Western Winter Wonderland – Why You Should Check Out NYC In The Winter

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If you’ve been wondering where to head to for your winter getaway but you aren’t sure whether you want to face the weather in colder climates or head somewhere warm, why not consider New York City for a winter city break? With milder winter temperatures than many other cities and a whole host of things to see and do, it’s no wonder more and more people opt for a holiday to remember in snowy New York.

Tours Galore

If you’re looking to see the New York attractions but only have a short time in which to do so, consider booking yourself on one of the many tours that the city has on offer. Much like London and other major European cities, there are a number of tours of the city overall which you can join which will take you around all the major sights and tell you about each attraction in more detail. Tickets can be bought in advance online, which also saves you time and money, allowing you to get into the city and get right to sightseeing, so what are you waiting for? Get those tickets today!

The City

The city itself is comprised of several main tourist areas such as Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island and more. The major attractions in the city include the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – immigration gateway to ‘the new world’. Climb the statue for some spectacular views around the area, and if you like the cruising aspect out to the island, consider booking a dinner cruise through the New York Harbour – a great way to catch the bright lights of the city by night. Times Square is a great sight to take in after dark when the snow is in the air, with all the bright lights reflecting off the white stuff, making it even more magical. Don’t forget to head to the likes of the Empire State Building as well as One World Trade to not only check out the observation deck, but also the massive memorial to the victims of 9/11.

Unique Things To Do

New York isn’t just all buildings and shopping though, and in the winter time there are several truly magical things to take in that take on an even more unique air in the winter time such as taking a Hansom Cab ride through Central Park, especially during the snowy twilight hours or by dark when you can snuggle up with your sweetie over a warm drink under a blanket and take in the city lights through the clickety clack of horses hooves. For those who love skating, be sure to stop off at Rockefeller Centre and take advantage of the outdoor skating rink they have set up in the winter months. A real treat, especially around Christmas when they have their enormous Christmas tree set up, sparkling away with its thousands of tiny lights.

So there you have a couple of amazing things to see and do in New York, especially over winter. With so many things to see and do year round though, it’s easy to see why it continues to be a favourite amongst travellers the world over.

 

3 things you might have not known about fishing in the U.S.

Recreational fishing has become an economic powerhouse over the past several years, and and the stats show it clearly. Back in 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation showed that there were more than forty-six million licensed anglers in the United States.

All of these fishermen and women generate around fifty billion in retail sales, so fishing has become quite the industry. While some might argue that the rise of big brands might not be so good in the long run, the fact of the matter is that most of the companies that deal with manufacturing tackle and gear destined for fishing have created about nine hundred thousand job openings in the past couple of years.

From fishing carts to actual rods and reels, these brands know that anglers like a bit of variety, and that’s why they do their best when it comes to designing products that are user-friendly, portable, and above all, reasonably priced so as to fit the bill.

Here are 3 things you might not have known about fishing in the United States.

  1. It’s one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country

About 18% of all Americans engage in fishing at some point or the other, and believe it or not, most of them go angling alone. At the time this article was written, there were over 49.5 million anglers in the country. While the majority of these people go on four to eleven fishing trips per year, there are older generations who go fishing on more than 100 days in a year.

Part of the reasons that make fishing one of the most attractive pastimes especially for people who are retired is that they get to spend time in nature and escape the demands of everyday life. On average, an American fisherman or woman spends about forty dollars on equipment, so the actual financial effort per capita isn’t shocking. Considering that over twenty-eight million Americans are fishing license holders, it’s no surprise that the cross cost of them went above 680 million dollars in 2015.

  1. Every state has different regulations

If you are an American, you can probably skip this part. If you’re from any other part of the world, however, and would like to go on a fishing trip while you’re spending time in the United States, you need some guidance with regard to getting permits for the type of angling you will engage in.

Regulations differ largely from one state to the next, with some allowing people over the age of 65 and under the age of 15 to receive free licenses or have none. Others are a bit more strict in this sense, so the minimum age ranges from 16 to 18, and to qualify for a free license, you need to be at least 80-years-old.

Some species are protected by the law, so you are not allowed to fish them, not even for catch and release. Every place has limitations regarding the maximum number of fish you can catch and take with you and they vary from species to species. There are some species where this limit does not exist, so you’re free to fish as many as you like.

