5 Travel Tips for Easier and Enjoyable Travel

I reckon  travelling  abroad is without doubt one of the most exciting things we can experience in life.

When I  travel  my sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing are all receptors of amazing and exceptional differences to my “normal” day-to-day living creating euphoric and fantasising thoughts for the moment and the future. I can’t tell you how many times I have said or heard it said… “Loved it! I’m going to move there as soon as… “

It seems that the more I  travel  the more I want to  travel , if you are a traveller you know what I mean and if you haven’t yet done it… I’m telling you “get it happening”…  travel  is one of those respectable, legitimate, addictions that make life even more pleasurable.

Given that the objective of  travel  is to have “the best time” I am always looking for ideas of how to make the process of  travel  easier and more enjoyable so that I can be fully focussed on the chilling out, living the dream, being adventurous, experiencing alternate lifestyles and customs, etc, etc aspects of my trip.

My 5  Travel  Tips for easier and enjoyable  travel 

I have come up with my Five  Travel  Tips that have helped me maximise my enjoyment of  travel … you will find these below, now just remember that some of these get a bit serious and they are meant to be, what I want you to do is accept them for what they are and have the belief that they will play an important role in you having… “the best time”.

Remember this, your government wants to help you and pass on their advice to you as a citizen of the country that will help you in setting out to have “the best time’ when you  travel  abroad so I strongly recommend you review their websites for information about  travel . They have been involved with their citizens  travelling  for a long time now and they have multi-thousands of experiences to draw on. If you are Australian download the “ Travelling  Well” booklet from the Australian Government’s website it has fantastic information for your  travel  planning and if you are living elsewhere I am sure the government of your country will have something similar in the way of advice for you.

Putting  travel  documentation together is somewhat of a pain in the backside when you are all fired up and excited about your upcoming trip. The fact is that without it and if it is incorrect you are not going anywhere and that is nobody else’s fault, it is yours, so put an effort in here and be responsible for gathering what you need. As a guideline you will need – Passport, Visa(s),  Travel  Tickets, Itinerary,  Travel  Insurance, Identification and check with your country’s government website for any other documentation you may require for your trip.

OK, let’s get to my 5  Travel  Tips… just before we do here is a little something extra for you.

BONUS  TRAVEL  TIPS

Know where your Passport is at all times and keep it secure. I had mine stolen one time along with airline tickets, wallet, etc. With no identification it was very challenging to prove who I was and I lost 4 days of my holiday being checked out and issued with a new passport.

Rule of thumb. If you are being touted for a taxi inside an airport do not go with them. More than likely you will be taken the long way and the experience can become quite stressful.

Give the local language a go! It’s fun, the locals will appreciate it and you will be rewarded for it along the way and make a lot of friends.

MY TOP 5  TRAVEL  TIPS

Planning Passport, Visas, Vaccinations, Health Records, etc

 Travel  Insurance Don’t  travel  without it

 Travel  Luggage, Airline seating

Arrival Transfers, Check in, Concierge

Out and About Cash vs cards, Be street wise, Respect

1 PLANNING Make sure your Passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. NOTE: Return not Departure!

Get extra passport photos to carry with you in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it while you’re away.

Make sure that you have the right visas for the countries you are visiting or transiting and check any other entry or exit requirements

Do some research on where you are going. Get on the net and browse, checking out the history, the culture, the highlights of where you are going – that way you will get much more out of your visit.

Visit your local government website site related to  travel  because it will have a wealth of useful information and ideas. In Australia you would go to the Australian Government’s  travel  website so look for something similar in your part of the world. I recommend you get into this site as soon as you have decided to  travel .

Register your  travel  information with your relevant government  travel  organisation. Why would you do this? Well it helps them contact or find you in an emergency – whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family issue at home. It. may also be used to pass other information to you such as important  travel  advice updates, notice of elections and information on other matters relevant to travellers and expatriates

Make copies of your  travel  itinerary, passport details, insurance policy, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home.

