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Why Myrtle Beach, SC Is A Traveler’s Dream

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Myrtle BeachWhether your vacation tastes are simplistic or a bit more on the lavish side, Myrtle Beach, SC, has everything you’re looking for. From quaint B&B’s to more classy full-service resorts, you won’t have a problem finding appropriate lodging in this coastal paradise. From fine dining to shopping to deep sea fishing to parasailing, Myrtle Beach is sure to please with a mind-boggling variety of things to do and places to see. Myrtle Beach’s newest attraction is the SkyWheel, a 200-ft. tall enclosed Ferris wheel complete with temperature controlled gondolas that even feature panic buttons for those afraid of heights. However, if you consider yourself an adventurer of sorts, the SkyWheel offers a spectacular view of the Myrtle Beach shoreline, as well as the downtown area, especially if you ride at night.

Dining

Another popular Myrtle Beach attraction is its famed Restaurant Row, which is exactly as the name implies–a stretch of highway that is simply loaded with a variety of restaurants to choose from. From the bawdy to the bodacious, Restaurant Row has every offering imaginable when your stomach’s rumbling. If you don’t mind some good-natured ribbing while dining, be sure to check out Captain Dick’s, a restaurant well-known for its seafood buffet and a staff that doesn’t mind flinging insults your way. For a more reserved, high class dining experience, try Thoroughbred’s. This dining facility/gentleman’s club offers nothing but the best when it comes to food selection and quality. No matter where you choose to dine, your trip down Restaurant Row is sure to leave you satisfied!

Watersports

Another popular feature at Myrtle Beach is the wide variety of watersports that one can indulge in. Whether you fancy parasailing, banana boat rides, taking to the surf on a jet ski, or trying your hand at deep sea fishing, Myrtle Beach has it all. If you’re on a romantic getaway, check into the shoreline dinner cruises that are available as well.

Shopping

For the die-hard bargain hunter, nothing beats a trip to Myrtle Beach’s famed Tanger Outlets as well as the Boardwalk At The Beach complex. You’ll be sure to find well-known brands as well as a few unique novelty shops that offer items you’ve likely never seen before. The Gay Dolphin, located in the heart of Myrtle Beach on Ocean Boulevard, is a gift shop that offers such unique items. Be prepared for a shopping experience you won’t soon forget at Myrtle Beach!

Entertainment

For the traveler who simply adores going to shows, Myrtle Beach has plenty of those as well. Whether you’re in the mood for a musical show or something a little more dramatic, try the renowned Carolina Opry, Legends In Concert, or The Palace Theater. For a dinner show that will truly leave its mark on your memory, a trip to the Medieval Times Dinner Theater is a must. Here you will be served dinner as it was back in Medieval times, complete with a heavy goblet for your beverage and a noticeable lack of silverware. You will also enjoy a spectacular show featuring beautiful horses, talented actors, and a lively play which also features a jousting tournament.

For those of you with families, finding something entertaining for the kids is relatively easy in the bustling city of Myrtle Beach. While The Pavilion is no longer in existence, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park offers plenty to keep the kids happy and occupied. There are also water parks available, as well as a zip line experience for the more adventurous types.

For a getaway that is truly unique, book your trip to Myrtle Beach today!

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Kevin Caldwell is a creative writer at www.sanfranciscohotelguides.com. Kevin travels often and enjoys writing about his travel experiences. You can connect with Kevin on Google+ to learn more about him.

Summer Is Coming. Do You Have Your Summer Vacation Plans Ready Yet?

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Are you tired of winter yet? Don’t worry! Although the trees are bare right now and every day brings new reports of flurries, spring is coming – the groundhog told us so. And even if you don’t trust land beavers with your weather forecasts, you can count on the fact that the warm weather will come soon enough, so now is the time to plan your summer vacation. And who does summer better than Cape Cod? Cape Cod is a beautiful destination all year round, but especially during the winter months. Let’s take a look at some reasons you might want to consider a Cape Cod rental this summer.

