10 Best Cars for Students

The back-to-school period is full-on and brings its share of emotions and memories. As an automotive enthusiast since my early days in high school, I’ve had the chance to drive, own, love and hate several vehicles of different makes and models. Therefore, I present to you my top 10 of the best cars for students. Thanks to their affordability, reliability or stunning features, those vehicles made the list and caught my attention. Moreover, I would recommend these to a member of my family or a close friend without any doubt.

Since most students can’t afford a brand new vehicle because of their steep price, this list majorly features pre-owned vehicles. Therefore, I would highly recommend a complete inspection before purchase to avoid unpleasant surprises.

  1. Honda Civic

My first car as a student, like so many other teenagers, the Honda Civic is the perfect example of what a student’s car should be. It is agile, fun to drive, fuel-efficient and incredibly cheap to fix thanks to the outstanding popularity it gained over the past 25 years. Some used and even new models are sold at a lower price than the Fit even if the vehicle is slightly bigger, making it one of the most interesting options for those who spend more time on the road.

  1. Toyota Yaris

First there was the Tercel, then the Echo and now the Toyota Yaris. Powered by one of the most fuel-efficient engines and Toyota’s finest technologies, the Yaris is one of the greatest examples of Japanese reliability and also one of the most solid vehicles in its category.

  1. Hyundai Elantra

Rated as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is spacious, fuel-efficient and more reliable than it ever was before which makes it an easy pick from my Top 10 best cars for students list.

  1. Honda Fit

Powered by a fuel-efficient and agile 4-cylinder, the Honda Fit perfectly reflects its manufacturer’s motto: It’s a small car with a lot of punch and enhanced reliability. A huge plus: the Magic Seat which greatly enhances storing possibilities.

  1. Nissan Micra

The smallest car of the lineup, the Nissan Micra made the top 10 of the best cars for students thanks to its ridiculous price (starting from $9 998), original style and compact size.

  1. Nissan Versa

Look for the hatchback version which is far more functional than the sedan. Thanks to its popular CVT transmission, the Nissan Versa provides great fuel economy and boasts one of the roomiest cabins in its category.

  1. Toyota Corolla

A vibrant symbol of reliability, the Toyota Corolla is a true performer that offers astonishing fuel efficiency and low-cost repairs. Sportier than ever in its 2014 edition, the Corolla is one of the safest bets when it comes to uncompromising reliability.

  1. Kia Rio

Thanks to its original design and great fuel-efficiency, the Kia Rio is a functional vehicle that packs a lot of punch and style. Naturally, newer models are both better equipped and more reliable.

  1. Mazda3

A replacement for the Protégé, the Mazda3 quickly established itself as great car that is both fun to drive and affordable, either new or pre-owned. Some older generations faced huge rust problems, beware.

  1. Volkswagen Jetta

Fitted with the extremely reliable 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, the Volkswagen Jetta is classy, spacious and fun to drive. The most affordable vehicle of the VW lineup, this sedan will perfectly suit any summer road trip and everyday ride to school. Several other engine options are available, however, models equipped with the 2.0 liter are usually the most affordable.

 

5 Places For Wildlife in NZ

What could be better than setting out in a campervan hire to explore the beautiful country of New Zealand? There isn’t much that tops that, except for maybe road tripping to areas with wildlife. It isn’t Africa, but New Zealand has some interesting species that you may want a chance to see in your lifetime, so why not plan a few stops on your trip for the purpose of getting to know New Zealand’s wildlife.

