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Discovering the world through education

When the urge to explore the world starts at a young age it is not always easy to actually visit different countries. But there are other ways  to discover new countries and cultures, for example, thanks to education. Focus on different possibilities.

Studying in an international environment

One of the many possibilities to start discovering the world is through education. Indeed, it is fundamental because it gives children the will to discover other countries very early. It can be done quite easily, for example by putting children in international environments.

It is possible, as soon as lower school, to give children a multi-cultural surrounding, for example in international schools in Paris or in any other big city. This type of school welcomes children of many nationalities, thus allowing them to learn how to live together and learn from each other’s cultures. As they make new friends from other countries, they learn and it is a big start to discover the world. They are also taught international curriculums which broadens their knowledge of what other children learn too.

Discover the world while having fun

The different course choices made can also be in favor of an international education. For example, it is possible to study to get an international baccalaureate (IB) in IB schools in France or anywhere else in the world. This allows students to have more knowledge about the world in general and it usually makes them more open minded.

Studying abroad

Another possibility to start travelling through education is actually to go study somewhere else. There are many programs now that enable students to go and discover another country and culture while studying. For example in Europe, the Erasmus program allows students to spend one or two semesters abroad which allows them to visit a country and mingle in local life while studying.

This is a very good start to discover the world and learn to appreciate travelling. It is also a good way to travel without spending too much money as these programs are often funded by states and organizations and students can benefit from scholarships.

Finally, it is important to say that travelling enables children to understand the world better and it is the best way to make them aware of all that goes on in our world.

How to get ready for your winter holidays?

Nice ski resort in the moutains

You finally planned your winter holidays in the Alps and now you have to actually prepare your trip. If you don’t know where to start, what to bring or what to do, keep on reading, we will give you some advice to properly get ready for your winter holidays.

Step by step: preparing your winter holidays

Make reservations

Now that you have planned your trip you need to make all the reservations necessary for your stay. First of all, you need to book transportation tickets if needed. You can also choose to go by car as you will probably have quite a lot of luggage (if you bring your own ski equipment for example).

Then, you have to make a decision regarding the accomodation. There are many choices in every ski resort. To spend relaxing holidays in Chamonix for example, you can choose a high-end residence such as MGM, where you can be pampered. You can also decide to rent a typical chalet or stay at a hotel. It really only depends on what you want and your budget.

Cosy chalet in a high-end residence

Once you have booked your transportation and accomodation, you may need to rent some equipment. If you want to ski but don’t have the necessary equipment, you can rent it for the lenght of your stay or just a few days. Sometimes, hotels can get you some nice deals so don’t hesitate to check that when booking a room.

Physical preparation

As you decided to ski and now that you have booked your equipment, you may want to start a bit of physical preparation. Indeed, skiing is a sport we don’t do often and which requires a quite good physical condition. You can for example start running a little or do squats a few weeks before your holidays. This will prevent you from getting sore muscles right after the first day on the slopes.

Skiing in a nice ski resort

If you already are in good physical shape you can skip this step.

Start packing

Finally, you are only a few days away from the slopes and the snow. It is now time to start packing. Regarding where you are staying, you will not pack the same things. If you rented a chalet you may need to bring some sheets and towels. You can check on your reservation if they are provided or not.

If you decided to stay in a hotel or a premium residence, then you don’t need them, just the usual things you bring when travelling, plus warm and ski clothes. But don’t forget to bring your swimsuit as many residences have steaming rooms, saunas, pools, jacuzzis… You can enjoy some relaxing après-ski time!

Spoil yourself with a wintertime spa at Les Arcs ski resort!

The winter can all too easily leave us feeling a bit under the weather, physically and emotionally. Why not combine the physical challenge of skiing with some pampering après-ski activities at the Deep Nature Spa in the Les Arcs 1950 ski resort?