  • The Black Cat Tavern:  A favorite among locals and those who call themselves seasonal residents, The Black Cat Tavern  is known for its native seafood, juicy burgers and light, beautiful salads. You’ll be wowed by the newly renovated dining rooms and outside patio. Where else would you want to see the impressive yachts and boats come to shore than The Black Cat Tavern? You can find The Black Cat Tavern on the docks in Hyannis Harbor.
  • Cape Cod Inflatable Park: This one is a favorite among kids and adults who want to feel like kids again. For a small admissions fee of just $15, you can experience slides, bouncers, playgrounds, obstacle courses and more. Cape Cod Inflatable Park is sure to get your kids excited and provide loads of family fun.  You can find Cape Cod Inflatable Park in South Dennis, right past Patriot’s Square. The park is open from July 1st to Labor Day.
  • The Little Beach Gallery: Let’s say you want to see great art that will arouse your creativity and open your imagination. The Little Beach Gallery is the perfect stop. Jen Villa, the owner and a photographer herself, created The Little Beach Gallery to show off Hyannis and the Atlantic Ocean as she has seen it her entire life. You can find the works of fifteen local artists here, so be prepared to be amazed.

These are just some of the reasons a Cape Cod rental is so popular during the summer months. If you’re looking for a fun and inspiring time this summer, you can’t go wrong with the easternmost point in Massachusetts. Cape Cod offers activities, attractions and dining opportunities for the entire family, so now is the time to be prepared. Summer is coming eventually. The question is will you be ready? 

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Eric Regan is a writer who loves to see what the world has to offer. He has written about many destinations all over the globe

A Peek Behind The Curtain Of The Hotel Industry

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The hotel industry is one of those businesses that many people take for granted. They arrive at the hotel on their designated reservation, check in and enjoy the services it has to offer. Things like room service and the general maintenance of the hotel are all taken care of behind the scenes, when you’re away for the day or out having your meal.

The people are quick so they buzz in and out easily. So invisible are most of these staff, so good at their job, that they are often neglected when considering the hotel, simply tucked behind the curtain where they’re unseen.

Respect Your Housekeeper

The housekeeper, for example, is one of the hardest workers in the hotel. They go through each and every room in the building every day providing clean sheets, making the beds and leaving dry towels. But they often have to deal with a lot worse than that. They’re responsible for cleaning the rooms after the people leave, from top to bottom, and people can leave behind some strange stuff. It’s not uncommon for them to have to deal with soiled sheets, undergarments, leftover refuse, moldy or spoiled clothing and much, much worse.

There are some very unfortunate stories about housekeeping having to deal with dead bodies left in the rooms, and that can be quite a traumatic sight to walk into, all for a relatively low paying job. They’re work horses who do far too much for their pay grade and barely get the recognition they deserve.

Maintenance Workers go Unnoticed

Of course on the same token there’s the other support staff in the hotel, such as the general maintenance. They’re the people who have to fix anything that’s broken and make sure things keep working. If something in your room isn’t working, they’re the ones that are called.

But on top of this they are responsible for all of the systems in the hotel, from the light bulbs in each and every lamp, the television services, making sure the pool pumps are all working and more. If you cause a clog in the toilet, for example, these are the poor individuals who have to handle whatever mess you had to leave behind, and all for very little recognition or acknowledgement.

Be Kind to the Receptionist

There are those who get recognition quite often, and it’s not always a good thing. The receptionist at the front of the hotel is a human being, but quite often people can end up treating them worse than dirt. They’re the face of the hotel, the ones people will talk to if anything is happening and the ones who are blamed should anything go wrong.

Many people think they can just call down to reception and get whatever they want handled, and receptions are responsible for making this service seamless. However they can also be very busy with plenty of customers lined up, or some more complicated requests being handled. Imagine how frustrating it can be trying to handle an angry customer while people continue to call you up to arrange wake-up calls.

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Eric Rogers is a travel writer who does a lot of writing about Europe, Asia, and Australia. He loves to stay at Banff Hotels LTD while traveling, but appreciates any good place where the sights are gorgeous and the people friendly.

Transatlantic Cruises – Itineraries, Activities And Reasons Why This Is A Great Holiday

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Going on a cruise is a luxury that many people will enjoy each year. While you are on board a cruise ship you will get to feel the ocean air in your face as you sail through different parts of the world, stopping to enjoy various places along the way.

