Archive for September, 2009
If you have a made a bucket list of popular destinations to visit in your life time, you can make a visit to some of them come true this season. Many of the travel agencies are offering great deals on holiday destination to magnetize traveler like you. You can take advantage of these packages for popular destination and start exploring the destinations of your choice one by one.
You have plenty of options on holiday destination to opt for from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia to Africa. The package is designed so well for the popular destinations that it is going to satisfy the taste of all different kinds of travelers searching for their kind of thrill when they are holidaying. The best part of this holiday destination packages are that they are so cheap this season that even traveler with strict budget can get to avail them. Hence hr is your chance to enjoy the maximum of your holidays at very affordable rate. The packages can be enjoyed by students, individuals, families, group of friends, and even for individuals on businss, who are seeking for a break while doing business. You will find great itineraries from trekking to Everest Base camp to kayaking in Gran canyon, USA. The major travel agencies have also put up great packages on cultural vacation according to the festival of the native place so that you really get to be the part of the culture and custom of the city or town, you are going to visit. There are also great event packages available for around the globe.
Finding your favorite holiday destination is relatively easy. Log on to one of the websites providing the holiday destination packages. If you have your own list, then see on the Internet, if there is any suitable package available for you. If you are open in terms of holiday destination, you can look for the good packages available randomly on travel related portals. The details of the packages available will be displayed to you. Pick one which suits you most and don’t forget to book it in advance as the deals are subject to availability and might run out faster than you think.
Book popular destination package today and start preparing for your vacation.
When it is time to take the family on vacation, most of us think only about getting a hotel room. Sure, we might also consider a tent campground, a RV or travel trailer, and possibly even a beach condo, but how many of us realize that we have more choices for a place to sleep while on vacation?
To be honest, I am a pretty smart guy and I have been doing the vacation thing, first with my parents and then with my wife and kids, but until a few years ago, I never knew there was such a thing as a bed and breakfast or vacation home rental. I only become aware of these alternate types of vacation accommodations when I was in my early thirties – a decade ago.
The Campground Experience
My dad knew about hotels of course, but he would never consider spending money in such a wasteful manner. Until I was twelve, we only stayed in a tent when we went on vacation. Three years in a row, we got caught out in massive downpours while we were camping. Our tent – although pretty nice – leaked when it rained. Three vacations in a row, we had to pack up and leave in the middle of the night, after we woke to find ourselves in an inch of water inside our tent.
My mother had a great deal of influence over my dad… in a weird kind of way. After three years of ruined vacations, she put her foot down. She told him that we would never spend our vacations in a tent again. She got her way, but not in the way she expected. She won her argument; we never again spent our vacation in a tent. But dad got his way too; we never did spend money on a hotel room, instead, we spent his vacation in our own house. After I was twelve, we never again took a family vacation.
Well, that is almost true. When I was sixteen, dad bought one of those pop-up campers. When I was sixteen, we took a family vacation and stayed in the pop-up camper travel trailer. But wouldn’t you know… it rained and the camper leaked too. So that was the final end of our family vacations.
The Hotel Experience
As an adult, I did not have the same kind of qualms my father had about hotels. When my wife and I went to Las Vegas for our honeymoon, we stayed at the Stratosphere hotel. From our overpriced hotel room, we were able to look out our window and see… the concrete wall at the base of the tower. It was awesome.
After our kids were born, we took two vacations to San Antonio, where we stayed with my wife’s aunt and uncle. But the drive down was pretty lengthy, so we caught hotel rooms in transit. We would catch a hotel room for one night on the way to San Antonio, and we would catch a room on the way home.
We got on well with hotels in our travels, up until we stayed at the Best Western one night. Everything went well, until we went to check out. Imagine our shock and anger, when we realized that the hotel had supplied a PlayStation in our room, and our four- and six-year-old children got up in the middle of the night to play video games. Our $45 hotel room ended up costing us $120!! OMG I was pissed!
The Vacation Rental Experience
I have to say that when I finally discovered vacation home rentals, I was pleased to no end. If I am going to spend $120 per night, you simply cannot beat the vacation rental experience.
Especially when you are doing several nights at your vacation destination, the vacation rental makes a whole lot of sense. If you are yet aware of it, the vacation home rental is exactly what it sounds like. It is a home that you can rent, in the same way that you rent a hotel room, with a major exception. That exception is that the rental has seperate bedrooms for the guests, a full kitchen, a fenced backyard for the kids to play in, sometimes a swimming pool to swim in, and a comfortable living area, frequently with a big screen HDTV in it.
Think about the homes of your friends, and then think about the nicest home that you have been to. A vacation rental is generally even nicer than the homes of all of my friends and family.
Vacation home rental prices vary considerably, depending on location, size and features. But I have managed to rent a number of vacation rentals for as little as $125 per night. What was exceptional about that is that the vacation home rentals had a full kitchen in the house, with a complete set of dishes for cooking and eating. Although we were in some far off destination, we did not have to take every meal at a restaurant. That one advantage more than compensated for the additional cost of renting the vacation home. In the end, we found that our vacation home ended up saving us so much money on food, that we made a profit against what we would have spent on the hotel and restaurant food.
The Bed And Breakfast Experience
The bed and breakfasts (B&B) are an ideal solution for living the good life, but they are not always suited to bringing the kids along on your vacation.
A friend of my wife had told us about a bed and breakfast establishment that she had visited with her husband. She spoke of the experience of having someone cook for you and pamper you to no end. My wife’s friend enjoys the B&B experience so much that her and her husband visit one as often as possible, even if it is just across town.
