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Luxurio-US: An Incredible All-American Vacation on a Budget

Vacations are a perfect time to get away from it all, and live a snapshot of a life we wouldn’t normally have. They interrupt the humdrum of the 9-5 and let us experience the freedoms and interests we can only otherwise day-dream of. The US, symbolic home of Hollywood lifestyles and sun-soaked inter-state travel, can help you live out this fantasy, whilst also seeing so much of the country. Sadly, the cost of luxury can soon pile up! Below are some more budget-friendly ways to explore and enjoy the US.


Stick with the Classic – the Great American Roadtrip!

An oldie, but a goodie. The open-road still has its allure! Source.


Long the stalwart of American cinema, folk-songs, and international envy, the great American roadtrip remains as viable in 2017 as it has ever been. You, some friends, a lovely cruiser and miles and miles of road. It’s what dreams, and great memories, are made of. Nowadays you can work with companies to arrange your roadtrip if you don’t fancy the planning yourself, but there’s nothing to stop you buying a map, hiring a car, and driving off into the sunset. If you plan your route strategically, you can tick off so many states whilst experiencing little snippets of their varied and intriguing histories!


(Just before you go, be sure to sort your epic soundtrack out, to really capture the moment!)


Twist it Up A Little – Travel by Train!

Trains, and public transport in general, in the US might not have the greatest reputation but this doesn’t mean you can’t use it to travel the States in comfort and style. The greatest complaint about roadtrips is the wearing nature of driving mile after mile, so why not have someone else cover that for you? You can use tricks to accomplish inter-state travel on a dirt cheap budget, so there’s nothing stopping you from emulating the Trans-Siberian whilst taking in so much of the US’s history and culture! You’re just a haversack, moonlit night and swelling soundtrack away from your own silver-screen experience.


Midnight train going anywhere, anyone? Source.


Really Go For It – Take Over the Seas!

Boats are one of the best symbols of living in the lap of luxury. By now we’ve all seen the iconic scene from Wolf of Wall Street (or similar films) where the boat is the ultimate status symbol. If you’re already planning on hitting up some of the US’s best beaches, why not go the whole-hog and hire yourself a boat? You can find out more here about one of the best ways to snare yourself that glam lifestyle on your break. Of course, if you’ve got a little more cash to splash with this (and the other tips) you can always escalate your expenditure to really get that VIP experience!


Mega-yacht, or classy cruiser? Source.


Together these are three of the best ways to see the famous US of A, whilst keeping costs a little lower than they could be. As all of them involve travel themselves, you’re never stationary and are always finding new places, people and passions to indulge in!


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Must-Have Beach Accessories for Your Next Summer Vacation

Summer might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for future vacations in the sun. If you’ve ever gone to the beach and realised you’ve missed something, then it can put a huge strain on your mind that ultimately ruins your trip. So in order to prevent that from happening, here are a couple of must-have beach accessories for your next summer vacation.


An umbrella at the beach is an indispensable tool. It’s perfect for keeping the sun’s rays off you and it creates a nice bit of shade to keep you cool when the temperatures rise a little too high. Certain umbrellas are great at protecting you from harmful rays, but they need to be combined with the next item on the list to ensure you have ample protection.


Sunscreen comes with many benefits that should not be ignored if you’re going to be spending time on the beach. It helps to protect your skin from harmful rays that come from the sun, thus reducing your chances of developing conditions like skin cancer or sunburn. There are different types of sunscreen and even certain brands that cater towards different skin types, which means it’s important to do a little research on the best brand for your body.


Accessories are important when you’re on the beach, but perhaps the most underrated accessory to take is a pair of high-quality Hawaiian sandals. It allows your feet to breathe when you need to keep them dry, and sandals can also make it more bearable to walk on the hot golden sands of whatever beach you’re on. They also offer foot support if you have trouble walking on uneven surfaces, and they’re cheap and easy to carry around in a bag.

