Family Fun in a Caravan Park

Apr 13, 2014 by

Family Fun in a Caravan Park

If you have a young family and you like the great outdoors one of the ways to enjoy your leisure time together is to have a caravan on a chosen site that you can visit any time you like. Established caravan parks have all the facilities that you are likely to need; with ownership comes the chance to visit any time you like during the time when the park is open. That will not be twelve months a year but who wants a caravan holiday in January?

There are some annual expenses that you will need to consider including insurance, utilities and site rental but once you have made your purchase you have your holiday facility there for as long as you want it.

Hassle free holidays

It is nice to be guaranteed the sun and warm temperatures such as are found in the Mediterranean but not everyone likes the hassle of airport departure lounges, delays and crowds especially when travelling with small children. If it is just a matter of packing some clothing and getting the children in the car for a short drive there is so much less to worry about. With a caravan waiting, and one which you own and so can keep personal items there, you just have to think about enjoying yourself.

You may be sold on the idea of buying a caravan on a fixed site as opposed to actually towing to different places each year.  If you are, you need to check with a specialist company that has different locations to consider, someone like Allens Caravans.

Location

When you are thinking about location and facilities it is best to select somewhere that is self contained but also fairly close to a village or small town so that you can go out for anything you might need. In addition you will want to know there are day trips to nearby places that will keep the children entertained. It is best to remember that the place you select must be somewhere you would be happy to return to time and again.

You may try out a few locations before you actually make a final decision; a company with several alternative locations gives you that chance. Once you finally decide you may want financing; an established company is even likely to have its own financial packages with payment spread over a few years.

The room you need

You need to consider more than location and local attractions. If you are buying you want to be certain that the actual caravan you select is a suitable size. If you think your family might be going to expand then a little extra space may be needed.

While the family is young a caravan base is an ideal way to enjoy holidays together without the stresses of air flight and all that entails. It is an investment that retains its value whilst not being so expensive as to make the cost prohibitive. You will have other families around during the summer months, and plenty of new friends for your children to meet.

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5 WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF BUSY ON A SUMMER ABROAD

Feb 27, 2014 by

5 WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF BUSY ON A SUMMER ABROAD

TURTLE CONSERVATION IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is known as the birthplace for ecotourism and is home to important nesting beaches for four different species of turtles. You can take part in volunteer programs that help in ensuring that sea turtles in Costa Rica do not become extinct due to egg poachers and general human activities. Some of the activities you may be involved in include; releasing tiny baby turtles to the sea, helping to construct turtle hatcheries, collecting data, collecting eggs and taking them to the hatcheries and enjoying spectacular beaches on the Pacific coast of central America.

TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA

Teaching English in China is a great way of impacting young ones with valuable knowledge of the English language to prepare them for the future. It is a great way to spend summer vacations travelling through China and visiting the best attractions. Teaching English in China is a well paying job and it means that apart from adding value to your CV you will also earn money that you can use to explore China. You also get to experience the Chinese culture firsthand; ensure you take advantage of the opportunity to learn the Mandarin language.

WORK AT A SUMMER CAMP IN AMERICA

Working at a summer camp in America is a great way to gain experience in life skills as well as interact with people from all walks of life. There are different roles which you can choose to participate in and they include; specialist counselors who get to teach or control special activities in the camp, camp counselors act as supervisors to the kids and even share sleeping quarters with them, and the support staff who run the camps but do not get to mix with the kids. The choice of roles should be based on your existing skills, as well as interests.

TAKE A SABBATICAL AND TRAVEL AROUND CENTRAL AMERICA

South America covers a vast area of land and consists of seven nations mainly Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua and Honduras and is surrounded by the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. It is a cheap destination with a variety of attractions such as rainforests, volcanoes, Mayan ruins and amazing wildlife. The sheer variety of nature, culture, and cities waiting to be explored warrant you to take your time to fully enjoy the experience. Central Americans are very friendly, so expect to make life-long friends as you travel. A three month sabbatical will give you an insight about this region as well refresh you with its beauty.

WORK AS A HOLIDAY REP IN MEDITERRANEAN RESORTS

If you enjoy being around people, organizing parties and generally having a good time then a job that fits your character is being a summer holiday rep in amazing resorts such as Ayia Napa, Ibiza, Tenerife, Malia and Zante. It is a job that involves ensuring that guests are well entertained and comfortable throughout their stay. It is time consuming as it revolves around people, solving minor issues, giving important information about resorts, helping in organizing cruises, parties, sports and other fun activities. You are normally the first contact to the customers and you will meet them from airports and give them overview information about the resort. It helps you gain skills in public relations.

 

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5 UNIQUE TYPES OF PROPERTY TO BUY ABROAD

Feb 27, 2014 by

5 UNIQUE TYPES OF PROPERTY TO BUY ABROAD

RIAD IN MOROCCO

Morocco is one of the hottest destinations in the world for the discerning traveler. It has been experiencing a steady growth in the touristic industry creating a high demand for authentic Moroccan Riads for holiday homes and boutique hotels.

Riads are traditional Moroccan townhouses built around a central courtyard. The beauty of their architecture stems from their privacy. While on the streets you may only see unassuming, modest door but when you step inside you discover an elaborately decorated piece of a paradise. Most people may buy a riad as a holiday home for themselves but you can also use it as an extra source of income when you are not around.

As an alternative, those who love to play golf in Morocco can also buy properties outside of the main cities within golf resorts with direct access to the best courses in the country. Agadir is a popular area for this kind of property which is still available at great value.

MOBILE HOME IN FRANCE

France is renowned for its charming countryside, the majestic Alps, gorgeous cities and rich history. It is one of the most popular destinations in the world and it is no wonder that those who travel here decide to buy property in France for the purposes of coming back more often.

