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Consider Vacation Loans When Planning an Affordable Vacation

March 4th, 2011 No comments

When planning a vacation it is important that you do diligent research and planning to make sure you get the best deal for your money. Below are some tips that will help you achieve your vacation goals without breaking your wallet.

Create a budget
Consider the cost of travel, transportation (to and from the airport and any sightseeing you want to do that involves traveling), hotel, drinks and food, recreational activities, etc.. Understanding all of the potential expenses of your vacation will enable to you get a solid understanding of what the cost of your trip is going to be and more importantly whether or not you will be able to cover these expenses.

Select a date
What time of year you choose to travel is critical. If you select to travel during peak travel times like Thanksgiving and Christmas you can expect much higher prices across the board (hotel, airfare, etc.). You should attempt to travel during the off-seasons and during the week. Also, enroll for travel deal alerts with some of the Internet vacation booking companies like Orbitz and Travelocity.

Choose the type of vacation
Are you looking to take a cruise? Maybe you want to go to the islands for an all-inclusive vacation? Perhaps a sight-seeing trip to Greece is what you are looking for. The type of vacation you choose and where to is going to differ greatly in cost.

What are you going to do on your vacation?
Will you be partaking in a lot of sight-seeing? Or will you be vegging out by the pool or beach? When you go away do you like to buy a lot of souvenirs? Do you like eating at fancy restaurants? Perhaps you like to party all day and night? Determine before you go away what you are going to be doing  for fun while vacationing.

Do lots of online research
As discussed above, visit sites like Orbitz and Travelocity. The online travel industry has become the number one method for consumers making their travel plans. There are so many different sites, all of which provide a wide variety of packages and deals to all over the country.and even the world! Usually, these online booking sites not only offer discounts on hotels and airfares but also car rentals, meal plans, sightseeing excursions and many other things related to your travel.

Get ideas from family and friends
A good idea would be to have conversations with anyone you know that has recently gone on vacation and find out about their complete experience. Ask where their destination was, what airline carrier they used, what hotel they stayed at, how was the food, what did they do for fun, etc.. And don’t forget to ask about costs and if they feel their vacation was worth the price. Ask as much as you can to find out if their trip may be something that fits your needs and budget.

Never limit yourself
There are so many places all around the world to choose for your vacation. If you do your due diligence and utilize all the info made available to you, you should be able to find a vacation destination that fits your needs and budget. If you are strapped for cash and are going to have a hard time covering your traveling expenses, consider applying for a small loan.

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.

Vacations in Cambodia and Enjoy the Culturally Rich Nation

March 22nd, 2010 No comments

There are many locations which are worth visiting in Cambodia and many of them are located in Battambang city, the provincial capital of Battambang province situated in the north-western region of the country. There is a distinct French influence noticeable in the city’s structures, in particular the temples of Buddha; on the other hand you can also visit some French shops to buy some traditional and antique items. As you enter the city you will get a general feeling of peace and calm, and this effect is enhanced when visitors visit the countryside which is full of greenery.

The Royal Palace of Cambodia standing in the capital city, Phnom Penh, is a very popular location among tourists. Phnom Penh has a special feature that it is located at an area where three rivers meet. The Royal Palace is considered to be a structure containing many priceless artifacts and treasures, while it’s located along side the river Tonle Sap adds to the grandeur of the famous building. The Royal Palace holds ‘The Throne Room’ which only hints towards the highly traditional ceremonial life led by the Kings, on the other hand, ‘The Napoleon Room’ is a distinct evidence of the immense level of French influence on the Cambodian culture. Despite all the attractions, the ‘Silver Pagoda’ catches everyone’s attention as it holds a truly amazing Buddhist statue made of solid gold, moreover, it is adorned with magnificent gems including diamonds. A visit to Silver Pagoda is part of every tourist’s schedule because of the magnificent Buddha gold statue. Apart from the too-good-to-be-true statue placed in ‘Silver pagoda’ the whole Palace has countless little Buddha figurines also made of gold.

You can always visit Phnom Penh’s markets to get to purchase some items having historical significance, meanwhile breathtaking gold and silver jewelry offered there also acts as a major attractive force for tourists. As a tourist you will get value for your money in the Cambodian markets, as ancient coins, high-quality clothing, beautiful artworks and delicious traditional food can make up your tour to Cambodia a resounding success.

Spectacular frescoes decorating the Palace’s walls very accurately depict the epic Ramayana, while you can also set your eyes on works of art both pre-Angkor and post-Angkor in the beautiful National Museum made of red brick.

A visit to Angkor is part of every tourist’s schedule, as the city has high Hindu influence also depicted in its temples, meanwhile its significance can recognized from the fact that it was the capital city of the old Khmer Empire. Angkor city is famous for two great temples, namely, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom; at the same time the gates of Bayon temple and Prohm temple also act as a magnet to draw tourists. While the city of Angkor has failed to grab hold of its old glory, tourists still feel captivated and mesmerized by its sights.

Sihanoukville is rapidly getting popular as a beach resort among tourists especially in summer. You can have some real fun at the beach as apart from swimming and scuba diving you can always choose to relax under the sun and get a tan. You can even rent a boat and give your family a closer peak into the aqua life living in the shores of Cambodia, while you can also sail to neighboring picturesque islands.