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Prepare In Advance For your Spring Break To Avoid Disappointments

18 March 2017

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You have been dreaming about that spring break trip for so long and when you finally decided to finalize the trip by booking your ticket and hotel accommodation, bam! There is no more available seats and the hotel rates are twice as much as you have last checked. This scene is too familiar especially if you have been in this kind of sticky situation before. But don't be in the same predicament again. Plan ahead to avoid disappointments.

Your dream spring break can happen smoothly if you follow these steps:

Check the validity of your travel documents

If you are planning for a trip that involves traveling outside the country, then before you actually plan for your spring break trip, check your travel documents' expiry and if they are well within the validity.

Decide where to go

Is it going to be a long road trip or just across the coast or you want to travel to other countries during your spring break? This is one of the major thing you have to do before you travel. This will be the focal point of your spring break preparation; that is, to know where you will go. Is it going to be in a hot place? Perhaps in a cold spring in Europe? Wherever you decide to go, this will be the start of your planning stage.

Check visa requirements

It is important to check for visa requirements if your trip will take you abroad. However, if your nationality belongs to those who actually can travel visa-free from many countries across the globe then you are lucky. All you need is to check your passport's validity to ensure it is valid for at least 6 months or more when you travel outside your country.

This is not necessary for local trips.

Plan in advance

It is always advisable to plan at least 6 months early when traveling during high or peak season like spring break time.  Decide on the date when you want to go and check various online sites for packages for spring break. Some website and tour operators offer great deals when booking in advance. When you finally zoned in with your budget and have decided on the place, then you may start reserving for that package for a wonderful spring break vacation.

Check your car

If the long road trip is your thing for spring break then time to check the safety of your car. Have it checked by a professional who can vouch for your car's road-safety worthiness. Do not consider driving your vehicle without having it checked thoroughly. Your safety is your primary concern too.

Book your tickets, car rental, tours, and accommodations

After everything has been decided and planned, now is the right time to get that deal, pronto! For air travelers, there are plenty of airlines offering early-bird deals so grab this opportunity to save money. Book your hotel accommodation now to secure that limited offer promo deals for early bookers.
You may want to reserve that bus tours as well to reserve your seat in advance so you don't cram the last minute upon arrival in your destination. Do you want to visit spring gardens, museums or monuments? Take this time to do all your booking at once.

For those who are going on a road trip and do not have a car to drive along, now will be the right time to secure your rental, whether it is a family wagon, a car, or even an RV!

So, are you all set? Then pack your bags and get ready to go. Have fun!

(Photo credit: background photo from Eugene Quek/

Family-Friendly Vacation Ideas

17 March 2017

When you’re looking to take a trip with your whole family, deciding where to head is always a challenge. You have to find a place that is family-friendly, and able to keep everyone entertained throughout the duration of your stay. That’s something that is never easy to do. So, if you’re still looking for some ideas for where your family should visit this summer, the ideas below might help you out. Each of them presents a great travel experience suitable for most families.


Costa Rica

The great thing about Costa Rica is the location’s varied and interesting landscape. The natural wonders that you will find in this part of the world will thrill any young child. And they’re no less thrilling for the adults either. So, you should definitely consider this option when you’re thinking of somewhere to visit nex with your family. It’s a place that many people decide to go to with their families, and it’s one of the safest destinations in South America too. On top of all, the beaches are great for people who want nothing more than sun, sea and sand.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia has a lot to offer families who are looking to get to the most luxurious experience possible from their next vacation. There are plenty of resorts that are geared towards the needs of families. You just need to make sure that you look at the details and that you’re definitely opting for one of the resorts that’s family-oriented. Cotton Bay Village is considered one of the best. The on-site facilities are clearly designed to keep children happy and entertained. But it also has the kind of relaxing setting that many parents crave when they go on vacation.

