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Cheap Vacations to Yellowstone

Look for the best Yellowstone vacation deals outside of the park.
If planning a vacation to Yellowstone National Park, travelers will want to stay outside of the Park for the best deals. No matter where they choose to enter, the following budget accommodations will help ensure that a vacation to America’s first National Park is as inexpensive as possible. Not all lodging is available year-round—so it is recommended to plan ahead. All prices correct as of early 2010.

West Entrance

  • In West Yellowstone, Montana visitors will want to try The Historic Madison Hotel. Built in 1912, the Madison has a rustic Western feel and, as the oldest hotel in West Yellowstone, it harkens back to the early days of park tourism. There’s a hostel for $30 a night or rooms starting at $49 with a shared bath.

    Travelers should also check out the Lazy G Motel. It offers free Wi-Fi and satellite TV in rooms that start at $61. Guests save more by doing their own cooking in a kitchenette room for an extra $15 a day for a two-day stay or $10 a day for stays longer than three days.

    Historic Madison Hotel
    139 Yellowstone Ave.
    West Yellowstone, MT 59758
    (406) 646-7745
    madisonhotelmotel.com

    Lazy G Motel
    123 Hayden Street
    West Yellowstone, MT 59758
    (406) 646-7586
    lazygmotel.com

North Entrance

  • In Gardiner, Montana visitors will find the Hillcrest Cottages. Updated cottages are priced based on the number of guests. The cost for a couple will run between $60 and $80 a day.

    Thirty miles north of Gardiner in Pray, Montana is the Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa. The resort offers accommodations for every price range but bargain rooms can be found in the Main Lodge starting at $49. This place is so nice guests may decide not to travel to Yellowstone at all.

    Hillcrest Cottages
    200 Scott Street
    Gardiner, MT. 59030
    (406) 848-7353
    hillcrestcottages.com

    Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa
    Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa

    1 Old Chico Road

    Pray, MT 59065
    (406) 333-4933
    chicohotsprings.com

South Entrance

  • When visitors leave the Big Sky State, prices start climbing sky high. Jackson, Wyoming is a nice place to visit but to find a good deal on a room travelers will need to get out of town. Colter Bay Village in Grand Teton National Park offers the best deals. Colter Bay offers single tent cabins for $50 a day—or pay $10 more for a semi-private cabin. If visitors can bring their own tent, they can even stay at the campground for only $20.

    Colter Bay Village
    Colter bay on Jackson Lake
    PO Box 240, WY 83013
    (307) 543-3100
    gtlc.com

East Entrance

  • Fifty miles east of Yellowstone National Park is the small town of Cody, Wyoming. Prices have been climbing there in recent years as tourists flock to the town for its Buffalo Bill heritage but bargains can still be had for patient travelers. Travelers should try to snag an Internet deal at the historic 1902 Irma Hotel or stay at the Cody Budget Host Inn for as little as $55 a day.

    1902 Irma Hotel
    1192 Sheridan Ave.
    Cody, Wyoming 82104
    (307) 587-4221

    Cody Budget Host Inn
    (800) BUD-HOST
    budgethost.com

How to Travel by Train to Florida

Beautiful beaches are one reason why people go to Florida by train.
Florida is known for its sandy white beaches, multiple theme parks and historic sites. A popular spring break destination, and place to get away from the cold weather in the north, people chose to visit Florida for a wide variety of reasons. While many people may fly or drive to Florida, for some people these are not viable options. The train can get you to Florida faster than a car would with the convenience of the plane.

Instructions

  1. Decide which city in Florida to visit. In 2010, Amtrak has 20 locations in Florida, not counting bus stops. Amtrak has stops in all of the continental 48 states for your convenience, although you may need some form of transportation to get to the station.
  2. Purchase your ticket. You may purchase the tickets online at Amtrak’s website or by calling 800-872-7245. Ticket prices will vary, depending on your travel dates, the distance from your location to Florida and any current Amtrak specials that might be running. Depending on the distance you are traveling, sleeper cars may be available. Also, different types of tickets are available for different prices, which include dining and better seating.
  3. Prepare your bags. As of 2010, Amtrak allows passengers to bring two carry-on bags and three checked bags. Each bag may not weigh more than 50 lbs. Dangerous objects like firearms, incendiaries, axes, toxic chemicals and clubs are not allowed on trains. Animals, with the exception of service animals, are also prohibited from the trains. Food and beverages are allowed.
  4. Get on the train. Your train ticket will list your local train station along with the date and time of your train. You will need to check in prior to the train leaving. If you are checking in any bags, you will need to be there at least 30 minutes early. When you order your ticket, you have the option of having it mailed to you via US mail or picking it up at the station either by a Quik-Trak kiosk or from a staff member located at your station.
  5. Dining is available on most trains. Certain tickets include the price of a meal. If yours does not, you may also purchase a meal using a credit card.

 All-Inclusive California Disneyland Vacations

All-Inclusive California Disneyland Vacations

Maybe it is time to capture a little fairy dust at Walt Disney’s original Disneyland Park and its newest addition, Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland website provides a unique cafeteria-style menu selection for booking an all-inclusive vacation package. You may want to consider all available options for your escape to the Magic Kingdom.

Types

  • The Disneyland online booking website offers two attractive all-inclusive vacation packages, the moderately priced Good Neighbor Hotel Package and the Resort Hotel Vacation Package.

Features

  • An all-inclusive California Disney vacation includes your choice of moderate to resort-type hotels, a selection of “park hopper” tickets, breakfast with Disney characters, dining in Disneyland, shuttle services, souvenirs and special performances. A “park hopper” ticket provides entrance to both Disney theme parks for the length of your stay or preferences. You choose the package and added amenities to fit your budget and interests.