Loitering and throwing parts of fish in the water is usually against the law regardless of the state you will be angling in. You are not allowed to fish on private property unless it is your own. If there are rivers, streams, or lakes on your property, you need to make sure that they do not belong to the government because if they do, you’ll need a license to fish in those waters.

  1. About 25% of all anglers are female

There used to be this misconception according to which women didn’t enjoy fishing for a variety of reasons. It’s safe to say that some women still don’t like the sport, but things have changed a lot over the years.

The variety of equipment, clothing, and gear manufactured in recent years was also developed and improved in such a way so as to speak to the needs of both male and female users. The sport has become so popular with the gender that in 2012 it was a woman who won the Angler of the Year honors in a professional bass or walleye circuit.

Buying a Car in the U.S.

The U.S. is a true melting pot with new, eager faces arriving every day from all over the world for their shot at the American dream. Life in the U.S. can be overwhelming for foreigners who’ve recently arrived, from bank accounts to housing, from work to transportation, there are a lot of specifics to work out when you arrive.

The U.S. is a big country. Many American cities don’t lend themselves to a pedestrian lifestyle. And while many American cities do offer dependable public transportation, owning your own car is very American. Here’s what you need to know about buying a car in the U.S.

There is great online resource for car buying – Cars.com. The site features resources for car buying like finding cars for sale at car dealerships, finding cars for sale by private owner, researching the various car models available, reviews on cars, dealers in your area, used car costs, payment estimations and more. You can enter the type of car you’re interested in buying, and your geographic location into the search criteria, and the site will generate a list for you of available cars in your area.

If you’re new to the U.S., you won’t have much credit history in this country. That may make car buying here difficult until you can build it up. There are some car lots and dealerships that specialize in helping buyers with no credit. Interest rates on these purchases tend to be higher and the payments on the loans tend to be more frequent. If you have cash on hand, that’s the single best way to purchase a car. You won’t have to haggle with the credit issue and you will save money on interest over the long run. You will need a driver’s license issued by a U.S. state to complete the transaction, register the vehicle in your name after sale and legally drive it around.

Car ownership gives you freedom to explore your new country too. The U.S. is a vast network of highways and interstates. Each community, city, state and region are heavily connected to each other which makes travel between by car easy. So hit the open road in your new car and see all that America has to offer in its diversity and its scenery.

How to Get That Perfect Smile

For many years I really hated my teeth, when the time came to take photos, I’d be the one at the back of the group with my mouth closed and my smile would appear like a grimace. I have to be honest, I was probably guilty in my teens of not looking after them properly and this really didn’t set me up well for later life. A few years ago however I made the decision that I was going to fix my smile, I wanted to be able to smile with confidence and not feel conscious when I was talking that people were looking at my teeth.

I spoke with my dentist, the fantastic Dr Peter Spennato who gave me plenty of helpful advice and tips on how to do so. Here I sit, 3 years later with a smile to be proud of and I wanted to share with you how you can go and get that bright white smile that you have always wanted.

Surgery

If you want a quick fix and you have the money to do so then you can opt to have dental surgery to fix your teeth in one fell swoop. Veneers are a great fix if your teeth are simply beyond repair or if you want and instant transformation. What basically happens when you get veneers fitted is that your existing teeth are shaved down and in their place the dental surgeon will put porcelain or composite veneers, a sort of plate on the front of your teeth. These veneers are very strong, they will last you for life and they cannot be stained. Once you decide to get veneers, you will never be able to go back to your original teeth which is something you should bear in mind before deciding.

Braces or Invisalign

Metal braces have been used for years to fix people’s teeth, they are designed to move the teeth slowly until they are in place. Many people think that once you become an adult that your teeth can no longer be shaped but this is not the case and metal braces can help people of all ages to improve the shape and form of their teeth. Invisalign is a relatively new treatment which act exactly the same as braces do yet instead of having unsightly metal across your teeth you will have an invisible gumshield-like device placed across your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

If you have more of an issue with the color of your teeth over the actually shape of them then a tooth whitening procedure can be a great way to quickly fix your smile. If you get your teeth whitened, it won’t last forever but you can keep going back and getting the treatment again. There are many different ways that a dentist will use to whiten your teeth, you can opt to have this done with laser treatment or choose from a range of chemicals and bleaches, the choice is yours and each comes with its own benefits and disadvantages.

The key to getting the smile that you have always wanted is to chat with your dentist and just do it, the more time that you waste thinking about it the more you will feel self conscious and lack confidence in your smile.