5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF TAKING A VACATION

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Americans leave a lot of vacation days on the table. Vacations are not only beneficial to our health but also for maintaining sanity and stability in life. While so many of us envision lazing in the sun on the beach rather than working in the office, there are lots of health benefits of taking a vacation that just traveling to one of the most popular spots in the world with a friendly climate. Vacations makes you feel alive and free from the daily stress of life. According to the 2009 International Vacation Deprivation Study by Expedia, over 30% of Americans do not go on vacation for fear of losing their job. So what exactly are the benefits of taking time away from work?

Relieves stress

Chronic stress causes a lot of health implications to our bodies and reduces performance levels both in the home and at workplace. In order to effectively manage the destructive effects of stress on our body, it is advisable to take a break from daily stress and take a vacation. Escaping from our normal life gives the body a chance to repair some of the health damages caused by stress.

Prevents heart disease

One of the major causes of high blood pressure and heart disease is stress. It is however, proven that taking a vacation will help reduce the risks of heart disease. Reports by the Framingham Heart Study in 2010 shows that people who travel more often are on average 40% less likely to die from a heart disease.

Stay focused

Everyone needs to unplug at some point in life to maintain a healthy life and stay focused. Chronic stress is not good for the busman health as it can disrupt the activities of the brain and makes us lose concentration. Working all year round can make people have difficulties concentrating. One of the best ways of combating chronic stress and concentrating while working is taking vacation.

Improved productivity

Upon returning from a week-long vacation, you will find out that your productivity level will be fostered with a great feeling. Vacation is a great way that allow people reconnect with themselves, feel refreshed and concentrate more while working, thus increasing productivity level.

Prevents illness

Stress can cause severe damage to your immune system thus making your vulnerable to varied degree of illness such as cold, headache, joint pain, flu and even cancer. There is no better way to prevent such illnesses than getting far away from work.

Create your own SCANDAL! The Hottest Hotels in Washington DC – Part 1

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ABC’s Scandal has been rocking the television airwaves since 2012. Because of the sexiness Kerry Washington emits as Olivia Pope and because everyone loves a, well, scandal, in politics, it’s no surprise that more and more people are wanting to visit Washington D.C. to enjoy their own scandalous adventure. If you are one of the many people looking to hangout where the politicians play, below is part 1 of 2 of the hottest hotels you can stay in while you are in Wahsington D.C. These hotels are so steamy we had to break this post into two!

The Jefferson: The Jefferson has been catering since to Washington’s most elite visitors since the ‘90s, supplying a taste of European luxury in the center of the United States capital. The Beaux Arts age rules supreme here, with sculptures and 20th century paintings lining the checkered floors. The Jefferson’s tasteful accommodations are furnished with custom made duvets, plush bathrobes, slick flat-screen TVs and a complimentary Wifi. For a bit more space, upgrade to a suite, that will come equipped with a Nespresso coffee maker and, in a few suites, private balconies overlooking the Washington Monument. Luxury never gets any better with The Jefferson.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington DC: The very first ‘hot’ thing about this Ritz-Carlton is its Georgetown location. The second is its décor; Red brick walls adorn both the exterior and the interior of the property, while the cool tones located throughout the hotel are reminiscent of the nearby waterfront. In addition, its trendy lodgings are appointed with 400-thread count Egyptian cotton linens, luxurious feather beds, DVD home theater systems and high speed Wifi accessibility. Escape to the luxurious Boutique Spa to indulge in a rejuvenating massage Nonetheless, what actually sets the Ritz apart, aside from its top notch comforts – is its refined, comfortable ambiance. Guests cannot stop raving about the modern, airy layout of the Lobby Lounge, which features an inviting wood burning hearth.

The Hay-Adams: Situated at the border of Lafayette Square, Hay-Adams boasts a magnificent vantage point of the National Mall as well as the White House. Here, head to toe magnificent decor welcomes the guests; while guest rooms feature neutral tones with elegant bedspreads, the reception is decked out in rich wooden paneling and marble floors. Lodgings additionally house luxurious Asprey London bathroom products, 37-inch flat-screen TVs and Bose music systems. The Lafayette – the elegant dining room of the resort – garners high praise from delicious culinary offerings and striking views of the White House. More still, if you’re a history buff, then Hay-Adams gets even ‘hotter’, as it’s names after the previous tenants of the site; journalist Henry Adams and Secretary of State John Hay.

