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5 Ways to Prepare for your Winter Vacation Now

5 Ways to Prepare for your Winter Vacation Now

 

If you are thinking about taking a winter vacation, then you should plan ahead to make sure you and your family stay warm, comfortable, and enjoy your trip. Here are simple ways to make sure you do just that.

Turn Down the Thermostat in Your Home

If you’re going to be gone for any length of time, then you may want to turn down the thermostat in your home. Since you won’t be using it, you should do this so that you don’t wind up paying for electricity that you didn’t use.

Make Sure You Wear the Right Shoes

If you and your family plan on spending any time outdoors, then the right pair of shoes or boots is also a crucial item for your vacation wardrobe. Whether you’re skiing, hiking, or simply sightseeing, you want to make sure your feet and ankles have support and warmth. Make sure everyone in your family has a supportive shoe or boot that wraps firmly around their ankle, and has a waterproof coating such as Gore-Tex. This is essential for keeping frost bite and wet socks at bay.

Renting Ski and Outdoor Gear

Leave your ski and outdoor recreation toys at home and rent from a company like Ski Butlers. They have everything you need to make your winter vacation safe, fun and affordable. This will help you pack light and save you headaches when you’re packing. It also helps you save money at their airports as you will have less baggage that you will have to check in.

Make Sure Your Passports and Photo IDs Are All Up to Date

If you and your family are traveling outside the United States, then it is important to make sure all of your family’s documents are up to date. This will help you get through customs quickly, but can also help identify you should something happen to you on the trip.

Take Your Car in For a Checkup

Your car needs to be ready for winter driving, so take it in to your nearest auto body shop and they can do all the legwork for you. They will put snow tires on for you, check your fluid levels, brakes, and shocks. They can even diagnose other important issues before they happen, so that you don’t wind up stuck.

Getting ready for winter traveling is not difficult, it simply takes a bit of forethought. Start planning your winter trip the right way.

Single and Loving it! Vacation Tips for Summer 2015

Single and Loving it! Vacation Tips for Summer 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are advantages to traveling alone with the biggest one being freedom. You can visit what you like when you like and stay somewhere for as long as you like. Traveling alone, however, can have its down sides with the biggest one being cost. Many hotels and cruise ships charge a solo traveler extra for accommodations.

1) Intrepid Traveler
Intrepid Traveler is a tour company that often caters to the single traveler. The tour groups are typically limited to 10 people. The packages range from “Basix” (1- to 2-star hotels) up to “Comfort” (3- to 4-star hotels). Travelers can go just about anywhere they like although a majority of the tour packages are for Africa or Asia. Solo travelers only have to pay a room supplement if they get a single room; if they’re willing to share a room with another traveler of the same sex they don’t pay the supplement.

2) My Huatulco Vacation
My Huatulco Vacation is a collection of condo and villa rentals in Huatulco, Mexico. They range in size from condos for single people to huge estates large enough to be used for weddings. The rentals, no matter their size, come with such perks as access to the grounds of the 5-star resort Celeste Residencies & Spa.

3) Royal Caribbean International
Some of the ships on this cruise line offer “studio” cabins for solo travelers. Renting one ensures that the traveler does not pay the dreaded single supplement which can double the price of accommodations. Many of the ships do indeed travel the Caribbean, but others tour Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A few even roam the Pacific and Atlantic oceans making stops along the way.

4) Southeast Asia Backpacker Trail
Admittedly for the young and adventurous, the backpacker trail does have the advantage of being inexpensive. It begins and ends in Thailand and travels through many other countries including Laos and Vietnam. Tourists can go jungle trekking, visit cities like Bangkok, go to the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia and go diving. Both the accommodations and the food are inexpensive – especially if tourists stick to local food. Western food is available, but it costs more.

5) TrekAmerica
TrekAmerica is a US-based railway company that offers many tour packages for solo travelers who wish to explore North and Central America. They have smaller group sizes and no single supplement. They offer trips running the gamut from 3-day jaunts to an 80-day journey covering all 48 of the continental states.

