If you are thinking about taking a cruise for the very first time, they are a few things you should take into consideration. First of all If you can afford to take a hotel-based vacation, you can afford to take a cruise vacation. There are cruises available at all price ranges - from budget to luxury - and all represent perhaps the best value for your vacation dollar. Your cruise price includes your cabin, all meals (including the midnight buffet!), entertainment, parties and, of course, all transportation between all the ports on your itinerary. On most ships, alcoholic beverages and optional shore excursions are not included in the basic price. Never! Think of a cruise ship as a floating resort on par with any Las Vegas mega hotel. On-board activities begin at dawn and go into the wee hours of the night. The scenery is constantly changing, and every port is filled with new and exciting opportunities for exploration. All cruises now require proof of citizenship. On some itineraries, a certified copy of your birth certificate and a driver's license or government-issued photo I.D. are sufficient, on others a passport is required. Visas may also be required on the more exotic itineraries. Your cruise counselor will advise you on documents you will need depending on your itinerary. Vacations To Go at www.vacationstogo sells cruises that range from 3-night weekend escapes to 110-night, around-the-world voyages. You also need to check out the cruise ship ratings for all of the world's major cruise ships. After you have done all your homework you will now be able to make and educated choice so that you can enjoy and have fun on cruise ship of your choice and budget. Bon Voyage!!!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
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International living are helping people to live, travel and prosper overseas, they have been doing this since 1979. Get to know what are the 33 travel secrets to vacationing and traveling overseas. Their free reports offer a lot of valuable information for all travelers.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
If you want to escape the cold of winter, and enjoy some tropical or exotic destinations were your entire family can experience a world of fun here are a few suggestions:
This country offers rainforests, mountains, beaches, and beautiful coastline on the Caribbean and the Pacific, and more bird species than in the United States and Canada combined. It is a culturally rich city with many great resorts and hotels and a five star one like the Playa Bonita Resort & Spa which is been conceived as the ultimate prize for those who enjoy the good life. Just minutes from the Resort, they are activities that can be included is visits to Panama Canal Mira Flores locks' visitors center, the historical colonial district of Panama city, the Amador Causeway, or an exploration of the tastes of Panama with the many dine around options in the city. From Playa Bonita located at Kobbe Beach there are boat trips to the Pearl Islands for salt water fishing, whale watching or simple relaxation and sun worshiping. For serious golfers, the Tucan Club championship golf course is just minutes away from the Resort. Panama offers rainforests, mountains, beaches, and beautiful coastline on the Caribbean and the Pacific, and more bird species than in the United States and Canada combined.
Here you will find Luxury hotels and shopping centers have sprung up north and south of the original town, allowing Vallarta to grow into a city of 250,000 without sacrificing its considerable charms. It boasts the services and infrastructure of a modern city as well as the authenticity of a colonial Mexican village. Cool breezes flow down from the mountains along the Río Cuale, which runs through the center of town. Fanciful public sculptures grace the main waterfront street, or malecón, which is bordered by lively restaurants, shops, and bars. The malecón is a magnet for both residents and visitors, who stroll the broad walkway to take in an ocean breeze, a multihued sunset, or a moonlit, perfect wave.
Costa Rica is a nirvana for active travelers with recreation or a specific adventure in mind. Whatever your taste in recreation, Costa Rica has something for you. You can pursue your own thing, or book any of scores of organized excursions and tours on a particular theme. Here you will find all the ingredients for a great golf vacation and the added bonus of experiencing the scenic beauty and natural attractions of this city.
spreads out in a dry desert landscape of red dirt, cactus, and volcanic rock, interspersed with divi-divi trees, their branches bent from the 10- to 25-knot breezes. With less than 24 inches of rain a year, mostly in November and December, Aruba virtually guarantees sunny weather for your vacation, tempered by the constant trade winds that keep temperatures at a comfortable average of 82 degrees year-round. Palm Beach is Aruba's most popular beach. One of its best known features is its calm swimming waters and white powder sand. It is located in front of some of Aruba's major hotels and resorts.
Has the world’s best snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities. This tiny Central American country has the longest continuous barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere; the largest known classic Mayan city. It is the world’s best snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities. Depending on your personal preferences, you can choose to stay in an intimate and luxurious hotel, or an isolated nature lodge in the heart of the Mundo Maya, or a tent on your own desert island or sample all three. Due to Belize's compact size makes it easy to sample a wide range of locations in a short period of time.
With a four star rating try the Englishman's Bay is a mile long, with white sand, deep, clear waters, and palm trees lining the bay. It is a popular destination for sunbathing and snorkeling. Enjoy the prime activities in Tobago like diving, snorkeling, birding, and hiking. This laid-back island is famous for its coral reefs, rainforest, and mountains. Located twenty two miles from its sister island Trinidad, with its better beaches and low-key ambiance, draws vacationers interested in a relaxed getaway paradise.
For over two decades, GRN have set the benchmark for superior customer service, discriminating taste, and quality accommodations, all at very attractive prices. In 1999, they developed an Internet reservation and customer service system providing members with access to world-wide inventories of accommodation, as well as their expertise in the vacation industry. As a result of these initiatives, the members are now served by the most advanced, user-friendly Internet reservation and customer support systems in the industry.
Their mission is to continuously expand their register of accommodations through leases, wholesale contracts, and the bulk purchases of accommodation inventory. They have also acquired company-owned resorts, either in whole or in part, to facilitate and augment special accommodation requirements.
Their leadership and staff are among the most experienced in the travel industry. Members benefit from and have access to this unparalleled depth of travel industry knowledge and expertise. Their commitment to superior service, integrity, and attractive prices, are the cornerstones on which they have built their growth and success. From a few offices in Canada and Mexico, they have grown to a worldwide membership, enjoying access to quality accommodations around the globe.
Monday, December 3, 2007
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To help avoid being a victim of a travel scam, the American Society of Travel Agents provides the following suggestions when evaluating travel offers:
» Be extremely skeptical about postcard and phone solicitations which say you’ve been selected to receive a fabulous vacation;
» You should receive complete details in writing about any trip prior to payment. These details should include the total price; cancellation and change penalties, if any; and specific information about all components of the package;
» If you insist on calling a 900 number in response to a travel solicitation, understand the charges and know the risks;
» Walk away from high pressure sales presentations which don’t allow you time to evaluate the offer, or which require that you disclose your income;
» Be suspicious of companies which require that you wait at least 60 days to take your trip.
For more information on how not to become a victim of travel scams you can visit the following links: Better Business Bureau, FTC or your local or state Consumer Affairs Office.
Going abroad? Think twice about the souvenirs you buy.
You’ll find many wildlife and plant products for sale around the world. As an international traveler, you can support conservation worldwide by asking questions and learning the facts before you buy any wildlife or plant product. Just because you find an item for sale does not mean it is legal to import. Some of these products may be made from illegally taken animals or plants and may not be exported or imported. Others may require permits before you can bring them home to the United States. By making informed choices, you can avoid losing your souvenir or paying a fine.
Most countries protect their native animals and plants under national laws and through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Signed by more than 160 nations including the United States, this treaty supports sustainable trade in wildlife and plants while protecting species at risk.
In addition to international agreements, U.S. laws provide even stronger protections for such animals as marine mammals, elephants, and wild birds. If the country you’re visiting bans the sale or export of a species, you cannot legally import it here.