Transatlantic cruises are the ideal way to spend your holiday. They will set off from a port in the US and travel across the Atlantic Ocean before heading to places such as – the Caribbean, the West Indies, France, Italy, Seville, Canada or even the UK. In most cases travellers will then take a return flight back home from the last place visited. This gives you even more time on board to enjoy your cruise to its fullest.

 

Exciting Itineraries

Before you book your cruise you will be able to take a look at the itineraries that you could be experiencing. You will see that these cruises will take in as many interesting places as possible to give you a real taste of the world. Each destination that you will visit on your cruise will have places of interest for you to visit and you can be as active or as sedate as you like. You don’t even have to go ashore if you don’t want to, but with such wonderful stops you will want to take in the sights and sounds of the local area before moving on to your next port.

You will notice that you can book onto cruises that are for certain age groups which is a good idea if you are older and don’t want to be stuck on a cruise for 18 – 30 year old (unless you like to party). There are also dedicated cruises for singles, couples, families and so on, which means you will be able to book yourself onto the one that will be the most suitable.

Plenty of Activities on Board

As you will be spending a lot of time on the cruise ship the cruise company go to great lengths to make sure that you have plenty to do. On board you will find various activities from sports to quizzes and wine tasting. Some cruises also have activities such as line dancing, cookery classes, Wii tournaments for the kids (and adults) and more. So if you like to get involved there will be plenty for you to do. If you prefer to take it easy you can chill out on deck or have a lazy swim in the pool. It’s your cruise so you can do what you like.

Entertainment

A fantastic looking cruiseship lit up at night

After dark cruise ships come to life and you will be astounded at the range of entertainment that you can enjoy on board. You will find top class singers, groups, magicians, variety acts, hypnotists and so much more. All of the entertainment on board is tailored to suit the audience which is good news if you are travelling with children and you can take your pick of what you want to see.

Food and Drink

A transatlantic cruise will wow you with the amazing food and drink that you can partake of. There are dishes from all over the world and the standard of the meals is outstanding. The food is plentiful and you will be able to eat pretty much at any time you wish to as the restaurants are open for hours each day and there is room service available, should you need to use it.

Excellent Service

To make sure that you have the best experience ever cruise ships employ the best staff. They are all highly trained individuals who want to give you excellent service. This makes your cruise even more enjoyable and puts the finishing touches to an amazing holiday.

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Written by Joanne who enjoys shopping for last minute cruises from cruise.co.uk.

Budget Vacations are All the Rage

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In the past, those who went on vacations were typically driven by the desire to visit that particular location, but now it is much more common for someone to book vacation packages based on the price, not the place. In fact, there is a whole segment of travelers in the United States that will go anywhere for a vacation—if the price is right. Traveling on a tight budget is not as unattainable as it may seem, and in fact, many people are getting amazing deals on their trips. Knowing when to buy, having flexibility in your schedule, and a passion for traveling will all contribute to being able to travel for pennies in comparison to what other people pay for their vacations.

If the Time is Right

How does this sound: a four-night cruise to Mexico and two nights in a hotel in Miami for less than $300. It sounds crazy, but that is the exact deal one girl from New York was able to snag, according to the Huffington Post. Jessie Purton took advantage of bad timing for the cruise industry that equated to awesome deals for their customers. She and her friends booked that trip just after the cruise ship Costa Concordia sunk, according to the Huffington Post report.

The one thing that made this such a good deal was her timing. The company that owned the boat that capsized off the coast of Italy was afraid that all the press would negatively impact its business, so they dropped their prices as low as they could to keep people booking their ships. Purton took advantage of this opportunity by immediately getting on her phone and booking the trip.

How Many PTO Days?

The one requirement when it comes to traveling for cheap is that you sometimes need to be flexible, and available to leave on a trip with a day’s notice, maybe even less. Getting the greatest deals means always being on the lookout for last-minute package deals and drops in prices and immediately being able to take advantage of that deal. You do not want to get an awesome vacation planned only to find that you cannot get the time off of work.

