Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Advantages Of Vacation Ownership

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Unlike a hotel room or rental cottage, which require payment for each use with rates that usually increase each year, ownership at a timeshare property enables vacationers to enjoy a resort, year after year, for the lifetime of their ownership with only a onetime purchase price and payment of yearly maintenance fees. Timeshare ownership offers vacationers an opportunity to save on the escalating cost of vacation accommodations over the long term while enjoying all the comforts of home in a resort setting.

There are over 6 million households worldwide, in over 270 different countries, that own timeshare or vacation ownership. The total number of resorts worldwide, participating in Vacation Ownership, now exceeds 5400 properties, with the United states leading the resort market with over 1600 resorts and 3.9 million owners.

Truly a home away from home, vacation ownership provides the space and flexibility to suit the needs of any size family or group. While most vacation ownership condominiums have two bedrooms and two baths, unit sizes range from studios to three or more bedrooms. Unlike hotel rooms, there are no charges for additional guests. Also, unlike hotels, most units include a fully equipped kitchen with dining area, washer and dryer, linens, stereo, televisions, VCRs and more.

Timeshare resort amenities rival those of other top rated resort properties and may include swimming pools, tennis, Jacuzzi, golf, bicycles and exercise facilities. Others feature boating, restaurants and equestrian facilities. Most timeshare resorts offer a full schedule of on-site or nearby sporting, recreational and social activities for adults and children. The resorts are staffed with well trained hospitality professionals, with many resorts offering concierge services for assistance with visiting area attractions.

Of more than 2,653 U.S. vacation owners surveyed. 85 percent claimed satisfaction with their vacation purchases. The most important features cited in the survey, conducted by ARDA, which helped affect the decision to become owners were the quality of the accommodations that were presented and the flexibility offered through exchange opportunities.

Why Travelling By Eurostar Is Beneficial Than Other Travel Options

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Eurostar trains are the high speed trains that run at a top speed of 186 mph between London to Paris and Brussels. Since its inauguration in 1994 it has attracted high number of visitors and with a successful track record it is now the most reliable and highly used transport option for travelers. Although there are other options such as low cost flights to travel to Paris or Brussels from London but no one can beat trains. Here are some important benefits of travelling by Eurostar rather than flights.

1) Eurostar trains are known for their punctuality and on-time services. It has set a new punctuality record with 95% trains on time which is much higher than other forms of travel specially flights. So while travelling with Eurostar train you will be at your destination on time.

2) If you are travelling from London to Paris or Brussels by flights than you must be ready to spend a considerable time and money in reaching to airports that are situated at outer parts of London. But if you have decided to take train than reaching St. Pancras International railway station is very comfortable as it is located in the main city.

3) Check-in process at Eurostars railway station is very easy and you need to reach only 30 minutes prior to your schedule train. In case of taking flights you must reach around 1 to 1:30 hours before for check-in. Thus travelling by London Paris train or London Brussels train is less time consuming than taking flights.
Besides these facilities Eurostar also provides you several benefits such as 3 month advance ticket booking, 1 year advance ticket booking for group travel, faster services, facility of city breaks and many other deals by which you can save huge amount on your travel.

A Tour of the Navy SEAL Museum

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Located at the northern part of the Hutchinson Island in Florida, the U.S. Navy SEAL Museum is nestled at the original place where the Frogmen underwent their training back in the early 1940s. The Navy SEAL Museum is dedicated to the elite group of the Naval Special Warfare, the only one in the whole world.

How It Started

The U.S. Navy Frogmen, the original name given to the Navy SEALs, were born and came to existence at Fort Pierce, Florida, where the National Navy SEAL Museum now stands. The U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams and the U.S. Naval Combat Demolition Units were composed primarily of brave volunteers for the Second World War.

It was in November 1985 when the Navy SEAL Museum was formally dedicated to the elite group of the U.S. Special Operations Forces. Thereafter, an endless number of artifacts have continuously been sent to Fort Pierce.

