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Vacation planning you have done and completed your packing, but the question remains whether everything you will need is accompanying you. You must download a map and directions to all destinations you will visit or touch for the first time. A visa or immunizations would be the need in case of certain overseas destinations.

With full confidence and a full-proof preparation you can start your vacation trip if only a few precautions and hints you pay attention to.

Over packing you must avoid. You must have good idea about your route and also the tasks before you when your destination you have reached. Do not forget to bring a fancy outfit you have come to know dressy events will be there. But you need not think of that if you are sure that you will be casual all along.

Knowledge about the climate of the destination is a must for you. In case a desert is your destination should an umbrella accompany you? Most likely, it would not. In case the day is quite warm while the night is cool enough, it would be advisable wear layers that you can add or take off so that with the changing temperatures you can cope with.

Be careful that while you pack that around a main coordinating color you are doing it. Khaki or black are neutral colors and you can dress up or down with that while for different days or on the occasion of events that you had not expected you can select additional colors and accessories. You must not forget that darker colors and prints are less likely to expose dirt and that is their advantage.

You must take full care when you choose your clothes. Different layers and colors you choose in a manner so that with ease you can pack those. Please keep in mind that these items should be such that they can be washed and dried within a short time. If you feel that several layers will be fine to serve the purpose better not take the burden of bulky sweaters and heavy coats. To change the looks of an outfit, different scarves, belts, or jewelry can be added anytime.

More than five or six changes would be absolutely unnecessary. If you so plan that those are interchangeable and durable space saving would be your gain and find room for a clothing article and for vacation that might help you.

Medications should all the time with you so that you can depend on those if urgency there be. Do not forget to bring the breathing treatment gadget if are aware that your child suffers from asthma attacks at times. In case your child suffered from allergies from something, better bring the antidote and that will save him from rushing to an emergency room in a land you are visiting for the first time.

While you are flying you and if you are on medications you must have known from your experience that you have to take with you not only medications, but a toothbrush, paste, and a change of underwear, besides a carry on bag with your make up. These are the most important guide lines for you and you will understand their significance better you have lost your luggage ever.

Remember suitcases are not for packing important things like medication, travel documents, money, cameras, keys or other such special things. Recent experience on flights showed that due to security risks suitcases might not allowed to be locked. In such a situation your suitcase remains open for anyone who might want to search into.

For anything that might happen to you during your vacation be prepared mentally, from unexpected cold to earache it can be, or that at your destination you reach on schedule but your luggage takes a day’s time to do that. If you plan well in advance no botheration you will have to face.

Barbados is a great destination to visit on your holiday to the Caribbean. Barbados lies in the southern Caribbean, close to the South America continent. The climate is tropical, with mild temperatures kept bearable by the winds off the Atlantic Ocean. The island has the nickname ‘little England’ owing to the stamp that the British left on this former colony. The national obsession is cricket – like many other former British colonies in the Caribbean. This suits the relaxed lifestyle of Barbados.

Barbados is more than just an island in the West Indies. It’s almost a way of life, synonymous with exclusive hotels and fashionable restaurants. Barbados has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Yet what originally made the island so popular – its coral sand beaches, turquoise waters and warm, friendly people – is still very much in evidence. Even the tiny chattel houses retain their positions alongside the luxury West Coast hotels, ensuring that the island’s natural charm is never sacrificed. Barbados’ winter social scene continues to rival London’s, with its stylish collection of West Coast restaurants. There are some good venues to try on the South Coast too, as well as some lively nightspots. This is just one reason why being independently mobile is always a good idea here. Another good reason to hire a car is to explore the island, in particular the East Coast where you’ll find the island’s most dramatic scenery. Alternatively, take a helicopter trip, a VIP escorted tour, a day aboard a luxury yacht, or perhaps an island safari. It would be impossible to describe Barbados without mentioning the game of golf. The design talents of Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Junior have been used to optimal effect on the championship courses at Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane.

A holiday to Barbados gives you the best of both worlds… relaxation for those looking to unwind and plenty of activities for the more active.

October 9, 2005

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Ontario, and after last weeks early fall colour tour through the Kawarthas east of Toronto, it was time yesterday to check out the areas west of Toronto. My husband and I set off on the highway, left the 401 at Mississauga Road and drove north into rolling agricultural farmland. Our first interesting village along the way was Glen Williams, a little hamlet outside of Georgetown, whose former sawmill now houses more than 30 artists and artisans. We headed north along the scenic Credit River and drove up onto the Niagara Escarpment and literally stumbled over the Cheltenham Brickworks, a now abandoned brickmaking factory dating back to 1930 that utilized the area’s clay soil to manufacture bricks for Toronto’s housing boom. Abandoned industrial buildings always hold a strange fascination for me, and they offer great opportunities for curious photographers.

Not far away is another very unique area, the Cheltenham Badlands, a unique geological formation of weathered terra cotta hued rock, that originated as a result of deforestation and overgrazing during the early 1900s. It’s a fascinating landscape of undulating hills of red clay with greenish stripes, due to the soil’s red and gray iron oxide content.