Orlando, Florida

Let’s face it; most kids want to go to Orlando, Florida. The main pull of the location is, of course, Disneyland. It’s a magical wonderland that is truly impressive. People who go there never forget the experience, and it’s not hard to see why. However, there is more to Orlando, Florida than Disneyland. You can stay in a place like Westgate Reservations, and visit some of the fantastic locations that this part of the world has to offer. If you get your planning right, you should be able to strike a balance between the kid-friendly activities at Disneyland and the other options too.


If you’re looking for a city break to take with the family, you should look no further than Barcelona. It’s a city like no other. Gaudi’s magnificent architecture is fantastical and strange, and it can be seen all over the city. It makes it feel like you’re walking through a fairy tale at times. Maybe that’s why young children enjoy the city so much. And there are plenty of other things for them to do and explore as well. At the same time, there are plenty of galleries, museums and other cultural attractions to keep the parents and adults satisfied during the trip. Everyone’s a winner.

Hiking Etiquette Tips

15 March 2017


When you’re out in nature hiking the trails, you can get so immersed in the beauty of your surroundings, the wind in our hair and the ground beneath your feet, that it can be all too easy to forget your manners. However, trail etiquette is old and important – it keeps everyone safe and ensures that the trails are well-maintained for us all to enjoy.

If you need to brush up on your hiking etiquette, check out these useful tips for hikers:


The first thing you should bear in mind when hiking is that there is a ladder of hierarchy on the trails. Horses should always take priority, followed by hikers, with cyclists coming in third. Now that you know this, you can always be sure to make way for the relevant parties, ensure the trails are safe and pleasant and avoid any nasty confrontations.

Additionally, you should remember that, if you are being passed by horses, you will need to move off the trail a little on the downhill side, if it is possible to do so. This will prevent the animals from getting startled by taking you out of their immediate path and making you look smaller.

Uphill Traffic

When you’re hiking, you should always give way to uphill traffic. Going uphill is harder work than going downhill, and when you’ve built up some steam, and you’re going along at a pleasant pace, the last thing you want is to have to change course, lose momentum and start again. So, put yourself in the place of others and always yield to the uphill travelers.

Stay Right

Hikers should always try to stay on the right side of the trail, and if they wish to pass someone ahead of them, they should always do so on the left, after warning the person in front what they are about to do. Doing this helps to stop accidents and annoyances on the trail.

Leave No Trace

So, you’ve gone up the trail with a mountain of supplies including food, water, string and your best backpacking tent to see you through your trip.  You’ve built a fire, had a feast and enjoyed your time in the woods. Now it’s time to leave, what do you do? If you’re an inconsiderate person, you’ll leave your food wrappers on the ground along with the ashes of your extinguished fire and leave. Who wants to carry more than they have to on the trails right?

On the other hand, you’re a very considerate person, you will pick up and repack everything you brought with you, including wrappers, apple cores, and banana peels and take them home with you to be disposed of safely, so that the next hikers who come along won’t have to look at your trash.

Using Tech

There is nothing wrong with listening to your portable radio or playing your iPod when you’re out on the tail, but try not to do it in the vicinity of other people who might prefer to listen to the birds sing rather than BeyoncĂ©. Be aware of your surroundings and ask others if they mind before you do anything that could spoil their trip.

If you bear all of the above in mind, you’ll have a great hiking trip and so will everyone else on the trails.

Misconceptions Nearly Everyone Has About Cruising

13 March 2017

What do you think of when you think of cruising? For those who haven’t been on a cruise, there are usually a set of misconceptions that they believe to be true. If you want to find out what the truth is behind these misconceptions, read on. You might be surprised at what you learn!

They’re Not For Families

Cruises can be for families if you select the right one. Some cruises are especially for families, so you’ll be able to meet people just like you and you might even make some friends. There are places that will take care of your kids for the day too, if you want to go and indulge in a beauty treatment for an hour for instance.

They’re Overrun With Children

Although cruises can be for families, that doesn’t mean they will be overrun with children. In fact, if this is something you’re worried about, you can make sure the cruise you select is an adult only cruise. You won’t need to worry about crying kids or anything like that!

