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The Beginning Of Spring Break

Although June is classified as the beginning of Spring Break and more people are traveling because kids are out of school, there are still a few places you can travel to on a budget and have a good time. I’m going to list a few that I have found with reasonable rates and some may even be close enough that you can drive to.

Daytona Beach

Daytona boasts an abundance of cheap hotels, inexpensive Daytona Beachrestaurants and plenty of package deals.

Daytona residents love their cars, so you can expect to see some tricked out automobiles on the road, at the speedway, and even on the beach.

Some Things To Do:
  • Climb to the top of one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States.
  • Enjoy some peace and quite at the Museum of Art and Sciences.
  • Take a drive on the beach in your car (where permited)
  • Visit theme parks like the Daytona 500 Experience and The Dragon Lagoon.
  • Check out Main Street and Seabreeze Boulevard for a collection of Bars and clubs, some of which cater specifically to the bikers that frequent the area.
  • Spend the day at the Beach.
  • Enjoy shopping in town.

Puerto Rico

Determining Puerto Rico’s charm is a no-brainer. Less than a threePuerto Rico hour flight from Miami. this Island is a U.S. territory. So when you’re shopping in San Juan you can pay for your souvenirs with American bills. Puerto Rico has both 20-ft waves for the surfers and calm, clear waters for families. It’s an exhilarating mix of landscapes, from the serpentine jungle of El Yunque to the corkscrew caves of Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy. And if you want to get away from civilization entirely, you can ferry over to the secluded- not to mention- jaw droppingly gorgeous – islands of Vieques and Culebra.

Puerto Rico2Puerto Rico offers year-round affordable packages so travelers can relax along it’s blanched sands. Follow a pulsating beat to the dance clubs in the Santurce neighborhood, catch some live music in a Ponce lounge or grab a casual drink at a San Sebastian bar.

Many Puerto Ricans speak English, but Spanish is the language of daily life. Packing a Spanish phrasebook is handy, and Puerto Ricans welcome your efforts to converse with them in Spanish. Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, the island’s currency is the U>S> dollar and credit cards are widely accepted. Tipping etiquette is the same here as in other parts of the United States; 15 to 20 percent is considered the standard, but more is appreciated for exceptional service.

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Myrtle Beach

The clean beaches are the main draw to Myrtle Beaches, but there’sMyrtle Beach more to her than miles of brown sand.   One of the best East Coast family vacation destinations, boasts hundreds of Golf courses for golfers at all levels, amusement parks that fling the kiddies around on water rides, roller coasters, and race tracks, and Ripley’s Aquarium, which dares visitors to commune with the sharks.

Conclusion

I found that some of the links below offered some of the best prices on places to stay. If you want to find some of the best prices for the beginning of Spring Break, try clicking on them or use your favorite booking site, either one.


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Who Books Your Travel Arrangements?

Girlfriend Trip? Reunions? Families Get together? Guy’s Golf Trip? Business Trip? Whatever the occasion, who is put in charge of making all the arrangements for the group, when each person or family is from different households. Wouldn’t it be nice if each person could look at the same screen at the same time and share in the decision, taking the pressure off of just one person?

Introducing Share Trips

Share Trips is a screen sharing website where you and your travel companions interact and view search results simultaneously and in real time.

Share Trips works like other online travel websites, but with unique features to make it easier for you to plan and book a trip with multiple travel companions. With Share Trips, you can: Screen share your webpage in real time with your travel companions. Your travel companions will view the same page you are viewing. Interact with the same webpage as your travel companions. Anyone viewing your page can start a new search, select a search result and navigate through the Share Trips website without having to transfer control of the webpage. Instant Message (IM) and Video Conference with your travel companions right from the Share Trips webpage.

About Share Trips

ShareTrips was started by folks who always got stuck booking trips for friends and family. Picking the right hotel for a group of people or your family can be nerve-wracking. Traditional online travel websites only allow one person to view a webpage and select a hotel, even if multiple people are traveling. With ShareTrips, our screen sharing technology allows all travelers in your party to interact with a shared web page and provide input to simplify the booking process for everyone.

Conclusion

If you are the one who always get stuck making everyones travel arrangements or if you are the one who wishes you could have a better voice in making the groups travel arrangements, the why not try using Share Trips for this years get-together. Click the link below and not only share all the arrangements together but get a discount on your bookings.

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A Few Recommendations For Budget Trips In May

I have been searching through some of my resources and I have found a few recommendations for budget trips in May.  There are many more and as I run across them I will add them. We are getting to warmer weather and more people will be traveling, so let’s just take a look at some great places to visit.

