The Top 6 Reasons To Attend A Camper Show

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Destinations

In the early part of the year camping and RV shows are the most prevalent although some popular shows take place in the fall too. But in the Midwest where I live, most camping and RV shows take place in the first few months of the year. Here’s my top 11 reasons why you should go to one, or even two or three!

1) It’s a way to get your mind off winter, the cold, and the snow for a short time. While you’re at the show, you’ll be thinking of summer, sun, green trees, and campfires; not shoveling snow or wearing 12 layers of clothing in an attempt to stay warm.

2) You get to be around really nice people. People who camp and RV are, for the most part, really friendly and outgoing. While at a show last weekend I had people joking around with me and striking up conversations about camping and the campers we were both looking at. It’s a fun environment.

3) Comparison shopping. At the larger shows there are literally hundreds various campers and RV to look at. You can go inside them, look around, and talk to the dealers about each one’s pros and cons.

4) Discounts and Freebies. The dealers and exhibitors at the camping and RV shows want people to do business with them during the show and make it attractive by offering special show prices on their campers and RV’s; and/or giving additional items with a purchase such as free upgrades, free gas, a free grill, free camping lounge chairs, etc. Most exhibitors have some sort of giveaway. It may be a drawing for a grill, nights of camping or may be free samples of food their selling. The show itself may give away prizes. The latest camping show I was at was giving away a brand new camper to one lucky prize winner.

5) Class A Motorhomes. Whether or not you own a Class A Motorhome now, plan to own one in the future, or think you’ll never be able to afford that luxury, it’s worth the price of your admission ticket to tour the luxury Class A motorhomes at the shows. I toured three at the last show I was at. The nicest one had a $400,000 price tag. It was gorgeous. I overheard one woman saying the kitchen was much nicer than the one in her home. I can understand why she said that. The kitchen area in that particular Class A motor home had solid cherry cabinets, solid surface countertops, and tile flooring.

6) The Seminars. Even if you aren’t a camping enthusiast you may find the seminars offered at most of the shows to be of interest to you. The seminars are usually short in length, 30 minutes or less, but are packed with interesting information. The latest one I attended talked about some of the best vacation destinations in my state, the most scenic roads to drive, the best nature areas to visit, and some of the most unique and weirdest places in the state. I’ve lived in the state all my life and I didn’t know about several of the places I was told about. I now have some new weekend getaway and vacation destinations.

Now that I’ve given you my six top reasons to attend a camper or RV show, get out there, go to one, and have a great time.


Top Ten Reasons To Spend Christmas In Tenerife

September 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

Having splashed and sloshed our way through the wettest summer in living memory, many of us Brits are severely in need of a bit of light relief. Recent statistics reveal a desperate rush to leave the country over Christmas and head to the gloriously sunny climes of Tenerife. The statistics, from a survey by TravelRepublic, show a massive increase in winter sun holidays in general and Christmas holidays to Tenerife are the most popular of all.

There has been a drop in Tenerife holiday prices this season with many one-week package holidays to Tenerife coming in at under £300. Cheap holidays to Tenerife are clearly a big draw to those of us keen to escape the grim British weather, but could there be more to it than this? Christmas is getting bigger every year and the pressure to get it right is immense. A Tenerife Christmas can remove such hassles, and more. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of ten aspects of Christmas hell and how jetting off on a sunny holiday to Tenerife will turn them all around!

1) In the UK: Presents and shopping

Us Brits spend an average of £384 on 18 Christmas presents. Significantly more than you might be spending on your whole Tenerife holiday!

In Tenerife: Spanish souvenirs

It’s impossible to list all the Spanish souvenirs you could find for your loved ones, but here are five of the most popular items you could pick up whilst on holiday in Tenerife:

Abanico – hand held fans elaborately decorated or carved from wood make a great Tenerife Christmas present.
Football Souvenirs – items brandishing the Real Madrid crest or a miniature replica of the stadium are ideal gifts for footie fans!

