Spring Break on South Padre Island Texas

South Padre Island is a great place to vacation over Spring Break, especially for College students. Besides offering the usual spring break vacation fare of sand, sun, and fun (of course that’s a reference to wild late night partying, beer, wet tshirt contests and the hook up), South Padre Island offers a number of other activities to occupy your time and entertain you during your spring break vacation.

Fishing – South Padre Island has gained a world wide reputation among fishermen. Half day and full day fishing trips in the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico run for less than $20 to $1000 or more depending on your skills, the distance you want to travel (how far offshore) and your lifestyle demands. Since you are fishing a gulf and not your area lake, the list of the type of fish you can catch is long but a few would be: whiting, drum, flounder, trout, redfish, kingfish, wahoo, tuna, marlin and sailfish.

Windsurfing – Spring Break is obviously during spring time which for windsurfers plying their trade at South Padre Island is the best time with spring’s windy days. Known as one of the top windsurfing destinations in the world, South Padre Island offers some of the fastest windsurfing speeds in North America at places like, the bay, the Jetties, Bocas Chica, and the Ditch.

Kiteboarding – College spring breakers have never shied away from a challenge and kiteboarding is just that. One of the fasting growing and certainly hottest sports going, kiteboarding is challenging and adrenaline pumping and South Padre Island with consistent winds that offer beginner to experts near perfect flat-water conditions, is a great place to hone your kiteboarding skills.

Matamoros, Mexico – What’s a vacation without souvenirs? Bargain shop across the border at American friendly, Matamoros, Mexico. You will find silver, leather goods, handicrafts and much more while strolling through this old Mexican town and it’s busy markets. Dine on authentic Mexican food, enjoy museums and the culture of Mexico, just thirty minutes from South Padre Island.

While this is not a complete list of things to do during your spring break vacation on South Padre Island, hopefully it got you thinking of making your trip a bit more adventurous and thus your memories of spring break at South Padre Island that much more special.

Mark Stone writes various articles for websites including http://www.south-padre-island-spring-break.com.

Fall Foliage Scenic Drive – Central Vermont Area

This fall foliage scenic drive in Central Vermont offers some of the best views in the Green Mountain National Forest.

This scenic drive is a loop tour of about 150 miles. It follows mostly Route 12 south from Montpelier to Woodstock, before heading north on Route 100 and 100B back to Montpelier. There’s a whole bunch of surprises on the way, but it’s no surprise you’ll experience some magnificent fall foliage views all along this scenic drive.

The tour is best done over the course of a weekend or several days, although it’s possible to do the drive in one day and forgo many of the attractions and rambles suggested.

Let’s get going…

Start from Montpelier, a small city on the northern fringe of central Vermont. Montpelier can be easily reached from Interstate 89. Montpelier is 182 miles from Boston and 198 miles from Hartford.

Take Route 12 out of Montpelier and head south to Northfield Falls. Northfield Falls has four covered bridges and the famous Falls General Store. Vermont has some of the finest examples of covered bridges anywhere in New England, but two of them in Northfield Falls can be seen at once, as you look through one to other. This is unique in New England and definitely worth taking the camera out to capture.

Continue on Route 12 making your way to Bethel.

Bethel is one of those Vermont towns that’s a natural part of the scenery. Could this be why it’s home to the White River National Fish Hatchery? The hatchery focuses on restoring Atlantic Salmon to the Connecticut River. It’s open 8:00am – 3:00pm daily.

From Bethel you’ll continue your last piece of the southern route to Woodstock.

The Woodstock area offers a number of attractions, including Billings Farm and Museum, and Quechee Gorge. Woodstock itself is one of those picture-perfect Vermont villages that’s fun just to stroll around checking out the boutiques and restaurants.

The Billings Farm and Museum was established in 1871, and today it’s a working farm, and a museum depicting farm life in the late 1800s.

