Showing posts with label city breaks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label city breaks. Show all posts

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Exploring Barcelona With A City Trip

There are many culturally diverse cities in Europe that are easily accessible with budget airlines, particularly Barcelona.

Often hailed as one of the best cities in the world, Barcelona is a fashionable location to come into contact with the old and new alongside each other and where all your senses will work overtime.

It is easy enough to see why Barcelona is so popular with its unceasing variety of attractions and sights tempting tourists from all walks of life. Stretching from La Ramblas covering the old port of Barcelona and the Plaza Catalunya, an entire day can be dedicated to walking around the Barri Gothic Quarter without venturing any further as there plenty to see and do. Wander around the labyrinths of the narrow streets that meander between old buildings which open out into quaint squares, and then have a break in one of the alfresco cafes full of bustling tapas bars in the vicinity. Find out something about the chronicle of the city and its Roman roots, or visit the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia that is constructed throughout the 13 and 14 century.

Initially planned by Catalan publisher Joseph Bocabella, who wanted to achieve Catholic Church triumphs via the guard of St. Joseph, this monumental assignment eventually came in the hands of Gaudi when he was just thirty-one years old. Barcelona is truly blessed with his wonderful designs, he could be indeed, and the main reason the city attracts so many sightseers. This famous work by Gaudi will be the most incredible church you will ever see.

Barcelona is still the birthplace for many progressive architects such as the award-winning Ricardo Bofill, the man behind the iconic W Barcelona, shaped like a gigantic boat sail. Born in Barcelona in 1939, Bofill is celebrated for his architectural structures that blend with different cultures. It will also be difficult to miss the perfect geometric block of ME Barcelona Hotel, a glass building designed by French architect Dominique Perrault. Barcelona is widely celebrated for its innovative planning and accessible open spaces; hence there are plenty of places to stroll such as the beaches and gardens. Two of the best are, that goes without saying, Guell Park, another Park de la Ciudadella, a park in Ciutat Vella famous for its museums and boating lake.

In the city centre, there are several places that you can take a walk and admire the sceneries, or enjoy fresh coffee in Las Ramblas while watching pedestrians, musicians and performers. Bars in Barcelona start to fill up from 2am onwards. There are plenty of late licensed bars that may stay open as late, or as early as 10am. These bars are not dance clubs but you can either wind down or party some more, depending on your state of mind at that time. There are plenty of live music jam sessions, jazz, blues, burlesque and clubs to choose from particularly in the Las Ramblas boulevard but do not expect crowds until 2 or 3am.

Maremagnum will be the ideal location for families as it is a huge waterfront mall with plenty of walkways and bars before the dark hour starts. As the families depart and the party animals arrive you will find everything here from stylish bars to Irish pubs, it is quite easy to party here till morning as some of the clubs stay open until 6am.

Obviously, holiday time depends heavily on either work schedule or budget. Many hotels and airlines give discounts on Friday to Sunday reservations and this gives you plenty of time to enjoy the attractions, shop and have a good night out.

If you want a simple way to travel, then think about staying in holiday apartments since Barcelona has a large number of apartments for any requirements. An apartment in any city can help save money and give you a more unique experience of living in a different culture. The internet is the best source for landing yourself the appropriate rental apartment.



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Monday, 10 December 2018

3 Things to Check Before Choosing Family Holidays Location

Going on a family holiday ought to be done once per year, or once every two years for those guardians who are somewhat tight on their budget. Traveling with the family is an exceptionally energizing moment for everybody, particularly for guardians who go through their days attempting to earn a living. A family occasion is likewise a period when you can revive your psyche and briefly make tracks in an opposite direction from the issues of day by day living.

Choose the hotels:

There are so many travel organizations offering a wide range of family occasion. What's more, with such a significant number of resorts, thus numerous nations to go to, you might be overpowered by the decisions with regards to choosing where to go on your family occasion. A few elements can impact your choice where you would need to go, and you have to think about these variables. These are (1) your financial plan, (2) your age, (3) what number of are going and if there are kids, (4) how might you want to make a trip to arrive, and (5) the climate. 

