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Labor Day in United States


Friday, August 29th, 2014

In United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of each September. It is dedicated to the various labor associations who contributed to the United States economy. It creates a long three-day weekend and the last major holiday before the onset of autumn. Labor Day is the last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events and enjoy the summer season end.

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Behind the reason of Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes to pay tribute the contributions of workers have made the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

History of Labor Day

More than hundred years after the first Labor Day observance, there are some disputes about who originally thought of the idea of an annual Labor Day observance. According to the Department of Labor, there is some controversy over whether Labor Day originated as the idea of Peter J. McGuire or Matthew Maguire.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But recent research support to the Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J. proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on 5th September 1882, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union and the second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the day was changed and the first Monday in September was selected for the Labor Day holiday and the similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date.

What people do?

Labor Day is a time of long weekend and the last chance for go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In many places people are organizing lots of events like; fireworks display, barbecues and public arts or sports events.

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The Most Useful Tips to Avoid Extra Airline Fees


Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Are you planning for a trip and your budget is limited? Don’t worry we will help you to save your money. With the help of following tips you can skip some of the airline fees and get the cheapest flight tickets.

Beat the baggage fees

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Several times you carry unused stuff in your luggage and pay excess baggage charges. Why not you avoid it or purchase some of traveling products available on the market that’s help you take additional stuff and they won’t count as excess baggage. A luggage jacket combined with a good hand-luggage bag will get you the absolute maximum amount of luggage on a plane, without having to pay any check-in costs.

Change the Route You Travel

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Mostly we all like to take a direct flight to our destination and reach there as quickly as possible without changing planes. But do you know 1 or 2 stop flights are cheaper than direct flights. If money is more important than time, then consider a flight with a stop-over. It helps to save money on flight tickets. 1 or 2 stop flight adds a couple of hours to travel time but it may be worth the hundreds of dollars you could save on airfare.

Buy Round Trip for One Way Journeys

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Do you know round trip flight tickets are cheaper then when you book two times one way flight tickets? It is very important to finalize your travel dates and book your round trip flight tickets according to your travel plan. It’s help to save your time and money.

Check Your Bag at the Gate

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You will be paying extra charges to check your bag at the service desk, but if you take the airline offer of a free bag check at the gate its help to skip that fee.

Carry an Empty Water Bottle

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In few of airlines you have to pay for a water bottle. We know you can’t take big bottles of liquids through security. But you can easily taking an empty water bottle through the scanner and nobody stopping you. Once you are cross the gate, you can fill it on airport or take your bottle on plane and ask to airhostess to fill it with water. It is better than paying for the expensive water bottle on the flight.

Look For Discount Coupons or Promo Codes

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Many airlines and travel websites offer discount coupons that can help you save few more dollars. Also keep an eye on promotional fares which are quite cheaper that actual fare. You may have to opt for flexible dates, but it will save you a lot of money.

Get a Bereavement Fare

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If any miss-happening happen in your family and you are flying for bereavement, then take an advantage of airline bereavement discount. Most of airlines offer discounted bereavement fare for our travellers. They will provide discount on your flight ticket. Now, the ethics of this are highly questionable, but if you really are flying because of a death in the family, you should definitely take the airline’s offer of a discounted ticket.

Hope, next time whenever you book a flight you will take care of these things.


Worldwide Cat Cafes


Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Cat cafes are the perfect places where visitors can enjoy coffee and cake while petting cats. It is a theme cafe whose main attraction is cats that can be watched and played with. Pet owners pay to these cafes for take care of cat as a form of supervised indoor pet rental. They are the best options for those who cannot leave alone our cats in their own homes for any reason like; housing restrictions, living situations, holiday trip etc.

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History

The world’s first cat cafe was opened in Taiwan in 1998 and located in Taipei. In very small time it was very popular in Japan and attracts many Japanese tourists as well as domestic visitors. In Japan, the first cat cafe opened in Osaka in 2004. Cat cafes are very popular in Japan and now springing up across the globe. A number of cat friendly cafes have opened in Europe and even plans to open in the U.S.

Top Worldwide Cat Cafes

Japan

Cat cafes are very popular in Japan. If you visit Tokyo, you can find at least 39 cat cafes. The first cat cafe was Cat’s Store which opened in 2005 by Norimasa Hanada. There are various types of cat cafes with featured specific categories of cat such as black cats, fat cats, rare breed cats or ex-stray cats. All cat cafes have a legal license and comply with the strict requirements and regulations of the Animal Treatment/Protection Law. They strictly ensure about the cleanliness, cats are not disturbed by excessive and unwanted attention.

