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Travel Stories - Shelia - March 15, 2022

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4 Budget-Friendly and Kid-Friendly Beach Ideas

Travel Stories - Shelia - January 26, 2021


If you have already planned a beach vacation but are struggling to think up relatively inexpensive activities your family would love, trying something new may help add a bit of excitement to your normal trip. With a bit of ingenuity, you can include everyone in these fun games.

Make Up a Sport

Many younger children may want to participate in beach volleyball or other sports but are not quite big enough to do so. In lieu of those activities, you can try making up ones of your own.

Using an inflated ball and a beach towel, you could try setting up a two-person competition to see who can keep the bouncing ball on the towel the longest. You can also adjust the rules as you go along based on what each child enjoys most, which also helps prevent any fights or meltdowns for younger players.

Collect Souvenirs

With seashells, sea glass and other items scattered all around you near the waves, it is easier than ever to encourage your kids to interact with nature on your North Carolina family vacation. Rearranging anything you find into a picture in the sand near your beach chair can also help encourage creativity in yAour kids while you relax. Afterward, you can even pack up what your kids find in a plastic bag in case you want to scrapbook or save them for future memories.

Use Sand to Your Advantage

While it may be irritating to some, sand can be a great basis for drawing up common sidewalk games while you are far away from home. Hopscotch and tic tac toe are more fun for any kid when they are standing in soft sand with waves nearby.

It also is infinitely easier to draw and redraw potential boundaries or outlines, as well as add in extra twists to make the games more interesting for slightly older children who want to play along.

Go Sightseeing on Your Own Terms

Walking along the coast allows you to point out new sights to younger kids. Make laminated flashcards of words ahead of time and bind them up in a ring for easy carrying, and you can help expand your children’s vocabulary even while on vacation.

You can even add an extra challenge by making it a game to point out what is on the pictures, such as a dune, riptide or kite. This idea allows you to make lasting memories you all can talk about for years to come as well as get some exercise in.

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Travel Stories, Travel Tips - Shelia - July 25, 2017

Mount Etna, Sicilian is stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, in the Metropolitan City of Catania. Mount Etna is recorded world’s largest and longest active shield volcano in Europe consisting of large number of fluid lava flow, currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions. It is the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area with a basal circumference of 140 km. Continue Reading

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Why Choose Schofields for Your Holiday Home

Travel Stories, Travel Tips - Shelia - February 9, 2017


Looking to insure your holiday home in UK? Read on to know why you must opt for Schofields holiday home insurance to secure your property.

SchofieldsInsuring your holiday home in UK can be a daunting task. There are often several exclusions in most policies that will leave you wondering if you are well protected. It is important to have an insurance that gives you the assurance that you are adequately covered.

Schofields insurance is designed to offer you peace of mind. We are specialists in insuring holiday cottages and have been offering comprehensive coverage to holiday homes since 1984.

You get excellent value for your insurance with minimal exclusions. You, therefore, no longer have to worry about your home being adequately covered. Whether you visit it frequently or just once in a while, the insurance covers you even when you are renting it out to holidaymakers. Should any unfortunate event happen and you need to make a claim, we are there to help you. Here are some advantages of opting for Schofields holiday home insurance.

1. Security stipulations

We don’t enquire about how secure your locks are and what security measures you have in place. We insure content worth £40,000 right away.

2. Full theft cover

If you or a holidaymaker has left a window open by mistake, most insurance policies will not provide coverage for theft unless there is a break-in attempt. However, Schofields provides full theft cover without requiring you to prove burglary attempt.

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3. £5m public liability cover

If someone has an accident at your holiday home and claims against you, we have you covered.

4. £5m employers’ liability cover

If someone employed at your premises, such as your house keeper or cleaner suffers an accident at the site and makes a claim, we are there to help you.

5. Loss of rental income cover

If your holiday home cannot be used for some time, we will cover the loss that you will have to incur from pre-booked guests.

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6. Alternative accommodation coverage

We also cover the costs that you are likely to incur to provide alternate accommodation for your guests when there is a loss or damage to property.

7. Accidental damage to contents

Your insurance policy will cover the damage to contents caused by you or your pets or guests.

With Schofields insurance, you can choose the cover you need to protect your property. Whether you are looking to insure just your building or buildings and contents will depend on you. If you are unsure about the best coverage for your property, there are insurance specialists to help you make an informed choice.

Finally, no insurance can provide coverage to every single eventuality, and Schofields has some exclusions too. The specialists will inform you about them so that you can pick the best coverage for your holiday home. With the right policy in place, you can have peace of mind.

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Best Winter Attractions in Chicago

Travel Stories - Shelia - October 4, 2016


Chicago may not be the primary winter make a trip goal that rings a bell for most sightseers, however there are a considerable measure of astounding things to see and do in the city on the off chance that you will overcome the icy. Here is a look at some of the best winter attractions in Chicago.

Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Millennium Park is one of Chicago’s most well known traveler goals year-round. In the winter it is home to an open air ice-skating arena that gloats a perspective of the city’s celebrated Michigan Avenue. Skating season starts in November, without a moment to spare for the occasions. On the off chance that you are searching for a fabulous perspective, go skating after sundown. The lights of downtown make an amazing background for skaters around.

The CTA Holiday Train

In the event that you plan to go to Chicago amongst Thanksgiving and Christmas, a ride on the CTA Holiday Train is an absolute necessity. The uniquely brightened train advances through the well known Chicago ” Loop ” at pre- scheduled times all through the season. Santa Clause Claus rides the train to the joy of both youngsters and grown-ups on the train. Make certain to check the Chicago Transit Authority site for dates and times for the train, or you can have your lodging’s attendant give all of you all of the details.

My hat is off to the outstanding crew of the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) and their Holiday Express train. It brought so many smiles to all the kids.


Set in noteworthy Daley Plaza, Christkindlmart is an outside business sector open from the end of November through Christmas Eve consistently. It is a German American festival for the Christmas season. Guests can discover handmade endowments including candles, adornments, and gloves, or they can test some tasty nourishments from the business sector’s various sellers. Schnitzels, Stollen, marzipan confections, and lager are for deal at Christkindlmart. The business sector gets swarmed at lunchtime with nearby office specialists searching for a decent feast, so arrange your visit between 1:00 p.m. what’s more, 4:00 p.m. on the off chance that you are hoping to stay away from group.


The Magnificent Mile

Nothing says winter in Chicago like shopping along the city’s well known Magnificent Mile. The shops along Michigan Avenue incorporate a portion of the greatest names in retail, including Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Coach, and Chanel. A stop at the Water Tower Place, a skyscraper shopping center, can give a break from strolling in the harsh elements starting with one store then onto the next. You can likewise snatch a hot dinner at Gino’s East Pizza, which serves some of Chicago’s finest profound dish pizza.

Chicago may not be a tropical goal for your winter ventures, however a trek there amid the occasions will make recollections that you and your family will treasure for a lifetime.


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