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Preparing Your Home For Holiday Travel

October 26, 2018 in Blog

While you are likely very excited about your upcoming plans to travel for the holidays, you need to make sure you take the time to prepare your home as well. Criminals are very aware that people travel for the holidays and they look for homes to target during that period of time. There is a much lower risk of getting caught during this time because so many people are paying attention to their own plans.

Make sure you carefully check all the doors and the windows before you leave for the holidays. They should all be securely locked to prevent someone from slipping into them undetected. If you have an alarm system you want to make sure you set it before you head out. Put fresh batteries is motion lights and outdoor video equipment that you may have installed. Don’t leave extra keys under the mat or other common locations where criminals can easily find them and walk right into your home.

You don’t want your home to appear to be empty when you travel for the holidays. If possible have a friend or neighbor stop by daily. Most criminals stake out homes so if they see different lights on or they see fresh footprints in the snow they will be less likely to target your home.

Either have someone collect your mail and newspapers daily or put them on hold until you return from your holiday travel. Not only is this a dead give away that you are out of town, it can also lead to identity theft. All it takes is for a criminal to get their hands on your bank statement or a credit card statement and they could wipe out your account and charge items that you will have against your credit card.

If you are traveling during the colder part of the year for the holidays, have someone shovel your driveway and sidewalks. This definitely gives the impression that you are home or at least that someone is keeping a very close eye on your home. You also want to set your thermostat at a decent temperature while you are way. The added expense of the heating bill will be nothing compared to the damage from broken pipes that may have froze due to the drop in temperatures while you were traveling for the holidays.

Make sure a friend or a neighbor has a way to contact you in the event of an emergency involving your home while you are away for the holidays. Hopefully they won’t need to contact you but having such measures in place can be very beneficial if an issue does arise. They may be able to take care of low priority issues for you such as the sprinkler system not turning off or someone hitting your mailbox with their vehicle due to sliding on icy roads.

It can be very nice to travel for the holidays, but do all you can in order to ensure your home will be protected while you are away. You don’t want to come home and find that your home has been burglarized or later that your personal information has been compromised. Some planning before you travel for the holidays will help to ensure everything is safe and sound when you return.

The Other Las Vegas

October 4, 2018 in Blog

 

We all have that image of Las Vegas where on every corner there is a casino with bigger and better attractions than the last one, but take another look and you may be surprised at what you find.

Red Rock Canyon, one hour drive from Las Vegas, has a 13 mile scenic adventure where every bend in the road rewards you with yet another superb vista – great photographic opportunities here.

If you want something a little more strenuous then you could park the car and hike through this incredibly beautiful countryside.

Or what about taking a day trip to Hoover Dam and take in Lake Mead at the same time? The lake boasts many water activities including paddle steamers and cruises.

If it is water that you are interested in but you want a bit more of the white knuckle kind of adventure, then check out the Colorado River. You can river raft down this mighty waterway but perhaps the organized tour would be safer since equipment and instructions are provided.

Of course there is also the ubiquitous helicopter ride another heart stopping experience over the mighty Grand Canyon and Death Valley.

All of the places mentioned are within driving distance of Las Vegas whether it be under your own steam or on an organized tour.

Whichever combination of sites you choose to visit, you will truly be astonished at the array of adventures available and all from that place where you thought gambling was the only thing Las Vegas had to offer!

Travel And Vacation In The Bahamas

September 18, 2018 in Blog

If you’re traveling to or planning a vacation in the Bahamas you might be interested in knowing a little about the area.

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is an independent English-speaking nation in the West Indies. Where in the world are they? The Bahamas are located in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Florida in the US, north of Cuba and the Caribbean, and west of the British dependency of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Bahamas are a group of about 700 islands in the western Atlantic Ocean, of which only between 30 and 40 are inhabited. That may sound like a large place but on a comparison basis, the Bahamas are only slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut.

The largest of the islands is Andros Island, located 120 miles south-east of Florida. The Bimini islands are to its northwest. To the North is the island of Grand Bahama, home to the second largest city in the country, Freeport, Bahamas.

The island of Great Abaco is to its east. In the very south is the island of Great Inagua, the second largest island in the country.