There’s no better way to unwind after a day’s skiing than the Deep Nature Spa

Les Arcs 1950 is a modern ski resort with a richly-deserved reputation for excellence that’s borne out by its five star accommodation, beautiful scenery and top-notch eateries. One real bonus for residents at Les Arcs is the Deep Nature Spa, a 1000m² facility devoted to wellbeing and relaxation. Sculpted to resemble natural rock formations and caves (including the aquatic cave, the ice cave and the volcanic cave), the venue is home to a full range of spa equipment and treatments. Water jets, hammams, multi-sensory showers, an outdoor sauna and a nail bar are just some of the options you can enjoy. In terms of treatments, on the menu you have everything from Balinese massage, aromatic scrub with spices and numerous kinds of facial. One stand-out feature that will really take your breath away are the stunning views of Mont Blanc to be had from some of the treatment rooms. Deep Nature is a great place to introduce children to the world of spa treatments – it has a special range of treatments aimed specifically at kids aged from 6 to 12 and even a parent and child massage treatment to be enjoyed together. It’s also worth noting that many hotels and apartment buildings in Les Arcs 1950 have their own swimming pools and jacuzzis.

Working up an appetite: les Arcs boasts some great eateries

Les Arcs, in France, is also known for its top-class restaurants and bars – which is just as well, as you’re bound to work up something of an appetite after a day on the slopes! All tastes are catered to, with an emphasis on French cooking, especially local Savoyard cuisine. Brasseries, sophisticated restaurants, cosy cafés, wine bars, takeaways, Irish-style pubs, pizza and pasta specialists, steakhouses – they’re all here. Some of these venues double up as clubs so you can dance the night away. Others offer the warmth of an open fire, pool tables, live music and sporting events, DJs, themed evenings and other forms of entertainment.

This is why Provence is what you need!

Why do most people go on holiday? Some enjoy the adventure of seeing new places, but for most of us, it’s generally about getting away from it all. And there are few better places in the world to do that than Provence!

For peace and quiet, head to Provence

House in Provence, by Paul Cézanne

Although it may be a top tourist destination, there are plenty of peaceful corners in Provence where you can escape the tourist throngs. Generally-speaking, if you turn your back to the sea and head towards the mountains, you’ll have a better chance of finding the quiet you crave on your Provence tours. One of the most appealing such areas is the Luberon, a limestone massif north of Aix en Provence. There are no large towns anywhere in this region, much of which has protected status, being contained within a regional park. It’s also well-known for its biodiversity and is particularly rich in plant-life. The lovely village of Gordes is one of the largest settlements in the area and offers spectacular views from its hill-top location. Its castle is a popular tourist attraction and the impressive Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque is also well worth a visit. British visitors may also be interested in seeing Ménerbes, the real-life setting for the hugely popular novel ‘A year in Provence’ by Peter Mayle. Mayle no longer lives here, but the village is extremely picturesque and also boasts some interesting links with various personalities from the arts world. Pablo Picasso’s mistress Dora Maar lived here, as did painter Nicolas de Staël. 

Provence – the outdoors destination par excellence

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If, on the other hand, you want a more active holiday. Provence can cater to you too! Sandwiched between the sea and the mountains, it’s natural that there are opportunities aplenty for outdoor fun. There’s some excellent snorkelling and scuba diving on offer here, with the waters around the islands of Port Cros and Porquerolles being especially recommended. Deep-sea fishing, kayaking and yachting are all popular options as well. If you’d like to try another type of water-sport, then head north to the Gorges du Verdon. This is one of Europe’s most stunning river canyons, and an excellent location for white-water rafting and rock-climbing!

If you’re based in one of Provence’s larger towns, there’s still plenty of outdoor activities within easy reach. Day trips from Aix-en-Provence could take in options as diverse as horse-riding in the Camargue, hiking in the Alpilles regional nature park or mountain biking on Mont Ventoux!

The Royal Antibes luxury hotel – live the good life to the full!

The acme of sophistication, the Royal Antibes luxury hotel lives up to its name with a full range of services fit for a king, from spa to private beach.

Looking for hotels in Antibes? Look no further than the Royal Antibes!

The French Riviera is a tremendously popular destination catering to a high-end, demanding clientele. Standards of luxury accommodation along this part of the Mediterranean are therefore extremely exacting and hotels in Antibes are no exception to this rule, as the Royal Antibes Luxury Hotel demonstrates.

A 4 star hotel in a supremely-stylish, nautically-themed architectural design, the Royal Antibes hotel boasts a much-envied location right next to the town centre and a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Picasso Museum.