Budget:

Budget is one of the main considerations when choosing the place you need to go to for your family occasion. A few goals are less expensive to visit, while others are more costly. Keep in mind, forget to contemplate how you might want to board. If you select to go self-cooking or room just, you need to budget for your family's food and beverages amid daytime and feasting around evening time. Here and there, over the long haul, it might be less expensive if you think about a comprehensive board at your selected hotel.

Look at temperatures:

A parent's age can likewise affect your decisions of place. When searching for the family occasion, older parents may need to look at the temperature or walking distances, or the exuberance of the resort.

Is it accurate to say that you are a couple or a family? A family occasion implies a style of get-away that is not quite the same as that required by a couple. When you are a family, there are things which ought to be looked and considered: does one have to do a great deal of strolling in the retreat? Do they have offices for kids, for example, a kids' swimming pool or a performer for children? It is essential that before you book your family occasion, you ought to do your examination of the area or resort first. Since you may need to discover a place some place for your kid to rest, or someplace which is somewhat calmer.


How you travel is another critical thought. If you like to go to your family occasion goal by watercraft or vehicle, at that point the retreat or area ought to be topographically doable. Going via plane implies that you are going more remote, perhaps to another nation. Picking the method of travel depends completely on your decision and of your family.

Author: George Warren


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Thursday, 22 November 2018

How to Stay Safe and Have Fun at Waterparks

Waterparks offer a great deal of fun in the sun, of course, but you need to take the proper steps to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe and hydrated on your next visit. Here are some of the most important things to remember for safety, comfort, and fun.

Dress Appropriately

Since you will be outside for the majority of the day, you will want to protect you and your children from the shining sun. For the most protection, have everyone wear a hat and a loose t-shirt, as well as water shoes and sunglasses. If you are bringing younger children, keep an eye on them to make sure they are not getting tired or overheated.

It is also important that you bring plenty of sunscreen and apply it on a regular basis. Put it on 30 minutes before you leave home and then re-apply it every time someone gets out of the water. Even waterproof sunscreen needs to be re-applied every 80-90 minutes if you have gotten wet and dried yourself off with a towel. You will also want to consider using a lip balm that has an SPF of 15 or higher.

Keep Hydrated

It is easy to become dehydrated quickly when you are running around in the sun, and it is even easier not to notice if you are getting cooled off periodically by water slides. Be sure you and your children are drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day. Stay away from any caffeinated beverages, however, because they dehydrate you more quickly.

Close Observation

You should always keep a close eye on your children when visiting waterparks, even if there is a lifeguard present. Either be in the water with them or watch them carefully. Lifeguards are responsible for scanning large areas and cannot see everything all the time.

Pay Attention to the Rules

All waterparks have specific safety rules and regulations, sure be to read all posted signage. Different slides and pools will be appropriate for different age groups, so make sure your small child does not get on a slide intended for older children and adults. Check all regulations related to age, height, ability to swim and medical condition. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk to a staff member or a lifeguard.

These are just some of the things you will want to keep in mind at waterparks to ensure you and you're family stay safe, hydrated, and having fun.





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Monday, 22 October 2018

Guide for Traveling With Your Pet

Keeping pets has grown quite popular in recent times. People who own pets will tell you that making travel plans (for either business or pleasure) involves making a decision whether to bring the pet with you or leave them under the care of an animal boarding facility.

Most pet owners, however, grow so fond of their pets that they would rather travel with them wherever they go than leave them behind. This, therefore, calls for preparation for a pet-friendly trip. This article provides you with a pet travel tips checklist for this preparation.

1. Identification Tags

Pets cannot identify themselves. No matter the mode of travel chosen, it is necessary to tag your pet with proper identification before heading out. This would help ensure your pet finds their way back to you in case you get separated. It also helps prevent confusion between owners in cases where two pets could resemble each other

2. Permanent Identification for the Pet

The wise say that you can never be too cautious. In addition to tagging your pet with the necessary identification tags, it is recommended for you to fit them with a more permanent mode of identification, such as a microchip. This would also help in tracking of your pet in case they wander off or you become separated.