As the above list demonstrates, there are now many options for the solo traveler. It takes some digging, but it is possible to find and enjoy a trip without being penalized for traveling alone. Solo travelers can visit almost any country, and they can either rough it backpacking or enjoy the luxuries of a cruise ship.

The Best College Programs that will Allow you to Travel the Globe

The Best College Programs that will Allow you to Travel the Globe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When people think of college programs, they often think of sitting in a stuffy classroom reading dusty textbooks in order to learn what they need to succeed in today’s competitive business environment. However, there are programs that not only provide you with classroom training but can also provide you with the opportunity to travel the world. If you are interested in traveling, these degree programs may be just what you want to pursue.

Exploratory Geologist

An exploratory geologist, or geoscientists as they are often called, study the physical aspects of the Earth. Positions in geology are expected to grow by 16 percent over the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the average annual salary nationwide is $90,890 per year. In order to become an exploratory geologists, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. There is the possibility to earn a geology degree online at many major colleges as well. Many of these degree programs offer study abroad possibilities and may require you to complete an internship that may result in travel as well.

Website Design

What many people do not realize is that designing websites can offer the ability to travel throughout the world. Websites are an important part of any business today and, if you have the talent for designing online content, you may be able to expand your business around the world. If you learn a foreign language, that makes your skills even more marketable in other countries. Whether you work for yourself or are hired as a designer for a company, the ability to speak another language and design websites will make you an attractive candidate for positions. It can also allow you to travel the world creating websites that will be enjoyed by many. In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average annual salary for a web designer was $62,500 per year and that the industry was expected to grow by 20 percent over the next ten years.

Management Analyst

Surprisingly, a degree in management can lead to a career that allows you to travel. A management analyst works with companies to eliminate waste and inefficiency. Many management analysts work on a contract basis so they may often travel to meet new clients. Because today’s business world is increasingly global, this could mean travel to foreign countries in order to work with companies who have overseas locations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for management analysts in 2012 was $78,600 per year and the industry was expected to grow by 19 percent over the next decade. In order to become a management analyst, you need a bachelor’s degree or higher while some companies prefer a graduate level degree.

These are just a few of the degree programs that will allow you to travel the world, both after graduation and while you are attending school. Many colleges offer study abroad programs for students who wish to expand their careers into foreign countries, while others may offer internship with international companies that will also increase your chances of traveling for work.

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Make Denver Your Next Home

Denver is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire country to live, but I guess you might need some actual convincing about why you should actually move here. Whether you are someone that loves hot summer days or cool winter afternoons, someone who enjoys mountains or city life, or someone who simply wants to enjoy one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, Denver offers it all. Here are five reasons why you should make Denver your next home.

 

Beautiful Weather

They say that Denver gets over 300 days of sunshine each year, and you’ll notice that this is certainly true once you make Denver your next home. Even in the mornings that there is snow falling from the sky, often times it’ll be hot and sunny by the afternoon hours in Denver. And in the fall and spring seasons, you can expect some of the most beautiful and comfortable rain that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Weather is just one reason to make Denver your next home.

 

Great City Life

Downtown Denver is one of the most exciting places to live because of what they offer in the city. On 16th Street is a beautiful outdoor mall that you can stroll along all day, checking out the cute boutiques that are independently owned, and then get a meal at one of the great restaurants when you get hungry. Then, in the evening, Market Street and Blake Street come alive to a host of fun and wild clubs and bars. If you are looking to be in the mix of it all, rent urban apartment in Denver and you won’t ever need a car to find your way to some of the best events that the city has to offer.

 

Close to the Mountains

Not only do you have an amazing urban area in the heart of downtown Denver, but you also are just a short drive away from mountain ranges that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. During the winter months you can strap on your ski boots and hit the slopes for some of the most famous ski runs in the world. During the summer you can get ready to climb up any one of the many 14ers that are available in the state. Whether you love city or nature, Denver offers it all.