Come back soon for part 2 of our Scandal-worthy hottest hotels of Washington D.C.

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Romantic Destinations Worldwide

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Whether you are planning an exciting couple’s escapade or a honeymoon, there are many romantic destinations worldwide to suit your taste. If you and your lover are seeking somewhere with that perfect ambiance for your next vacation, read on because we found some of the most romantic destinations in the world:

 

    • Venice – A ride in the gondola truly symbolizes the magic and romance of this city. Ride down the canals with your lover and enjoy the sites of Venice. Dine in stylish Italian restaurants by the canals and get lost in old brick passages while you stumble upon Italian squares and churches. Venice is definitely the place that can make you fall in love again.
    • Seychelles – These Indian Ocean islands located off the coast of Africa were home for some of the most amazing people in the world. It’s extraordinary, out of the way location makes it an incredible place to spend time with your loved one. There are many spas, golf courses, tropical drinks, and fishing trips ready to make your romantic trip unforgettable. Honeymoon here and you may never want to leave.
    • Maldives – These 23 small coral islands are barely above ocean water and the reefs in the area are teeming with life. And yet, even though they bustle with ocean life, they are quiet and secluded.
    • Tuscany – Villas, vineyards, and historic Italian towns, this entire place billows with a sense of adventure and love. Stay in cozy villas, eat the finest food, and bike through the amazing vineyards to drink the top class wine.
    • Bruges – This medieval city in Brussels may not jump to the front of your mind as a romantic destination, but the setting of the place will take you back to a simpler time that feels just right to reconnect with that special someone. The town has certainly protected its history to our benefit allowing visitors to walk through the ancient city lanes hand in hand and relax at sweet cafes filled to the brim with charm and love. A step back in time- perhaps this is the way every romantic getaway should feel.

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Are Other Subway Systems Better Than New York Subways?

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When you think of the public transportation system in New York you likely think of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, better known as the Subway. How does the New York Subway system compare to some of the others around the world? Since there are several transportation systems worldwide, for today’s purposes we will focus on the most popular ones in the world including those in Chicago, Los Angeles, London (aka London Tube), Tokyo, Paris and Mexico City.*

In terms of cost, London’s single cost rides have the highest fares with New York coming in as the second highest fare. The cheapest fares are in Mexico City. New York wins the race in terms of the number of lines running at any given time with 24 whereas the least number of lines running are in Los Angeles with just 6 lines. London has 11, Paris 16, and Tokyo has 13. Not surprisingly New York also wins in the number of stations with 468. Paris has the second highest number of stations at 384.

Interestingly enough, although New York has the highest number of lines and stations, they are not the most frequently used subway system. The winner there is Tokyo with approximately 3.1 billion riders per year compared with New York’s 1.65 billion. London has 1.2 billion annually and the lowest number of riders is in Los Angeles at 113 million.

London’s Tube is said to be cleaner and has a better design than New York’s according to Business Insider. However, what New York lacks in cleanliness and design they make up for with more room for more passengers as “the tube’s compact design makes it hard to squeeze onto some trains during rush hour.”

Still, regardless of looks and features, many tourists visiting other cities find themselves longing for their own system back home. Perhaps this is because there is “no place like home,” or maybe it’s just a simple matter of once you get used to one line’s schedule and policies you simply don’t want to learn how to use someone else’s.

Now, we want to hear from you. Have you been on the various Subway systems of the world? What was your favorite one to ride on? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Fifty Shades of Travel

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The movie and the book that caused many couples worldwide to consider trying out some new things in the bedroom may very well seem like yesterday’s news, but the movement for naughty and experimental play is still thriving as those who continue to get their hands on the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy can’t seem to shake Christian and Anastasia’s erotic tale from their minds. If you are like those looking for some sexy and kinky destinations to play out your fantasies here are three hotels you might want to consider for your next lusty, or should I say lover’s getaway:

The Don Q Inn– Located in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, this boutique hotel has rooms themed to cater to your wildest fantasies including the cave room complete with prehistoric setting, Caesar’s Court rooms 1 and 2 with Ancient Roman décor and Roman columns, Jungle Safari with a thatched jungle hut over the bed and the Northern Lights room with a full-size igloo built around the bed. Of course, the room that those seeking S&M and/or bondage might enjoy is the Mid-Evil room complete with a heart-shaped bed donned in shackles!

Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts – Located in the heart of the Poconos in Lakeville, Pennsylvania you can enjoy baths in a heart-shaped jacuzzi tub or a champagne glass tub. Drinking bubbles while you bathe in bubbles. Semi-romatic and semi-naughty, no? When you head to Cove Haven there is definitely love to be made!

Propeller Island City Lodge – To visit this hotel you will need your passport as it’s located in Berlin, Germany. Propeller Island City Lodge has often been reported as one of the most unusual hotels in the world, but it also has some rooms that scream kink. For example, their “Two Lions” room. This room features two cages in the middle of the room hoisted in the air on stilts and for the truly voyeuristic there is even a window you can open up for your own personal peep show.

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We’ve not even scratched the surface of the number of places you can tap into your inner most fantasies while on vacation. Want to know about more sexy and kinky hotels for your fifty shades of travel getaway? Give Cater 2U Travels a call today!

Is it Safe to Travel to Greece Yet? An Economic Update

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Because it feels like a world away, it’s easy to forget that Greece has been in a significant amount of economic turmoil over the last several years. This turmoil came to a head earlier this year when the country had no choice but to seek a bailout. Still, for most of the major tourist hot spots, tourism is still moving along with business as usual. There were moments of panic where demand for travel fell, but nonetheless Greece has remained a top destination for honeymoons, destination weddings, family escapes and more.

If you were among the many who feared traveling to Greece due to its economic conditions that is understandable. In times of uncertainty it’s a scary thing to leave the known safety of home and head into the unknown. However, traveling to Greece is still safe to do as long as you are cautious. Like with any country that is having any troubles the number one way to keep yourself safe is to stay away from that trouble.

For example, let’s say you were planning a visit to a museum and learned that there would be a protest going on at that museum. Odds are you would avoid that museum during the protest simply because of the risk that the protest could turn violent. You don’t abandon all museums completely, just the one where there is the potential for trouble.

It’s the same with Greece- So can you go? Yes! Just avoid the spots where the protests are happening. Don’t worry, there are plenty of places you can still visit and now might just be the best time to go because the Euro is closer in value to the dollar than it has been in a long time and because there is a significant push to get your travel dollars many places are lowering their rates in hopes of increasing bookings. Some restaurateurs are asking customers to pay in cash, but for the most part everything is still working the same way it did before the hammer came down.

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The Wi-Fi Craze and Why Some Hotels Stopped Charging

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If you have done any traveling in 2015 you may or may not have noticed that some hotels have stopped charging for Wi-Fi access. There are still several hotels charging for the use of the internet, so why have some stopped charging while others are still adding a fee for it?

Some hotels have simply added the internet fees into their standard room rates. No one likes to think about being nickel and dimed and adding an internet fee to a bill feels like just that. To offset this concern instead of charging $5-$15 per night for use of the internet it is actually hidden in your hotel fees.

You can trade “loyalty” for free Wi-Fi in some properties. You know those programs that hotels offer where you can get extra perks for frequently staying on their properties? Free internet is one of those perks.

The hotels that are charging you might not have an option about implementing the fee. Condé Nast Traveler did an article on this very subject in summer of 2014 that basically said owners and operators sometimes have a dispute over this issue leaving the operators to merely do as their told by the owners. “Most hotel brands don’t actually own the physical property where the hotel is located. Instead, they sign a management contract with the hotel’s owners, and then run the operations under the brand name. The owner has to commit to some of the hotel brands’ standards and programming (services, amenities, decor, etc.) but free Wi-Fi isn’t always on that list.”

In the most basic terms hotels that are still charging for Wi-Fi are doing so because they can. As long as people continue to pay the fees without bucking too wildly hotels will keep charging for it. The more people complain about it on customer services surveys, however, the more hotels are stepping up and either offering it for free or simply hiding it in their standard fees. In the end, Wi-Fi will never actually be free, but it always feels nice when it at least seems like it is.

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