A Little Mexican Adventure Vacation

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A lot of people plan their vacations months in advance. The reason why some people do it is because they would want everything to be perfect. They want the hotel checked out, they want the destination close to the hotel, they want their activities lined up and ready for them and of course they want to be treated special because after all they are paying tons and tons of money.

This is how an adventure vacation is perceived. Months of preparation followed by countless weeks of anticipation and anxiety, this is usually how a regular vacationer sees it and it’s how they live out the drama of their vacation.

Now when we talk about vacation some people would think that to enjoy their vacation they would need t travel across the globe to seek out and uncharted island blissfully located in the middle of nowhere and strategically located right next to civilization. Some people would also think that they need to spend tons and tons of money just to get them there, an island bordered by the savagery of the out doors and the comforts of civilization. But sometimes when people look too far away they miss what’s under their noses.

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Many people prefer going to more luxurious and popular places without considering those that could offer exciting adventure and interesting places to visit. Nowadays, when you talk about people missing things that are right under their noses—I’m talking about missing out on a good place to go to for a vacation. Some people spend too much of their time looking away to places like France, Italy, London etc. etc. when some of the good places to go to are just a border away in Mexico.

Though we must admit not all of Mexico is for the sight seers, there are many places in the heartland of Mexico that are not really for tourist and their vacation getaways. Some are cruel realities of life that really require the attention of the government. Mexico is a really nice place to be in because of the virgin forests and the beautiful beaches, but if there would be any improvement in the tourism scene in Mexico, it has to start now.

Anyway, one of the few places that really deserve hats off is a place called San Blas, Mexico. Long before Spanish settlers set foot in this little gateway to California, people have already started settling here. Some people speculate that the lost civilization of the Incas may have been from there once.

It may not be as popular as Cancun but it does hold it own brand of notoriety especially for birds. Yes that’s right birds. Many of the bird watching enthusiast flock to this little barrio surrounded by forests, lagoons, mangroves and endless islets that serve as excellent breeding grounds for both exotic and local species of birds.

Another attraction here are the ruins of Fort San Basilio built atop of a steep hill the La Contaduria. Imagine yourself on an adventure vacation high above the expanse of the town and the harbor. A good place to see the whole town and the beach, a good thing about it is that it’s not too far away unlike when you need to have your fix on.

Here, you can enjoy not just a peaceful environment but also a feeling of self-fulfillment and utmost relaxation.

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Packing Tips for an Adventure Vacation

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An adventure vacation is one sure way of freeing your self from the stress brought by modern living. However, for most people, vacations are not as totally hassle-free because they have to go through one thing: packing.

Many people are having hard time packing for a vacation because they spend so much time thinking what are the things to bring only to find out that these exact items would not be used during the trip at all! So, to lessen the stress that is brought upon by the thought of leaving impending work and schedule for a vacation, here are some useful packing tips for you. To make packing for an adventure vacation a hassle free task, gather all the things that plan to bring and segregate them from “what to bring” side and “what not to bring” side. By doing this, you can have your elimination process easier and more efficient.

WHAT TO PACK

– Pieces of clothing. This is considered as the most crucial part of packing that is why many people are having hard time in it. When packing clothes for an adventure vacation, always bear in mind that you need to bring only those that you can use. To do this, finalize the type of adventure vacation that you are going to.

Consider the destination and the climate of the place in order to determine what are the clothes that you need during you stay. If you are going to a place that includes visit to beaches and other nature trips, bring clothes that are light and made of cotton because the weather can be hot and humid. If you are going to a vacation destination that has a cold weather, make sure that you bring jacket or other pieces of clothing that can protect your body.

In choosing what clothes to bring, always come up with one specific color theme so you won’t have to bring lots of items just to match your clothes. Also, choose clothes that have fabrics that don’t easily get crumpled or wrinkled. (TIP: For vacation destinations, it is best to use thermal underwear so you can save space instead of bringing heavy jackets and coats. For places that have tropical climate, opt for clothes that can be layered and can serve double purpose such as a sarong.)