Good Neighbor Hotels

  • Good Neighbor Hotels are located close to Disneyland and, although moderately priced, offer an array of amenities. The Anaheim Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites and Best Western Pavilion are examples of the types of accommodations offered. Some hotels offer free breakfast microwaves, refrigerators, suites and shuttle services. All Good Neighbor Hotels offer swimming pools, Wi-Fi, cable TV and other amenities. Special discounts may apply at the time of booking that include third night free or percentage discounts

Resort Hotels

  • Disney resort hotels are the original Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Each of the resorts offers the maximum in comfort and amenities near the heart of the theme parks. The Grand Californian has a Disney vintage motif. The Paradise Pier offers a Disney seaside theme with a water slide. The original Disneyland Hotel offers the world-renowned monorail ride to the entrance of Disneyland.

Alternative Booking

  • Popular online booking sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline and others offer all -inclusive California Disneyland vacation packages. Vacation packages include flight, hotel, Disneyland “park hopper” tickets, Disney character meals, rental cars, shuttle service and complimentary breakfast. You choose the travel itinerary, hotel, “park hopper” ticket and other personal choices and the website genie does the rest. All you need to do is input your credit card information and a confirmed itinerary is available for your records.

Airline and Special Hotel Packages

  • United Airlines and American Airlines offer package hotel and flight packages including the option to add “park hopper” tickets for both Disneyland’s theme parks. The Portofino Inn & Suites, across the street from Disneyland, offers a special all-inclusive Disneyland vacation. The Portofino offers kids suites, deluxe rooms with Disneyland theme park admissions in affordable two-day, three-day and four-day package deals.

How to Plan a Disney Vacation for a Large Family

             Disney theme parks are a vacation children dream of and parents want to give. There are many locations to choose from and you can personalize the trip to suit your needs and your budget. Disney package deals can be found and for less than you might think. Here are some tips on how to plan a Disney vacation for a large family, so you can enjoy as much of Disney as possible without sending you to the poor house. Disney is a wonderful place to take your family on vacation. Plan ahead and search around for the best deals.

Instructions

  1. Ask yourself if you want a relaxing getaway or do you want the excitement and thrills. It is quite possible you may want some of both.
  2. Decide who and how many are going with you. If you and your significant other are going, your itinerary will be vastly different from that of parents with a preschooler.
  3. Decide if you will use a travel agent or booking service. Many travel agents are able to secure lower airfares, hotel rates and attraction tickets at a reduced price from what the general public might play. You certainly can book all the arrangements yourself, but you may be missing out on some great packages or vacation deals.
  4. Plan your traveling arrangements. A large family will be costly, if you decide to fly. Of course, the rise in gas prices can be hard on a large family as well. Decide which means of travel is best suited for your family.
  5. Be aware that if you book a flight over 21 days in advance, you will get a substantially lower rate than if you book the week before you leave. To save some extra cash, try to find a flight that leaves on Tuesday or Wednesday. These are often the cheaper days to fly. If your children are older, you might also consider a red eye flight. Many times these flights can save you another 30 percent off a regular daytime airline ticket.
  6. Try to find a hotel located on a Disney property. There are some very substantial benefits to staying there. You will be provided transportation. The park has transportation to and from the hotels. Disney also has the Magic Express, which will take your bags from the airport to your room. It might, however, take up to four hours for you to receive them. A great bonus to a Disney property is how you can have your souvenirs delivered to your hotel room. This is a great way to keep from carrying toys and such from your children all over the park.
  7. Consider purchasing the Park Hopper Pass. You can enter all the parks, and some of the water ones, too. You can go from park to park at your leisure. If you buy the complete Disney pass, you will find your park passes, room keys, and credit card can be in one Disney card. It is a great way to keep from losing something.
  8. Check out additional special offers. Disney has many special offers. Extra Magic Hours allow a Disney hotel guest to enter the park after it is closed. This is great fun because you may not experience any lines for the rides. Dining plans are also available and usually will pay for themselves after the first meal.

Travel Trailer Propane Tips

Propane is a generally a non-toxic, non-poisonous gas commonly used in travel trailers to provide fuel for cooking stoves and heaters. However, using propane in bottles or tanks is not without its risks. Therefore, all due safety measures should be taken whenever propane gas is being used in a mobile home.

There are some essential safety tips when using propane in a travel trailer.

Leaks and Ventilation

  • Always store the tank in a properly ventilated area. Do not use tanks or stove connections unless they fit tightly and securely. Do not sleep with your head near or over the propane tank valves. Do not use grills or camp stoves fueled by propane indoors; always ensure proper ventilation. The smell of rotten eggs or rotten onions in the air warns of a propane leak. If a leak is suspected, call 911 and ask for the Fire Department. Evacuate the trailer. Do not attempt to search for the leak yourself, and do not turn on the lights or use an open flame in the vicinity. Know the propane tank exhaust point in your travel trailer and clear it of any leaves, branches or other combustible items. If there is a leak, do not touch the stove igniter.

Proper Care and Use of Tanks

  • Tanks should remain upright at all times and not be permitted to roll or get damaged. They should be stowed securely if the travel trailer is moved. All manufacturer’s instructions for camp stoves and any other appliances which might use propane for fuel should be followed carefully. Propane tanks should never be punctured. The valves should never be tampered with, nor connected to a hose not suitable in size. No open flame should be allowed near the tank or valve. Know where the shut off value is at all times in the event of an emergency. Do not try to reconfigure or repair the connections from the tank to the appliance.

Fire and Burn Safety

  • Keep children and pets away from any appliances being run with propane. Keep all flammable or combustible materials well away from any open flames. No flammable materials should be near any exhaust vent for the appliance.

