Showing posts with label wanderlust. Show all posts
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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Family Vacation Spots Recommendations: A Look at Some of the Best, Family-Friendly Destinations

Family vacations can be some of the most fun, happiest times in anyone's life. They offer lifelong memories that will stick with both the parents and kids for the rest of their lives. A lot of family vacation spots are great for grandparents as well.

Where should you take your family this year? What kinds of activities are everyone looking forward to?

Here is an overview of some of the top destinations for family trips:

Disney World

Disney has always been, and probably always will be, the number one getaway spot for families. It's known for its parades, rides, performances, and overall experience. Everyone should visit Disney World at least once in their lives. If you haven't yet taken your kids there, it's never too late to do so.

Grand Canyon

This large, infamous national park is an admired family destination. There is plenty to do here - it's not just about sightseeing. You can go rafting, hiking, kayaking, and take a trip on the Railway. If possible, don't go during the summer, as you will have to deal with crowds.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

What kid doesn't love dinosaurs? Located NW of Glen Rose in Texas, this park covers over 1,500 acres. It offers a wide variety of outdoor opportunities for family activities. Take the kids through the area and check out the best-preserved dinosaur tracks. This is not only a fun vacation, but a highly educational one as well.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is the place to go if you want to see beautiful scenery along California's coastline. It showcases local wildlife and sea creatures. The tank design makes it so that kids can get close to the sea turtles, bat rays and even sharks! There are plenty of fun activities as well, such as humpback whale spotting and penguin feeding shows. Stay at one of the many affordable family-friendly hotels in the area.

Gatlinburg, TN

There is plenty of family fun to be found in Gatlinburg. In this historic southern town, you can play mini-golf, go skiing, enjoy rides at an amusement park, visit museums and aquariums, check out Ripley's Believe it Or Not: Odditorium, and more.

London, England

London is among the best family vacation spots in Europe. There are no language barriers and plenty to discover and experience. Even though the city is known for high price tags, there are still budget lodging options at chain hotels and small inns.

Family-Friendly Cruise

Why not enjoy yourselves on a cruise ship? There are fun activities available for parents and kids of all ages. You can also easily arrange for family-oriented excursions in port cities. In addition to the Disney Cruise Line, there are some Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival cruises that cater to families. Look over the itineraries and select one that you think everyone will enjoy. Visit several family vacation spots in 7 - 10 days on a cruise ship!

Author: George Botwin

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Guide To Baltimore - Outdoor Activities

Baltimore is a city teaming with natural trails and beautiful landscapes. An outdoor vacation is what this place is all about, with many naturally beautiful wonders waiting to be discovered in Calvert Cliffs State Park, Savage River State Forest, Janes Island State Park and many more wildernesses here. You can enjoy the outdoors in protected isolation, as this place offers a long list of adventure and leisure opportunities to its visitors with activities such as camping, biking, hiking and more with just a cheap ticket to Baltimore. 

Here is a list of outdoor activities you can enjoy in Baltimore.

Ride the Rail Trails. The state of Maryland has more than a dozen of these railroad trails. As more and more railroad tracks went obsolete, they were paved and converted into flat bike trails. This provides a wonderful opportunity to be amidst nature and view Baltimore first hand. This is very popular activity amongst the tourists. It will keep you close to your fitness goals as well as help you enjoy your trip at the same time. This is especially good as vacations are where we dwindle away from our diets and indulge in criminally high-calorie feasts.
Appalachian Trail: This is a fairly easy hike if you are an active person. This is a 40-mile hiking trail from Pen-Mar to the Potomac River. This is a very scenic trail and you can take several pictures here. Being here will make you relive it again and again as you realize being in nature can be so beautiful.
Assateague Island: This is a one of a kind getaway. Just outside the city, this island is full of wild horses and serene beaches. It is a perfect place to have some alone time to reverberate on your life and goals. You get to see wild horses here—it is a very Hollywood sequel experience.

