Disneyland Vacation Done Right

This is a guest post from Brandon Doyle, a travel blogger on Twitter.

I was born and raised in northern California. I am the oldest of five children. We went to Disneyland a lot growing up. Those vacations were some of the best experiences I had as a kid. I am now married with 3 kids of my own. My wife and I thought it was time to take our kids to Disneyland for the first time.

When I first looked up Disneyland ticket prices, I was a little surprised. They’ve really jumped up in recent years :/. The hotels near Disneyland are also very expensive, and provide little room for a family of five (we were also making this trip with a few married siblings, so we wanted something bigger). I began looking around for house options. That’s when I found Anaheim Vacation House company.

Anaheim Vacation House was definitely the right choice. Their service is impeccable. The location of the one we stayed in was perfect (~10 minutes from Disneyland). The house was spacious and beautiful. And the backyard was magical. We stayed there in the middle of January, and the weather was 75 degrees each day. The heated pool didn’t hurt either :). destination-3/">Here is the Anaheim vacation rental we stayed in.

I would (and will) stay there again, and again, and again. Being together with family in a big house is better than staying in separate, crammed hotel rooms. We had so much fun for the week we were there. It was easily the best family vacation I’ve ever had. If anyone is interested in staying there, use the coupon code DoyleG25 for $25/night off any house!

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Why You Should Choose Las Vegas As Your Next Vacation Spot

October 11, 2013 by  
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Las Vegas (otherwise known as “sin city” to some) is not the same place it was ten years ago. Today Las Vegas has many things that vacationing families will find attractive such as sites to see, plays, musicals, concerts, sport tournaments and much more.

One of the many things to check out in Las Vegas would be Circus Circus. They have a big indoor circus for littler children. Treasure Island, another great attraction, has a really cool pirate show that is addicting to watch over and over.

The Stratosphere Tower is another awesome site to see. Atop the tower there are some cool things to do, such as reverse bungee jumping or riding the world’s highest roller coaster. For those of you that are not familiar with reverse bungee jumping it is definitely unique; you get shot up into the air 160 feet at 45 miles per hour and then come zooming back down at high speeds.

Las Vegas usually has affordable lodging in good locations close to the Strip.

Appreciate a good meal? Try dinners at Emeril’s! The food is delicious and is a one-time experience for most. For music lovers they also have the Liberace museum which pays tribute to one of the greatest musicians to ever live.

Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert, so the temperature in summer often breaks 100 degrees. While in the area you might even want to check out the desert.

Make sure you keep hydrated and cool. After all it would not be a good vacation if you came down with heat stroke!

When the temperature gets too hot do not forget to try the pools or spas at some of the finest hotels around. The pool at the Mirage hotel is supposed to be one of the finest around – do not hesitate to jump in for some great fun!

Whitsundays Islands In The Sun.

October 8, 2013 by  
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The Whitsunday islands lie in the coral sea midway along the Queensland coast. A group of over seventy islands make up the archipelago of treed islands and soft sandy beaches.

The protected waters around the islands provide a haven for boaties. Be the captain of your own ship as you explore the endless passages with plenty of harbours and secluded sheltered bays to hide away in. Drop your anchor and spend a night in the crystal clear waters of your own personal paradise.

Airlie Beach is the closest mainland town to the Whitsundays and provides a great starting point for your vacation. Plenty of first class accommodation can be found there as well as shopping and restaurants. You can book all your tours from here which leave from Shute Harbour twenty minutes down the road.

Within easy reach of Airlie Beach is the Great Barrier Reef, a must do activity on your vacation. Explore the vast coral reefs with there stunning colors by diving, snorkelling or even sitting in a semi submersible for a once in a lifetime experience.

For a vacation you will talk about for years Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays will keep you entertained and enthralled for as long as you stay in the region.

Want To Make Your Trip A Hit Then Better Stay Fit!

October 3, 2013 by  
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Want to go for a vacation that you yearn, remember you have a few calories too to burn.

Getting back to what we must take care off when we are on a trip. Let’s discuss the different kinds of trips we usually go on. Some are long destinations which need traveling by a plane. There are however some trips which are easier and more fun filled. These trips are the road trips. When on the road, you surely will not find restaurants or hotels or even lodges. It’s better to pack and take food with you.