While you may have some national parks to see along the way, you may want to add these areas to your itinerary:

  • Kaikoura: If what you want to see while in New Zealand is marine life, the best place to go is Kaikoura. There you can expect to see sperm whales, humpbacks, and orcas during the months of March to October with the sperm whales visiting all year long. While New Zealand doesn’t have much in the way of land animals, other than a plethora of birds, the whale sightings are glorious and are definitely a must-do during your trip to New Zealand.
  • Oamaru: You can see dolphins and seals in Oamaru, as well as whales, but a very special animal that you won’t want to miss out on seeing is the Hoiho, an endangered species of penguin. They are a bit different looking than your average penguin with their piercing yellow eyes, but if you like penguins, you will be sure to like these little creatures.
  • Tawharanui Regional Park: Located near Auckland, the Tawharanui Regional Park is where you will find kiwis which are a bird not only native to New Zealand, but also where New Zealanders get their nickname from. A trip to New Zealand is not complete until you have seen a kiwi.
  • Banks Peninsula: For a chance to see little blue penguins-also known as korora-you will want to visit Banks Peninsula near Christchurch where these adorable creatures love to come out and play, especially at night. They are the smallest penguins that exist which also makes them the cutest—in our opinion. How can you not love cute little chubby looking blue and white birds who just happen to be penguins?
  • Haast rainforest: There is just no way that you can visit New Zealand without taking a chance at seeing the Tawaki. These very rare and very odd-looking but somewhat adorable birds can’t be seen just anywhere, so it’s worth your time to visit the Haast rainforest to catch a glimpse. They look like something out of a cartoon and are a lot of fun to observe from a distance.

For those who love penguins and odd-looking birds, New Zealand is an animal paradise. If whales fascinate you, you will also appreciate how easy whale watching can be, especially during the months of June to August. Whether you come to see the strangest birds to be found in the world, penguins, or whales, you will be glad that you had a wildlife experience during your time in this incredible country.

Discover Clarendon London Serviced Apartments

Although they call you guests, in reality many hotels treat you more like prisoners and expect you to pay exorbitant rates for the privilege. But the good news is, there is an alternative. A serviced apartment will allow you to enjoy comfort and freedom, at a substantially lower cost than you’d pay for a hotel.

Clarendon London, for example, provides top class serviced apartments in and around London, offering a whole host of different options in terms of location, price, and accommodation. Gone are the days of out-dated or cramped accommodation. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy spacious apartments, a serene atmosphere, clean rooms, and luxurious linens and towels.

Another benefit of staying in a serviced apartment is that you aren’t dependent on the distinctly average and all-too-often tasteless meals that are offered by many hotels. Instead, you’ll have access to a well equipped kitchen that’s fully kitted out with plates, cooking vessels, cutlery and fridge, microwave oven, etc – everything you need to cook up a storm!

What’s more, serviced apartments are also usually kitted out with washing machines and an ironing service for your convenience. They really are a home from home.

Unlike in a hotel, when you stay in one of Clarendon’s serviced apartments, you won’t need to worry about parking. With a reliable Wi-Fi connection and TV, you can stay connected to the world and your social media networks throughout your stay. Both public and private transportation facilities are also available at your convenience. Whatever you need, Clarendon has got you covered, and all for a rock bottom price.

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When you stay with, Clarendon it feels intimate and cosy, just like your own home. The largest holiday home boasts six bedrooms – more than sufficient for a small family. And with bathrooms, a sitting room, and a dining room, it many of our customers find it difficult to leave these apartments, and when they do, they always return.

For further information about the full range of services offered by Clarendon, please check out clarendonlondon.com. Just like our existing customers, we’re sure you’ll be impressed!

The Coolest Hotel Amenities You Wish You’d Had

While most of the world is happy with a clean room and a complimentary breakfast, others want more. As hotels are trying to please everyone, they are creating more and more of the coolest hotel amenities that most never even knew existed. Let’s take a look at what these amenities are below.

Private Shopping Experiences

 

Many hotels hook up with local lavished stores to provide a private shopping experience for their patrons. The hotel will typically chauffeur the guest to the store in the early morning or late at night so they can have the entire store to themselves.

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Private Pianist

 

If you would like to hear the sounds of classic music, then you can get a private pianist sent to your luxury suite. This option is available for intimate shows or for those who are hosting a multitude of guests in their hotel suite.

Complimentary Vehicles

 

Some hotels and resorts have decided that allowing their customers to use complimentary vehicles is pushing up their attractiveness. These aren’t your ordinary vehicles either. With luxury suites come luxury cars. One of the most popular complimentary cars to drive while on vacation is a Porsche.