My wife’s friend had talked up the experience so highly that my wife insisted that we must find a babysitter for our kids for the weekend, so that we could indulge ourselves in the Bed And Breakfast experience. We did, and it was truly enjoyable, relaxing, and memorable.
We checked into the B&B on Friday night and spent the weekend there. Friday night, we slipped into the hot tub for an evening of refreshing bubbles. Along with the hot tub bubbles, we enjoyed champagne bubbles in our drinks.
Saturday morning, we arose early to go horseback riding. Unlike the first time I rode a horse, it was an enjoyable outing. The first time I had rode a horse, the horse would just stop along the beach and snack on grass, ignoring me when I told him to go. After the horse guy came back and got my horse moving on two separate occasions, he finally broke down and switched horses with me. The change of horses did not fix the problem. Somehow, both horses had known that I had never been on a horse before, and they took advantage of me.
But when my wife and I did the B&B weekend, we rode horses on Saturday morning, and my horse cooperated and did what he was supposed to do… Thank God.
For lunch, we were treated to a special meal – one of the best I have eaten in my life. Then we took a dip in the pool during the afternoon, and then took a short nap. At dinner, we were treated to a candlelight dinner in our room. We returned to the hot tub on Saturday night, then to our room for a night we will never forget.
We spent a leisurely Sunday morning in bed, before checking out in the afternoon. After leaving the B&B, we took a relaxed and slow drive home, and then picked up the children from the babysitters’ house.
It was a nice change from the ordinary.
The Overall Vacation Experience
I have learned a few very important lessons in the last ten years:
* I have learned that we don’t have to do the tent or camper experience and experience the frustration that my parents experienced on a family vacation.
* I have learned that hotels really are not all that they are cracked up to be and can provide many ugly surprises.
* After having taken the chance on a vacation home rental, I learned that if I was going to spend more than a night away from home with the kids, then a vacation rental would make our vacation time much more pleasant and enjoyable.
* After having taken the chance on renting a Bed and Breakfast suite for the weekend, I learned that if my wife and I get a chance to get away from the kids for a weekend, we would be fools to pass on the opportunity to spend our weekend at the B&B of our choice.
In the constant struggle to find holiday accommodations, many people see the best and worst of what can happen while on a family vacation. My parents struggled for years trying to create a memorable family vacation, and they were successful in all the wrong ways.
Unfortunately, vacations more often create abnormally high stress levels, when one is supposed to be trying to relax. As a result, many families frequently prefer to stay home when vacation time comes. But the good news is that there are better options available to anyone looking to experience a family vacation to remember – a vacation that is memorable for all of the right reasons.
It is my hope that you were able to laugh with me as I shared some of my personal vacation experiences. It is also my hope that I have opened your eyes to alternate vacation ideas that you can use to lower the stress and increase the enjoyment of your next family vacation, in the same way that I have been able to do for myself and my family.
As opposed to what one may think when planning his or her vacations, Spain is not so far. It has become closer. Nowadays, in the age of low-budget airfares between Spain and other EU countries, a trip to Spain from say UK, Ireland and Scandinavia is a question of several dozens of Euros and a couple of hours.
The transportation has become so fast and so ridiculously cheap if you book in advance that people start going to this southern European country like to a closely located summerhouse – for a weekend! My friends from London visit their vacation house on the Costa Blanca every second weekend all year round using low-cost flights to Alicante: 3 hours and they are there!
Costa Blanca is now becoming more and more popular destination for budget holidays on the Mediterranean Sea. There are several reasons for it.
First is the multiplication of the low-cost flights to Murcia and Alicante, two local community capitals. Next follows the recent Spanish real-estate boom that resulted in an overproduction and, consequently, unprecedented low prices for accommodation in Spain. There are thousands of high standard newly built houses along the Spanish Mediterranean coast waiting for renters and buyers. That makes it easy for vacationers to find an inexpensive high quality accommodation on the Costa Blanca.
Nevertheless, the main reasons for traveling to the Costa Blanca rest of course its distinctive culture, its warm climate and the unspoiled beaches with the clean seawater. Spanish southern coasts have been, due to the former communist regime in Spain, much less used by vacationers in the last decades than other European Mediterranean coasts. That is why nowadays the beaches of Costa Blanca are preserved unimpaired. Besides, as Spain is located just on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the waters of both basins mix up bringing to the Spanish coasts a massive flow of fresh healthy water and fish from the Atlantic.
According to the Foundation for Environmental Education, granting the prestigious award of the Blue Flag, the Spanish beaches are the cleanest in Europe, and the beaches of the Costa Blanca take the first place amongst all Spanish beaches. The vacationers here enjoy the fine light-yellow send that gave the name to the Costa Blanca (“White Beach”).
Costa Blanca offers a microclimate as regarded by the World Health Organisation as one of the healthiest in the world with an average annual temperature 24°? and more than 300 days of unspoilt sunshine per year!
Besides, life on the Costa Blanca is generally cheaper than on the other Mediterranean coasts like Costa del Sol and Mallorca. On the typical Spanish markets, you can buy excellent fresh fruits and vegetables as well as cheap but good quality Spanish shoes and other leather products. Shoe making and leather working are traditional crafts in Spain.
All these reasons result in Costa Blanca becoming now a popular destination for holidaymakers, especially young families with children that cannot afford an expensive vacation. By the way, Costa Blanca offers many children entertainment centers and amusement parks to attract family vacationers even more.
As you can see, the Costa Blanca represents nowadays a fantastic destination for budget holidays in Europe.