives travel grants to cover the hard cost of international traveling.

The ideal projects for which travel grants are given are print, photography, radio and video. This organization funds international travel grants associated with reporting projects on topic with an emphasis on the issues that have gone unreported or underreported in the mainstream American media.

The amount of the travel grant that the individual can get depends on the project. The range of the grant money amounts from $ 2,000 to $ 10,000. Depending upon the specific project it can also amount up to $ 20,000.

Once the project is approved, half of the grant money is generally paid before the travel and the remaining is paid once the principal material of publication or broadcast is submitted. The grant is awarded to journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or film makers and sometimes even free-lancers of any nationality are eligible for the grant.

To apply for the grant you need to do that online first. If you have produced a hard copy of the proposal, you still need to send it to them electronically, otherwise the proposal would not even be considered. The applicant must have a good knowledge of English and the application must be written in English.

The proposed project should be described, including the distributing plan in the body of the mail and it should be in and about 250 words. There should be a preliminary budget is estimated that includes a basic breakdown of costs. The travel grants cover all kinds of hard cost that are associated with the reporting.

The applicable should provide link samples of work if they are available online. The applicant should attach three professional references. These references can be either contact information or they can also be letters of recommendations. The letters are encouragement when they are from interested producers or editors.



Source by Laura Altbrite

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7 Ways To Cut Travel Expenses From Your Next Funding Round

You’re on the funding round trail to secure cash to boost your start up or to take your existing company to the next level. If you’ve tried and failed at all the sources you could try without leaving your office, and you simply must travel with following seven suggestions for getting you there – and back – without doing it on a wing and a prayer, and without giving your bank balance too much of a pounding.

  1. Why are you booking all this travel? Yes, I know, you couldn’t get funding sitting in the office. But that’s why you’re travelling, not why you’re booking it. Get a travel agent involved. They’re specialists and you’re not. Every trade has its tricks, and the travel business is no different. Giving a list of dates and destinations, and let them iron out the hassle. You could spend the time saved with the family to iron out the hassle of being away on another business trip. Hey, I’m just saying…
  2. Set the rules. Don’t let the travel agent upsell you into upmarket hotels with complicated pillow menus and in-room saunas. You’re trying to generate cash on this funding round, not spend it. The hotel room is a place to sleep for one or two nights; you’re not moving in. Set a budget and have them work within it. Being clear at the outset helps them to help you.
  3. Get on the chain gang. There’s something comforting in the familiar, and that’s what you’ll find if you work with the same chain of hotels. What’s even more comforting is that you’ll be able to tap into loyalty schemes that will make your trip cheaper. We’re trying to raise money here. See tip 2.
  4. Travel light. You can move faster if you travel light. Get your packing down to a fine art, and manage with a carry-on bag. Be sure it’s a size that airlines will accept, and you can be the first to the cab rank when the flight’s landed, rather than watching a broken push-chair trundle round the baggage carousel. Look, it’s coming around again… I wonder if your case has gone to Birmingham, UK, rather than Birmingham, Alabama? Maybe that’s why it hasn’t appeared yet… Oops…
  5. Eat out. What kind of crazy advice is this? Why would you eat out, when you’re staying in a hotel? Well, a couple of reasons, actually. Firstly, if you’ve squeezed the budget very tight, you may well be staying in an hotel with no restaurant, but even if you’re not, getting out in the evening will get you some exercise whilst you’re walking around to find the right kind of eatery, and secondly, you’ll get a flavour of the city you’re visiting, and that’ll come for nothing. Exercise and sightseeing at no cost? What’s not to like?
  6. Whose money is it anyway? If you’re on the hunt for finance, chances are it’s your business that’s footing the bill, so consider this. How about paying for your own meals? It’s what you’d do at home, having shopped for groceries or picked a restaurant, so why not do the same on a business trip? In the grand scheme of things, it might save only a few pennies, but hey, it’ll all add to the profitability, even if only a tiny bit. Travel expense management software is a brilliant tool for keeping track of what you’ve spent, allowing you to reassure yourself that you’ve had value for money.
  7. OK, you win. So, you want to do it yourself, all this travel booking malarkey. Go ahead – but do me a favour. Use some travel and expense management software. Failure to do that means the whole thing will be out of control, and no matter what it says on the plane ticket, you won’t know where you are financially.



Source by Sunita Nigam

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Asia – Ultimate Travel Destination

Asia is the ultimate travel “destination”. There are 48 countries in Asia and regions with a population of 3.823 billion, accounting for 60.7% of the total world population. You will find the complete list of countries in Asia below.

Asia continent is difficult to define from the mountains to the Black Sea in the west, to the snow fields of Siberia in the east. From the nomadic steppes of Kazakhstan to the frenetic streets of Hanoi, Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travelers for centuries. Birthplaces of all ten of the world’s major religions:

Birthplaces of all ten of the world’s major religions: Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shintoism, Sikhism and Taoism.