Quechee Gorge is Vermont’s little Grand Canyon. Not quite as big a hole in the ground as in Arizona, but at a mile long and plenty of hiking and walking trails on offer, it’s a chance to stretch the legs and admire the splendid scenery. Be sure to walk to the picnic area overlooking the falls.

The next 20 miles of the scenic drive takes you cross country on Route 4 to Killington. Killington is a world famous ski area that covers six mountains. And at over 4,200’ offers spectacular views from the summit. There’s very few better places to appreciate the fall foliage than at the top of Killington Peak. If it’s running take the K1-Gondola from base. You can ride the Gondola daily from September 24 – October 10th.

Killington is about the half-way point in this tour, and with the beautiful town of Rutland close-by plenty of lodging if you decide to linger overnight. Just be sure to make reservations during the peak fall foliage season.

The next section of the tour follows Route 100 as it borders the Green Mountain National Forest. You’ll pass through the towns of Pittsfield, Hancock, Granville, and Waitsfield as you cover perhaps the most scenic views and diverse terrain you’ll see on this drive.

Just North of Hancock and close to Route100 on Route 125 is Texas Falls. The trail to the falls is an easy hike and offers marvelous views anytime of the year, but especially during fall foliage season when the colors dazzle.

The larger of the two waterfalls is Moss Glen Falls just north of Granville a few miles up from Hancock. The drive from Hancock towards the falls is a two-lane winding road that passes through a seven mile stretch of untouched wilderness, and worth taking slow and easy.

The final leg of this central Vermont scenic drive from Granville to Middlesex and back to Montpelier continues to provide startling scenery and great photo opportunities. Route 100B connects with Route 100 just south of Moretown village, and you’ll take 100B north to Middlesex and then join Interstate 89 for the quick hop back into Montpelier.

Vermonters quip the state really has five seasons – spring, summer, fall, winter, and the famous mud season. But my personal favorite in Vermont is the fall. Take this tour and you’ll understand why.

Look for other articles in this series of fall foliage scenic drives. Or if you can’t wait you can pick up the complete scenic drive free report containing these and other New England scenic drives, along with detailed route coverage and attractions, at his New England vacation site.

Ten Questions To Ask Your Villa Rental Agent

How do you select an effective Villa Rental Agent? As you would selecting any

skilled, specialized consultant and using your own instincts for identifying a

talented, committed and professional firm. Another important yardstick is the depth

and breadth of the relevant knowledge they have and are willing to share, as well as

the transparency of their presentation.

An effective Villa Rental Agent will endeavor to eliminate as many potential surprises

and sources of anxiety by providing as much information as possible. A professional

agency will have a consistent, established way of working that is intelligible to the

client.

Here are some suggestions for questions to ask Villa Rental Agents when evaluating

who you want to work with:

1. Do you source the properties you are representing? If not, who does?

Many agents are sub-agents of other companies, perhaps not American-owned.

Some agents source their own properties and work directly with the homeowner.

Why is this relevant? You want to have reliable information, and an appropriate fee

structure built into the price of your villa rental. Agents are an essential protective

layer for guests, providing value-added services. Owners are often unable to really

understand your needs and communicate in an effective way. Too many agents may

affect the quality and quantity of the information you are getting, and the price.

2. How well do you know the area I am travelling to?

Some agents have never been to your chosen destination. Again, this is fine, but it is

in your interests to know this. Why? Because no matter how stunning and well-

staffed a villa, you are visiting another country and will sooner or later want to get

out and explore. You ought to be able to get information about where you will be

and what is nearby, easily. If a specific agent is not knowledgeable enough for you,

ask to speak with someone else in the firm who has visited the area and who can

answer your questions.

3. When was the last time you personally visited this property?

Conditions on the ground change all the time, no matter the country, and will affect

the quality of the information your Agent is providing. Details related to the

property, local services and nearby attractions may change. Roadways,

transportation and signage will almost assuredly change. A good standard a

comprehensive Property Re-Check at least once a year. With such a policy, the

Agent demonstrates their intent to maintain an accurate and up-to-date file of all

the details, from linens and mattresses, to pool conditions, electronics and nearby

markets.