 

Fantastic Professional Sports Teams

Sports fans will love Denver because of the action it offers all year round. The Nuggets and Avalanche call the Pepsi Center home during the winter months, while the Broncos play at Sports Authority Field across the street. And during the summer months, there is nothing like taking in a Rockies game at Coors Field as the sun sets deep into left field. No matter your sport, Denver offers great games to attend.

 

Amazing Beer

And if all this isn’t enough for you, Denver is known worldwide for its amazing and various beers. Not only do major companies like Coors call Colorado home because of the fresh flowing mountain water, but Denver and the surrounding cities are home to tons of microbreweries that have made the state the capital of micro-brewed beer.

 

No matter your age or interest, Denver is a fantastic place to live. With plenty of things to do all year round, you’ll never be bored while your living in the Mile High City.

Taking In The Sights And Sounds Within The Big Apple

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nycSightseeing around New York City is probably the greatest experience that one can have. There is no town in the world that provides the quantity of sightseeing that NYC offers. Due to the fact that NYC is really spread out and includes a huge level of renowned monuments, structures, and other areas, the sightseeing options inside of the city are endless! Regardless of whether you want to see the entire metropolis through way up on top of the Empire State Building’s observation deck, or you want to tour the renowned Statue of Liberty, it is possible to have a great time taking in all that NYC has to offer in terms of sightseeing.

NYC boasts many famous tunnels. If you are a big fan of tunnels, NYC features the Lincoln, Midtown, Holland, and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels. All 4 of these tunnels have a large number of cars drive through them each and every day. This is why they are regarded as many of the most heavily used tunnels in the entire United States on a daily basis.

Interesting places to see in New York City:

The Big Apple provides many interesting places that you can see from the outside or go into and take a tour of. In the famous business buildings,like the renowned NYSE, or the extremely intriguing Chrysler Building, the city has probably the most famous properties in the world inside the edge. Additional structures, including the brand-new 1 World Trade Center tower, will open in 2014, give New York City its renowned skyline, and will continue to do so for quite some time into the future.

There isn’t any better place to go and visit compared to Statue of Liberty when in NYC. The Statue of Liberty is regarded as the top symbol of New York City, and it is also the most heavily visited sightseeing destination within the city. Not too long ago, the statue was renovated, allowing for an even more enjoyable experience. If you’re planning on taking a trip to New York City, be sure to check out the Statue of Liberty when you are there. You will also want to be sure to check out the Empire State Building’s observation tower as well in order to get a fantastic view of the entire city high above in the air. You surely will not regret doing so! NYC also offers many other quite interesting locations, such as:

  •  Yankee Stadium
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Times Square
  • Soho
  • Greenwich Village
  • Union Square
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Aubrey Kors is a content contributor for the Manhattan Management Group. Aubrey likes to write about traveling, shopping, and much more. Search nice NYC properties by browsing the MMGNYC website.

Travel Bucket List – America, France, South Africa And Madagascar

We created a bucket list this year and we added a few travel destinations and what we’d like to do there. So we thought we’d share them with the rest of you and we’d like to know what other areas you think we should add to our list.

North America

Ellis Island Tour

 A beautiful museum in America full of history about the cultural diversity between 1892 and 1954. The museum is situated near the Statue of liberty so it will be two birds with one stone for us.

Steamboat Springs Ski Resort

Apparently an amazing place between the Rockies if you’d like to put on the ski’s and ski over fluffy soft snow.

Tornado Springs

Definitely one we’ll try to do as soon as possible. It’s the Tornado tourism adventure. There’s a company that will take you tornado hunting and keep you a safe distance from the tornado so you can view nature doing its work.

Zero Gravity Flights

Near Orlando you’ll find the Kennedy Space Centre where you will be able to experience a zero gravity flight (NASA trains their astronauts in this program as well).