If you have an unlimited budget then you have an amazing number of choices with great weather in May including Paris, New York and Tokyo, but this list is created for people looking to get value for their money. Depending on where you are starting from it could cost quite a bit to get to some of these locations, but I will try to look at some cheaper traveling once we review the places that cost will be relatively low once you get there.

The Caribbean

For those looking to relax in the sun, may is the perfect month to caribbeanhead to the Caribbean because high season is over but the weather is still dry and perfect. Better still, prices at many of the resorts come down dramatically from their highs of earlier in the season. For most people , the best deals are really at the all-inclusive resorts.

Not including Mexico, there are now 250 all-inclusive resorts spread over 20 Caribbean islands, so at first it seems like a confusing choice for someone new to this style of vacation.

In all, the Caribbean “high season” runs from December through April, and the “peak season” is the last week of December and the first week of January. Regardless of where you are starting from, it’s worth checking the prices of the air and the hotel separately and as a package.   am listing only the cheapest all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean that get good reviews. I’ve eliminated the resorts that have low prices ans get bad reviews, so any of these are worth considering, even with the low prices.

Rates below are per night for the cheapest rooms at each resort, for two guest, with all meals and drinks included. Most resorts charge a bit more for ocean-view rooms as well as premium food items and top shelve beverages.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

(cheapest)Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata might not have the country’s nicest beaches, but it does have a great abundance Of affordable all-inclusive resorts. During the off season (particularly in September and October) the prices are so low at some of the 30 or so all-inclusive resorts, that some of them look like mistakes. As long as you are clear that this is nothing like St. Barths, the Puerto Plata offers great values.

Negril Jamaica

High Season $171 – $663Negril Jamaica

Low Season – $102 – $725

Negril has 20 resorts that offer all-inclusive options. This popular and long strip of hotels is where you’ll find some of Jamaica’s best bargains for those who prefer to pay for food and drinks, separately.  It’s all – inclusive resorts are more geared for the mid to upper range guest. More specifically there are two cheap all -inclusive resorts in Negril, and the rest are much more expensive.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

High Season – $172- $674Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Low Season – $120-$584

With nearly 60 hotels that offer all-inclusive deals, Punta Cana has the greatest concentration of these resorts on any Caribbean Island. The resort area occupies the far eastern tip of the Dominic Republic and the hotel beaches can either face Northeast or Southeast. the busy local airport gets direct flights in from all over North America and Europe, and airfares are reasonable for the Caribbean.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

High Season – $212 – $806Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Low Season – $155 –  $733

With nearly 20 all-inclusive resorts in the area, Ocho Rios offers many of the cheapest such resorts on Jamaica, with nearby Montego bay and Negril, specializing more in mid-market all- inclusive resorts. Visitors to all three of Jamaica’s main tourist spots will all fly into the Montgo Bay Airport, which has very competitive fares and non-stop flights from all over, so the chances of a cheap non-stop flight tp get here are fairly high. This is another Caribbean destination that has very appealing prices during high season and jaw dropping during the off-season. Interesting, pretty much all of these resorts get good or great reviews from past guest.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

The rainy season does actually begin in Belize in May, but usually lateAmbergris Caye, Belize in the month and even then it’d usually only a few short afternoon cloudburst each week. Otherwise the temperatures tend to be constantly pleasant though a bit humid. Most of the Spring Break crowds are long gone by this time so you’ll have most of the restaurants to yourself, but the diving trips are still going on.

If San Pedro on Ambergris Caye seems to expensive for you then you can stay on nearby Caye Caulker, or in an area with the best beaches in Belize on the Placencia Peninsula. Compared to simular resorts in the region the prices are very reasonable.

Cartagena Columbus

Cartagena has warm days ans also warm tropical nights all year long.Cartagena Columbus Rain picks up toward end of May, but as usual, tends to come in short burst. Cartagena is a great value for tourist, and hotels have their low-season prices on until July, so it’s an excellent choice if you can find an affordable flight.

Lisbon Portugal

High seasons for hotels in Lisbon doesn’t begin until June, so this is Lisbon Portugalan ideal time to come to appreciate this underated city of charm.  The Algarve area along the southern coast of Portugal is even nicer and a great bargain for early-season visitors. Prices at hotels and resort apartments are often very low, even along the beaches. So if you’ve got time off this is one not to miss.

Conclusion

As I mentioned earlier, this is only a few recommendations for budget trips in May. Most of the ones I have listed, today, are outside of the United States, but there are many inside the States also. I intend to add some more over the next several days, so check back on a regular basis and if none of these appeal to you, maybe some of the others will.