When it comes to footwear, it is advisable to bring just two pairs—one pair of closed shoes and a pair of flip flops. If you are going to a vacation cruise, always bring pieces of clothing for formal and casual occasion.

– An alarm. This is very important especially if you are heading for a destination that have time difference. It is also best to bring a travel alarm so you won’t have to miss out on something just because you run late. (TIP: Bring a gadget that can double as an alarm clock such as cellular phones, PSPs, and other handheld devices.)

– Medication. Medication, especially if prescribed, should be given proper attention. If you are using prescription medicines, make sure that you bring enough amounts to ensure your well being during the trip. If you are travelling abroad, copy of the prescription is required to ensure that you are not bringing in illegal drugs. If you are not taking any prescription medicines, always bring a first aid kit.

– Toiletries. Shampoos, lotions, liquid soaps, and other toiletries are usually available at the hotel but if you prefer your own brand, make sure that you place them in small bottles and keep them into a minimum. (TIP: Always put toiletries in zip locks so they won’t affect other items in case they leak due to air pressure.)

– Cash and credit cards. If you prefer to bring cash, keep them to a minimum to avoid hassle in safety. During an adventure vacation, it is always best to bring international credit cards for your paying needs.

(TIP: Bring two just in case the ATM eats one, gets broken or lost.)

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Air Travel Tips for Parents of Young Children

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Are you the parent of an infant, toddler, or preschooler?  If you are, are you also in the process of planning a trip that requires air travel?  If you are, you may be dreading your upcoming flight.  After all, complications are all that many parents can think of.  With that said, there are a number of ways that you can make flying with your young children not only easy, but fun as well.

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For children under two years of age, you will first want to examine the pros and cons of getting them their own seat.  Many airlines allow children under two to sit on the lap of an adult.  Getting an extra seat for a child under two will cost money, but you may be able to get a small discount when contacting the airline in question.  On the other hand, you will be able to have your own seat, which will be nice.  Most car seats can fit into airline seats.  Speaking of which, if you need to bring a car seat or a stroller, it will need to be scanned by airport security.

As for strollers, they are a good idea, even for children who can walk.  Most parents of toddlers are urged to give them a close look.  Most airlines will require you to handover your stroller before boarding a plane.  Once you arrive at your destination, your stroller should be waiting for you at the gate.  Using a stroller makes it easy for you to move around the airport and quickly.  This is ideal if you must hurry, like if you have short layovers.

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Also, be sure to bring some formula, juice, and snacks for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Although you will find some restrictions, most airport security officers will allow a child’s drink to pass through, as long as it is a small quantity only.  As for older children, like toddlers and preschoolers, you should be able to buy juice, water, and snacks at an airport store past security checkpoints.  Doing so is nice, as they are no security concerns about doing so.

It is also important to bring a bag for your child.  This bag should be filled with items that interest them.  Depending on the age of your child, great items include books, stickers, coloring books and few crayons, small toys, and flash cards.  These items will have to be scanned through airport security, so try to leave anything, namely toys, at home that may cause complications or delays.

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Speaking of airport security, it is important to talk about the screening process and prepare your child for it.  For many toddlers and preschoolers, the whole ordeal can seem a little bit overwhelming and scary.  Your child will likely have to walk through the metal detectors themselves.  If you are traveling with another adult, have one go through first, so that your child can walk towards a familiar face.  You may even want to arrive at the airport early.  This gives and your child the opportunity to watch others go through the screening process first.

As for the flight itself, toddlers and preschoolers may love having a window seat.  If someone in your traveling party is assigned a window seat, try to let your toddler or preschool sit there instead.  As for the bag full of goodies you brought, refrain from giving everything to your child all at once.  This is likely to reduce boredom.  For children who may have their own seats, portable DVD players and laptop computers are advised.  They are a great way to keep a fussy child occupied.  If using a laptop computer, be sure not to choose a movie that will exceed the laptop’s battery life, as this may result in a very unhappy child.