Tank Set Up at a New Site

  • Check that there is no damage to the tank, nor any leaks, before connecting the travel trailer cables to the electricity supply, and before starting to use the propane tank.

Electrical Outlets in Japan Vs. the United States

Before you hop aboard the high-speed trains in Tokyo or sample the sushi in Okinawa, you have to know what to pack for your trip to Japan. International travel usually means at least one electric adapter because electrical currents are different depending on the part of the world in which you happen to be. Some of your U.S. electronic devices plug into Japanese outlets and operate without a problem while others do not.

Many Japanese plugs look like American plugs, but they aren't always the same.

Voltage and Plugs

  • Standard outlets in Japan operate on 100 volts of electricity. This is different from the United States, which uses 110 volts. Japanese plugs have two flat prongs like many of the plugs you see on American electronics and appliances. The prongs are non-polarized and fit into outlets in the U.S. Some American only plugs have two prongs and those fit into Japan outlets. Anything from the U.S. with a third prong does not work in a Japanese outlet.

Electric Current

  • The electricity in the United States runs on a 60-cycle alternating current (AC). With an AC, the electrical charge periodically switches direction, unlike a direct current (DC) in which the electricity flows in one direction. The Japanese electric system is on an alternating current, but the cycle depends on your exact location in Japan. East of Mt. Fuji in places such as Tokyo and Yokohama, it runs on a 50-cycle Hertz current. In western locations such as Kyoto and Osaka, the electricity is on a 60-cycle Hertz current.

What to Expect

  • There won’t be much of a difference when you’re traveling from the U.S. to Japan, according to Rough Guides. You’ll be able to operate and charge computers, cell phones and digital cameras. You might notice your hair dryer or portable coffee pot doesn’t work quite as quickly or efficiently because the flow of heat travels differently on these electrical currents. Consider investing in a power adapter for these items so you don’t end up damaging them or causing electricity loss.

Packing an Adapter

  • Several universal adapters are affordable and easy to pack. You’ll get a few different plugs in one compact unit, which may help with other international trips you might make. The one appropriate for Japan is labeled as such, and you’ll be able to plug in anything you pack without worrying about your safety or how it works.

How to Apply for a USA Holiday Visa

A U.S. holiday visa is a non-immigrant visa for tourist purposes. Before you apply for one, check that you are not already entitled to travel to the U.S. without a visa. The United States operates a Visa Waiver Program for foreign citizens from eligible countries. This allows you to apply only for a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization, ESTA, approval, which is straightforward. Canadian and Bermudan citizens also normally can travel without a visa for tourism purposes.

Instructions

  1. Gather supporting documents that state the reason for your trip and your intention to remain for a specific, limited period. These may include your itinerary, return flight ticket and your accommodation arrangements. Prepare evidence of funds to cover expenses during your visit and documents that show social and economic ties abroad, such as a residence outside the United States and employment information that will ensure your departure at the end of your visit.
  2. Apply to the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country of permanent residence. It is not impossible to qualify for the visa outside your country of permanent residence, but it can be more difficult for you to demonstrate ties to a country other than your place of permanent residence. With few exceptions for age and other criteria, an interview is required. Visa wait times for interview appointments vary.
  3. Go to the U.S. embassy for your prearranged appointment time and date. Submit fingerprint scans and answer questions during the interview. You are asked about your travel plans. The burden of proving intention to return home rests on the foreign traveler. Documents showing family ties or employment may suffice for these purposes. Wait for application approval or denial notification. Visa processing times vary.

How to Plan a Holiday Trip

Each year, millions of people load up the family car and set out on a holiday trip. Whether it’s to grandma’s house, a family reunion or simply a holiday getaway, these yearly road trips can often be the source of dread and stress. The thought of being trapped in the car with restless children or the possibility of car trouble along the way is enough to make anyone consider staying home. Luckily, with a little planning, these situations can be avoided.

Instructions

  1. Plan out the route for your car trip. If you’re planning on driving to your holiday destination, a little planning can help make your trip easy and uneventful. Consider your starting point and desired destination, and investigate several possible routes. Remember, it’s likely that you won’t be the only person on the road during the holidays, and traffic is always a factor. Alternate routes or shortcuts can help reduce time spent in traffic jams and get you to your destination sooner. This information can also come in handy in case of detours, road construction or other situations that might block your primary route.
  2. Book airline tickets. Although traveling by air can be quick and convenient, it can also be much more expensive. Start planning your trip early to take advantage of advance purchase discounts and avoid sold out flights. Many airlines become extremely busy during the holidays so booking in advance can also help ensure that you get the flights that you want. High traffic destinations such as New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta can be extremely congested during the holidays. If you have the option, consider booking your flight to a nearby airport and renting a car for the short drive to your destination.
  3. Consider your luggage needs. If you’re traveling by car, the issue of luggage is only important with regards to the amount of room needed. Before you begin packing, think about how many people will be in your vehicle and how much room they will need to travel comfortably. This could affect the number of bags that you can take along. For traveling by air, the number of bags that you take is a much bigger concern. Not only is the possibility of lost luggage an issue, but most airlines now charge extra for checked baggage. For a family of four, carrying a few bags each could result in several hundred dollars worth of baggage fees during your trip. Try to pack as lightly as possible.
  4. Plan your trip to avoid peak travel times. If you have the flexibility, consider planning your travel on days or during times when you are less likely to encounter others. Highways are typically more busy on Fridays and Sundays, so traveling on Tuesday or Thursday will help you to avoid traffic jams. Traveling at night is also a great way to miss the traffic and the kids will sleep during the trip. Although the same general theory works for airline travel, overnight travel is not usually an option. Airline websites often show the difference in fares during non-peak times, which can help you plan your trip. Traveling during non-peak times can also reduce the possibility of delays or canceled flights.
  5. Consider alternative travel options. As an alternative to driving or flying, check into the possibility of traveling by train, bus or even boat. These options will allow you to enjoy your trip and reduce the stress of driving or running through airports. Given that these options are less popular, you can also find great deals on holiday travel.

