Vail, Colorado: An Insider’s Travel Tips

Vail, Colorado: An Insider's Travel Tips
Vail, Colorado: An Insider's Travel Tips

Vail, Colorado. Who hasn’t heard of this masterpiece of skiing bliss. Vail has been slated as one of the world’s best places for snowboarding, skiing, dining, shopping, hiking and site seeing. When you go, here’s a few tips on how you can make your experience in Vail even better!

Take Advantage of a Condo! The local hotels are great, but a condominium stay offers you even more advantages. In a condo, you will experience a more home-like environment with more space to spread out and put the kids in a separate room! Your condo will be fully furnished like an apartment. In a condo, you will feel as if you’re living in Vail and not just visiting. If you stay in a condo, you may even be inspired to buy into a time sharing arrangement that will allow you to live in Vail at least part of the year, this is a great idea for a lot of families and will save and possibly even make you money over the years.

Order Out, Dine In! Since you’re staying in a condo, you will have a comfortable place to eat, so why not try having a hot meal delivered to you by A La Car, which is a local Vail restaurant delivery service. Several top local restaurants participate in this program and will be happy to deliver your food to you. After hitting the slopes all day, a romantic dine in meal with a nice bottle of wine may be just what you need.

Save dough, stay late! Toward the end of the ski season in early April, the city celebrates the Taste of Vail. This three day event allow you to experience some of the best foods and wines Vail has to offer. These delights are served up by several of Vail’s most renowned chefs. At this time you can enjoy spring skiing, great food and wine, and all of Vail’s finest entertainments for a fraction of their normal cost.

Scurry over to Beaver Creek! A Vail lift ticket will also work in nearby Beaver Creek. Vail is great, but why limit yourself to a single set of slopes? You can catch a shuttle to experience several of the “other” great slopes in the area. And Beaver Creek often has shorter lines than Vail does, so that means you can make more runs!

Beat the Rush, Book Now! Who doesn’t want to visit Vail? At the height of the ski season, Vail reservations are priced in keeping with the demands for the Vail experience. If you want a competitive price, you’ll have to book your trip early. You can fly to Denver and rent a car (an awesome 3 hour drive in good weather) or fly directly to Eagle County Airport. Both airfare and hotels are cheapest when booked in the off season.

Go Beyond Skiing! Try snowboarding, fly fishing or even in-line skating! Locals offer classes all three of these activities. You may be able to get a package, …

Basic Traveling Tips Before Leaving The Country

Basic Traveling Tips Before Leaving The Country

Traveling abroad can be fun, but it can also be frustrating. Certain preparations and requirements are necessary before you are able to leave. Depending on where you are going, you are required for certain items according to airport and the country’s regulations.

Basic Traveling Tips Before Leaving The Country

Here are a few basic tips that will help you make your planning go easier and your trip to be the best it can be.

When traveling abroad, you must have a passport. No matter if you plan to go to Canada, Mexico, or other countries across the ocean, you simply cannot do it without a passport. It is the most important thing to carry on you and one that you’ll need to have no matter where you go. You will need your passport at the airport, the border, and even some hotels requires it. There are two different kinds of passports you can get. You will need to check your destination first so you can have the correct one.

You can choose a passport book or a passport card. The most common and widely used is the passport book. The passport card is more technologically advanced since it has an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip in it. The Pro’s of using a passport card are, it’s cheaper in cost, it’s a wallet sized card, thus convenient to store in a wallet or purse. It’s very convenient for those frequent travelers who live in communities on the boarder of Mexico and Canada. The Cons are, it cannot be used for air travel. The Use is restricted for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Mexico, Canada, Caribbean and Bermuda.

Immunization cards are also important when it comes to traveling abroad. Of course this will depend on the country you visit where immunizations records are necessary. Some places have certain diseases and so it’s best to protect yourself from the diseases in those locations. Most times if you and your children are current on routine vaccinations you’ll be fine, but for certain countries, will need immunizations for diseases such as yellow fever and Meningitis. Visit the government website or speak to your travel agent regarding immunizations required for your destination. Knowing this before hand can make or break or trip.

You need to know what you can and cannot bring with you on board the airplane. Some countries frown upon certain items coming into their country while others refuse to allow certain articles to leave it. It’s always a good idea to check the rules and regulations of the country you are visiting. In doing so, you can avoid costly postage to ship items back and forth. The airports have requirements when it comes to having the correct size and weight of luggage. The charges for going over regulations can be outrageous. It’s in your best interest to check on what the rules and regulations to avoid any unnecessary charges.

International travel can be somewhat expensive but with proper planning and budgeting, you can lower the cost considerably. …

Family Fun Vacations – Theme Parks Are Not Just For Kids

Family fun vacations are often thought of to mean going to amusement parks or theme parks, such as Six Flags or Disneyland. Although these are great destinations for families with children and teens, adults can enjoy them too.

Family Fun Vacations - Theme Parks Are Not Just For Kids

Many theme parks have areas specifically designed to appeal to different age groups. A lot of these parks also cater to the adults and those who are not as physically fit as the kids.

A popular theme park that incorporates a little something for everyone is Cedar Point, which is a huge roller coaster park in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. For so many young people who are crazy for coasters, this is their fantasy vacation destination. However, even if you don’t enjoy riding roller coasters, or are physically unable to ride, this park is still a lot of fun.

Since families come in all shapes and sizes, a good theme park will offer something for everyone. Enjoy the pre-school fairy tale themed areas, the dare-devil high voltage coasters, or take in a stage show in the air-conditioned theater. Grandparents will have fun watching the older kids ride the extreme rides. Also, for those seniors who are willing and able, they can enjoy the rides with the grandkids.