3. Train Them While They are Young

It is important for you to train your pet while they are still young because animals take some time to completely master commands and expected behaviour. You should train them to remain calm during travel, and correctly respond to commands. A reward system is highly recommended as it helps the lessons learned stick more. If you have more than one pet, it is advised you train them separately.

4. Secure Your Pet for Their Safety

After training the pet, most people assume it is safe to let them wander around the car/plane during travel. This is however wrong. Just like people, pets could get injured when the vessel of travel assumes a sudden movement or in the case of an accident. It is therefore recommended to crate the pet to keep them safe.

5. Choose a Suitable Travel Crate

Carriers made using fabric are a good option to transport your pet. Plastic pet carriers, however, are preferred for their versatility as they offer safety for different modes of travel.

6. Pets and Cars

Pets such as dogs and cats are fast and agile. They will therefore naturally make use of these abilities when their safety is threatened. It is, therefore, important to ensure the pet feels safe and comfortable throughout the trip.

7. Sedating the Pet

Pets, like all other humans, tend to grow anxious when exposed in an unfamiliar setting. Sedating them could help ease their anxiety and save them from trauma and even accidents that result from fear.

8. Carry a First Aid Pet Kit

We can never tell if or when accidents may happen. The best way to counter this is being ready just in case they happen. Pet owners are advised to carry a pet first-aid kit that includes bandages, gauze, and hydrogen peroxide just in case inducing vomit is necessary. You should also always follow steps given by an animal healthcare specialist first before personally treating your pet from suspected exposure to toxins.

9. Carry Pet Food and Water

Unexpected events such as train delays are inevitable. So during travel preparation, it is important that the pet owner puts this into consideration and packs extra food and water for the pet just in case these events happen.

10. Be Extra Cautious

Regardless of how well you know your pet, you can never tell how they are going to react to new stimuli. Your cat, for example, may decide to seek refuge between your legs while driving after hearing a loud noise such as a truck honking. This could result in a fatal accident, and hence it is strongly advised that you keep your pet safe at all times during the trip.

11. Dealing With a Dog During Air Travel

Most airlines will allow you to carry your pet in the cabin of the plane only if the pet fits in the pet carrier under the seat. It is a requirement that the size of the pet will allow it to stand and move in the carrier. You will also be required to pack a few essentials for the dog, such as a poop bag, a water bottle, a collapsible bowl, a recent picture of the dog, and a leash.

The above tips mainly focus on the safety and wellbeing of your pet during travel. It is, therefore, important that preliminary safety precautions, such as ensuring your pet is in a good physical state to travel, are observed. It is also important to make sure that the destination of travel is free from animal diseases such as rabies. By following the above tips, travelling with pets becomes less of a hassle and a comfortable experience.

Author: Bob Tom


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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Top 5 tips for European Train Travel

Europe’s rail network is vast and can get you to almost any part of the continent. Enjoy and experience much of the beauty and charm of this part of the world from the comfort of your carriage. Here are my top ten tips for getting the most out of your European rail vacation.

Point-to-point tickets


It is easiest to purchase point-to-point tickets online, especially if you want to reserve your seat/s in advance on a particular train. Point-to-point tickets are tickets purchased individually at the station and take you from Point A to Point B.

Travel Light


Make sure you bring a few key items to help you pass the time such as a good book, your tablet, or a travel journal, especially if you are embarking on a journey of more than 2 hours. While the views are sensational and there are often plenty of other passengers who will be happy to strike up a conversation, it’s always good to have a book on hand to escape to when you need it.

A lot of trains now provide power outlets for passengers on-board so you can charge your laptop or mobile device (some trains offer this facility, even in second class). Some trains are equipped with Wi-Fi (but you may have to pay for it).