Meanwhile, if you have any special request concerning articles you would like to see or places you would like to know more about, please feel free to leave me a message in the comments below.

Great Destinations For The Month Of April

For this article, I thought I would write something a little different and point out some great destinations for the month of April. What I consider a great destination is a place with the perfect weather combined with lower hotel or other accommodation prices. I’ve listed a few of the more popular places below.

Mexico City, Mexico

April is an ideal month to visit Mexico City. It has an average high of 84 degrees F and an average low of Mexico City51 degrees F. It is one of two warm and dry months before the summer rainy season. Flights are quite cheap during this time, also.

For those who might not can afford to go to Europe, but are interested in a cultural or nightlife holiday in a city should really enjoy this town. It’s tourist heart is extremely safe and much of it is upscale, but reasonably priced. You can find hotels starting as low as $43.00 per night.

Panama City, Panama

Panama City

Those looking for a Central American adventure but doesn’t want to pay the higher prices of Costa Rica should think about Panama. The avg high Temp. is 89 degrees F and average low is 78. It’ll be hot in April, even at night, but those near the beaches should be fine, and hotel prices are off their high-season peaks as well. You can find hotels starting at $67 per night.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de JanieroThe high season for hotels is over and yet the weather this month is even nicer than during the summer as there is less rain and temperatures are less scorching. April’s average high is 86 degrees F and avg low is 70.

Being (just barely) in the tropics, it’s beach weather is pretty much all year round, so better to go when it’s not as hot and the city isn’t so full of other tourist. Hotels start around $63.00 during this month.

Costa Rica

Costa RicaWith plenty of air, hotel, and vacation package deals and brand new flights from Southwest Airlines, Costa Rica’s an affordable paradise just waiting to be discovered. Southweast is offering fares up to 40% lower than competing airlines on their routes to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is also included in Southwest beach hotel’s sale, with nightly rates starting at $58.00 per night.

Costa Rica has long been a popular tourist destination. There’s much to do in this Central American hot spot. For the thrill-seeker, visiting Arenal (Volcano, currently in a resting phase) is a must see. This volcano is more than 5,000 ft high. the surrounding 30,000-acre national park offers countless adventure activities including Class IV whitewater rafting, water fall rappelling, hiking, canopy touring, and horseback riding. Or, spelunk the nearby Volcano Caves for a peek at bats, blind fish, and other subterranean creatures.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks serve as welcome mats to the Atlantic and all her treasures. Close to 400 species of Outer Banksbirds, from native Carolina wrens to wintering bald eagles, can be found here, along with otters and sea turtle colonies. Add five lighthouses and you have yourself a sea worthy destination that even a pirate like Blackbeard (a former resident) could call home. Landlubbers will want to visit Kitty Hawk, the site where Orville and Wilbur Wright learned how to fly, and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

For clean, affordable lodging close to the beach, you can do no better than the Driftwood Motel on Cedar Island, where rooms start at $65.00.

Conclusion:

There’s simply no beating the perfect combination of pleasant weather and low prices for great travel deals in the month of April. Whether you’re looking to go to the mountains or head to the beaches, you can do it all for less. I have listed only a few suggestions of great destinations for the month of April. There are many, many more places just waiting for you to discover. Use some of the links in some of my previous post to help you find the perfect adventure for you and/or your family.

Who Is The Industry Leader In Rentals?

Homeaway has become the industry leader in rentals of castles, villas, and estates. It’s luxury portfolioHomeaway has grown from 800 properties to more than 4,500 high-end listings in 40 countries. But those pricey digs only compose less than  one percent of Homeaway’s vast inventory of more than one million active rentals. Their nearest competitor is Trip Adviser which lags behind with 630,000 listings.

You may wonder why wealthy people are now renting out their second homes. They’re paying down their morgages during slow recovery. We went through this cycle where there was a tremendous amount of over building in vacation markets around the world and then the economy took a dive. People built big grand houses that were very expensive to maintain. Now you can go online and rent a six bedroom villa on a beach or on an island somewhere, and at a price that’s not wacky considering what you get.

homeaway1Between 2007 – 2014, the amount of leisure travelers choosing a vacation rental over traditional lodging options doubled, according to Vacation Rental Managers Association, Rentals typically cost 50 to 80 percent less per square ft then the average hotel rooms. One perk of renting that many people don’t realize is all of the included amenities. Rental often have driveways or garages (some hotels charge for parking), a washer and dryer (hotels normally don’t have or if they do, it cost to use them), Wi-Fi (Some hotels charge or have bad reception).

