Friday, January 30, 2004

Most people have heard about ryanair.com and Aerlingus.com, but here are a selection of sites to help you plan a quick winter getaway.

www.directski.com
This is an Irish site that provides low-cost ski and snowboarding holidays in Europe by dealing directly with the resorts rather than going through a tour operator. At this time of year they usually have fantastic last-minute trips available.

www.venere.com
Excellent site to help you pick a hotel in Europe, including reviews and ratings by other guests, maps and online booking.

www.flightview.com
Fun site that allows you to see the location, speed, and heading of transatlantic flights in real time. Keep an eye on your friends while they're in the air!

www.clubtravel.ie
Good site for tracking flight prices from Dublin (a lot of other sites concentrate on US or UK prices)

www.airlinemeals.net
Onboard meals on various airlines photographed and rated by passengers.
(http://www.airlinemeals.net/meals/AerLingus.html
takes you straight to Aer Lingus)

www.lastminute.com
UK-based site that specialises in trips booked just a few days before. Some of the flights are UK-based, but the hotel deals can be fantastic!

www.airsafe.com
If you're a nervous flyer, this site can tell you the safest airlines to fly!

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Sites to help you leep your New Year's resoutions

http://www.weightwatchers.com/ Apart from loads of information, you can also keep track of what you eat and your progress completely online. They do charge, but it's a good alternative for people who don't want to go to the meetings.

http://www.fitnessathome.ie/ This site provides you with online programmes to help you get fit at home. They send you out a pack with some bits of equipment to get you started. I'm not sure how many people would be motivated enough to exercise in their own homes, but it's cheaper (and quicker) than going to the gym.

Stopping smoking:

http://www.quitnet.com/ This is a site that provides online plans and tip for stopping smoking
http://www.givingupsmoking.co.uk/ Official NHS website for people who want to quit
There are also several sites sponsored by Nicorette etc which do provide advice but are aimed at selling their products, too.

The value of most of these stopping smoking sites is that you can talk online to other people who are quitting -- its a sort of online support group.

http://www.stopsmoking.ucsf.edu For the more adventurous, you can join an online trial of a new antismoking programme by the University of California.

General motivation:
http://www.anthonyrobbins.com Tony Robbins is the Granddaddy of all motivational speakers and authors, and his site provides online sales of his books and seminars. Very much oriented towards selling you stuff, but a good startibng point.


As for me, my resolution is to learn to juggle with fire, so I'm on http://www.juggling.org/