Fun Facts About Skiing to Amuse the Kids

Fun Facts About Skiing to Amuse the Kids

I think that there is no type of family holiday that’s better than a ski holiday in a catered chalet. Family skiing trips allow you to bond, spend quality time together in a unique set-ting and try new activities. In addition to this, you definitely won’t have to spend time cooking if you book a catered chalet! You can benefit from the cosy accommodation’s roominess and great facilities. This will create many happy memories that you will all look back on fondly.
If you want to pique the kids’ enthusiasm in the run-up to the holiday, there is no better way than intriguing them with some fun facts about skiing. Here is a collection of my fa-vourites.

 

Origins

There is some debate about where the thrilling winter sport of skiing originated. Many claim that it was invented in the snowy terrain of Norway, as ancient carvings about ski-ing have been discovered in this area. Another reason for believing that it first began in Norway is that the word ‘ski’ comes from the Old Norse word skíð, which translates to ‘a piece of wood’.

Sounds like a solved case, right? Wrong! It is thought that tribesmen in the Altai Moun-tains (in Central and East Asia) were shredding powder even before the Scandinavians. A ski that dates back to approximately 8000-7000 BC was uncovered near a lake in Russia, creating an interesting debate about the true origins of this hugely popular activ-ity.

Early Form of Transportation

Back in these prehistoric days, it is unlikely that people were skiing for fun. Instead, the sport surely served as an early form of transportation. It is easy to see why, as it provides the ability to quickly travel across challenging terrain – it’s not surprising, then, that skiing was even used as a mode of transportation during the First and Second World Wars.

Heard of a Snurfer?

Let’s quickly turn our attention to snowboarding. Did you know that the very first snow-board was called a ‘snurfer’? This somewhat comical name was given to a contraption that was invented by the American Sherman Poppen in 1965, when he connected two skis to create a skateboard without wheels. Unfortunately, the funny name did not stick, but about one million snurfers were sold over the next decade.

Olympic Sport

Alpine/downhill racing originated in Sweden and dates back to 1879, but it did not be-come an Olympic event until 1936. This is unlike cross-country skiing, which has been a part of every single Winter Olympics since its inaugural year in 1924. In contrast, snow-boarding only made its Olympic debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

Space Skiing

This fun fact is certainly one to remember. Astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who was on the famous space shuttle Apollo 17, claims that our moon has the perfect terrain for cross-country skiing and that this technique could actually help astronauts traverse its surface. Who knows – perhaps one day families will be able to book lunar ski holidays!

Speed skiing – faster than a car!

Skiing is one of the fastest sports in the world, and some speed skiers can reach speeds that are faster than a car! Passenger cars can reach speeds of around 120 mph, whilst the current world record for skiing is a blistering 156.2 mph. This was set by the Italian skier Simone Origone in 2006.

A Global Activity

Skiing is immensely popular in modern times, and those who have experienced the adrenaline rush and awesome surroundings know why! You can find ski resorts in around 80 countries worldwide, and approximately 350 million people visit these resorts every year.

These fun facts are sure to dazzle your little ones – consider sharing them before your trip or possibly in your catered chalet after a fun day on the slopes!

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Most nature lovers who embark on wildlife holidays in Galapagos are familiar with the archipelago’s most iconic wildlife species, which include the Giant Tortoise, the Lava Lizard, the Marine Iguana, the Galapagos Sea Lion and the Blue-Footed Booby.
But while the wildlife has been studied and documented extensively, from Darwin’s first forays to the scientists who actively work to ensure its conservation into modern times, there are also some lesser-known facts about these wonderfully unique species. For anyone planning wildlife holidays in Galapagos, knowing a few of these before the trip may add another dimension to an already fascinating encounter.

 

Did You Know?

• The Marine Iguanas found in abundance throughout the archipelago are the world’s only species of marine lizard. The white appearance often seen around their faces is caused by the expulsion of salt from specially adapted glands in their nostrils, which dries and creates a “wig” effect.

• The Galapagos Penguin is the smallest in the world and the only one found north of the Equator. The combination of the cold waters of the Humboldt and Cromwell ocean currents mean it is able to survive in the warmer climate.