Smith Island: This island is a short ferry ride away from the mainland. This is famous for its delicious layered pancakes and the wilderness that is not yet messed with. This offers a sneak peek into the world as it was intended to be by Mother Nature.

Gunpowder River Tubing: This is a local annual event where everyone rides a tube down the cold waters of the river. This is especially a good way to beat the summer heat and have some fun. The river is not to worry about with just a few light rapids. Shuttle services are available to take you back to the river once you are done.

Camping at Green Ridge Forest: This is a few hours away from the city. This is a dream come true place for outdoor lovers. Here you can camp in the primitive forest sites and can go fishing and paddle boating. The place is very picturesque and elevating.
Marathons: The state hosts more than a dozen marathons every year. Along with the marathons, ultra marathons, trail runs, 15ks, 10ks and other running events are scheduled every weekend. This is a very good place to get your running shoes on and get along other fellow runners to enjoy the natural beauty this place has to offer.

Being in nature is a luxury nowadays and one must enjoy such experiences whenever possible. Living in the cities, we are drifting away from natural living. This is what we can correct on nature-centric vacations in places like Baltimore.

If you are looking for cheap flight tickets to Baltimore, then you should look online. There are many websites that can help you with finding amazing deals and offers on cheap flights to Baltimore. There are a dozen of smartphone applications too that help. You can easily book cheap flight tickets to Baltimore by yourself, eliminating any need to find and pay a middleman to do the job for you.



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Monday, 3 December 2018

Five Texas Getaways To Inspire Your Summer Vacation Plans

Sure, there are some of you that will scoff at the notion of publishing a list of possible summer vacation ideas because we're essentially past the summer. It is for this reason that this list will specifically focus on Texas getaways because if you're looking to get the most out of an ever-narrowing window of travel, the Lone Star State is the place to be.

Here are five Texas getaways to inspire your summer vacation plans, even if you think you don't have enough summer left:

Central Texas - Some of the major cities you'll find in this area of the state are Austin (official state capital, and also referred to as the "Music Capital of the World"), San Antonio (home of The Alamo), and San Marcos. Whether you explore the Texas government buildings or try to visit the ridiculous number of colleges in the area, you've got plenty to see. Wanna try something fun? Try finding a t-shirt depicting some of the area's coolest mascots, which, of course, includes the Hutto Hippos.
 
North Texas - While the area of North Texas encompasses a large portion of land and population, mostly everyone sees Dallas County and Tarrant County as the overwhelmingly official scope of the area. That said, emerging counties such as Collin County and Grayson County have started to make their mark due in part to tremendous gains in business & higher education facilities.
Texas Beaches - It's summer in Texas, which means it's hot. What do you do? Head for the beach. You may be surprised at the variety of places that provide a great beach environment for all ages looking to stay cool. You've got Malaquite Beach in Corpus Christi, East Beach in Galveston, and Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula as some tremendous options. However, if you're in the mood for the more popular beaches, check out Rockport Beach and South Padre Island. Travel experts always note that beaches tend to be most popular when the weather turns warm, so be advised about the number of other beachgoers. Regarding South Padre Island, every travel guru agrees that March is prime Spring Break season, so it may not be a prime location for a family vacation.
High School Football Stadiums - If you're a sports fan & want to see what football really means, try visiting some of the biggest and most awesome high school football stadiums anywhere. Even if you tried visiting the top 10, you'd be traversing the entire state of Texas by visiting cities such as Austin, Odessa, Frisco, and Mesquite.

Washington County - Though much more quiet than the other places on this list, Washington County is about as "True Texas" as you'll ever see. Other cities in the state tend to get more credit when it comes to their historic contributions, but no other place compares to Washington County. Washington-on-the-Brazos is where the Texas Declaration of Independence was written in 1836, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Texas.

Texas getaways are something special, and while this list of possible trips focuses on the summer months, it's important to remember that anytime you make your way to the Lone Star State is a the right time.