Middle East

Cat’s Royalty Dubai Cat Cafe, is a famous cat cafe located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was the first cafe with freely moving cats opened in 2009 and then few more branches opened in 2013. Each cafe has a combination of little cozy cafe, a cats club and a cat therapy hall. There are 20 cat therapies of various breeds working there & meeting guests. These cafes are the perfect place for everyone who loves cats, wants to socialize with them, want to learn how to treat cats and know more about them and their breeds.

Asia

Cat Cafes are very popular in Asia also. In Korea, there is a cat cafe chain called “Cat Attic” with 9 different locations in Seoul and Busan. Norie Cat Cafe opened in November 2012 in Cheonan-si and Chungcheongnam-do with around 20 cats.

In Malaysia the famous cat cafe is “Purrfect Cat Cafe” opened in February 2014 and located in Georgetown, Penang.

In Bangkok, the Purr Cat Cafe Club is very popular and its boasts fourteen Persians as well as a cat beautician and outfit shop.

In Chiang Mai, the first cat cafe is Catmosphere Cat Cafe. It features 12 cats as well as a space theme with space-cat related artwork.

In Singapore, the Neko no Niwa is the first cat cafe at Clarke Quay and the second Cat cafe was opened on 22 June 2014.

Europe

In Austria, “Cafe Neko” is the first cat cafes opened on May 2012 in Vienna.

In England, “Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium” was opened on March 2014 in London.

In Hungary, the “Cat Cafe Budapest” was opened in February 2013 and another in March 2013.

In Germany, “Cafe Katzentempel” in Munich and “Pee Pees Katzencafe” in Berlin opened in 2013.

In Spain, “La Gatoteca” was opened on October 15 2013 in Madrid.

In France, “Le Cafe des Chats” was opened on September 21st 2013 in Paris.

In UK, “Totnes Cat Cafe” was opened on May 2013 in South Devon.

In Lithuania, “Cat Cafe Kaciu kavine will open in Vilnius in August 2014.

In Italy, “Neko Cafe” was opened in Torino on 5 April 2014.

Australia

Cat Cafe Melbourne is the first cat cafe in Australia and it was opened in Melbourne in July 2014.

So, if you are a cat lover and want to give a special treat to your cat, come and visit one of these cat cafes.


The Strangest Museums in United States


Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Do you think museums are only stuffy galleries of historical items, lots of crowds, few serious security guards to quiet the crowds? You answer will be Yes for sure! But, we will 100% sure you will have to change your mind after checking out these strangest museums in United States.

Museum of Bad Art, United States

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The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), located in Boston, is dedicated to the collection, exhibition, preservation and celebration of bad art in all its forms and glory. It was founded in the end of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. It is a privately owned museum with aim to celebrate the labor of artists whose work would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum. In the collection of the museum have 500 pieces of “art too bad to be ignored”, 25 to 35 of which are on public display at any one time.

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, United States

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When you in Gatlinburg don’t miss to visit the unique salt and pepper shaker museum. Here you will find over 20,000 sets of Salt and Pepper Shakers from around the world. Andrea and Rolf, the owners and curators of the museum, have been collecting these shakers for more than 25 years and after the huge collection they able to share their knowledge on the topic with the world. The museum is a unique attraction that everyone in your whole family will love. If you like any shaker and want to take home it, you can easily buy from the museum gift shop and start your own collection.

International Cryptozoology Museum, United States

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Cryptozoology is the study of hidden or unknown animals and mystical creatures, such as the Yeti or Loch Ness Monster. Loren Coleman, one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of cryptozoology, has created a museum amassing a collection of purported specimens, relics and artifacts dealing with mythical creatures, including a life-size coelacanth and P.T. Barnum’s Feejee Mermaid, as well as a wealth of hair samples, fecal matter and footcasts of animals that probably have never walked the face of the earth. The museum presents the whole collection to the public in a fun and educational manner.

International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center, United States

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The International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center (ICHOF) is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of clown art and achievement. It’s located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA. Here you can enjoy outstanding clown performers, operates a living museum of clowning with resident clown performers, conducts special events and maintains a national archive of clown artifacts and history. This clown museum is more than a barrel of laughs.