What You Will Find

The Navy SEAL Museum provides a good venue for people to learn more about the history of the Naval Special Warfare. Inside the Navy SEAL Museum, one will be able to discover the beginnings of the Underwater Demolition Team, learn about their exploits in the Second World War, and understand more about the Navy SEALs by way of the artifacts and the many photographs displayed in the museum.

Outside, one will feel nostalgic seeing various modes of transportations that have been used by the Navy SEALs. A helicopter, two-man submarines, and patrol boats are artfully displayed outside the museum. The vehicle’s story can be read on a statue that stands on each of them.

Inside, one will be greeted by a volunteer, who could be a retired SEAL, a retired Frogman, or a spouse of a Frogman or a SEAL. The volunteer will serve as your guide in your tour of the museum and will explain every memorabilia on display.

The Museum Store

Like the usual museum, the Navy SEAL Museum also has a shop for us navy seals visitors where they can purchase their choice of SEAL souvenirs such as a pin, a cap, or a book. Tactical gear like backpacks, gloves, bags, and holsters can likewise be bought at the Navy SEAL Museum store.

U.S. Navy SEAL shirts, polos, cammies, and other tactical apparel (ideally for souvenir purposes) are available at the museum shop. Items are moderately priced, and the museum also accepts donations for it maintenance. Also, for a $100 donation, one can make his name part of the great Navy SEAL history with his own memorial brick being used nowhere else but within the grounds of the museum.

About the Author: This Article is written by James Kara Murat from USNavySealStore.com, the contributor of Navy Seal Store. More information on the subject is at A Tour of the Navy SEAL Museum, and related resources can be found at navy seal workout.

Fancy A Family Holiday In Ireland Take One Of The Many Ferries To Ireland And Avoid Airport Stress.

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The summer may be over but that doesnt mean you cant plan ahead and book a family holiday in Ireland for 2013. For many the thoughts of travelling overseas can seem like more hassle than its worth. Trying to keep an eye on everyone while navigating through an airport maze, dealing with popping ears, and making sure everyone stays together when waiting tirelessly for luggage to arrive is not the ideal way to begin a holiday. But what if there is an easy solution? By taking one of the many ferries to Ireland you can avoid airport stress and begin your holiday in style. Here are some of the main reasons travelling by ferry is better for your family holiday:

1 – Instead of trying to keep children entertained in a cramped airplane seat, why not let them enjoy an amusement arcade on one of the ferries to Ireland . Not only will this help release a lot of pent up energy (i.e. tire them out so you can relax for a while!) but playing games with your family is a great way to bond. There are usually games for all ages so have fun and let your competitive streak come out!

2 – Those with older children or teenagers have probably tried to pry some sort of electronic device out of their hands at some stage this year alone! Travelling on one of the ferries to Ireland means that you wont have to argue with your tech-savvy children about turning off their phones or putting their iPads on airplane mode. Your kids will love you even more when you tell them about the free Wi-Fi that is on-board most ships! Airplane food is not only unappetising and tasteless but also quite expensive. Although packing food for your journey is an option, its your holiday so you should make the most of it. Whether you would like a small bite to eat or a more substantial meal, ferries to Ireland have lots of restaurants and lounges to choose from. From soups and sandwiches to tasty traditional Irish meals there is something to suit all appetites.

3 – Shorter flights rarely include TVs or the option to watch movies. Ferries, on the other hand, often have TV lounges that you can sit and relax in while waiting to arrive at your holiday destination.

So travel by ferry for your 2013 family holiday to ensure a stress-free and happy start!

Sofitel Luxury Hotels Opens First Abu Dhabi Hotel

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Sofitel Luxury Hotels has opened its first Abu Dhabi hotel and its second property in the United Arab Emirates.

The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is located on the seafront on the eastern tip of Abu Dhabis Corniche and tourists staying at the new property will have access to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island.

The latest addition to the already reputable collection of luxury Abu Dhabi hotels is part of the new Capital Plaza Complex and the building boasts contemporary architecture and design.

The chief executive of Sofitel Worldwide, Robert Gaymer-Jones, commented: I am particularly happy to be welcoming this new flagship hotel to our network.

