Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How to Save Money Taking a Cruise

How to Save Money Taking a Cruise

You can save money on your vacation by taking a cruise.

Knowing how to save money taking a cruise will give you the vacation of your dreams on a budget. Cruises are great for saving money, eating excellent food and having tons of fun and entertainment at your fingertips. Cruises are all inclusive which makes them one of the best vacation deals around.

CHOOSE A DESTINATION - Choose a destination for your vacation. There are cruises all over the world. There are cruises in the Caribbean, European cruises, Mediterranean cruises, Alaskan cruises, Mexico cruises and many more. There are cruises in just about every area of the world where there is ocean.

Depending upon your destination, you will want to decide how long you will be on your cruise vacation. Some cruises require longer stays such as the Alaskan cruise. It is a slow cruise up the coast of Alaska and back down.

EVALUATE THE EXCURSIONS - Find out what excursions will be available while you are cruising. What port cities will you be stopping in? How long will you be staying? Spend your holiday in the places that you love and still make it back on the ship in time for a gourmet dinner. Multiple destinations will make your vacation more enjoyable. Find out the rules of the ship before departing for your excursion. Knowing how to save money taking a cruise will help you to take more vacations.

EVALUATE THE ACTIVITIES - Check to make sure all of the activities that you love will be available and open during the time of your cruise. If the weather permits make sure the pool is open. Is there entertainment, bingo, dancing, etc.? Does the cruise ship have a casino? Is the dining room open 24 hours?

The fine cuisine is one of the highlights of most cruises. The cost of the meals alone would be more than your entire cruise. It is a good thing they are included at no extra cost.

BOOK A CRUISE - Book your cruise once you have decided your dates and destination. When booking a cruise remember that the higher up in the ship, the better. Book a cabin as high as possible. It is one area where you may want to pay for an upgrade. Make sure that your cabin has everything that you need including a deck.

Knowing how to save money taking a cruise will help you take the vacation of your dreams.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

How To Get Free Listings of the Best Hotels in California

How To Get Free Listings of the Best Hotels in California

California is such a beautiful vacation destination. Southern California and its beautiful beaches and amusement parks (Disneyland of course) is on the top of the list for many families. My favorite resource for booking hotels in California is my AAA membership. Many of you may have this car club membership just in case your car breaks down, but did you know they can also help you with your vacation planning?

Not only can the AAA car club help plan your vacation, they can also get you excellent discounts and deals on some of the best hotels in the world. Triple A can also provide you with free maps, directions, and local information for all of your travel destinations worldwide. I never book a hotel before contacting AAA. If you book directly through AAA you receive a bigger discount than if you book through the hotel directly and receive your AAA card membership discount. Contact your local AAA office to find out more.

How To Get Free Listings of the Best Hotels in California

Monday, April 6, 2009

Travel To The Beach This Summer In California

Travel To The Beach This Summer In California

Travel to the beach this summer as soon as you can. The beach will revitalize you and inspire you to have a better summer. Enjoy the ocean air and the serenity of the music of the water. May be you will see a hermit crab or a whale swim by.

Start your summer out right by going to the beach now, don't wait until they are crowded, although you can go then too. I will write some posts in the next couple of weeks letting you know exactly where to go in your area. The best beaches and deals in the United States for tourists, vacationers and locals.

Turn off that computer and head out today. Travel to the beach now!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cabo San Lucas Beaches Are Incredible

Cabo San Lucas Beaches Are Incredible

Cabo San Lucas beaches are incredible and that is why you should visit one. Every time I travel to Mexico I just cannot pry myself off of the beach. They are long and beautiful. Not to mention when you are on the beach you can see all of the beautiful rock formations and natural arches.

The sand is so white and incredible. Each day you will try to think of ways to extend your vacation because you will not want to leave.

The food is absolutely fabulous as well. I can taste the fresh salsa and quesadillas.