The Fireplace Butler

Having a fireplace in your hotel room can allow for an intimate lighting the can create a night you will never forget. Although what happens when you have trouble lighting the fire or you just have never lit one before? No problem. You simply call the fireplace butler and he comes up to your room to light the fire for you. If that’s not enough, he will even bring you hot cider or hot chocolate.

Fitness Clothing And Gear

 

You can keep up with your workout without having to worry about traveling around with all your gear. Whether you are a runner, weightlifter, or boxer, the hotel will send up fitness gear to match your sport. Most will have fitness rooms right in the hotels and the ones that don’t will take you directly to a place that does.

Private Bartender

 

Don’t feel like spending the night out? That’s okay as you can get your very own bartender. You can have your drink refreshed whenever you go empty without waiting. You can even bring the whole party back to your hotel suite so that you and your closest friends can enjoy good drinks and quick service.

Romance Upgrades

 

When it comes to booking an accommodation in Christchurch to spend with your lover, you need to ensure you get the romance upgrades. Most hotels will offer an array of upgrades that will help to make your stay as romantic as possible. Some of these upgrades include a guitarist, rose petals on the bed, a candlelit private dinner, horse-drawn carriage rides, and messages in bottles left for your lover.

As you can see, there are a ton of cool hotel amenities that most don’t even know exist. Next time you decide to visit a hotel ensure you pick one that has some of these awesome amenities, although expect to pay extra for them.

Great Cheap Eats in San Francisco

For anyone who plans on going on a road trip to California in RV rentals, a visit to San Francisco is a must. From the views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the fun festivals and activities and places to eat, this is the city where life is great and prices are… high.

Yes, that’s right; San Francisco has it all and with this comes sky rocketing prices. But before you decide to cancel your trip to the “City of Love,” check out our five favorite SF restaurants where you can have a great meal for under $20.

Lolo Cevicheria

When I visited San Francisco, I stayed in the Mission District. As I explored the lively streets looking for a good place to eat, I came across Lolo Cevicheria. I worked as a nanny at the time, so I didn’t have more than 20 dollars to spend on a meal, but I ate and drank well for that amount at Lolo Cevicheria.

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Lolo Cevicheria is a restaurant that combines Mexican and Peruvian cuisine to make mouthwatering dishes. While there, you must try the michelada. Delicious and authentic, it’s a fabulous drink to accompany a delectable ceviche.

Taqueria El Farolito

Also located in the Mission District and another restaurant where I satisfied my insatiable appetite while visiting San Francisco was the Taqueria El Farolito. Here, you will find that prices are highly accessible and the flavors worth every penny that you spend on what are known as the most famous burritos in the U.S.

Z & Y Restaurant

This restaurant is well-known and located in a place that you must visit on your trip to San Francisco: Chinatown. As a popular restaurant, you would think that the dishes are overly priced, but the fabulous news is that they offer great prices on mouthwatering dishes. While some dishes may be priced above your budget, for the most part, you can pick a great option for about $11.00. The only thing that you should be prepared for are the large amounts of equally interested customers who also want to try the best Chinese food in town.

The Soapbox Café

Along the same theme of oriental cuisine, The Soapbox Café offers a variety of Vietnamese style dishes that are sure to make you want to come back for more-which I think is a great idea. You won’t be breaking bank for $8.00 sandwich combos or other fairly-priced items on the menu. I’m confident that you will love the authenticity and friendly atmosphere at The Soapbox Café and will make this restaurant a staple for future visits.

Bar Crudo

If you are in the mood for seafood, Bar Crudo has fabulous dishes for low prices at happy hour. While the prices may be high during regular hours, it is worth it to stop on by during the hours of 5:00-6:30.

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You will find excellently priced clams, mussels, and more on the menu while barely spending anything. It’s the best idea for those times when you want to satisfy those seafood cravings.

