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, …

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.…

The Best Family Holiday Travel Tips For Christmas

The Best Family Holiday Travel Tips For Christmas

Travel during the holidays can be a stressful time, especially if you have children. With just a little bit of preparation though, you can make your trip go much more smoothly. Use these tips below to help you plan your trips and make it as enjoyable as possible for you and your children.

The Best Family Holiday Travel Tips For Christmas

1. Book flights early.

The longer you wait to book your trip, the more it will cost. Buy your tickets as early in advance of your trip as possible. If you want to get the best deals for Christmas, then consider buying tickets as early as September. This is when you will get the best deals. The closer you get to the holiday, the more it will cost, and you could end up pricing yourself out of your trip.

2. Have a pre flight checklist so you have everything you need.

This is especially important if you are traveling with children. Toddlers can get easily bored during a long flight, so make sure you pack plenty of games, snacks, blankets, and other things your child will want. Put them in the window seat and allow them to look out the window. It can be an interesting view at 35,000 feet, and your children will enjoy the interesting things they see.

3. Make sure you have all your items packed for baby.

If you’re traveling with a baby, it can easily become more complicated. The way to avoid this is to pack ahead of time as early as possible. Make sure you include everything you need, including strollers, car seats, changing pads, diapers, bottles, blankets, and plenty of clothing, especially if you are traveling to a colder climate. Include a small bag for the flight with the essentials you will need for the trip. If your luggage gets lost, you’ll be glad you had an extra bag.

4. Check to make sure everything on your car is working properly.

If you’re traveling by car, then you want to make sure you check everything before you leave. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck on the side of the road because you weren’t prepared. Take your car to a certified mechanic and have him look it over. Have your oil changed for the colder weather. If you will be driving in a much colder climate, you’ll want a thinner oil, as well as more coolant.

5. Have a map and know where you are going.

This may seem obvious, but have you planned the route you will travel? Have you planned an alternate route? What happens if you run into excessive traffic or a road you planned to take is closed? Take care of this before you travel. Don’t wait until you are trying to get to your destination and get stuck somewhere you don’t want to be, especially if you are traveling with children.

6. Include plenty of activities for your children.

If you are traveling with children in the car, especially small children, then you want to be …

All Packed and Ready for Summer Road Travels

All Packed and Ready for Summer Road Travels

You want your summer road trip to be a blast and exhaust all efforts to keep it that way. Wait a second to look at the travel tips below.

All Packed and Ready for Summer Road Travels

It is after all summer so be sure the car does not still have winter ones on. Inspect the tire pressure because as you know tire pressure sheds off around one pound of air pressure per month. Correct tire inflation is a must if tread separation and blowouts are to be avoided since ideal contact between road and tires is maintained.

Fluids need to be monitored. See if the oil needs changing. Owner manuals are provided by car makers so you have a guide when it comes to recommended oil and more. While the hood is up, check the coolant/antifreeze mixture inside your vehicle’s radiator. Cold and hot weather temperature is regulated right if the ideal coolant to water ratio of 50 to 50 is maintained.

Inspect what is left of the car. Do not go without having all the belts and hoses of the car checked first. A wiper blade often does not last longer than a year so if yours is past this mark and is working poorly toss it out and replace it. Finally, check the battery and if yours is more than 3 years old, have it tested at a certified automotive repair facility.

Your car should be equipped with an emergency kit. Use the cargo area to store flashlights as well as first aid kits and flares plus jumper cables and a blanket to keep clothes clean in case a tire has to be changed. Take with you extra pairs of gloves and paper towels along with some water and washer fluid plus non perishable foods but do not forget to bring tools such as screwdrivers and pliers especially wrenches.

Road trips usually turn into a packing free for alls where people do not stop with the luggage and just continue stuffing the automobile with coolers or pillows. Limit items to bring to just the essentials. The hotel will take care of your shampoo needs so no need to bring extra. You are going to a hotel not the woods so there will be washers and dryers there for doing laundry which means bringing 10 pairs of shorts is not required.

If items you brought along keep blocking your vision then you are going to be in trouble so pack smartly. It will be easier to lift the heaviest pieces if they are placed at the center of an SUV or pickup but for the other vehicle contents even them all around the vehicle.

Driving while feeling dopey is a top cause of road mishaps. Get as much sleep as you can to avoid dozing off while driving on the day of the trip. There is a downtime to the short term buzz created by caffeine in coffee so be ready for it. When possible switch drivers and pull over frequently. The small bladder is indirectly …

Pet Friendly Corporate Housing Eases the Burden of Business Travel

Pet Friendly Corporate Housing Eases the Burden of Business Travel

Gene Brown missed having a dog around. A traveling radiologist, Brown lived in corporate housing and was often on the road between assignments.

Pet Friendly Corporate Housing Eases the Burden of Business Travel

“I would see other technicians, who traveled with pets, and think, ‘I wish I could do that,'” he said.

Pets can be accommodated by most corporate housing providers, although some properties carry breed restrictions such as no pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, or chows. Other properties require pet interviews, which can be difficult for traveling professionals to do if they are unable to see the property before taking occupancy. Taking the time to attend obedience classes with your dog will benefit you in any number of ways, but especially in the case of a pet interview.

If you own an aggressive breed of dog such as a pit bull, you may have an easier time accommodating your pet if you choose to rent a private furnished property over renting corporate housing at an apartment complex. Your corporate housing provider will be able to advise you how to proceed in such circumstances.

“One time we had this client whose dog kept escaping from the apartment,” said Erin Connelly, Operations Manager for the corporate housing provider Almost Home USA, “So we asked the complex to put a special lock on the door and they did.”

Finding housing that will accommodate a pet is only part of the challenge, there’s also getting them from point A to point B without causing them undue stress. Here are some helpful tips:

If you’re taking your dog or cat by car, begin by taking them on shorter trips first. That way you can gauge the level of their anxiety and speak with your veterinarian if you feel that tranquilizers are necessary.

Make sure the dog is always in the back seat of a car (although never in the bed of a pick-up truck) because passenger side air bags deploying can cause a pet damage. What’s more, dogs should not be allowed to stick their heads out of the window. According to the Humane Society, “Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or become ill from having cold air forced into their lungs.”

To help a pet deal with motion sickness, the Human Society suggests taking along ice cubes, which are easier on a pet’s stomach than water.

Never leave your dog alone in a parked car. According to the Los Angeles SPCA, a parked car can heat up to 160 degrees in a minute, potentially causing stroke, brain damage, or even death.

If you’re traveling by plane, make sure that the dog or cat’s crate is clearly marked with all of your contact information. Make sure that the animal is wearing a collar with a legible tag, and a rabies tag.

There are pet transportation specialists who will, for a fee, make sure that Fido gets to where he needs to go with great efficiency, but online reviews of these services are …