Choose from a wide range of accommodation options, from rooms to suites and apartments. All suites have their own distinctive décor, and include the Royal Design and Royal Prestige suites, which have their own rooftop Jacuzzi and panoramic views over the ocean, the town and its mountainous hinterland.

Need some pampering? The hotel’s own spa awaits. Using ultra-luxurious Cinq Mondes products, expert staff will help put you in a frame of mind to really make the most of your stay.

Sea air sharpens the appetite, and the hotel’s Café Royal is the perfect place to set that right. An ultra-contemporary venue serving innovative Mediterranean cuisine, this restaurant has its own bar and a terrace with stunning sea views.

The Royal Antibes: a great base to explore an amazing part of the world!

The Côte d’Azur is one of the world’s iconic holiday destinations thanks to great weather, amazing scenery and a fascinating arts scene. Antibes, an ancient town packed full of history and culture, makes an excellent base for exploring locations like Cannes, Grasse and Nice. Excellent transport links (Antibes is 25 minutes from Nice International Airport) are a major plus.

If you want a more active holiday, water skiing, wakeboarding and banana boat rides are a few of the activities on offer locally in both Antibes and Juan Les Pins!

In common with many Juan Les Pins hotels, the Royal Antibes also boasts its own private beach. Enjoy a drink or something to eat, from refreshing salads to delicious desserts!

The Royal Antibes is also available for seminars and incentive events. It boasts two meeting rooms, the larger seating up to 55 attendees, whilst the Café Royal and the hotel’s beach can also be hired for private drinks receptions. Just contact the hotel directly should you have any questions!


Freeriding, coming to a ski resort near you!

Sports are subject to vogues and fashions like most things in life. One growing trend in the world of winter sports is the interest in alternative ways of enjoying skiing. ‘Freeriding’, which involves getting off-piste into the ‘back country’ is attracting a lot of attention at the moment. This has led to the development of a specific category of freeride ski shop such as the Zag concept store in Chamonix, in the French Alps. This ski maker specializes in high-performance, technologically-advanced skis using cutting-edge materials. Freeriding requires a certain degree of competence in skiing, but if you’re already a confident skier, you may be tempted to give it a go. Before you take the plunge, make the most of Zag’s handy ski selector tool. You enter your details, for instance, your age, gender, where you like to ski, your favourite snow conditions, your style of skiing and your preferred ski weight. You’ll then be given one or more ski recommendations. Of course, there’s nothing quite like some real-life testing, and the great thing about the Chamonix store is you’re allowed to do just that!

Inside the high-tech world of freeride skis manufacturing

If you’d like to find out more about the technical ins and outs of how the skis are constructed, then just go to and check out the ‘Zag lab’ section. This covers the different ski profiles and materials adopted for each model. Tip rockers come as standard on freeride skis, although there can be considerable variation in how they’re made. If it’s freeriding in its pure form that attracts you, then take a closer look at the ‘heavy duty’ ski. This incorporates high density ABS sidewalls for added impact resistance, vulcanised rubber for vibration absorption and multi-axial fibreglass and a poplar wood core. Combined, this offers long life expectancy, strength, skiability and great gliding capability.


Heading to Europe? Choose a France data sim smartphone package!

The European continent is relatively compact, and many people who visit Europe do so intending to go to several different European countries. This poses the problem of how to keep in touch with friends and family back home, as well as that of accessing the internet and downloading data without incurring massive charges. Buying a France data sim before you travel offers a neat solution to all these issues. Although such a package comes with a French mobile phone number, you’re not at all confined to using it solely in France. You can just as easily phone, text, download online content and check your emails in other European countries. If you purchase a France data sim package, you’ll also be able to see exactly how much you stand to pay when you go over your package limits.




Shop around for the best European sim card before travelling to the continent

There are lots of companies to choose from in the tourist sim card market. When it comes to selecting the best European sim card deal for you, you’ll probably have to take multiple factors into account. Obviously, the rates you pay for data, texts and calls will play a major role in helping you decide. However, there are other important considerations too. How long will your credit be valid for? Does the company offer an express delivery option? What format of sim card do they use? Do they have English language customer service? And one very important question – how easy is it to recharge credit if and when you run out when you’re abroad? Once you’ve found the answers to all these questions, you’ll be well on your way to tracking down the best European sim card.


