Reaching Your Destination

Air Travel

Reaching Your Destination

Traveling by air is one of the most popular modes of travel. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most environmentally damaging. When traveling by air, you can do your part to help offset carbon emissions by booking a direct flight. The most damaging carbon emissions are released from an airplane during the takeoff and landing.

Another way you can travel greener by air is to book a flight on a “green plane.” Many airlines are transitioning some of their planes to operate more efficiently. Boeing recently introduced its new 747-8 Intercontinental jumbo jet. According to the company, the plane provides 16 percent better fuel economy, 16 percent less carbon emissions per passenger and generates a 30 percent smaller noise footprint than its predecessor, the 747-400.

Driving

If you plan on driving to your vacation destination and don’t own a fuel efficient or hybrid car, consider renting one. Renting the smallest car to comfortably meet your needs not only saves the environment, it also saves your car from accumulating additional miles.

Take the Train

For shorter destinations, consider traveling by train. Not only do trains emit less damaging carbon emissions when compared to airplanes, they provide a unique travel experience. You will be able to see so much more from the inside of a train, than from 30,000 feet or behind the wheel.

Where To Stay

Green Hotels

The hotel industry is doing its part to protect the environment by offering eco-friendly accommodations. Green hotels are popping up around the world offering luxury accommodations while also helping to reduce energy, water, and waste. Look for hotels that make use of solar and wind powered energy, water saving devices, non-toxic cleaning supplies, organic cotton sheets and towels, and energy efficient lighting. For more information on green hotels, check out the Green Hotels Association’s website.

Getting Around

Use public transportation such as buses, shuttles, or trolleys as much as possible and take advantage of hotel vans to get to and from airports. Or better yet, walk or take a bike ride. These options are a cheaper alternative, reduce your carbon footprint and force you to get outdoors and enjoy your natural surroundings.

This summer don’t check your green habits at the hotel door. Be sure to take the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra with you along with your carry on luggage.…

Tairua NZ – Your Insider New Zealand Holiday and Travel Guide Including Tips For Visitors

Tairua NZ - Your Insider New Zealand Holiday and Travel Guide Including Tips For Visitors

Tairua is a maori place name meaning “two tides” and nothing could be more apt. For Tairua is one of the most beautiful beach resorts in the Coromandel, with a picturesque harbour linking two white sand beaches.

At the head of the harbour is Mt Paku, a twin coned hill that was once an island but is now joined to the land by a sand dune. Walk to the top and you’ll soon see how Tairua got its name when you look over the town, harbour, beaches and Tairua’s twin resort; Pauanui.

Talk to the locals and they’ll tell you that Tairua is a soulful town centred around community and family life. Yet Tairua welcomes visitors with its very own style of relaxed hospitality.

There’s one thing that’s sure to get your stomach rumbling and that’s the smell of freshly baked pastries hot from the oven at Manaia Café & Bar. Manaia is the maori word for spiritual guardian and this place is an absolute godsend to anyone whose day doesn’t start until they’ve had a great coffee. With a nice indoor/outdoor feel, locals rate Manaia for their cooked breakfasts and outstanding seafood dishes.

After breakfast, you’re spoiled for choice. Do you go to the beach, the harbour, or just stay in town? The great thing about Tairua is that you can do it all in the same day.

Tairua is blessed with one of Coromandel’s finest surf beaches that’s only a 10 minute walk from town! With golden sand and safe swimming areas, Ocean beach slopes down to a steep undersea shelf which is responsible for creating some awesome waves. When the waves are up, Ocean Beach is a haven for surfers and boogie boarders.

Then there’s Tairua harbour. Just a 5 minute walk from town, head straight for the little yellow dive shop at the base of Mt Paku. These are the guys to take you fishing, diving and kayaking. Tairua is home to the millennium marlin. Catch one of these and you have bragging rights for years to come or explore the crystal clear waters of Tairua harbour by kayak.

Like many harbours, Tairua is great for boaties and has a big boat ramp for launching your boat. There’s also a couple of wharves and at high tide, they are a popular place to throw out a line and try your luck at fishing.

Head back into town and there’s tennis courts, parks, sports grounds and an 18 hole golf course with a club house that serves great meals during summer. The 19th hole never looked better.

After the beach and harbour, you might be feeling a little peckish and again Tairua doesn’t miss a beat. How about a nice Italian dish looking out over the waters of Tairua Harbour? The Cypress Tree always delights with fabulous service and food. They also do takeaway pizza so you can picnic down on the waterfront.

Then there’s Shells Restaurant. Locals claim this place has a brilliant chef who cooks …

Family Vacations – You Can Have One This Year After All

Family Vacations - You Can Have One This Year After All

Family vacations are going to be harder to take this year. With the continual rising costs of gas, food and the expense of living in general, families are forced to cut back. One of the things being considered to scratch is the annual family vacation. But you’ve worked hard all year and the family needs a break and time to get away and bond. Yet, it must be affordable.

Because of the financial situation, there has been a new word coined: Staycation! Many families are making their home the base for a stay at home family vacation. Do you really know what your hometown and surrounding area offer in the way of fun and adventure?

Call your local Chamber of Commerce or the Visitors and Tourists Bureau. They can offer a myriad of ideas for things to do close to home which are free or very reasonable. There are special events, festivals, museums, parks, zoos, lakes and swimming pools. You save money by eating and sleeping at home.

But, to make this work, treat it just like you’re on a family vacation in a new town. Include some visits to a local fancy restaurant. Moms need vacations too. Don’t overlook nearby attractions. There could be one that others travel miles to see.

Camping trips are good inexpensive options. You can pitch a tent, cook over a campfire and hike in the woods. You’ll not only discover nature but yourselves. If you care to go all out on the camping idea, you can arrange for a camp for a family of four. It will include meals, lodging, and activities for about a thousand dollars a week.