A few facts and figures: Nassau is the capital and largest city, located on New Providence. The islands have a subtropical climate, moderated by the Gulf Stream. Most people are ethnic Christians, and English is the official language.

The islands are surface projections of three oceanic banks, the Little Bahama Bank, the Great Bahama Bank and the westernmost Cay Sal Bank. The highest point is only 2480 inches (just less than half a mile) above sea level on Cat Island; the island of New Providence, where the capital city of Nassau is located, reaches a maximum elevation of only 1,457 inches.

The land on the Bahamas has a foundation of fossil coral, but much of the rock is oolitic limestone; the stone is derived from the disintegration of coral reefs and seashells. The land is primarily either rocky or mangrove swamp. Low scrub covers much of the surface area. Timber is found in abundance on four of the northern islands: Grand Bahama, Great Abaco, New Providence, and Andros. On some of the southern islands, low-growing tropical hardwood flourishes.

Although some soil is very fertile, it is also very thin. Only a few freshwater lakes and just one river, located on Andros Island, are found in the Bahamas.

The climate in the Bahamas is semitropical. They have only two seasons, summer and winter.

During the summer, which extends from May through November, the climate is dominated by warm, moist tropical air masses moving north through the Caribbean. Midsummer temperatures range from 70-¦ to 93-¦ F with a relative humidity of 60- 100%.

In winter months, extending from December through April, the climate is affected by the movement of cold polar masses from North America. Temperatures during the winter months range from 59-¦ to 75-¦ F.

Yearly rainfall averages 52 inches annually and is usually concentrated in the May-June and September-October periods. Rainfall often occurs in short-lived, fairly intense showers accompanied by strong gusty winds.

Winds are predominantly easterly throughout the year but tend to become northeasterly from October to April and southeasterly from May to September. These winds seldom exceed 15 mph per hour except during hurricane season.

Although the hurricane season officially lasts from June to November, most hurricanes in the Bahamas occur between July and October. The last hurricane to strike was Hurricane David in September 1979. Damage was estimated at US$1.8 million and mainly affected agricultural products. The most intense twentieth-century hurricane to strike the Bahamas was in 1929. Winds of up to 140 mph were recorded.

Don’t let the hurricanes and heat scare you. The Bahamas are a wonderful place for vacation, any time of the year. Pick up your sunglasses, find your swim suit and call your travel agent today!

Travel Tips For New York City

September 15, 2018 in Blog

New York, New York so good they named it twice is one of the most fascinating, exciting and cultural cities in the world. Within the 20 square miles that comprise Manhattan can be found some of the world’s greatest museums, shops and restaurants, as well as a spectacular skyline that’s known the world over.

You could spend a lifetime in New York without experiencing everything fully. Some of the sights that any first time visitor to New York must see include the Empire State Building – for many years the world’s tallest building – the immigration museum at Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the United Nations Building.

One of the joys of visiting the city is simply to wander through the different and varied neighborhoods Greenwich Village, Chinatown, the Theater District, Harlem and Little Italy. The outlying borough of Brooklyn has several attractions including the botanical gardens and the famous amusement park at Coney Island.

One of the biggest attractions is the city’s diversity – in New York you can hear virtually any language spoken and dine in a different ethnic restaurant every night for a month. Apart from Manhattan, the borough of Queens is also well known for its wide selection of foreign restaurants.

Shopping in New York is equally satisfying, offering world class department stores with such famous names as Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales. At the other end of the shopping spectrum are street markets, designer boutiques and specialty stores.

New York has some of the greatest museums in the world, several conveniently located together at the edge of Central Park. The Metropolitan Museum of Art attracts more visitors than any other place in the city and offers everything from Egyptian mummies to 20th century masterpieces.

On the other hand the city has over 50 smaller but fascinating museums dedicated to such diverse subjects as firefighting, tenement living and the history of finance. Children are not forgotten there are several museums aimed at children as well as the ever popular Bronx Zoo with its more than 4,000 animals.

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, one of New York’s biggest attractions has been the remains of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. More than a tourist attraction, to many it’s a site of pilgrimage and a poignant reminder of the events of that day.