Are you ready for the summer holidays?

The great European holiday exodus has begun, with tens of millions leaving desks and schoolrooms behind to enjoy everything this amazing continent has to offer. With myriad great city break destinations, glorious national parks, wonderful art galleries and a superb range of leisure activities – from canoeing expeditions in the Ardèche to windsurfing in Ireland – Europe really is the perfect place for a holiday. The big cities naturally draw the crowds – London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin – but Europe has lots of smaller urban gems, from Renaissance Florence to Baroque Prague and Art Nouveau Brussels, not to mention long-time favourites like Ghent, Oxford, Amsterdam and Barcelona. If you’d rather escape to the country, the continent’s varied landscapes are your oyster! The hill country of Tuscany, the Alpine peaks of Switzerland and Austria, secluded Portuguese and Scottish beaches, and last, but not least, the stunning countryside of the world’s most popular tourist destination, France!


Ardèche – the jewel in France’s natural crown

France is spoilt for beautiful scenery, but the Ardèche area in the south of France is a particularly stunning region of sun-kissed limestone hills and valleys, through which the Ardèche River runs, passing through dramatic gorges. This makes it perfect for canoeing, especially for inexperienced canoers. Due to the absence of very challenging rapids, it is also suitable for children (aged 7 and over). The pleasant summer climate makes it no particular hardship to camp out, which is what many will do when embarking on this kind of canoe trip.


Get ready for your ski holidays in the French Alps!

Plan ahead if you want cheap French ski resort holidays!

With many things in life, it’s best to plan ahead, and ski holidays in the French Alps are no exception to this rule. Thinking ahead isn’t just about getting your flights booked 6 months in advance. It might involve looking at different websites to see which French ski resort has the widest range of activities that don’t cost the earth, the most competitively-priced accommodation and the best skipass deals. The Val Thorens ski resort is at the heart of the French Alps, in the 3 Vallées ski domain, which is one of the biggest in the world. This naturally means that there’s tremendous diversity in terms of lodgings and leisure pursuits, making it a great choice for ski holidays in the French Alps, especially if you’re travelling as part of a larger group or on a family vacation.



Want to find cheap ski holidays? The internet is your ally.

An integral part of turning those dreams of cheap ski holidays into a reality is the internet. Many French ski resort favourites like Val Thorens will offer their best deals online. This may apply to accommodation in local hotels, private rentals, chalets or youth hostels, it could be a special package that bundles bed and breakfast, a ski pass and other advantages together, or perhaps a discount on your ski pass if you order it in advance on the web. Let’s not forget that what works for cheap ski holidays also works for summer breaks in French ski resort destinations. In Val Thorens, for example, the ‘carte multi-loisirs’ offers discounts on or unlimited access to many summertime activities such as:


  • Tennis
  • Guided walks
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Rollerblading


More details of this card are found on the Val Thorens ski resort website.

Exchange ethics

Renting Your Home

Enjoy your vacation in your exchange partner’s home and when it is time to depart, leave it exactly as you found it. Replace food and other supplies you have used. It is a kind gesture to leave a little surprise gift to show your host how much you have enjoyed your vacation-many home exchangers form lasting friendships! Remember that you are free to contact as many members listed in the directories and on the Internet as you wish. You can arrange more than one exchange vacation in a year (some home exchangers arrange short weekend breaks near home) and perhaps, with the later directories, begin making plans for exchange vacations next year.

Hospitality Exchanges

Hospitality exchange is a reciprocal arrangement involving providing accommodation and meals in your home for a guest in return for the same. Although not as popular as home exchange it can definitely be an enjoyable and inexpensive way of visiting another country, particularly for single people and teenagers. Again, for a successful exchange, care should be taken in selecting compatible partners.

Hospitality exchanges involve no exchange of money and members of home exchange clubs often find it a viable alternative when full exchanges cannot be arranged to fit their schedules.

Renting Your Home

Renting Your Home

Renting Your Home

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