Archive for February 26, 2013

The Luxurious , Sustainable Twist of Ecolodges

Written by Julie. Posted in Glamping england, Holiday in a shepherd hut, Marrakech accommodation

Villa in provence
In recent years, vacations to Europe have steadily increased; according to a reliable Portugal news source, during the summer of 2011, Portugal airports have seen a traffic increase of approximately 3.2 million people. Fortunately for travelers seeking something a bit more adventurous than the typical hotel or resort, Europe has a variety of unconventional lodging options. Among these are a stay in a riad or a stay in a shepherds hut, a holiday in a tipi, or holiday in a yurt; there are even treehouse holidays and glamping; glamping, for those who are may be puzzled, is a portmanteau created from the words glamour and camping. For those who seek more conventional quarters, but with a different ambiance, there are converted castles and churches. Additionally, less quirky places to stay, which still maintain that distinct sense of European romanticism are the ever so popular villas in France and villas in spain. With people, in general, growing ever more Green conscious, one would be hard pressed to find a business that is not attempting to capitalize on public ecological interest. As its name implies, ecolodges are sustainable lodging such as yurts and tipis that minimize waste, and often times support the surrounding economy or non profit organizations. Most Americans are familiar enough with tipis and yurts, when it comes to the idea of glamour camping, or glamping, how exactly is camping made glamourous. And once glamour is defined can it coexist with camping. While many Americans do their best to live a green life, but are not quite ready, or comfortable, with sleeping on the hard, cold, bumpy ground, there are glamping choices. Basically, glamping provides all of the cool things about camping, such as sleeping outside and under the stars to a nocturnal chorus. Unlike hiking to the middle of a forest and pitching a tent and digging a latrine, unless one is a hard core not trace camper, glamping sites are much like RV parks, without the RV and with green amenities. While amenities vary from glamping site to glamping site, some examples are antique beds and rugs to composting toilets. Green campers and no trace campers claim that glamping defeats the purpose of camping. But this is largely based on semantics. While glamping may hardly resemble coping with leaky tents and a survival adventure, it does offer greener and more sustainable lodging options to eco conscious individuals.

Finding Intelligent Conversation Online Is Not That Difficult

Written by Julie. Posted in HOMEPAGE

It may sound like an oxymoron to have no trouble finding intelligent conversation online, since the Internet’s arrival has allowed for less intelligent conversations than people use to have. And while for a time it was all about unintelligent conversations online, the paradigm is now shifting back to more of an intelligent online conversation filled with good information and strong foundations for building professional relationships. Not every online conversation today is intelligent, but there are more places to find this than ever before. Often, message boards are ideal places for finding intelligent conversation online, though it depends almost 100 percent on the topics being discussed on these message boards and in these chat rooms. Finding intelligent conversation online in these places may take some trial and error, but it does exist and it is definitely possible. People trying to finding intelligent conversation online can normally search through a few message boards and read what they see before even starting up their own conversations. Here, they can easily tell whether the intelligence of the masses within that conversation is high or low. Internet discussion groups are other great means for finding intelligent conversation online. Through these groups, usually a particular subject is thrown out there and a discussion is formulated. And more frequently than not, the people running these conversations and participating in them are professionals, meaning their careers are involved in some way with the subject of discussion. Intelligent conversations are quite common here, since the subjects usually surround intelligent topics or topics that require some level of intelligence on that subject. Local community discussion boards also are helpful in finding intelligent conversation online, at least as it relates to the people living in those communities. Often, there are healthy mixes of people who use intelligent verbiage and those who do not, but again people can read these posts and look at what is present in these discussion boards before joining any of them. Through these boards, finding intelligent conversation online can often lead to finding new friends too, since the people discussing these topics normally live pretty close to each other. Finding intelligent conversation online does not need to be a challenge. Even with people spouting whatever they wish online, there still exists intelligent people who have intelligent things to discuss online. Those seeking out these conversations are in good company, since the demand is still pretty high for such conversations in an online environment.

Quirky Vacation Accomidations

Written by Julie. Posted in Holiday in a converted church, Holiday in an airstream caravan, Treehouse holidays

Villa in spain
There are many alternative for travelers looking to stray from the beaten path when it comes to accommodation. Travelers can stay in a riad, holiday in a yurt, go glamping or even find a big house to rent. Why sleep in a cookie cutter hotel when you have tree houses, churches, castles, windmills and train carriages are available? Glamping, also known as upscale camping offers travelers an economical alternative to staying in hotels. Travelers looking to stay in yurts, can experience life as nomads in Central Asia have for centuries. Yurts have been popping up across the world as vacation alternatives. Traveling through Morocco and the middle east, a stay in a riad becomes a popular alternative to hotels. Riads are small private dwellings with a central courtyard. A stay in a riad is truly a unique experience. If you are looking for quirky places to stay closer to home, stay in a shepherds hut on the Isle of Wight. In 2012 nearly a million people visited the Isle of Wight. There are many tourist attractions on the Isle including museums, zoos and venues for sporting and outdoor exploration.