The above mentioned tips are just a few of the many that can help you, as a parent, when traveling by air with young children.  For addition tips, just use your best judgment.  As a parent, you should know what will help to keep your child interested and happy.

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How to Find the Best Vacation Package Deals!

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Are you in the process of planning a trip?  If you are and if your trip will require air travel, you will find that you have a number of options when booking your travel arrangements.  One of those options is to purchase a vacation package.

Although vacation packages do have their pros and cons, there are many travelers who buy them, as well as recommend them to others.  There are two main reasons for this.  The allure of vacation packages is that you often receive a discount and that it is easy to book multiple travel arrangements all at the same time.  Although you will find some variations, vacation packages should include more than just airline reservations.  Depending on the package in question, they may include overnight accommodations and a car rental as well.

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If you are interested in booking your next travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package, you may be wondering how you can go about doing so. The good news is that you have a number of different options.  Just a few of the many ways that you can go about finding and buying vacation packages that include airline reservations are highlighted below for your convenience.

The first place that you will want to look at is some of the major online travel websites, like Orbtiz.  These are travel websites that focus on large areas, such as both domestic and international travel.  Many of the well known vacation travel websites will give you some freedom when looking to buy vacation packages.  For example, if you already have your overnight accommodations arranged, like if you are staying with friends or family, you can still book a vacation package that only include airline reservations and a car rental.

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As a reminder, be sure to visit travel websites that are well known for their great deals and good reputations.  These websites can easily be found with a standard internet search.  If you are concerned with the reputation of an online travel website, you can easily do a little bit of research first online.  There are many websites that are designed to assist travelers, as well as online message boards where other travelers, just like you, talk about online travel websites.  To help save you the best money, you may want to compare similar vacation packages offered by different travel websites. When doing so, have a pen and paper handy so that you can easily record your findings.

In addition to well known travel websites, you may also want to visit specialty websites. These are travel websites that focus on a particular area, such as Hawaii or Florida.  Many of these smaller travel websites are still trustworthy and reputable websites and many also offer vacation packages.  In fact, depending on where you look, you may find a vacation package that includes a stay at a vacation rental, like a vacation home.  These types of vacation packages can sometimes be hard to find, but they do exist.

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If you are traveling to a vacation destination that is popular or well known, like California wine country or Hawaii, you may be able to get vacation packages through vacation resorts and hotels.  While many of these packages may only include overnight accommodations, a car rental, and a few nearby activities, you may be surprised with what you find.  As a reminder, you may have the best luck when dealing with large or well known hotels and vacation resorts, as they are the ones more likely to have vacation packages for sale that include airline tickets.

As a reminder, vacation packages come in a number of different formats.  Even if you have purchased your airline tickets, you may still be able to benefit from a vacation package.  There are some vacation packages that only include overnight accommodations, like a stay at hotel or vacation resort, and a car rental.  These types of packages are ideal for those who have found a great deal on airfare independently or for those who have already made their airline reservations.

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Belize as the Ultimate Adventure Vacation Destination

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One of the most favorite adventure vacation destinations of people nowadays is Belize, a small nation on the eastern coast of Central America. And why not? Being a place that is strategically located on the Caribbean Sea, Belize has all the adventure and has to offer compared to any place there is.

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Belize can be found between the Hondo and Sarstoon Rivers, Belize is popular for the Belize River that flows down at the heart of the country. Geographically speaking, the north of Belize is characterized by flat and swampy coastal plains. Other places are heavily forested and consist of flora that is highly diverse.

Its south area is composed of low mountain ranges of the Maya Mountains while its Caribbean coast is lined with soft coral reefs and some 500 islets and islands called “cayes.” Belize boasts off the Belize Barrier Reef which is known as the longest in the western hemisphere and is considered as the second longest in the whole world, next to the Great Barrier Reef.

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When people speak of Belize, only two words will come to mind—romance and adventure. If you are planning to go to Belize for an adventure vacation, it is a must that you familiarize yourself with the place by knowing a dose of its rich history. You should also familiarize yourself with going around the place such as knowing various means of transportation such as buses, cars, motorcycles and bicycles. You should also have any idea what to expect from the place in terms of accommodations, foods, and activities that you can do.