The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is a precious asset for the brand both in the Middle East and internationally.

In addition to its strategic location in Abu Dhabi, its design based on contemporary art with some well-known French artists has ensured that this establishment is totally in line with the country strategic positioning.

When guests of the new hotel first arrive to their holidays in Abu Dhabi, they will be greeted in the lobby which features beautiful paintings from Pierre Soulages, a French artist known as the painter of black, as well as lithographs from Jean Cocteau and sculptures inspired by Brancusi.

The luxury hotel has 282 rooms and suites with modern dcor, furnishings and amenities, plus facilities including the Club Millesime Lounge, three gourmet restaurants with a wide choice of international and regional cuisine, three elegant bars, and 2,600-square-metres of meeting space.

During Abu Dhabi holidays at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche guests can walk across the bridge and head to Saadiyat Island, an up and coming world class leisure, residential, business and tourism hub. The natural island spans 27-square-kilometres of land, and development is being carried out in different stages until 2020.

The island is home to iconic landmarks; marinas with berths for up to 1,000 boats; two championship golf courses; civic and leisure facilities; over three million square-metres of office space; sea-view residential apartments and villas; luxury hotels; and tourist attractions such as the Guggenheim and the Louvre museums, the Zayed National Museum and the Manarat Al Saadiyat visitor centre.

Holidaymakers can also reach Yas Island from the new hotel in Abu Dhabi where they can visit Yas Marina, Yas Marina Circuit, and Ferrari World.

Plan Your Honeymoon Tour To Romantic Islands Of Galapagos And Bahamas

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Vacations are ideal getaways from the stress and pressure of your daily life. Hence vacations are a must. But honeymoons mark the beginning of your new life and hence, it needs to be special. A special start will have beautiful memories to be cherished throughout your life. Plan your honeymoon to an idyllic destination that can be stoned down in your memories, but that does not need to be an expensive. Like you plan your vacation, planning your honeymoon is also important. Knowing which place should be visited during which time will not only help you save money but also help you have the ultimate experience of your tour?

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands are a cluster of volcanic islands speckled in the Pacific Ocean surrounding the equator. A very common question that everyone asks is “what is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?” Well the answer depends on what the traveler prefers to do and see. The subtropical climate of the islands makes it an ideal place for activities ranging from snorkeling to watching mating rituals all throughout the year.

Expensive time: Mid of June to early September, mid of December to mid of January
Cheap time: from January to May

You cannot specify as such any bad time to tour Galapagos. The off-season usually is the warmest periods with bit more rainfall. When you are tired of watching the turtles and dragons, you can enjoy the thrill of the water activities in the calm and warm sea. The isle receives more rain during the period between the months of January and May. During the peak season, it is difficult to book a good deal but you can manage to make bookings during the later part of the year when the island is less crowded.

Bahamas

Expensive Time: from December to March
Cheap Time: from June to September

Located to the north of Cuba, The Bahamas is all filled with myriad of tourists during the winters, all enjoying in the pleasant cold weather along with the Caribbean experience. Luckily, the off-season at Bahamas offers you more exposure to the real Caribbean lifestyle. Till then the crowd must have been departed and the natives will be settled back into their normal lifestyle. The Mid-day temperatures in between June to September can rise up to 85 to 90 degrees making you uncomfortable but thanks to the Atlantic trade winds that will blow off the sweat from your body.

During the off-season, you also get the benefit of being charged less by the hotels and resorts. Most activities also remain closed during this time but you can still enjoy water sports and tennis along with other activities with an additional bonus of walking into a restaurant without making a reservation. In the month of July and August, the Bahamas have more cosmopolitan atmosphere and is open for European tourists. Therefore, get ready to book your luxury travel packages to Bahamas or Galapagos Islands.