Land of the Dragons: Meeting the Galapagos Iguanas

The Galapagos iguanas resemble mythical dragons of bygone days. With their long tails, spiny crests and clawed feet, these mystical harmless lizards are very much present today in the Galapagos Islands but are sadly facing extinction.

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Territoriality

Male iguanas are typically aggressive, as they not only defend their area but usually several females. Their territorial displays consist of rapid head nodding and often tail-thrashing and biting battles with other aggressive males.

Once iguanas mate, the female digs a burrow and lays around two to 25 eggs. Young iguanas hatch around three months later. Land iguanas can live for over 60 years, providing they survive the first perilous year, when food can be scarce and predators such as owls and hawks pose a mortal danger.

Adaptability

Galapagos land iguanas have rough wrinkled skin, yellowish in colour, scattered with patches of rust, brown and black. They can grow to over a metre long and weigh up to 13kg.

The iguanas are found sprawled in the hot sunshine in the mornings and retreat to the protective shade of vegetation and rocks during the midday heat. At night they sleep in burrows to conserve their body warmth.

Land iguanas generally eat shrubs and low-growing plants, cactus tree pads and fallen fruits, providing them with much-needed moisture.

Reduction in Numbers

Charles Darwin reported in 1835 about the abundance of land iguanas on Santiago. Settlers and whalers arrived in the early 1800s, bringing with them pigs, cats and goats, which hunted iguanas and depleted large areas of vegetation that provided food for the lizards. Today, iguanas are extinct on Santiago and are almost gone on some other islands. Galapagos holidays are a superb way of supporting the community and witnessing these strange crested lizards first-hand in their natural habitat.

Rescue Operations

In the 1970s, wild dogs wiped out several colonies of the land iguanas, and emergency rescue operations were launched. Captive breeding programmes ensued, and since 1980, more than 700 young iguanas have been bred and released into the wild. Populations of wild dogs have been eliminated, and wild goats, pigs and cats are now controlled. To meet these endangered creatures in their native land, travel with a reputable company such as steppestravel.co.uk/galapagos-islands.

The Galapagos land iguana is unique, and continued conservation supports and efforts are essential if this curious reptile is to avoid extinction.

Going on a Ski Vacation – Planning Your First Trip

Ski trips are a lot of fun, but they require a lot of planning and preparation beforehand. If you have never gone on a ski trip before, you are really missing out on some of the most natural vistas in the world. Ski trips are a lot of fun and packed with adventure, but if you don’t plan well, you will simply end up wasting your time sitting in a hotel and staring out into the wintery landscape. Planning a ski trip is very different when compared with planning an ordinary vacation.

There are hundreds of services that you can use in order to plan an ordinary vacation. Simply go online, select your destination, make a reservation at a hotel of your choice and then book your tickets. In fact, you can book a vacation within only a few minutes thanks to the sheer number of online services. However, planning a ski trip is very different. You have to decide which slopes you want to ski on, book a ski hotel and then make preparations for the trip. If you have never gone on a ski trip before, here is a brief guide to planning your first ever ski vacation.

Select a Group of Friends

There’s no fun in skiing alone. You will have a lot of fun if you go on a trip with a group of friends or family members. Ask those around you if they have experience in skiing. You don’t need to be a pro skier in order to enjoy a ski trip. You will find plenty of people there who will be willing to teach you. However, it’s good to have a few people around you who are as equally enthusiastic about the trip as you. Find a group of friends who are free to go on the trip and don’t mind a bit of an adventure.

Select a Destination

Once you have gathered a group of people who are willing to go skiing, the next step is to decide where you want to go. Europe is full of beautiful, snowy mountain ranges and slopes for you to tackle. Resort areas near France and Switzerland, such as Chamonix and Courchevel are absolutely gorgeous and are a prime destination for skiing enthusiasts. There are plenty of resorts and hotels here that you can stay in as well. Other places include Meribel and Val Thorens. Meribel is a gorgeous ski resort located in the Tarentaise Valley, nestled deep in the French Alps. It’s very close to the town of Moutiers.

Similarly, Val Thorens is also located in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps. The number one reason why so many people travel to the Val Thorens Ski Resort is because of the fact that it’s the highest ski resort in Europe. It’s located at an altitude of 2,300m above sea level, and is situated at the intersection of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in the Savoie department.

Make a Booking

There are plenty of luxury ski hotels located all over Europe. You can easily choose where you want to stay. Many online services now give you the option of comparing different ski hotels and make a booking online. Once you have selected your destination, the next step is to look at all the different hotels and resorts in that area. Remember, luxury hotels obviously offer a whole host of different amenities.

For instance, you could get back to your hotel after a tiring day of skiing and lounge around in a Jacuzzi. Some hotels also have their own spas where you can just relax and let your skin and body heal. However, these amenities come at a greater price. The winter season is a prime time for tourists at such resorts. Needless to say, making a reservation at this point is going to set you back a pretty penny.

Instead, try making a reservation beforehand. If you have already decided to go on a ski holiday, it is a wise idea to make your booking beforehand. Do yourself a favour and make a reservation at a preferred hotel at least a couple of months beforehand. This way, you will be able to get the cheapest possible rates. In fact, you may even get discounts on particular amenities and features.