Many amusement parks and theme parks are often associated with some lower cost places to stay onsite or nearby. Consider staying at a K-O-A campground, or renting a camper; many parks offer low cost areas and hookups for you to stay. This is a very family friendly option because of the proximity to the action. Older members of the family can take a break and go back to the room or camper for a rest during the day. Or, if a little one needs a nap, it is easier to be closer to your home-away-from-home. Split up into groups and let the die-hard adventurers in your group stay at the park while the others take a rest for a few hours. Re-group at a meeting place for dinner and evening fun.

Being able to break up the day can refresh some family members. When they return to meet up with the rest of the family, they will be renewed and everyone will have a better time. So, go ahead and enjoy those family fun vacations together! …

Become a Travel Agent for Massive Savings

Become a Travel Agent for Massive Savings

So, I admit, I am a member of an e-commerce travel company. But this article is not about selling you on a home-based business; it’s all about you becoming your own travel agent. Believe it or not, even if you never sign up one person in this company, you can win financially in amazing ways, regardless! For less than $1,000, you can own your own turnkey travel business, receive quick travel agent training, and become an independent, credentialed agent with all the terrific benefits that offers. And what are some of those benefits?

First, FAM or “familiarization” trips are offered by tour companies, hotels, convention and visitor bureaus, airlines and cruise lines. The purpose of these trips is to familiarize the agent with the cruise line, hotel, or tour company. Of course, the particular company is hoping you will send future travelers their way. The great thing about these FAM trips, sometimes called member trips, is that they are so easy to access. Once you become an agent you are able to take one of these FAM trips immediately. These trips are extremely discounted, and can save you up to 80% on land trips and 70% on cruises. Obviously, this is more than worth it. Here are a few random examples of some of the member trips that you can take advantage of:

  • 4 Days Jamaica Vacation for only $234.00
  • 4 Days to Cozumel, Mexico only $181.00
  • 4 Days to Cancun Mexico Vacation, $230.00
  • 6 Days Caribbean Cruise for only $285.00
  • Myrtle Beach golf vacation for 3 nights: $359.00
  • 7 Days to Spain: Madrid, Cordova and Seville. From $990 for agents; $1090 for spouses/companions.
  • Disney World 3 Days/ 4 Nights, only $335.00. The kids will love this one…

(Many of these quotes cover hotels, transfers, sightseeing, and at least two daily meals).

Second, on top of the discounts, earn Travel Agent commissions on your personal travel, as well as the travel of your clients. Book any travel on your own site or point friends/family to it and you get cash back. Yes, you heard me right.

Third, enjoy sometimes being treated like royalty when traveling as an agent. Even the governments of some nations offer the red-carpet treatment to agents. This is because politicians realize the huge benefits tourism dollars can bring to their economy. So, don’t feel as if you owe them the world. You’re helping them too.

Fourth, enjoy tax advantages for running a business. According to the IRS, deductible expenses related to business travel are the normal and necessary expenses of traveling to perform your business, job, or profession. When you become a travel agent, you make traveling your business. Deducting travel expenses from your income before paying taxes means huge savings. The average American traveler that spends $3,000 a year on travel must earn $4,500 before taxes. For the travel professional that owns his or her own business, their income is not taxed until after travel expenses are deducted. This could equate to a 50% savings …

My Favourite Things To Do In Alicante

My Favourite Things To Do In Alicante
My Favourite Things To Do In Alicante

Spain is home to a wide variety of fascinating cities and towns. One of the most beautiful and historic is the city of Alicante. The crown jewel of the Mediterranean Sea, this city is one of Europe’s most historic and unique. Alicante boasts a plethora of things to do and see, from world-class museums to tranquil beaches to sightseeing. It’s almost impossible to be bored in this historic yet hip city. Those looking for an interesting and exhilarating trip will find a truly unique experience in Alicante.

Alicante is located in south-eastern Spain along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline. It boasts a warm, mild climate year round with abundant sunshine. The city is accessible by bus, plane, boat, tram, train and car. Its mild weather and prime location lend to its image as a major tourist resort.

Alicante is home to a wide array of sites of interest and things to do. Whether you enjoy history, culture or the natural environment, you’re sure to find something fun to do in this city.

Gravina Museum of Fine Arts

One of Europe’s most renowned art museums, this institute proudly showcases artwork from local Spanish artists. A must-see for art enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates fine artwork.

Old Town

Alicante’s oldest and most charming district, this area contains narrow streets, historic buildings and a bevy of shops, cafes and restaurants. Here, visitors will also find museums, the town hall, a historic cathedral and many tourist-friendly shops and vendors.

Castle of San Fernando

This early 19th century towers over Alicante and offers a fascinating look at what life was like many years ago. This attraction is a must-see for architecture buffs and those who love history and culture.

Archeological Museum of Alicante

This fascinating museum displays more than 80,000 archeological artifacts from a wide range of time periods, including the Middle Ages and Ancient Rome. One of the world’s finest archeological museums, it is a truly unique experience and not to be missed.

Asegurada Museum of Modern Art

This art museum displays some of the finest artwork by the world’s most famous contemporary artists, including Picasso.

Castle of Santa Barbara

This magnificent medieval castle towers over the city and is one of its most iconic landmarks. Constructed in the 9th century by Muslim invaders, the castle is an architectural marvel and boasts some of the most phenomenal views of Alicante, the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding countryside.…