Planning A Last Second Escape Flight

Want to get away? Quickly? In 3 days or less? There are websites that have discounted trips to any destination, whether it is an escape flight, a cruise, or a bundle package, which includes hotel accommodations. That’s a lot to consider, which means not enough time to prepare for the mini-vacation. It is easy to rush through it all and forget one crucial thing. Here are a few tips to ensure that escape vacation preparation is perfect to do in a short amount of time.

Look Into Special Discounts For Flights or Accommodations

When it comes to seeing what is available, you don’t have to keep on checking every day. You could take a few hours to see what fits with your schedule. In the process, note seats tor hotel rooms that are cheaper to buy because they are undersold. You will find several options available with multiple clicks. It is even better if you have miles accumulated, as you won’t have to use that many miles for a free flight. That’s the power of having certain credit cards associated with certain airlines based on how much you spend every month.

Hotel Nights For Sale

Booking a hotel room, as mentioned above, is just as easy as booking a flight at short notice. Just make sure to read up on how getting rooms for low rates works for the hotel of your choice, especially for those big name hotels. They also have rewards points for every time you stay at one of their hotels, whether it’s a Sheraton, Hyatt, or Marriott. Call them and ask, just in case. A free night can come with a free flight. Just be careful in those sneaky fees for such a last-second booking.  

Management

Hotel, flight, suitcase, camera…anything else? Yes. If going abroad to another country, make sure you have a passport that is still useful. Some people who don’t travel out of the country a lot (if ever) don’t have one, but you will need one, even for a cruise, or a weekend in Canada, or a 50-minute flight from Dublin to London. Another thing is weather. Look at the forecast and what the temperature is generally like in a certain place that time. It rains in Seattle and it’s super dry in Phoenix. Don’t choose a place you many not like because of the weather. Take account of your funds. Credit cards, debit card, cash – call the bank if you go abroad. Look up the city’s transportation system and plan out place-to-place of where you want to go when there. You could improvise, but that could be too much.

If the desire to travel strikes and you want to get on that escape flight soon, make sure you know what to do and get everything done efficiently where nothing is forgotten. It is daunting to do all of this so quickly and knowing that any flights is expensive or the hotel is expensive or the logistics of moving back and forth in a few days to see everything. But sudden-urged trips can be exciting, fun, and easier than you think. It doesn’t have to be planned out from two months out; it can be done two weeks out.

Rent Chalet Courchevel for an Entire Season and Enjoy The 4 Benefits

The skiing resort of Courchevel is known for offering the tourists an unforgettable skiing experience. Situated in the French Alps, the mountain chalets here are designed in such a way that it can cater to the various needs of all the ski-lovers who come to this resort area. Though these chalets can be chartered for a minimum week or months; but opting for a whole season, however, has its own advantages. Keep on reading to know about the benefits that you can enjoy when you rent chalet Courchevelfor a whole season.

No Need to Carry Extra Baggage

The biggest advantage that you can have by choosing to rent chalet Courchevel is probably the thing that there will be no need to carry any extra baggage with you. No matter how many time you choose to visit the chartered chalet of yours, you don’t have to bear the load of carrying the skiing equipment with you every time, as you can keep them there for the entire season. You can travel easily with light baggage between the chalet and your home for a full season.

Better Learning Opportunity

If you wish to master your skiing skills on the French slopes, then what can be a better option that leasing a chalet for the full season. After all, the more one will practice, the better his/her skills will get. Naturally, the skiing ability that you can develop by staying in Courchevel for a long time will be no match for the skills that you can gather in a week or so. Not only you can have more ski training, but you can also learn lots of new things through your long association with the teaching facilities.

More Time to Explore the Locality

When you’re in an astounding place like the French Alps, it’s very natural to want to explore the local areas and surroundings as well, apart from having the skiing adventure. When one rent’s a chalet for a week or month, it does become difficult to adjust the time for anything else rather than focusing on skiing, the main purpose of visiting Courchevel. However, when you rent chalet Courchevel for an entire season, it leaves you time enough to enjoy opportunities, such as gathering knowledge about the locals, exploring new places to drink and eat, communicating with the local people and much more.