You can carry healthy snacks for while on the road. Say something like pancakes, or sandwiches or fruits. Carry something that can be eaten even when you are driving or on a plane.

It is wise to calculate the number of hours you are going to be traveling. Pack the food items which you feel you can carry and is non perishable.

Carry something like a shake or a fresh fruit. You’ve got to believe when it is said, it’s not difficult to pack and plan everything before you travel.

You are going to shell out a lot of money on a trip, then why not find a place where you have fitness centers too. Some even work out in their rooms with basic equipments. As you may have observed, seeing should never always be believed. The posters and hoarding of gyms all over may just be a hoax. You spend all your time and money to go and find out about the gym and what happens? It looks just like a cubicle! Is it worth all the trouble?

When you plan your trip, find out about fitness center within the vicinity. Some of the gyms even have charges which are levied along with your room bills. Use the net and search the web to find out more about fitness center close to your door.

Most of the fitness centers have branches. So when you are traveling you can find out whether your fitness center has a branch or is affiliated to any other gym, so that you can avail the services.

New gym, new rules! As you walk into a new gym (which remember is a stop gap), you tend to get disappointed as the equipments are not the same as those back home. Do not fret. You will have to adjust and get accustomed to the new techniques. Its temporary and you will anyway head back to the old styles of working out. As long as you are on a holiday enjoy the new steps of fitness.

If you do not find a fitness center the best you can do is get your self a bicycle. If you are traveling on a hilly side of the country, go hiking! What’s more ecstatic than to go hiking? Try the beach for once. Try cycling up and down the sandy beach and play around with the waves. If you take fitness as a bane it will be, enjoy staying it!! It helps!

Virgin Islands Top Resort Honeymoons Is Peter Island

September 30, 2013 by  
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The Virgin Islands Top Resort for Honeymoons has to be Peter Island.

Any visitor here would describe Peter Island as one of the very top Caribbean beautiful small island vacations, with just cause too!!

To be on your honeymoon on Peter Island, is just a dream come true, because as well as being a top Caribbean resort, it is probably the most romantic hotel in the Caribbean.

Honeymoons should always be romantic, and whilst it has to be said that what Peter Island is not, is that it could never be described as one of the most romantic affordable honeymoon ideas, because it is definitely not cheap, however it is one of the two most romantic vacations spots for me.

The first being when my husband proposed to me!! ………………

Enough of that, now what about Peter Island as the most romantic hotel in the Caribbean?

This was our first trip to the Caribbean, although we are very familiar with top class resorts, beautiful white sand beaches, and delicious food, but we were not prepared for some of the most beautiful beaches on Peter Island. It really is a top resort in every sense of the word. The sea is so clean and clear, and if you enjoy snorkelling, which we do, then the beaches we tried snorkelling from were excellent. There were plenty of opportunities to indulge on the water as well with hobie cats, sunfish, windsurfing, sailing, sea kayaking.

The best thing about the beaches apart from the sand and the sea was the fact that there were never many people there. We mostly went to Deadman’s Beach which runs from close to our room, past the beach restaurant

The island itself is a tropical paradise, palm trees, lush green vegetation, and VERY private. No streets, no taxis, no shops, no cruise ships, airports, time share salesmen, not even houses. This is a privately owned island, and it will stay that way – pristine, unspoiled paradise, and very very private.

The accommodation is probably understated, but we were lucky indeed to get an upgrade to a beachfront junior suite.

It was quite amazing, beautifully furnished, a huge bathroom with a double Jacuzzi, and shower. The view from this 1st floor suite was unforgettable, and incredibly you could walk out straight onto the beach without using the stairs or the front door.

I did like all the extras in the suite, the robes, flip flops etc, but the best thing to me was the fact that the radio in the room took CD’s and I always take some away with me, so we could listen to our favourites when we were dressing or just relaxing.

Finally the fridge in the suite was well stocked, and the prices remarkably cheap.

I come now to the food, and with it the service, and this is really where Peter Island has rightly established itself as the Virgin Islands top honeymoon resort, because if ever a girl wants to be pampered it is on her honeymoon!!

Well the food at Peter Island is extremely good, and loving my food as I do, this was a foodie paradise. Breakfast, lunches down on the beach, dinners were all delicious, and I can’t remember a bad meal.