I guarantee that you will agree that Cabo San Lucas beaches are just as incredible as I have described, go ahead and try to prove me wrong.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Best Flights are First Thing in The Morning

The Best Flights are First Thing in The Morning

The early morning flights are best for a variety of reasons. Many people do not choose the early morning flights so they are less crowded. The pilots are usually well rested and fresh. And you will reach your destination early and have more time for yourself.

Many websites now allow you to toggle your dates and times so that you can find the best price. If you are flexible, you can get a great flight at a great price.

Look around because there are many differences. Try cheaptickets.com, expedia.com, travelocity.com and directly with the airline of your choice.

Do the same for your car rental and hotel. Remember to opt for the car insurance because if you do get into an accident it is the fastest and easiet way to remedy the situation. Good luck booking your flights.

How To Find a Discount Hotel

How To Find a Discount Hotel
The key to finding a discount hotel is not hours of searching, but simply asking. Find the hotel that you want and ask for a discount or for a better room or view. No matter what deal you make up front, you can also ask for a better deal or room once you get there.

There is no harm in asking and most likely you will get something. Hotels do not like empty beds. There motto is heads in beds. They are willing to come down on the price to have the room full.

Where ever you travel to and no matter what hotel you choose ask for your discounts once when you first book and once when you arrive. Remember you can catch more flies with honey so be as sweet as you can and you will find a discount hotel you actually want to stay at.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Travel to the Most Affordable Beach Destination

Travel to the Most Affordable Beach Destination

Isn't this exactly what you want from your vacation? Did you think you would not be able to afford a vacation this year due to the economy. Don't fret any longer, there is hope out there and it is in Cancun, Mexico. Cancun is a very affordable vacation destination for couples, families and singles.

The most affordable are the all inclusive resorts which include air fare, hotel and everything to eat and drink. Most have lots of activities included in the price as well. All inclusives are usually dedicated to one group such as couples, families or singles so you will be around your own kind. It is very nice for families because kids can meet up and play with kids their own age. Most have day camps for kids where they have tons of fun, are supervised and fed meals while their parents have some well earned time off.

All inclusive resorts for couples make it easy for you to have the vacation of your dreams and may be even meet some new friends.

Even without inclusive resorts, Cancun is still an extremely affordable vacation destination, especially for Americans because it is just a hop and a jump away. If you do not want to miss your beach vacation this year, look into Cancun, Mexico.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Best Beach Destinations in Mexico

With the economy battling everyone, how can you get away on a budget and still get a hot sand beach? Your answer is always Mexico, one of the most affordable beach destinations close to the U.S. Mexico offers not only affordability, but excellent beaches, adventures, restaurants and excellent hotels. All for a price you can afford.

Great destinations for couples, singles or families are Acapulco, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. My personal favorite is Cabo San Lucas. My mouth is watering for the authentic Mexican salsa as I write this piece. The restaurants are unbelievable. The beaches are beautiful. Adventures like parasailing cost about 1/6th of what you would pay in other higher priced destinations such as Hawaii.

Acapulco is great also, it is centrally located near many excellent Mexico destinations such as ruins and pyramids.

Cancun of course is the newest hot destination on my list with excellent beaches and everything you could possibly want in a beach vacation.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Save Money By Traveling During the Off Season

The prime season to travel to most beach destinations is December through April. Therefore your best deals will be between May and November. One thing to keep in mind is that families with children must travel while their kids are out of school, taking up the June through August 15 timeframe. So to get your very best travel deals. Travel between May 1 to May 31 or August 18 to December 15, avoiding Thanksgiving.

Many beach destinations have beautiful weather all year long if they are located near the equator.

If you are aware of these slow periods ahead of time it will help you to negotiate a better rate for your car rental, hotel and airfare.

You should also keep in mind that airlines will normally give you a better deal if you stay over a Saturday night. You can also check the dates around your travel dates because sometimes rates can be significantly lower if you travel mid week, such as Wednesday or Thursday.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Now is the Time For The Beach

With winter upon us, now is the time to get yourself to the beach. If you live close enough to drive, I highly recommend it, if not, you can find some good discount airline tickets. If you live in the south, just drive down to either Florida or Mexico. If you live in the north, buy your tickets now and get yourself down to either southern Florida or Mexico, you can't keep yourself couped up indoors for much longer. This is the time to go to the beach.