Go to your doctor or find a  travel  clinic for the best source of information about medical and health measures, immunisations and disease outbreaks overseas. Ask them about taking any medications with you into the countries you are visiting and also what vaccinations you will need to have and the approved paperwork to go with you.

Make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home.

Get a CS Health Passport. This is a personal health record that is so easy to carry with you. I have one of these and I find it so simple and effective. It gives me a feeling of security and safety during my  travels  in providing a lot of information about me should I need medical or health assistance. Check it out on http://www.cshealthpassport.com a great investment for you and your loved ones.

2  TRAVEL  INSURANCE I reckon that if you can’t afford  travel  insurance, you can’t afford to  travel … regardless of how healthy and fit you are. Take out comprehensive  travel  insurance and ensure it covers you for the places you plan to visit and the things you plan to do and that it covers any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. Also make sure your insurance covers you for the whole time you’ll be away and know what is not included in your policy.

Check out what your Government will or won’t do for you as a traveller. For instance my Australian Government will not pay for a traveller’s medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

3  TRAVEL  Minimise the amount of luggage you take with you. I pack plenty of layers. It’s much easier to add on and strip off when the weather turns than carry around bulky, heavy items that probably will not be used. Rule of thumb… if you are taking it in case you need it, leave it at home. You will get more in a case if you roll your clothes up, they are going to get creased anyway. Ironing is easy, lugging bags everywhere is not.

Know your airplane. Most online reservation systems tell you the exact model of the airplane you’ll be on. This means you can use http://www.seatguru.com to help you choose your seats. If in doubt, call the airline, not your online  travel  service.

Window seat or aisle seat?… take the aisle! Here’s why… with an aisle seat you can put your carry-on luggage overhead and get to it whenever you want and that keeps the space under the seat in front of you free for total feet comfort. OK, so you have to get up to let people go to the restroom, but for me my legs say ” thankyou” for getting a chance to walk around

Get some ear-plugs. Ah! What a bonus for  travelling . They’re very reasonably priced and effective as they can really reduce noise levels on planes and in hotels, giving you a better chance to sleep. I recommend the soft foam ones, the others are like cramming rocks in your ear.

4 ARRIVAL When visiting foreign countries, the most stressful thing for me used to be figuring out airports. I suggest you have someone meet you when you arrive… a friend, a client, a work colleague, a hire car driver… your stress level will drop dramatically. If you are by yourself arrange a hire car service before you leave your home country, which typically costs about as much as a cab, they’ll be waiting for you in baggage claim with a sign with your name on it, escorting you straight away to your hotel with a minimum of fuss and a lot of answers.

When you check in, most accommodation places will have already allocated you a room. Always ask what else is available or express what you want, maybe a better location in the building, a view, a quiet room. Very often they will be able to meet your request.

If you are staying in a hotel your most important contact will be the Concierge. It was only a few years ago that I understood what these people are really for. They are basically paid to be your local friend, with advice, recommendations, and contacts waiting for your use. Need to find a restaurant, get tickets for a show, want directions, advice on finding a gift for your partner? It’s all a phone call or conversation away. Be mindful that they are busiest at check-in time and pre-dinner so if you need advice best bet is to catch them at off times. Give them a tip. They’re worth it.

Get a business card from your hotel when you check-in and put it in your wallet or purse straight away. If you were to get lost when you go out you can just hand the card to your cab driver and you’ll get home. Or do what I have done call the hotel, say you’re a guest, and they’ll help you out.

5 OUT AND ABOUT These days, unless you’re going to be backpacking in Guatemala, all you really need is ID and a credit card and some local currency. You can buy with your card just about anything anywhere, certainly if it’s in the realm of traditional shopping. If you are off to markets and street buying you will need local currency however keep it to a minimum and don’t flash it around.

Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime. Do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewellery and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers. Don’t expect to be treated differently from the locals just because you’re a tourist. Be aware and comply with the laws of the country you’re visiting… remind yourself that you are not a lawmaker you are a visitor. Respect the local religion and cultures. When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

So there you are, my Top Five  Travel  Tips. Of course there are more, hundreds probably. Work with these five and you will be setting up a “the best time” trip.

Then add more from your own experiences.

