Beach and Spoke Vacations

Groups today are always looking for more options and less regimentation. They want to do their own thing, but want to have plenty of choices of things to do. And of course everyone enjoys waking up to the sound of the surf or watching the sun rise or set over the sparkling water. Lets look at some popular beach destinations that offer an array of options for your travelers.

Groups today are always looking for more options and less regimentation. They want to do their own thing, but want to have plenty of choices of things to do. And of course everyone enjoys waking up to the sound of the surf or watching the sun rise or set over the sparkling water. Lets look at some popular beach destinations that offer an array of options for your travelers.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, S.C., for example offers plenty to do. In addition to its wellknown Grand Strand and many theatres, there are many local options. Tour the low country in a 14-passenger safari jeep. Enjoy a cruise on the Suncruz Casino Boat. Pirates and Ghosts along the Coast includes the historic communities of Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach and Pawleys Island, all of which have histories that predate the Revolutionary War. Pine Trees, Cotton, Tobacco and Now Y뭓ll visits Horry and Marion Counties to learn how the lumber, cotton and tobacco industries each once flourished in this area that is now fueled by tourism. Other options include coastline cruises, city tours, golf or a basket-weaving workshop. Pickups and drop-offs are provided for individuals within your group for any of these.

A favorite side trip from here is to nearby Florence. Its War Between the States Museum includes artifacts and memorabilia from 1850-1900, including items from the Florence Stockade, a Union prison camp. Florence National Cemetery has veterans from five wars buried in this thirty-acre shrine, known as South Carolinas Little Arlington. The Dooley Planetarium at Francis Marion University features a 33-foot dome with 2300 stars projected. The Florence Railroad Museum includes a restored caboose and box car filled with railroad memorabilia.

Or consider Georgetown. The Hopsewee Plantation is the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr. a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Its grounds feature two original slave cabins and a beautiful view of the Santee River.

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, S.C., and the nearby communities of Beaufort, Bluffton and Daufuskie Island offer wonderful beaches, along with rich history and culture. The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island offers a great way to become familiar with this history and culture. In addition to its indoor and outdoor exhibits, the museum offers 11 different tours and cruises to highlight the areas African American, Native American and Civil War history, along with the areas diverse ecology. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina features visual and performing arts, including theatre, music and dance. There are also a number of sightseeing cruises available from the marinas, to watch dolphins or eagles, pull crab pots, view oyster beds or just watch the sunset.

The historic town of Bluffton features a variety of art galleries and shops in its downtown area. The charming and historic town of Beaufort offers the Arsenal, historic churches and dozens of historic homes dating back to the early 1700s.

While Hilton Head Island and the surrounding communities offer days of options, its proximity to Savannah and Charleston also make it attractive. Charleston is 75 miles away and Savannah is only 45 miles away, making each very feasible for a side-trip. An interesting option for Savannah would be to go by boat, a trip that is touted as being faster than driving.

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach offers 35 miles of beaches and 121 navigable miles of waterways. Its historic Boardwalk stretches for three miles and bustles with bicyclists and walkers who enjoy the many outdoor cafes and three oceanfront stages. The Virginia Aquarium here is one of the countrys finest with 70,000-plus gallons of aquariums, live animal exhibits and over 300 exhibits. The fishing is great year-round, with rich waters for both inshore and offshore fishing. In the winter boats go whale watching for humpback and fin whales and in the summer they are replaced by bottlenose dolphins.

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Be Neighbourly In Your Orlando Vacation Home

Many of the resorts where vacation villas are located have a very healthy mix of villas to rent and full time residents who have settled there. You may wonder who would choose to stay in a location where there is a steady stream of holidaymakers, since back home, when choosing a new home most of us would be interested to hear about our potential neighbours-how long they had lived there etc.

People who choose to stay full time can have numerous reasons for doing so. They could be Disney employees thus enjoying the luxury of a very short journey time to work, since the majority of vacation rental villas are very well situated to access Walt Disney World and all it has to offer. Some residents own vacation homes in and around where they stay and they like to be close at hand to keep an eye on their property and look after their guests themselves. Others may have some kind of occupation related in some way to the hospitality/vacation industry. Then again you may just find some friendly folks who like the idea of having new and different neighbours every few weeks!