The service was mostly superb, the staff went the extra mile many times for us, and were very good at remembering our names, and supplying us with things like snacks when we wanted them even if we had only casually mentioned the subject.

The total highlight for me was the spa. My husband and I both had massages for the first time, and we loved the pool at the spa with the best views.

Peter Island certainly lived up to its reputation as top Caribbean small island vacation, and will always be on my list of most romantic getaways, but as it is not cheap, whilst most romantic it was not my most affordable honeymoon idea – but who cares – I loved it!!

Venice City Guide

September 27, 2013 by  
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Venice is made up of over 100 islands, all linked together by Venice‘s unique canal network. As one of the most beautiful cities in the world Venice won’t disappoint its visitors. Explore Venice’s famous canals, old bridges, stunning palazzos and great art. What to do and see in and around Venice

St Mark’s Square

The crowded St Mark’s Square is probably Venice’s most famous square. Enjoy a coffee in one of the cafés while admiring the beautiful architecture surrounding you. Lots of Venice’s main attractions, such as the Campanile and the Clock Tower, can be found close by. Don’t miss the golden altar piece in the impressive St Mark’s Basilica.

Gallerie dell’Accademia

The Accademia Gallery has one of the finest art collections in Europe. The walls are lined with works by Venetian master painters including Bellini, Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto.

Palazzo Ducale & the Bridge of Sighs

The Palazzo Ducale was the home of the Doges from where they ran the Venetian state. You see all aspects of the life of the Doge from where he lived to where state matters were discussed and justice dispensed. Walk over the infamous Bridge of Sighs, whose name comes from the time when the bridge led from the court to the prison cells. The Prisoners saw the view of the beautiful lagoon and sighed.

Ca’ d’Oro

Ca’ D’Oro (House of Gold) located on the Grand Canal is a beautiful palazzo and a great example of gothic architecture. The Palazzo shows a fine collection of sculptures, tapestries and paintings.

Santa Maria della Salute

Guarding the entrance to the Grand Canal is Santa Maria della Salute a Venetian landmark and a magnificent Baroque Church. The sacristy boasts paintings by Titian and Tintoretto’s Marriage at Cana.

San Giorgio Maggiore

The San Giorgio Maggiore church is a well known Venetian landmark designed by Palladio the famous renaissance architecture. Inside, you will find several of Tintoretto’s paintings including “The Last Supper”.

Canals

It’s impossible to think of Venice without thinking of canals and Gondolas. Cars are not allowed in the city and all transportation is on water. Travel like a true Venetian, hop on the Vaporati (water bus) and travel along the Grand Canal. It will take you under the Rialto Bridge and is a perfect way to admire the beautiful palaces lining the Canal.

Rialto Markets

The lively Rialto Markets are open evey morning. Fruit, vegetables, souvenirs and clothing are on offer. The Fish market has been held here for 1000 years – don’t miss the live lobsters and crabs.

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is one of Venice’s finest art museums with an impressive collection of more than 50 of Tintoretto’s works.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Venier dei Leoni Palace was the home of American collector Peggy Guggenheim for 30 years. Now it is a museum with a most impressive collection of modern art. Artists represented include Magritte, Picasso, Pollock and Kandinsky.

The Lido

20 minutes by waterbus from Venice

The Lido is a long strip of sand sheltering Venice lagoon from the Sea. The island’s sandy beaches make it a popular day trip destination for families and sun worshippers.

Verona

80 minutes by train from Venice

The charming city of Verona has plenty to offer its visitors including roman monuments, impressive architecture and delightful restaurants. Make sure you don’t miss the Roman Arena where an open-air opera festival takes place every year.

Valencia And Wine

September 24, 2013 by  
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Valencia is famous for its wine production; many of its wines are exported overseas for use in restaurants, or for personal use. Valencia’s weather climate and soil consistencies form the perfect conditions for wine production.

Wine is a delicacy to be served with meals and on special occasions. Valencia is well known for its fiestas and celebrations throughout the year, so wine is often a part Valencia’s lifestyle.

Knowing which type of wine to select with your meal, or to give as a present is important, as you will want to compliment your dinner with the right wine, or surprise your guest with a wine that suits their tastes.

