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Caribbean Cruise - A Journey across the Water PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Chandler   
Mar 17, 2006 at 02:08 PM
At some point in our life, we owe it to ourselves to take a well-deserved vacation. Maybe you have thought about a Caribbean cruise but just do not know what to expect. A cruise ship has all the amenities of a five star hotel with more! In addition, you can enjoy a back to nature vacation and a vacation with nightlife and fine dining all on the same trip.

So, what is your idea of a perfect vacation? Is it getting back to nature and enjoying clear water, enchanting waterfalls, and exhilarating wildlife? Alternatively, do you prefer shopping and a more industrialized area with nightlife and fine dining? Whatever your interest, a Caribbean cruise offers all of the above.

Caribbean cruises are normally divided into three categories: Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, or Southern Caribbean. Shorter trips to the Southern Caribbean will typically depart from Puerto Rico, Aruba, or Barbados, while longer journeys may depart from the mainland of the United States. Western cruises will depart from the Gulf of Mexico for the most part: Florida, Texas, Alabama, and Louisiana. However, Eastern cruises may depart from the Gulf of Mexico, usually Florida, or New York, for slightly longer journeys.

Each territory of the Caribbean offers appealing and diverse elements. The Eastern Caribbean is slightly more commercial than its counterparts are. Offering shopping, sailing, and snorkeling, this is an area for people seeking a little more industrialization. The Western are, on the other hand, is more for the nature enthusiast. Likewise, the Southern Caribbean offers untamed adventures.

The length of your cruise will determine your itinerary. Shorter trips will typically be at sea for one or two days and likewise be at port for a short period. While you are at sea, you can enjoy all of the amenities of the cruise ship, including food, dancing, entertainment, or just basking in the sun relaxing. When you port at your destination, you may choose to stay aboard or go out and see the sights. Longer cruises generally allow you to port at several different locations, which is especially nice to see the various parts of the region. At the end of your journey, you can relax onboard ship while you set course for home. Once you depart ship, you will find yourself a little more relaxed and ready to face another day at work.

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Last Updated ( Dec 21, 2006 at 11:09 PM )
Working on Your Vacation PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Pierce   
Mar 17, 2006 at 02:01 PM
You have a vacation coming up, but you've been everywhere and seen everything that you wanted to see. Maybe you have a lot of vacation time amassed and you know you've been blessed with material assets that others don't have. If so, maybe you should consider going on a Volunteer Vacation.

There are many opportunities available to take an interesting vacation and still make a difference in your world. You can work in a partner program where you will work side by side with local people to improve their community. You might work in the area you are most interested in. Do you have building skills? Are you a medical professional? You can be used in various communities both here and abroad to help the disadvantaged get the medical care they need.

Other opportunities are offered all over the world. You could volunteer in an orphanage, a school, caring for the elderly, or working with people with disabilities. What ever your interests, there are opportunities for you to make your vacation a volunteer experience. It will inspire you and make you thankful for all you have been blessed with.

With the natural disasters we have experienced in the past year, many places could use help in rebuilding and cleaning up. The tsunami relief is still far from being completed. Many miles of beaches still need to be cleaned and many are still without shelter. Put your building skills to work to help the unfortunate countries that were affected.

Do you lean more toward ecological projects? Those can be found as well. In the past 12 months, a volunteer group has spent many hours rehabilitating sick penguins so they can be released into the wild in South Africa. Released turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica and cleaning vast amounts of beach area in Sri Lanka. Other projects include, erecting a fence to protect wildlife in Australia, replanting over 2000 saplings to restore a forest in Kenya and helped preserve Griffon Vultures in Croatia.

If you prefer to work with people, you may be able to help with teaching English as a second language. One organization has organized a camp to help children fight drug addiction. Another has taught basic sports skills and helped with educational development for children in underprivileged countries.

Meaningful volunteer vacations can be a worthwhile project for anyone wanting to help the world become a better place. To promote goodwill and let other countries know that we as Americans care.

The Church I belong to takes a missionary trip every year. They have fund-raising events, and those that go work to raise the money for their travel. They may go and finish a project started by another church, or start a new project. The Church that is sending the group often supplies building supplies. Teens have gone on mission trips to conduct one-week Bible Schools. My son had the opportunity to go on one of these mission trips and that one trip changed his life forever. He learned that volunteer work could be rewarding and unforgettable. There was time for him to visit the local sites and work with the locals on something that was important to them. He used his experience on that trip to go to a large city here in the States to minister to inner city youths during one of his summer college breaks.

I found many different sites on the Internet that gives you the choice of where you want to volunteer. Is there an area you have never thought of visiting? Maybe a news story has made you curious about an area, or stirred your heart, making you want to make a difference. Can one person make a difference? The answer is a resounding YES. You can take projects for as short as one week to as long as 12 weeks. You choose what will interest you and where you would like to go.

Why not take advantage to see a part of the world you would not have the occasion to visit and change the lives of people in that area. You can have a life changing experience, a vacation to remember and do your part in working for peace and understanding around the world.

About the Author
David is an experienced internet entreprenuer with over 7 years of experience. He owns and operates the site Visit the site for more info and specials on visiting Florida, plus other exciting places.
Last Updated ( Dec 21, 2006 at 11:31 PM )
Camping Tips PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Stone   
Mar 17, 2006 at 01:58 PM
Camping is essentially for those of us who love the outdoors and can do without all of the comforts of home for a short while. However, just loving the outdoors is not enough to guarantee that the experience will be a fun one. The essentials of having fun in the great outdoors are preparation and an open mind.