Can Invite Anyone for Staying

Renting a chalet for a full season in Courchevel will also let you invite your family and friends to spend time with you. Even if you had to go back to home for any work, other members whom you have invited, can stay there and enjoy the surroundings. Instead of a Sunday, when you can spend an entire holiday with your near and dear ones, that also in such an amazing place, then the idea of choosing to rent chalet Courchevel for the full season begins to seem more alluring than ever.

A seasonal renting will not only allow you the liberty of relishing the beauty of the French Alps the way you want; but also will save you from the trouble of waiting for your preferred chalet to get vacant, so that you can rent it.

Important Tips For Your NZ Journey

If you are ready to set off on a road adventure in New Zealand, the you are in for a truly scenic and breathtaking experience. New Zealand boasts some of the most rugged and majestic terrain in the world, and travelling by the open road is by far the most popular and convenient method for taking it all in. Before you head off to the campervan hire site to start your journey, take a look at these tips which will make for the best possible New Zealand road experience.

Embrace The Remote Landscape

Unlike traveling in some other areas, the wilderness in New Zealand is made up of large stretches of truly remote wilderness landscapes. At times you will drive miles and miles before you even see another vehicle on the roadway. Take advantage of this remoteness by enjoying the amazing views in peace. Take some time to have a picnic next to the road with a spectacular mountain panorama in front of you. The under-population of New Zealand is its true draw for travelers, so make sure to embrace it and make the best of it for your journey.

 Be Spontaneous

Of course we all love to map out a journey, and you should definitely do so for your New Zealand trip, but don’t forget that much of this area’s beauty lies off the beaten path. Leave room to be spontaneous, taking a road that looks interesting or following your instinct on a detour toward some amazing-looking scenery. Chances are you will stumble across a truly amazing view and an experience you will never forget. If you hadn’t taken that road or that detour, you would have missed it. So remember to be spontaneous ouot on the New Zealand roads.

Bring Accessories

Whether it’s a USB adaptor or a cable plug, make sure to bring along whatever digital accessories you will need on the road. These items tend to be rather pricey in New Zealand, so you will surely feel the sting if you plan on grabbing whatever you need while traveling. Make sure to do a thorough checklist of all essentials before you go, since you will be spending long stretches of time in remote wilderness and may not have ready access to establishments selling needed items.

Check The Weather

It is very important to keep a close eye on the weather when travelling in New Zealand. Even if you’re setting out in the summer, the various regions you will be passing through are subject to drastic weather shifts. This is especially true in the mountain regions. Always make sure to check the weather in the mornings for the areas you will be traveling. This will save you from being caught up in an unexpected storm that may put a damper on your travels.

Take Advantage Of Campervan Sites

There are a number of sites for campervan travels across New Zealand. Weary travelers should take full advantage of these as a place to relax, enjoy the amenities, and bed down for the night. Plus, you are sure to run across other journeyers at these sites and will no doubt have a great time trading stories of your adventures.

A New Zealand campervan journey will be the experience of a lifetime, so keep these tips in mind and set off on your adventure as soon as possible.

The Ultimate RV Spring Break Guide

If you’re planning on going on a road trip with the guys in an RV rental this spring break, the options are often overwhelming. Here are 3 excellent options you should seriously consider before hitting the road:

Charleston, South Carolina to Outer Banks, North Carolina (Route 17)

Without doubt, Route 17 which meanders alongside the Atlantic coastlines of South and North Carolina, is one of the most exciting in the US’ southeast. Starting out in Charleston, a popular tourist stop with a host of cool eateries and hip bars, head north towards either Surfside Beach or Myrtle Beach depending on how much exposure you want to nightlife and the party crowds. For motor enthusiasts, make sure you visit the Wheels of Yesteryear but if you’re more of an adventure junkie, try one of the personally-guided kayak tours or any of the many waters sport companies that exist in the area. From here, head further north to the NC’s amazing Outer Banks, which will offer an awesome range of fun stuff to do, be it surfing, fishing charters, or relaxing on one of the many great beaches!