4. What exactly will I find at the house? Dish Soap? Clothes dryer? Air

conditioning? Window screens?

Do not assume anything. A home in a different country is certain to be different

than your home. And it could be different in ways that you could not anticipate.

Most Italian home-owners do not install window screens because they ruin the view

while many Americans may have only ever seen their view through a window screen.

The property owner is likely unaware of the way you live, so your Agent must be

able to evaluate the relevance and importance of life-style differences for you. Can

they?

5. When I am at the house, what extra costs will I incur?

Can your agent give you a realistic idea of what extra charges you will incur? Utilities

are generally charged extra because often American guests will consume a

substantial quantity of electricity, heat and the like. What can your Agent tell you

about these charges? What can they tell you about the staff who will be working in

the Villa? Can they explain precisely when they come, what services they provide

and whether or not this is an Extra? Does the staff speak English? Your Agent is

adding value if they can inform you in advance, with confidence, on the myriad

details related to your maximizing your enjoyment of the house.

6. What can you tell me about travelling with children? An older parent?

Someone with physical limitations?

The more experienced a traveler your Agent is, the more valuable a resource they

will be. Within an agency, there are likely to be people who have traveled in different

capacities, so ask around to get information from those who have had experience

relevant to yours. It is understandable you may not even know what questions to

ask. A good Agent will know what to ask to ensure your Villa Rental is a success all

around. Some of the most important questions have to do with your traveling party

and your experiences traveling together. It is a good sign if your Agent wants to

really understand the interests and personality of your group.

7. Are there any local holidays that might influence my ability to enjoy my

chosen destination in terms of traffic, attractions being closed or special

celebrations that are unique to the area?

Part of an Agent’s value is their being able to give you local information about your

destination – from an American’s perspective. A common cultural frame of reference

adds a great deal to the quality of the services the Agent is providing. Italians take

their holidays seriously – often travelling to different regions, and closing up shop

so they can celebrate. This may influence when you can pick up or drop off a rental

car, or stock your Villa at a market. Be sure you know if such holidays will affect

your plans and how.

8. What is there to do in the area? Can you provide local dining

recommendations?

There may be a famous and highly rated restaurant, but if it requires a three-hour

drive from your Villa, it may not be a useful recommendation. Does your Agent

know where and when the local markets are? Opening and closing times of shops,

supermarkets, gas stations and tourist offices may be very different from what we

experience here in the U.S. A useful Agent will be able to help you anticipate how to

make the most of your precious vacation days.

9. What are the roads like? Are there alternative forms of transportation? What if

we want to go off in smaller groups or all together in a large group?

If you are organizing a large group for a family reunion, wedding anniversary

celebration or birthday milestone can your Agent help you understand how your

various guests will come and go? Will they be able to function independently or will

your holiday end up being devoted to a starring role as Tour Guide? The roadways

in Italy are often dirt and often winding. This is relevant for children who might have

upset tummies, and for driving home late at night after enjoying the local wine. The

ubiquitous ‘white roads’ may also limit the size of vehicle that can pass and make a

scooter rental impractical. Can your Agent advise you in such matters?

10. What other services are you providing?

Understand what value you are getting. Do they have their own English-speaking

personnel on the ground to assist you? Can they arrange special excursions to off-

the-beaten-path destinations? Can they get you an interesting guide? Help you if

your luggage is lost by the airline? Also – what information are you getting before

you leave and how reliable is it? A good agent will include a comprehensive resource

packet with detailed and updated directions, full-scale map, phone card, and other

helpful advice and assistance relevant to your destination.

Bonus Suggestion: Trust your instincts.

If the Agent is generous with their time, and is willing to share their experience,

insight and information, that is a very good sign. If they listen to you and you feel a

rapport, chances are the experience will be a success all around.