Go on the Trip!

Needless to say, you can’t land close to the ski resort. You will have to book tickets for the closest airport to your ski resort. There are exclusive shuttle services that will take you directly to your resort. If you want, you can even decide to hike to the resort. However, that’s not recommended unless you have a guide along with you.

Once you check into the hotel, it is time to make yourself at home. Many ski chalets and resorts also hire exclusive guides to assist their guests. In case you forget to bring your own ski gear, you can also rent or buy ski gear directly from the ski chalet or hotel that you stay in. Many hotels are very well-furnished. They also have restaurants that offer cuisines from all over the world.

If you are new to skiing, it is best to stick to the guided paths. Many ski paths are divided with flags that will guide you where to go. Some of them even include the difficulty level, such as beginner, pro and intermediate. Needless to say, beginner ski tracks aren’t as steep. There are clear markers at every step of the way to guide you around the ski track. Once you feel comfortable on the beginner tracks, you can then up the difficulty by moving on to the intermediate level.

You will meet a lot of different people on your ski trip. Some will be seasoned professionals, while others will be new to skiing. It’s a great way to enjoy the winters, and it doesn’t even cost a lot to plan the whole trip. There are plenty of online services out there that can help you plan your trip!

 

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Going on a Solo Road Trip

 

Taking a road trip on your own can be fun and exciting. After all, you’ll get to escape the humdrum of daily life and head off to a place where you can recharge your batteries. Of course, you’ll have the chance to visit new places, see many popular attractions and interact with different interesting people along the way.

 

But remember that going on a solo road trip isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Before you can have successful holiday, you first need to take several important steps. One of these is to avoid committing mistakes that will make your break less enjoyable or even ruin it altogether, such as the following:

Underestimating your budget

Road trips are cheaper than other types of trips, but they still do require a certain amount of money. So, when planning your adventure, make sure to set aside enough funds. This way, you can cover all your travel needs and have plenty of cash that you can use in case you run into emergencies.

Choosing the wrong vehicle

It can be tempting to book the cheapest motorhome or campervan you can find, but don’t give in to the temptation. Instead, do your homework and look for a reputable motorhome rental company who offers high-quality units at competitive prices. If you want to go on a road trip in Australia, for example, get the help of Hippie Camper. By doing this, you’ll have access to sturdy and reliable vehicles that won’t break down every now and then and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Hippie Camper offer their services at superb rates and even offer special deals, so you won’t have to worry about going over your budget and spending more than what you can afford.

Failing to tell anyone where you’re going

You never know when unfortunate events would happen, so it’s important to inform your friends and family about where you’re going and ensure they know where to track you in case emergencies would arise. Give your loved ones a copy of your itinerary and, if possible, the contact numbers of the people you’ll be visiting during your trip. You can also install a GPS tracking app in your smartphone so your partner, parents, siblings or friends will know exactly where you are at any given time.

Forgetting to bring the essentials

You’ve probably already packed your clothes and shopped for food, drinks and toiletries, but these aren’t the only things you need. If you want to enjoy a comfortable and successful holiday, you must also have:

  • Torches, candles, matches and lighters ― you never know when your vehicle’s battery system would be fully drained, so stock up on these items so you’ll always have a light source.
  • A deck of cards, your MP3 player, your tablet computer, a stash of books ― there will be times when you’ll want to stay in and lounge around your motorhome instead of getting out and exploring the world. There’s nothing wrong with this, but make sure you have things that will keep you entertained and occupied during these moments.
  • Blankets, pillows, pillowcases, etc. ― most vehicle rental companies will supply you with linen but, for maximum comfort, it’s always better to bring your own.

Steer clear of these mistakes to ensure your road trip will be fun, successful and unforgettable!

Toyota Innova – the Best Seven-Seater Car for Travelling

When it comes to travelling, especially if one is going on a long trip, the vehicle should offer enough space, comfort and easy riding. With a large number of people travelling frequently and over a long distance, cars with good space, power and comfort are in great demand. However, it is not often very easy to choose the best car from the available plethora of choices.

Nevertheless, when it comes to seven-seater cars, there is not much confusion regarding the choice. The most popular MPV in India, Toyota Innova, will win the contest for best seven-seater car for travelling quite easily. Although there are few rivals to this mighty vehicle, none of them has been able to match its popularity and performance as of yet. Here is a quick look at the car and the reason why it is considered as the best seven-seater car for travelling.

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Firstly, when it comes to overall ride quality, comfort and performance, not many can match a Toyota. The Innova is a world-class car in all sense of the word. It comes with great space, excellent features, modern styling and flexibility. Equipped with state of the art features like global outstanding assessment (GOA) body, large, responsive disc brakes, SRS airbags, impact beams on doors, highly firm frame, collapsible steering column and many more, the Innova is a pleasure to ride and be ridden in.

A truly global car, the Innova comes with many comfort features like top class special air conditioning system, reverse parking camera, a 2-DIN touch-screen entertainment system, steering mounted audio controls, front passenger airbag and much more. Safety and comfort of passengers is not incidental for Toyota, it is the primary objective of the company to provide excellent rides to travellers.

A highly potent engine powers Innova, which is a seven-seater MPV. A 2.5-litre diesel engine, which generates a peak power of 102 PS and top torque of 200 Nm, which is ultra responsive powers this mighty car. The Innova comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, which is the only slight disappointment in this car, as it could have been equipped with a six-speed gearbox.

The Innova is priced between 10.10 lakh rupees to 14.93 lakh rupees and it has propelled itself as the first choice of families and travel agencies alike.