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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Travel Tips We Sometimes Forget

Traveling is something we all love doing as the summer months are looming ahead. This can be great, but if you do not take precautions, it might just turn out to be not so good. Take it from us. We have been there and done that. Here are the travel tips to do so you make sure that you are safe no matter where you go.

The one thing many of us have a bad habit of is just putting things off when we are thinking about making a trip. However, this is something bad to go through. You have to be able to go about and do things the right way. When you call ahead and learn the area, you can plan where you would like to go as well as plan on how you are going to do things and more. If you wait until the last minute then you might find yourself frantic as plans might not turn out the way you'd like them to go.

Making sure you have everything you have to have can seem like a tedious task. We have all been there before, but here is what we have learned from traveling. We have learned that it is usually just best to buy a new toothbrush just for travel so you do not have to worry about if you remembered yours or not. Buying travel size is usually well also. Make a list of the things which you need to get.

There are things that you can almost expect. There are roadblocks of all sorts from emergencies to gas stops to more. When you are flying, these roadblocks are even greater. So make sure you have what you need to keep you entertained if you are going to have to wait a bit when you have little to no say on the matter. You might also make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time for just this situation.

When you leave the country or even the state, you need to be sure that if you are taking your credit cards, you let them know. While many of you already know this, you might forget this too. We have done this a few times. If you spend a certain amount they might freeze your card as they are wondering if this is something you are purchasing or if your card has been stolen. Do not carry that much cash on you and make sure you budget your book too so that you do not have any problems.

Your safety is very important. That is why there are ideas for this as well. One of those things would be that you should try to do your site seeing during the day. Women, you have to be careful too. That is why you should be extra careful. Women are perceived as weak and an easy target.

While the hotel says it is safe, you can never be too certain. This is why we have some ideas for this as well. Anyone can come in your room if they really have a plan. Some of the staff who cleans the room cannot be trusted either. This is why we tell you to be sure to be careful of those things that have a high value. Take them with or lock them up.

As you read through these, there might be some that you just roll your eyes on. This might be redundant, but you need to be reminded. So many people make the same mistakes and they wish they could have learned from their mistakes.

Author: Farah Wahida

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Travelling Tips for the Disabled

Unlike in the past, today people with disabilities have been recognized, and are less discriminated against. In many countries, there are legislations that protect them and make their life a little easier. Also, many public buildings have been designed or renovated in order to accommodate people with disabilities.

With all these improvements, people with disabilities are now able to travel for vacation or a business trip to places far away from their home. However, with all these improvements we have made, travelling for people with disabilities is still a challenge for them, especially when they are travelling alone or, they are travelling to an unknown destination. Below is a guide to help people with all forms of disabilities to travel safely.

1. Plan well in advance

Planning is key to any form of success. This is very important because it reduces the chances of getting stranded and being inconvenienced. Booking flights and hotel rooms are the top priorities. However, if you are going to stay at a friend's or a relative's house; notifying them in advance is very important. Then they can be prepared and even pick you up from the airport.

2. Book hotels that are disabled-friendly

Hotels with disabled friendly structures are very convenient as they allow disabled individuals to move freely with minimal effort. Most of these hotels also have special emergency protocols that ensure disabled individuals are not left behind in case of an emergency, unlike some hotels where these issues are overlooked.

3. Use a travel agent that offers travel packages for disabled travelers

Booking flights and hotel rooms with travel agents that offer travel solutions to disabled people is advantageous in a number of ways. They ensure they book for their disabled clients' airlines and hotels that are disabled friendly. They strive to offer services and suggestions that will ensure their clients travel comfortably.

4. Understand and know your rights when at the airport

Travelling, for people with disabilities, is very hectic, especially when they arrive at the airport. They face the challenge of getting proper information and directions. This is further aggravated by the huge number of people traveling and long queues. In airports, there are attendants that are supposed to attend to the needs of those travelling with disabilities.