Final Reminder: No place on earth is like America.

The most memorable and enriching holidays come from being open-minded and

interested in the place you are choosing to visit. We encourage you to delve deep

into the local culture in a way meaningful to you. Renting a home is an essential first

step towards enjoying another way of life in another community. Be open to the

experience in all its variations, it may change your life.

Mara Soloman is the owner of Home Base Abroad, a full service Italian villa and

farmhouse rental agency. Their diverse property portfolio, Italy travel expertise and

client commitment are the heart of their business. Learn more about Italy villa rentals at http://www.homebaseabroad.com.

International Adventure Travel

International adventure travel: Safaris, balloon tours, swimming with dolphins, bicycling down volcanos, trekking in the Himalayas, Walmart on Christmas Eve – the list is almost endless. This will not be a comprehensive listing of all the adventure opportunities out there. Instead, here is just enough to whet your appetite.

My Own International Adventure Travel

Long before hitchhiking across the country at sixteen-years-old, I had a taste for adventure. At fourteen, a friend and I bicycled 300 miles in a few days during one summer. At seventeen, I went international with my adventuring, hitchhiking from Michigan to half-way across Mexico. Over forty now, I no longer put out my thumb – not very often, anyhow – but I still love to travel.

More recently, my international adventure travel took me to Ecuador. While there I climbed to the furthest point from the center of the Earth. Everest is highest above sea level, but due to the Earth’s bulge at the equator, the peak of Mount Chimborazo, at 20,600 feet, is farther from from the center of our planet. The top is all snow, ice, and glaciers.

My guide didn’t speak English, and thought I was a mountaineer. I had once used an ice axe and crampons to go forty feet up a sledding hill, in Michigan. The rest of the story is on the website, but you can get information and a guide by talking to almost any hotel manager in Riobamba, Ecuador.

Go On A Jungle Book Safari

In southern Nepal, In the Royal Chitwan National Park, you can see tigers, leopards, rhinos, and sloth-bears. And where better to see them from than the back of a large elephant? The tours are lead by naturalists and park rangers. Stay in the comfortable Safari Lodge and take daily tours into the jungle.

Take A Mongolian Horseback Trek

Travel with one of the great nomadic and horse-based cultures of the world. The trips take you beyond tourist routes, and you can customize your trek to fit your schedule and budget. These tours are run from an office in Mongolia, and they provides experienced guides that are multi-lingual.

Go Rock Climbing In Rio

Want an outdoor adventure and city nightlife? Try a rock climbing tour in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You’ll find routes for all skill levels in the Sugar Loaf, Urca, Corcovado and Pedra da Gavea mountains. Tours include bilingual instructors, equipment rentals, and transportation, and start at under $100 per person.

Swim With Dolphins In The Croatian Sea

Escape from the cold this winter, to the Cres-Lošinj group of islands, which is known for it’s mild climate. Mali Lošinj on the island of Lošinj is known for its health resort, but recently, the area is becoming famous for the bottle-nosed dolphins that have made their homes in the clear and clean waters of the Cres-Lošinj group of islands. Mingle with them by boat or in your swimsuit.

Climb Mount Kinabalu

Mt. Kinabalu (4101m) is the king of the Borneo sub-continent. It rises 3000 feet higher than other mountains in the area; far above the jungle. It attracts international climbers of all skill levels, who scramble, climb and trek in its unique jungle-alpine enviroment. Kinabalu is in a world heritage site that boasts a wide variety of plants and animals. Experienced guides will take you trekking, or take you to the top.

Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the U.S. and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. For more on international adventure, and to read their stories, tips and travel information, visit: http://www.EverythingAboutTravel.com

Cheap International Travel – The Secrets

What is the real secret to cheap international travel? It is the same as the secret to doing anything for less. Learn to be an opportunist. Opportunistic travelers get to travel more, see more and do more. Of course, you can ignore this advice if you have unlimited funds.

