Family Travel – Watch Your Budget

Luxury holidays can be expensive at times, so you have to take that into consideration when planning for your trips. But you can still save if you plan well for your trip.

The first thing you need to do, is to devise clear goals. Are you going there for business? Or you are traveling for leisure? Remember, different strokes for different people. Spare a thought for your travel companions, and think about what they want. Tension can be avoided if you talk it over with your pals. Work on your traveling goals together.

The details become clearer once you get your goals down on paper. For instance, if you are traveling to Bali to golf, then focus more your golf plans. Find travel companions with similar goals. Are there any additional tools you need to bring along? Then figure out how much time you need for each activity. If you are going to golf, do you intend to do any business while you are golfing?

Having a range of activities will help prevent boredom. For example, on top of golfing, you can also plan for a leisure day at the beach, or a massage at the SPA. When one enjoyable moment follows another, there is nothing that could possibly spoil your mood!

Finally, going on luxury vacations usually mean that it’s time to pamper yourself. So don’t let other distracting thoughts from spoiling your vacation. Just focus on enjoying the trip. Peace and quiet is great for healing the spirit. So while traveling, just relax!

If you have the budget for luxury vacations, there are many interesting destinations that you can visit. Every place offers different characteristics. There are lots of options to choose from.

When we talk about luxury vacations, we are referring to villas. You won’t be staying in the traditional holiday resort. Villas are much larger, and definitely better equipped with facilities. They are highly exclusive and very peaceful. Because of exclusivity, be prepared to pay a higher price for the accommodation. However, compared to just single or twin room resorts, villas offer much more room and space.

Top luxury destinations include those in highly developed countries like the US and the UK. Due to costlier real estate, the prices cannot be low. Therefore, it is common to have to pay a premium price for villas in these nations.

If you find it too costly to have luxury holidays in US or UK, try staying in an Asian villa. In these countries, land is a lot cheaper, and you get to enjoy breath taking scenery and beautiful beaches without having to pay premium prices.

In addition, you will also see sights that you don’t normally see in western destinations. For example, you can visit temples and learn more about the eastern culture. A quick visit to Bali, and you will immediately experience what we have just mentioned. Even the architecture of the villas look and feel different. Depending on your group, you may stay on small villas with one to three rooms, or larger villas with 4 to 5 rooms.

When you stay in an Asian villa, you save a lot of money, and you enjoy similar experiences. You just have to know where to look. Other interesting luxury destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Caribbean.

Family Travel – How To Make Plans

When you go on a luxurious vacation, be prepared to shell out premium price. However, you tend to pay less when you make detailed plans.

To start, make clear and concise goals. Do you need the vacation for healing purposes? Or just traveling to relax your mind. Different people travel for different reasons. Try to reconcile your needs with those of your travel companions. To avoid tension, be sure to discuss your plans openly with whoever you are traveling you. Come to a common understanding early.

Everything else becomes easier to plan for when you are clear about what you want. For example, if you are traveling to relax, focus more on that. Who will you be traveling with? Make a list of the equipment that you will need. How many days do you intend to spend golfing? It is sometimes good to have variety.

Variety actually helps to keep your entertained throughout the entire trip. You want want to plan for a massage session after a full day of sight seeing. Your vacation will then be filled with fun and exciting activities.

In sum, make sure that your plan works in your favor. Don’t set yourself up for more stress. Distractions are abundant, so you must be careful not to let them spoil your vacation. If possible, leave all your work and worries behind. Having some peaceful moments to yourself is rare and precious. Your travel plan will help you achieve that.

Now is the time to choose a luxury vacation destination. Where would be most ideal? Each destination will have its own unique characteristics. But there will be a place that will appeal to your own personal preferences.

On luxury holidays, you will be staying in villas instead of resorts. We are not talking about resorts here. Villas are private dwellings with their very own facilities. They are very private, and offers a lot of peace and quiet. For this simple reason, the rental will be much higher. But in return, you get more space.

The most expensive destinations are those from developed countries. This is because real estate prices are high in such countries. Therefore, you can expect the prices of such villas to be two or three times more than villas in other destinations.

For a much lower price, you can enjoy staying in villas in Asian countries. In these countries, land is a lot cheaper, and you get to enjoy breath taking scenery and beautiful beaches without having to pay premium prices.

In addition, you will also see sights that you don’t normally see in western destinations. For example, you can visit temples and learn more about the eastern culture. A quick visit to Bali, and you will immediately experience what we have just mentioned. Even the architecture of the villas look and feel different. Depending on your group, you may stay on small villas with one to three rooms, or larger villas with 4 to 5 rooms.