Essentially, there are types of wine and all of some of these are more suitable to certain types of foods than others. White wines usually go well with white meat dishes, such as fish and chicken, while red wines traditionally go with red meat and pasta dishes.

Generally, there are sweet and dry wines, which can be found in both white and red wine varieties. If you are looking for a sweet white wine you might choose a Riesling. Leaving the grapes on the grape vines for a longer period of time makes sweet wines.

When looking for a sweet red wine you might try a merlot, or a cabernet sauvignon, both of which a delightful sweet red wine varieties. If looking for a dry white wine, you might try a Pinot Noir, or Sauvignon Blanc and if looking for a dry red wine you might try a Shiraz.

All wines should be chilled either in a fridge, or bucket of ice, prior to drinking, as this allows you to derive the most benefit from the wines flavors and experience. Also, most consumable wines are designed to be drunk within a few years from being made, so if you are buying wine for your cellar, keep this in mind.

Well, now that you know a little bit more about wines, you can enjoy Valencia’s wines by making the right choices. Valencia wines can be sampled in its many restaurants and also at the Spanish Wine Festival, known as the ‘La Rioja Wine Festival’.

The ‘La Rioja Wine Festival’ Wine Festival is a celebration of Spanish wines and, during this time, there are events and wine tasting, dinners and lots of merriment. Valencia also holds many fiestas throughout the year, which feature food and wine, such as the ‘La Tomatina’ Fiesta and the ‘Fiesta Fallas de San Jose’.

Vacationing In The Hamptons

September 23, 2013 by  
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Located on the North and South Fork of Long Island the area known as the Hamptons is one of the most popular vacation spots in New York. The Hamptons has a deep rich history that goes back to the 1600’s. Like many other New England colonies it was originally farmland, over the years it port of trade, Revolutionary War staging point, refuge for artists and poets, and favorite vacation spot. There are even legends the infamous pirate Captain Kidd visited its shores and left buried treasure still waiting to be found.

If you’re looking for treasure in the Hamptons there’s no need to get out your shovel and start digging, just take stroll through any of its quaint towns and shops and you’ll be rewarded. Many of the towns in the Hamptons such as Amagansett, Bridgehampton, and Quogue are filled with historical landmarks, museums and other cultural centers. To get the most out of the Hamptons you’ll need to visit during peak season which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During this time every town and village will have artist’s exhibits, traveling museum exhibits, and photography and music concerts.

Many people who choose to vacation in the Hamptons choose to stay for two to three weeks and there is a wide range of lodging choices to choose from. The most basic will be the Bed & Breakfast Inn’s. Run by the owners and a small staff there is no way you can beat them on service and price. If you are looking for something a little more private there are many traditional motels and hotels all across the Hamptons that can accommodate you. When you want get the most out of a Hampton’s vacation consider renting a beachfront house or cottage. The styles range from small intimate cottages, to large palatial modern mansions. Beachfront properties are the most sought after locations. Nothing can quite compare to watching a sunrise from a private balcony every morning. The next time your looking for a place to get away from your daily stress unplug and recharge your batteries, a vacation to the Hamptons may be just the ticket.

Vacation Checklist Plan Your Dream Trip Now

September 18, 2013 by  
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Are you tired of the cold and snow?

Do you feel the need to get away…and soon?

Have your children been to your very favorite places?

You need a vacation. And the time to plan it is now!

Dreaming of a fabulous vacation and actually pulling one off are two different things. As a modern professional, you are probably an expert at scheduling, time management and project coordination in your career.

These are the same skills you need to use when it comes time to plan your dream vacation.

And the first tool you need is a vacation checklist.

A vacation checklist will get you on top of your planning immediately and keep you there right up until the day you leave on your trip. A vacation checklist will ensure

– you don’t forget anything and take exactly what you need,

– and you actually pull off the trip of your dreams.

Your vacation checklist doesn’t need to be fancy. Just thorough. You can make one yourself or find a free one by looking in the resource box following this article. Whatever checklist you use, you’ll need to customize it for your own use, of course. And if you start now, customizing your entire trip will be easy.

Using your vacation checklist to keep track of your notes, start out by vacation dreaming.

– Where do you want to go?