The world’s highest point, Mount Everest, lies within Asia along the border of Tibet and Nepal soaring 8,848m (29,028 ft) above sea level. Its lowest point is the Dead Sea, located at the meeting points of Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan, whose surface is 400m (1,312 ft) below sea level.

Asia’s longest river is the Yangtze, which runs 6,300km (3,915 miles) through China, all the way from the high Tibetan Plateau to Shanghai. Its largest lake is the 386,400km² (149,200 square miles) the Caspian Sea, which is surrounded by several Central Asian nations.

As we see on the map of Asia continent below it is bounded by the Pacific-Ocean to the east, by Australia to the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean to the south. It’s bordered by the Red Sea to the southwest, by Europe and the Urals to the west, and by the Arctic Ocean to the north.

Travel options range widely, from the desert ruins and modern mega-malls of the Middle East to the magnificent ancient monuments in South Asia, and from the beach bungalows and jungle treks of Southeast Asia to the mega-cities and technology capitals of East Asia.

Asia offers very diverse travel options. There are ultra modern, largely democratic countries like Japan and the East Asian Tigers (regions and countries) of Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea to Afghanistan, Laos and East Timor as you’ve seen above in the list of countries in Asia.

China and India which make wonderful travel destinations in themselves due to their long history, size, and diversity. Thailand is a magnet for travelers, with great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture, and great beaches.traveller can explore southeast Asia backpacking.

These countries are more conveniently combined into one trip: Thailand + Cambodia. Start in Bangkok, then hit up northern Thailand for temples, trekking, and tours. Go back down and take a bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Vietnam + Cambodia. Begin in north Vietnam, visit Halong Bay, and work your way south.



Source by Ravi Aggarwal

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Travel Oahu – Experience Hawaii Like A Local

Every year millions of visitors from Japan, mainland USA and beyond land at
Honolulu International Airport ready to begin their vacation in paradise. Soon after
landing, most visitors hop in a cab or bus sent from the hotel and begin the journey
past downtown Honolulu and on to their reservation at a Waikiki hotel.

The allure of Waikiki is immediate. The packed streets, sounds of the beach, and
exotic histories call to the traveler who soon hits the streets. Venturing out in
Waikiki can be quite exciting. The streets are filled with foreign languages, throngs
of tourists are dressed in their beach best, and the beginning of surf history can be
seen at the end of the street. Waikiki can be so exciting that many visitors never
escape its imaginary borders. Approximately 6 million of these visitors miss the very
sites that locals find so endearing, remaining within the two square miles of Waikiki.

For those travelers interested in seeing Oahu through its residents' eyes, please
read on.

Magic Island Beach Park – This popular park is located just west of
Waikiki, across the street from the Ala Moana Shopping Center. The park includes
two beaches, a three mile jogging path, tennis courts, and more. A walk around the
park will expose the center of Hawaiian culture – the family. Large extended families
gather around hibachis, spending the day together with a good food and plenty of
sun. The beaches are significantly less crowded, so for a great day, grab a barbecue
and head down to the beach at Magic Island!

The Contemporary Museum Honolulu – This small museum is located
high on a ridge at Makiki Heights Drive. The drive up the ridge offers amazing vistas
that would otherwise be missed by most Oahu visitors. The relatively small museum
offers changing exhibitions in its five galleries. After traversing the galleries, visitors
can wander out onto the sculpture gardens. This is where the true glory of the
museum is revealed. The 3.5 acres of sculpture and meditative gardens are open to
the public and offer some of the most amazing views of Honolulu.

Leong's Cafe – Many visitors look to a lu'au for more than entertainment;
they are after some great Hawaiian food. However, if you're interested in real local
style Hawaiian food, you can not beat Leong's Cafe located at 2343 North King Street.
As a favorite for plate lunches, kalua pig, lu'au stew, lomi lomi, and more, locales
have been visiting this cafe for over 50 years!

Champion Malasadas – The local treat called Malasadas are so popular
that Fat Tuesday has been re-christened Malasada Day throughout the Hawaiian
Islands. One of the best and most famous bakeries is Champion Malasadas located
at 1926 South Beretania Street. These light portuguese hole-less donuts come with
and without filling and are absolutely worth the effort in getting them!

Honolulu Chinatown – A walk through the streets of Chinatown in like a
walk into another time and place. Whatever you are looking for dim sum, fresh
produce, handmade leis, or the new hip lounge, you are sure to find it in Chinatown.
The streets and shops are exotic, offering items not found in a typical american
grocery. Guided walking tours are available for this historic district, but often the
best way is to simply meander through the streets, stopping whenever your interest
has been piqued.

If you are interested in seeing Oahu through a local's eyes, be sure to spend some
time outside of Waikiki. Stop by some or all of the listed listed above and see some
of what truly makes Hawaii special.