When you stay in an Asian villa, you save a lot of money, and you enjoy similar experiences. You just have to know where to look. Other interesting luxury destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Caribbean.

The Benefits Of Family Travel Insurance

Going on vacation is one of the best things a family can do together. You can see the world, visit exciting attractions, relax on the beach, and spend quality time together. As airfares fall in price each year, it is becoming more and more affordable for families to travel together.

There is no shortage of family vacation deals. Just visit a few travel websites or a few travel agencies and you will discover that there are deals all over the place when it comes to family vacations. Also, there are so many interesting and educational places that you can take your family, and there are many options for paying for it all as well. Still, no matter how great family vacations get, the truth is that they can get expensive.

Budgeting and planning is crucial. You may find that once you have added up the costs of transport, dining, lodging, souvenirs, and admission fees, you end up with a pretty big number. With so many important things to budget for during your vacation, you may be tempted to skimp on travel insurance to save a little money which you can use for “more important” things. After all, it is not something that you ever plan on using.

Just Because You Don’t Plan on Needing It

You may not plan on needing travel insurance, but that does not mean that you can forget about it. Travel insurance is something that is very important if something goes wrong, you will be glad that you have it.

Imagine if you miss your return flight you have just spent most of your holiday budget having fun, and now you are stranded in a foreign country, with hardly any money left. How will you get home? If you are incredibly rich, or have a large reserve of funds hidden away in the bank to cover this, or other disasters such as medical fees, then there is no need to worry. But for the rest of us, travel insurance is very important to have.

Selecting a Policy

There are several family travel insurance policies to choose from. You can buy family travel insurance that you have all of the time, which you will pay for on a yearly basis. This is a great idea for families that travel a lot, because it will cover everything from airline ticket replacements to lost and stolen property, and it will cover you no matter where you are traveling.

Travel insurance on an annual basis is very useful if you take several trips each year, but for families that do not travel very often, a cheaper policy which only covers one trip can be a better option. The important thing is to make sure that when you go on vacation you are covered, and that the policy suits the type of vacation. Hopefully you will not need to use the policy, but the peace of mind you gain by having one is well worth the small cost.

Vacation Rentals Vs Hotels

When you are planning a vacation, you may automatically think of taking along with your family (or just yourself) and checking into a comfortable hotel. With a wide range of flight, hotel, car rental packages out there, it’s difficult to make a sensible selection. And in the long run, you can often get the best vacation deals by going that way. Still, there are other lodging selections you might wish to explore.

Vacation rentals, for example, offer many amenities that majority of hotels do not. Usually owned by regular owners (renting a vacation home means helping a “mom and pop” business instead of a big corporate-owned hotel), vacation rentals tend to give you full kitchens and multiple bedrooms. They’re available everywhere you might wish to stay too. You can find condominiums or houses or apartments (with detached homes you get the ultimate in privacy for your vacation) in any part of the world.

If you prefer to be surrounded by the hubbub, you can find rentals in the middle of the action (perhaps a condo on the Las Vegas strip or a cabin with ski-in-ski-out convenience tickles your fancy), but you can also find rentals that cater to peace and quiet.

Many of these rental homes are set back from the busy streets and thoroughfares where hotels dominate (instead of a condo adjacent to Vegas casinos, maybe you’d prefer a house a few blocks away with a fenced yard and a private swimming pool).

What about families who would want to bring their pets along for a vacation? Should it be a hotel or a vacation rental more suitable to accommodate them? Well, there are minority pet-friendly hotels that will appreciate well-mannered pets waltzing through their lobbies (but must be leashed). On the other hand, vacation rentals are often the way to go for pet owners, because many will accept pets, such as dogs and cats (with an additional deposit). Do ensure that you check on the place’s pet policy beforehand, though, since each owner sets his or her own rules.

The final issue that I would want to mention is the overall ambiance of vacation rentals versus hotels. With hotels (especially big chains), you get… pretty much similar thing no matter which part of the world you are visiting. This can be good for those who do not like changes, but if you want to stay somewhere that embraces the culture of the local area, you’re more likely to find that in a vacation rental.

Many owners stay at their properties a few weeks a year themselves, so the homes often feel like, well, homes. They’re cozier and friendlier than the starkness of most hotel rooms. Lest you think I have an agenda for promoting rentals over hotels (alas, I own neither), I must admit that there are a few cons to vacation rentals. First of all, finding just the right place can involve more internet research than simply booking through a web site that offers travel package deals.