Its superior build quality, comfortable and spacious interiors and airy cabin along with other desirable features like good ground clearance, greater visibility, easy handling, and good road presence makes Innova the best seven-seater car for travelling in India.

Its competitors like Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra XUV500, Mahindra Xylo, Tata Aria, Datsun Go+ and the Honda Mobilio pales in comparison.

 

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Steps for a fun filled vacation

There are travelers who love to explore the historic places. They want to bathe in the sanctity of the past and witness the beauty. Then there are those who like the panoramic view like the ones beside the river or a sea. Then there are also the travelers which just love adventurous places and take love to plunge in almost every activity related with adrenaline rush. Then there are the tourists who want to visit all the sacred places. So it might be a temple bespeaking of the blessings associated, or a church which is an epitome of Venetian architecture or a mosque which attracts individual of all religion or a Gurudwara which is crowded with religious travelers. Now if you are one of those who want a bit of all of these. There is a place which is exotic, beautiful, subtle, and buzzing with energy. Yes there is one place and it is the beautiful city of London. So leave about leaving the city when you reach there. At first you will need to reach out to this city of architectural grandeur. So how to start is the first question. Well these are the steps you need to take to reach out to this enchanting travel destination:-

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  • Check out your holidays- This is the first thing which is required for your awesome holidays. The best time to go should definitely depend on the peak season. So almost every city has those best months which you can enjoy the most. In a city like London or any other there are fixed months which are the best for the travelers. So try to arrange your travel around the same time period.
  • Money needed- When you are planning to travel the finance is of immense importance. You can’t travel without money. So for a couple of months before travelling try to save a bit more. That does not mean to not do shopping. Of course you will need shopping but not at the stake of emptying your wallet.
  • Check the travel sites- you can check the many travel sites for amazing deals. You would love to find out many interesting things about the place as well with the help of the travel sites.
  • Indulge more friends in your group- You can and should involve more friends when you are travelling. The more the merrier works best when you are travelling. However make sure that the friends you are involving are like minded.
  • Find out the best hotels- There are many good hotels in london. With the help of reviews and ratings you can book the best from the many available.
  • Find the best restaurants- If you are one of those who are completely vegetarian it is imperative to look out for the best restaurants for the same. And believe it; you won’t be disheartened when browsing. There are a number of tourists who come to the city of London and hence there are choices for each of them.

How to Get Discount California Adventures Tickets

How to Get Discount California Adventures Tickets. California Adventures is the newest park at Disneyland. It offers many exciting shows, parades and thrill rides such as Rip Roarin’ Rapids, Soaring over California and Twilight Tower of Terror. Because the Disneyland Parks are family parks, there’s also a lot to do with younger children too. Disneyland Park vacations aren’t cheap, but there are some things you can do to get discount California Adventures Tickets.

Instructions

  1. Contact Disneyland. Disneyland offers many package deals that may include discounted California Adventure’s Tickets. By them in advance online, so shipping costs are minimal and you know you’re getting the best discount.
  2. Plan to go for many days and purchase a multiple day pass. The more days you go, the cheaper each day costs.
  3. Check with your employer. You may find they offer discount tickets, especially if you live in the Los Angeles area.
  4. Live in zip codes 90000-93599 for discount tickets. If you have friends or family that live in those zip codes, ask them to purchase you discount tickets.
  5. Consider buying a Disneyland annual pass. Annual passes let you park hop or go to California Adventure and Disneyland all in the same trip. If you plan to go to California Adventures many times a year, this is a great way to save some money.
  6. Purchase Southern California City Passes. These passes allow you to get into many amusement parks for discounted rates, including California Adventures.
  7. Be a member of the California Teacher’s Association, a member of the military, a member of Los Angeles area police or fire fighters, or a member of AAA, CSA or a college student with ID to get discount tickets.

How to Meet Characters at Disney's California Adventure

Located next door to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disney’s California Adventure is also where many of the world-famous characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse like to go on vacation. If you’d like to meet them along with some Pixar and Playhouse Disney stars, use these tips to discover where to look.

Instructions

  1. Have lunch or dinner at a character dining establishment like Ariel’s Grotto. Greet the mermaid princess as you enter the dining room and meet other characters like Minnie Mouse, Chip and Dale and Pluto as they go from table to table while you dine.
  2. Watch for Disney character appearances in the courtyard just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge (near the giant golden sun statue). Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Max (dressed in vacation wear) will often pose for photos and autographs throughout the day.
  3. Encounter characters from Pixar films and Playhouse Disney shows in the area in front of the Animation Studios and the Playhouse Disney Live on Stage show in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. While you’ll see Handy Manny, Frozone, Mike and Sully outside, for example, you can also head inside the Animation Studios to greet characters like Cinderella, Hercules and the animals from Chicken Little.
  4. Visit a Bug’s Land to meet Flik and Atta, the hero and heroine from “A Bug’s Life.” You can also see them, along with other Pixar stars in the Pixar Play Parade (where you’ll be able to get pictures, but no autographs).
  5. Take pictures with Mater or Lighting McQueen if you see them resting across from the Soarin’ Over California attraction in the Golden State Area.
  6. Check the courtyard outside the theater where they show Golden Dreams in the Golden State. You may meet characters from historical Disney movies like Mulan and Pocahontas.
  7. Let the cast member working at the Guest Services booth know which character you hope to meet. She should be able to tell you when and where they’ll appear in a parade, show or photo opportunity.

Types of Adventure Tourism

Although adventure tourism means different things to many people, it is generally defined as a type of tourism that engages a person in physical, natural or cultural excursions that bring the individual outside his comfort zone, generally through an established tour company. This broad idea is broken into two major subcategories of adventure tourism: hard adventure and soft adventure. Hard adventure tourism generally involves an element of physical danger or risk, whereas soft adventure tourism simply seeks to explore areas that are not typical for travelers, such as visiting relatively undeveloped destinations.