Camping Themes and Camping Demographics

Camping is the top outdoor vacation activity in America. Camping serves a wide variety of causes and purposes – family bonding, stress reduction, or just a great way to have a wonderful time outdoors and experience the elements in all their glory.

Camping is very alluring, even for the first-timer – of the one third of U.S. adults that have gone on a camping vacation over a five year period, only 6% said camping is not for them. This means that camping as an outdoor activity or recreation has a potentially 94% retention rate. Considering what has to go into planning a camping trip, this is a great figure.

Camping is also big business. From the manufacture and sale of camping equipment, the establishment and maintenance of camping sites, camping adds value to the economy at several stages. It is also a gateway recreation to other outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and biking.

The demographics for camping vacationers are also interesting. Camping vacationers tend to be married with children at home, with an average age of 37. The median household income of campers is around $43,000.00. What this means is that camping is not prone to getting stagnant – the demographics are driving it to be highly stable in growth as the children get more and more exposed to this activity.

Then there are the different camping styles or some may say camping types. Basically these types or styles revolve around five basic themes:

1. The cabin camper. This is a hybrid of indoors/outdoors where the camper stays mainly in a cabin or RV but still have some limited exposure to the outdoors through short hikes or even a one night sleep out. They may have some type of boat attached to their RV or even bikes. Some may scoff at this type of camping as it really does not get into the outdoor life that much.

2. The second camping theme is similar to the one above but the main difference here is that the RV becomes the main sleeping place and affords more mobility so the camper does not stay in one place too long. This type of camping can be enhanced by boating, hiking or biking, or even hunting.

3. The third theme is basically the most popular and this is where instead of a RV, the family vehicle is used and people actually sleep outdoors in tents and gather around camp sites. Again, this theme allows for other activities such as boating, hiking, biking, and hunting.

4. The fourth theme is one of the more extreme ones and it is backpacking. Instead of a RV or the family car, your main mode of transportation is walking and hauling everything you need for the camp on your back. This camping theme really restricts your activity and so you are more likely to be doing pure camping due to the level of manual effort involved in just the transportation element.

5. The fifth camping theme is a takeoff of the fourth, but is even more extreme. It involves backpacking but instead of camping at a predetermined destination, the goal is to move start from point A and finish up at point B while enjoying several camping sites in between. This can involve distances that take you across states or even borders and is really meant to be taken on by the physically fit.

So there you have it – different camping themes and a brief look at who are into camping.

Happy camping.

Tropical New England

For New Englanders a tropical island seems about as remote as the Pyramids. A summer getaway to the beach usually means a trip to the Cape or to Maine where while the rocky shores may look beautiful, the water is somewhat less than welcoming. Few could imagine that just off the shores of Rhode Island near Narragansett Bay lies Block Island the closest thing to a Caribbean escape that one could dream of finding in the North East.

More than ten thousand years ago the glaciers left behind a piece of land that today stands as a refuge from busy city life, or the harsh New England weather. As you arrive via a ferry from Point Judith, New London, or Montauk you are immediately immersed in a world quite separate from the one you left on the mainland. The beats and rhythms from Ballard’s Inn and club greet all arrivals, and the site of fellow travelers sipping drinks as they lie in the sand makes it difficult for anyone to continue on to their original destination. A boat half way up the beach which has been converted to a bar sits just next to the stage where live beach music forces one to question just how far that ferry took you.

The center of town is right off the ferry landing and provides numerous restaurants, shops, boutiques, clubs, pubs, and more. Many of the hotels and inns are within walking distance, but taxis await to take you any farther, and moped rentals offer a fun alternative. You won’t find a Marriott, Hilton, or any other corporate style accommodations on the island. What you will find is everything from small cozy inns to large manor like hotels, all providing some sort of island getaway mystique. Most places serve wine and cheese around 5:00, which acts as a great way to meet your fellow travelers, or to just enjoy a nice drink in a rocking chair overlooking the ocean.