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Beach food can be incredibly expensive depending on where you’re visiting. An ice cold drink can cost twice as much as it does in a bar or a cafe, and food can be quite expensive despite being relatively average (unless your beach is blessed with fantastic food!). In fact, most people wait until they’re out of the beach then get food afterwards. Unfortunately, staying hydrated and giving yourself something to snack on during your stay at the beach can be important, which is why you should always pack a bit of food with you. If you want to keep your drinks cool, then don’t hesitate to bring an icebox—your friends will thank you for it.



Let’s admit it; beaches can get relatively boring if you’re not hanging out with your friends the entire time. Even then, being at the beach can sometimes be a little dull. This is why taking a book, a portable speaker system or even a volleyball can greatly enhance your trip to the beach. It gives you something to do, it’s a great tool for socialising and it helps to keep the fun going. Don’t overestimate how much entertainment there is at the beach—take something so that you don’t get bored!


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Fancy Getting Wet And Wild In Florida?

Posted in beaches, holidays, travel, travel tips, US
on September 5, 2017

Thousands of people choose Florida as the ideal destination for a beach holiday each year. And, with hundreds of miles of beaches and famously good weather, it’s easy to see why. If you’re after white sand and blue sea, this destination won’t disappoint.

But, it would be doing Florida a disservice to assume that the water filled fun stops there. In truth, this destination offers a lot more than that for those who are after a wet and wild holiday. In fact, a little research will reveal that Florida has some amazing water related activities to try out. To give you an idea, we’re going to look at a few of them here.

Aquatica, Orlando

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We couldn’t write this without mentioning water parks. In all honesty, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that there are endless water parks in this destination. Would we expect any less?

But, today we’re going to focus on Aquatica, Seaworld Orlando’s water park. To see why this was the best pick for this list, you only have to look at rides such as the Dolphin Plunge. Not only do you get the thrill of a fast paced water slide. You also get to glide through the enclosure of the park’s Commerson’s Dolphins. These creatures are playful by nature, and will often dart along with you. So, you get the water park fun, and the experience of underwater life to boot!

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota

In keeping with the marine theme, you could head to Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab, host to an incredible 135,000-gallon shark habitat. Here, you can witness ongoing research which is sure to give you a real in-depth perspective. Plus, you can book up to enjoy fun activities, such as a shark encounter, or even your own breakfast with sharks. With amazing accommodation like the Regency Inn & Suites only 15 minutes away, there’s no excuse not to pay this place a visit. For keen marine enthusiasts, it’s an absolute must.

Neptune Memorial Reef, Key Biscayne

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For something a little more unexpected,  head to the Neptune Memorial Reef in Key Biscayne. This art piece, designed by Florida local Kim Brandell, is an underwater world unlike any other. This piece is a Neptune Society sponsored cemetery and forms a natural reef underwater. Swimming around the 16-acre site may chill your bones a little, but it’s something you won’t forget in a hurry. If you’ve always wanted to see a city underwater, now is your chance.

Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

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Your water filled stay wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world’s largest freshwater swimming pool. The Venetian Pool is the only pool listed in the National Historic Register, and was formed out of a coral rock quarry in 1924. This amazing spectacle has a natural filter system which refills the pool daily. As well as being an amazing sight to see, a swim here is sure to be one for your history books.


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Enjoy The Beach Holiday Of Your Dreams In The Cayman Islands



When you ask someone to identify what their view of the perfect vacation is, they’re likely to tell you about rolling white sand beaches, a beautiful crystalline ocean and plenty of activities for the family to do around that. Who could blame them? In the pursuit of a career at home, or in inner-city living, the drabness can affect you after a while and leave you positively dreaming of a seaside escape.

