20 July 2011

Tips to Furnishing your Holiday Home for Less

A holiday home should always provide comfort for your family and guests. This is the reason why many people spend thousands of dollars in furnishing their holiday home even though they only stay there for just a few weeks every year. They still want to feel homely even though they are on vacation.

But furnishing a holiday property doesn’t have to be expensive all the time. There are actually tips property owners could use in order to save money while still making their holiday property a lot more comfortable for their family and guests.

Hunting for Items in Garage Sales

The oldest trick in the book still works. Look for posts online or in your local community newspapers about garage sales. Owners of items in the garage sale are no longer interested in the items so you can always haggle as much as you want so that you can bring the price down. If you’re buying furniture, the savings are even bigger because the owners just want to get them out of the house as soon as possible..

Look for Free Things Online

Believe it or not, there are actually items you can get from other people for free online. Freecycle.org and Gumtree.com (for UK residents) are sites dedicated to people who want to give away stuff they no longer want. These sites operate per city so you don’t have to spend too much shipping. Simply look for your town, city or county and search for the items you need. If there’s someone giving away something you need, just contact them and visit their place to pick up the item.

13 July 2011

Tips for Living in Istanbul



Istanbul is among the top destinations for tourists planning to spend a month or two away from their home. It’s a great city with different types of cultures and attractions waiting to be discovered. The city is haven for anyone looking for something different while enjoying the modern amenities without too much effort.
But Istanbul is a very large city and it could be very challenging for anyone unfamiliar with the city’s situation. This doesn’t mean Istanbul is a dangerous place but everyone will have to be smart in order to enjoy their stay in this widely popular tourist destination.
Choosing the Right Apartment/Hotel
Finding accommodation is very easy in Istanbul. However, you have to make sure that the area is a good place to actually sleep in. Look for a place specifically built for home owners that is quite far away from a crowded area of the city. The last thing you want is to wake up early every day from noise pollution. There are some hostels that provide a homely atmosphere where you can sleep as much as you want.
Transportation in Istanbul
Istanbul is a very large city which means transportation becomes a very big factor of your stay. The best mode of transportation in Istanbul is the bus because it can get you to places fast without spending too much money. Taxis are also a good option but they can be a bit expensive especially for tourists.
Common Sense Safety
Personal safety should be a priority while living in Istanbul. Even though the city is relatively safe, pick pocketing still happens. Simply secure your personal things and avoid shady transactions so that you can enjoy the city without any problem.

Whatever plan you have for a holiday in Istanbul we're sure you'll find something you enjoy.

06 July 2011

Holiday Homes in Bath

Around 160 kilometers west or 100 miles from London is the beautiful city of Bath. England’s most popular city for tourist attracts with more than 4.4 million visitors every year thanks to its natural hot springs, amazing architecture and the city’s lively vibe. The nearest major city in Bath is Bristol which is often the take off point for visitors touring England.

The main attraction of Bath is the hot springs and baths that became popular as early as the Roman Era. Although they were lost for many years, the Roman baths were again discovered during the 18th century and became a well-known tourist attraction since the natural hot springs are still there.

Bath’s has many more attractions than their natural hot springs. The structures that house the springs feature a very interesting mix of Roman and Gregorian architecture. The beautiful architecture in these structures is not just on the springs but on many structures around the city. A good example is the Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent.

Because of the city’s popularity, the Holiday Homes in Bath could be a bit expensive especially near the popular tourist locations. However, there are small cottages and self catering houses that offer discounts for travelers outside Bath. This is the ideal holiday home for tourists in Bath because they can easily visit the popular tourist destination without spending too much. They will also have a chance to take a good look and experience the serene rural life in Somerset.