Comfort and Safety


Sleepers are the safest and most comfortable option as they are like small hotel rooms on rails.

By travelling overnight, you can save money on hotel accommodation and give yourself more time to see the sights during the daytime at your holiday destination.

Plan your Journey


Check how long it takes to get to the station and work out how you are going to arrive at the station the day before so you don’t end up being late on the day of your journey. Get to the station early on the day of your journey so you can truly enjoy your trip and have enough time to carry out all of the important steps listed below.

Enjoy your trip


Now that you have done all your planning and considered everything you need to know to have the ultimate European rail adventure, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Get ready to see some amazing sights and meet some very interesting people along the way. 

Don’t be scared to mingle with other travellers and friendly locals. Just make sure you keep your valuables close to you at all times.

Author: Michelle Reed

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Friday, 28 September 2018

Honeymoon Cruises Guide: What Are Important Things to Consider When Booking a Cruise?

After the wedding and reception, it's time for a honeymoon - and a cruise. Whether you just want to get out on the sea for a few days or go exploring the world, honeymoon cruises can be very romantic and fun. Why go stay at a resort on an exotic island when you can visit multiple islands? Or nap right on deck, overlooking the ocean? The cruise ships themselves are filled with countless activities for newlyweds.

Before you hop on a ship, here are a few things you need to consider when choosing a honeymoon cruise:

The Itinerary

Think about what you want yourself as an individual as well as with your spouse as a couple. Select an itinerary that includes activities you will both be interested in. At the same time, you might want a bit of "me" time here and there. If you want to spend most of your time on the ship and don't want to leave it, there is no use in paying for any excursions and sightseeing in capitals.

Destination(s)

Make sure places that are synonymous with "romantic" appear on the itinerary: Cabo San Lucas, Maui, Half Moon Cay, Bermuda, Yucatan, etc. An Alaskan cruise can also be very romantic, as there is plenty of beautiful sightseeing to do. Just make a list of places you'd both love to see during your honeymoon and check out various cruise itineraries until you find the one you both want.

Make Sure You Get a Nice Suite

A standard cabin might be okay for a regular cruise, but not for a honeymoon. Don't be afraid to splurge on a cruise ship suite, just as you would want to splurge on a luxury honeymoon suite at a four or five-star hotel. The perks vary from cruise line to cruise line, but you can always count on getting the best experience possible on any particular ship.

Seclusion

Solitude is key when it comes to honeymoon cruises. The trip is supposed to focus on just the two of you. Look for a cruise ship that has adults-only areas like sun decks and pools. You should also look into amenities such as secluded hot tubs and padded, comfortable lounges just for two. Check if the cruise ship you are considering has special limited-access areas. If nothing else, you might want to rent a cabana by the main pool.

Don't rush into your decision. Keep these factors in mind when looking over itineraries for honeymoon cruises, and you will surely find a great deal.


Author: George Botwin


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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Five Essentials For Your Next Summertime Mountain Town Getaway

You just got back from having the time of your life on a summer getaway to a quaint mountain town. Your bags are being handed over to you by the driver of the car service, and you're heading up the pathway to your front door, and the smile on your face is almost hurting your cheeks. You really had more fun than you've had in a long time.

When you finally get inside, you dump the bags, toss your keys on the bar, and take a nose dive into the couch just to come down a bit. After a bit, though, you start thinking about the things about the trip that you wished were a little different. You haven't come down from cloud nine, but your euphoria is a bit tempered now. Whatever. It's time for a long, hot shower, some tea, and probably falling asleep watching TV.

A few weeks later, you and your friends are hanging out & talking about the trip you all took earlier. Lo and behold, everyone else had the same reaction you did. Nothing could erase the perfection that was the trip, but there were some parts of it that could have been better. As you talk things out, you decide two things: 1) there will most definitely be a return trip next summer; and 2) a list must be made for the essentials that must be part of the trip.

