Enjoying Your Vacation in Comfort with Home-Like Lodgings

You can plan the most luxurious and fun-filled vacation imaginable. However, if you fail to book comfortable hotel rooms, your entire trip away from home could be ruined by this one seemingly minor aspect of your journey. Rather than let your fun be dampened by uncomfortable and crowded hotel rooms, you can instead enjoy a more home-like atmosphere when you book lodgings designed for lengthier and more luxurious stays. With holiday apartments LA visitors like you can enjoy the rest of your vacation with the assurance that you can sleep well in a comfortable suite after a day of fun and sightseeing.

Enjoying Your Vacation in Comfort with Home-Like Lodgings

These larger homier suites can be ideal if you are traveling with your kids and some of your extended family. When you have small children with you, you must stick to a tight meal schedule. When the kids get hungry, you may not be able to find a place where you can eat that suites their young palates. Rather than risk the kids getting grumpy and cranky, you can instead fix them a semi-home cooked meal in your hotel suite. The suite comes with a kitchenette outfitted with a small range and microwave. There is also a refrigerator for storing milk, juice, and other cold groceries for children.

Likewise, when you have older family members with you, you also may need to adhere to strict meal plans. The older relatives might have specific health needs that prevents them from dining in a restaurant or grabbing a bite to eat at a roadside stand. When you want to know that your older loved ones will eat safe and high-quality meals, you can fix them a meal in the kitchenette area. You can also keep their insulin and medications in the refrigerator.

After a day out touring Los Angeles, you may be ready for a hot bath and some TV time. The hotel suite has towels and bath mats available for your personal use in the bathroom. You also can watch TV on your in-room set. The TV is hooked up to cable so you can watch movies or your regular programming. After you are done watching TV, you can also relax and sleep in one of the full size beds available in each suite. These amenities and comforts can add the ideal finishing touch to your family vacation to Los Angeles.

How to Get People to Go Winter Backpacking With You

Dying to get out into the wilderness, but can’t find any pals willing to hike and camp when there’s snow on the ground? Unless you’re lucky enough to have a backpacking-lover like Max Gorin in your close circle of friends, you’ll have to get crafty when appealing to their adventurous side. Follow these tips for encouraging your friends (or acquaintances) to hit the dirt – err, ice – road with you before the spring rolls around. Don’t dismay – you’re bound to find at least one person who’s willing to give it a whirl.

How to Get People to Go Winter Backpacking With You

1. Explain that winter camping is very different alone vs. with someone. When you’re by yourself, the short days and long spans of darkness can make you feel really lonely. Together, though, that just means having more time in the evening to trade hilarious stories. They may be picturing the horror of a solo venture, but remind them that you’ll be there!

2. Ask your wildest, craziest friend to join you. Even if they hate hiking – and winter – the appeal of doing something nuts may be enough to get them on board. When that fails, taunt them a bit – they’re not scared, are they?! If you know someone who’s always down for adventure, even better – they probably won’t blink at the suggestion of camping during the coldest season of the year.

3. Appeal to your friend who’s really into fitness. If they’ve never done more than a gym session during the winter, tell them that trying something new will probably work out new muscles. Plus, there’s no complete body workout quite like hiking in snowshoes, not to mention that they can eat more than usual because they’ll burn way more calories than they could on the treadmill.

4. If you think that your quiet pal isn’t a good match for a long hiking trip, think again – if he doesn’t talk much regularly, he probably won’t complain that much while on the trail. Plus, you may get closer friendship-wise since you’ll be in a setting that encourages conversation.

5. You may know someone’s who’s turned off to the idea of hiking because they had a bad springtime or summer experience. Let them know that during the winter, those overcrowded, littered trails are pristine. You’ll be lucky if you see a trace of a person, let alone run into someone else. Plus, a lot of campsites that are overrun in the warm months are available during the winter.

6. Play up the drawbacks. Melting snow for water is a skill most people will never pick up. Digging a barrier to keep wind away from your tent is so much like playing in the snow as a kid. After setting up camp for the night, there’ll be plenty of time to have a snowball fight.

7. If you know someone who’s looking to kick their workout regime and eating habits in the rear, talk to them about how much of a calorie-scorcher wintertime hiking is. Bonus: You can eat practically whatever you want because you’ll be burning the calories off anyway.