So, in conclusion HomeAway benefits are:

  • Over 1 million listings
  • World leader in vacation rentals
  • Free to book, with no hidden cost
  • One of Forbes ‘Most Trustworthy Companies’

Feel free to click the following link and check out some of the great deals HomeAway has to offer, no matter what your budget is.

Most Exciting Category in Travel!

Travel is the fastest growing segment of e-commerce. Industries’ most exciting category in travel is cruises. Cruise Direct is a leading online cruise travel company, dedicated to providing its customers with access to great deals on cruise vacations. Since 2001, they have helped thousands of people find the perfect cruise packages. Their site is your one-stop shop for all things cruise related. They also have dedicated sales and service staff available via phone and LiveChat, should you need the advice of an expert to assist you.


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With using CruiseDirect you get:

  • Easy booking processdirectcruise
  • A Best Price Guarantee
  • Flexible payment plans
  • Low Price Assurance
  • No Booking Fee
  • E-Tickets
  • Freebies
  • Discounts

Cruise Direct has several Cruise Lines that you can book through them. Following are a list of each and some of each cruise lines benefits:

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is all about big fun, and that translates into plent, of crowd pleasing, high energy activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Activities and Facilities:

  • Youth Spa Program
  • Water slides and Water Works Park
  • Seaside Theater (12×22 LED Screen – poolside)
  • Every 7 day voyage has a special “family afternoon”
  • Mediterranean itineraries offers “Family Fun Tours” – cultural tours including a private yacht cruise.
  • Golf Coursedirect cruise
  • Jogging track
  • Arts & Crafts Center
  • Soft play area
  • Computer lab
  • Video wall
  • Adult only Serenity Retreat
  • Talent Shows for kids
  • Family parties in the Disco
  • Family scavenger hunts
  • Karaoke
  • “Name That Tune”
  • Children’s Programs
  • Babysitting

Costa Cruise Line

Activities and Features

  • Basketball, volleyball, table tennis, bowling & shuffleboard
  • Squolympic’s (Olympics for young athletes and friends of Squok, the shipboard mascot)
  • Games room
  • Karaoke, Bingo, Talent showsdirect cruise
  • Treasure hunts
  •  Teen disco
  • Lessons in dancing, language, magic, juggling, pantomime and more
  • Children’s programs
  • Babysitting – free
  • Parent’s night out

Disney Cruise

The original pioneer in family cruising. Disney is great for younger children (and those still young at heart). Many of your favorite disney characters will be sailing right along side of you.

Activities and Facilities

  1. The latest video games
  2. Air hockey
  3. A television studio – themed hot spot where parents and children are invited to sing, dance, play games and enjoy live entertainment together.
  4. Mickey’s pool for the youngest
  5. Goofy’s pool for families in general
  6. Adult’s only pool
  7. Disney private island, Castaway Coydirect cruise
  8. Palo restaurant – Adults only
  9. Walt Disney Theater – Shows and movies
  10. Themed deck parties with costumes, dancing and fireworks
  11. Animation fun – learn to draw Disney characters
  12. “Ego quiz” – showcased on the Ariel view screen.
  13. A magic workshop
  14. Children’s programs
  15. Babysitting

Holland America Cruise

 Activities an facilities

  • The oasis – secluded area just for teens – features waterfall, laser light show, state of the art sound system
  • Arcades, Sony Playstations, DDRdirectcruise
  • Basketball, Ping Pong, tennis, volleyball, walk-a-mile
  • Putting green and bocce ball
  • State of the art spa with hydrotherapy pools
  • Movie theaters (with fresh popcorn)
  • Children’s programs
  • Babysitting

MSC Cruise line

Activities & facilitiesdirectcruise

  • Specially designed spaces for children
  • Video arcades for older children
  • Playrooms for younger children
  • Children’s programs
  • Babysitting

NCL Cruise Line

NCL Cruise is known for their “Freestyle cruising” which allows for a lot of flexibility based on your individual needs.

Activities & facilities

  • Teen Passport Program – $34.50 – Teens can order 20 smoothies and other non-alcoholic drinks, attend an afternoon dance party with a DJ, have pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a farewell party on the last evening.directcruise
  • video arcades, basketball courts, paddle tennis and giant chessboards
  • Newer ships have onboard bowling and rock climbing walls
  • Junior Star Seeker competitions
  • Splash Pool (inside kid’s club)
  • Family pool
  • Adult’s only pool
  • Children’s Programs
  • Supervised fun for the kids

Princess Cruise Line

Activities & Facilities

  • Pelican’s Perch – Opens 10am – 2pm – Supervised play area for kids
  • California Science Centerdirectcruise
  • Youth dinners
  • Schlarship @ Sea – educational programs for adults
  • Stat of the art Lotus Spa
  • Special deck for children
  • Teens have a separate hot tub and deck area
  • Movies under the stars
  • Arcade games, ping pong, juke boxes
  • Children’s Programs
  • Babysitting

Royal Caribbean

For the family that craves action and adventure. Royal Caribbean Ships boast of some of the most unique and innovative features at sea.