Here are five essentials for your own summertime mountain town getaway:

Layers Are Imperative - Changes in elevation and fluctuation in temperature throughout the year can make it hard to know how cold or hot it will be sometimes. Dressing in comfortable layers lets you navigate this back and forth. Since you're in the mountains, think about a flannel shirt. It may be a little on the nose, but you'd be surprised at flannel's versatility.

Pack More Than One Pair of Shoes - If you'll be doing some serious hiking, you need some serious hiking boots or shoes. You'll also be doing a lot of walking. If in the event you may have a more sophisticated night out, dirty hiking boots or tennis shoes may not fit the bill.

Sunscreen, Hand Cream, & Insect Repellent - No explanation needed. These are the basic you should have with you on any trip, and manufacturers are doing their best to make traveling with them easier & not take up so much room.

Sunglasses and Eye Protection - Bright sunlight hitting the snow or water can really mess with your eyes. Protect them at all times.

Something To Carry Water In - You're in the outdoors, so don't be that guy and carry plastic water bottles that'll be thrown away later. Have some respect for nature, and carry a reusable bottle. It's good to stay hydrated, and it's an example of good stewardship.

Obviously, your essentials may differ a bit, but these tend to cover the most basic needs of staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the elements. Remember, you're in the mountains, and while the natural beauty is taking your breath away, you want to be sure to be safe & prepared.


Author: Morris Raymond




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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Must-Have Money Saving Travel Ideas

Planning a trip can be tricky. Before you know it, prices can add up and spill over your planned budget. However, there are budget travel ideas you can use when vacationing to save money here and there. These saved dollars will add up and enable you to feel more financially comfortable with your trip.

Go For the Bundle

Bundling your flight, lodgings and car rental is one way to save money while planning. The more business you conduct with the company, whether it's an airline or booking agency, the more likely they are to knock down your overall price. Even if your plans don't include a car rental, you'll likely still get a discount for booking a flight and hotel together. Shop around on different sites and with different airlines to find the best price for the longest stay time or the most convenient flight.

Flexible Booking

There are many factors that go into whether a particular flight is expensive or not. While scheduling and buying in advance will always help you save, there could be local events or holidays that increase popularity and tourism. For example, the Fourth of July could be a very popular event at your destination, which will drive up the price of flights significantly. When you're comparing prices, try to keep your dates as flexible as possible. Being able to fly during the week, or at a time that's not as popular, will save you a bundle.

Lodgings - Home Swap Sites

While hotels are the traditional choice for vacation lodgings, home swap sites are gaining more traction and becoming an affordable safe option among travel ideas. Many websites offer in-depth information about local available houses, ratings and direct contact information with the owner. Choosing to stay in a home rented out by a local instead of a hotel can save you big bucks. Plus, you'll increase your chances of staying close to a downtown area without paying extra.

Meals - Home Cooking and Picnics

Meals can absorb a large part of your budget. Although you may not feel like cooking on your vacation, it can be a great way to save money. If you happen to stay in lodgings that have a fully functional kitchen, don't be averse to using it. Additionally, visit the local grocery store for supplies like water and snacks. You'll find lower prices at local places rather than on the tourist boardwalks and hot spots. Instead of dining out, opt for a picnic with prepared food from a local mart. Another trick to saving is to make lunch your biggest meal of the day. Since lunch prices are typically lower than dinner prices, you can fill up earlier for a cheaper price and reduce your evening meal.

By utilizing budget travel ideas, you can save money that can be repurposed elsewhere during your trip. Don't be anxious about seeing the world on a tighter budget. From staying in a local home to comparing rates online, persistence can go a long way in saving.


Author: Antoinette Ayana



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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Here's 5 Reasons to Take a Holiday Right Now

Are you a leader in your business? Have you taken any holidays in the last 12 months? What's going on? Do you need a reason to take a holiday - here are 5 reasons to take a holiday now.