Your hiking companions will thank you afterward – winter backpacking is seriously rewarding. Or, at the very least, they’ll have a crazy story to tell their kids some day!

For Travelers who are looking to find the perfect rustic getaway

Travelers looking to find the perfect rustic getaway with absolutely breathtaking views should visit us here at Little Valley Mountain Resort.

Here in Pigeon Forge, TN, we have magnificent, beautifully maintained 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom cabins, Smoky Mountain cabins in the heart of some of the most beautiful vistas on earth.

For Travelers who are looking to find the perfect rustic getaway

Our cabins, able to sleep from 2 to 16 people, are perfect for any family or group size. And we’re pet friendly, so all members of the group can enjoy this experience together.

Looking for a romantic getaway? Check out our cabins with luxurious hot tubs on the deck. Perfect for that crisp fall day, with magnificent views of the changing colors of the season.

Groups of family or friends of any size will enjoy our swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, stocked fishing pond, miniature golf and playgrounds- activities all members of the party can share and make memories with.

Our cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Smoky Mountains provide a perfect getaway for any group that is looking to get out here into the great outdoors. The scenery is extraordinary, and the activities will keep everyone entertained and enjoying a wonderful experience.

We are an A+ rated BBB Accredited Business, and are handicapped accessible.

We would love to have you see more of us. Please visit our website to learn about our cabins : http://littlevalleymountainresort.com/cabins. We can help make your next Smoky Mountain vacation your very best getaway ever!

Peter Island: Perfect Honeymoon Destination for Couples

Peter Island: Perfect Honeymoon Destination for Couples

After spending months planning the wedding of your dreams, the last thing couples need to do is spend a lot of time worrying about and arranging a honeymoon. And after the rush of a wedding weekend, days and nights on a balmy beach, massages and hot baths overlooking crystal clear blue water, and five-star dining is just what the wedding fairies order.

The Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands offers all of these amenities and more in a package that takes all of the planning off of your hands. Upon arriving in Tortola, after leaving customs, you are greeted by a friendly representative of the resort who directs your bags to be picked up to by a cab which ferrets you over to Peter Island’s ferry – one of several – for a thirty-minute guided tour of the BVIs (as the British Virgin Islands are referred to by locals) before you dock on the shore of Peter Island.

Perfect Honeymoon Destination for Couples

The warm, friendly staff will whisk away your bags once you arrive, and offer to either take you on a quick tour of the island (by golf cart of course), or take you directly to your room to change and relax. Once you do get to your room – if you’re staying in one of the well-appointed suites overlooking the white sand beach, you’ll find a warm, high-ceiling room, with doors opening out to a balcony. The dark paneled room is lit up by the large windows and by the tropical colored pillows along the bed and couch. The large bathrooms come fitted with a large spa bath and a double-headed shower — to make sure you’re extra clean of course.

All food is included with the price of the resort fee, and you definitely get your money’s worth. From high-brow seafood and steak dishes, to the Caribbean classic conch fritter, you will not go hungry. Alcohol drinks are extra, and easy to order plenty of as you can quite easily put all charges on your room. The several bars are well stocked with an impressive wine list and the requisite tropical drinks. Be sure not to miss the BBC (Banana Bailey’s Colada). One evening, the resort held a vintner’s dinner, hosted by a local wine importer. He was quite knowledgeable, impressing some of the seasoned guests with his wine knowledge, and giving a lecture on French wines without coming off as lecturing. The wine likely helped.

The activities and amenities at Peter Island are tremendous. Included with your resort fee are snorkeling equipment, other water sports, some sailing equipment, tennis court and rackets, as well as access to beautiful private and semi-private beaches, Honeymoon Beach and White Bay Beach. Make sure to get a picnic lunch packed for you, complete with wine, for an even more enjoyable beach visit. Peter Island will also arrange excursions for you, like snorkeling trips to The Indians, where you can see barracuda, ray sharks and turtles just feet below the surface; shopping trips to Tortola and sailing trips to other British Virgin Islands to visit the Baths on Virgin Gorda and the world famous, water-access only Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke.

And finally, no visit to Peter Island would be complete without a visit to their spa. Make sure to book appointments in advance of your visit as they fill up quickly. And set aside enough time so you can while away at least half a day at the spa. Not only do they offer a tremendous amount of spa services like couples massages, reiki and yoga, but they have a spectacular infinity pool and hot tub overlooking one of the many shorelines of Peter Island.