Secondly, due to vacation rentals are usually privately owned affairs, it can be hit or miss with service. Not all rental owners have their own web sites, and it may take a while for the proprietors to get back to you if they do not use a management company. Thirdly, most of the vacation rentals do not come with housekeeping. The premises will be cleaned when you arrive (in fact, you’ll often be charged a cleaning fee), but do not expect anyone to come in and provide you any room services every day. Finally, vacation rentals tend to be more expensive than hotels. You do usually get more square footage for your money (multiple bedrooms, full kitchen, separate living and dining rooms, etc.), but you pay for it. That’s why rentals are popular and worthwhile with families and friends who can share the costs.

As now you can have a clearer view, there are pros and cons for both hotels and vacation rentals. I would prefer vacation rentals myself (among the other reasons listed here, I really like supporting “mom and pop” businesses instead of faceless hotel chains), but each have their advantages depending on your preferences. Make sure you do your research before deciding where you want to spend your vacation.

Ecuador: Perhaps The Perfect Family Destination

Quito, the second highest Capital city in the world, is connected by daily direct flights to America’s gateway cities of Miami, Houston and Atlanta.

The city of Quito has not only been designated as a United Nations World Heritage Site, but it lies at the foot of South America’s most spectacular–and easy accessible—active volcano. Share practical natural history and physical science with your children just a few miles from Quito!

Less active or physically challenged travelers can ride a Cable car up to Cruz Loma, enjoying a stunning panorama and beautiful views of the city from an altitude of 13451 ft (4100 m). You can either enjoy the views, or–if you are the more adventurous type–the more active traveler or family can hike up to Rucu Pichincha at 15338 ft (4574 m) above sea level.

Another option for visiting this spectacular volcano is with a day tour from Quito. Although not well known, day tours can present one of the more interesting tours from Quito, taken with children in tow.

There is something for everyone.

Plan on starting early in the morning by car from Quito to Lloa and leave the car near the Mountain Refuge; walk up to Guagua Pichina (Baby Pichincha) at 15338 ft (4675 m) above sea level. This volcano erupted recently-the last time in 1999. Taking a look inside the crater and smelling the gases oozing out gives children-and adults-an unmistakable impression of vulcanism and how the Earth developed. One will never forget the smell of sulphur. You can see, smell, and learn–and only 10km from Quito.

While in Ecuador, families-especially city dwellers with children who have never been around animals– should enjoy a practical animal experience in the beautiful colonial haciendas La Alegria and Hato Verde, just south of Quito. Both Haciendas are real working farms and both offer beautiful accommodations to the traveler.

Imagine your children learning that milk doesn’t come from the grocery-but that it comes from cows! Children love to try milking cows, and you will be able to capture video that will help make memories for years to come. Let them spend time around the horses or watch the cowboys simply doing their daily work at the farm. Both haciendas offer horseback riding tours both for beginners and for the very experienced rider.

Children are very welcome on both haciendas and even small children enjoy the farm-life. If feeding sugar cubes and carrots to a horse, milking a cow, or riding a horse seems too adventurous for some, why not take one of the cooking classes at the hacienda? Discover spectacular new recipes for cookies… these haciendas are an excellent place to spend quality time with your family.

One tour option is for the technically astute. Boys and girls always love trains, and in Ecuador, they are in luck, for Ecuador has one of the most spectacular and chaotic railway systems in the world. The tracks and most of the infrastructure is in dire need of repair, but despite that, traveling by train is an excellent and safe opportunity to discover some uniquely beautiful parts of the country.

Some of the railroad lines are spectacularly technical masterpieces, with tunnels, switchbacks, and climbs in elevation that will take your breath away. Unfortunately, as in many areas of the world, the trains of Ecuador have completely lost most of their economic importance enjoyed in previous times.

For those who want to travel by rail, Ecuador has given rise to a new type of rail travel, a unique vehicle, which always seems to be pictured in travelogues. Next to the real trains, consisting of a locomotive and cars, a kind of “truck on railroad wheels” called an “Autoferro” has developed. On most Autoferros, passengers travel comfortably on the roof. During the last year, because of their popularity and the history of travelers in Ecuador in this way, comfortable “autoferros” have been introduced where you can travel comfortably on the roof, or inside the “autoferro”.

A two day journey from Quito to Guayaquil can be particularly interesting for a family. It’s exciting, it’s different, and it’s something that will be long remembered as a family adventure.