1. Clear your mind - from the grind

Holidays give you time to think. There will be very few day-to-day tasks to consider. No deadlines to meet and no business to satisfy, especially if you turn your phone off and don't look at emails. The main decisions of the day will be about what you eat and what you drink! And perhaps, when do you get up in the morning! Think about the future - what do you really want to do? If it is different, think about how the transition would occur.

2. Time to grow your mind by reading

Read a book. Perhaps there is some skill that you wish to improve or blogs to write on some topic. Be inspired by reading biographies, autobiographies, life stories on video and great movies that inspire.

3. Clearer perspective

Sit back and think about the big picture. See the trees and not the forest! Perhaps contemplate your product lines and why some are better earners than others. Think about your staff and the encouragement you can give them on your return. What can be done in a better way to meet the customer's needs? Holidays are a great mulling time!

4. Become more creative

Escaping normal life and experiencing new markets, tastes, smells, sounds and other senses enhances creativity. A new perspective can form which may help create a new way, new products etc. Take what you see and use it wisely.

5. Refresh

Holidays help people recover from the daily grind of hard work. Long hours each week are difficult to sustain. Catch up on your sleep and rest. Get back to the "top of your game" during the break.

If you have not taken a holiday in some time, consider taking one right now. The benefits to you and your business can be enormous. Once a decision has been made to take a holiday, hold yourself to the decision so that it is not lost in the indispensability myth!


Travel somewhere new and experience a new culture. Observe how people work live and play and grab the bits that make sense and bring them back. You never know - it could be the best decision of your life!


Author: David Nivala


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Friday, 14 September 2018

The Hilltop Town of Ronda: One Place You Should Definitely Visit in Andalucia

Ronda is a city which is famous for its Mondragón Palace. However, there is more to the city which you should not miss during your visit to this autonomous community of Andalusia. Ronda is in the Spanish province of Málaga and you should take a flight to the Málaga airport to visit this city. Take a car/taxi and travel for about 109 KM to reach the beautiful city of Ronda.

Gibraltar airport (109 KM), Jerez airport (122 KM) and Tangier airport in Morocco (130 KM) are other airports which you can choose in order to visit Ronda. Before reaching the city, you should do your advanced bookings in the hotels to avoid any disappointment. There are luxurious hotels like Hotel Rural Molino del Puente Ronda, Finca Los Pastores, Hotel Rural El Cortijo etc. There are more than 100 hotels to choose from. If you are on a budget, then you may even choose furnished apartments for your short trip to Ronda.

Ronda tops the list of many tourist guides and you might be wondering why. Here are some of the places you must visit during your trip to Ronda.

1) Alameda Park- Rent a bicycle and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Take pictures with the meadows filled with wildflowers and walk through the olive groves. Take some pictures when you pass through the white-walled villages and enjoy a small picnic in Alameda Park. On your way back to your hotel, enjoy the blue hazy mountains surrounding this captivating small Spanish town. When you are in the park, do not miss the best viewing platform of El Balcon del Cono. Enjoy the panoramic countryside which you miss in your city life every day.

2) Bullrings- The ones who have been mesmerised by the matadors and bullfights in movies can fulfil their fantasy here. One of the oldest bullrings owned by the Romero family in Spain is located in Ronda and you can think about visiting the place if you have the guts. Plaza de Toros de Ronda is the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain which was built in 1784. Architect José Martin de Aldehuela designed this building in the Neoclassical style and it can hold over 5000 spectators. The festival of 'Corrida Goyesca' is a unique and historical bullfight festival which is similar to the ones which you might have watched in movies. It takes place once a year in Ronda and if you are an enthusiast, then do not miss it.

3) The Palacio of the Marqués de Salvatierra- This is a small museum of Renaissance art and artefacts and you may choose to visit it for a few hours. If you are a fan of Madonna, then you may want to visit this place. Her music video ''Take a Bow'' was shot in the palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra.

4) Bridges- There are three bridges in this beautiful white city which you should not miss- Puente Romano, Puente Viejo and Puente Nuevo. The architecture of these bridges is interesting to watch. Even though ''Puente Nuevo'' which means ''new bridge'' was constructed in 1793, it is still a very sturdy structure.

