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To Hire or To Buy? Which is Best for Ski Gear?
June 8, 2013

It’s a common question asked by skiers of all capabilities. As a beginner, do you need to buy your own gear or can you hire it? You’ve mastered some skills, so is it time to invest in your own kit? You’re a regular skier and frequent the mountains as often as you can, is now the time to spend your savings on some skis you can call ‘mine’?

There is no right answer to these questions – it mainly depends on your own personal choice. While ski hire definitely has its advantages, having your own equipment has its pros too. As a beginner skier, it would probably be advised not to shell out hundreds just yet – after all, if you’ve never been on a slope before, have a go and decide you never want to use a chairlift ever again, what would be the point in wasting all that money? If you have skied several times and can see yourself skiing often over the coming years, now might be the perfect time to buy your own.

Skis, poles and boots don’t come cheap so you need to make sure that the purchase will be a worthy one. If they’re just going to gather dust in the back of your wardrobe and will hardly ever be used, perhaps it’s safe to say that hiring will be the best option for you. If you find yourself spending hefty amounts every ski season on hiring your gear, buying your own would be more of an investment.

Hiring skis can be the ultimate in convenience. You wouldn’t have to lug them around the airport every time you head off on a ski holiday and you can be sure that as times change and skis develop, you’ll always have access to the best, meaning comfort, wearability and technology will always be on your side.

Buying, on the other hand, will mean that they will be fitted perfectly to suit you, your stance, your personal preference and your size. You won’t have to worry about having to make do with what the people in the resort fit to you – you’ll already have your bespoke equipment with you, ready to glide.

Ski hire can be an incredibly useful asset to consider for your upcoming ski holiday. Weigh up the pros and cons and, if you choose to hire, do so in advance to guarantee availability.

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Zante Holidays: Your 7 Day Itinerary
June 2, 2013

Although small and perfectly picturesque, with its flora adorned mountainous landscapes and lagoon coves, do not be fooled into thinking that there is nothing to do in Zante but lie back and bask in the beauty of your surroundings.

While it is undoubtable that you will want to make the most of your visit to this paradise, Zante Holidays can be enhanced with a number of excursions, all designed to help you uncover the hidden gems of this gorgeous island.

  • Day 1: Dive into the Deeps

    Take advantage of the crystal clear waters surrounding Zante, and spend a day scuba diving in your resort.
  • Day 2: Bathe with the Caretta caretta

    Don’t miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with these impressive reptiles – snorkel offshore at Dafni Beach.
  • Day 3: Visit a Taverna or Two

    While in Greece… dining out at an authentic Greek tavern or two is a must. Ask natives where to dine and take tips from the locals for a traditional taverna experience.
  • Day 4: Lap up the Lasers in Laganas

    Relax for the day on Laganas beach before heading onto the strip for some serious sundown shenanigans. As the party capital of the island, Laganas is every party rocker’s dream come true.
  • Day 5: Island Hop

    Although you may not be able to visit many more Greek islands during your stay, do take short ferry ride from Zante port to Kefalonia and explore the setting of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
  • Day 6: Take to the Chutes and Flumes

    No holiday is complete without a visit to a waterpark for some adrenaline based fun in the sun. Just outside of Laganas Zante Water Village is full of thrills and spills for all ages.
  • Day 7: Sail to Smugglers Cove

    Round off your week on this glorious island with a visit to Smugglers Cove, where children can pretend to be pirates, while the beauty of the scenery will blow parents away.

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Seeing the World Before Graduation
June 2, 2013

When you are exhausted from your studies or when you just need to get away from town for a while, you'll find that the world is never as open to you as when you are a college student. Though a college student's life is full of stress and trial, you will find that it is also a fantastic time to step back and to consider what you need to do to get away from it all for a while; this is where world travel comes in. If you are between jobs and even between apartments, there is no better time to do a little bit of globetrotting. What do you need to do to get out of the door?

Cash in Hand?
The big thing that stops many people is the idea of money. While it is true that you might be a broke college student, that doesn't mean that you always will be. This is where a little bit of research and faith come into the picture. Take a moment and look around for the low-interest student credit cards out there. There are many people who find that they can fund their round the world adventure simply by taking out the right credit card. Not only do you avoid annoying currency exchanges whenever you move into another country, you will find that you can take advantage of the ATMs wherever you go. Make sure that you learn about the ATM rules in the different countries that you go to, and that you figure out what you need to stay covered. This may seem like an extreme way to fund your trip, but many people do it and applying for the right card will be the cheapest way for you to travel.

Pack It Up
You may know what you want to bring, but how are you going to drag it along? For many people, packing things up involves a backpack of some sort, so make sure that you consider your options. Your best bet is going to be something with a light frame and a sturdy cover. If your backpack is made of thin nylon, there is a chance that people can cut it to get at the things inside. Instead, look for a very sturdy backpack that allows you to lock the zippers together or otherwise secure it. If you are going to be doing a lot of moving around, you need to make sure that your things will stay in one place. Having locks on your bag mean that no one will be able to tamper with your things. This is also handy because you won’t have to pay bag fees when flying!

Resting Your Head
You can make a lot of progress if you are willing to stay in hostels instead of hotels. The issue that many people run into is that hotels are quite pricey. If you are willing to stay at a hostel instead, you can cut your costs down significantly. A night at a hostel might not cost you more than forty dollars per evening, but always make sure that you check the hostel online. Did other people have a positive experience and were they satisfied? Also make sure that you know what kinds of rules are enforced. Do the check in and check out times match your schedule? If you are not getting into town until 11 o'clock, you will find that it is a lot more difficult to stay at a hostel that closes its doors firmly at 10! Always make sure that you know where you are staying ahead of time.

Take a moment to learn more about the ways in which you can see the world. World travel is a lot less scary and expensive than you might think, so pause and consider what kind of rules you might be looking at. Above all, remember to enjoy yourself!

KC Owens has written and submitted this article. KC is a college student who loves traveling, college life, fitness and a good survival kit. He enjoys studying different cultures, meeting new people and leaving his footprint somewhere most people only read about.

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