If you came to relax by the water you certainly won’t have a hard time finding an open spot. With 17 miles of beaches there’s more than enough room for everyone. Thanks to the island’s natural springs there are also 365 freshwater ponds, and the 32 miles of trails will let you visit almost all of them. If you would prefer a faster paced tour a quick bike or moped ride will take you past beautiful rolling hills and beaches to both of the islands historic lighthouses. For those with more of a hunger for adventure you can get a great glimpse of it all in just one sitting while parasailing high above the waters.

After a nice day in the sun a nice night out is easy to find. There are many delicious restaurants, and just as many fun clubs and pubs. From the rocking live bands at McGovern’s Yellow Kittens Tavern, to martini night at the Spring House there’s something for every night life seeker. Don’t worry too much about staying out late, as the biggest decision of the next morning is often which beach to enjoy.

Perhaps so few people know about Block Island because it’s hard to believe that such a place exists in the north. Perhaps it’s because those who visit are reluctant to share their tales, worrisome that too many visitors may change the atmosphere of their private paradise. Whatever it is, there’s something special, and something not to be missed about this unique island where New England meets the Caribbean.

What To Look For In A Motel

Motels were once associated with seedy joints frequented by gangsters and other undesirables. All that’s changed now and the only differences between motels and hotels are cost, size of the establishment and the absence of certain amenities, none of which take away comfort and safety.

Cheap accommodation is sought after not only by  backpackers  and students but travelers who don’t believe in spending hundreds of dollars for a night’s stay when they can enjoy the same at a much lesser cost. You get all basic amenities, laundry service, restaurants, bars and even heated pools.

There are, however, a few dubious motels that you should steer clear of. You can filter them out by following these simple guidelines.

Compare ratings

Thanks to the internet, it’s possible to check reviews of hundreds of past customers. Numerous  travel  sites have dedicated sections on honest motel reviews so it’s just a matter of making comparisons. For example, if a motel receives 4 out of 5 stars based on 10 or 20 reviews, it’s a place worth considering. If that same motel has been reviewed similarly in other sites, you know it can be trusted.

Choose motels to match your budget by applying filters provided in most  travel  websites. A short description of each including amenities will be provided. If a motel has a laundry service and no WiFi but still charges a relatively high rate, move on to another. Look for accommodation that includes a list of amenities you need even if it means shelling out a few dollars more.

Location

Strategically located motels that have easy access to tourist spots, main roads, stores and restaurants should be considered because spending money on expensive cabs just to get somewhere is cost-prohibitive even if the motel’s rates are cheap. Those located a few minutes away from access points are usually a little expensive but you’ll save more at the end of the trip.

Deals

Look for special discounts such as booking two double-bed rooms and getting a single-bed room at a discount. If you’re  traveling  in a group the chance of availing discounts is higher. Off-season is the best time to get rooms at really low rates but you’re likely to miss out on events. Still, many prefer the quiet of off-seasons because there’s no crowd to beat and you can really take in the sights and sounds of a place.

Amenities

Factors like cleanliness cannot be judged until you reach the motel. Customer reviews are, therefore, the next best way to finding out just how spic and span rooms really are. What you can find out early is the list of amenities provided. Aside from laundry and internet access, points to consider are parking, if you plan on hiring a car, allowance of pets if you have to  travel  with yours, late arrival in case your flight’s delayed, and accessible rooms if you use a walking cane or a wheelchair.

Most motels today have provisions for accommodating wheelchairs but a call to the motel management will yield answers to how large the doorways or bathrooms are and whether ramps are in place to access platforms.

If you still can’t decide what motel to choose, base your decision on referrals from friends and family. Their reviews are genuine and you’ll get a detailed report on a motel’s standing.

Pros and Cons of Watching Television

Many of us love watching TV especially during our free time and if we don’t have anything to do. We like watching TV while eating our favorite snacks or hanging around in a friend’s place. Either way we are entertained when we watch TV. There are many different programs we can watch on TV depending on our mood and our personality. Some love watching comedy and talk shows while others particularly kids and those who are young at heart love watching cartoons on Cartoon Network or Disney channel.

But then, watching TV has its advantages and disadvantages. Experts say that too much watching of TV especially among children is not good for the health and the mind. TV can be entertaining and informative yet at times it can be damaging and harmful.