• With an average life span of well over a century, the Giant Tortoise lives longer than almost any other vertebrate on the planet. They continue to grow for up to 40 years and can reach a length of over 1.5m and a weight of up to 250kg.

• The most common of all the mammals throughout the islands is the sea lion. The chance to swim and snorkel amongst the curious sea lions is also one of the most sought-after encounters on wildlife holidays in Galapagos. Particularly large colonies are found on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Espanola.

• The Green Sea Turtle found in the waters around the archipelago is a species so old it has been around since before the time of the dinosaurs.

• There are five species of snakes and all of them are endemic to the dry zones of certain islands – although some islands have none. All the species are relatively small (under a metre) and are known as “racers”, due to their ability to move extremely fast. Their only natural predator is the Galapagos Hawk.

• There are four species of boobies that make the islands home. The Blue-footed Booby is renowned for its unique mating dance, where it lifts its feet and wave them in the air, appearing to “dance”, and the Red-footed Booby is the only one to make its nest in the trees and not the ground. The Nazcar Booby is the largest species, while the Masked Booby lives mainly out in the open ocean, returning to land only to breed.

• The Waved Albatross mates for life. There are over 12,000 breeding pairs on the archipelago, which represents the majority of its global population. While the birds depart the islands from December to April, they return to the same place and the same partner every year to breed.

• The term “Darwin’s Finches” actually refers to 15 different species of finches. While their bodies and colouring make them similar in appearance, each has a distinctly different, specially adapted beak.

Wildlife holidays in Galapagos offer a privileged opportunity for nature lovers to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some of the most incredible and unique animals on Earth. And, in this remote and beautiful part of the planet, researchers and naturalists are still learning just how astounding many of them really are. Author Plate

Take a Leap Into the Unknown: 4 Exciting Bungee Jump Techniques!

Take a Leap Into the Unknown: 4 Exciting Bungee Jump Techniques!

For many, a bungee jump is a once-in-a-lifetime, adrenaline-filled activity that you’ll remember forever – and you’ll forever be able to tell people about your jump! There are many ways to skin a cat, and some of these bungee jump techniques will make your jump even more memorable. Whether you’re a seasoned jumper or will only take the plunge once in your life, there is a thrilling technique out there for you.
Feel Like You Can Fly Techniques!

 

The Swallow Dive is one of the most popular jump styles in use today, and for good reason! Especially beloved by adrenaline seekers, you have to take a big running jump off the platform with your arms stretched out as wide as possible (like a swallow). This will let you soar through the sky to the ground below. There will be a huge adrenaline rush as you feel like you’re flying through the air… and as an added bonus, as the cord begins stretching you will be pointing downwards – perfect for a smooth and easy deceleration.

Be aware: if the body harness you’re kitted out with has a front cord attachment, ensure you twist 180 degrees so by the time the cord tightens out you’re facing upwards. Don’t worry, your instructor will know all this! But the more you know before your jump, the more relaxed you’ll be before the big event.

The Bat Drop is a little trickier than the swallow dive, and much more daring! For this jump style you’ll have to be positioned hanging upside down (!!!) on the edge of the platform. Someone else will need to be holding your feet, and once they release you you’ll shoot off like a bat or vampire into the darkness of the night!

The Back Dive is another jump which is considered to be a little more difficult. You’ll really need to put your all into launching off the platform so that when you’re at the end of your fall, your head will be pointing straight down. Just like the swallow dive, be sure to be facing upwards at the end of your jump if you happen to be using a front-connected body harness.

The Elevator is a technique you’ll definitely have seen somewhere before. You simply step off the platform with your feet pointing down at the ground, and when you reach the end of the bungee you’ll be automatically flipped the right way round.

Top tip: only do the Elevator if you have access to a rubber (Kiwi/ Euro) cord to avoid hurting yourself and doing your ankles some serious harm!

Jump Safely, Jump Insured

Whether you’re going for the jump of a lifetime or plan to tick off all of our suggested bungee jump techniques, make sure your travel insurance covers you. Let’s Go Insure offers cover for one or multiple jumps, and our friendly staff are on hand to help you with getting covered for all of your daredevil antics!

Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

For newcomers to barge holidays, all barges may look the same. However, there are many types of ships with striking differences in history and design. This model evolved over 200 years, adapting to changing conditions and technology. In Europe, the barge – ships barges – connecting the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Here is a brief overview of the most common vessels you might encounter on your barge vacation.
Tjalks and Klippers Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

This barging tradition can be traced back to the seventeenth century. Originally wind-powered Tjalks were built of wood; In the nineteenth century, ship builders began to consider the possibility of iron and on twentieth century steel properties exploited by this industry. Therefore, the modern version of Tjalk is constructed of iron or steel, yet retains the stern arch of indigenous wood.

Designed for fast-flowing estuaries and rivers in the Netherlands, the tough Klipper is always built of iron or steel. The use of steel leads to a stronger vessel, although this introduces the danger of corrosion. Klipper’s steering sat under a stern round and ridden with wheels. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Beurtmotor and Luxemotor

Beurtmotor is used for passengers and cargo and often travels to a reliable schedule, replacing steam-powered steamers. It became even more popular with the introduction of diesel engines because their scheduling was more consistent than ever before. Like other barges, Beurtmotor was built to navigate the shallow waters – anywhere between 3 and about 10 feet of water. However this is not a limitation, as most inland waters in western Europe conform to this requirement.

Luxemotor trailblazing was built in the early 20th century and was the first barge to have its own machine. Driving on Beurtmotor’s success, they are quite luxurious with plenty of space – including kitchens and toilets – as well as a pointy bow that is ideal for more open waters.

Spitz

Spitz has a long and varied history. They were built to the standard of Freycinet imposed by Napoleon during the standardization period, and the ship was first withdrawn by hand (or horse). However, after the Second World War many Belgian Spitz ships were kitted out with tank machines that were often disabled. With some adjustments at the stern to fix the wheel, the Spitz Motor version is designed for canals in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

European Air Line: Our Fleet

The European Airway fleet includes a barge with lots of history behind them. Vacation barges match the history lover and cruise ship enthusiasts. For example, L’Art de Vivre – the oldest fleet – is an English model and built in the First World War to supply allied forces in the Somme. The beautiful Rosa is the Dutch Clipper carrying a variety of cargo in the early 20th century Dutch. Both now enjoy retirement by walking the beautiful streets of France, lovingly recovering in a way that celebrates their stunning legacy. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the most respected all-inclusive luxury barge provider in France and other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Family Fun in the Sun: A Guide to Les Arcs

Family Fun in the Sun: A Guide to Les Arcs

Looking to escape to the mountains with your young ones for that magical, glowing combination of sun and snow? Les Arcs is one of the best skiing resorts I know for families, with accessible slopes for youngsters and intermediate skiers, a great range of activities, and affordable prices. Here’s why it makes an ideal spot for a winter holiday destination the whole family can enjoy.
Beginner-Friendly Slopes

 

Les Arcs is home to over 200km of pistes, many of which are perfectly suited for beginner or intermediate skiers, comprising gentle, smooth runs lined with trees that all lie within easy reach of the main accommodation villages. The best blue runs for new skiers are at Peisey-Vallandry, served by their own drag-lifts, at Arc 1800, which is near the fantastic Mille8 complex, and Arc 1600, which is served by the Combettes lift. There are also good runs for novices at Arc 1950 and 2000, while slightly more seasoned skiers should make for the Apocalypse snow park, which has plenty of pistes for those of an intermediate level.

Winter Activities

What’s great about Les Arcs is that it’s not just a skiing resort, but an all-round winter holiday haven with a vast array of activities for the whole family:

• Snowmobiling at the Arc Aventures forest park is a fantastic way of exploring more of the mountains for families with children aged over 10. All you need is a driving licence and you’re free to roam.

• At Rodeo Park, meanwhile, you can take part in a Luge Run and ride down the toboggan piste by night, for an added icy thrill! If you have a ski pass it’s free, and open to children aged over 10.