Bungee jumping is a popular form of hard adventure tourism.

EcotourismGenerally considered to fall under the category of soft adventure tourism, ecotourism is a form of travel whereby the adventurer explores undeveloped, natural and culturally sensitive areas with a desire to experience it while leaving it intact and unchanged. Ecotourism is done with minimal equipment and accommodations, relying on an ecologically and culturally sensitive approach for procuring food and shelter, such as forgoing established resorts and restaurants in favor of locally owned and sourced alternatives. Although ecotourism is more of a travel philosophy than a destination-oriented undertaking, some popular destinations for ecotourism include the Amazon rainforest, Arctic polar bear viewing, the Costa Rican rainforest and barrier reefs.

Rainforest trek.

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Accessible TourismAccessible tourism straddles the line between hard and soft adventure tourism, providing excursions for the mobility-challenged that can take the form of cultural exploration and extreme activities such as bungee-jumping or white-water rafting. Accessible tourism is a growing industry that seeks to provide individuals with barriers to mobility a personally rewarding, adrenaline-inducing adventure experience that might otherwise be out of reach. Several companies dedicated to accessible tourism have recently opened, providing those with disabilities a fully personalized adventure tourism package with specialized equipment and training.

White water rafting.

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Thrill TourismThrill tourism is the best known type of hard adventure tourism. Bungee jumping, white-water rafting, mountaineering, parasailing, BASE jumping, rock climbing and spelunking are all popular forms of thrill tourism, but anything that incites an adrenaline rush and a sense of danger applies. This type of adventure tourism is generally done through an established company that provides appropriate safety and training measures, since most thrill tourism activities can be extremely risky.

Thrill tourism is bungee jumping.

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Ethno TourismEthno tourism is a form of soft tourism that brings participants into contact with cultures and diverse people around the globe. Often involving long treks into undeveloped areas, ethno tourism does involve a certain amount of risk, but reputable ethno tourism companies take these considerations into account to ameliorate risk factors such as exposure to disease, social or political upheaval, food safety issues and physical demands. Another consideration when undertaking ethno tourism is the potential for adverse effects on indigenous populations, such as the possibility of exposing them to illness to which they might have no immunity.

Ethno-tourism.

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How to Find Cheap Vacation Packages

Cheap vacation packages are not hard to find if you know how and where to look for the best travel deals. You can even find all inclusive vacation packages that offer discount prices on flights, hotels and even car rentals. Save yourself some money by booking a cheap vacation. Read the below article to learn how to find and get cheap vacation packages.

Find Cheap Vacation Packages

Instructions

  1. DO A SEARCH ONLINE TO FIND CHEAP VACATION PACKAGES:
    Search for cheap vacation package deals by doing a search online. A lot of companies will advertise vacation deals online and you should be able to find multiple vacation deals that fit what you want. Try using keyword phrases in your search such as: “Cheap Vacation Packages” and “Discount Vacation Packages”. A list of websites offering cheap vacation packages deals will come up in the search results.
  2. COMPARE CHEAP VACATION PACKAGE DEALS:
    View a few of the package deal websites and compare deals and prices. Are the cheap packages all-inclusive, do they offer both flight and hotel, etc… Compare multiple packages before actually selecting the first one you find. Try to find a vacation package that offers an all inclusive deal. This will help you to save money. After you have compared multiple package deals, select the best one based upon price and benefits.
  3. BOOK A CHEAP VACATION:
    To book your cheap vacation, follow the directions on the vacation package website. You will either be able to book your vacation online right on the website or you may even be able to book your cheap vacation by phone. Make sure to print out any confirmation emails that are given after you book your vacation.

How to Go on a Teen Adventure

Embarking on a teen adventure is an exciting moment in anyone’s life. With a little organization and creative thinking, teens can put their parents’ minds at ease and get organized for an epic journey they’ll never forget. Consider going with other friends, brainstorm on ideas together, and find ways to raise your own money for the trip. The more initiative and more responsible you are in planning your teen adventure, the smoother the entire process will go.
Brainstorm ideas for an adventure.

Planning A Teen Adventure

  1. Ask your parents or guardians for permission to go on a teen adventure and discuss expenses and where you will go. Come up with a plan with your parents on how you will stay in touch and stay safe to put their mind at ease and make the conversation more comfortable.
  2. Research teen travel tours through EF Tours (EFtours.com), American Trails West (atwteentours.com) your local church group, community center, teen adventure summer camps, or even your own high school’s language club for options.
  3. Speak to your friends about taking a teen adventure together and decide where to go such as skiing, white water rafting, hiking, or the beach and whose parents can chaperone.
  4. Get organized and apply for a passport if you’re going on an overseas teen adventure, fill out any paperwork for teen tours and send in deposits for any hotels or lodging.
  5. Earn money by babysitting, washing neighbor’s cars, mowing lawns, walking dogs, or another part-time job to help pay for the costs of your teen adventure.

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How to Travel the Silk Road

The Silk Road, a vast and ancient network of overland trade routes,
spreads over Europe and Asia and passes through numerous presentday
countries. Active trading along the route began sometime in the
first millennium B.C.E., introduced the luxuries of the East to the
Roman Empire and continued until the early Renaissance era. Travel
this route today as part of a cultural and historical adventure.