This city of Ronda is full of beautiful buildings like Plaza del Socorro, and many others. This building is the political center of this city and the Andalusian flag was first hoisted in this building in 1918. This city is the third most visited city in Andalucia. So spend a few days in this magnificent city, and you will feel like buying a villa here and settling down.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Texas Tourism Is Booming: This Is Why


The United States is a country that is going through a bit of a rough patch right now, and with any period of trials & tribulation come dips in how much people want to travel. Even with what seems to be a lack of enthusiasm for travelling in this great country, Texas tourism seems to be weathering the storm better than even the most grizzled travel experts could have predicted. The question is simple - why? How is it that the Lone Star State is able to maintain a steady movement of travellers across its borders when other states are seeing lulls?

It's best to think of the Texas tourism boom as more than just a current blip. In fact, the campaign to make Texas a premier destination for out-of-towners has been in full swing since the 1960s. At the time, Texas was seen as nothing more than a relic of the Old West, and it certainly didn't help that there was a presidential assassination in Dallas in 1963. Times were tough for the state, and even its own residents were seeking greener pastures.

Finally, an organization named the Texas Tourist Development Agency was created with the sole purpose of making Texas seem like the place to be. With only a little over $100,000 in the mid-1960s, the agency got to work. By 1970, tourism numbers had begun to skyrocket, and revenue had broken a billion dollars.

Since then, the agency has been absorbed by other offices in state government, but Texas's tourism boom still holds steady, and when you step back & look at things, you can understand why. For starters, Texas is very business-friendly. Generous tax breaks and subsidies have attracted some of the biggest brands on the national, and international, scene. This migration of businesses into Texas has certainly made its mark. For example, in the last decade, the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex was second only to New York City in terms of the amount of construction for retail, warehouse, office, and rental spaces. Real estate, retail, and economic experts not only noted the historic length of the boom in Dallas/Fort Worth, but they were also in agreement that there was no slowing down anytime soon.

The jump in businesses making their home in Texas has meant better job numbers for both residents and non-residents. The uptick in employment numbers usually positively impacts the retail markets, too.

Perhaps the neatest reason Texas has found itself so high on the list of satisfying places to visit or call home, is that no matter where you are, you can always find a hidden gem of a town with a lot of hospitality and charm to offer. Moreover, you're not really more than a day-trip's distance from the major cities of Texas (e.g., Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio), and with hundreds of thousands of miles of roadways, Texas is the ultimate road-trip destination.


Texas tourism is certainly seeing a new era of explosion, but in reality, the Lone Star State has been on the rise for the better part of six decades. All this means for you and your family is that when you decide to visit, you'll be right on time.


Author: Morris Raymond


Friday, 7 September 2018

Five Popular Tips for Perfect Grand Canyon National Park Chopper Excursions


Are you thinking of heading to Las Vegas for a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon? You won't find a better adventure, but even so, there are some things you can do to make sure that your trip goes ahead smoothly and according to plan. To ensure that you get the most out of your trip, I've put together these 5 simple tips that you can follow when you're organizing your next vacation.


#1 Book Early

It goes without saying that you should book in advance, but when it comes to Canyon tours, this might be even earlier than you're used to. I recommend at least two weeks in advance, because air tours are some of the most popular tour packages in the region. Booking early will also ensure that you don't experience any price changes at the last minute.

#2 Book Online

Booking online makes things simple, and also ensures that your seats are secure. Also, booking online will get you the best rates, as you don't need to worry about any additional booking fees or commissions from travel agents. To be eligible for the online discount, you will have to complete the purchase with your credit card.