Los Angeles to Santa Cruz, California (Highway 1 and Route 101)

This route is a classic for RVs but one of the more hectic pathways during Spring Break. However, it undeniably delivers by providing an amazing range of beaches and cool stopping points that are dotted along this incredibly stunning drive. Starting in southern California, head northwards to Santa Barbara which will offer a huge range of excellent restaurants and trendy bars as well as beachside parties and great nightlife. From here, depending on your specific interests and adventure needs, you can choose from a whole host of great beach spots as you travel through the incredible Big Sur towards Monterey, which offers some excellent bars and even the odd craft brewery too. For those with a keen interest in marine wildlife and adventure activities, Monterey rarely disappoints and it can be a great place to spend most of the road trip due to its proximity to LA. The final stop of your Spring Break road trip should probably include Santa Cruz, either to chill and hit the surf or embark on one of the many chartered fishing tours on offer.

Durango to Grand Junction, Colorado (various routes and highways)

If you’re looking to avoid the slightly younger crowds but are still in search of incredible experiences and an awesome scenic drive, then this is the route for you. Beginning in the picturesque town of Durango, the San Juan Skyway offers some of the finest scenic routes in the country, including awe-inspiring mountains and dense forestlands that host a range of outdoor adventure activities. However, the highways that traverse this stunning region are worthy alone of a visit and Route 550 (often referred to as the ‘Million Dollar Highway’) is an incredible stretch of road that will take you through mountain valleys and gorges of immense beauty. Highlights in the region include a great range of RV camping spots and some awesome hiking trails in the Rio Grande National Forest. The final stop of this itinerary, Grand Junction, has regularly featured as one of the best hunting and fishing destinations in the US and is a great place to end your Spring Break drive. Time to get moving!

A trip to Mahabaleshwar: travelers point

Mahabaleshwar is a place with perfect balance of spirituality, adventure and beautiful views that makes it a favorite travelling spot for travelers. You can enjoy your free day here in low budget Mahabaleshwar hotels; just you need to have a perfect plan and knowledge of places where you can visit. Mahabaleshwar is situated in state of Maharashtra. Basically Mahabaleshwar is considering as hill station that located in range of Western Ghats surrounded by evergreen lush forest. It was also known as summer capital during ruling age of British raj. It’s also connected with Krishna river that flows in border of Maharashtra, teliganna and Andhra Pradesh, well, as you now Mahabaleshwar is a basically a place of divine spots. Other than that, it have perfect climate for growing delicious strawberries and for your information, almost more than 85 percent strawberries are distributed from Mahabaleshwar.

Places to visit and things to do in Mahabaleshwar

Mumbai sunset spot

If you are staying in citrus chambers Mahabaleshwar, then the sunset point is not that far, it’s located near old road of Mumbai. Its breath taking view and beautiful varied colors can leave you in surprise; Mahabaleshwar is a place where you can feel the nature more closely.  Mumbai sunset point is soothing as well as pleasant place where you can enjoy the silence of nature that can relax your soul. It’s a perfect pace if you planning for family picnic

Mahabaleshwar temple

Those who have faith in god and its charisma, they should visit this place at least for one time in their whole life. You can say that it’s a place where you can feel the spiritual vibes in the air. As you know Mahabaleshwar is dedicated to lord Shiva and it has many divine places to visit. Mahabaleshwar temple was built in 16th century with beautiful touch of south India’s culture and architecture structure. It’s a place that witnesses the Martha ruler shivaji‘s kindness and bravery.

 Activity that you can do:  before you go back, don’t forget to do lots of shopping! Mahabaleshwar is an amazing place for you if you love shopping. Not only for shopaholics, there are some activates that you can do like, you can enjoy boating or you can have fun in beautiful farms. Not only that you can do horse riding, tracking. You will get wonderful experience and amazing memories that you will remember in your whole life.