How to Book Affordable Luxury Adventure Travel

How to Book Affordable Luxury Adventure Travel

Affordable Luxury Adventure Travel – If there is one area of the travel market that has always been expensive and extremely difficult to book, it has been the luxury adventure travel market. Because everyone has their own definition of what both “luxury’ and “adventure” are, and how they combine, it can be difficult to put together a trip that makes everyone happy, and when you do, you find out that it can be very expensive indeed.

If you are looking for a way to book luxury adventure travel, then you have probably already tried piecing together a trip on your own. This can be a lot of fun and provide you with ideas for things to do, but it is also the most expensive way to book a trip. If you are trying to have the trip of your life and still stay within your budget, then you will have to find another way.

The travel membership market is one that continues to grow because of the many benefits that it has to offer. Travel membership organizations or clubs offer extremely good discounts on all types of travel, without annual fees or blackout days. This means that once you pay a one-time fee, you will have access to unlimited discounts on all types of vacations and that certainly includes luxury adventure travel. So, whether you want to ride zip lines in Costa Rica, go cycling in the Sierra Nevada, or ride the white waters, you will be able to find a great deal on a luxurious resort to go back to at the end of the day. Most people find that by joining a travel membership club that not only do they get discounts that make travelling cheaper, but that they also end up taking a lot more trips because booking is simply so much easier. …

Cheap Family Vacations Trips – Three Ideas

Cheap Family Vacations Trips - Three Ideas

Cheap Family Vacations Trips – The current economic situation has most families re-examining their spending habits, and many are thinking about ways to take cheap family vacations. In the past families took pride in paying for over the top vacations whether they could afford them or not. Many times these were financed using their credit cards. Now, families are finding that they have to be a lot more practical in their spending habits. The challenge for them is to find ways to entertain their children and their families cheaply, while still having a great time.

One issue parents may have is feeling like they are failing their children by not having quality vacation experiences when they plan cheap family vacations. Actually, a cheaper vacation can be just as nice, and can be helpful to their children in a lot of ways. First, they can teach their children that there are some instances where money doesn’t equal quality time. Children can learn that they can have a quality good time by doing something special with the family and that there doesn’t have to have a large price tag attached to it. The children will also learn how to endure challenging times in life.

Having said that, one idea that you can use for keeping vacations cheaper, is to drive to a nearby attraction. If you live nearby a beach, you can simply drive them to the beach for a day there. You can pack lunch fixings, or you can bring a grill. The children will love frolicking on the beach and the family can do things like play frisbee, volleyball, or take a nice swim. The grownups can read a nice book or bring along any portable hobbies that they might have. This is a very fun and relaxing vacation to have.

Other cheap family vacations that you can try, is to drive to a local national park. Just about every state has a national park. These are wonderful places to go hiking, or to go fishing or even camping overnight. The kids can play in the fresh air. Again, you can bring your own food and supplies to save money on eating out. You can make an event out of fishing and then eating the catch for lunch or for dinner.

The third cheap vacation idea is to plan a fun day right in the town or the city that you live in. Many people pass by interesting tourist attractions or shops in their town, and ignore them. You can make an event out of viewing your town from the perspective of a tourist, and not as a local. You and your family might find a new and fresh perspective for the town that you live in. It’s amazing how a change in perspective can turn things around and make the town that you live in brand new. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about staying in a hotel, because you can go back home when you are …

Food In South East Asia

Food In South East Asia
Food In South East Asia

South East Asia – Food to Eat

South East Asian food is extremely diverse and varied. It is influenced by traditional food from each country’s native indigenous population as well as major influences from Indian cooking to the west, Chinese cooking to the north and Pacific and Indian ocean islander cooking. Of course, in today’s multicultural world you can find literally any international food to eat in any of South East Asia’s cities.

Let’s take a look at food in Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

Cambodian cuisine

Cambodian food is like most Asian food in the region, however, Phnom Penh is famous for its Ka tieu, which is a variation on a rice-noodle soup made of rice noodles with pork broth. It is spicy and sweet at the same time.

As with most Asian food, Cambodian food is based on the staples of rice and noodles, which are either made into a hearty soup or used as the base for a dish made with meat and vegetables which is placed on top.