Luckily, many of the best deals come in the off-season travel times so there will not be as many people going on vacation at the same time as you.

See the World

Of course if you are going to jump on vacation packages at the best prices possible, the destination shouldn’t be as important as the experience. If you are picky about where you are willing to travel to, it will be more difficult for you to find a vacation deal that fits those parameters. Be open, and you will be well on your way to seeing the world in no time.

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Samantha Wideman is a part of a team of writers, and specializes in wiriting about fashion and beauty trends.

Vacation Trips You Must Take When Visiting The UK

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While studying in the United Kingdom or the UK, you must find time to explore the beautiful suburbs, cities, and places of attraction this country has to offer. There are many places of interest that are educational and entertaining. Make sure you take a break from your coursework to enjoy fun-filled activities found in various sports that can be found throughout this country. Additionally, find time to learn about this county’s unique history and spectacular places of interest.

Sports in the UK

Visit the Nitro Circus in London if you love sports or spectacular stunts. This is the opportunity to see death-defying stunts performed by the Nitro Circus team. The equipment used ranges from skateboards to bikes and shopping trollies. Some activities include jumping between buildings with motorcycles and skydiving without a parachute; these events will take your breath away.

Get involved in the sport of squash and many other sports found in Berkshire. By visiting the Arena Leisure Center, you will have many sports to choose from; one includes a 25 meter swimming pool in which you can take a refreshing dive. This center contains activities for the novice and the experienced.

Places to Visit in the UK

If you enjoy art and sculpture, you must visit the Sculpture Workshop in Cornwall. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to put your artistic ability to a test. While receiving step-by-step instructions from artistic tutors, you will learn how to create a unique sculpture of your preference. Whether you are a novice or a professional, this half day workshop will prove to be lively and extremely interesting. Your first sculpture could be a success.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is a beautiful, extravagant place to visit. Holyroodhouse should be visited by all visitors and natives, as it relates to the history of Scotland’s royalty. This impeccable palace, once the residence of former queens, is now the official residence of Queen Elizabeth. Today this palace is generally used for ceremonial purposes and other royal events. It is comprised of several royal apartments which depicts various styles and structures, as each apartment represents a unique taste from its prior owner.

If you are interested in the history of Yorkshire, find a unique way to learn about its past by visiting The Original Ghost Walk of York at the York City Center. This unique experience will teach you about the history, folklore, and legend of Yorkshire while providing a vivid haunted backdrop to help your imagination run wild.

As a student studying abroad in the UK, take time to enjoy the beautiful places and the many adventurous activities this country has to offer. There are many things to learn concerning the historical places in the UK. Your visit to the UK will prove to be a valuable experience. The learning experience gained from a tour throughout this country may be of equal value to a classroom learning experience found in a formal education. Best of all, your outdoor experience will be extremely entertaining.

Richmond are the american university in london, offering a range of under grad and post grad options such as the ma art history course and masters in international relations degree. to learn more about Richmond university their programs visit richmond.ac.uk or connect on facebook.

Sailing Events in The Caribbean

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Top 3 – Sailing Events in the Caribbean

With crystal clear waters, warm ocean breezes and miles of picturesque coastline it’s no wonder that the Caribbean is a sailing hotspot that attracts thousands of Sailors and maritime enthusiasts every year. Here we take a look at some of the very best sailing events the Caribbean has to offer.

Antigua Sailing Week

What began as a small event with just 10 boats is now one of the highlights of the Caribbean sailing calendar attracting up to 200 competing vessels and a raft of sailing enthusiasts.

Most of the festivities centre on Nelsons dockyard with the majority of the sailing taking place off of the south coast of Antigua. Along with the countless action on offer from the myriad of vessels there are also numerous parties and events taking place, all guaranteeing a true festival feel.

Antigua sailing week runs from April the 27th of April to the 3rd of May 2013 and we recommend staying at The Blue Waters Resort. Situated on the northern tip of the island this resort guarantees a luxury stay with a beachfront location and five star service, all while being just 35 minutes from the heart of the festivities.

Grenada Sailing Festival

A proud seafaring nation, not to mention one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean
(after Antigua of course!) Grenada has hosted its sailing festival since 1994 and has seen its popularity steadily increase over the years.

