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Why cottage breaks in devon and cornwall are the perfect budget holiday

Why Cottage Breaks in Devon and Cornwall Are the Perfect Budget Holiday

The economic recession has made people think much more carefully about how they spend their money, and holiday habits are changing to fit in with a new ethos of maximum return for every pound spent. As the pound weakens against the Euro and Dollar more UK holidaymakers are planning short breaks in the UK this year and the tourist industry is already reporting a rise in UK bookings. Cottage breaks in Devon and Cornwall are the perfect way to plan a budget holiday in one of the most beautiful regions of the country.

Devon and Cornwall are two of the most popular destinations for visitors and taking a cottage holiday is the perfect way to explore this wonderful region. Booking a cottage online is easy and as everyone is anxious to attract as many visitors as possible this year there are plenty of bargains to be found, especially if you book early. A cottage holiday gives you much more freedom to plan your own break around your interests, your own timeframe and your budget.

Cottage holidays in Devon and Cornwall can range from a cosy cottage perfect for an intimate getaway for two up to barn conversion complexes that are perfect for large family groups. Cottage holidays are designed to be self-catering, although if you get bored with cooking every night there are plenty of top quality restaurants throughout the region to choose from for a special meal out. The south west has an enviable reputation for some of the finest local produce in the country and over two hundred miles of coastline means that the freshest fish and shellfish are always available. Taking a cottage holiday gives you the chance to taste some of the best produce the region has to offer, cooked exactly the way you like it!

Cottage holidays are an ideal choice if you plan to go exploring a particular region. In Devon and Cornwall you are never far from the coast, fascinating historical landmarks and even theme parks for the kids. Two of the UK’s best national parks are situated in Devon and Cornwall has its own, wild beauty that takes you back to another age, rich in folklore and myth. However, both counties are also very much in touch with the 21st century and offer excellent modern shopping centres, theatre and concert venues and some of the most exciting and innovative attractions anywhere in the UK.

If you enjoy the outdoors, Devon and Cornwall are perfect for a wide range of adventure activities – from kayaking and rock-climbing to mountain biking and paragliding. The South West Coastal Walk allows hikers to explore the coastline, from the breathtaking and wild north coast to the ancient Jurassic coastline of East Devon. By using a cottage holiday as your base, you can build up your own itinerary around your interests and budget accordingly. With a little planning and forethought, you can make your pound go that much further.

One of the common myths is that holidays in the UK are more expensive than taking a trip abroad, but with the changing economic picture, that believe is no longer relevant. The south west may not have the same amount of sunshine as the Canary Islands or Turkey, but its climate is very mild for the majority of the year and the advantages more than make up for the odd spot of rain! Cottage breaks in Devon and Cornwall make an ideal budget holiday for families of any size and their popularity is growing – a visit to this stunning part of the world will show you why!

Osprey: high quality outdoor gears

Osprey: High Quality Outdoor Gears

Osprey packs are renowned for its exemplary suspesion technology integrated on each of its outdoor gear. The concept behind this technology is applied in seven different usage to adapt the core needs of a particular outdoor activity. Each suspension type has its own unique purpose, features and main function. To help you learn more, let me introduce Osprey packs Suspension Technology one by one.

ReCurve – is Ospreys load carrier available on our full-feature Argon and Xenon packs. It has a 7075-T6 aluminum ReCurve rods provide consistent and stable flex and shock absorption and HDPE framesheet with dual 2024 AL 2/3 length, 20mm stays. AirScape – This kind of suspension make use of dual peripheral aluminum rods stabilize load and transfer weight close to the body. A lightWire peripheral rod frame on Kestrel Series and an integral aluminum or lightWire contoured headrail for maximum headroom.

AirSpeed – The AirSpeed suspension incorporates a LightWire Alloy frame with a 3D tensioned mesh backpanel. Additionally, side crescents provide further ventilation. All contact surfaces are either breathable mesh or perforated, molded waffle foam. Aircore – The AirCore backpanel borrows from the innovative and award winning AirSpeed backpanel found on our Atmos Series packs. Two 5mm fiberglass struts with a center stabilization disc anchor into top and bottom high impact composite wings.

Variant – The Variant suspension is cusomized to each volume. The Variant 52 features a removable HDPE framesheet with aluminum tubing frame. The Variant 37 features an HDPE framesheet with 6061 aluminum stay. The Variant 28 features a removable foam framesheet and sit pad.

Waypoint – A peripheral LightWire™ alloy frame, ridge-molded foam AirScape™ backpanel, torso adjustable gender specific harness and a built-in ErgoPull™ hipbelt provide the suspension of a technical backcountry backpack.

High Road™ Chassis – All Osprey wheeled travel packs utilize Osprey’s proprietary High Road™ Chassis featuring an ergonomic retractable handle with integrated vent fins, a 6001 Aluminum frame, ultra-durable and light-weight composite base with a fiberglass matrix inlay and integrated foot/grab handle, over-sized high traction polyurethane wheels with sealed bearings and a high clearance design.