Bullfighting Souvenirs – you can buy a representation of the three matadors or even a replica matador’s jacket.

Toro – these miniature Spanish bulls vary in quality from moulded plastic to elaborate pieces hand made in leather.

Art & Paintings – from the country that gave birth to Salvador Dali and Picasso there is a large selection of cheap scenes of everyday Spain.

2) In the UK: Enforced jollity

At Christmas there is no greater sin then appearing to be grumpy. Never mind if it’s raining again when it ought to be snowing. Never mind the awkward family tensions. If your mood isn’t up you’re in trouble – you’re ‘ruining Christmas’.

In Tenerife: Real jollity

Waking up to the bliss of no responsibilities and a day of sunbathing will put you in a naturally good mood, so there’s no need to fake it!

3) In the UK: Inappropriate outfits

Christmas seems to inspire the oddest outfits: fluorescent antlers, hair tinsel, ‘fun’ paper crowns, ridiculous knitted festively themed woolly jumpers – the list is endless and another example of that enforced jollity.

In Tenerife: A good tan

Developing a healthy glow on holiday in Tenerife will make you the envy of all your friends when the glitter of Christmas has died down to a dull fizzle and everyone’s feeling pale and miserable. Ha-ha!

4) In the UK: Guzzling excessive cheap alcohol

To get through the emotional rollercoaster of another family Christmas, many of us, despite our best intentions, will turn to the bottle to ease the pain. The following day’s hangover only makes it that much worse.

In Tenerife: Sipping cocktails by the pool

There are so many fabulous bars in Tenerife that you’ll be spoilt for choice, and there’s no need to overdo it when you’re already having so much fun!

5) In the UK: Office parties

You can already picture the scene: watching what you drink in case you say exactly what you think about your unbearable boss or colleague, whilst pretending not to be disgusted by the cringeworthy advances of the office letch. Finally, you end up dancing wildly with said letch in a mad drunken stupor. The Facebook photos won’t make it any easier to forget.

In Tenerife: Beach parties!

A beach party in Tenerife will really blow away the winter cobwebs. For daytime fun, the main beach of Playa de las Americas is where the party people go to recharge their batteries before the next clubland assault and when the sun goes down you can head to Enramada Beach near La Caleta, where Chiringuito Beach Club hosts parties at the weekend. Many revellers choose to camp on the beach at Las Galletas, bringing their own food and drinks and listening to music into the small hours. Christmas in Tenerife is such fun!

6) In the UK: Christmas lunch

First of all, whoever’s cooking is incredibly stressed, and claims you have no idea how much work there is to do (if you try and help then you’re inevitably doing it all wrong). This leads to petty arguments and numerous kitchen disasters. Meanwhile one member of the family has suddenly decided to become a vegan without telling anyone and refuses to eat a thing, glaring grumpily while everyone else tucks into their turkey.

In Tenerife: Tapas & fresh tropical fruit

Food in Tenerife is very tasty and a lot less stressful than Christmas dinner. Tapas are Spain’s appetizers, scrummy little dishes which are often flavoured with garlic, chillies or paprika, cumin, salt, pepper or saffron. It often comes with seafood such as anchovies, sardines or mackerel in olive oil with tomatoes and sometimes peppers or olives. On your Tenerife holiday you can also sample many delicious tropical fruits like mangoes, paw paw and ‘platanos fritos’ – fried bananas.

7) In the UK: Christmas television

Saccharine Coca Cola adverts, endless repeats of ‘Only Fools and Horses’, soap extravaganzas and ‘Celebrity’ Christmas specials.

In Tenerife: singles – Find a winter romance

For goodness sake, forget TV and get out there onto the lively Tenerife singles scene. If anything’s going to boost your sprits at Christmas it’s a sizzling holiday romance!

8) In the UK: Christmas number ones

Slade’s ‘So here it is Merry Christmas’, Band Aid’s ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ and Aled Jones’ ‘Walking in the air’. Haven’t you heard them all enough?