#3 Book A Deluxe Tour

Deluxe tours cost a little more, but they provide exceptional value, and the best touring experience that is available from Vegas. Deluxe tours provide a complimentary limousine service, which adds the VIP touch that is missing from the basic tours. Deluxe also gets you tickets to a newer and more exclusive helicopter. This helicopter is the EcoStar 130. It is larger than the Bell Ranger helicopters used on basic tours, and it has a bigger, 180-degree front facing window. It also has large stadium-style seats, a quieter cabin, and more cabin room. Deluxe tours also include a Las Vegas Strip tour, which will take you on a flyby journey over all of the famous attractions on the strip. When you choose the last tour of the day, this is an especially exciting sightseeing opportunity.

#4 Choose A Landing Tour

Want the best adventure possible? If so, a landing tour is the way to go. A landing tour gets you closer to all of the action. When you fly from Vegas to the West Rim, you can choose to land at either the top or the bottom of the Canyon. This opens up some other touring options, such as the Skywalk, or a Colorado River tour. When you land at the National Park, you also get a chance to explore all of the hiking trails in the area.

#5 Dress For The Weather

Helicopters use climate control, so you will need a light sweater for flying. On a landing tour, check out the weather beforehand. It can get chilly at the Canyon during the winter, and can be extremely hot over summer. Always dress appropriately, and pack some snacks and drinks if you will be exiting the helicopter.

Conclusion
I hope these tips were helpful as you plan your Grand Canyon heli ride. Keep in mind that we are in the summer travel season. Thus these flights are subject to quickly selling out. My recommendation here is to always book in advance - like right after you book your hotel room. And do the booking online. That way you'll get the best trip at the lowest price possible.

Author: Lea Fallon

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Book a Flight Online and Save Money Using These Tips


Whether you need to travel to another city or another country, it's never been easier to book a flight. There are many options for travelers. The airline companies themselves offer booking services via the internet, phone, and in person. There are also budget travel sites that simplify the whole process by allowing you to compare all of the rates from every airline at once and choose which one would most suit your preferences.

There are many things to consider when booking a flight: departure city, departure date, arrival city, arrival date, whether or not you want a round trip, number of nights you'll be at your destination, whether or not you want to book a car rental and/or hotel along with the flight, and so forth. Luckily, all of this is made easy with the use of online search and comparison tools. You can experiment with the dates and times as well as the destinations to get an idea of the price range. The more flexible you are, the easier it will be to get a cheaper price.

Age is an important factor as well - especially if you'll be traveling with children or the elderly. Ticket prices are different for adults and children 17 and under. For older adults, senior discounts may be available. While credit/debit cards are the primary methods of payment preferred by the airline industry, there are a few airlines who accept PayPal and unused travel funds. You might also have flyer points or gift cards that you can redeem.

Price Alerts Will Help You Book a Flight

Be sure to sign up for price alerts before you book a flight. Tickets can fluctuate considerably - even on a daily basis. Even a small decrease can result in large savings if you have to buy tickets for relatives or associates. Some online sites and tools even allow you to set your own budget and will notify you when a ticket becomes available within your budget range.

Determine whether or not it would be cheaper to book a long haul flight yourself. If you are flying a long distance, consider that it might be cheaper to book two or three legs of the trip separately by adding another destination or two to the trip. For example, if you need to fly from Europe to Alaska, it might be cheaper to first book a trip to Atlanta, then book a trip from Atlanta to Chicago, then fly from Chicago to Seattle, and then finally onto Alaska by taking budget airlines who offer smaller trips.

The best thing to do is to use a travel shopping comparison site that will allow you to compare all of the prices from all of the airlines on the dates you enter at once. Choose the option that best suits your needs and book a flight as well as hotel room and car rental if you need to.


Whether you want to book a flight for a business trip or a vacation, the best place to begin your search is online. The site will not only uncover the best airfare rates, but hotel rates and car rental discounts as well. You can create your entire itinerary and save money in the process by using online coupons.

Author: George Botwin



Bonus Travel Hack: Use your browser's incognito mode to surf for airline tickets. They are usually cheaper that way. The reasoning behind this airline and booking sites use your cookies to identify you've visited their site too often and may assume you might be willing to pay higher for the tickets, thus prices are likely to go up if they notice you've visited their site multiple times. 

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