Peter Island, and all of the Virgin Islands, rank as some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in all the world. All adventure and beauty seekers owe themselves a visit there. You will not be disappointed.

Peter Island: Perfect Honeymoon Destination for Couples

Five Places for Your Family in Christmas Vacation

Five Places for Your Family in Christmas Vacation

1) New York City, New York

New York City might be the best place to spend Christmas. While the weather may not always be welcoming, everything else is. The tree at Rockefeller Center is something to be seen. Of course there are lots of other things to do after. The theaters on Broadway, the sporting events and concerts at the revamped Madison Square Garden, and exploring of the city’s restaurants are perfect. Do not forget about the Rockettes performing their annual show at Radio City Music Hall.

Five Places for Your Family in Christmas Vacation

There are three airports where New York is accessible from. LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark over in New Jersey are all international airports that can get you to Manhattan easily. The public transportation system in New York City can take you anywhere so it does not matter where you actually end up staying. For first time traveler’s though, try to stay somewhere in Manhattan instead of the other boroughs. You will be thankful on those late nights when you just want to collapse backwards onto your bed.

2) Orlando, Florida

Warm weather, beaches, and Walt Disney World Resort along with Universal Studios, makes Orlando an ideal Christmas destination for families of all types. A one day ticket to Disney World is $90 for each family member 10 and over with deals available for more than a single day. For Universal Studios it is $128 for a one day pass. The Orlando Magic will also be at home December 18-29 so check out a game while you are there. Visiting Orlando on Christmas may make you forget it’s even winter.

 

3) Aspen, Colorado

Lloyd Christmas described Aspen as a place where the wine flows like beer. Where nice women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano.” While some families may prefer to get away from the snow and dry air, others make the most of it. Aspen is best known for their ski resorts and spending Christmas week on the slopes is a great idea. If skiing is not your thing then Aspen probably is not the best place for you, although there are other activities to do. Aspen will surround you with nature, and you will never run out of hiking trails to explore.

 

4) Paris, France

Going International now, Paris is a great place to spend any day, holiday or not. If you remember, the McAllister family from ‘Home Alone’ planned to spend their Christmas there, until Kevin went and ruined it. Other than visiting places like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, there are other activities around the city to partake in. While in this foreign country the best thing you could probably do is discover what is out there and enjoy the gourmet dining. You can always go on a Christmas Bateaux Parisiens Cruise or visit one of the city’s Christmas markets.

 

5) Caribbean Cruise

Nobody ever said you had to spend your Christmas on land. A cruise through the Caribbean is a unique way to spend the Christmas holiday with your family. The parties, the buffets, and of course the rock wall will make whatever cruise you decide to go on memorable. Expedia offers many different options from the available cruise lines.

Five Places for Your Family in Christmas Vacation

Visit to Jeju island

In contrast to the bustling capital Seoul, busy people and cars, tall buildings closely, Jeju deposition and peaceful, worthy of the title “island of peace”. For South Korea, Jeju island with beautiful scenery serene, full of sunshine coast and wind, is the ideal place for the honeymoon couples or newlyweds, or the period helping families stay mounted. Along menly explore unique landmarks in Jeju only.

Jeju island

Halla Mount

Jeju Island is the result of the formation of many volcanoes on the sea. The most famous mountain is Halla, a dormant volcano peaks for thousands of years, with a height of 1,950 meters, is called “the roof of Korea”.

The mountain is located in the national park and Hallsan been recognized as a UNESCO heritage thanks to the biodiversity. Here, there are more than 1,800 species of trees and thousands of species of animals.
Halla Mount

Mountain visitors also have the opportunity to admire this crater became a lake on the mountain and enjoy the panoramic beauty underneath.

Beef Island

Beef Island is for the pearl island of Jeju island, thanks to the unique landscape. Locals say that the island looks like a sleeping cow, so they called Cow Island. Today, tourism is Beef Island development. At this point, one of the prominent tourist destinations of the island of Beef with black sand beaches and sandy bays.

Glass Castle

Not only the scenery, but the poetic Jeju Glass Castle also brings beauty mysterious, romantic fairyland.

Glass Castle of Museum Jeju art glass including a beautiful garden outside. As we enter the castle, visitors will encounter giant bean germplasm in the hall – a unique work of art is the creative artist in 3 months. In the exhibition space inside, visitors will see first European city glass brightly colored lights. Most visitors arrive here feeling lost in the world of fairy tales.