If you’re looking for a holiday like this, you should place visiting the Cayman Islands at the head of your list. The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory and is host to a plethora of wonderful attractions under the sun. Known for its scuba diving and snorkelling offerings, the Cayman Islands can satisfy and beach-lounger and aquatic adventurer alike. These Caribbean islands have everything you need to flourish, gain that coveted tan you’re seeking, and give you that perfect Island getaway in the security and safety of a beautiful resort.

But what else do the Cayman Islands have to offer? What can you do aside from lounging on the beach, which is amazing to do for the first few days of your holiday, but might need spicing up after a little while?


Grand Cayman

First of all, you should visit the largest and most populous out of the Cayman Islands, aptly named ‘Grand Cayman’. Grand Cayman is home to the ‘Seven Mile Beach,’ a heavenly expanse of sand that, despite what the name suggests is only 5.5 miles.

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would hold that against the beach though because what it might miss in those extra 1.5 miles, it makes up for in resounding beauty and fun to be had. The things to do at Seven Mile Beach are numerous. Bars such as the Royal Palms can help you relax and unwind with like-minded holidaymakers, while the Stingrays hosted at Stingray City allow you to experience a sealife form that many rarely get to come face-to-face with.

No matter the age, ability or demeanour of your family, on Seven Mile Beach you’re sure to smile the whole way round.




Mermaid Statue

If you’re looking for a hint of magic during your stay, the Mermaid Statue situated around half an hour from the East End of Georgetown will give you the opportunity to scuba dive and see the beautiful bronze statue herself.  Standing at an impressive 600-pounds and a whopping nine-feet tall, this is truly a sight to see. It’s likely that you’ll be stunned at the move-like magic of witnessing her in person, so be sure to arrange a viewing immediately!

There has been plenty written about how the aspiring tourist should go for more cultural holidays; ones focused on celebrating high-art, high cuisine and high historical narratives. This is fine, but sometimes you just need an undeniably fun and beautiful beach resort adventure, and the Cayman Islands provide that. However, that isn’t all they offer, as the Cayman Islands have a rich history just waiting to be exposed if you scratch under the surface. Be sure you do, and you’re sure to fall in love with this magical place.


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A Great Family Experience

Posted in beaches, family vacation, Florida, places of interest, USA, vacation
on March 3, 2015
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You and your whole family can enjoy an exceptional vacation in the Florida sunshine at a resort that caters to children as well as adults. 

Imagine a well-located destination right on the ocean where all the rooms are beautifully decorated condominiums with many having views of the ocean, the Intercoastal Waterway, the beach and a park from a large balcony. A full kitchen makes it easy to make breakfasts and other meals to go easy on part of your budget, and a washer/dryer is also provided. 

Children love the pool with its waterfall and slide and other activities that are provided for them constantly by the Kids Club. That includes a movie on Friday nights and a bonfire on the beach on Saturday nights. 

The entire family will love the large clean pools, the gym, the restaurants, and the easy beach access with chairs and an umbrella available for rent. There is warm water year round with an average of 75 degrees F. in January and 85 degrees F. in June. 

There is a sidewalk right in front of the hotel that is perfect for walking or running, you will find a convenient Publix grocery store within walking distance. The Sailfish Marina is a short drive away where you can feed the fish, and a wildlife preserve/state park is only five minutes north of the hotel where you can go to explore and perhaps go kayaking. 

Visit Florida now and have an outstanding family vacation at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa.

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Cape Cod Tourism Ideas and Tips

Cape Cod is known for its beautiful beaches and harbors, rich history and culture, and plenty of outdoor activity possibilities. The area attracts hikers, artists, golfers and tourists from around the world. Here are a few Cape Cod tourism ideas to help you make the most out of your visit.

The Beaches

The Cape Cod National Seashore boasts miles of sand beaches preserved in their natural beauty. Their high sand dunes and picturesque sunsets make the trips to the sea unforgettable. The bathing water is monitored by regular testing, and is known for its high quality. Cape Cod has a total of more than 550 miles of beautiful coastline for visitors to enjoy.
Pristine Nature

Several conservation organizations in Cape Cod make efforts to preserve the local nature and its resources, maintaining the environment in its pristine condition. A lot of emphasis is placed on recycling and other waste-reducing activities.