Osprey offers the finest packs for every outdoor activity. The group’s line of products includes Backpacking series – Deluxe Custom Fit, Lightweight Custom Fit, Ventilated, Day Hiking, Active Light Pursuit, Vertical Endeavors, Snowplay, Active Everyday, Travel Wheels, Convertible and Travel Trek. Osprey also provides addons like cases, back pack cover, buit-in spacer mesh harness, bottle holder, map carriers, optic hodlers, deluxe laptop case and detachable daypacks.

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Oklahoma lodging vacations: the comforts of campgrounds

Oklahoma Lodging Vacations: The Comforts of Campgrounds

Oklahoma is the 20th largest state in US that presents pristine ecosystems. Many of its lakes and state parks have campgrounds for peaceful lodging options. Camping spots can be found from the rugged Wichita Mountains in the west to the southeast of Quachita Mountains.

Below is the list of Oklahoma campgrounds.

Beavers Bend Resort Park

Beavers Bend State Park is a scenic attraction with RV camping. It is located along Broken Vow Lake and Fork River Mountain. It has 47 cabins, 8 camping areas, 393 campsites with 2 group camps. Beavers Bend also offers primitive tent camping facilities with hot showers, picnic tables and pit toilets.

Lakeview Lodge provides 40 rooms with private decks that overlook the lake. It is an alternative to cabin lodging and campgrounds. All rooms have a balcony for lake viewing. Amenities include outdoor grill, fire pits and fully equipped kitchens. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating and canoeing at the swimming area. There are mini-train rides, horse back riding and a golf course. Kids can experience recreational opportunities such as hayrides, boat ramping, biking and hiking.

Nearby attractions are the Talimena Skyline Drive, Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum, Museum of the Red River and the Little River National Wildlife Refuge. Park highlights include Eagle Watches from November to February, Owachito Festival of the Forest in June and the Year-round Trout Fishing at Trophy Brown Trout Area

Big Cedar RV Park

Big Cedar is located between Winding Stair and Kiamichi mountains surrounding the Ouachita National Forest. It lies on the shadow of Talimena Scenic Drive. The park offers cabins, tent sites and RV hookups in the Kiamichi River valley.

This park has three new and fully furnished cabins for rent. It can sleep six and four persons. Two larger cabins have full kitchens and another three have private baths. Cabin amenities include a picnic table and a barbeque grill. It also provides modern amenities like coin-operated laundry, cable and Wi-fi. Cabin rates cost about $65 to $75 per night with tax.

RV camp sites have full services of water and electricity. Reserved spaces have full access to bathhouse with shower and coin operated laundry. RV rates cost $24 per night.

Honey Creek State Park

Honey Creek is a campground with beautiful lake views. The 30 acre park sits on a hill with 150 primitive sites, 30/50 amp RV sites, picnic areas, 206 campsites and two covered group shelters. It provides access to Grand Lake for boating and fishing. The state park offers complimentary boat ramp, fishing dock, outdoor grills, swimming pool and comfort stations.

Honey Creek State Park features lake and river view as well as outdoor sports like basketball and water skiing. Families can enjoy the nearby areas like the Ledonwood gardens, Cherokee Queen Paddle Boats, Grove Har-ber Village and Cayuga Splitlog Mission Church.

Horse Heaven Ranch

Horse Heaven Ranch is located at Horse Heaven Ranch Road in Talihina. It has 6 fully equipped luxury cabins with covered barns, 32 RV sites and RV motor homes. The ranch can accommodate big groups for birthdays, weddings, club functions and special events.

The ranch offers breath taking views of forest and mountains with shady trees. The RV sites include 2 equines, 2 adults and maximum of three children per site. Each site has services of water and electricity. Amenities include a picnic table, grill and a fire pit. There are also 30 to 46 foot concrete slabs for parking, 2 separate piped pens and a hitching post. Horse Heaven also provides state-of-the-art bathhouse and a free dump station.

Fort Gibson Lake

Fort Gibson Lake is nestled at the eastern hills of Oklahoma. The lake offers 225 miles of shoreline and 19,990 surface acres. It offers sightseeing of redbud, dogwood, sand plum and haws blossoms. There were colorful shrubbery of oak, blackgum, redwood, hickory and woodbine glowing on the hills.

The fort’s hunting area covers 21,798 acres with 3,500 acres of water flow sanctuary. Fish species to look for are the white bass, black bass, pan fish, catfish and the crappie.

Fort facilities include six Class A campgrounds for RV, tent camping, boat ramps, swimming beaches and picnic areas. Other amenities include showers, electric hookups, group shelters, drinking water, 6 marinas and concession services.