Jekyll Island : The Millionaires’ Playground

Jekyll Island: The Millionaires’ Playground

In 1886, a group of millionaires that included the Morgans, Astors, Cranes, and Rockefellers formed the Jekyll Island Club and built the lavish Clubhouse that is now The Jekyll Island Hotel. The sixty room Clubhouse was designed and built by Charles Alexander on Jekyll Island, GA. The first condominiums that were built in America was built on the island in 1896 and were called San Souci.

Jekyll Island
The club expanded and in 1901 they built an annex to the hotel to meet their needs. Some of the members built their own private houses during the time period of 1888 to 1928. These houses gave them more room to entertain their guests. Many of the houses have now been restored and guests can stay there. Some have cafés that have been opened for the use of Jekyll Island guests.

Jekyll Island became home to the first golf course in 1898. Later the resort grew to include a swimming pool, marina, croquet lawns, and tennis courts. It was truly a millionaire’s play ground.

The Club became smaller during the Depression and the government asked the remaining members not to use the island until World War II ended. That was the end of the Jekyll Island Club. The members never used it again and the state of Georgia bought the island in 1947. The state did their best to keep it open as a hotel until 1972. The Jekyll Island Club’s 240 acres was named a National Historic Landmark in 1978. Twenty million dollars was spent to restore the grand Victorian hotel. It reopened in 1985.

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel now includes the Clubhouse, San Souci, and the Annex. There are 157 guest rooms with different historical settings. There are balconies and fireplaces in many of the rooms. The rooms in the Clubhouse have either a king size or a double bed. The rooms in the cottages have Jacuzzis and some have two double beds. The rooms that have the two double beds are deluxe rooms that are bigger and include a sitting area or a desk. All the rooms include cable TV, an in-room safe, newspaper delivery, iron and ironing board, alarm clock, hair dryer, and a coffee pot.

There are recreational activities to suit everyone. The activities include horseback riding, tennis, golf, and water sports. There is a heated pool for swimming and private beach cabanas. The Club Hotel also offers carriage rides around the village and tours of the island.

Hotel guests can choose from an American plan that offers three full meals everyday or the modified American plant that includes breakfast and dinner daily. Entire cottages can be rented for special events such as weddings or family reunions.

Visiting Jekyll Island is like taking a walk back in time. The grandeur of the millionaires’ village has been brought back to Jekyll Island. The Victorian décor adds a touch of romance from the past. If those walls could talk, they would have some stories to tell.

Top Vacation Destinations for Singles

If you are single, here are some of the best vacations for singles. There are many special vacations that are specifically designed for each interest group, such as gays, lesbians, young people, divorced men and women, retired, traditional and conservative, outdoor enthusiasts, fetish seekers and culture snobs. Whatever your likes and wants and needs are, there is a great vacation waiting for you.

Top Vacation Destinations for Singles

San Antonio, Texas, known as a big city with a small town feel, has sporting events, convention season, historic downtown and good food. These are just a few of the things available.

Jerusalem is a great destination no matter what your religion. It can be a life changing experience. You’ll see spiritual monuments, experience history in front of your eyes and be able to mingle with diverse cultures.

Disney World, Florida is a great place of single adults to enjoy a fun filled vacation. Adults love Universal Studios, roller coaster rides and even the characters. There are many adult packages available.

Prince Edward Island is located in eastern Canada, and is famous for its scenic coast. You will be able to meet others that love to be in the great outdoors and nature .A Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Vatican City in Rome is home to the Pope. Nearby are the Sistine Chapel and other gardens, historic art, monuments and beautiful architecture.

Dublin, Ireland has a lot of opportunities for shopping, going to the cinema, visiting historic monuments, museums or the zoo. One of the many city parks is a good place to relax and just let the world go by.

One of the best vacations for singles is Monterrey, Mexico. One of 3 most important cities in Mexico, It has a lot of ancient historic charm and is very beautiful and relaxing place to meet others with the same interests.

The Galapagos on the volcanic islands off of South America is a great place for climbing and just exploring.

Belize in Central America is where you can do extreme kayaking and enjoy numerous outdoor sports. It is a fun place to go if you like to be by the water.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the home to many beautiful and breathtaking views and will allow you feel very inspired upon leaving.