Having full time residents nearby can be a great thing. They very much enjoy visitors to their area and those who settle there full-time are well used to new neighbours every one or two weeks and are very friendly and keen to learn you are enjoying your stay and having a fabulous vacation.

Just generally walking about the resort your vacation villa is in, you are bound to pass some local residents who are always ready to greet you with a smile and genuinely wish you a 뱊ice day? If you have questions about the local area or attractions, I am sure you will find them only too happy to help.

That said, since these people are resident full time, one should always be remember to be courteous to them whilst still making the most of your vacation.

Local residents need their sleep too!

Generally there are safety and courtesy rules in all residential areas for 뱏uiet times?at the pool. As a rule of thumb these tend to be 11pm-7am. One of the most tempting times to forget about these rules is for those visitors who have travelled from far away (e.g. U.K.) and need to make huge adjustments to time changes and body clocks. On the first morning of these guests?vacation, they will tend to waken very early and it is strongly advised to resist the urge to come straight down to the pool until it reaches what everyone would agree is a slightly more reasonable time.

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You will find a great many of Orlando vacation villas have been built in resorts that offer communal areas. These can include any combination of the following: a communal swimming pool (in addition to your very own private pool at your holiday villa); a games room; a fitness room; a shop; a caf? basketball/volleyball courts; tennis courts; childrens play areas. Any of these areas offer the ideal opportunity to meet people from all over the world- both full time residents and other holidaymakers like you.

Showing your neighbours common courtesies will encourage them to extend a warm welcome when you return for another vacation at a later date and then your villa experience really will be like a 밾ome from home?since you already know the neighbours!

Be Careful What You Eat And Drink On Vacation

Each year, between 20 and 50 percent of international travelers–an estimated 10 million Americans–develop travelers’ diarrhea (TD).

Montezuma’s revenge. Tourista. Tut’s tummy. They’re all euphemisms for a common ailment that travelers may face.

Each year, between 20 and 50 percent of international travelers-an estimated 10 million Americans-develop travelers’ diarrhea (TD). Onset usually occurs during the first week of travel, but can occur at any time during the trip-even after returning home. High-risk destinations are the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. People at particularly high risk for developing complications associated with TD include young adults, immunosuppressed people, people with inflammatory bowel disease or diabetes, and people taking H-2 blockers or antacids.

TD is most commonly caused by E coli and other bacteria. Most diarrhea-causing bacteria are spread through the water and food supply. Fortunately, being careful about what you eat and drink can help reduce your risk of developing TD, the most common reason that travelers cut their vacations short.

For travelers in high-risk areas, one treatment option is a nonsystemic, gastrointestinal (GI) selective antibiotic called Xifaxan?(rifaximin) tablets 200 mg. These tablets have been approved by the FDA for treatment of patients >12 years old with TD caused by noninvasive strains of E coli. Xifaxan has been used for over 19 years in other countries with over 500 million tablets prescribed worldwide.

“Treating travelers’ diarrhea can make the difference of feeling better in a day, versus missing out on a few days of your trip,” said Bradley Connor, M.D., immediate past president, International Society for Travel Medicine.

Before traveling, contact your physician or visit a travel clinic. In addition to taking a prescription for Xifaxan with you while traveling, travelers can minimize their risk for TD by practicing a few preventative measures.

“While TD is usually only disruptive to a vacation, there is evidence to suggest that some afflicted with TD may develop a more serious condition known as post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome,” added Connor. “It’s best to plan ahead, take a few precautions and think about health issues before you travel.”

If you find yourself stricken with diarrhea, drink plenty of clear liquids to replace lost fluids and electrolytes.

Note to Editors: Important Safety Information-XIFAXAN (rifaximin) tablets are indicated for the treatment of patients (>12 years of age) with travelers’ diarrhea caused by noninvasive strains of Escherichia coli. XIFAXAN should not be used in patients with diarrhea complicated by fever or blood in the stool or diarrhea due to pathogens other than Escherichia coli. XIFAXAN should be discontinued if diarrhea symptoms get worse or persist more than 24-48 hours and alternative antibiotic therapy should be considered.

