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A brief Boston history guide

The historical city of Boston is a must see city if you ever find yourself in the USA.  Set in the stunning Massachusetts Bay it has so much to offer, even if you are only staying a few days or passing through when on cheap holidays.

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Early history

Originally founded in September 1630 it is one of the oldest cities in America.  The Boston settlers came from Lincolnshire in England to create what is now the capital of New England.

It has had a large involvement in the American Revolution playing a part in major historical events, such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea party.

 

What to see?

Due to its rich history and connections with many different battles and wars, Boston has much to see and do.  There are plenty of museums here that showcase the history and tradition that surrounds this fantastic city.  In particular you may want to check out the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium and the Harvard Art Museum.

What is really striking about Boston though is its scenery.  Every corner you turn you will find parks, greenery and plenty of stunning architecture.

And, no visit to Boston is complete without a trip to the original ‘Cheers’ bar.  The bar where everybody knows your name.  The Bull & Finch pub is how it’s formally known and it was the inspiration for the hit TV show, ‘Cheers’.

If sports is more your thing then you won’t be disappointed with a trip to the home of the Boston Red Sox.  Fenway Park is the destination you should be headed and it is the oldest baseball stadium still used in major league games.

Boston has a fantastic cultural scene and you will be certain to find something to suit your tastes.  Whether you are a fan of classical music, baseball, history or architecture, you are guaranteed to find plenty of interesting and inspirational treats amongst this historical US city.

 

Why not see for yourself?

 

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The pros and cons of different holiday accommodation

Whenever you book a holiday, one of the important decisions you have to make is the kind of accommodation you choose to stay in.

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Of course it depends on who you’re going away with and what they want from a holiday. Some people prefer the freedom of self-catering as you can choose to eat out whenever you want, but you have the facilities in your own place to cook your own meals. It’s a really popular choice for people with young children and fussy appetites. Having a self-catering apartment or villa also gives you more space than you’d get in a hotel room, so there’s less chance of going stir crazy in the evenings with toddlers in a confined space! You can also choose to have your own private pool – which can be a big plus for some holidays.

However, what you don’t get from self-catering is so much opportunity to interact with and meet other holidaymakers. Hotels are a great place to do this, and meal times are the ideal time to socialise. A big advantage with hotel accommodation nowadays is that you can often choose which level of board you want – just bed and breakfast, half-board, full-board or even all-inclusive. Going all-inclusive is a great way to budget ahead for your holiday. The whole trip is paid for before you get on the plane, save for any spending money and excursions you might feel like doing while you’re away.

Pretty much every holiday resort now offers all types of accommodation, so if you prefer to book your accommodation and flights separately, it’s no problem. So if you see some cheap flights to Gran Canaria, for example, there’s no need to worry about sorting out accommodation immediately – in fact you often get a better deal if you leave booking where you’re going to stay until the last minute.

If you’re in two minds about booking self-catering accommodation if you’ve only ever stayed in hotels, what risk is it really? You’ll either enjoy the experience or not, and if you don’t, you can always go back to the hotel option for your next trip!

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