These a just a few examples of great vacation destinations that attract single people. These places are ones where a person can travel by themselves, and possibly meet new people along the way

Christmas Travel Tips for you

Christmas Travel Tips for you

A lot of people head home to spend Christmas with their friends and family. This can make traveling a long, stressful process. Thankfully, there are some tips for Christmas travel that can help to ease this stress.

Christmas Travel Tips for you

Book In Advance

One of the first Christmas travel tips has to do with booking your tickets in advance. You don’t want to wait to try to find cheap tickets at the last minute.

Plan Ahead

A good Christmas travel tip is to avoid those areas that are prone to issues with severe weather. If you do have to fly to one of these areas, make sure that you either get a non-stop flight or leave plenty of time for delays.

Stay Calm

While holiday travel can be stressful, staying calm will be helpful to you and your fellow passengers. Therefore, make sure to have a positive attitude as you approach your trip.

Don’t Wrap Presents

This is one of the Christmas travel tips that a lot of people forget about. Airport security is on increased alert during the holidays and will probably open any wrapped packages.

Remove All Batteries

Another of the important Christmas travel tips that has to do with your presents: Make sure to take batteries out of all of your electronic devices.

Check Your Bags

You will probably have a lot more hand luggage so make sure that you check any of the bigger things that you are bringing with you.

Take Along an Empty Bag

Here is a Christmas travel tip that a lot of people forget about: Take an extra bag in order to pack up your gifts to bring home with you.

Expect the Unexpected

This is especially important during the Christmas season because delays, cancellations and overbooked flights will be more likely. Make sure to stay calm when these things happen so that everything will go as smoothly as possible.

Stay Calm

A Christmas travel tip that simply cannot be stressed enough is to make sure that you remain calm.

Verify Your Arrangements

If you make your travel arrangements online, it is a good idea to call and verify that you actually received what you requested. This is especially important if you are traveling with small children as you won’t want to be separated from them.

Remember Your Cell Phone Charger

A Christmas travel tip that you probably will never have even thought about has to do with your cell phone charger. You will want to put this in your carry-on bag in case of a delay wherein you need to use your phone.

Doctor Notes

One of the most important safety travel tips has to do with the needles that diabetics and people with allergies must carry with them. It is important to remember to get a doctor note stating that you need these needles in order to give yourself injections whenever necessary.

Conclusion

Whatever you do, don’t put off traveling at Christmas time just because it can be stressful. Simply keep these Christmas travel tips in mind so that you can enjoy spending your holiday with your friends and family this year. These tips really can make things less stressful for you this year.

How to Find Cheap Air Travel Prices

How to Find Cheap Air Travel Prices

If you are planning on take a trip somewhere, chances are you are looking for the best prices out there. No matter where you are going in the world, you should be able to find some good resources and good prices on travel. You definitely want to do a little bit of research before taking your trip because there are all kinds of ways that you can find really good prices on air travel and I would like to describe some of them to you.

How to Find Cheap Air Travel Prices

Most people tend to think that there is not much they can do when trying to save money on a trip, but the truth is that there actually is. All you have to do is keep an open mind and look around and you should be able to find some good or better prices than what your travel agent can offer you. Some people think that the airline tickets are set in stone, but this is not necessarily true. It all depends on what time you take your flight, the airline you travel with, how booked the flight is and how many people are on the flight. It will also depend on what type of flight you are taking and what class you are planning to travel in.

The best thing that you should do if you are considering an airline trip is to start looking on line. Look for prices with different airlines and look for places that offer discount rates. Some airline will actually give deals to certain resorts or destinations that others will not. You can also look up airline travel packages or just travel packages on the INTERNET and you should be able to find a number of different prices and packages.

Some on line air travel websites will charge you different fees for using their services, but most of the fees are usually included in their rates. There are different fees with different services that you use, but if you look around you could definitely save yourself a few hundred dollars, if not more, when deciding to travel by air.

You can also save money traveling by air by contacting different airlines. You can also see about layover flights and alternate route destinations that can save you more money as well. If you can be flexible when it comes to travel, you can definitely save more money on your flight. When you do get some quotes, make sure that you record them. If you find another company offering a cheaper rate, you can always ask and tell them that you found other quotes for cheaper and see if they will match their competitors. This is another great way to save money on air travel. If you follow these steps you will get the cheapest flight that you can hands down.

How to Find Cheap Air Travel Prices