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Making a cheap holiday to tenerife even cheaper – a guide to the fine art of haggling

Making A Cheap Holiday To Tenerife Even Cheaper – A Guide To The Fine Art Of Haggling

Tenerife is famous for its markets, and of course there is nothing quite as satisfying as haggling yourself to a bargain. The trouble is that many Brits abroad are too afraid to try their hand at bartering, fearing that bargaining their way to cheaper prices will make them seem cheap or break the traditional British reserve. In this guide, I shall explain the cut and thrust of the wonderfully addictive game of market bargaining, but first a few tips on where to find the best markets in Tenerife…

Torviscas Market and Los Cristianos are perhaps the biggest markets in Tenerife, and a great opportunity to brush up on your haggling skills. It also boasts the biggest range of products to get your teeth stuck into (figuratively speaking) – clothing, fashion, books, electricals, jewellery and even property! Obviously, you don’t want to get too wrapped up in the haggling and end up buying the latter, but in terms of range of goods to buy, these two cannot be beaten.

On Friday mornings, the Golf Del Sur market is a good choice for those staying nearby. It’s quite new, but is already picking up in terms of popularity with a varied number of stalls offering an interesting mix of goods. The night market at Los Abrigos offers a unique atmosphere, and despite a smaller selection of stalls offers a nice range of beautiful jewelery. Finally the African market at Santa Cruz is a site to behold: made up of over 300 stalls of fresh produce, this is the perfect place to practice your bartering – just don’t take too long, because the tastiest fruit and vegetables tend to go very quickly!

So now you know the best places to try haggling in Tenerife, the question becomes how it is done. Here’s the best advice I’ve got to ensuring you bag the best deal…

1)Know the market

Whilst it can be tempting to throw yourself in at the deep end and start haggling over every item that catches your interest on the first day of your Tenerife holiday, it actually pays to spend a little time getting to know the general prices of the island. Spend a few hours making a wish list of items you’d like to pick up, and assessing how much they tend to go for – work out what is and isn’t a reasonable price before you start your first haggle.

2)Be polite and keep your sense of humor

Haggling at a market is supposed to be fun, and you won’t improve your chances by being surly and rude. Keep it slightly playful and you’ll be more likely to avoid offense and score the bargain you’re looking for.

3)Be ready to walk away

Walking away is actually a very important part of the haggling dance. If the bartering has reached an impasse and the merchant is refusing to drop the price any lower, don’t be afraid to walk away. If it looks like the merchant is going to lose the sale, he may well follow you with ‘one last offer’.

4)Convert the price into your own currency

This sounds obvious but you need a good handle on the currency before you begin. Tenerife uses the Euro, so get your head around a rough conversion rate before you begin – loosely, £1 is equivalent to 1.5 Euros, so bear this in mind – you don’t want to haggle for ages only to eventually work out you were arguing over pennies!

5)Hesitation is your friend

Your best friend in the exciting world of haggling isn’t actually your words, it’s the absence of them. Show some hesitation in responding to an offer, and your merchant may quickly produce a better offer for fear of failing to close a sale. Don’t overuse the tactic or it will be seen through quite easily, but hesitation is perfect because it implies you’re tempted, and will make the seller think he’s nearly there. This is best used when approaching a price you’re willing to pay.

6)Bargaining isn’t just about price

The price is the main thing naturally, but extra value doesn’t need to simply come from a few quid knocked off! Extras items and services can be used to barter – agree to pay the price suggested, if your seller agrees to throw in another item you’re interested. If the bargaining has become stale, this is a good way to reignite the discussion and bring you closer to a bargain to brag about!

7)Dress down

Appearance shouldn’t come into the haggling experience, but it really does! Put yourself in the sellers shoes: If someone comes to you saying they can’t afford to spend more than £8 on the vase, are you more or less likely to believe them if they’re wearing an Armani suit and Rolex wrist watch? Dress down, and don’t give the impression that you have the money to pay their top price if you want to secure the best bargain.

8)Point out imperfections before you begin

It’s a standard rule that you play down the item you’re interested in purchasing before a price is first named. If you mention the uneven paintwork on a vase before asking the price, the seller is just more likely to name a more reasonable cost in the first place, which makes bartering them down that little bit easier…

9)Set a maximum price you’re willing to pay

Before you start the process, think of what you’re actually willing to pay, and what you’d like to part with. By setting a maximum and ideal value, you can have clear boundaries to work in, and can accurately assess whether you’re likely to reach a price point you’re happy with. It will also ensure you don’t feel disgusted at how much you’ve paid later, thinking you got a bargain at the time.

10) A facial expression is worth a thousand words

I mentioned earlier the power of silence in producing a swift drop in price, but that only tells the aural side – visuals also play a huge part in the bartering process, and while keeping your poker face when a superbly low offer is handed your way is important, looking skeptical, horrified or even laughing at a bad offer can be just as powerful. Sometimes such a reaction can prompt a price drop without you even having to open your mouth (though obviously it helps with the laughter) so bear this in mind if an opportunity arises.

Haggling is a great way of making a cheap holiday to Tenerife even cheaper! The most important thing about all this is to have fun though. I wouldn’t recommend you try haggling too much on items you really want, because it will seriously limit your ability to ‘play the game’ effectively with that all important bargaining method: walking away and looking elsewhere.