The 800-kilometre-long Bruce Trail that goes all the way from Niagara Falls to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula snakes through this region, and there are several entry points close by. The Niagara Escarpment is a truly unique habitat and home to 300 bird species, 53 mammals, 36 reptiles and amphibians, 90 fish and 100 varieties of special interest flora including 37 types of wild orchids. UNESCO named Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990. It’s a popular spot among hikers and naturalists.

We headed east and down the Niagara Escarpment again and drove north in its shadow to the Forks of the Credit area and the quaint little village of Belfountain. This popular excursion destination was founded in the 1820 by Scottish and Irish immigrants, many of whom worked in local quarries, railroads, mills and tanneries. Today the village has souvenir shops, a beautiful country store, a spa, and an ice cream parlour.

From Belfountain we drove westwards through the town of Erin into Wellington County, an area of fertile farmland, punctuated by rivers, gorges, small lakes, and golf courses. Our next stop on this country drive was the little town of Fergus, a town known for its Scottish Heritage which Fergus celebrates every year, usually during the second week of August, with the Fergus Scottish Festival. During this three-day event, visitors from all over the world enjoy all aspects of traditional Highland Games with a wee bit of modern flare tossed in.

Fergus has a number of historic buildings in the downtown area, and a major draw in this little town is the Fergus Market, housed in the historic Beatty Brothers Farm Implement Manufacturing building which overlooks the Beatty Dam and dates back to the 1830s. The foundry was the first industrial location in Fergus and today houses a diverse collection of merchants, food retailers, and artisans.

Just outside Fergus is the Wellington County Museum and Archives. The museum stands majestically overlooking the once mill-laden Grand River. Built of locally quarried limestone in 1877 as the House of Industry and Refuge, this landmark structure then provided shelter for the “deserving poor”, the aged and the homeless for almost a century. The museum now gives visitors an opportunity to experience the cultural legacy left by the intrepid settlers to this vast county of rolling hills, stony fields, deep gorges and quaint villages.

Another few kilometres down the road is the country town of Elora, one of Ontario’s favourite weekend excursion destinations. Elora is situated in a beautiful nature area with glacial rock formations, and its most stunning geological feature is the Elora River which plunges over a number of rapids into the spectacular Elora Gorge. The mill sitting at the top of the gorge, aptly called the Elora Mill, has been turned into an upscale fine dining restaurant and country inn with 32 guest rooms.

The Elora Gorge features several kilometres of 80-foot cliffs, caverns, rapids and quiet pools. During the summer, hiking along the cliffs and inner-tubing through the gorge are favourite pastimes. Hiking trails start right at the Elora Mill. During the winter months visitors indulge in cross-country skiing and scenic nature walks through the area. The Grand River also provides excellent opportunities for fly-fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

The Elora-Cataract trail crosses 47 kilometres of scenic countryside. Between Fergus and Elora the trail passes by the Elora Quarry Conservation Area, an abandoned quarry that is a favourite spot for a refreshing dip. The quiet farmland around Elora is perfect for long country bike rides, and numerous golf courses round out the activities on offer.

During our visit yesterday, Elora was nicely dressed up for Halloween – a variety of ghouls, ghosts, spiders, monsters and witches adorned the buildings, balconies and lamp posts along the town’s main streets.The town also offers a variety of shops, antique stories, galleries and diverse dining establishments. Horse-drawn coach rides throughout town are also a popular activity for tourists.

Not far from Elora you can visit Ontario’s last remaining covered bridge in Montrose, and you’ll have a chance to explore Old Order Mennonite Country. Summer brings a variety of festivals to this area, including the Elora Festival which is a one-month musical showcase of internationally acclaimed musicians and singers.

About 15 minutes south of Elora is the major city of this area: Guelph is a university and manufacturing city with a population of more than 100,000. Its diverse economy also includes high technology enterprises and today Guelph is one of the fastest growing economic regions in all of Canada. Similar to Fergus and Elora, Guelph was founded by Scottish settlers in the 1820s at the junction of the Eramosa and Speed Rivers. The University of Guelph Department of Scottish Studies links academic research to the community of those with Scottish ancestry.The city features many trails for hiking, biking, skiing and horseback riding and a variety of riverside dining establishments.

Guelph’s most stunning architectural feature is the impressive Church of Our Lady Immaculate, a Gothic-Revival structure begun in 1877 and completed in 1888. The twin towers, more than 200 feet high, were not completed until 1926. The Church of Our Lady Immaculate is one of Ontario’s largest and most impressive churches.

This time we didn’t have a chance to explore Guelph in detail as it was getting late afternoon and we had to head back. But there will be another time for exploring this beautiful, historic city and other surrounding communities. But our little excursion out of the city was a perfect Saturday getaway for exploring the history and countryside just outside of Toronto.

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