Below are the Pros and Cons of watching TV.

Pros:

1.) Entertainment and Laughter

We are entertained by shows we love to watch. We laugh at things we find funny and comical in the TV program we are watching. We also love to dance or sing along with celebrities we see on TV and some of us even copy their dance moves and singing styles.

2.) Information and How-To

We learn a lot of information about places and people that we usually don’t learn on magazines, books and newspapers. There are travel shows that show us beautiful places in the world and inform us the culture of different countries which can be a great help especially if we are planning to travel. We also easily learn how to cook new recipes by watching cooking shows and we can learn doing some other stuff through programs that show step-by-step procedures of performing a particular work, exercise or other interesting stuff.

3.) Improve Memory and Easy Learning

We usually take note of the time schedule for our favorite programs especially if it is only shown once or twice a week. We tend to store and recall the things that recently happened in our favorite show before the next episode will be shown on TV. This will help enhance our memory which we can apply on our daily life. For children, it is easier to learn math, science, alphabet and other subject matters if someone can show them how to do it like counting, identifying objects and a lot more. Educational TV shows are available for children to watch and learn.

4.) Bonding With Family and Friends

Watching TV is a great way to bond with family and friends especially on weekends. You can laugh and discuss things that you see on TV. That can be really fun.

5.) Awareness and Alertness

Weather reports and current news on different parts of the worlds can make you aware of what is happening outside your country. You can also be alert when there is an incoming typhoon in your area and that can help you get prepared.

Cons:

1.) Decline in creativity and imagination.

TV shows including commercials have tendency to share their creative works on us and impart their ideas and opinions on us which is not favorable and can lead to a decline in our creativity and imagination since we can not think on our own since creative stuff are readily available and shared to us.

2.) Health problems

We usually eat junk foods or any of our favorite snacks while watching TV. This is not good for our health because we tend to eat a lot while we are sitting down facing the television. This can lead to obesity since we don’t move a lot when we watch TV. This can also lead to other serious ailments caused by eating a lot and moving less.

3.) Makes people lazy

Most of us get hooked when watching programs of our favorite TV channel. We sometimes even forget to do our work or other important things because we got engaged in the show we are watching. Some people forget to do their household chores because they would rather watch TV than work.

4.) Some shows don’t teach good values.

There are TV programs that do not teach good values particularly to children. Instead of teaching them good deeds they even imitate, re-enact or spoof important things happening around us which is not good for children to watch.

To sum up, in watching TV you should choose and monitor the TV programs that you and your children should watch. Choose programs that can help you learn and grow as a person. You should also limit the time your children spend in watching TV. The maximum number of hours small kids should watch TV is 3 hours while for teenagers you should make sure they watch good shows only when they are done with homework and projects.

The Pros and Cons of Travelling Around the World

We have many outlets to spend our free time fruitfully. One of them is travelling. It is a marvelous experience in anyone life even though it has got its own pros and cons. We are going to discuss about the advantages and the disadvantages of travelling here. Let us list out the advantages first.

The main advantage of travelling is visiting attractive places and meeting new people. It helps you to know different culture and traditions which is certainly valuable. Each journey gives different experience to you. Generally travelling educates you and it makes your knowledge wider. We become experienced and our mind can cope up with any kind of environment and the surrounding people. More over, travelling is a wonderful solution for those who are suffering from monotony, dullness, tediousness in their business. They can experience a great adventure. It is a kind of restarting their minds. They can switch off all the concerns for a while and have a wonderful experience by travelling to any new atmosphere they want to be.

Generally, journeys give great fun and absolute joy to people. It also makes your dreams come true. Travelling is not restricted to certain age group. Anyone can travel, even a small children travels with their parents to another city or even another country. It gives pleasure to everyone. When we travel with our family and friends, it would be a wonderful get together. It gives us the opportunity to renew our love and the relationship apart from our personal works and business. Now days, lot of people prefers spending time on travelling. They want to be relaxed from doing their routine tasks, business and the stressful atmosphere at least for few days. They can give “PAUSE” to their routine work and they opt for travelling. Hence, travelling is a marvelous recreation which takes you to various places from your monotonous tasks.