Some of the herbs and spices that are used in Cambodian cooking which give the food its unique flavor are Rice paddy herbs, fishwort, peppermint, chives, water spinach, Chinese broccoli, bok choy and different types of yams.

For meat, regular meat is used the most such as beef, pork and chicken, however, because Cambodia has such vast access to the best seafood in the world their cuisine is also heavily based on the fruits of the sea.

Vietnamese cooking

Vietnamese food is often called the ‘light cuisine’ of Asia. Filled with fresh herbs and greens, a dash of grilled or fried meat either served in soup or on a plate with noodles or rice, the Vietnamese eat a lot but in small quantities at a time. Food to eat in Vietnam is very easy to find in most places even 24 hours a day, so no matter how tired you are after a long day at the beach or trekking through the jungle, you’ll always find a hearty soup to fill your stomach.

You won’t be able to spend enough time – probably not even a lifetime is enough – to try out the over 1,200 recipes that are part of Vietnamese cooking!

Malaysian gourmet

As with many other Asian foods, Malay cuisine is heavily based on the staples of rice and noodles, served with greens and fried or grilled vegetables. Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur in particular has always a travel hub for all of Asia and as a result its food isn’t a monolithic one-flavor-fits-all, but a mix of Malay, Indian, Eurasian, Chinese, Nyonya and Bornean indigenous tribal food.

With the thousands of recipes available and the time required to eat them all, it doesn’t really matter where you start. But once you do, you’ll never stop.

Singapore delicacies

As with Malaysia, Singapore is an ethnic travel hub for much of Asia and its food hails from Chinese, Indonesian and Indian backgrounds as well as a lot …

Travel Tips For Bali – Nusa Dua

Travel Tips For Bali - Nusa Dua
Travel Tips For Bali - Nusa Dua

The area of Nusa Dua was originally developed as a secure and peaceful resort location away from the bustling tourist precincts to the north. Home to the Bali Golf; Country Club as well as the Bali Convention Centre, the manicured enclave of Nusa Dua is all about premiere hotels and fine dining.

Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world find their Bali home in Nusa Dua. Unknown to even some of its most loyal visitors, Nusa Dua offers more than just ranks of five-star hotels and up-market restaurants and boutique shops. For instance, many of the visitors staying at these fine hotels are largely unaware of the pristine white-sand beach located just five minutes away on the southern edge of the peninsula known to locals as Geger Beach.

The public beach at Geger is recommended for tourists. Beautiful, safe and tranquil the beach area is also home to some of the best museums in Bali. Geger beach is safe for swimming and experiences a cooling ocean breeze as it is one of the few beaches facing east. Public transport is far from regular in the area but most hotels will assist with arranging taxis for tourists.

There are three manned gates that lead into the Nusa Dua enclave and everyone entering the area is subject to a security search that has the unfortunate effect of detracting from the relaxed ambience.

Immediately north of the Nusa Dua enclave is the peninsula of Tanjung Benoa that accommodates less exclusive hotels and Benoa village. Indicating this to be a multi-cultural area, visitors will see a mosque alongside both Hindu and Chinese temples.

Boat rides are available form Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua enclave for trips to Serangan Island (Turtle Island). These are typically glass bottomed allowing excellent views of the marine life in the area. Serangan is a turtle sanctuary and conservation area. Local Balinese assist by keeping turtle eggs in purpose-built houses until they hatch at which time they are released into the waters around the local beaches.

Numerous water-sport activities are available in the Nusa Dua area including banana boat rides, parasailing diving, fly-fishing and jet-ski rides. Most of the tourism operators in the area work in a cooperative type format ensuring price control is maintained and bartering unnecessary.

Nusa Dua is home to some of Bali’s most exclusive spa facilities. Most of the hotels offer in-house spa treatments or will arrange for private operators to visit your villa or room.

A morning walk along the extensive beachfront path is highly recommended. The path runs from the south end of the enclave for approximately 7 kilometres ending at the Grand Mirage hotel on the Tanjung Benoa spit.

There isn’t a massive choice of restaurants in the area outside of the luxury hotels. Not far from the enclave entrance on the road from Kuta and the airport a number of Japanese and other Asian restaurants can be found. As these eating-houses are primarily aimed at group markets they have little …

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, …