One of the most important tips you will want to remember is wherever possible avoid peak season. School holidays, Christmas, Easter and New Year are very busy times at any resorts throughout the world. This is the time where travel agents make their money and you will pay a higher premium for your holiday during these times.
Of course if you’re planning a family holiday and you are looking for a package deal, then you expect to pay more to spend a few weeks in Gran Canaria, for example when all other families have the same idea. If you want to save money, try and book outside peak season when resorts are slightly quieter and prices are slightly lower, helping you make your money go that little bit further.
It is a good idea rather to focus on travel companies offering package holidays for peak season, to find a company that can provide you with a great selection throughout the year. This enables you to find the perfect time to take your holiday and find the
Early Booking Discounts
This type of discount is available from most cruise lines and for most itineraries. If you book before a certain date, the cruise line offers a special discount price for your vacation. Now these discounts may not be the ‘best prices’ you can get but by booking early you will most often get the cruise you want, on the cruise ship you desire, and the itinerary of interest, in the stateroom or suite of your choice. All of these items combined can make this type of vacation discount the very best value for your cruise. You may say that if you wait, with the cruise ships being so large these days, you can get exactly what you want. Be forewarned! Cruises do sell out.
Last Minute Discounts
This is by far the riskiest discount to plan on. If your preferred cruise sells out, you’re stuck without that cruise vacation. If you would prefer a balcony stateroom, all that may be available at the time could be inside rooms. However, having said all of that, these
Some cruise cabins have VCRs or DVD players, and some televisions also have radio/music channels. The cabins also usually have a night table, reading lamps, and a chair. Most modern cruise ships come with a hairdryer, so you won’t have to bring one from home. Some standard staterooms feature personal safes, table, desk with chair, convertible loveseat, mini-refrigerator, and even Internet access, although it is often much more costly than in the common Internet lounge. The cruise line brochure or Web site usually specifies what amenities are in each cabin.
The standard cruise cabin bathrooms are usually tiny and most only have a shower (no tub). The shower usually has good water pressure, with the only complaint being the small size. Don’t be surprised if the shower curtain keeps trying to attack you! The bathroom also has a sink, toiletry shelves, and a noisy vacuum toilet like on an airplane. Often there is a small step up between the bedroom and bathroom, perfect for stubbing your toe. The bathrooms also usually have a retractable clothesline for drying your
Vacation activities while cruising!
What is your idea of vacation activities? Is it water sports? Cruising certainly has that with swimming pools and resort beaches. How about sightseeing? Do the historic cities of Europe intrigue you or would exotic ports of call be more enticing? Think vacation cruise! How about cultural lectures and educational tours? What about golfing on a different island every day in port? Does your vacation include a visit to the casino? Or, is your idea of vacationing soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beach or by the pool? You guessed it. You can have any of these vacation activities by choosing an appropriate cruise vacation!
Cruising for family vacations!
Cruising is fantastic for family vacations of all ages! (See Family Cruise Vacation.) Many of the larger cruise lines and cruise ships offer special programs for children and teens. Kids get to get away from mom and dad, and mom and dad get some free time to relax and enjoy each others’ company. With all of the activities available on board ship, no one should become bored. Add the interesting and educations shore excursions at the various ports-of-call, and everyone
Contrary to the general perception, winter is one of the best seasons to travel and indulge in winter sports. Among all the popular winter sports, heli skiing is one such sport that one must try at least once in his lifetime. Not only is the sport of helicopter skiing thrilling, but it can be enjoyed by both, seasoned as well as new skiers.
Although the best time for skiing in Latin America is during the fall, however, heli skiing during winters can be equally fun if you know some of the top spots for heli skiing there.