They’re Full Of Old People

Old people do seem to like cruises, but that doesn’t mean they are only for older people. Many young people love cruising, as it allows them to explore multiple locations in one trip, as well as live in pure luxury for a while with the spa, dining, and entertainment that the ship offers.

You Have To Dress Up For Dining

Again, this depends on the ship. Some ships do recommend that you dress formally for dining, and this can be great if you love to dress up and want to make your dining a special experience. However, you can also eat in restaurants on the ship or go for a more casual dining experience if you prefer. You don’t need to worry about dressing up every single night.

It’s Super Expensive On Board

Some worry that it will be really expensive on board the ship, but you can actually get some great deals. Many ships include food and drink in the price, so you have nothing to worry about. You can also find great deals, especially if the spa isn’t busy that day. You might find therapists walking around offering amazing deals.

A Cruise is Boring

A cruise is definitely not boring. You can look at hand picked cruises that have full on broadway shows and musicals that you can enjoy for free! There may even be an outdoor cinema screen, a pool, a skydiving simulator, and much more! Both adults and kids can find plenty to do on a cruise ship.

Port Time Isn’t Long Enough

Some think that port time isn’t long enough, so when you choose to take an excursion you barely have any time where you stay. However, 8am-5pm is usually plenty of time, and some ships are even choosing to stay overnight now.

See? There are so many cruising misconceptions. Have you changed your mind about cruising after reading this? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Tips to Enjoy Your Short Layover Inside The Airport

11 March 2017

Every traveler will know that there are times when not all the flights they can book are direct ones, meaning, no stop overs. There are many reasons why some travelers choose to travel with stopovers because of time difference, physical exertion to go through long haul flights, cheaper fares, or the schedule does not work well with the preferred time of the traveler. What ever the reasons are for choosing a stopover over a direct flight, here are simple and very useful tips to enjoy the few hours you have inside a certain airport during your layover (granting you cannot leave the airport due to time constraints).

Check out the Duty Free Shop

Did you forget to buy something special for your family back home? How about checking out the shopping trends in that particular layover destination or buy a simple token for yourself while you are in a new airport in a different city or country?

Check out hot selling items in that particular Duty Free shop and you can compare them once you are in your destination or back home. You might even be lucky to snag discounts or deals in the Duty Free where you are having a stopover because some Duty Free shops run regular sales.

Grab a grub at one of the restaurants

We sometime need a break from airline food so my family and I usually buy food from the foodcourt or restaurants. Although skipping meals in the airplane is complete your choice and really mandatory for this matter. If you feel like trying out a different cuisine or want to check how the meal tastes like in a certain food outlet then dining during your stopover is another choice you can make while making the most of your stopover.

Relax at the Spa 

Yes, there are spas in most airports around the world; and no, they are not only for First and Business Class passengers. There are dedicated spas and lounges for the elite travelers but for people like us who travel coach, we can also enjoy the relaxing services offered at the spa in the airport. An example of this is Abu Dhabi's Tosa Spa in Terminal 3.

XpressSpa has plenty of accessible spas for travelers to use around the US, in Amsterdam, and in Dubai. Their spas are open to all kinds of travelers where you can enjoy a quick mani/pedi, hydrating facials, and even massages.

Take a walk

Sitting in a tight quarter inside the airplane can be very taxing. You need to get that circulation moving so the best way to do that is to also move. While some airports have gym facilities that are available to business and first class passengers, other travelers may decide to brisk walk around. You don't need your active wear to be stretch those legs and walk; however, I hope you are not wearing those killer stilettos while traveling too (trust me, there are people who wear stilettos while traveling).

Read a good book

Have you been trying so hard to read that book you told yourself but never had the chance to or stuck in that same page? Well, your few hours in the airport may just be the right thing to have to get on with your reading.

If your trip has to have a layover and this is nothing you can beat, just enjoy the few hours you have inside the airport to unwind and discover new things about the airport. You will be surprised to know that there are many ways to utilise the time that you have while waiting for your next flight. Enjoy it!