Universal Studios – Theme Park To The Stars

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If you’ve been looking for a great family holiday that everyone can enjoy, you might be considering heading off to Florida. Even if this is a destination you’re familiar with you might be interested to learn a little bit more in detail about some of the world’s most popular theme parks that make this state their home. It’s easy to turn up and enjoy the rides and other delights of the theme parks, but what if you want to know more? Read ahead to see just why  the whole family will love Universal Studios on your next trip to the Sunshine State.

The History Of The Park

You might be surprised and interested to know that one of the co-founders of Universal Studios is Steven Spielberg. The park itself was intended to be a theme park combined with working studio and had been in the planning stages beginning in 1982. Over four years the park was planned and designed, but production halted in 1986 in favour of working on two rides – Back To The Future simulator and a King Kong ride. These helped Spielberg realise just how well the park could do if it were set up and well placed to compete with its neighbours Disney World and SeaWorld, thus creating the Universal Studios we know today with its rides based on famous films and TV. The land was purchased and cleared in 1986 and eventually the park was opened on June 7, 1990 after several delays, some of which were attributed to Nickelodeon getting involved and purchasing part of the park to create their own studio.

Rides

Today the park has been running for over thirty years and have seen numerous rides come and go with the popularity of the films they are associated with. Some of the earliest rides incorporated such 80s classics as Jaws and Back To The Future with old rides taken away and replaced with new, up to date ideas. Some aspects of old classics remain – such as the shark from Jaws that you can have your photo with. Over the years other rides and attractions such as The Blues Brothers Show, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Twister- Ride It Out and E.T Adventure. Since 2000 more contemporary rides including Men In Black – Alien Attack, Shrek 4-D, Revenge of the Mummy, and The Simpsons Ride.

One of the most popular movie franchises of all time, Harry Potter was incorporated into the park in 2014 with a whole section dedicated to Diagon Alley replacing the Amity Harbour and Jaws sections of the park which were phased out. Today The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Diagon Alley is one of the most popular portions of the whole park.

So if you’re one of those people who absolutely loves film and TV and you want to get up close and personal to some of your favourites, Universal Studios is the place for you. Skip the queue and buy your tickets online and then get ready for an action packed holiday that you won’t soon forget in sunny and fabulous Florida.

 

Choosing The Best Travel Backpack For You

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If you’re planning on heading out on an adventure sometime in the next couple of weeks or months, you might be wondering what kind of luggage is best for you an your needs. Depending on where you’re going, what you’re doing, etc it can be a daunting task trying to choose the right backpack. There are literally dozens of makes, sizes and style on the market and never mind colours either! So how do you pick the perfect one for you? Read ahead for a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing the right backpack for you!

Consider The Length Of Your Trip

The first thing to consider when planning a trip is how long you want to go for – as well as where you want to go. The time of year can be an important consideration as well – all of these will determine how much you need to take and what – are you going to both summer and winter climates? Only summer? Travelling in monsoon season? These are important things to think of and then plan to take the appropriate gear, including a waterproof backpack.

What Do You Need To Take?

Sandals, hiking boots, waterproofs, sweaters, tank tops, jackets and the like are all considerations to think of when packing. If you’re an outdoor loving person and you want to go hiking, camping, walking, but also like to kick back on the beach, knowing what you will need to take will help you determine the size of the bag you will need. The more things you need to take, the bigger a bag you will require.

What’s Your Size?

Backpacks can come in all shapes and sizes and can either hinder or help your trip. Buying a backpack that is too big for you to comfortably carry can be a hindrance to moving around on the road. When you’re looking around for the cheapest room options and needing to carry all your stuff with you or similar activities, an oversized and overloaded bag can be a huge pain.

For day trips or trips away from your main pack (such as to one overnight location where you don’t need to take your huge backpack) consider getting a day pack that can fit water, some food, a change of clothes or two and other necessities like towels so you have an option to taking your big pack if you can leave it somewhere safe.

Consider Your Budget

Finally, consider your budget. You don’t want to go broke getting a backpack for your trip. The standard backpacks around 60L in size are between $75-100 depending where you shop. It’s always good to go with a trusted brand that has a proven track record in providing quality outdoor products as you don’t want a cheap knock off brand backpack ripping apart three months into a nine month trip. So in this sense it’s good to set some money aside specifically for a good quality travelling backpack.

In all, purchasing a backpack for your trip doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to be stressful. The best option is to go to the shop itself and try a few out – see how they feel and what the straps are like. You might find that you can get cheaper bags online which isn’t a bad idea, but buying online is always risky in that you can’t feel the quality of the bag in advance – unless it’s from a reputable seller, so it is always a better plan to stick with shop based bags that you can inspect before buying. Good luck!

Gift Ideas For Adventurers

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Inevitably throughout your shopping excursions for things like birthdays or Christmas you will come across the need to purchase a gift for the adventurer or traveller in your life. While some travellers are easy to buy for – what’s another travel journal? – others can be more difficult. Especially for those who seem to be jetting off again every few months. Read ahead for some great suggestions on the perfect gift for the traveller/adventurer in your life.

Scratch Off World Map

A must! Any traveller or adventurer loves to have a reminder of the places they have been and what better way to help them remember the time they traversed South America, or that dodgy border crossing in South East Asia than through a scratch off world map? It does what it says on the tin – in that you scratch off the countries you have been to to unveil the coloured world map beneath. A perfect adornment for any traveller’s bedroom.

Passport Holder

Now, a passport holder might sound like a super boring gift, but you can get some really unique ones that highlight the holder’s personality or loves in life. From kitten faces to world maps to slogans and all sorts of patterns and colours, there is a passport holder out there for everyone. Check online and in the shops around March or April when it seems most new stock comes out and is out on the shelves in time for summer holidays.

Personalised Maps or Destination Prints

Another wall adornment perfect for the person who seems to have it all. Personalise a map of a country or the world with a highlight of the persons favourite spot or go one step further and get a printed list of all their favourite locations – which comes in various styles and colours and can be found online easily.

Something Useful

If someone you know is planning that next big trip, purchasing something that they will need or could use is usually a great port of call. Anything from a backpack, luggage, a voucher for a shop where they can pick up those new hiking boots they’ll need etc. This is a great idea for people who have a budding adventurer in their midst.

So there you have a couple of great suggestions on things to get the adventurers you know. From helping them to reminisce about their past adventures or helping them plan for future ones and be prepared for their next trip, the things that you can buy travellers are growing in popularity as more people get on the bandwagon that is travelling.