• If the weather doesn’t play ball, then play the Laser Game instead. Housed in two large ultra-flourescent rooms in Arc 1800, and open long into the evenings, this is guaranteed to entertain the whole family and exercise your competitive spirits.

• Over at Arc 2000 in the Place de la Patinoire, meanwhile, there is a large natural ice rink, with plenty of space for mastering the skating basics – simply hire some skates and let yourselves loose.

Mille8 Centre

This is the real jewel in the crown at Les Arcs for families – a gigantic centre containing both an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, fitness room and gym, spa with steam rooms and saunas, and much more besides. After all that work on the slopes, what perfect way to unwind than with a massage jet and bubble bed? If the children still have energy to spare, there are waterfalls to explore and a river splash and games area that will be sure to tire them out!

Getting the Best Out Of Your Trip

Taking the whole family on a skiing break is a great way to get active and enjoy lots of different things together, but it’s always safe to prepare for any small bumps and bruises you may encounter along the way. Taking out a comprehensive winter sports insurance will give you all the cover you need, and keeping you protected in the case of any eventuality. Make sure to choose a full winter sports insurance, as these policies take into account all the many different activities you’ll want to take part in out on the slopes. To find out more about which winter sports insurance is best suited for your family, get in touch with InsureMore, and we’ll help you prepare for your perfect snow-filled, action-packed holiday in the mountains.

The Goa Villa Helps You Find the Next Perfect Holiday Rental

The Goa Villa Helps You Find the Next Perfect Holiday Rental

The Goa Villa is a website that allows you to search for villas around the Goa area, in which you can have the best vacation in your lifetime.
Goa is a one of the most famous state in India. Even if you never studied the Indian geography, you probably have heard about Goa, due to its night life and electronic music center. Goa has been a Portuguese territory for more than 200 years, and if you ever visit or read about this state, you will learn that Goa people are quite proud of this heritage. Almost everything in Goa has been influenced by the Portuguese culture, such as cuisine, architecture, dancing or fashion, also, let’s not forget about the beautiful beaches and river cruises that attract thousands of tourists each month. If you ever wanted to visit India, Goa is the perfect place. But if you decide to visit it, you will have a few options regarding you’re the place to stay. You can choose a hotel or villa. You probably have stayed in a hotel and you are familiar with the experience of staying in one. Although for a day or two, hotels are the perfect choice, if you want to spend your time in relaxation together with your loved ones, a villa is a more suitable place.

 

The Goa Villa is a website that allows you to find Goa Villas for rent. If you rent a villa, you will have a home in your vacation, fitted with many bedrooms and bathrooms that can be the quarters of your family. Furthermore, you will have your own kitchen, therefore, you can go to the local market, buy the fruits and vegetables that are specific for the region, and prepare the meal the way you want. If you do not like cooking, you will be glad to know that some villas for renting include a chef that will prepare whatever you want. Another great advantage of renting a villa, is that you will have you own pool. In a hotel, you will have to share the swimming pool with all the guests, while if you rent a villa, the pool will be used only by the people living for that period.

If you want to find the perfect villa for your vacation, just go to The Goa Villa or call one of the representatives.

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands wildlife is the most unique species in the world. At that time in the archipelago, off the coast of South America, the naturalist Charles Darwin based his research which later became his “Theory of Evolution”.
Currently the archipelago is a popular place for ecotourism, with wildlife cruises in the Galapagos often sitting at the top of the list of nature lovers desires. However, apart from – and, in some cases, because – the remote geographic position of the island, many species face a serious threat to their survival, and some are extinct. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The ground birds in the archipelago are a declining group, the most prominent being the Finches Darwin (which are actually 15 separate species) – so named as their “light bulbs” in Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Saving the Land Bird

The Charles Darwin Research Institute (CDRI) in Santa Cruz, is a site that is in the travel plans of every wildlife voyage in the Galapagos. Their precious works are essential to the preservation of wildlife archipelago, and one of their many projects is focused on controlling the parasitic flies endangering Finches Darwin.