In clinical trials, XIFAXAN was generally well tolerated. The most common side effects (vs. placebo) were flatulence: 11.3% (vs. 19.7%), headache: 9.7% (vs. 9.2%), abdominal pain: 7.2% (vs. 10.1%) and rectal tenesmus: 7.2% (vs. 8.8%).

Be Blister-free On Your Outdoor Vacation

Rather than lengthy travel overseas or costly vacation rentals along a popular beach, you have decided to try an outdoor vacation. From the many choices of outdoor vacations available, from kayaking to authentic dude ranches, you have opted for a simple hike through a beautiful forest or wilderness. Depending on the location, you may simple get in the car and drive to a nearby state park or forest after which you will find yourself amidst beautiful scenery away from the nearb…

Rather than lengthy travel overseas or costly vacation rentals along a popular beach, you have decided to try an outdoor vacation. From the many choices of outdoor vacations available, from kayaking to authentic dude ranches, you have opted for a simple hike through a beautiful forest or wilderness. Depending on the location, you may simple get in the car and drive to a nearby state park or forest after which you will find yourself amidst beautiful scenery away from the nearby urban environment.

So, after a few hours you have been on the trail and decide to make your way back. You have several miles to go, but realize you have blisters. This can turn an enjoyable hike into misery.

Blisters result from the friction between your sock and skin and, therefore, the inside wall of your boot. The best hiking boots and socks can even allow for slippage of the foot inside the boot, that which can lead to potential for blisters caused by the painful friction.

A good pair of socks can help minimize this problem. Though cotton, silk and wool are some of the more common materials, hikers today have a variety of choices. When combined with traditional materials, Lycra and some polyester materials can do a good job as well.

Other features of socks are important to help reduce this slippage and friction also, and the new construction methods in socks are contribution much. For instance, thicker sections and a lack of ridges can help socks reduce the friction. Their thermal properties and moisture-wicking capabilities also help improve the general environment around the foot inside the boot.

Your selection of a proper, quality hiking boot can also contribute to minimizing the possibility of friction and, ultimately, blisters. Yes, many stiff hiking boots will loosen somewhat as you wear them, but it really is important to find a boot that fits right and is comfortable right away.

If you decide to remove your boots during the hike and slip them into a cold creek, be sure to dry your feet off completely before re-booting. Also, make sure there are no ridges on your sock and gravel inside the boot.

However, if you still feel a blister forming, remove your boot and use some water to rinse off the area. Disinfect the area with anti-bacterial cream or alcohol if you have it. Then, puncture it horizontally by using a clean, disinfected needle and squeeze out the fluid inside. Do not tear off or remove the skin, but rather place a bandage over the area to serve as an 밶rtificial skin?until it heals.

Once at home, treat the area better with Benzoin or another anti-bacterial cream. Though not in ever case, you may need to cut away the flap of skin but only if a good portion of the skin has become loose. Otherwise, it will fall off or decay on its own.

As you see, selection of you hiking gear is important. Be prepared so you can enjoy the entire hike from beginning to end!

Be Aware Of Ongoing Coastal Vacation Scams

Though there are companies offering wholesale vacation packages that are legitimate, there are also several companies on the Internet that are posing as coastal vacation dealers and scamming thousands of people out of their hard earned money. These scam artists are well versed in travel package proposals and can sound incredibly convincing. They will offer you an amazing price for a coastal vacation getaway and will often tell you that all you have to do is send X amount of m…

Though there are companies offering wholesale vacation packages that are legitimate, there are also several companies on the Internet that are posing as coastal vacation dealers and scamming thousands of people out of their hard earned money. These scam artists are well versed in travel package proposals and can sound incredibly convincing. They will offer you an amazing price for a coastal vacation getaway and will often tell you that all you have to do is send X amount of money to an address and that they (the salesperson) will take care of the rest for you. As you write your check and mail it off the scam artist collects these checks and then disappears. You are out X amount of money and a vacation dream. Other scam artists prey on victims to steal their money and identity. By doing the similar actions as above as well as taking social security numbers and bank account information for personal fraudulent use. These victims have lost money and a sense of trust.