Source by Michelle Linden

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Travel Oahu – Experience Hawaii Like A Local

Every year millions of visitors from Japan, mainland USA and beyond land at
Honolulu International Airport ready to begin their vacation in paradise. Soon after
landing, most visitors hop in a cab or bus sent from the hotel and begin the journey
past downtown Honolulu and on to their reservation at a Waikiki hotel.

The allure of Waikiki is immediate. The packed streets, sounds of the beach, and
exotic histories call to the traveler who soon hits the streets. Venturing out in
Waikiki can be quite exciting. The streets are filled with foreign languages, throngs
of tourists are dressed in their beach best, and the beginning of surf history can be
seen at the end of the street. Waikiki can be so exciting that many visitors never
escape its imaginary borders. Approximately 6 million of these visitors miss the very
sites that locals find so endearing, remaining within the two square miles of Waikiki.

For those travelers interested in seeing Oahu through its residents' eyes, please
read on.

Magic Island Beach Park – This popular park is located just west of
Waikiki, across the street from the Ala Moana Shopping Center. The park includes
two beaches, a three mile jogging path, tennis courts, and more. A walk around the
park will expose the center of Hawaiian culture – the family. Large extended families
gather around hibachis, spending the day together with a good food and plenty of
sun. The beaches are significantly less crowded, so for a great day, grab a barbecue
and head down to the beach at Magic Island!

The Contemporary Museum Honolulu – This small museum is located
high on a ridge at Makiki Heights Drive. The drive up the ridge offers amazing vistas
that would otherwise be missed by most Oahu visitors. The relatively small museum
offers changing exhibitions in its five galleries. After traversing the galleries, visitors
can wander out onto the sculpture gardens. This is where the true glory of the
museum is revealed. The 3.5 acres of sculpture and meditative gardens are open to
the public and offer some of the most amazing views of Honolulu.

Leong's Cafe – Many visitors look to a lu'au for more than entertainment;
they are after some great Hawaiian food. However, if you're interested in real local
style Hawaiian food, you can not beat Leong's Cafe located at 2343 North King Street.
As a favorite for plate lunches, kalua pig, lu'au stew, lomi lomi, and more, locales
have been visiting this cafe for over 50 years!

Champion Malasadas – The local treat called Malasadas are so popular
that Fat Tuesday has been re-christened Malasada Day throughout the Hawaiian
Islands. One of the best and most famous bakeries is Champion Malasadas located
at 1926 South Beretania Street. These light portuguese hole-less donuts come with
and without filling and are absolutely worth the effort in getting them!

Honolulu Chinatown – A walk through the streets of Chinatown in like a
walk into another time and place. Whatever you are looking for dim sum, fresh
produce, handmade leis, or the new hip lounge, you are sure to find it in Chinatown.
The streets and shops are exotic, offering items not found in a typical american
grocery. Guided walking tours are available for this historic district, but often the
best way is to simply meander through the streets, stopping whenever your interest
has been piqued.

If you are interested in seeing Oahu through a local's eyes, be sure to spend some
time outside of Waikiki. Stop by some or all of the listed listed above and see some
of what truly makes Hawaii special.



Source by Michelle Linden

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How To Use Online Sites to Find Cheap Airline Tickets

(Sidenote: If by any chance you have plans to travel, then do not buy that ticket until you have read my review on a book that contains an insider's guide to help you get up to 75% discount on airfares. of the article for more info.)

Among many other things, an airline ticket is somewhere the largest, single money that you have to put up and deal with before traveling. This is so because regular airline tickets do not cost cheap. Finding one that does not dampen a tight budget is the topmost priority for people. Here, the internet comes in handy.

Cheap airline tickets can be found online. There are many sites calling themselves cheap airline ticket providers, but you really have to take a hold on their names. These online sites will give you the best savings you can never have on other means available.

So how do these online cheap airline ticket sites give such kind of savings?

Firstly, online sites offer the same kind of ticket that is being offered through other means and by airline companies. Of course all the tickets do come from one source: the airline carriers themselves. The cheap online airline tickets seller sites get their tickets from airline carriers by bulk. This if often sold to them at a bargain price. So when they are about to sell it online, you can see that the price are relatively lower than the regular prices. Some cheap airline ticket sites include Travelocity, Expedia, Previewtravel, Thetrip, Hotwire, and Webflyer among other sites. They are there with a guaranteed offer to sell cheap airline tickets anytime you want to fly and anywhere you want to go.

Airline companies also use the internet to send their services in giving their passengers easy access on the flight schedules and special offers. Online, it is easier to compare flights anytime of the day and find the cheapest trip for you with the least work. You are probably aware that flying during off-hours is cheaper than flying in the morning. Relatively, flying during weekdays is also cheaper than flying during weekends. Checking the online flight schedule as the easiest and most effective way to know the details and ticket prices of the flight you wish to take.



Source by Jed Baguio

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