Country Vacations Provides International Holidays For Whole Family

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Country Vacations, being mindful of its members holiday needs, offers access to all of its 54 own Country Vacations properties and more than 1000 affiliated properties. Country Vacations is very well known for its large network of clubs and resorts all over India. Country Vacations now started its worldwide expansion, starting from Dubai and other international locations. This is designed to provide the Country Vacations members, wide range of holiday options to choose from. Country Vacations proposed their new product Country Club Holidays.com, which offers choice to the members according to their requirement and need.

Life in this new age can be compared with mechanical production unit working round the clock. Where work takes its toll, turning hours into days and days into months and years gone forever. As we can remember the best time along all this is the time we spend with our loved ones who make our world and what we are. Country Vacations understanding the needs and requirements of its esteemed members who strive to spend their time with family and friends. Country Vacations being thoughtful about the Country Vacations members different choices according to their liking and taste designed to provide different options through County Club Holidays.com. Book exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating locations. Country Vacations features a growing collection of our favorite small hotels, guesthouses, retreats, eco-lodges, private rental properties and unforgettable travel experiences. This opens a door for the whole Country Vacations family to spend quality time and enjoy the different cuisines of India and the whole world. Since each place and region all over India or the world offers history and unique happenings, which help to increase the knowledge for all the family. Country Vacations is designed to provide all the comforts and provisions for the member to enjoy their membership privileges to the optimum.

Refreshing spiritual holidays for discovering the inner self and finding the perfect place to pray are offered by country vacations. Honeymoon holidays for the newly wedded couples, designed for unforgettable experience of honeymoon that will leave a lifetime experience and memorable times.Country Vacationsoffers information for regular updates. Country Vacations is perfect for expanding the members traveling horizons.

Now, Country Vacations members can Exchange local holidays to international holiday experience through dial and exchange.

Enjoy On The Enchanting Beaches Of South India

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Endowed with sheer natural beauty, South India is a fascinating tourist destination of India. These are among the most famous tourist attractions of South India. The enchanting states of this region of the country are popular for their mesmerizing beaches. Visit these beaches for rejuvenating holidays. Imagine yourself sitting under the palm trees sipping coconut water and enjoying the beauty of sea. You can also enjoy the bliss of Ayurvedic massages at the beaches. Unleash the adventurer in you by indulging in a variety of adventure activities on the beaches. There is so much to enjoy and explore at the beaches. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Pondicherry are the perfect destinations for beach holidays.

Kerala
Kerala beaches are known across the world for their breathtaking beauty. Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy their holidays. The silvery sands, gorgeous greenery, lashing waves, swaying palm trees and rocky cliffs will surely capture your heart. Relax your muscles in the picturesque and pleasant environment and experience the charm of Ayurvedic massages. Some of the famous beaches of Kerala are Kovalam, Poovar, Varkala, Kappad, Beypore, Kochi, Alappuzha and Marari.

Karnataka
Karnataka is a land of rich cultural heritage and sheer natural beauty. Its palm fringed beaches offer great opportunity to tourists to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Take a break from your daily schedule and let lose yourself in the relaxing environment of the beaches. This state is gifted with 320 km long coastline which makes it a paradise for beach lovers. Murudeshwar beach of Karnataka is not only famous for its scenic ambiance but also for carvings and statues. Karwar, Maple, Maravanthe and Bhatkal are the other famous beaches of the state. Maravanthe is popular for offering opportunities for adventure activities.

Tamil Nadu
This state takes immense pride in its marina beach which is the second longest beach in the world. Visit this beach for a memorable experience. Rameshwaram beach is a must-see tourist destination of this state. It is also a pilgrimage centre. For getting soaked in breathtaking natural beauty travel to Kanyakumari beach where you can see the point where Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal meet.

Pondicherry
Unspoilt, beautiful and peaceful, such are the beaches of Pondicherry. To treat your senses with mind-blowing sunrise views visit Karailkal beach. People playing football is a common sight here. The Serenity, Mahe and Plage Paradiso are the other famous beaches of Pondicherry.