Coastal vacation scams are still ongoing though the federal state task force has begun to take Internet business fraud much more seriously. Law enforcement sweeps targeting this type of fraud have placed 25 individual scam artists in prison for terms up to160 years. There have been 23 fraudulent business convictions and counting. Not only are customers of these services being taken advantage of, but those seeking a work from home opportunity are being subject to these actions as well. Internet companies including false coastal vacation sites are offering job opportunities claiming to make thousands of dollars while you sit at home and collect the earned cash. People are sending in a membership fee to join this false business and being scammed out of thousands of dollars and their dreams of home business operation. For those who have been victims to such scams they have had to learn how to protect their selves from this event the hard way. For those of us who have not been subjected to an Internet scam we should head some important warning signs.

In order to protect yourself from these scams you should always look for a BBB symbol. This is a symbol that states a business is legitimate and is registered with the Better Business Bureau. If this symbol is not present feel free to contact the BBB for an investigation. Prior to sending off any payments or personal information do some research. Take the time to find out where the company originated from and how long they have been in business. Look for references to see how previous customers or clients have found these services. There is nothing wrong with probing a company for information to protect yourself. Never give out personal information prior to knowing a company뭩 true background. If a company or its representative cannot provide this information you should contact authorities for an investigation. If a company has nothing to hide they will gladly answer any questions that you have. Protecting yourself from fraud and scams such as the coastal vacation scams is your duty to yourself as well as those around you.

Bali Liveaboard Scuba Diving Vacation

Contrary to what many scuba divers may think, a liveaboard scuba diving in Bali may not necessarily be more expensive relative to conventional scuba diving vacations. As a matter of fact, liveaboard scuba diving, if well planned may even save you money and hassles.

Firstly, you will save a lot of transportation time and costs, such as traveling to your dive operator’s boat and then after your dive, returning to your hotel or resort, lugging your cumbersome scuba diving ge…

Contrary to what many scuba divers may think, a liveaboard scuba diving in Bali may not necessarily be more expensive relative to conventional scuba diving vacations. As a matter of fact, liveaboard scuba diving, if well planned may even save you money and hassles.

Firstly, you will save a lot of transportation time and costs, such as traveling to your dive operator’s boat and then after your dive, returning to your hotel or resort, lugging your cumbersome scuba diving gear to and fro, then repeating this same process for the next couple of days during your scuba diving vacation in Bali.

Next, you save money from hotel or resort accommodation because since you are living on the liveaboard dive boat, there will be no need for hotel or resort bookings. On top of that, you do not need to hunt for expensive meals in your hotel or resort since all liveaboard scuba diving packages will include meals. This will also mean that you will be probably having very fresh and succulent sea food caught by the crew while you are enjoying your scuba diving.

The highlight of your liveaboard Bali scuba diving vacation is that you can dive in many exotic dive spots instead of the ones near where you stay. This is because you need not return to your resort hotel to retire for the day, the liveaboard dive boat will cruise to far flung scuba diving locations while you are sleeping, again saving you time and best of all, you get to save more money by diving in more dive locations for the same price.

Below is a typical liveaboard Bali scuba diving package offered by quite a few Bali dive operators.

Day One-Visit one of Bali’s most interesting street on the way to Pemuteran & Menjangan North West Bali which will also include a stopover in View Point Restaurant Sanda. Dive Sites: Pemuteran House Reef & Reef Project or Secret Bay in Gilimanuk

Day Two-After breakfast, you will hop onboard for a dive boat trip to Menjangan Island. Dive Sites: Menjangan – National Park, Walls, Anker Wreck, Coral Garden, lunch and surface rest on a white sandy beach.

Day Three-Dive Sites: Amed or Tulamben or Secret Spot, Drop Off, Liberty Wreck Dive and Wall Dive

Day Four-After breakfast drive to East – Bali and stop over to view Bali Islands famous terraced rice fields. Dive Sites: Blue Lagoon & White Beach including a night dive in Blue Lagoon

Day Five-Dive Sites: Gili Mimpang & Gili Tepekong or Gili Biaha

Day Six-Dive Sites: Gili Biaha or Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan 2 Speedboat Dives.

