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It’s happened to most of us. Your aircraft touches down at an airport where you’ve never before been. You ride the shuttle bus to your hotel. Once you get through checking in and have a chance to see what sort of room you have, you sit on the edge of the bed and wonder where you might get a good dinner.

Tomorrow will be soon enough to consider museums, the ancient ruins or business meetings, or perhaps to go to a zoo to see the monkeys, or the dolphins, weird bugs, or whatever. Right now you’re tired, you’re suffering jet lag, and you’re hungry.

Of course, there’s no sure-fire way to guarantee three perfect meals a day wherever you are. A restaurant that usually serves the best food will pick the day you invite your boss or a client for lunch that they screw everything up. That’s life. Out on the road in strange cities or even more challenging, in strange countries.

Here I’ve listed some rules that have served me well for more than a decade. I’m a food writer and restaurant critic. This can be a real challenge because I sometimes have to go to iffy restaurants and look at the food that appears to me quite suspicious. Somehow over the years, I’ve learned to manage to do this without getting poisoned or wasting my time.

I wouldn’t advise this for the timid or picky, or for travelers satisfied with whatever is close to the hotel. But if you’re the more adventurous, and can face the thought of talking to prostitutes about goat meat, we can start with rule 1:

Rule No. 1: Get out of your hotel

You may be surprised to learn who best can steer you to a good meal in a strange town and country at two in the morning. At two in the morning? Who’s out and about at that hour? Strippers, escorts and working girls are up and about all night long. They know the town, and they’ve been inside every eatery that stays open past nine p.m. Therefore I say Rule No. 1 is that you must put your shoes on and get out of that hotel.

If you stubbornly decide to hide inside your hotel room, you may or may not be able to find a bite to eat in the middle of the night. Have you ever eaten a sandwich that came out of a vending machine? You have to get out of your hotel. Simple as that.

Great restaurants are outside the hotel for you to find. Some in areas that you wouldn’t expect a restaurant to be, like Kingfishers.

Sure, you say, but there must be exceptions to Rule 1. Trust me on this. There are no exceptions to Rule No. 1. It doesn’t matter if you’re stopping at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo and the great Monégasque chef, Alain Ducasse himself is ensconced downstairs in Le Louis XV and personally handing out free corn dogs.

You have to explore. Get lost. Eat. Experience. Later, perhaps, you can indulge your appetite with a Ducasse Dog, but first, you have to earn the right.

Rule No. 2: Forget technology. It’s stupid.

I don’t care how much money you spend on your gadgets with all their cutting edge technology. It doesn’t matter how much time you waste as you study online reviews posted by travelers who have gone before you, Murphy’s Law holds. You’ve been planning to visit the one restaurant you’ve read so much about. This is the one that gets all the accolades, the one you’re planning to visit, Guess what? The restaurant was recently destroyed by a freak cyclone or has simply closed or sold to the former owner’s idiot cousin who re-opened it as a combination discotheque and sushi bar only yesterday. Sorry, but that’s reality.

I have a three-step process I use to get quickly and intimately acquainted with any new city.

Step 1: I walk. You’ve heard the old saw: ‘Not all who wander are lost.’ Well, if you’re out walking without a fixed destination you can’t get lost since it doesn’t matter where you are. And when you get hungry…

Step 2: Stop and look around you.…

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The region is served by Highway 24 and nicknamed as Fishing Highway or the Gold Rush Way. Cariboo stretches south and North and can also be effectively explored from both 20th Highway and 26th Highway. These towns are named so by gold prospectors about mileage markings at the roadhouses located in each town.

From the south, the first town is Clinton, previously known as Mile 47, at the intersection of the initial Gold Rush Trail and Waggon Road. The town has a perfect blend of horse keeping and history. Ranches can be seen dotting the outer ring of the town.

North of Clinton alongside Highway 97 is the 70 Mile Town and the famous Eagle Island Resort. The Construction of Waggon Road culminated growth of different towns on the stretch of the highway from the south. Mile House 70, for example, is a bustling town at the junction towards Green Lake Park. The town started as a resting place for fur traders.

Located on the East, alongside Highway 24 is 100 Mile House and many Fishing Highway 24 Camping – Cariboo Lake Resorts in BC. This area is popularly known as Interlake’s Community and has approximately a hundred fishing lakes. Inland lake fish such as lake trout, brook, and kokanee are awash in these waters. The traveler can also indulge in trophy fishing in Lake Sheridan and Bridge Lake. These two lakes crops lake trout and rainbows well over 5lbs.

Mile House town is a place to be in winter. The town is located on the Waggon Road, 100 Miles from Lillooet. In winter, the town is a one-stop place for dog sledding, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. All these events happen every third weekend of January. There is also a Kayaking and Canoeing joint in Moose Valley Park located West of Mile House 100. The forest park suits bird watchers, gazing at woodpeckers, owls, grebes, hawks among others.

Located 50 miles north of Mile House 100, is Lac La Hache. The traveler will mingle in the hospitable community. The scenery lake has many guest farms and fishing lodges on its shoreline. The lake is also endowed with large size kokanees and lake trout.

Likely and Horsefly settlements are located in 150 Mile House Town. This community town is located 50 miles north of Mile House 100. The region is good for camping and hiking. Travelers can also catch lake trout and rainbow in the renowned Lake Horsefly. Likely town is an ancient gold rush community settlement. It is located west of Quesnel Dam just immediately at the mouth of Quesnel River. Adventure at ghost town Quesnelle Forks is thrilling. The town located 5 Kilometers from Likely

William’s Lake is the biggest city in central Cariboo. It combines both history, commerce, culture and the events of the millennium. A person heading to Chilcotin Coast town must pass through William’s Lake. Its friendly community’s holds steer wrestling and bull riding festivals in July.