I went to Ecuador because it was cheap. Honestly, aren’t there many interesting places in this world? Why not choose one you can travel to inexpensively? The other places will be there in the future, and you may have an opportunity to go to those places cheaply at some point.

Cheap Countries

Ecuador is my favorite international destination. You can still get a decent meal for two dollars. U.S. dollars, by the way, since that’s conveniently the official currency of Ecuador now. From the beautiful snow-capped Andes mountains, to the Galapagos Islands, you’ll never run out of places to explore in Ecuador. Travel there is safe and inexpensive.

South America in general is inexpensive, and the most affordable countries are, in my opinion, the most beautiful. These are the countries along the Andes mountains; Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Argentina, thanks to it’s recent economic troubles, is once again a cheap place for travelers as well.

In Central America, it costs very little to travel and vacation in both Nicaragua and Guatemala. Nicaragua, in particular, has become more stable and safe for travelers in recent years. Costa Rica is a wonderful too, and though it is one of more expensive counties of Central America, that probably still leaves it cheaper than Europe.

In Asia, India is still low-cost, especially if you stay in the numerous hostels and boarding houses. Thailand and Indonesia are also very cheap. With all international destinations, the plane tickets will be your single biggest travel expense. This is especially true with the asian countries. Being there is cheap, but getting there may not be.

Cheap International Travel Tips

Wherever you go, there are things you can do to keep it cheap. Eat where locals eat, for example, instead of at the tourist restaurants. To keep it really cheap, eat fruit from street markets (wash it well) and packaged snacks from grocery stores.

Visit the free and cheap attractions first. It’s possible you’ll have so much fun that you’ll never get around to doing the expensive things. A higher price means better quality with travel bags, but not with travel experiences.

Busses are cheaper than taxis in any country, but be careful of crowded city busses, where pickpockets hang out. Walking is even cheaper, and it’s a great way to learn about a city. Just ask the locals where the dangerous parts are before you wander too far.

For cheap accommodations find out where local visitors from within the country stay. Negotiating room charges is common in some areas. In Banos, Ecuador, we negotiated our room rate down from $12 to $6 per night, by paying for several nights in advance. Consider hostels, if you don’t mind sharing a room. They’re much more common overseas.

Cheap international travel is often only as cheap as your plane tickets. Use the techniques outlined on our site to save big on tickets, or search the fares to several interesting countries. If one is $500 less than the others, consider going there. $500 can buy a few extra days, or an extra mini-vacation some other time.

Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the U.S. and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. To read their stories, tips and travel information, visit: http://www.EverythingAboutTravel.com

Cheap Airfares – Ways to Secure It

Frequent travelers and executives are among the masses that get a lot of discount in the airfare. It is easy to get discount airfare for them since they travel very frequently.

Cheap air tickets for Corporate

Some of the corporate also get cheap air tickets because they tie up with some of the airlines for a certain period based on the discount and services they get from the airlines. Corporate plans are clubbed with other services through some agencies to provide better service for their staff.

Promotional discount airfare

Some countries like Malaysia and Singapore promote trading for foreign visitors during some part of the year. During this period, they offer cheap air tickets to their country on certain flights. If you can check with the other airlines during this period, you may get excellent discount airfare, which may even surprise you.

Other ways to get discount airline tickets

You can become members of certain clubs and associations for which you will discount airfare for select destinations. You may even get a flat discount of some percent of the airfare during all the time of the year. Without all these, you can also get cheap air tickets if you can plan your trip very early. Some airlines provide you discounts of up to 85% if you book your air ticket before two or three months. If you are certain of your trip, you can book your air ticket like this. Midnight travel on some airlines will have very low fare since not many people travel during those hours.