Activities & Facilities

  • Nursery
  • Scratch DJ Academy
  • Arcade, air hockey tables, standard arcade games, driving games and prize redemption games like Stacker where players can win an ipod or shuffle
  • Build and grow
  • On newer ships there is a Boardwalkcruisedirect
  • RCI’s private islands, Coco Bay and Labadee
  • Teen Casino
  • Theater and Shows, “Drive In” movies and pool parties
  • Ice skating, Ice shows
  • Rock climbing wall, basketball court, flow rider surf simulator
  • Game shows and Trivia Contest
  • Open mic nights and family discos
  • Children’s Programs
  • Babysitting

 In Conclusion:

On your Cruise, all meals are included. Each shipboard activity is included. All entertainment is included. Compare that to most land vacations where you’re constantly faced with the added expenses and hassels of reservations, valet parking, buying theater tickets and searching for things to do.

And best of all CruiseDirect is so confident you won’t find a lower price that they are willing to guarantee it. So, why not book your next vacation with the most exciting category in travel and let CruiseDirect get you all set up on one of their specials?

CruiseDirect: Best Price Guarantee, Low Price Assurance, No Booking Fees & Weekly Cruise Deals. Book Now!

 

Global Online Travel Community

HotelClub.com

HotelClub.com is a global online travel community dedicated to giving members a more rewarding travel experience. Membership is free.  Hotel Club has over 60,000 hotels worldwide supporting 15 languages, and 19 currencies.

Once you collect 10 nights at participating hotels, you earn 1 night free. Once you have stayed 10 nights you are also eligible for Silver Membership. After 30 nights in one year, you are eligible for Gold membership.

Silver Membership

  • Priority customer service on a dedicated phone line just for you
  • Trouble-free travel guarantee which means if you need to move your booking or have a problem during your stay, they’ll help you make new travel arrangements right away, minimizing any hotel charges or cancellation fees.
  • Early access to their deals and promotions before anyone else.

Gold Membership

  • Priority customer service on a dedicated phone line just for you
  • Trouble-free travel guarantee which means if you need to move your booking or have a problem during your stay, they’ll help you make new travel arrangements right away, minimizing any hotel charges or cancellation fees.
  • Early access to their deals and promotions before anyone else.
  • Privileged access to Gold member-only exclusive deals where you’ll get the best rates and deals guaranteed.

Groups

If you are traveling as a group, they have a special page dedicated to Group Travel Service. HotelClub.com has assistance for groups of 9 to 999, offering cash rebates, flexible payment options, In-house call center and over 290,000 hotels to choose from.

  • If you are a Manager or Planner, they have hotels with great rooms and event spaces for your next function.
  • If you are a Coach, they have hotels right next to ballparks, stadiums, and arenas for a convenient place to stay before the Big Game.
  • If you are a Teacher, they have hotels near museums and historical attractions.

You can also book groups for:

  • Bachelor-etts
  • Parties
  • Birthday Parties
  • Bus Tour Groups39016_44
  • Charity Events
  • Class Reunions
  • Family Reunions
  • Conventions,
  • Fraternity-Sorority
  • Golf
  • Government
  • Graduates
  • Holiday Parties
  • Military
  • Music Band
  • Religious/Church Events
  • etc.

If you are planning your next vacation, use Hotel Club, global online travel community, as one of your places for price comparison.

Join the travel club that gives you more, HotelClub.com!

HomeAway

HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the world’s leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over one million paid listings of vacation rentals in 190 countries. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation rental homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations.

Why Rent A Vacation Home?

  • Spend less but get more room than a hotel
  • More space – the average vacation rental home is 1850 sq. ft. versus the average hotel room that is 325 sq. ft.
  • More privacy – plenty of space, comfort and little disturbance; perfect for family time
  • Kitchen – prepare a quick meal – save time and money on having to eat out.
  • Easy to find a pet-friendly accommodation in most destinations.
  • Easy for family or friends to stay together and share costs making it more affordable for everyone.

How Secure Are Payments?

Pay securely for a vacation rental by paying online with credit card or e-check through Home Away Payments. Your credit card information is not seen by the owner or manager.

Rent the perfect vacation home.

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