The sailing boats that take part in this inter island festival are built specifically for the event, and with each boat costing over EC$12,000 it’s clear just how passionate Grenadians are about their sailing.

The event begins with yachts from their respective communities competing against one another; the winners of these heats then take on boats built specifically for the event, meaning a huge amount of island pride is on the line!

The Grenada sailing festival runs from the 1st to the 3rd of February 2013.

 

The Heineken Regatta – St Maarten

Beginning in 1980 with just 12 entrants The Heineken Regatta has grown to be one of the most popular events in the Caribbean. Featuring boats from as far afield as Russia and with entertainment from the Black eyed Peas and The Marley Brothers the event offers a non stop party atmosphere.

Four days of sailing begin with the Gill Commodores Cup and each day offers a new finishing location, thus ensuring the whole island gets into the party spirit.

Offering VIP Parties, a never-ending supply of cocktails, 2,500 sailors, 1,000 visitors and countless world class performers The Heineken Regatta is a truly unique Caribbean sailing experience.

The Heineken Regatta runs from the 28th of February to the 3rd of March 2013

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To enjoy all of the sailing events The Caribbean has to offer visit Blue Waters Hotel Antigua

Boutique b&b’s In Cornwall

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One of the favorite holiday destinations in the UK, Cornwall boasts beautiful beaches, interesting historic sites and plenty of sunshine. Visitors who enjoy this region often prefer staying at one of the boutique Bed and Breakfast properties that offer comfortable accommodations and a relaxing atmosphere. From the larger resort region of Truro to the smaller villages and hamlets, staying in a B&B adds to the overall ambiance of a visit to England’s southwest coastal region. Small boutique-style Bed and Breakfast facilities typically present a special charm with unique décor, home-cooked breakfasts and a pleasant, helpful staff.

Centrally Located Bed and Breakfast Properties in Cornwall

Staying in the Truro area offers visitors a convenient and central location with many choices for dining and entertainment. This market town offers a variety of shops and attractions to see such as the Royal Cornwall Museum, the local Cathedral and many scenic parks and walkways. Several attractive B&Bs such as the Townhouse and the Haven are an easy walk from all conveniences and offer reasonably priced rooms. The centrally located Rowan Tree provides a traditional English breakfast and views of the city.

St. Austell provides a convenient location where travelers will find the Hillside House Guest House for traditional comfort. In Newquay, the Metro Bed & Breakfast features a contemporary alternative to the normal B&B concept.

Staying at a Small Seaside B&B in Cornwall

For visitors who desire views of the sea, booking a room at a quaint seaside B&B such as the Portmellon Cove Guest House brings the essence of Cornwall home. Located near the charming town of Mevagissey, the property offers stunning views and private rooms that are elegant yet homey. Guests can enjoy a quiet walk near the shore or relax in the picturesque garden areas.

The Willow Tree Cottage sits adjacent to the sea and provides a peaceful retreat with comfy rooms and breakfast served in the conservatory or outdoors. This B&B is located in Bude and is close to the Devon border.

Enjoying a Peaceful Farm Holiday

The Pennatillie Farm resides on 450 acres of pristine countryside and is a working dairy farm. Guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast each morning and may choose from several en-suite bedrooms furnished with luxurious fabrics and attractive décor. The farm is near the village of Padstow and is close to the Eden Project and several historical monuments. The Polsue Manor Farm, near Truro is another B&B choice residing on beautifully landscaped acreage. The proximity to both town and countryside make this location ideal for touring the Cornwall sites.

The combination of spending a few nights at a charming B&B while visiting one of the most popular U.K. destinations creates a memorable holiday experience. Cornwall offers peaceful serenity and interesting attractions that appeal to all age groups and vary according to season. Bed and Breakfast owners provide helpful information about the area and ensure that each guest receives special attention and feels comfortable during their stay.

Sarah writes for a number of businesses in Cornwall including The Cottage Boutique a provider of high quality holiday cottages in St Ives, Cornwall. The Cottage Boutique have some dog friendly cottages in St Ives, Cornwall for your four legged friends.