For an ultimate adventure vacation, the following are just some of the romantic things and exciting activities and places that you can visit:

1. The Great Barrier Reef. Being one of the world’s greatest treasures, a trip to Belize would mean nothing if you have not visited the longest reef in the western hemisphere, The Great Barrier Reef. You will definitely the visit because it doesn’t not only give you an amazing nature experience but a sense of adventure as well.

2. Visiting the caves. Caving is indeed one of the most adventurous activities that you can do while in Belize. Here, you can witness various formations of caves with abundant limestone and wet climates.

3. Exploring the island by land. This can be very tiring but thrilling because you get to explore the place on your own and at your own pace. You can do your exploration by taking a golf cart ride, castle cars, and though bikes that are available for rent.

4. Sea adventure. Exploring the seas can be as exciting as rediscovering the land. To relish the beauty of the island and its waters, rent a charter boat with guide to go around the island or you can rent a kayak that will take you to various parts of the island. You can also rent boats for boating; you can do fishing, and do various water sports such as jetskis, waverunners, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and catamarans.

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Aside from the activities mentioned, one great thing that makes Belize a favorite adventure vacation destination is the climate which, is tropical and is generally very hot and humid. This makes it a perfect getaway destination for people and couples who love beaches while basking in the warm and pleasant weather.

Although the climate here is generally hot, rainy season also occurs from May to November so don’t opt to go there during those times.

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Where To Buy Airline Tickets

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Before you would have to go to the airport or deal with a travel agency to get your tickets, but today you have several options. Of course you still can go to the airport or travel agency, but you’ll find that you can place your order over the phone and even online. You’ll want to consider that these more convenient options will allow you to use your time wisely when planning for a flight. You’ll also find that you can take care of the tickets while in the comfort of your own home. It is very important that you stop and consider your options.

When it comes to buying airline tickets at the airport, you’ll find that it can be such a pain. You’ll have to wait in a line, that you don’t even know if there is a seat for you, and it can be such a waste of time if you are put on a waiting list. You could end up wasting your time wondering around the airport before you end up getting a ticket.

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You will find that the hassle of going to the airport is no longer worth it. When it comes to travel agencies, you’ll find that they are not as popular as they use to be at one time, but they are still an option. You’ll find that they are more than happy to book your flight. They also can get you some of the best deals possible. Keep in mind that they have spent time building relationships with airlines. You don’t want to overlook your options with a travel agent, because you may be overlooking good prices and opportunities.

Remember that the internet is also very easy, and it is also the most popular way. There are over a thousand sites that willing to sell you an airplane ticket going anywhere. You’ll need to think about some of the online discounts that you may qualify for. Also keep in mind that it will take some work finding the best prices.

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Airline Tickets & Theme Parks

There are times where you’ll get great deals when you purchase both park tickets and parks hotel. You’ll also find that these can come in some of the best options and packages. You may want to think about Disney World or Disney Land. These parks are famous for their vacation destinations. You will want to take some time and even search for some airline tickets with a theme park package. You may even be able to contact your travel agency and figure out if there are deals that you may be missing. There are over a hundred hotels in Florida that offer some type of accommodation to tourists and to park goers.

Some thing that you do not want to do is make a separate purchase for the hotel, airline, and park. You may be able to gain some savings when you call the park and see what they offer, but if you go online and do your research you will surely find a deal that is within your price range. You will also want to consider not being too far away from the hotel. Disney happens to be right between highways. You may think you are near, but really you are like an hour’s drive away.

Remember that this type of vacation can be quite expensive. You’ll want to keep in mind that there are places where you will be able to search for less priced accommodations, but you will find that you’ll want to look at the package deals so that you can save some money here and there, but splurge on another area of the trip. For instance, if you go with the cheaper flight (that happens to leave very early in the morning) you may be able to save some money and be able to splurge later. Keep in mind that when you take flights that are in the wee hours of the night, you’ll be able to save yourself some flight money.

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