Preparation is easy, if you follow some simple rules. When you are getting ready to plan a trip, you must select a convenient time that will give you flexibility of one to two days. This will make the trip more about you, and less about your timetable. You may run into weather problems or you may just want to camp for an extra day.

Next, choose a location and make it specific. Don't just choose a county where you saw a campground. Call the campground or the park office and get reservations or information about the time you have allotted. Many parks are happy give you information and tips about what to expect.

The most complicated step in preparation is making a list of what to bring. Making a list is essential and your list will change dramatically the more you trips you take. The first thing you need to put on your list of things to take is the things that will get you there. If you are hiking to a campsite, list the number of backpacks. If you are simply driving to a site, list the number of cars.

Then you must plan your shelter and sleeping situation. Remember, tents are a luxury and heavy to carry. Hikers usually bring a plastic tarp that can shelter up to four people. With a tarp, you can tie it between trees for cover from the elements. Many time you won't even need that but you can always lay the tarp on the ground to designate a clean sleeping area.

After this has been set, you will go over what food you will need. We stress need here. Stray from fresh produce and meets because they spoil easy and their scent attracts animals and insects. Stick to dried food and canned items. Canned items will add weight, but they are more calorie rich and very easy to cook in multiple situations. Most of your food should be snacks, so that you don't have to cook very much. Trail mix and yogurt covered raisins will fill you up more than you think, and they are a cheap alternative to buying food from camping stores that hike up the price on dried meals.

The last things you will put on your list are what will make you comfortable. Minimal clothing is best. One of each type of outfit is best. One pair of shorts, pants, sweatshirt, tee, and a couple pairs of undergarments including socks is enough. One poncho will take up minimal space. Small LED flash lights will get you around at night if you stray from the fire.

Then make sure you have some things to keep you busy. Books, playing cards and a nerf football are all light and can be very entertaining for hours on end. As long as you don't start dragging along things that aren't meant for the outdoors, you should be fine.

Remember that everything will be at home when you get back. Most importantly make a not of the things you didn't use and the things you wished you brought. That will make each trip you take more enjoyable and different than the last.

About the Author
David is a avid outdoorsman who enjoys sharing his experiences with other enthusiasts. Visit his website for more information.
Last Updated ( Dec 21, 2006 at 11:18 PM )
Disneyworld: Here We Come PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Murray   
Mar 05, 2006 at 05:15 PM
Disneyworld is undoubtedly one of the vacation spots you should never miss going to at least once in your lifetime. It is a place that is greatly enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Theme parks with legendary characters and rides aren't the only attractions in Disneyworld. The entire family can also enjoy the scenery, restaurants and the wonderful lodging and amenities.

Choosing the Appropriate Lodging to Suit Your Budget
Disneyworld and nearby areas have a wide variety of lodgings to offer depending on your budget and on the type of service or comfort you need. The types of lodging you can find in Disneyworld are the following: Resort/Value Lodging; Resort/Moderate Lodging; and Resort/Luxury Lodging.

Value lodging prices start from $77 and $87. These are usually the "All Star" resorts, which feature music, movies, and sports. You are guaranteed hospitality, cleanliness and quality service. You are entitled to great guest services too such as in room pizza delivery, babysitting and child service, amenities for disabled guests, pak-n-play cribs, convenient self parking and laundry facilities among others.

Moderate lodging prices, on the other hand, start from $133 and $148. This type of lodging allows you to enjoy luxury living at a more affordable price. These resorts come with a tropical theme with features including guest services and limited room service aside from the standard features.

Of course, if you have saved up enough for this vacation then you may as well go for luxury lodging that offers unique themes and exquisite landscaping. Prices start at $199. One such lodge is the Animal Kingdom Lodge which features an African theme, and aside from being in the midst of natural wildlife, this type of lodging includes a health club or spa, valet parking and others. You can also have deluxe rooms, which can accommodate up to five to eight guests and whose prices range from $350 to less than $2000.

If these prices don't really cut it for you, then you may opt for alternatives such as camping out or staying in cabins as some parks do provide for this. Don't worry, you are in Disneyworld! It's not THAT important where you sleep, it's the DAY activities that you are really here for right?

Other Cost Saving Tips
No matter how much you want to keep going back to Disneyworld, the truth is that it really takes a lot of money. However, if you know how to play your cards right and are willing to make some sacrifices then going to Disneyworld doesn't have to be a once-in-a lifetime thing. All it takes is good planning.

Scour the great WWW for discounts! Seriously, a little online sleuthing will reveal a lot of discount airfare tickets, promotional hotel rates and special discounts on Disneyworld tickets. It is not impossible to save up to 50% of what you may spend if you just wake up one morning and decide to buy tickets right there and then at short notice! And don't settle for the first discount you find. Check out a couple of sites, compare them, and then decide which one truly offers the best.

Going to Disneyworld with the whole family is also an exercise in good food planning. For starters, bring packed lunch or dinner for the drive. You should also purchase groceries for breakfasts and bottled water to last during your entire stay at Disneyworld as they would definitely be more expensive at the parks. Bring food that is not easily perishable, such as donuts, bread, pastries, fruits, cereals, granola bars and others.

About the Author
John Murray publishes a Disney World blog filled with helpful articles, ideas and thoughts about Disneyworld vacations.
Last Updated ( Dec 22, 2006 at 12:08 AM )
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