Instructions

  1. Collect Silk Road literature. Numerous academic and popular works cover this subject, including art histories, anthropological studies, economic investigations and historical novels.
  2. Study a map of the region, available online from the Silk Road Project (silkroadproject.org), and choose your route.
  3. Read up on the countries that you plan to pass through. Knowledge about the currency, culture, ancient history, current situation and geography will all be helpful and interesting. Use a separate guidebook for each country–those from Lonely Planet Publications (lonelyplanet.com) offer well-rounded information.
  4. Pick a method of travel. Determined adventurers might outfit a sturdy vehicle or even a motorcycle. More casual travelers may choose to break the trip into a series of train trips, stopping in the more interesting cities (see ChinaRailTravel.com). Luxurious charter trains also offer all-inclusive tours (try Voyages Jules Verne at vjv.co.uk). Any full-service travel agency can book such a trip; expect to pay several thousand dollars. See 416 Ride the Rails Abroad.
  5. Focus on a single country if you want a less involved trip. Many countries are proud of their Silk Road history and promote it as a tourist experience. For example, the Tajikistan Web site (www.tajiktour.tajnet.com) provides contact information for the National Tourism Company as well as basic history and information about the country.
  6. Prepare for mountain weather. Many areas of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan are rugged mountains and subject to severe winter weather. Travel in the summer months if your route crosses any high mountain passes.
  7. Use your guidebooks to gauge where you’ll find amenities. Large cities are accustomed to travelers and provide a wide range of services. Smaller towns are likely to be less visited by travelers and may offer pleasingly low prices but fewer services.
  8. Convert a small amount of currency for each country before you go. You won’t need to carry a lot of cash if your ATM card is linked to a global network. Check with your bank.

Cheap Vacations in April

April can be an affordable time for a vacation.

Considered a “shoulder” season (i.e. between the high and the low), April is a relatively inexpensive time to travel to some destinations. Spring break is an exception to this rule, so plan your trip accordingly. Whether you are looking to escape to sunny beaches, cruise the Caribbean or hit the slopes for some late-season skiing, April may be just the time to enjoy a vacation on the cheap.

Hawaii

  • Hawaii in April can be an inexpensive vacation due to the dry season, sunshine, and summer-like weather without the summer tourists. Save hundreds on airfare by booking early and avoiding spring break crowds. With warm waters and average temperatures this time of year in the mid 70s to mid 80s, April is a great time for swimming.

Caribbean Cruise

  • April narrowly falls into the Caribbean’s drier season, and is an unlikely month for hurricanes. Most people enjoy cruises during peek vacation times such as spring break and summer months, allowing for uncrowded cruise ships, cheap deals on flights and all-inclusive cruise packages in April. Check flight and cruise itineraries early and often to secure the best deals.

Lake Tahoe

  • Spring being an “off season” in Lake Tahoe, flights and hotel accommodations can be found at great discounts. One of the few towns boasting ski-worthy conditions in April, Tahoe is an ideal vacation spot for those hoping to extend their winter sports season. With few storms and mostly sunny conditions, visitors can ski in the morning, and golf later in the day. Again, avoid the weeks during spring break in April.

List of Advantages of Adventure Tourism

Adventure tourism started out small, but has gained market share throughout the world. This is due in part to vacationers who want something different, to be able to use their time to make a difference, or they may be looking to combine travel with their favorite sport or activity. Whatever the reason, economically depressed areas and emerging markets can capitalize on

Adventure tourism can have many positive advantages.

Added Jobs

  • Adventure tourism infuses money into the local economy. This happens in many ways, from hosting travel groups, to support services such as food and transportation. If an economically depressed area brings adventure tourism, jobs in transporting, housing, feeding, and entertaining visitors are created.

Environmentally Friendly

  • Leaders in the adventure tourism industry are dedicated to making this tourism segement as sustainable as possible. Xola, a company that partners with new and existing adventure tourism operators, conducts industry research on the environmental impact of this type of travel. One of their reports is “Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico: Balancing Adventure Travel Potential with Climate Change and Water Scarcity.”

Support Local Communities

  • Adventure tourism can bring humanitarian aid to areas that needs it. Adventure Aid is a company that combines a traveler’s desire to make a difference with a community in need. If visitors help provide clean water or other needs, it not only benefits the community, but strengthens the community’s ability to provide for future travellers. The more tourists, the more economic growth.

Creating Entrepreneurs

  • Adventure tourism is a relatively inexpensive industry to for a community to start. There are companies that specialize in helping emerging adventure tourism operators market their product. Partnering with an established company can help burgeoning markets gain credibility faster, since they can avoid the mistakes that others made before them.

How to Have an Adventure

When you feel as though life has become boring and hum drum, step outside your door and have an adventure. It doesn’t have to be planned or outlandish, because there are adventures everywhere you turn.

Instructions

  1. Use your imagination. Pitch a tent in your back yard, build a well-contained fire, make smores and have an adventure telling ghost stories with your family or friends.
  2. Take a weekend trip to nearby caverns or a river. Kayaking and spelunching can be a wonderful adventure for all involved. Make sure you have the right equipment and bring someone with you who can show the ropes if you are a newbie.
  3. Read a book with lots of adventure. Have a blast with Huck Finn or Harry Potter. You don’t have to risk your life or health to have an adventure in your mind. Read these books with your kids or alone on rainy or snowy days.
  4. Try your hand, and foot, at rock climbing. Especially if there are rocks of all sizes for you to climb on near your home. You can easily gear up and have an adventure within a few hours drive.
  5. Plan a trip to an exotic locale. There are trips for anything from an African safari to cycling tours through some of the greatest cities in the world. Try an adventure for your next family vacation that no one will forget.
  6. Tour a zoo, botanical garden or museum to have an adventure of the mind. You can learn about animals or eras that can change your outlook on life.