Mobile homes in France involve movable residences situated in parks or beaches meant for staying while on holiday. The flexibility they offer means that you get to choose which part of France you will explore. Buying a mobile home is an easy inexpensive process as compared to buying fixed homes. What’s more, they give you an opportunity to explore the property business in France before fully committing to purchase brick and mortar.

A HOUSEBOAT INDIA

Houseboats are a common sight along the Kerala backwaters in India. In a gone era this boats were once just a mode of transportation of goods and people from one place to another. In recent times the boats have been refurbished to include bathrooms, bedrooms and even kitchens to serve as houses as you cruise the magical Kerala waters. With the boom in tourism in this region, the demand for Kettuvalam is on the rise and hence more and more house boat designs are being created to meet client specifications.

HOLIDAY VILLA IN CYPRUS

Cyprus appeals to most people due to its beauty, sunshine, beaches, history and perhaps the growing golf industries. Villa holidays in Cyprus  are popular in Cyprus and many enjoy them so much that they decide to buy one as a second home or to rent out. Overseas buyers tend to have an eye for the villas located in suburbs and rural areas. Cheaper properties are becoming more and more difficult to find unless you want to pick up dilapidated house and refurbish it. However, this option is still cheaper compared to dabbling in property in Spain, Portugal and France. The process of buying is straightforward and simple, taxes are payable when approval is granted.

WATER VILLAS IN MALDIVES

Water villas are holiday accommodations built over water and supported on stilts. These villas are normally well furnished with huge windows to allow great sea views.  Some may contain pools within or outside on the deck. They are popular destinations for couples and honeymooners due to their privacy and romantic settings.  They are available for sale for those seeking a holiday home in the sun and an opportunity to make extra cash as holiday rentals.

 

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Planning a Self-Drive Holiday in Alaska

Feb 27, 2014 by

Planning a Self-Drive Holiday in Alaska

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Alaska is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination and one of the best ways to experience Alaska is by driving. Alaska has an excellent road system, which connects most of it’s main attractions, while allowing you to also seek out hidden treasures. All you have to do is decide what you want to see, mark a trail and go!

Driving through Alaska will give you the experience of being in your own beautifully-shot road movie. Don’t just stick to the big cities and well-known landmarks; stop in small towns and meet some quirky locals, cruise down the highways and experience breathtaking cinematic scenery while being on your own schedule. The only thing you’ll have to remember is to book your accommodation in advance.

Car hire in Alaska is easy and straightforward, with many car hire companies available, such as Hertz, Avis and Alamo Car Hire. Where you rent a car will, of course, depending on where you start your journey from, but the service is very similar in each company. Many people start their journey from the airport in Anchorage, where most major flights land. This page on the Alaska Vacations site will give you a good overview on what you’re likely to experience in renting a car and some of the places you can do it.

If you’re a bit lost or overwhelmed for things to do, there are also self-driving tours available, where you can still experience the freedom of a self-drive holiday, with guaranteed accommodation and excursions. Between excursions, you are still free to do whatever you want. Some of these will ensure you get to see the touristic highlights of Alaska, coastal tours and through some of Alaska’s national parks.

Alaska is fairly huge and where you travel to will depend greatly on what you want to see. Alaska has five regions: the Inside Passage, Southcentral, Southwest, Interior and Far North. The Interior and the Inside Passage is warmest in the summer, with summer highs in the 60s and low 70s and the Inside Passage and Southern Alaska are essential if you want to drive around the coast. The Far North, a lot of which is only accessible by plane, are home to some little arctic communities.

Remember, if you rent a car, you can also use the numerous ferries to visit islands and other out-of-the-way places. A self-drive around Alaska can also be quite expensive, but you can save money by visiting in the off-season during May, early June and September, when hotels and B&B’s, as well as the excursions, will be cheaper and less crowded.

A self-drive around Alaska is highly recommended for a memorable and relaxing holiday. What places would be on your itinerary if you drove around Alaska?

If you’ve ever been on a self-drive holiday, feel free to leave your tips for fellow travellers.

 

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Life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Feb 22, 2014 by

Life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

For many years now the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been known to many as the “playground of the South”. This label comes vindicated as well. There are many options and events going on here that make it a world renowned tourist destination.

The close proximity to the Mexican gulf makes it a total hotspot for water adrenaline seekers. In addition to this, there are many snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing activities to partake in.

The barrier islands are located about 14 miles from the shore. They offer unique camping opportunities, but they can only be reached via boat. Private boats can visit the island as well and there are superb camping and sightseeing opportunities to be found there.

If you are a history buff, Jefferson Davis’ home can be found on the gulf coast. The house itself is now used as a tribute to him and the confederacy. There are many tour operators like Cruisin’ and Dragway that will provide you with a great itinerary for what would be an amazing getaway vacation.

So if you are serious about heading to this part of the world, you’re in for a treat. With many things to do ranging from the casinos, seasonal events, and festival parties, there’s a little something to do for just about anyone. Plan your trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast  and enjoy the fun that’s waiting to be had.

And for those of you that just prefer to relax and enjoy the scenery, then your days can be filled with many wonderful sights and leisurely activities. What about if you’re a golfer? Have no fear – there are plenty of top class courses on offer in this part of the world.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a very popular destination for golf getaways, all season round so come on out and play golf!

If you have kids with you on the trip, there are museums and beaches that will keep them well entertained. Take a Cajun cooking class while you here as well – you will not regret it.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers the budding tourist plenty of options from sightseeing to delicious cuisine to fun activities. So what are you waiting for? Pack that bag and book your trip today! This is a trip full of fun and adventure, so be sure to take pictures!

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