Vacation packages

If you are planning a vacation and if you plan it a little earlier, you are sure to get cheap airfares. Since a vacation package combine different components like flight booking, hotel booking, car booking etc., you get an excellent discount and cheap airfare for these packages. If you book each component of your vacation separately you will end in a fare this is costly. Moreover, if you book vacation packages for a group of persons you can further reduce the cost. Usually vacation package booked earlier than two weeks fetch you a decent discount in airfares.

Cheap airfare for children and students

Discount airline tickets are available for the student community. Children also get discount airfare for their travel. You have to check with the agency or the airline for such offers.

Searching for cheap airfare through websites

You can search for cheap airfare through websites like www.lowestfare.com, www.cheaptickets.com, and www.cheapseats.com. There are many other sites from different travel agencies that provide services online. These sites provide you the feature to search for cheap airfares through an easy to use interface.

For more information, visit The Cheap Airfares Info Center and http://www.cheapairticketsinfocenter.com

David Chandler

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All Inclusive Travel Planning

Ever tried to cram all your travel plans into one small budget and short schedule? If you have, you will know the true meaning of a frugal and haphazard vacation. Some people think that all-inclusive vacation packages leave very little space for them to have fun and there’s no flexibility. But they are wrong.

You can save money with an all-inclusive vacation package

If you’re really tight on the budget, booking an all-inclusive vacation package can save you quite a big chunk of cash. Because these all-inclusive package vacation companies have close ties with hotels and popular tourist spots in the country, they can get a better rate than you can! Hence, normally, the discounts and savings will be passed on to you – the all-inclusive vacation customers, tourists and visitors!

All-inclusive vacations are hassle-free

Planning a vacation can give you headaches! When you book an all-inclusive vacation package, you’re actually giving yourself the chance to COMPLETELY enjoy the vacation without having to worry about the nitty-gritty details. Your accommodation, food, entertainment and traveling are all taken care of. The only thing that you and your family members have to worry about is how much fun you’re going to have during the vacation. Some tourists and vacationers like to get an all-inclusive vacation package because there’s lack of time. Some people have to contend with last minute plans. The all-inclusive vacation packages can be real life savers in this instance. Even honeymooners love all-inclusive packages because they don’t want to have to worry about meals, entertainment, activities, transportation and accommodation when they should be focused on each other!

Mealtime fun with all-inclusive vacation packages

One of the most worrisome things for tourists is WHERE to eat. Because we are not familiar with the country and the booklets that we can get from airports are hardly accurate (most of the time), meal times are worrying. When we’re visiting another country, we want to try another delicacy, something new….and cheap. Who better to tell you where to find it than an all-inclusive vacation planner? They have all the ropes, hang on to them and enjoy the meal!

All-inclusive packages – tells you the cultural differences between races and religions

You can read all you want from the Internet or from books on the different cultures and religions in the country that you’re visiting…and yet, whenever you’re on an all-inclusive vacation package, the tourist guide will STILL tell you things that surprises you! and this is an important point because you don’t really want to step on someone’s toes when you’re in THEIR country.

Besides all of that, with all-inclusive vacation packages, you don’t have to worry about where to have fun because they plan everything for you. All-inclusive vacation packages are definitely worth it!

Dakota Caudilla, journalist, and website builder Dakota Caudilla lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of http://www.vacation-source.com on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.

Dakota Caudilla, journalist, and website builder Dakota Caudilla lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of http://www.vacation-source.com on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.

Top 10 Winter Getaways

Summer is typically the season that everyone thinks of when planning their vacations. But why not dare to be different and take a winter vacation getaway instead? If you are a skier, snowboarder, or just someone who enjoys the winter months, a winter vacation may be just what you have been looking for. There are plenty of spots around the world that make spectacular winter getaways.

Hershey. If you are traveling before or during the Christmas season, consider Hershey, Pennsylvania as your vacation destination. The home of Hershey’s candy, Hershey Park becomes home to Christmas Candyland, where over one million Christmas lights are put on display. Christmas Candyland typically runs for a month prior to Christmas.