Top Five Water Parks in U.S.


Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Planning for a holiday to surprise your children, but confused about the destination? Then why not visit a water park. There are lots of choices that will provide fun for all the family, so why not try one out of below famous water parks.

Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana

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Splashin’ Safari, opened on 3rd August 1946, is located near Interstate 64 and U.S. 231 in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA. It is known for its record-breaking water rides. Mammoth and Wildebeest are the two world’s longest water roller coasters in this park. Other attraction of this park are; two wave pools, family river rapids rides, water slides, a lazy river, two family “tipping bucket” water-play attractions, plus dedicated children’s slides and play areas. With additional free services like; parking, soft drinks, sunscreen lotion, use of inner tubes and Wi-Fi make it family vacation packed park with lots of fun and value!

Schlitterbahn – New Braunfels, Texas

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Schlitterbahn Water Park is the perfect place to beat the summer heat, if you are looking for a summer holiday destination in the New Braunfels, Texas. It’s a summer seasonal parks, open in between from late April to mid-September. It is fully designed to give your whole family a perfect place to chill out. Here you can enjoy Boogie Bahn Surfing Rides, Cliffhanger Tube Chute, Double Loop Body Slides, Downhill Racer, Dragon’s Revenge, Hans Hideout, Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster, Schatze’s Central Park, Skycoaster, The Falls, Wolfpack Raft Slide and many more!

Noah’s Ark – Wisconsin Dells

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Trip to Wisconsin Dell is not complete without to visit Noah’s Ark water park. It is the largest water park in the United States. Here you can experience 51 water slides, 2 endless rivers, 2 wavepools, 4 kiddie water play areas, the scorpion’s tail, black anaconda, tadpole bay kiddie play area, Noah’s 4-D Dive In theatre and much more. There’s something for the whole family.

Great Wolf Lodge – Williamsburg, Virginia

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Great Wolf Lodge Water Park located in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is a perfect place for whole family to have fun and entertainment. With lots of adventure rides and slides for all, there is something for everyone to enjoy at 84-degree indoor water park. Here you can enjoy Fort Mackenzie, Howlin’ Tornado, Wolf Rider Wipeout, River Canyon Run, Alberta Falls, Beaver Tail Lake, Big Foot Pass, Chinook Cove Activity Pool, Totem Towers, Whooping Hollow, Cub Paw Pool, North and South Hot Springs, Crooked Creek and much more.

Wilderness Territory – Wisconsin Dells

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Wilderness Territory is a very popular water park resort in Wisconsin Dell. The Wilderness’s resorts are called “Territories”. There are three indoor (Klondike Kavern, Wild West and Wild WaterDome) and two outdoor (Lake Wilderness and New Frontier) water parks, along with a golf and hotel accommodations.

These fun-filled adventures water parks are awaiting for you and your family. Choose one of them for your next holiday trip and get the cheapest airfare deals on SmartFares.com. For more details, call us toll free @ 877-247-6435 or visit: http://www.smartfares.com


Victory Day in United States


Friday, August 8th, 2014

In Rhode Island, Victory Day is a state holiday celebrated on the second Monday of August to remember the sacrifices of veterans during World War II, including those taken as prisoners and tortured, injured or killed during the war. It is a mark of the anniversary of the Allies of victory over Japan during World War II. It was a federal holiday in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, a nationally recognized holiday from 1948 to 1975, but due to reference to good relationship with Japan it has been removed.

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As proclaimed by then President Harry S. Truman, the official name of Victory Day was “Victory over Japan Day” and “V-J Day” observed on September 2, 1945 nationwide. For some reasons, the name was changed from “Victory over Japan Day” to “Victory Day” for the modern post-war Japan emerging in economic importance. Time to time few more name changes were attempted later, but all are unsuccessful, at last the name “Victory Day” remained the final official name.

On the occasion of Victory Day State, municipal offices, banks are closed, but federal offices, retail stores, liquor stores and supermarkets are open in Rhode Island. Thousands of people are come over the streets for watching the breathtaking military parade through their hometown, culminating in grandiose fireworks and many other special events are held to honor of Victory Day.

Victory Day in Rhode Island is a never-to-forget adventure. If you want to be the part of this celebration, call us @877-247-6435 to book cheap flights to Rhode Island and get huge discount on your booking.