If it just isn’t a family vacation unless you leave town, do the bookings yourself and dig deep for discount hotels. Stay in a 2-star hotel instead of a 4. You may have to bring your own toiletries but there are savings. Many reasonably priced hotels offer free breakfasts. Eat hearty and skip lunch.

Suites or condos are cheaper than renting two rooms if you have a large family. Save money and enjoy family time in a hotel pool, hot tub or health club. Relax and stay healthy. Take advantage of what’s already paid for.

Go “off season” and an all-inclusive resort may be within your budget. It’s hard to find a venue that doesn’t cater to families and include meals, drinks, and lodging for one price. Many are located on the beach with countless activities for all ages. Big bargains are found south of the border in Mexico if you’re willing to research.

Theme parks are also good choices for family vacations. Once inside the park everything (except food, drinks and souvenirs) is included. They give free shows, rides and picnic areas. You can stay several days at a theme park and never do the same thing twice. Check on their package deals and save.

Determine your limits. Study your destination and style for your best value. Plan a family staycation or family vacation …

Fantastic Tips For Your Travel Needs

Fantastic Tips For Your Travel Needs
Fantastic Tips For Your Travel Needs

Traveling allows someone to gain perspectives that they would otherwise not be able to get. However, traveling can also be expensive and time consuming. The following advice will help keep your vacation reasonable priced.

If your travel takes you to amusement parks or any other place that requires tickets, purchase them online. Many times you can print them at home and save some money, too. Even if there’s a fee, it is very much worth it to be able to skip the long lines for purchasing tickets at the venue. Some parks now have tickets that contain a specific time in order to avoid lines.

Make sure you pack some candles if you are going to be visiting a hotel. This can make your room smell a bit better. Besides, candles are great to create a relaxing or a romantic atmosphere. You can buy these candles in miniature sizes, and they are usually drip free.

Create a list of the items you need to pack. Your list should be made well in advance (7-30 days) and should include all of your necessities. This way, you can avoid clutter and panic, even if you have to throw things together on short notice.

Get a good workout in before leaving on a flight. It’s boring having to sit through a long flight. Your back and legs can start to cramp up after sitting for such a long time period. Exercise or, at the least, a session of stretching prior to a flight can minimize your cramps and eliminate sore muscles.

Weather can be a huge factor in your travel plans. Before departure, check the forecast for the city you will be visiting. There is nothing worse on your vacation than having to retreat from the weather when you least expect it.

Do not wrap presents before flying to avoid difficulties. The TSA inspects some gifts, so by leaving them unwrapped, you avoid having your efforts destroyed before the package is presented to its recipient. Don’t wrap your presents in advance; either take wrapping paper with you, or buy some when you reach your destination.

If you have young children and you intend to rent a car, pack the kids’ own car seats. It is very doubtful that you will get better quality car seats if you rent a car, so plan ahead and bring your own to be on the safe side.

When making long road trips, rotate drivers as often as possible. Don’t drive until the only other option is to sleep, as this will leave the driver the only awake person in the vehicle. Never drive to the point of exhaustion. Instead, have a schedule of switching between drivers every two or three hours. This will prevent you from getting exhausted.

Apply these tips to assist you with planning your next traveling expedition. These tips are useful for a quick jaunt across the state or a long journey abroad. Traveling opens the mind to new experiences and brings experiences that …

Vacation Destinations In Texas For Family – San Antonio Texas Is Not Just About The Alamo!

Vacation Destinations In Texas For Family - San Antonio Texas Is Not Just About The Alamo!

Have you ever been to San Antonio, Texas: One of the best family vacation destinations in Texas?

When it comes to finding the best family vacation destinations, you won’t go wrong when you vacation with your family in San Antonio, Texas. The reason this city makes the list as one of the best family vacation destinations is because of the flavor of this south Texas city. Although it is a large city, it has a very small-town feel, and the atmosphere is all about family and togetherness. Not only this but the cost for food and amenities is a lot less expensive than other comparable tourist cities.

The thing that San Antonio is known for the most is the Alamo.

The Alamo was an outpost and one of the historic missions when Texas was at war with Mexico. Today, it is located right downtown, still standing in pretty much its original condition, although restored and maintained by the Daughters of the Republic. The first thing a tourist will notice, is it’s located just a block down from a shopping mall, and not in a field somewhere.

When the city planners decided to build up the downtown area of San Antonio, they built the stores and restaurants around the land the Alamo sits on. So, the Alamo in its historic state is surrounded by 20th century amenities. When the family is taking a tour of the Alamo, they can either walk through on their own, or they can take a guided tour. The building itself isn’t very large in scale and in the back of the property is a Koi fishpond that was constructed in later years.

Another reason San Antonio is one of the best family vacation destinations is because of the plethora of restaurants on the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk is a man-made structure that flows through parts of the downtown area. Along the banks of the river are hotels, restaurants, and shops. The restaurants serve their share of Mexican food, but there are also specialty restaurants.

There is even one restaurant that specializes in rude service as part of its appeal. There is also the Hard Rock Cafe for family dining. Most of the restaurants, especially the Mexican restaurants, are very inexpensive, especially when the amount of food that is served is taken into consideration. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that is especially the case in the food and drink servings.

When touring San Antonio, families need to visit the Tower Of The Americas. This also makes San Antonio one of the best family vacation destinations.

The Tower was built in 1969 and tourists can go up to the top to get a panoramic view of the whole city of San Antonio. There is a restaurant on the observation deck, and there is an interactive movie theater on the ground floor. The theater gives tourist a tour of Texas via a simulated helicopter.

There are many more places to visit that are either especially for tourist, …