Outdoor Activities

From fishing trips to schooner cruises, sailing is one of the most popular activities in Cape Cod. Whale-watching is another exciting adventure, which hundreds of tourists undertake every day during the summer months. Miles of dedicated hiking and biking trails with breathtaking sceneries along the routes are available to those who prefer a more active vacation.  
History and Architecture

Besides its natural beauty, Cape Cod has a lot of other attractions for tourists to enjoy. Its lighthouses are great architectural landmarks, exciting to watch from both the land and the sea. Many of the buildings along the scenic Route 6A are former sea captain homes. When traveling the route, one can also visit Sandwich, a small historic town with a lot of character.

Culture and Art

The galleries of Cape Cod attract many art lovers to the area. They display the works of local and national artists, Saturdays in July and August being popular exhibit opening nights. Provincetown is one of the county’s oldest art colonies, with the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket having a rich art scene as well. A popular Cape Cod tourism feature, Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, are 100 acres of galleries, antique exhibits, concerts, and various other cultural activities.
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Hit the Beach in Miami: The Best Places to Work on Your Tan

If you want to get some sun and a tan, enjoy the ocean, and play beach sports, where better to go than Miami? This city is famous for its beaches, from South Beach to other, lesser-known beaches. Whether you’re looking to people-watch or get away from the crowds, you can find a beach that will give you a great tanning experience. Here are some of the beaches you can visit in Miami.

South Beach

No list of Miami beaches would be complete without mentioning South Beach. This beach hardly requires introduction, but in case you’re out of touch with all pop culture, South Beach is the place to be. The beach stretches the length of Miami Beach, and topless bathing is allowed if you want to get a tan line-free tan. People won’t stop and stare, either! There is a jogging path that runs along the beach, too, and nearby Ocean Drive offers nightclubs, restaurants, and cafes to satisfy any hunger or thirst at any hour of the day.

Bill Baggs State Park

Nearby Key Biscayne offers a view of the particularly famous Cape Florida lighthouse you have probably seen on postcards and in photos. You can go swimming, stay on the beach, or take a guided tour to learn more about the history of the park’s lighthouse. From the seawall, you can fish or watch fishermen relaxing in the sun.

Haulover Beach

Locals and international tourists know Haulover as the clothing-optional beach in Miami. You can take advantage of either the clothing-optional section to avoid any tan lines or a normal sunbathing section, and the sections are clearly marked so you won’t stumble into one area or the other. People are very laid-back and mind their own business here, so you’ll quickly lose your shyness.

Sunny Isles Beach

This two-mile-long white sand beach offers a great sunbathing experience. It tends to be less crowded than South Beach, but isn’t difficult to find. The Newport Fishing Pier allows you to fish or watch others trying their luck, and the beach also has a kids’ play area. Water sports such as snorkeling and diving are popular here, but you can quietly sunbathe if you prefer that.

Matheson Hammock Park Beach

Don’t expect to be surrounded by hammocks when you come to this beach – but you can expect a man-made lagoon with stunning sunset views. The Biscayne Bay regularly refreshes the water here, unlike some lagoons, and the name comes from the trees that surround it. These trees are mangrove trees, also known as hammock trees. Look on websites such as the website to find information about hotels in the area of this family-friendly beach.

No matter whether your goal for hitting the Miami beaches is to show off your style, get a tan, play beach sports, or just enjoy the view, you can find a beach that suits your needs. There are beaches with white sand, clear blue waters, jogging paths, legal topless bathing, or family-friendly attractions all within an easy drive of Miami. Relax and enjoy your vacation in the heat of Miami!

Chris McMahon enjoys sharing his travel stories and insights online through blogging. He has a particular love for Miami which he never misses the chance to visit.

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