Philornis Downsi is an introduced species, whose larvae live and eat children from finch chicks, causing many to die in their nests. Ectoparasites are also believed to be responsible for the decline of other poultry species.

Philornis Project

Research conducted by CDRI begins with attempts to enlarge the Philornis larvae downsi in the laboratory, without the help of a poultry host. This difficult task is achieved for the first time by a dedicated undergraduate thesis student, although increasing the number of flies in large quantities required for research purposes continues to cause problems.

Researchers from the CDRI went to Panama to observe the work of the Missile Defensive Maintenance Program, where millions of “sterile” flies were produced regularly to help the project to eradicate invasive caterpillars. The researchers can transfer what they get from this very successful project and apply it to very positive results.

Although CDRI flies are bred in greater numbers because of the team’s achievements to improve some of Panama’s project techniques, making flies into regular marriage still proves a challenge. However, there is a large and dedicated team working on this project, and they are confident they will reach a solution.

Learning more about fly biology is essential for the next step in the program to develop successful methods for controlling the numbers. Once a regular breeding program is conducted, research on flies management effectively will provide a major step forward in the conservation of the domestic birds.

Small Project Makes a Big Difference

For anyone planning a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos, understanding CDR’s vital work will offer greater insight into this incredible world and the challenges it faces. The ongoing Philornis project is just one example of how seemingly small conservation projects have the potential to make a big difference to the archipelagic ecology.

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

What ROI Will Your SEO Company Get For You

What ROI Will Your SEO Company Get For You

Where do you begin to measure your business? Simple…

Return on Investment (ROI) for a business is a collection of metrics used to determine whether time / money is worth investing for a valuable return.

For example – one can calculate ROI for many activities, including:

Time invested in customer sales versus sales
The number of visitors to the website based on link building efforts
Sales are generated with each ad push
But what if you want to apply this ROI idea to the SEO company?

Some things to consider before digging: What ROI Will Your SEO Company Get For You

Where is your SEO company located?
What services are provided?
How do they track and report their work to you (customers)?
Let’s launch more about the idea of ​​using ROI to find out the value of SEO companies.

The Hopeful Ups and Likely Downs of an SEO Campaign
There is no perfect SEO campaign.

The amount of time and resources you invest into SEO services will affect the data you can collect in your campaigns.

It’s not wise to judge a campaign’s success with a single page reaching the top of search results for keywords and also not wanting to make an insolent judgment based on the small flux of site visitors.

You should still expect “up” but expect the possibility of “down” – especially as Google tends to stay silent about their updates and algorithmic changes.

With that said, here are some factors that lead to the ROI that you should consider while working with an SEO company:

A goal in mind before it is launched to create a baseline
Conversions tracked to see true, money reward
Advertising and marketing channels listed
Current (and ongoing) search placements for each keyword / page
Reputation & social reach are taken into account
Industry and market trends
Received reports will be accurate after you can submit this information to the SEO company. The company will have basic metrics to report on changes and developments. What ROI Will Your SEO Company Get For You

Every company is different, but …

What to Expect from SEO Company
Whether you hire your SEO from someone local or go around the world to find an SEO company in Dubai – what matters is a combination of:

A. Experience

B. Customer Service

C. Reporting

The company’s experience will show when you can request and receive case studies from their previous clients. It is important not to ask for the results they can give, but whether they can show a real change of their efforts.

Customer service is essential for when you are ready to grow; You keep informing you to make a clear assessment of additional resource investments. You will want a good relationship with SEO companies to keep up with developments but realize that SEO takes some time to show ROI (be patient).

Reporting is the most important because if you do not know how it is then you throw money into the wind. The report should show you where your campaign position compares to the previous month. Companies will be able to provide this data – are they not? Leave them.

As long as you can audit your site and start strong – you should have no problem with maximizing the work done by professionals in SEO companies.