Disabled travelers should not, and are not, treated differently when they go through security measures. They are also protected from any form of discrimination from any airline. Disabled travelers are advised to be very conversant with their rights to avoid and report any form of discrimination when travelling.

5. Bring extra medication

There is no harm in carrying an extra dose of medication when travelling. People do lose their luggage as they travel so, having an extra dose will act as a backup when one dose gets lost. This also ensures that when travelling, a disabled person does not run out of their medicine forcing them to start looking for a drugstore when travelling. These medications should be stored properly to ensure their safety.

6. Take a doctor's note and contact information when travelling

A doctor's note contains important information about a condition that a disabled person is facing and this will help doctors save a lot of time on tests in case of an emergency. Contact information for your doctor allows other doctors to get important information from your doctor should the need arise. This small, but vital, information can save lives.

7. Use direct flights

It is very hectic and tiresome for a disabled traveler to use connecting flights. Using connecting flights exposes them to loss of their luggage and even injury as they get in and out of a plane. Using a direct flight cuts all these risks down and saves a lot of time and energy when travelling. Direct flights also ensure that those travelling with disabilities are not stranded in an airport as they wait for a connecting flight.

8. Disabled travelers are advised to have some knowledge about where they are travelling to

There is nothing more difficult than looking for directions to a place you do not know about. This is even harder for disabled travelers so, it is advisable to have at least some knowledge and understanding about their destination. This will give them an upper hand when moving around and the knowledge to know where to go and where not to go. This will be very helpful when they are stranded or experience an emergency situation and need urgent assistance.

9. Carry the appropriate luggage

Disabled travelers are advised to carry luggage that they can manage when they are travelling. Unless they have company, travelling with a huge amount of luggage is not easy. Traveling lightly enables disabled travelers to be more flexible to situations that arise besides, a large amount of luggage can also easily get lost.

10. Enjoy travelling

Many disabled people do not travel often because of a lot of limitations which discourages them. However modern technology ensures safe travel for all regardless of their condition. Travelling should be enjoyed by all since it is a chance to experience new things that are different than what they are used to.

 Author: Bob Tom

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Traveling for Fun: 3 Tips for a Solo Adventurer

People mostly travel for fun, but have you ever thought about traveling on your own? According to most soloist travelers, traveling alone brings a lot of fun and boosts confidence.

One advantage is you can write your own itinerary and the other one is to not think too much of time compared with traveling with a companion.

If you have been traveling for a long time now and have not tried traveling alone yet, perhaps this is something you may want to consider in the future.

We know some of you might still feel scared at the thought of it, but it is actually not as scary as you think it would be, especially after you've done it.

Traveling on your own is still fun, although the fun it brings might somehow be different compared with traveling with a companion. If you want to be a solo adventurer next time, the first thing you need to do is to be prepared for it.

By saying prepared, this means there are some tips to follow. In this article, you would learn some of the tips shared by other solo adventurers that will help make the entire trip fun and memorable for you.

Bring everything you need

First things first - you need to make sure nothing is left behind before the date of departure. This means preparing everything you need to bring with you days ahead, and not cram, lest you travel in lack.

Some of the important things you need to bring with you are your documents, such as your passport, ID, and tickets, cash and credit card, cellphone and other gadgets you will be needing for documentation purposes, medicines, and toiletries.

It is better to be prepared than never. Always remember that you are traveling alone, therefore there is no one to easily ask help from in case something urgent comes up during the trip.

The good thing about this, though, is that it the experience itself will teach you to be responsible and independent. Traveling alone is not a joke, but because of the pressure and different emotions that will come out, you would have no other choice but take on the challenge. You could say it is a life-changing event, you know!

Study the place and learn the culture

Part of the preparation process is to study the place where you are heading to. Study your hotel whereabouts, the restaurants near your area, the food to try, and of course the culture!