The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta


Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a four days fiesta, held on August every year in Bristol, England. It is Europe’s largest ballooning event and this year this fiesta complete its 36th years. It is a four days of fun for the whole family from 7th – 10th August 2014. The UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons here for participating in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time.

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History of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

In the early 1960’s, Don Cameron, newly qualified aeronautical engineer, came to join the Bristol Aeroplane Company based at Filton. Every weekend he would go to the Bristol Gliding Club at Nympsfield where many aeronautical exploits were planned. Giles Bulmer was also a member of this Club and he showed a National Geographic Magazine copy in front of all members, which was showing a new type of hot-air balloon that had just been invented in the USA.

Seven members of this Club took up the idea of a hot-air balloon and after a long struggle they produced the “Bristol Belle”, the first modern hot-air balloon in Western Europe. It was first flown on 9th July 1967 and all the seven members of this group learned to fly using this balloon.

After that Don Cameron discovered the way to make a hot air balloon and he built a few more balloons for a hobby basis with demand slowly expanding. In 1970, Don Cameron resigned from his job and founded Cameron Balloons Ltd Company.

In 1978, Don Cameron attempted his first balloon fly over the Atlantic and ended in the sea about 100 miles from France. After this adventure trip his fellow members of the Bristol Junior Chamber asked him about his journey and the idea of the Fiesta was born.

The first event was held in 1979, a small gathering to celebrate the first Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. It was organised by the Bristol Junior Chamber of Commerce and Shipping, the Fiesta was held at the popular ballooning location, Ashton Court.

The Fiesta has grown year after year and now this Fiesta attracts over 100 hot air balloons with near about 500,000 members of the public attending over the four days of the event.

So, plan a trip to Bristol now and be a part of this big balloon fiesta. For the cheapest flight deals to Bristol, call us @877-247-6435 or visit: http://www.smartfares.com


Important Question For Students Travel


Monday, August 4th, 2014

Are you planning for a holiday or study in abroad? Whatever the reason of your travel, we know there are bunch of questions in your mind and you need the answer of all your queries before you travel. Here we are try to give the answers to some of your queries.

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Airlines allow the excess baggage for students

Few of major airlines allow students to carry excess baggage, but it totally depends on the country to where you are travelling. Before you book your flight tickets, we recommended that look up the airlines luggage rules or baggage policy and special offer for students to carry extra stuff. During your packing, it’s better to carry all your important documents in your hand bag.

Important documents for student travel deals

If you book your flight tickets with any special student travel deals or discounts, it’s very important to carry all important documents those are required availing these offers. Some of the documents required by most of airlines are your student visa, passport and the admission acceptance letter from the university (if you traveling to study abroad). If you have any health problem and using any medication, you must carry a physician prescription with you in case need to purchase it in abroad.

Few things keep in mind while planning your budget

If you are planning a trip to abroad and your budget is limited, it’s very important to make a plan and manage your budget without burning a hole in your pocket.

Here are a few things to look out for:
• Search the cheapest flight deals and book your flight ticket early on while the prices are still low.
• For your stay, try to book cheap sharing house or hostels before you leave.
• Plan all things like; purchasing, accommodation, sight seeing tour, car rental etc in advance so you aren’t pressed for time and money.
• Buy local SIM card from your destination country – don’t waste your money on international roaming.
• Convert your currency and get a student debit or travel card before your travel.

Ideal time to buy flight tickets

If you want to save money on airfares, then book your flight ticket a month in advance atleast. Start checking the airfare deals three months before you plan to travel and freeze the final plan till you still have four weeks or the prices start rising.

Buy travel insurance

The most important thing to do is to get travel insurance, so you don’t end up wasting money in time of emergency. Buy insurance policy that covers potential untoward situations such as, you or someone in your family falls sick just before your trip, in case your bags get delayed, any god forbid, in case your luggage or passport is stolen etc.

Contact person in case of an emergency after reaching in abroad

If any of your relative or friend living in the country that you are going for holiday or study, still you should also keep the contact details of your country Embassy or Consulate nearest to your accommodation. In case of any emergency you should be able to get in touch with the embassy at the earliest.

Hope given information is useful for you. For further query or student travel discount, call us @877-247-6435 or visit: http://www.smartfares.com/student-travel.html

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