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Protect your gear

May 27th, 2010 No comments

Recently I decided to plan a trip to Argentina. I’ve been to South America before but never to Argentina. I’ve heard so much about the beauty of Buenos Aires, Patagonia and the Iguazu Falls. In fact, when I was backpacking through Brazil a few months ago other travelers could not believe that I was not going south. I was already in the area so why would I not? Well, now that I’m home I’ve realized how right they were.

Since my trip will be during the shoulder months (ie. October) my list of travel gear will be quite different than if I’d planned to go in the summer. I will need some warmer clothes and perhaps even some mitts. Other than that I’ve decided that this time I will bring my laptop. When I was in South America last time I did not have my laptop. I missed it a lot because there were many times that I could have used it to take advantage of free Wi-Fi or go through all my photos. By bringing a laptop though I’m adding to my target potential for theft. Any time you add expensive items to your gear list you become a more desirable target. I will therefore make sure that my travel insurance covers something happening to my laptop.

I enquired with my local insurance agent and they were unable to offer the coverage I wanted for the price I wanted. I began a search online for a suitable policy. I came across an article that gave me a World Nomads review. Everything that I was looking for in travel insurance was offered online by World Nomads so I decided to sign up for a it. I can now go on my trip to Argentina knowing that my laptop is covered if anything happens to it.

Golf Holidays Portugal: A Golfers Guide To The Algarve

May 18th, 2010 No comments

When it comes to golf holidays Portugal has been playing catch up with their neighbor Spain over the past decades to build up their quantity of resorts and top-class courses. This article focuses in on the Algarve to detail the nuances of course styles in the area, along with the must-visit clubs.

For golfers looking to play a different championship course each day of their golf holiday Algarve has the range of course styles and caliber of clubs to make it the ideal European destination.

Golf in the central region is based around Vilamoura town. The town has dozens of golf resorts to choose from (Oceanico have over 12 alone) along with some great independent championship courses. The must play course to visit is the Vale Do Lobo Royal. As it has hosted the Open it is, as you’d expect, a punishing but beautiful course. Even off the front tees the rough and traps come into play. The greens are consistently fast all year round.

The eastern Algarve has a reputation for being more elite with some pricey courses such as the Benamor and Quinta De Cima to play. The mild climate means it is also lively and popular in winter. The Monte Rei is the jewel in the crown for the area. When Jack Nicklaus designed the course it managed to combine a great variety of hole design, effective use of the locations hilly topology and still maintain some beautiful views.

The western Algarve is where the really challenging courses are, thanks to the prevailing Atlantic Ocean breezes. The locals will tell you that the best courses to play are the Boavista and Parque Dal Floresta. Both are hillside courses with spectacular views. The open exposed nature of the courses makes them more challenging on windy days, but thankfully this breeze gives some respite from the heat in summer.

The nearby Faldo & O’Connor courses (desert-style and parkland courses respectively) are two thoroughly enjoyable courses to play. Both sport lightening fast greens and perfectly manicured fairways.

Tourist Guide to Rojales in Spain

May 12th, 2010 No comments

Rojales is a small town Spanish town situated a little inland from the main coastal resort of Guardemar del Segura. You can book your vacation with the destination airports of either Murcia or Alicante, which are so close by, a mere twenty minutes by car. If you wish not to hire a car, a taxi will take you to your chosen apartment or hotel very reasonably.

 

Rojales has a very good strip of bars and restaurants and the beaches are a five minute drive away. The beach of Guardamar is a blue flag beach with all the available amenities that are typical for a Mediterranean resort, sunloungers, parasols, volley ball nets, W.C. foot showers and a children’s play area.

Before embarking on your next holiday it is always a good idea to get as much information on your chosen destination. There is no better way to do this than to have a look at your chosen resort with the aid of a Rojales webcam.

This is an ideal way to spend a vacation if you wish to get away from it all as the resort itself is quiet and if you want some action Torrevieja with its promenade, nightclubs, shopping and water-park are too just twenty minutes away. A bus service is available to all major towns and beaches nearby.

 

Rojales weather being on the southern Costa Blanca experiences a typically hot Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters, making it an ideal resort to escape to at any time of year.

The cave houses in Rojales at Cuevas del Rodeo have been carved into the sand stone mountain and are worth a visit as well as the Shell House. If golf is your passion there are several first class golf courses nearby such as La Finca and La Marquesa.