It also pays a lot if you also know the weather of the place during the time of visit. This way, you can know what clothes to bring. If you are going there during winter time, then perhaps you could bring jackets, boots, and gloves. Likewise, you bring comfortable clothes if you are coming during summer time.

When it comes to the culture of the place, it is important to know it fully and adapt to it once you get there. Each place has a different culture, so expect that not everything would be as pleasant as what you were used to back home. However, learning a different culture is actually so much fun.

Especially if you are someone who has been traveling for a long time already, you know that the culture of a specific place adds up to the enjoyment of the entire trip. It wouldn't be as exciting as you thought it would be if not for its unique and interesting culture, right?

For example, a lot of people go to Japan simply because they love to immerse in its culture. Tourists go there to eat Japanese cuisines, visit historical places that depict Japanese culture, and even wear Kimono to complete the enjoyment of their trip.

So, to make it more pleasant for you while traveling alone, try to learn the culture of the place first and once you are already there, immerse yourself in it - as if you are a part of it - and be really merry.

Be friendly

You are traveling on your own, so it would be a bit lonely at times. However, that shouldn't always be the case if you just step out from own shyness and be amiable to anyone you meet down the road.

Basing from other's experiences, meeting new people during the trip will add up to the fun and enjoyment traveling alone brings. Imagine learning a different language, copying their mannerism, going to beautiful places not yet heard or advertised, and eating exotic foods with them - it would be so much fun!

By being friendly, it wouldn't seem like you are traveling on your own because of the new friends you will meet during your trip.

If you are not convinced yet, that is fine! However, try to read some blogs from solo adventurers and dig deeper into their travel experiences to know better. To conclude, traveling alone is not bad at all. In fact, it will give you lots of lessons learned in the end.

Author: George Patt

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

6 suggested Historical Destinations To Visit

Student travel promises to be an enjoyable trip. Not only do students can visit several places, they could also learn so much on every trip. And since air travel agencies, as well as airlines, provide student travel discount and special student travel rate, student travel is becoming more and more available for a greater number of students who want to explore and learn more about the world.

For first-time travelers, here are some historical destinations you can consider for your student travel:

Athens

As the center of knowledge, government, and system in the ancient world, every student would be amazed how this ancient city grew and evolved. Students can visit Acropolis, Agora, Library of Hadrian, Kerameikos, Olympieion & Southeast Athens, Pnyx, Roman Agora & Tower of the Winds, Arch of Hadrian, City Eleusinion and other ancient sites in this ancient city of Athens.

Egypt

Visit one of the earliest civilizations founded in this part of the world. Egypt features a 3000-year old city on the banks of the River Nile. Egypt is also one of the oldest tourist spots in the world with visitors coming from ancient Rome and Greece.

Moving your way south from Cairo, the nation’s capital, you can stop at Giza where the infamous Great Pyramid stands. It was built by Pharaoh Khafu in the year 2550 BC. Standing at 147 meters, it was the largest and the most ambitious structure built in ancient Egypt requiring 2.3 million stone blocks to erect. Also at Giza, see the Pyramid of Khafre home if the Sphinx. It was built 30 after the Great Pyramid. As the second largest, the Pyramid of Khafre stands at 144 meters of 471 feet. The third pyramid located at Giza was the Pyramid of Menkaure which stands at 65 meters or 213 feet.

Further south, Saqqara is home to the Step Pyramid of Djoser built in 2630 BC. Pyramid of Pepi II, also located at Saqqara was the last pyramid built by ancient Egyptians. In Dahshur, the Bent and the Red Pyramids are located. And down south at Maidum, the Maidum Pyramid can be found.

See the temples, mummies, tombs, hieroglyphics, and Valley of the Kings and the Queens if you visit Egypt.