Day Seven-Dive Sites: Blue Lagoon – White Beach – Chanel

So if you want to save time, money and hassle during your Bali scuba diving vacation, why not try liveaboard scuba diving?

Avoiding Pests On Your Camping Vacation

Camping can be a fun and inexpensive outdoor vacation for the entire family. It provides fresh air, stunning views and a chance for the family to bond. There are some downsides to vacations in the great outdoors though; pests can be a nuisance and even a danger so come prepared and know what to avoid.

Wasps are a species that includes yellow jackets and bees and they’re common in warm climates. They nest in trees and under overhangs in the late spring and early summer. …

Camping can be a fun and inexpensive outdoor vacation for the entire family. It provides fresh air, stunning views and a chance for the family to bond. There are some downsides to vacations in the great outdoors though; pests can be a nuisance and even a danger so come prepared and know what to avoid.

Wasps are a species that includes yellow jackets and bees and they’re common in warm climates. They nest in trees and under overhangs in the late spring and early summer. Sometimes they뭠l nest in the ground which is particularly hard to see and therefore more of a danger. They뭨e attracted to sugar, cooking meat and other human product odors such as perfume and hairspray. While they뭨e not aggressive, if a nest is upset it can make for a painful situation.

First off, keep an eye out for nests which look like honeycomb cells. There will usually be a few flying around the outside. A small, newly developed nest can be knocked down and the wasps will fly away without harm to you. However, if the nest is large and has many layers then stay clear and don뭪 bother it since doing so will lead to getting stung. Pack a can of wasp spray if you are particularly afraid or allergic of these pests.

Another common pest that can ruin your camping experience is the mosquito. Unlike wasps that sting as a defense mechanism, mosquitoes sting you to feed off your blood. They뭨e more annoying than they are harmful and only in remote areas can you contract an illness or disease.

There are many products available to repel mosquitoes and you should bring supplies with you since usually nothing will be available at the campsite. Sprays and lotions containing deet is the most effective for repelling these pests. There are also less effective all natural sprays and lotions available. Citronella candles also help to deflect them but should be used along with topical products to ensure the least amount of contact.

Ticks are common in wooded areas and are best avoided by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts especially if you뭠l be brushing against foliage. These are more annoying than anything else but there is a chance of contracting Lyme disease.

Stay away from dark, dank, secluded areas since dangerous spiders prefer these as dwellings. Most people will not intentionally come into contact with any spider but be especially careful if you see a Black Widow, Brown Recluse or Violin Spider.

Taking a vacation in the great outdoors is certainly enjoyable but be aware of the pests that can dampen your trip.

Australian Vacations For Everyone

Australian vacations are very popular because you can visit this country and see a little bit of everything. Grand streams and rivers, breathtaking ocean views, and rough and rugged terrain that is full of wildlife and extreme adventures. Every area of the country offers something a little bit different, and the differences are palpable from town to town. There are cities and towns of all sizes, some that the average person has heard of and others that have never been heard o…

Australian vacations are very popular because you can visit this country and see a little bit of everything. Grand streams and rivers, breathtaking ocean views, and rough and rugged terrain that is full of wildlife and extreme adventures. Every area of the country offers something a little bit different, and the differences are palpable from town to town. There are cities and towns of all sizes, some that the average person has heard of and others that have never been heard of by anyone other than the locals. It is a beautiful country that has something for everyone, and that is why travel to the area is becoming more and more popular all the time.

Whether you are traveling on a budget or not, you will likely find Australian vacations or packages that you will enjoy. Even the most budget restricted individual or family can find a package that will allow them to see all of the sights they have dreamed of seeing. Snorkeling in salt water, rafting in streams and rivers, brush walking with guides, spying wild animals, shopping, walking on the beach, and dining on great food can be a dream come true. There are some great deals that will allow people to travel to and from this beautiful country without breaking the bank. If you have the right resources at your disposal, you can put together an awesome trip for relatively little money.