Sweden. Located in the small riverside village of Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, Sweden’s Ice Hotel is famous worldwide for great winter vacations. The hotel is created each winter out of 10,000 tons of ice from the nearby river and 30,000 tons of snow. The hotel features the famous Absolut Ice Bar, a winter favorite for the 21+ crowd.

Yellowstone. During the winter the Yellowstone National Park, a popular summer destination in the United States, offers Lodging and Learning programs where guests of all ages can stay at Yellowstone and participate in educational lessons during the winter. These programs offer a great way for visitors of all ages to learn about the beautiful and fascinating Yellowstone Park.

Wisconsin Dells. This small Wisconsin town offers a great winter vacation at the Great Wolf Lodge, home of huge indoor water parks. Great Wolf Lodge is a popular destination for families. Visitors of Wisconsin Dells get the best of both worlds with summertime perpetually recreated indoors and snow falling outdoors. Wisconsin Dells is located near both Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin.

New England. One of the most historical areas in the United States, New England is where the country was founded. In addition to the number of historical sites throughout the six states that make up the region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont), you will also find plenty to do in the winter months. Maine offers one of the nicest ski resorts in the country in Sugarloaf USA, or you can try the beautiful White Mountain area of New Hampshire where you will find a plethora of ski resorts and the historical Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States.

Vermont Lodging, Vermont Vacation Winter Rentals

– Whether your vision of an ideal Vermont vacation is hitting the slopes on one of the many excellent ski mountains or wading into a sparkling river with your fly rod, Vermont can accommodate you.

Orlando. If skiing is not really your thing and you are looking to get away from the snow for a few weeks then travel to Florida, one of the most frequented states in the US by vacationers each year. Walt Disney World offers discounted rates during specific periods of the winter months, considered the theme park’s off-season. Not only will the parks and restaurants be less crowded than during summer or a school vacation week, but you will be able to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather during your stay.

Caribbean. Why not take a cruise during the winter months? Like Florida, a Caribbean cruise offers a change of pace from the snowy, cold winter months that you may be used to. Winter is typically a perfect time for a cruise because the weather in the Caribbean has calmed down. Summer is hurricane season, spelling trouble for cruises but winter is perfect for calm seas and a relaxing cruise.

Tremblant. Located in the spectacular Laurentian Mountains of the Canadian province of Quebec, Mont Tremblant offers its visitors over 600 acres of land for skiing and snowboarding. Perhaps the best choice if you are looking to take to the slopes, keep in mind that the US dollar is worth more in Canada and can go further than it would on a vacation in the United States.

Alaska. If you are traveling with children, Alaska may be the perfect vacation choice for you. Offering everything from dog sledding, one of Alaska’s most popular sports, to viewing the Northern lights, Alaska is one of the best winter vacation destinations. Although it is notorious for its cold, wintry weather, Alaska also holds a number of entertainment options that are likely to keep the whole family busy.

Lake Tahoe. For decades Lake Tahoe has been one of the top winter vacation destinations in the world. Located on the border of Nevada and California just west of Carson City, Nevada, you will find that Lake Tahoe has plenty of activities for everyone in the family. Lake Tahoe averages 360 inches of snow each year, making for a winter wonderland of fun on your winter vacation. There are a number of high quality resorts around picturesque Lake Tahoe and the Rocky Mountains make a fabulous backdrop for the perfect getaway.

Cassandra Stinchcombe – For all your travel information, tips and ideas visit http://www.envisionopportunity.com/travel/travelmain.html

Tips for Summer Travel

The summer is right around the corner, and thousands of Americans are planning vacations and trips. Traveling on a budget can be tricky, but it is not impossible. The key is to plan ahead, and try to the make the most out of what you have. Contact your credit card company beforehand to find out what kind of deals they have to offer. Many have rebate programs for travel expenses. If you are using a rental car, find out if your insurance covers you in case of an accident. You can save quite a bit by forgoing the car rental insurance policy.