Rome

See ancient Rome still intact with pieces of evidence of Roman structure and architectures built more than 2000 years ago. Rome presents the living timeline from the Roman Empire to the shift of the Middle Ages, to baroque and renaissance, to the dawn of the romantic period and enlightenment. Rome preserves its temples, churches, arts, and priceless paintings and murals.

Turkey

A former territory of the Roman Empire which stood strong for more than a thousand years against several barbarian attacks, Turkey is in the easternmost part of Europe that features a diverse culture, religion, philosophy, and architectures.

China

Travel Far East and learn the history of the ancient eastern civilization that was once unknown until the last centuries. See the Great Wall, a remnant of the Zhou Dynasty along with other unique oriental culture and tradition. See the Chinese painting, calligraphy, paper cutting, and Chinese art.

Peru

As the center of the Inca civilization, Peru is a great destination for student travel for discovery of South American history. The 500-year old Inca traces could be relived in the Inca Trail that is both exciting and educational. Walk to the Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Machu Picchu, and Pisac.


Author: Hotel Etc

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Friday, 9 November 2018

Best Travel Deals - 5 Tips for Finding Great Travel Bargains On the Internet


You don't have to search forever to find the best travel deals. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of patience and the knowledge of where to look. Successful travel planning involves things like online comparison shopping and deal alerts.

To help you save time (and money!), here are a few tips to simplify the process:

• Always do your research and price comparison in incognito windows. This way, the cookies in your browser won't be tracked. It's not uncommon these days for airfare and hotel prices to actually increase when a particular route has been searched, as the websites and companies behind the advertisements want to scare you into booking that deal ASAP by making you think the price is increasing. This unscrupulous practice won't be an issue if you do research in incognito. Only open up the normal browser when you're ready to book the trip.

• Figure out the cheapest day to fly out. Most experts say it on a Tuesday, but that isn't the case 100% of the time. Sometimes the best travel deals can be found on other days. The best thing to do is to select the "whole month" button on a travel search site to view the expected rates on every day of the month instead of trying to play around with the dates manually.

• Keep an eye out for "flash sales" and "last minute deals". The cheapest possible rates are often short-lived and not ongoing. The only way to catch one of these offers is to sign up to receive emails or text notifications from travel sites or airlines you are likely to use.

• Have an opened mind in regards to destinations, airports, accommodation, dining, etc. The best travel deals are easier to find when you are flexible with your plans. If you can't find an inexpensive plane ticket to the city you want to visit, for instance, consider flying to an outlying airport and taking a bus the rest of the way. You could also consider connecting flights instead of direct flights.

• Take advantage of travel-related coupons and promo codes. The great thing about the internet is that it is filled with special offers that will help consumers save money on anything - including travel. You'll find discount codes and e-coupons that can be used either directly with the airlines/hotels/car rental companies themselves or with third-party travel sites. Read over the terms and conditions for each offer so you'll know exactly where you can use it and how to apply it to your order.

And that's how you get the best travel deals.

If you keep these tips in mind, you should be able to find the best travel deals more easily.

Online discount codes are always very helpful. You can easily get the best travel deals anywhere, domestically or internationally. Some websites' price searching and comparison tools are very easy to use as well. Let it be your source of all travel-related information.

Author: George Botwin

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Enjoy Your Vacation Worry-Free: 4 Ways to Make Your Home More Secure


When you are looking for a way to unwind and relax, taking a vacation is a great option. While a vacation can be a great way to relax, it can also add stress since you will be away from your home for some time. Fortunately, there are tips that can be followed that could make your home more secure and give you peace of mind.

Hire a Locksmith

One of the first things that you could do to make your home more secure would be to hire a locksmith service. If you have lived in a home for a while, or recently moved in, having the locks changed could be very beneficial. This will ensure that you are the only one with access to the home and locks. It will also allow the professional to check the locks to ensure they are in good shape and provide you with the security that you need.

Security System

If you want to provide your home with the most security possible, investing in a security system would be very beneficial. A home security system will be able to provide you with great monitoring. Today, you can use the system to watch your home through Bluetooth enabled cameras, which will alert you and local law enforcement of any issues.