Falmouth Cruise Excursions

Falmouth Cruise Excursions

Whenever you enter the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica, you should know that you have been exposed to one of Jamaica’s greatest treasures. The parish boasts a capital with an interesting history; it is a small town with an opulent history. Situated on the northern coast of Jamaica, Trelawny is the fifth biggest parish of the fourteen on the island; covering a total of 333 square miles.
The parish has part of its recorded origin in the colonial past; it came into being in 1771 after a long and arduous struggle by the plantation owners for about 38 years. What is now known as Trelawny was part of the parish of St. James, now the neighboring parish, of which the capital is Montego Bay. During those times, the grouse among the island’s inhabitants was that the journey from Trelawny was too far for plantation owners to leave and travel to Montego Bay to conduct business. Their solution was the push for St. James to be divided and create another parish with its own capital.

 

The early days of Falmouth saw prosperity as Falmouth had the busiest port in Jamaica. However, that was short lived and after the abolition of slavery the economy took a nose dive. Today, the newest and busiest cruise port in Jamaica is located in Falmouth. The Falmouth Port has now been transformed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to accommodate large cruise vessels including the Harmony of the Seas which is the world’s biggest. While there are not many options of excursions to choose from in Falmouth, one can find many excursions in the surrounding towns.

Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s resort towns and is just one-hour east of Falmouth; it is blessed with numerous interesting and thrilling shore excursions. Marketed Falmouth Shore Excursions usually include the famous Dunn’s River Falls; so too are the Blue Hole Secret Falls, Mystic Mountain, River Tubing, Horse Back Ride and Swim and much more.

Heading west of Falmouth, is Montego Bay, another resort town, home to the Rose Hall Great House, Dr. Cave Beach one of the best beaches on the island, Zipline, Rockland Bird Sanctuary famous for hand feeding humming birds that live in the wild and other thrilling adventures to include Dolphin Swims.

If you will be on a cruise arriving at the port of Falmouth, there is plenty to choose from. It is important that you consider your interests and pre-book your Falmouth Shore Excursions as a Private Tour with a reliable and reputable transportation provider. You will find that by the time you disembark your luxurious sea vessel you will be off on your island adventure and be guaranteed to enjoy your already short time on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Come to Jamaica and feel alright.

Following Woodworking Tips for the First Time

Following Woodworking Tips for the First Time

If you are thinking of trying carpentry for the first time, then you are in the right place. We’ll cover some of the most important tips to follow when attempting carpentry for the first time.
Keeping it Simple

Following Woodworking Tips for the First Time

The first tip is arguably the most important, keeping your engagement plan as easy as possible to get started. While it’s natural to want to take on a bigger project, you have to take a slow and steady approach. Easy woodworking plans are available online at sites such as JoineryPlans, which has more than 25,000 timber project plans.

Preparing Your Workspace

Once you have chosen the woodworking plan you want to use for this project, you need to set up your workspace. While the wood project plan will cover everything you need to do from start to finish, you must provide building materials, equipment, and a safe workspace. The space you work on should be clean of debris, levels, and good ventilation if you will paint / stain the wood after you finish the project.

Taking Accurate Measurements

Something you need to do is make sure you have a good quality measuring tool like tape measure and box so you can ensure accurate measurements. Most of the carpenter’s plans will give you the right size and while the carpenter’s plan may have some margin of error in it, you should get your measurements as accurate as possible for proper assembly.

Wearing a Suitable Safety Gear

You will work with tools and wood, so there is always the risk of injury to your eyes from flying wood particles and other impurities. When purchasing your project inventory, be sure to take high-quality protective goggles for you and others who will work with you on a woodworking project.

Using the Best Tool

Along with having high quality protective clothing, you should make it a top priority to have the best tools to do the job. If your chainsaw is not sharp enough, it can damage the wood when cutting, making it difficult to assemble the finished product. Along with inefficient cuts, a saw blade can pose a safety risk to you and everyone around you. To reduce the risks, be sure to use the best quality chainsaws available.

Use Opportunity to Transact with Your Family Members

When working on a woodworking project, you should take advantage of this opportunity to spend time with your family. You need to observe safety procedures to keep your family safe while working on the project but otherwise your easy woodworking plan will make the project simple enough for children to understand, and this will give you the opportunity to impart knowledge. and create memories that will stay with your children throughout their lives. Following Woodworking Tips for the First Time