On the other hand, let us discuss about the disadvantages we have while travelling. Of course, the cost of travelling is quite high. Journey to foreign country is risky and causes many diseases or some times it causes even death. The other disadvantage of travelling is fatigue. Most journeys are long and it would make us tired. There are chances for us to face terrorism, violence or robbery while we travel. We may face problems with food. Food habits and the variety of food vary from people to people and country to country. Hence, it’s our responsibility to arrange things wisely before starting a tour. Generally, you cannot expect the comfort you get from your home while travelling. So, you must take extra precautions while you travel.

On the whole, travelling is a wonderful way of spending time. It gives sweet memories and nice impressions apart from the disadvantages. It provides all together like fun, adventure and the excitement of seeing a new place. In my point of view, all the disadvantages can be curable. Hence, prepare far before you start your tour to a foreign country. I wish you all to have a fabulous journey!!

Travel Insurance – Unusual Mishaps

Just in case you aren’t lucky to have one of those helpful friends to recount some of their personal holiday travel insurance stories, we’ve compiled a list of a few of the more unusual ones.

Bag Overboard!
A man was on a three day trip aboard a small pleasure boat in Thailand. As they were on the return journey, everybody’s luggage was up on deck ready to disembark. Unexpectedly, the seas became extremely rough and the boat was in danger of capsizing. Some quick thinking by the local Thai captain and crew averted a disaster, but not before the entire boatload of luggage had slid overboard with one final terrifying lean! The gentleman in question had thousands of pounds of video equipment in his bag, as well as an engagement ring he planned to present to his girlfriend on the last night of their holiday. But while his bag went to a watery grave, his story had a happy ending. His travel insurance paid for everything including a new ring, and they lived happily ever after, with a great tale to tell! (Some of his new friends from the trip however, who hadn’t purchased holiday insurance, did not fare so well.)

Stop Police!
A hapless tourist on the trip of a lifetime to Israel, was minding his own business crossing the road. Out of nowhere a police car moving at over 80 km/hr came careering over the crossing and struck him. Horrified onlookers watched as he was thrown ten feet into the air before landing on a traffic island. Miraculously his injuries were not life threatening, but he was in hospital for weeks. The local Israeli police were extremely quick in assisting with the police report (surprise surprise!), and his travel insurance paid for a private room, all his medical expenses and his travelling expenses back to the US. Two years later, when the man was fully recovered he returned to Jerusalem to continue his tour of the city – by bus!

Hands in the Air
Two young friends were backpacking through South America on a gap year holiday. Before they left, all their uni friends had clubbed together to buy them some cheap travel insurance. The boys had announced publicly that they had thought it was an unnecessary expense – but luckily their mates disagreed. Half way into their three month holiday, the boys were crossing the border from Belize. They got a taxi from the border at Guatemala to take them to their next town. As the taxi crawled along the heavily potholed road, two masked gunmen leapt from the roadside brandishing their weapons and firing shots in the air. They demanded the driver steer the taxi into a ditch, and made off with the boys’ bags. After a few hours of pushing, the boys and driver managed to extricate the car and drove straight to the police station. Due to the foresight of their friends’ the boys’ considerable expense to replace everything was covered by their travel insurance – and they lived to hear the immortal words – “We told you so!”

Once bitten, twice shy, three times….?
This is a combination of several stories, but a classic example that animals really will bite the hand that feeds them! While in rural India, a girl was patting a gorgeous little puppy that suddenly turned on her and bit her finger and wrist. Although it wasn’t a bad wound, when four days later it was revealed that the puppy had bitten several other people and then had died – she immediately took herself to the nearest big city hospital for a rabies shot. After several anxious days she was given the all clear, and her travel insurance paid for her travel and medical expenses including antibiotics.

In Thailand a man stopped to pet a local man’s pet monkey on a leash. The man handed over the monkey for a cuddle, and as it nestled into the tourist’s arms it suddenly turned vicious and took a large chunk out of his face! Rabies shots, antibiotics and some minor surgery later, the man returned the UK to lodge a rather large claim on his travel insurance.