France

Eiffel Tower

First stop will be the Eiffel tower which is a must for anyone hitting France. We’ll also enjoy some traditional Croissants while drinking some vintage red wine.

Courcheval Snowboard heaven

After experiencing the ski resort in America we’ll head over to the Snowboard resort at Courcheval, where you can jump onto a snowboard and enjoy the powder snow and rolling hills. They also offer chilled champagne and a fun park for the kids (If you take them along of course).

The Chocolate coast

Our next stop will be the chocolate coast which is situate din the Basque country. Hot chocolate has become a fashionable drink in this part of the coast and apparently you’ll get the best tasting hot chocolates in the world here (I have a sweet tooth so this was my choice).

South Africa 

Cape Town

When in Cape Town you have to do as the Capetonians and that means go to the Waterfront to enjoy their culture with street performers, local dishes and good company. After the Waterfront mall, we’re climbing Table Mountain!

Garden Route

The garden route is a lush coastal road filled with many towns along the way. Well make a stop at the Redberry Farm (Quad biking, strawberry picking and more) at George, eat seafood at Knysna and then spend the night in Hartenbos after our Garden Route trip.

Madagascar

Our last stop will be Madagascar as we’ve always wanted to see the diverse species on this small tropical island. My wife has always had an inkling for the Horned Chameleon and I’ve also booked a beautiful cabin on the Nosy Be Island which is the favourite amongst tourist there for its great service and cheap costs.

Patrick and his Wife are eager to go on this trip and they hope you enjoy it as well if you follow their steps. They recommend getting accommodation in Hartenbos since they received great service there!

Boutique Hotels In Palm Springs -Scenic Beauty With Facilities

The whole idea of the boutique hotels are bit different from the big chain of hotels. The difference is in the services and facilities they provide. Mainly these kinds of hotels are found in the region of North America. Each and every boutique hotel has unique identification feature. Now they are different from each other due to their different kind of ambiance they provide to the customer. These kinds of hotels always have themes and the hotels are decorated as per the theme. The specialty of these hotels is that they have guest rooms and the count of the rooms can be anything ranging 3 rooms to 100 rooms. Now each and every room is different from others. They have the all the facilities that other hotels have like the telephone, internet, TV, air-condition and the room service.

Where to go

Now if you are planning for a holiday then you must try the boutique hotels in Palm Springs. Now the question is why Palm spring? The answer to the question is you will be able to find good weather all around the year along with the natural beauty. For these reasons the Palm Spring has become a popular place for the tourists. Palm Spring is considered as the best place and many people have spent their time there just to relax and rejuvenate. The people who want their holiday to be unique, they should visit the boutique hotels as they have the kind of modern architecture.

Options available in the town

There are several options available in the town. They have all the required facility a hotel should have. All the boutique hotels in Palm Springs have a very good scenic beauty. In these hotels they have different kinds of decoration like fountains and swimming pools etc. The swimming pools have the facility of supplying hot water and they have the facility of Jacuzzi as well. There are some hotels that mainly provide the ambience of house party. The transportation to the hotels is very much connected from the airport.

Other Facilities

Boutique hotels in Palm Springs do provide the facilities of the

  • Restaurant
  • shopping centers
  • nightclubs
  • pubs

The restaurants do have the multi-cuisine food availability. The first and foremost criteria we look for while booking a hotel is the rates of the hotels. Now the rate of the hotels at times is directly related to the luxury or the facility they provide. Now if you are wandering how to book the hotels, the solutions are you can always opt for the options of local tour operators or you can always book the hotels online. When you choose to do the advanced booking, you might get discount on the rates and that will help you get the hotels at the best rate. The rates also depend upon the season of the year. This is a very common business strategy that the rates are also reduced at times. This actually enhances the profit margin and it maximizes the count of the visitors.

Lisa used to live in Palm Springs and loves to write about the area and all the great things to see and do there.