Florida Is A Grand Resort Travel Idea

September 4, 2018 in Blog

Beachside promenades, lively people laid back lifestyles and sunny weather, Florida is a grand resort travel idea. Take a walk at the famous Miami Beach and enjoy a great meal by the sea or choose from the many popular tourist and travel resort spots in Florida such as Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville. Here are some of best resorts in Florida to suit various budgets and maximize your stay in the sunny state.

Palm Beach: Perfect travel resort

The Breakers is a luxurious resort and hotel with all the best services you could ask for. All rooms offer spectacular views and each designed with classy decor and lavish facilities. Visit and take some time to detoxify and relax at the hotel spa.

Sundy House is a historic cottage originally built in the 1902. It has 11 designed rooms, all with artwork and luxurious decor. The house is located within lush, beautiful gardens, lovely balconies, and just a stone throw away from the beach. It is an ideal escape from the hustle that you could spend with family and friends.

Miami

Double Tree Ocean Point Resort & Spa has this luxurious hotel fuses together the best of American amenities and European spas for you travel. Its amenities include a beachside pool, world class fitness center, lounges and umbrellas facing the ocean, and fine cuisine to give you the most luxurious, and relaxing trip, both inside and out, in Florida.

Marriott South Beach, a beachfront boutique hotel located in South Beach has 11 rooms and is perfectly situated in Miami. You can easily walk to the beach and the nearby shopping areas and nightclubs. With a very friendly and accommodating staff, well designed rooms, your stay in Miami will be unforgettable.

Visit Jacksonville

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Baymeadows is for the budget traveler, an ideal way to enjoy a travel economically. It is also a pet-friendly hotel hence, you can bring along your furry friends to Florida. Feel right at home with kitchen amenities, a television set, and everything you need without breaking your wallet.

Courtyard Jacksonville Mayo Clinic/Beaches is a well-decorated room, a garden gazebo, fine dining, amenities including a swimming pool, patio, and fitness room. This hotel is located within the Mayo Clinic area and sure to satisfy your needs. Fast service from the well trained staff will guarantee that your choice is filled with maximum enjoyment.

Amazing Travel Tips Just For You

August 31, 2018 in Blog

Taking a cruise is a great way to see many different places when you travel. Cruises offer many activities and things to do while on the ship, while offering you the opportunity to explore different locations each time you arrive at a port. This article will give you some tips for making the most out of your travels.

When traveling with young children, keep them entertained during the journey. Even children who are excited about the destination may become restless during a long plane, train, or car ride. Keep them and other travelers happy by providing them with activities. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money–coloring books and a small box of crayons may be enough to make the ride fly by!

Only prepay for packages if you know that there is no way that you will have to shift dates. If you do prepay, make sure that you look into the cancellation policies so you do not lose out on the money that you have prepaid onto it if you should have to cancel.

When traveling to a foreign country, try to learn at least a few words of the language. Knowing how to say simple phrases like “how are you”, “may I have the check”, or “where is the bathroom” can help tremendously as you navigate throughout your destination. It also helps the locals to see that you are making an effort, which may make them friendlier toward you.

Camping is a great way to see the country, or even the world, on a budget. Instead of springing for expensive hotels, look for camping sites along the way of your trip. Many of them have amenities like plumbed bathrooms and showers. You can even avoid having to cook by continuing to eat out, as you would if staying in a hotel.

Before one is about to travel they should consider how they are going to pack. When packing one should always think about leaving one bag, suitcase, or other luggage partially empty. By leaving extra space there will always be room for more things that one may pick up while traveling such as souvenirs.

If you travel often, invest in small reusable plastic bottles. You can find reusable bottles at most large supermarkets. Putting your regular shampoos and conditioners in these small, reusable bottles is more cost efficient in the long run. Travel sized toiletries are often very overpriced for the small amount of product inside them.

Avoid costly roaming fees while traveling! Investigate the roaming policies for your cell phone company. Each company has different rules about how they handle long distance charges, and it can get very expensive if you are not prepared. To be completely safe from fees, you can ask your phone company to prevent all calls while roaming. Some cell phones also have special indicators to let you know you are roaming, so learn what the different symbols on your phone mean!

As was stated in the beginning of this article, a great way to explore many different locations while you travel is to go on a cruise. Cruise ships offer plenty to do on-board, with the option of exploring off the ship when you dock. Apply the tips from this article to make the most of your next cruise.