On a “walk with the lions” tour in Zimbabwe, an elderly woman could not help reaching out to stroke the head of a young lion cub – although she had been told not to. The cub reared its head and caught her arm with its teeth. Twelve stitches and an overnight stay in hospital later, the woman was so shaken she cut short her travel plans. Luckily her travel insurance paid for her hospital and flight expenses, and she returned home to continue her safari at the city zoo!

Advantages of Cheap All Inclusive Trips

Sometimes, hearing the words “cheap all inclusive trips” can give you a feeling that something is off. While it is tempting to savor every feature a vacation can offer, all inclusive deals generally cost more than “do it yourself”, or DIY, trips because you pay for more than what you really need. However, there are some opportunities out there where this isn’t the case. Like anything else, this option for a vacation has its advantages, and they are as follows.

One Transaction Covers Everything

With all inclusive trips, you simply make a single transaction and you are all good from there, depending on where you get your deal from. If you get it from the establishment itself, you may get the benefits that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. Most times, a single transaction can cover transportation and accommodation. Meals can be included too, as well as the various amenities and activities you can enjoy at your chosen vacation spot. This one transaction approach is what makes all inclusive deals hassle free.

Customizability

This advantage is what makes all inclusive deals potentially cheap. Some deals can be tailored according to your budget. What makes this cheap is that your budget can include more into the package as opposed to purchasing the same “items” individually. All this, of course, depends on where you find your deal, which will determine if your all inclusive trip will be cheap or not. This will be tackled in the next advantage of all inclusive trips.

Cheaper If You Know Where to Look

There really is no “secret” in looking for the right party to deal with, but there is a general rule for looking for anything cheap – look it up on the internet. What you will want to look for is  travel  and tours agencies. These parties, also known as tour operators, work with certain vacation spots and are usually cheaper to work with and more willing to customize a deal that’s just right for you. Depending on where you’re headed off to, tour operators can also take you to places that the resorts can’t take you; and that’s included in the deal as well.

If you haven’t noticed the title, let me spell it out for you. The best advantage of cheap all inclusive trips are, of course, they are cheap! The problem is that one may find trouble in looking for cheap deals. The best advice you can get is to just go online and start looking. It won’t be long, you’ll find something.

Top 10 Travel Destinations – Places to Visit Around the World

The world is a vast, amazing place filled with different cultures and ethnicity’s. It would be a shame to never travel to any of them, and it’s a good idea to create a list of places, your own personal top 10 travel destinations list you’d like to visit in your lifetime.

France

The number one vacation spot for most people in the world, France attracts over 75 million tourists every year. And what’s not to love about France? Travel agents can find all sorts of discount packages on hotels, flights, car rentals and everything you need for your trip. Most popular places in France to visit would be the Eiffel Tower, the Riviera and wineries.

China

The most populated country in the world is also a huge magnet for tourists. Spectacularly different culturally from the Americas, China offers a wealth of sites and activities such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

UK

The United Kingdom is among the top 10 travel destinations because this country is steeped in historical significance. The UK offers London, one of the most trend-setting cities on the planet, as well as ancient castles to explore and wide open ranges of country.

Mexico

America’s neighbor to the south is easily accessible and offers excitement and affordability. Exotic without being far-reaching, Mexico features popular travel spots such as Cancun and the Mayan Ruins.

Turkey

Believe it or not, Turkey is a popular travel destination for millions of people annually. Set along the Mediterranean, Turkey is not far from Greece and offers visitors archaeological sites to explore such as Hattusas, Nicea and Perge.

Austria

A vacation to one of the top 10 travel destinations, Austria, would not be complete without a skiing adventure. Known for it’s skiing resorts among the Alps, there are also historical buildings, museums, and dazzling mountains to discover.

Spain

Spain is one of the most amazing European countries to visit. Tourists enjoy Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona. Food may be the largest draw for a visitor to Spain, as it is unsurpassed in abundance in this country.