The top two places for skiing in Latin America are undoubtedly Chile and Argentina. Situated along the western region of South America, the Andean Mountains are one of the world’s biggest mountain ranges that are known for their jaw dropping serene visuals. Andean’s unique terrain consists of glaciers, grassland, deserts and forests. The Andean mountains feature some prominent pre-Columbian historical sites as well. If you are still skeptical about how to prepare for this winter sport, following are some useful tips to help you plan out your perfect winter vacation with heli skiing being as
The event is divided into 9 legs. It is not uncommon for the competitors to battle against 100 foot waves and winds that reach 60 knots during the event. Which is why the race is renowned for testing each participants level of courage, will, and skill against the worst Mother Nature has to offer.
Each leg takes weeks to get through. During each leg participants on every boat sail 24 hours a day. Each person involved sacrifices sleep, warm showers, fresh food, privacy, and just plain comfort to accomplish this feat. After each leg the exhausted racers are given a breather. This time is used to rest up a bit before the next leg. Sailors indulge in the creature comforts that most of us take for granted such as, devouring all the fresh food they can, taking a hot shower, and catching up on sleep.
Time between each leg can last up to two and a half weeks. This gives the participants enough time to be away from the boat, and rest up before they have to endure the next leg. This does not mean they don’t keep working out. They train on land between legs
Because of Lamu’s narrow streets and compact layout, riding a bicycle or donkey is the most practical and fun way of exploring the town. Walking around Lamu’s old settlement, whose history goes all the way back to the 12th century, is like walking into the past. You will see narrow streets with labyrinth-like layout, where donkeys still dominate the scene, and you will appreciate structural masterpieces that are inspired by Arab, Indian and European architecture. And yet, Lamu Old Town exudes that distinct Swahili design with its charming courtyards, rooftop patios, and coral stone buildings.
The Lamu Museum is one of the main attractions in town. Visiting the museum offers a great insight to the Swahili culture and to the region’s marine history. Head out to the Lamu Fort for another date with history. This two-story World Heritage Site was built in the early 10th century and features exquisite Swahili architecture. These days, the fort assumes the role of a public library and environmental museum.
After immersing yourself with the past, it is worthwhile to spend time with adorable and hardworking creatures in the Donkey Sanctuary. This facility was built with the intention to take care
One of the town’s best features is its stunning architecture that has been impressively preserved for the younger generation to admire. During your visit, don’t miss the chance to explore its historic center, which depicts Siena’s success and wealth during the middle Ages. Fortunately the historic center of Siena is for pedestrians only, which makes sightseeing even more wonderful. This area is where you will find what is considered to be one of Europe’s finest medieval squares – the Piazza del Campo. Adorned with architectural gems, like the Mangia Tower (Torre de Manhia), the Palazzio Pubblico and the Fountain of Joy, this fan-shaped square is a hit among tourists and adored by locals.
The Duomo or main cathedral in the city also stands proudly at the square. While on the square, don’t just stay outdoors and admire this domineering black and white Italian Romanesque structure from a distance. Go inside and you will definitely be mesmerized by Duomo’s stained glass, paintings, sculptures and marble flooring! Attached to it is the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, which highlights the famous Maestà by Duccio.
Piazza del Campo is also loaded with restaurants, cafes and shops, so it is so
Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Yamanakako, Lake Saiko, Lake Shojiko and Lake Motosuko are situated at the northern base of Mount Fuji and they are collectively called the Fuji Five Lake region. Regardless of which lake you choose to stay near, you will be privileged with beautiful panoramic views of Mount Fuji and the surrounding countryside. This region also makes an excellent base for climbing the mountain.
Of the five lakes, Kawaguchiko tends to be the busiest because it serves as the primary transport hub in the region. Aside from its accessibility to the mountain, it is also known to be an outstanding hot spring resort town, which also has its fair share of attractions. Kawaguchiko is also particularly popular during the cherry blossom season, which is from mid-April until November. During this time, the seaside promenade is a picturesque spot to marvel at the cherry blossoms.