Pet Friendly Vacation Homes Rentals By Owner Can Make Your Vacation More Relaxing And Enjoyable

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Vacations can be unforgettable memories if tourists find good places to stay at. More often then not, tourists are ready to pay money, if they get more room, more facilities, or privacy than that can be provided by a rented room. Several owners put up their homes for vacation rentals during peak seasons in United States. The different kinds of vacation rentals by owners are private homes, luxury villas, resort condos, ski cabins, lake Cabin, apartments, country cottage and retreats.

Vacation homes rentals by owner come fully furnished and decorated just like a luxury home. It is generally spacious and has a lot of open spaces as compared to hotels. These Villa rentals are excellent for all families whether small or large. Vacation homes rentals by owners offer facilities like kitchen, parking that can be optimally used.

To enjoy vacation with your family, you cannot imagine being without your dog or cat long enough to go on a vacation. Your pet is a part of the family and boarding your best friend can be very unhealthy for many reasons. Most dogs love to explore new surroundings and do very well on vacations with their family. Especially if you are driving to your vacation destination, and your dog travels well in the car there is no reason not to take him with you. You will need to find vacation home rentals that will accept your dog, but that’s not particularly difficult. Many people think their pup would not be welcome on vacation rental properties, but many times the owner of the vacation rental property is actually a pet owner, and understands your desire to bring your dog.

Many vacation homes rentals, apartment rentals, villa rentals, apartment rentals, cabin rentals, lake cabin rentals, cottage rentals give facilities of pet friendly vacation rentals. They have different varieties of homes rentals like beachfront luxury vacation rentals with discounts and cheap rates with facility of last minute vacation rentals deals.

Pet friendly vacation rentals can make your getaway retreat a little more relaxing with the peace of mind that your beloved dog or cat is getting the love and attention he deserves and they are not alone at home. No matter what you have planned for your vacation, you can bring along your four-legged friends for a true family trip.

Search for your favorite pet friendly vacation rentals, home, luxury villa, resort condo, ski cabin, country cottage and more at United States, Central America, Mexico.

Columbias Best Holiday Lights Displays

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Celebrate the holiday season in Columbia, South Carolina by enjoying some of the best light displays in the state. Attend Lights Before Christmas at the zoo, Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park, or Harborside Lights at Lake Carolina. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the seasonal activities.

Lights Before Christmas is one of the signature events at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. The zoo grounds sparkle with nearly one million lights and animated holiday displays from November 17-December 30. Enjoy the holiday music and warm up around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Hot chocolate, marshmallows, and other treats are available for purchase. Children may visit with Santa. The event runs from 6-9 pm nightly, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 3-12. Prices are $2 more after 5pm at the gate. Riverbanks Zoo is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, off I-26 at Greystone Blvd.

Holiday Lights on the River is the largest drive through Christmas lights display in the midlands region. Located at Saluda Shoals Park, the light show runs November 21-December 31 from 6-10pm. The two mile driving loop features more than a million dazzling lights and over 400 animated lights displays. Visitors will see a Victorian Village, Old Man Winter, and the 12 Days of Christmas. The Dazzling Dancing Forest comes alive with dancing, lighted trees synchronized to holiday music. Park the car and walk along the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail or take the Red-Nose Express Hayride for $1. Enjoy the thrilling Winter Wonder Ride on weekends, or nightly from December 14-23. Riders tube downhill on a 125 foot course through a series of lighted arches. This ride is fun for the whole family. Tickets are $2 per slide and tubes are provided. Visit on Nights of Wonder, December 14-23, for 10 nights of special family activities. Make holiday crafts, visit Santa and the gift shop, purchase refreshments, and roast marshmallows. Ride the Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo for $2 per person. Admission to Holiday Lights on the River is $10 per car and $20 for 15-passenger vans. The park is located at 5605 Bush River Road.

The residential community of Lake Carolina hosts their annual Harborside Lights on December 7 from 6-9pm. Visitors may drive through Lake Carolinas beautifully decorated neighborhoods and enjoy thousands of lights and luminaries at the Village Green and Town Center. The family celebration includes musical entertainment, visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and holiday treats. The activities also include the Harborside Lights 5K and Fun Run. The Lake Carolina community is located northeast of Columbia at 100 Lake Carolina Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.