United States

Forget the passport! There are plenty of places within the USA to visit as the country has vastly different cultures, geographies and scenery. The south and west are most popular, but a visit to the Northeast can provide beautiful winter vacation spots.

Germany

Germany is known worldwide for its beer, castles, Berlin Wall and medieval towns. A trip to Europe would not be complete without a trip to Germany. In contrast to the medieval towns, Germany offers hip, eccentric bustling cities.

Italy

Italy is one of the jewels of Europe, with its Amalfi peninsula and miles of coastline. As one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world, a visit to Italy absolutely requires a tasting tour of the country. Italy is known for its amazing cuisine, as well as its wineries and ancient architecture.

These travel destinations are popular among tourists worldwide for a reason; they are steeped in culture, tradition and beautiful scenery and architecture. With a world filled with all of these beauties, why would anyone stay home?

How to Vacation Like the Jones’

School is out and for parents reeling from the housing and mortgage crisis; they now have to find affordable activities to keep their kid’s busy. With gas pricing soaring and their finances taking a hit, the summer fun for many have taken a turn for the worse.

Many who usually packed the kids up and went away for a week or two, are now finding that idea pretty much out of the question. For others, the cost of gas weighs in heavily. They must plan every detail, even the exact route they will take. For every gallon of gas they blow through is a gallon they must return on, so every ounce, counts.

Some families who once enjoyed luxury timeshare ownership have found that luxury no longer a viable option. They’ve either been foreclosed (out of their timeshare) or they’ve had to cut their losses by selling their prized vacation location.

So, now what? Settle for the $99 pool from Wal-Mart and some $3 suntan lotion? For those ‘in the know,’ they have a much better plan. They’ve found a whole way to jet off with friends and family (without breaking the bank). In fact, they are making their vacations pay for themselves and their newfound lifestyles. It is called, referral vacationing and not only is it becoming the ‘affordable’ luxury for averaged budgeted people, it is quickly becoming the next ‘big’ fast income generating business. It is the new way approach to a “carefree lifestyle” and is generating a slew of world-wide fans.

For soon-to-be brides, many are happily finding that a referral club helps defray the cost of either a honeymoon or a wedding. Since rates are so low, a resort style wedding in the Caribbean is within easier reach, when included as part of their resort stay. Many resorts in the Club registry make weddings and honeymoons a big part of their accommodation package to attract guests. Member’s can also find (all inclusive) resorts and cruises, at their fingertips, too.

Wedding planners, co-coordinator’s and even bridal shop owners are making referral membership information an integral part of their business. Instead of a bride only coming to them for one service, they now can save her money, time and gas by showing her the added value of membership usage well past that special day.

“Doing something for themselves, that helps someone else”

For the well-heeled and financially well-connected, Romane Conti crowd, membership adds an excellent resource: a unique (and indirect) fundraiser. Within hours, thousands can be raised via a club membership drive, on site or off, right from the comfort of a donor’s computer. In return, donors will receive a wonderful service that will last for 100 years.

Referral members can upload vacation videos online to show others where they stayed, how much they paid and just how much fun they had. Many watching can hardly believe the fantastic places this membership gets them into. While others, practically become ill. For those cheap weekly rates they are watching others enjoy, is, in fact, at the very same luxury resort they got foreclosed out of. Many viewing, would have instead, chosen a referral ownership option instead of the “ownership” loss they had to take when the economy tanked.

As more and more wake up to the incredible benefit that this membership offers, by far, the best and most popular feature on everybody’s mind are the ‘mind-boggling’ bonus payouts. By utilizing that one major feature alone, members cannot only envision financial success; they can ensure it for future generations to come.

Referral members will enjoy not being subjected to all the rigid requirements associated with a time share purchase. Having access to the some of the world’s most beautiful resorts, discounted cruises and other amenities makes it all worth while. Members can book and go on private retreats alone, with friend’s and family or book a special getaway for friends and family.

With all of these non binding features, it’s enough to make any time share owner feel blind sighted enough to be put away on permanent bed rest. Wake up, America, you’re not dreaming. These are your new, recession proof, club millionaire’s next door.