The flower city of Quesnel is located on Lake Highway 97. Visitors can visit the archives and museums. There is an art gallery, gym, and pool. Troll Ski is located between Wells and Quesnel. Travelers can also visit Barkerville Historic Spot and pan gold in its immense goldfields. There are costumed historical interpreters at the site to complement the thrilling the experience.

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People keep pets in their home due to several reasons, some for security purpose, some love to keep pets, and some to overcome their loneliness. However, most of the people keep pets due to security purpose. Your pet should be considered a special part of your family. After a hectic work schedule when you return home they entertain you and make you feel relaxed. During your down moments, they cherish you and behave like your best friend, which is the reason they stand to deserve the best when you are moving out for your holidays or work.
If your pet is comfortable staying with other pets, then these days when searching online, you will come across several pet boarding facilities in various locations offering best services. This way, you can call on the helpful assistance of a professional establishment to attend to your pet while you are away from home.There are numerous aspects one should consider before choosing dog boarding  service facilities in any place:
1. Vaccination:
Vaccination is one of the most important factors to take into consideration before leaving your pet behind. As you move your dog to any boarding facility, it is necessary to ensure that it has received all the required vaccination. If your dog presents any symptoms of a disease, then many of the boarding places may prefer not to accept your dog.
2. Health Issues:
Heavens forbid that your dog gets injured or sick while being housed inside a dog boarding area. There being a little chance of this happening to your dog, it is advisable to consider as numerous possibilities as possible to maintain your dog comfortable and safe when you are away. Check if the place includes a clinic or perhaps is in a location near a veterinary hospital. You might feel much more comfortable in taking your dog to your usual vet. Ask the personnel whether they can transport your dog to your vet in case of an urgent situation.
3. Your pet’s Diet:
Putting a dog inside a new area could be a stressful experience. This can happen if your pet has been offered food that they have not been accustomed to before. Another way would be to ask employees on whether or not they can allow you to bring your pet’s regular food. Inquire if you will find any extra charges for bringing food for your pet. If your pet is presented with their regular food, it eliminates the stressful situation for the pet as they try to get used to new types of food.
4. Sleeping quarters:
Have a tour around the facility to determine the way they house their dogs. In many cases, dogs are put in cages. In case your pet doesn’t like being put in a cage or perhaps is not suited to smaller enclosures, you might want to consider searching for more lavish accommodations like a dog hotel. Inside a dog hotel, your dog is going to be provided its very own bed and toys. Remember that this is a far more expensive option.
5. Exercise and interaction:
Your pet must move about and stretch its muscles. Several dog boarding locations take dogs out for any walk two or three times each day. In case your pet has been used to playing around, you might want to consider getting a place with a yard in which the dogs can roam. You may even wish to question the place’s protocol on grouping dogs to experience with one another. Likewise, try to inquire about any additional services, for example, grooming your dog to help keep its fur fresh and clean when you are away.
6. Separation Anxiety:
Usually, it is seen that most of the dogs suffer from separation anxiety. Therefore, if it is the first time you are leaving your dog in a boarding facility, it is better to choose one where a day care option is available so that a week prior your travel you can visit the dog boarding kennel every day. This plays a significant part in helping your dog get adjusted to the boarding facility as well as the staff there.

In conclusion, keeping your pet relaxed and feeling content while you are away is something you can achieve if you consider making a boarding facility your choice.…

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Irrespective of the fact that what type of music you like, there will surely be a music festival vacation that suits you. In Europe, you can go for classical music festivals and Texas and Tennessee are places that are known for country music festivals. Jazz music festivals take place in Louisiana and the other important parts of the Deep South. These places also abound in gospel and Southern Blues music festivals. Outdoor music festivals are quite common in San Francisco featuring blues and various other American-evolution music happening throughout the summer months. Dissimilar to the other varieties of vacations, timing is some very important for the music festivals. Because most music festivals are partly outdoors, people should always think of going for music festival vacations during mid-spring and summer. It is also important for them to schedule their rooms in advance. This is because good rooms generally go away very quickly with some of the best and the most popular music festivals.

Where to Find Different Types of Music Festivals?

There are different places where you can find different types of music festivals and they are as follows:

  • Country Music: Country music festival is quite famous in Nashville. However, this type of music festival is also prevalent in Missouri, Branson, Dollywood and Memphis. There are places in the United States that host year-round music shows. You can even find music festival vacation cruises in the United States.
  • Classical Music: Classical music festivals are popular in Southern France, Italy, Munich, Vienna and Salzberg. The music festivals held in these places generally center around musicians coming from Salzberg and Mozart. The festivals in these regions are generally held during the summer months and most of them are in the historic outdoor auditoriums.

Jazz: New Orleans serves as the home of the Jazz music festival. Here, the huge French Quarter Music Festival is held in mid-April. Florida, Panhandle, Texas and Galveston are also some of the most popular places that serve as the best locations for Jazz music festivals. It has also been found that Jazz has spread across the world with excellent Jazz music festivals held in Chicago, San Francisco and Montreal.

The people who are enthusiastic about going for music festival vacations should not forget about the music cruises. Music cruises also offer good scopes of completely immersing into good quality music.

Planning in Advance

There are a number of steps that you need to follow when trying to plan in advance for a music festival vacation. The very first thing that you need to do is get a festival schedule that can be used for marking out the things that you actually want to do at the festival. Select a good and profitable vacation package. You can do this by using the internet. When you choose to visit a music festival in town, try getting detailed information about the history and the culture of that town. This is because music festivals generally have their roots in the history and culture of the towns where they are held.