Check for Hazards

When you are looking to keep your home secure you should also make sure that your property is not at risk for hazards in your home. If you plan on leaving for a longer trip, you should have your appliances and plumbing checked to make sure there is not a concern. You should also have your furnace or air conditioner running at a lower level to ensure your home doesn’t heat or cool to an extreme temperature.

Tell Neighbors

Finally, when you are looking to make your home more secure when you are on vacation, you should tell your neighbors that you are leaving. If you are going to be away for more than a night or two, you should let people that you trust know. They will then be able to keep their eye on your home to make sure there are no signs of burglary. You should also have a neighbor grab any accumulated mail or packages off of your doorstep.


Ultimately, you will need to carefully assess your home to make sure it is as secure as possible. By knowing your home well, you will be better able to identify threats and risks to the security.



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Monday, 5 November 2018

First Time On An All-Inclusive Cruise? Here Are 7 Things You Need To Know


When it comes to vacations, we all try to have the best time of our lives. Things don't always turn out the way we planned. As such, all-inclusive cruises have become all the rage due to their ability to do what seems impossible --- everything. It truly makes your jaw drop to see how they handle such a diverse mass of people and meet their needs at just about any hour of the day.

Still, if you happen to be going on your first all-inclusive cruise, there are a few things you should be thinking about before, and during, your trip:

1. Do Your Research! As with any successful vacation, the success of your trip comes from your willingness to research all aspects of your upcoming adventure. Sure, the planning may seem to take a little of the actual 'adventure' out of it, but given that this is your first cruise, you want to be sure you're not left in the dark on any detail. Travel experts indicate that 75-80% of the success of a cruise comes from taking the time to research and plan your trip.

2. Choose the Right Ship - The nice thing about cruise ships is that you have a number of choices depending on your price point and list of requested amenities. Here's where part of the research you do pays off. Always be sure to check into the actual ships rather than the cruise line as what is offered may greatly vary.

3. Set A Working Budget & Stick To It - When planning your first cruise trip, you want to be sure to create a budget. Nothing makes a vacation fall flat on its face quicker than money problems, especially if you know you paid too much for something. One thing to consider is how much it will cost to travel to the ship port. Does it make more sense to fly or drive? Also, keep in mind any special interests you may want to indulge while on your ship. Cruise lines actually offer themed cruises as well, so it's worth checking out.

4. Choose the Right Time to Go - This is a little tougher to take into consideration as many of us have designated times when we can set off on a vacation. Still, if you want to get a great deal on a cruise, book during off-peak times as the lack of general traveling traffic has cruise lines more willing to lower pricing.

5. Plan Your Packing - Yes, you're excited about your first all-inclusive cruise, but try to avoid massive amounts of luggage. Also, take the time to actually unpack. Living out of a suitcase is no way to operate on vacation. Plus, whether you're making a run for the swimming pool, buffet table, or dressing for a formal event on board, it's easier to get ready if you've got things available and visible.

6. Don't Forget to Just Explore the Ship - Here are the simplest items to keep in mind for the first-timers on a cruise ship. While you've done your research and your attention is being pulled in every direction, take the time just to look around. Get familiar with the ship's layout and take it as an opportunity to talk to others.

7. Find a 'Special' Place - Even when you're on an all-inclusive cruise, being able to call a place your "go-to" hangout can be an easy way to decompress after a busy day. Remember --- you're on vacation, so relax!


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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Ladies, Keep These Tips in Mind When Traveling Abroad


Regardless of if the traveler is a male or a female, it is vital to take precautions when traveling. Women travelers especially need to be cautious of traveling alone anywhere around the world. However, unlike many other countries, travel to America is much safer in comparison. Taking precautions will help abundantly, especially if you are a female.

