Archive for February, 2010
We often check out a world travel guide when we need to collect information about a place which we are planning to visit. The travel guides provide us complete details about a place like the cultural heritage sites to visit, best places to shop, accommodation options, the places to taste the best and traditional food, best time to visit, the specialties of that place etc.
Apart from the above mentioned tourist information in the travel portals, you can also find detailed information about the hostels and apartments on rent, available for a long stay at a place. You can also collect information about the car rental services available at that place and how you can arrange a car for yourself to make your trip more enjoyable and comfortable. You can also check out information on how to reach that place and the various modes of transportation available at that place.
However, the travel portals and guides do not provide ‘travel and holidays’ related information alone. They have many other tools, which prove to be useful for a traveler. Few of these are mentioned below:
The Newsletters: Most of the travel portals publish E-newsletters which contain information about the best tour packages to the different places, the best hotel deals, cheap car hire, low cost flights and cruises, the up coming events and festivals in that place etc.
The interested travelers can sign up for the newsletters for free and receive them in their email on a regular basis with the latest updates.
Travel Journals: Travel guides also publish travel journals which contain tourist information and travel experiences of travelers. These journals contain information from first hand experiences. Therefore, they provide you tips to make your visit to a place enjoyable. Some of the journals also contain photographs, contributed by the tourists.
Weather Information: Travel portals offer real time weather forecast and information for different locations. They provide information about the weather conditions along with the minimum and maximum temperatures. It proves to be very useful for travelers.
Maps: All travel guides provide maps of places. These maps prove to be useful tools for travelers as they contain directions, detailed road maps of accessible area etc.
A travel guide without the above mentioned tools and features are not much useful for a traveler. However, even if a travel guide contains these tools, they need to be regularly updated, so that they are able to guide people accurately during their travel.
‘Places Online’ is one of the best travel guides available on the internet. For more information you can visit www.placesonline.com.
We know that a vacation on the beach is different from other types of vacations. But what makes them so special?
White sand, dolphins swimming in blue water and a cabana boy serving you frozen Margaritas. Those are just a few of the things that make a beach vacation stand out from other vacations. The tropical sun seems to melt away all your worries except one… should you turn over to even out your tan or wait five more minutes?
If, however, a laid back, nothing to do vacation isn’t for you, there is plenty to do on the beach as well. Vacations on the beach can be leisurely or busy. Maybe you want to go for a swim or learn how to snorkel and check out the reefs. Maybe you want to stay on the beach or are you the more adventurous type and are looking to learn to water ski or surf. The nice thing about vacations is it is all up to you. What ever you want to do, do it!
What should you expect from a vacation package?
That depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. Are you going to the Caribbean? Europe? Are you going to vacation in the Untied States? Mexico? Once you have decided on where you will be vacationing, you have to decide what you want to do when you get there. Because you can get different packages for the same beach, make a list of amenities. One end of the beach may have those cabana boys serving drinks while the other end is open for camping and the middle may be a family atmosphere. So while it would appear that all beaches are the same, they are not. You will want to do your homework before you settle on one.
If a vacation you don’t have to ‘think’ about once you get there sounds like your idea of relaxation, you are in luck. There are so may vacation packages that you will literally have your pick of doing nothing, everything or something in between. The most popular packages for beach vacations will include round trip airfare or cruise to and from the beach. They will have a certain number of days – do you want to stay for three days or the whole week… or longer? Other packages will include tours, meals, attraction tickets and other things as well.
Some ultimate beach vacations
By doing research, you can find some excellent beach vacation packages. For example, with packages that can be customized to include family amusement parks and miniature golf, Myrtle Beach vacation packages are among the best packages available.
Delta, and some other airlines also offer beach vacations. While you may not think about going through an airline for your beach vacation package, they really allow you to customize your vacation right down to the last detail. And since they will most likely have airports with flights into and out of your designation, you might as well make a package deal with them and save on your airfare.
Because beach vacation packages can be customized to suit your needs, from relaxing in the sun to guided tours, you will have no problem putting together a package that will fit your wants and likes.
Apen Ski Resort
Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort, in Colorado, offers more than 5,200 acres across four mountains, two of them dedicated to advanced skiers. Snowmass is 32-percent Double Black Diamond (steep and/or dangerous terrain icons, to the uninformed). Aspen Mountain offers even more thrills, with 26-percent Black Diamond runs and another 26-percent Double Diamond runs. The mountain, nicknamed Ajax, is renowned for its precipitous slopes and moguls (read “big bumps”, for the uninitiated) that can send the unwary or reckless ski aficionado flying into white space.
Aspen has 76 trails and 8 lifts, with no beginner slopes and half the terrain given to intermediate runs. The remainder is about equally divided between advanced skiers and experts. Experts will love the challenge of double-black slopes and woodland terrain. For a real rush, try the Go-Go-Gully or the Highland Bowl, pitched at roughly 48 degrees (90 degrees is a right angle, for expert skiers who don’t do math).
Killington Ski Resort
Killington Ski Resort, located in Vermont, is a superb resort for the advanced skier. Almost half the terrain is devoted to difficult trails, including a Double-Black-Diamond rated area known as “The Outer Limits” with enough moguls to make even expert skiers achieve flight. Other terrain includes woodland, or glade, skiing and steep terrain. In all Killington has 12 Double Black Diamond trails and half again as many Black Diamond runs. In all, 200 trails connect seven mountains via 33 chairlifts. Killington has the longest skiing season in the Northeast U.S. (typically November through April), an average annual snowfall of 250 inches, and 70-percent snowmaking capacity. Lessons are available without advance reservation at the Perfect Turn Ski School.
Mad River Glen Ski Resort
Mad River Glen, also located in Vermont, features a mountain open only to skiers; no snowboarding or tubing allowed. The Glen is not well known, but its motto, “Ski It If You Can” indicates the level of difficulty. Most of its snow is Nature-made, providing natural moguls. Narrow, wooded trails and 45 advanced trails offer the ultimate in skiing challenge. Five lifts provide adequate coverage to the 800 acres of skiing. For Easterners, the Glen is 3 hours from Boston and slightly more than four hours from New York.
Winter Park Ski Resort
Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado has a variety of skill-level trails, but the most difficult ones comprise more than half the terrain. One peak, the Mary Jane, starts at 12,000 feet and runs four miles down the mountain with a 2,600-foot descent. More than half the trails on Mary Jane are listed as difficult. The Pansenne Bowl starts at a similar elevation and drops 1,700 feet in five miles. The truly expert trails are located on the Vasquez Cirque, with three-quarters of these listed as advanced and the balance for expert skiers only.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge Ski Resort is also located in Colorado. Half its trails are rated advanced/expert, with approximately 23 trails in the Double Black Diamond class, featuring snow bowls, woodland terrain and backcountry wilderness. Breckenridge also has a terrain park for advanced extreme skiers – the kind who have learned to fly on a pair of skis. With 152 trails and 29 lifts, including the highest chairlift in N. America, Breckenridge will delight skiers who have mastered more than a parallel stop. Breckenridge also has a ski school, and its historic downtown offers the non-skier and skier alike endless shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities.
Other mature-rated ski resorts include Mammoth Mountain in California, with 150 trails and one of the best back-country ski routes in N. America. Whiteface Ski Resort, in Lake Placid, New York, offers the highest vertical drop in the East (3,340 feet), and an area known as “The Slides”, which are Double Black Diamond runs without snowmaking or grooming that form steep chutes, or gullies. If you are less than expert, think twice before attempting The Slides.