The following is a list of tips and tricks to make your summer vacation the best ever.

1. Get a good deal on a hotel. Unless you are staying with friends or family, you will probably be in the market for a good hotel room. Normally, you can spend your entire budget on hotels and motels. I suggest trying a site like priceline.com. You can name your own price, and get some really great deals on rooms and car rentals.

2. Plan your trip out beforehand. Spend some time mapping out your trip, highlighting areas that you plan to visit. There will most likely be a few pit stops along the way. Planning ahead will help ensure that you have enough money to cover all of your activities. Don’t forget to factor in souvenirs and snacks.

3. Keep the kids entertained! Traveling with young ones can be a challenge. You want to have plenty of activities and toys to keep them occupied. Try looking at CouponChief.com for some great coupons for toys and travel gear. Don’t forget books and magazines as well. The trip will go faster, and you won’t have to field as many “are we there yet?” cries.

Florida Vacation Rentals, Condos, Villas & Lodging

– Almost anywhere in Florida you can go golfing, boating, fishing, bicycling, kayaking or enjoy fresh seafood. Explore exotic, tropical plants and see wildlife in Everglades National Park or check out the nightlife in one of the state’s major cities.

4. Don’t forget the tunes. Stock up on your families favorite CDs and tapes. Include a few titles for each family member to help keep the peace. Try a discount music store, or look for a coupon on an e-coupon site.

5. Be easy on the gas pedal. If you are driving, you may be concerned about the high gas prices. You can save a significant amount of your gas budget by planning ahead. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated, and that your car is in good working order. Staying at a constant speed will also help you save on your gas bill.

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Vacation Rental Checklist

Vacation rentals are so appealing and romantic whether you plan to stay in a villa in Tuscany, Italy, a lovely apartment in Paris, France, or a cozy condom in Vail, Colorado. Vacation rentals are full of fun and excitement whether you plan your vacation for a week in Vermont

in winter, or a month in Florida in summer.

Vacation rentals are perfect choice for you to experience local lifestyle if you plan to stay in the same place for about a week. if you travel with children, especially younger kids or even toddlers, you cook the food they like and eat whenever you and kids want to eat instead of gong to restaurants everyday. Staying in a condos or apartment could also safe your money.

The secrets to a relaxing and fun vacation rental is preparation – do your homework a few months before the anticipated travel.

Find Right Vacation Rental

The variety of vacation rental properties are at all price levels – Villas, Condos, Apartments and Log Cabins. You can find almost anything you can hope for – swimming pools, fireplaces and certain number of bathrooms. You start your research on the Web, of course.

If you plan to relax in Florida, typing “Florida vacation rentals” in major search engines will give you a long list of

places where you can explore further. If you’re excited about winter fun in Vermont, keyword “Vermont Vacation Winter Rentals” will lead you to many sites that have beautiful pictures of winter Vermont.

Learn about Local Culture

Traveling in foreign countries is even more rewarding and sometimes erotic if you’re fully prepared. Besides learning the basics of local culture and possibly new languages, you need to learn how to survive in a totally new environment – how to shop for groceries, how transportation works and what kind of food is available. Unlike staying in commercial hotels, their front desks understand English and can help you arrange transportation, you’re on your own while staying in vacation rental properties. What’s also where the excitement is for travel – to experience a different culture and lifestyle.

Pack your Stuff

Besides all necessary things that you’ll need for a vacation, you’ll also need to pack the things you’ll normally find in and get from hotels – a portable alarm clock, a can opener, bandages etc.

Backup Plan

It’s also important to have a back-up plan for your travel – what are you going to do if you’d lost you luggage at airports or the reservation isn’t available for unexpected reasons, what are you going to do if the attraction you have planned for is closed for

a day or two, and what are you going to do if one of your kids were sick.

The more you plan, the more room there is to have fun. Your vacation goal is to about to explore and experience new culture and new lifestyle, not just to see as many people and places in as few days as possible.