This is easily decided by determining what type of vacation you’re in the mood for. If you’re tired of the cold, you’ll want warm…and maybe beaches. If you need rest and recreation, you’ll look for places that can pamper you and evaporate your stress. If you want to show your kids the world, you’ll look for family-friendly and educational adventures.

– How long a trip will this be?

Mark down on your checklist the length of your vacation. Are you working around a school schedule? How many vacation days are you willing to trade for your dream vacation? Would you rather take one long vacation or several long weekend jaunts? Factor in travel days…that will tell you whether you want to drive or fly. And that will affect your next item…

– What’s your travel budget?

This part of vacation planning needn’t be a downer. By planning ahead, you can maximize your travel monies through booking the least expensive travel and hotel arrangements. Do a little upfront research and write down on your vacation checklist how much your dream vacation will cost. Divide that amount into equal monthly payments between now and your travel dates. Can you make that happen? Do you have other monies set aside you can allocate for your trip? Be wary of just putting your trip on credit. No matter how wonderful your dream vacation is, paying for it after the fact can tarnish its memories.

– What are your expectations?

We’ve all been on vacations that we had high hopes for but didn’t turn out as we envisioned. Sure, stuff happens, but you can put the odds on your side that your vacation will be what you dream of by planning as much detail as possible ahead of time. It also helps to ask yourself the simple but powerful questions of

– am I wanting to make lifetime memories with this vacation?

– am I wanting to cram in as many activities as possible on this vacation?

– are my vacation wants in conflict with my vacation realities? For example, do I want to take my spouse on a romantic getaway but I have five children under the age of ten and they must accompany us?

Bottom line…when it comes to vacations, planning is king and your vacation checklist is queen. Plan your dream trip, make sure your expectations are in line, keep track of everything on your checklist, and before you know it, you’ll be THERE…exactly where you want, with the people you want, doing what you want. Enjoying the vacation you dreamed of.

Travelling To Murcia Is Ideal

September 17, 2013 by  
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If you want a great vacation in Spain then you should surely travel to Murcia. This is an old city that was found in the year 831 AD and also has a rich Islamic heritage. The summers are hot and the temperature can get up to 40 degrees. The winters are pleasant and mild making visiting Murcia a must all year round.

When you are traveling to Murcia and want a good place to stay on your visit then turn to the Internet to research your options. There are many good hotels in Murcia, some more expensive than others and you can look at reviews online to decide which is the best for you. Don’t forget to consider traveling to lovely Torrevieja and booking a hotel there for a night or two during your travels.

If you are thinking of spending a while in the area than you should consider renting an apartment or villa. There are loads of available apartments if you book with enough time in advance. The advantages of an apartment are manifold and you can save money too. Cooking is a must if you plan on traveling with kids and it is easy to find an apartment either online or through an agent.

In the summertime there are tons of things to do for anyone. If you want a relaxing beach vacation than this is certainly the place for you, you can also visit the Mar Menor Lagoon which is seperated from the sea through a small piece of land. This is a great place to enjoy the water and bring the kids.

If you want to take in some culture and history then you should check out Murcia’s old churches. There is a beautiful cathedral that was built between the 14th and 18th centures and shows remnants of many types of architecture from Baroque to Renaissance. You are sure to get your fill of beauty and culture when you visit Murcia.

Visit the 18th century Sanctuary of Fuensanta while you are in Murcia. This sanctuary is devoted to the patron saint of Murcia and during Easter you can witness an amazing procession of the statue around time. This also happens again during the summer festival.

You can see the Museo de Tradiciones y Artes Populars if you want to get a dose of the city’s rich folk life. This museum houses a wide selection of agricultural and domestic pieces for your viewing pleasure. There are even pieces that are over 300 years old.

All year round Murcia is a hotbed of festivals. You can witness great festivals in the summertime or come for the popular Easter procession. You’ll see a rich parade where the patron saint is carried throughout the town. If you prefer to be there in warmer weather then check out the festivals during summertime.

If you are interested in a culinary treat than Murcia is the place for you. Check out the local markets that are rich in fresh produce if you want to cook for yourself. You can also enjoy the best restaurants to try out lovely local cuisine. Enjoy yourself on holiday in Murcia, Spain!

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