My favorite spot in Mexico is Cabo San Lucas. It has beautiful hotels, golf courses and delicious restaurants. It is a great destination all year long.

My favorite place in Florida is Sarasota, it is quiet and beautiful. You will love the beaches and the warm water.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Things to Do in Mexico You May Not Think Of

Planning a trip to Mexico?

There are some adventures in Mexico that you may not think of. There are some excellent native ruins in Mexico. There are even some pyramids. You can hook up with a local tour group or go on your own. You can always have a taxi take you and arrange for them to pick up later. You will want to be geared up for ruins and pyramids. You will need hiking boots, a body that is in relatively good shape for a physical adventure and plenty of water and snacks. You will need to hike in just to see them. This is a bargain of an adventure for any vacation.

Another fun thing to do in Mexico is parasailing. It is relatively inexpensive compared to other beach destinations. You can take off and land directly on the beach for your convenience and safety.

If you have some extra cash to spend, you can try your luck at deep sea fishing. The fish of choice is a Marlin (swordfish). This is a very popular sport in the area.

Ocean view golfing is another great excursion for all golfers young and old. Some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world exist in places such as Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Acapulco.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Should I Rent a Car or Use a Cab in Mexico

There are pros and cons to driving in Mexico. Mexico will allow you to drive with your valid America drivers license.

If you do rent a car, purchase the insurance that is offered from the rental company, unless you are driving in your own car. Drive very carefully, there seems to be a lot of people speeding, tailgating and generally driving badly. Unless you drive like a cab driver, you may be out of your league here. Another thing to consider is that the roads are in disrepair. A lot of pot holes, unmarked lanes and broken traffic signals. The convenience of taking yourself wherever you want to go is hampered by the many drawbacks of driving in Mexico.

If you choose to take a taxi everywhere you go, you will find that it is very inexpensive. It is so cheap that you will think you have your own chauffeur. Of course, you will still have to deal with bad driving, but at least you can ask your driver to slow down. The biggest benefit is that your driver will know everywhere you want to go and he can make suggestions for you.

Using a taxi is definitely the best way to go in Mexico, whether it is in Acapulco, Cancun or Cabo San Lucas, it is the most convenient and least expensive option.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Book a Hotel in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a very beautiful and affordable vacation destination for families, singles and couples. When looking for a hotel room you should definitely go for the works. Mexico is not a place where you want to stay at a two star hotel. I recommend a minimum of a 3 star and with prices as low as they are right now, a 4 star hotel is very affordable. If you have children you will really appreciate the difference.

A four star hotel will have amenities such as a restaurant onsite and they are usually very good. The will filter their own water which is a must. I have never gotten sick from the water in Mexico, because while I am there, I only drink the water at the hotel I am staying at. I do go out to eat and drink, but I do not drink water at other restaurants.

Most four star hotels also have beach access. It is very nice to just walk directly out of your hotel room and down to the beach. You will really appreciate this convenience and you will spend more time relaxing and less time driving.

Have fun in Cabo!

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Destination Cabo San Lucas

If you are looking for an affordable travel destination. Look no further. Cabo San Lucas Mexico is an excellent family, couples or singles vacation destination. It was affordable before the economic downturn and now it is very affordable. Tickets, hotel rooms and all inclusives are offering their best deals ever.

Many of the resorts in the Cabo area are new and have excellent accomodations. There are normally no televisions in the room, so your children will be motivated to keep busy. Beautiful pools, golf courses and restaurants.

There are unending activities in the area including deep sea fishing (Marlin is the catch here), horseback riding on the beach,parasailing, sun bathing, shopping, golfing (with excellent ocean views), snorkeling and visiting ancient ruins.

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Take everyone on a fun filled vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.