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Saturday, February 02, 2013

How to Have Fun on a Cruise in Spite of the Kids

By Yazmin Gary

Wooohoo! Your family has just booked a fabulous cruise ship vacation! Wait. Uh oh. Is it possible that your delight has turned into a small feeling of dread? How are you going to relax with the kids on board? Take a deep breath, it will be fine.In fact, it will be great. Just keep these tips in mind and your cruise will be memorable and fun for the whole family.

Cruise on a Line that Caters to Families

Cruise on a Line that Caters to Families
Image via Flickr by Sonny Side Up

Today’s cruise lines, whether you’ve booked one of those often dreamed…

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Virginia Beach, Virginia

By Jane Buckley
Virginia Beach

If you’re looking for the perfect summer time vacation, you may want to consider Virginia Beach, Virginia. There are just so many things to do and see, the whole family can have fun; yes even the kids. Virginia Beach is a nice place to visit any time of the year, but the summer time is an even better time to visit due to the fact that the weather will be nice and you can actually get out and enjoy it.

What to Do?

Virginia Beach is of course home to the Virginia Beach. The beach does have some minor rules, but that is just to keep everything in working order.  The beach is located in an area of town known as the “oceanfront”.…

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Darjeeling, India

By Jane Buckley
Toy Train

Darjeeling is one of the most famous hill stations in India, having served as the most sought after summer retreat by the English during the colonial rule. It is situated at a height of 7001 feet (3.134 meters) and is flanked by some of the world’s tallest mountains, including the famous Kanchenjunga (the K2 peak).

The views are exquisite, offering an image that your eyes will never tire of. One of the best ways to fully experience the magic of this wondrous place is to take a trek in the surrounding country side.

How to get there

The best and the most story-book like way to get to Darjeeling is to take the famous ‘Toy Train’, which…

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Friday, October 07, 2011

Marvellous Marrakech

By Jane Buckley

Marrakech is the second-largest city in Morocco, located against the wonderous backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. It is an ancient walled city, characterised by narrow streets, medieval buildings, bustling markets and mosques, where your senses are assailed by exotic smells, sights and sounds.  Morocco is not a destination for beach lovers, being almost 2-hours’ drive from the coast, but it is the perfect place to visit for those who wish to experience a completely different way of life and a culture that is a mixture of Arabic, African Berber and European influences.

Marrakech is a year-round destination, although it can get very hot in summer. …

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Alaska Salmon Fishing Lodge: A Fisherman’s Dream

By Jane Buckley

Many fishermen spend a great deal of time looking for that one perfect place to kick back and relax while they dream of hooking the big catch that will turn them into a local legend. If that sounds like you, why not try out a good old fashioned Alaska fishing lodge? Alaska is well known for their fishing lodges and for their Alaskan salmon fly fishing vacations, both of which make excellent holiday destinations for the avid fisherman.

So which Alaska fishing lodges are the best? Let take a look and see.

Alaska Luxury Fishing Lodges

We’ll start by checking some of Alaska’s luxury fishing lodges. There are many guides that…

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Coco Cay

By Jane Buckley

Royal Caribbean is synonymous with vacation cruising, after all, their ships ply all of the seven seas and are some of the most recognizable in the cruise liners in the world. Yet, it is on one of their quiet and out of the way cruises that you can find the most relaxation and truly find the space to have some fun. Several of their ships stop at their private island of Coco Cay, and believe me the place is well worth a visit. Yes, it has the tourist-trap shops, but what place doesn’t nowdays?

Its true charm comes from the efficient yet luxurious layout of the island: food, seating, fun and sand; all within easy reach of each other. It was in July of ’07 that…

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Hurghada, Egypt

By Jane Buckley

Hurghada is a modern resort on the Red Sea coast. Once a small fishing village, its popularity with both Egyptian and European holidaymakers has led to the building of so many hotels, bars, shops and restaurants that it now stretches along 20 miles of coastline, which has necessitated a major expansion of the local airport. Today it is one of Egypt’s premier holiday destinations.

The Red Sea climate is consistent throughout the year, with daytime temperatures of around 30oC, which makes it a popular choice for winter breaks. In fact, many Europeans choose to spend their Christmas break in Hurghada.

Hurghada’s main attraction is its excellent range…

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rajasthan, India

By Jane Buckley

Rajasthan is a province in north-west India that is often referred to as “The Land of Kings” due to its historic royal associations. It is the largest state in India, occupying an area of approximately 343,000 sq km, and its capital city is Jaipur.

Summertime temperatures can often reach 45oC, so it is advisable for people accustomed to cooler climates to visit Rajasthan during the winter months of October to March. This is also the best time to enjoy local festivals and traditional fairs.

The region is served by the Sanganer international airport in Jaipur, as well as several domestic airports. The major towns and cities are also linked by road…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Reykjavik, Iceland

By Jane Buckley


Founded by the Vikings in the first century AD, Reykjavik means “smoky bay”, named for the natural geysers and geothermal springs which today provide much of the city’s heating. It stands on a peninsula beside Faxaflói Bay in the south-west corner of Iceland, looking out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising behind the city is the imposing Mount Esja, which dominates the skyline.

Reykjavik is quickly becoming a popular year-round destination, and is an ideal place for a short-break holiday. No visa is required for British or US citizens; there are no major health risks, and very little crime.  The locals are friendly, and most…

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Seeing Salzburg

By Jane Buckley

Picturesque Salzburg is located in central Austria, close to the Bavarian border, and straddling the River Salzach.  It is familiar to many of us as the setting of the popular film The Sound of Music and it is also famous for being the birthplace of the composer Mozart.

Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest settlement dates back to the Neolithic era, and in Roman times, the town was known as Juvavum. In the 14th century, Salzburg became the capital of an independent state ruled by duke-archbishops, who became fabulously rich from the local salt mines and spent immense sums on creating the beautiful baroque-style buildings and monuments located…

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