When you attempt to book Australian vacations it is very common to get overwhelmed. Unless you know exactly where you want to go, it뭩 easy to get carried away and find yourself in need of direction. Travel agents will often be able to help you, but you can end up paying more than you want to and end up being booked for activities that you are not all that interested in. This can be just as frustrating, so most people find it more worthwhile to book their own trips and deal with being overwhelmed. Instead of being frustrated, travelers need to find an all in one resource that can put all of the information they need at their fingertips in a matter of moments.

If you need some help or some guidance choosing the best hotels, car rental agencies, and what tours or activities you should take part in. This is an absolutely wonderful resource that will put you in touch with all of the most relevant and reputable businesses that can get you where you want to go on your Australian vacations. You can type in any search phrase, click on links that are already provided, and even read up to date news that pertains just to this country and no other. While there are a lot of websites that relate to this topic, none of them are able to link as many great websites and valuable information together in such a way. If you are in the process of planning your trip, visit http://www.aussiespy.com today to learn more.

Australia Vacation

Australia Vacation – Get away to enjoy romance and adventure in the land down under!

Australia Vacation ?Walk on the Wild Side!

Travel is great isn뭪 it? And when you get home you organize all your pictures and souvenirs. And you think, 뱖ouldn뭪 it be great if I could find a beautiful Australian Flag to remember my vacation by that doesn뭪 cost too much to add to my whole vacation experience??Well, I뭭e found a great site that sells great looking flags for not a lot of money and their shipping is super fast ?www.FlagWave.com .

Now, for vacation ideas, I highly recommend Australia! Here are a few tips and facts to help you on your way to this vacation paradise.

Money
You should not carry too much cash on you when you travel here. That said, you are not going to be able to use a credit card or write a check when you are visiting Australia. A sensible way to make sure that you have enough money is to get travelers checks. This is a way that you will be able to get what you need and then some and also have the added security of knowing that you are covered if they are lost or stolen. Australian currency is decimal with the dollar as the basic unit. There are exchange shops where you can cash in and get the local currency that you will need.

Climate
The climate is moderate and there is not as hot as some people might thing. The temperate will depend on what time of the year you are there. Usually you will find nice temperatures and a great weather pattern. You will want to bring lightweight clothing for your trip and a couple of sweaters or sweat shirts just in case.

Customs
Laws prohibit any drugs, firearms, or any other foreign objects. They have these laws to protect the wildlife and citizens of their country. Unlike some foreign countries, there is not limit on the amount of Australian cash that may be brought into or taken out of Australia.

Tipping
Unlike the United States, tipping is not expected and services charges are not automatically added to hotel and restaurants. For any special services, a tip of ten percent is good. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip, but will appreciate anything that is offered to them. Feel free to tip when you feel you뭭e had great service.

Information centers
You will find local tourist information and free advice in most places in Australia. Look for the signs that have an “I” on them. This will guide you to get the information that you need. Have a great vacation!

Australia’s Vacation Playground

From all over Australia people take their vacations on the Gold Coast, which has rightly earned itself the number one vacation spot in the country.

From all over Australia people take their vacations on the Gold Coast, which has rightly earned itself the number one vacation spot in the country. With it’s temperate climate the Gold Coast is an all year round vacation spot.

With a choice of accomodation that is mind boggling, catering from backpackers to 5 star luxury, motel style to apartment buildings 50 storeys high everyone is catered for.

Once your settled in it’s time to play. Spend it up at Jupiters Casino with the high rollers or head of to one of the many restaurant, nightclubs or bars.

The Gold Coast is home to the theme parks. Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movieworld and Wet’n’Wild are all within reach of your accommodation. Swim with the dolphins, get up close to a Bengal Tiger or have the thrill of a lifetime on some of the awesome rides.

Down on the water catch a world class wave or a try your luck at a spot of game fishing. If your worn out from the night before you can sunbake under the sun one of the many Gold Coast beaches, just don’t forget to swim between the flags.

If you are after a vacation jam packed full of fun you can’t pass up the Gold Coast.