The foremost thing to consider is understanding the culture. The culture you follow may be very different and so it is vital to learn about the place to which you are traveling. Trying to follow the values of the country when you are visiting will help abundantly. Being a rebel may lead you into trouble. So it is vital to never overlook. Try communicating with locals with an open mind and mingle with them with an open mind.

Be prepared to be shocked by the weather. Each state that you travel to might have a different climatic condition. Southern states are usually hot and humid and the northern parts are cold. You may have to be prepared to experience snow and carry different types of clothing too. Take these weather conditions into consideration when planning your packing. It would be a better idea to carry more that require rather that finding out that you do not have enough. Think about the places you will be visiting, understand the weather conditions and then be prepared with clothes.

Relying on maps is a good idea. However, ensure you have other ways as well. most tourist places are huge and just having one source for your travel may leave you stranded. The distance you will be traveling will be really long. Ask locals and improve your knowledge on the distance you will have to be commuting on a daily basis. Prepare yourself depending on the distance you will be traveling. Highways are more often deserted and you wouldn't find a lot of eateries on your way if you decide to travel by road. This is exactly why you would have to stock up on food, water as well as gas. It would be best practice to not venture out on these routes.

Apart from these tips, make sure you follow the regular safety tips. Keep your money to yourself and never flash it out in public. Using a lot of jewelry can land you in trouble with robbers. You may want to reserve doing that for a later place. Never talk to strangers whatever the circumstance. Keep the emergency number in memory and use it when necessary.



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Friday, 2 November 2018

Dog Lovers Who Travel


There are endless adventures you can take with your family and your dog. If you are going ,don't leave your "Man's Best Friend" at home. Our pets are already major companions in our lives, so it's all the more fun to make memories away from home with them.

Camping is one of the oldest pastimes that people like to do during the summer months. They can load up and take out on an adventure with the family and with the dog. If taking the dog is not an option you can look into a dog sitter. I know that leaving the pooch behind can be a stressful situation. There is nothing better than finding a good reliable person to take care of your dog. But if not, you can take he or she with you and consider a few options I have listed to make your adventure a fun and safe outing for you and your dog.

Dogs love to travel - outdoor vacations are their favorite! Dog travel accessories will make sure your pooch is comfortable and secure during your next road trip. From hikes to boat outings, the right travel gear will help your pet be prepared for it all. Anytime you travel with your dog, you should have a car seat. There are many different kinds of all sizes so be sure and get one that will keep your pet safe.

One accessory would be a travel dog bowl. Maybe an anti-spill bowl would be beneficial for all concerned. It is a bowl that doesn't allow water or food to spill out. There are a variety of bowls available, I'm sure you can find one that is right for your pet. Always having water for your dog is a must.

When camping you will want to keep your dog away from other campers. Not everyone are dog lovers. There are hands free belts that convert into a leash. This will also keep your dog safe will being away from home. You may want to consider a portable dog pen, so your dog can enjoy the outdoors just as much as you do.

Keeping your dog safe is a priority especially when outdoor adventuring. Another way to be sure your dog is safe is to consider a dog life jacket. Even if your dog loves the water there maybe an incident that would require your dog to need a like jacket. There are several different styles and sizes to pick from. There are raincoats and warmer jackets available also, all designed to keep your dog safe and comfortable.

You may want to consider picking up a GPS dog tracking device to have in the off chance your pooch goes missing. These devices are a great way to keep track of your dog when traveling away from home. They let you locate your pet on demand, monitor their activity and record adventures on a smartphone. This device will come in handy if your dog gets lost.

Be sure and check the weather before you leave, not only will this help you be prepared for conditions like rain or snow that could slow your travel, you'll have a better idea of what to pack for your dog. Keep them comfortable in conditions they aren't used to.

Having fun and making memories with your dogs is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Take pictures, share them on social media, whatever helps you remember these trips. Don't forget to bring your furry friend along for your next road trip.

Author: Sherri Burris

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