Lake Yamanakako is the largest among the five lakes. It is also the second most developed lake just behind Kawaguchiko. This lake’s eastern and western ends are occupied by small charming towns with various accommodation facilities. There are also restaurants and camping grounds all around Yamanakako. If you happen to have
Olgii City (Ulgii) is the proud capital of the province, and this is usually the home base for travelers exploring Bayan Olgii province and western Mongolia in general. The city has approximately 30,000 people, and is still experiencing changes, albeit, not too rapidly. You can reach Olgii by taking a plane, bus or jeep. If you choose to travel by land, it takes about three days to get here from the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. The two domestic airlines that fly to Olgii every week are AeroMongolia and Eznis.
Olgii has some of the basic tourist amenities like supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, ATMs and internet cafes. But it is not only a place to stock up some supplies; it’s also a great starting place to get to know the Kazakh’s unique culture of nomadic herding, their lively music and art, as well as their close family ties. Even in the city itself, the traditional white-felt round house called ger is set up in people’s yards. But if you want to see the gers in a more traditional setting, all you need to do is go outside town. Whichever you choose, you will soon encounter Kazakh’s hospitality and it will
When shopping for vacation packages or cruise and travel vacations, many people are reluctant to deal with online merchants or even offer their email address for price quotes. Let’s look at this last item.
You search online for a specific cruise or vacation. You find a link that looks interesting. Clicking on the link takes you to a merchant. You plug in the parameters of your preferred travel vacation. Then the unthinkable happens. You’re asked to provide your e-mail address! Oh no!
Relax. What’s the worst case scenario? You will perhaps receive an e-mail requesting a little more information regarding your preferred cruise or vacation. After having given the answers requested, you will receive a quotation for your cruise or travel vacation package. You may even receive specials and updates from the merchant to keep you up to date with special cruise and travel deals. Is this so bad? If you do receive subsequent special offers, you may just find your preferred vacation on sale! What’s wrong with that?
Now let’s deal with the first item. You have received your quote for the cruise or vacation of choice. Again, let’s look at the worst case
Pindaya is a small, beautiful and tranquil mountain village in Shan State, Burma, located about 25 miles/40 km north of the Inlay Lake. Its centre is the Botoloke Lake also called Nattamie Kan what means Angles Lake and its attraction more than 8.000 Buddha statues in a cave.
After an interesting 2.5 hours early morning couch ride through a highly scenic landscape called ‘Burma’s Switzerland’ with many small Danu, Pa-O and Taung Yo people settlements on the mountainsides along the road we arrive in Pindaya.
The tribal people are earning their living with the growing of all kinds of vegetable and crops. They are relatively poor, conduct simple lives but are very happy. They are living witnesses to the phrase that money (at least not alone) does not make happy. We should remember that back home looking at the pictures we have made of them. Life is more than making money.
Pindaya village is predominantly populated by people of the ‘Taungyo tribe’ and is surrounded by magnificent often very old banyan trees. It is famous first and foremost for its ‘Pindaya Caves’ and the ‘Shwe Ohn Hmin Pagoda’ (Golden Cave Pagoda). Secondly, it is renowned
Once on board things went well. The ship is less than one-year old and still seems new. Cabins were nice and I liked my stateroom with balcony.
For the entire trip the food was good. Same goes with the overall service. The crewmembers and staff were very accommodating.
Once we left Nassau the seas got rough. Matter of fact we had some seven foot seas. This ship really rocked and rolled in spite of its 900′ plus length. Wife and many others became deathly sea sick. Eating dinner was challenging. Kind of like eating during an earthquake that just won’t end.
If you want to avoid food lines at Rosie’s place go upstairs to the fish and chips place (noon only). Never a crowd as most passengers don’t know about the place.
We stayed on the 8th deck. Seemed to be a lot of kids running the passageways. Where are their parents? Alse some people like to party all night in the passageways. There are 23 bars on this ship and they chose the passageways.
Carnival has a great kids program. I don’t have kids but those who did really praised this setup.