Have you heard? River cruising is the best invention since sliced bread!
Seriously, it is! For many visitors to Europe (first timers or veterans), the thought of having to juggle transportation, hotels, and constantly be on the go just to see more than one region or country is a hassle no one wants. Add in language barriers and it’s just really prohibitive for many people.
Large cruise liners have been attracting customers, but you know what? There’s not a lot of value for your money with the big boys. That stateroom price might look great while you’re in America, but once onboard, you’re nickel and dimed for everything – including getting to the places where you were promised to go. Sure, sailing to Paris sounds nice. But you’re NOT. You’ve got to get on a bus and drive there. You waste hours. Your ship is anxiously waiting to get you back on board, too, so you don’t have much time. Oh, and did you know that you’ve got to pay hundreds of dollars to get into the promised city, or else have fun being miserable at the port?
For travelers who want to spend more time SEEING somewhere, river cruising is where it’s at. And here are the top 5 reasons (there’s many more, btw!!) that I want to cruise the rivers of Europe with Scenic Cruises:
1. More Time at Your Promised Destination
Dock and just step off the ship. No long waits behind hundreds of other cruisers. Can you imagine?!? Blissful
Not only is it easier getting off into the port, but you’re actually at your destination. Sure, you might still need a short taxi to a certain destination in town, or hop on a motorcoach for an excursion for a few minutes – but it’s not an hour and a half!
2. Personal Butler Service for EVERYONE!!!
Okay, need I say more. A personal butler. For little ‘ole me. I’m there.
3. All food and drinks included. Oh, so civilized!
Yes, all food and drinks. We’re not talking tea and sodas here, folks. No, it’s the hard stuff. And it’s complimentary. And it’s included in your COMPLIMENTARY in-suite mini bar. It’s fine dining and fine drinking without a specialty drink card or swiping your room key. Let’s be honest – I’m more excited about the fact that I can get free bottles of water onboard, too, but the drinks might come in handy, as well
4. Because I’m WORTH IT!!!
Just one of a couple hundred guests onboard. I’ll get exceptional personalized attention. I’ll get a butler (see #2, again, please!). I will be a name, not a stateroom number.
Travel is becoming so indecent these days in the push for nickel and diming your “guests.” I appreciate a cruise line celebrating me for just being there and treating me like a human being.
5. Gratuities Included.
No surprise charges on your room account on disembarkation. No staff sucking up at the last minute. No stupid envelopes to give to the maître d.
This picture has not been tweaked or had the saturation intensified in any way! This is how the water of Moraine Lake looks from inside your cabin at Moraine Lake Lodge. It is unbelievable, to say the least! A stay at Moraine Lake Lodge is a splurge, but well worth it. I ate in their premier restaurant, the Walter Wilcox Dining Room, and it was superb. Highly recommend a stay at Moraine Lake Lodge while visiting Banff National Park in Canada!
Those leftover coffee grounds that you throw away every morning could be the answer in a quest against cellulite.
Though the used grounds have already been brewed, there’s still enough caffeine in them to wage war against fat and cellulite. The caffeine makes the fat cells seem to shrink, by reducing inflammation via the caffeine.
It’s messy, but it does work! Apply used coffee grounds to cellulite-ridden areas. You can mix with a carrier oil, such as sunflower oil or almond oil, if you’d like. Leave sitting on your skin for a few minutes for the greatest effect. While it works as a scrub, many people get even better results by wrapping the coffee ground covered body parts with a tight wrap, such as an old towel, to keep the grounds on for an extended time (like the time it takes to wash your hair and face).
It’s double duty for what would have ended up as trash. Even better, if you don’t wash the coffee grounds down the drain, you can recycle them into your garden soil to add acid to the soil. Weird, but true!
Imagine curling up in this chair with a cup of hot coffee, watching wildlife walk by and gazing at lofty mountain peaks. You can, with a stay at Baker Creek Mountain Resort in Lake Louise, Canada. The authentic mountain lodging will make you feel like you’re back at summer camp – only in a very good way! Tranquil, serene, yet will all the creature comforts you want and an incredibly friendly staff.
Got leftover beer that you hate to wash down the drain? Wash your hair instead!
Beer is an excellent volumizer for you hair, adding volume and shine. You won’t be wasting resources – or money – for this easy beauty treatment.
Instead of wasting what you don’t drink, pour 1 cup of flat beer (yes, the stuff that might have been sitting in a can or bottle overnight after an especially lively party) through your hair after you shampoo. Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes and you’re all done – no need to rinse through!
Why It’s Green: Anytime you can put something to good use before it ends up in the trash or down the drain is a very good thing, especially since using this food product means you won’t have to buy a bottle of a specialty hair product and waste packaging (and your money).
Why It’s Healthy: You drink beer. It is meant to be consumed. That’s why it’s a lot healthier to use on your body, too, compared to chemical-laden hair products meant to deliver the same results, without the natural ingredients.
In honor of National Public Lands Day – September 28 – you and your family and friends can score FREE admission to more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and other federal lands.
The National Parks are a great haven for peace and serenity, to reconnect with nature, and get some good old fashioned exercise in the great outdoors.
Grab a camera and get some awesome family photos. Laze away a day dreaming on a rocky outpost. Or introduce your kids to wildlife.
Whatever you do, go out and enjoy our national treasures!! They’re yours
For additional information on free admission to National Parks, as well as other free admission days in 2013, visit http://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/travel-ideas/plan-your-2013-national-park-adventure-today
Why It’s Green: The National Park System protects and conserves wild lands. They fight against overdevelopment and catastrophic environmental changes every day.
Why It Helps You Stay Well: Fresh air. Exercise. Sun. Happiness. These are things we all need to stay healthy, yet are missing from our daily diet. A romp in a National Park gives you your Daily Recommend Dose