Archive for April, 2007

Mosquito Repellents and Treatments

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Mosquito Repellents and Treatments
I am off to St Lucia next week to stay in my parent’s apartment and am very excited about getting away to the sunshine. There is however one issue that makes me want to stay in England; the mosquitoes. St Lucian mosquitoes are bad, last time I went I had 37 bites just on my left leg, I have therefore been researching different repellents and formulas that may help.

I have heard the garlic tablets are quite affective but have not yet tried these, I have also heard that rubbing a garlic glove over your body also works but seriously, who wants to stink of garlic on holiday?

I found an array of interesting products at travelextras.co.uk, my favourites are shown above; the 1st product (from the left) is a mosquito bite relief – an after-bite treatment to relieve itching and reduce swelling. You are supposed to place the product over your bite and it works by creating a small electrical charge. No batteries are needed, it lasts for between 3000 – 6000 bites and only costs £5.95.

The next product is mosquito repellent wipes; each wipe repels mosquitoes for up to six hours. They are probably more practical for the daytime, 30 wipes cost £3.75. The next item is a Bed Bug Guard – a fine net liner, impregnated with Permethrin, designed to go under your sheet to protect against mosquitoes. A single sheet costs £9.50 and a double £13.99. The last item is repellent spray that costs £5.25.

I’ll report back when I return from St Lucia to let you know what worked best for me!

iSound Time Travel Alarm Clock

Friday, April 27th, 2007

iSound Time Travel Alarm ClockWhenever I go away I completely loose track of time especially if the destination is really far away, however I have just come across a handy little gadget that will ensure you’re always up and about at the right time. It is an i.Sound Time Travel speaker system that has a built in alarm clock blasting out your favourite tunes when it’s time to wake up. It is an iPod docking station that also works as a charger so all you do is slot your iPod in the top and the songs will be ready to go.

The Time Travel is designed to work with most iPods and since they come in a range of sizes, the gadget is equipped with fitting brackets that align the iPod within the Time Travel.

The gadget contains a built in amplifier so the sound is much clearer than most other conventional clock radios, a digital LED alarm clock with snooze function and a 60 hour battery life. It is only a few inches wide, so it won’t take up much space in your suitcase or on your bedside table, you can even pop it in your handbag and take it everywhere with you!

Currently available at Amazon.com for $40.59.

Casa Del Mar, Dominican Republic

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

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Casa Del Mar BeachMy boyfriend and I spent 2 weeks at the all inclusive resort in March 2007. We booked online with Thomson for £1700. The flight was 9 hours long, but luckily if you book with Thomson from May they have upgraded their planes on all long haul flights, you get nice new leather seats and 33 inches legroom with a TV in the back of the seat in front. Unfortunately they only fly to Punta Cana, not La Romana which is almost a 2 hour coach journey to our resort. However the journey was comfortable and you get to see the real Dominican Republic and how the people there really live.

Accommodation

Casa Del MarWhen we arrived at the resort we were greeted with cocktails while we waited to check in. We were given a room in block 2, which out of the 7 buildings is one of the oldest and could do with being refurbished. We took a sneaky peak in a couple of the rooms in building 3 and they looked a lot nicer. We had a balcony, bathroom, fridge, TV and DVD player and two double beds. It was plenty of room for 2 people, some of the rooms have king-size beds instead which would have been better for us, so if you happen to go I’d request it at check in. We did have a leak in our roof which left a puddle on the floor everyday, and we were unlucky enough to have a birds nest in our roof and the birds were quite loud early morning. We also had an aerial problem with our TV and the DVD player didn’t work which they did attempt to fix but were unable to do. Other than that it was fine and to be honest we could have changed rooms if we really wanted to, we were just too lazy. Everyday our fridge was restocked with water, coke, sprite and orange juice which was all included.

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