In Tenerife: iPod

Forget the naffness – when you set off for your holiday in Tenerife you make sure you’ve got all your favourite tunes at your fingertips so you can sunbathe in peace.

9) In the UK: Carol singers

Expecting you to give them money for one chorus of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ when half of them don’t know the words and the other half are miming.

In Tenerife: iPod

See above.

10) In the UK: Unrelentingly grim weather

Grrr. Grrr. Grrr.

In Tenerife: Sunshine

Mmm – what a relief!

6 Reasons Why You Should Get Married At Lanikai Beach

March 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Traveling tips

Did your romantic partner recently pop the “will you marry me?” question? If so, you will likely want to get started with planning your wedding right away. Although most couples decide to get married close to home, you may want to consider having a destination wedding. Destination weddings are increasing in popularity. Should you decide to have a destination wedding, you will want to examine Lanikai Beach.

Lanikai Beach, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is known for being one of Hawaii’s best beaches. Although a top rated beach sounds ideal for a destination wedding, you may be looking for more reasons why Lanikai Beach should be your wedding venue. Six additional reasons why you should give Lanikai Beach a look are outlined.

# 1 Beauty

As previously stated, Lanikai Beach is referred to as one of Hawaii’s best beaches. One of the main reasons for this top rating is because of Lanikai Beach’s beauty. When getting married on Lanikai beach, you may enjoy the view, which includes clear waters, white sandy beaches, and beautiful palm trees. When visiting Lanikai Beach or even just examining pictures online, you will see why it is commonly referred to as being picture perfect.

# 2 Romantic Environment

As previously stated, Lanikai Beach is known for its beautiful waters, palm trees, and white sandy beaches. Could you imagine a better place for a wedding? For many couples, warm tropical weather and an ocean view creates the perfect romantic environment. In fact, just everything about Lanikai Beach and Hawaii in general is romantic in nature.

# 3 Its Picture Perfect

In keeping with the beauty of Lanikai Beach, having your destination wedding there makes for great pictures. In fact, did you know that Lanikai Beach is a known as being a popular location for photo shoots? It is also important to mention that along the shores, about a mile out, lays the twin islands of Mokulua and Mokumanu. These islands will look breathtakingly beautiful in the background of your wedding photos.

# 4 Can Have Your Wedding and Honeymoon Too

What is nice about destination weddings is that they are convenient for the bride and groom. Not only can you get married in the lap of luxury and beauty, but you can also honeymoon there too. In addition to being convenient, having a destination wedding can also save you money. There is no need to book what seems like a million different arrangements. In fact, did you know that many vacation resorts have destination wedding honeymoon packages?

# 5 Overnight Accommodations

When holding your destination wedding and honeymoon in Lanikai, you will find that you have a number of different options, in terms of your overnight accommodations. Popular Lanikai area accommodations include vacation homes, vacation condos, and vacation villas. Lanikai Beach is also conveniently located to a number of other popular destinations, including Waimanalo and Kailua, giving you even more options to choose from. These options are also ideal for any friends or family members in attendance.

# 6 Fun Filled Activities

Should you decide to have a Lanikai Beach destination wedding, there is good chance that Lanikai would also be your honeymoon destination. When on your honeymoon, you may want a combination of fun, excitement, and romance. If that is the case, Lanikai Beach and the surrounding area is perfect for you, as there is no shortage of activities. In addition to traditional beach activities, you may enjoy a snorkeling adventure, kayaking to the twin island Mokulua and Mokumanu, and much more. A number of fun activities to choose from is also nice, as it may help to lure in more wedding guests.

The above mentioned reasons are just a few of the many reasons why you should choose Lanikai Beach for your upcoming wedding. Although you may prefer to have a wedding close to home, as more friends and family are likely to attend, you may be surprised just how many would love the chance to take a trip to Hawaii. As a reminder, make all of your Lanikai Beach destination wedding arrangements well in advantage, to ensure that your wedding is, literally, a dream come true.

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