First, plan your travel by autoferro from Quito – Cotopaxi National Park, then transfer and plan to travel by bus to Riobamba where you stay overnight. Enjoy Riobamba, but get to bed early because you catch the early morning train to Alausi, through the spectacular Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) to Huigra and Bucay.

From Bucay, take a bus to Guayaquil– where you will arrive in the late afternoon. During the whole journey you’re in close contact with the local, mostly Indian population who live in the Andes Mountains. Find a rider who speaks English and strike up a conversation about the country. Ecuadorians are justifiably proud of their country, and your family will make a memory that will last forever-and just may make a new friend!

Between Huigra and Bucay you will leave the Andes Mountains and enter the tropical Pacific plain with its Banana plantations and tropical fruits. This journey from Quito to Guayaquil takes 2 days and it offers an unforgettable family experience.

At your destination, Guayaquil, this beautiful tropical city offers a lot for families. It is truly the most interesting tropical city in South America.

Take a one hour cruise on the “Pirate Ship” on the Guayas River and visit the Historical Park where you can view the local tropical flora and fauna. You can visit an old cacao farm, and realize the contrast to the simple farm houses you observed by the hundreds only the day before from the train. Stay in a hotel in Guayaquil itself, and not near the Airport.

Try the Hotel Unipark (4*) just opposite of the Parque Seminario or “Parque de las Iguanas” as it called by the locals. On this plaza, Iguanas walk freely, similar to cats and dogs in many neighborhoods in America. We’d suggest you not try to pet them, however!

Another wonderful option for overnight accommodation is the Grand Hotel de Guayaquil (3*) which has a small open-air swimming pool in the courtyard of the hotel.

It’s time for you to discover Ecuador. Ecuador is a marvelous destination location-just off the “beaten path.” There is much to discover, and once you’ve visited, you’ll want to return.

How To Improve Your Group Travel Experience

I took my first group tour this summer. That was a learning experience. Don’t get me wrong. I had lots of fun, but for someone who has always traveled alone, I had some learning” to do.

First things first! Getting to know my co-travellers! This was easy and fun, cause our group leader organized several get-togethers way in advance, so we could get to know each other, and get all or questions answered. And there were many questions, like, where would we stay, where can we buy travel insurance, what should we bring, what will immigration and customs documents will be need! And more.

Then roommates had to be assigned, because it would be cheaper to share a room than to have your own room. So unless you were a family , you got a roommate. I got two roommates, and we really hit it off. One roommate was a die hard shopper, and the other was an eternal organizer. So between the three of us, we had a ball.

But I did have to learn to be patient. Our group was very diverse. We had kids, teenagers, and some older persons. So things did not always move as quickly ( or as efficiently) as when I travel alone. We usually had to wait and make sure that everyone was accounted for before our tour bus could leave for the next stop. Hotel check-ins did not always go smoothly, but once we got settled the rooms were comfortable.

The key to enjoying group travel is to be patient and to be considerate. Be flexible and tolerant in order to accommodate others in the group, and do your best to stick to the itinerary schedule. Don’t show up at 7:30 when the Bus was scheduled to leave at 7AM. Take your sense of humor with you, and you will definitely have a good time.

Group travel is an excellent way to make new friends and to foster old friendships. If you want to spend quality time with your friends, family members, or business colleagues and enjoy a wonderful vacation experience at the same time, then I highly recommend a group travel tour!

Natural Osteoarthritis Relief Supplements To Ease Joint Stiffness Safely

Joint pain and inflammation due to arthritis is a health issue reported in hospitals. How to alleviate this health issue safely and naturally? This is a common query heard from people. In this article, we are going to see the details of natural osteoarthritis relief supplements to ease joint stiffness. Burdock root is a fine example of natural remedy to treat health issues like joint pain and inflammation.

Today, you can easily get burdock root products from market in the form of extracts and capsules. In order to obtain the best result, feel free to select the right product manufactured from a reliable manufacturer. For effective health advantage, it is generally advised to drink a cup of burdock root tea twice per day.

Flaxseed is another natural cure to alleviate the risks due to arthritis. You can make use of flaxseed oil both internally and externally. Omega-3 fatty acid present in flaxseed is found to be very useful to improve the brain function and joint flexibility. In order to alleviate the troubles due to joint pain and inflammation, make it as a habit to include flaxseed in daily diet. Turmeric is another cure to improve the flexibility of muscles. Curcumin and curcuminoids present in turmeric is mainly responsible for its health benefits. Apart from treating inflammatory diseases, turmeric can be also used to prevent health issues like cataracts and cancer.

Nettle leaf tea is another safe cure recommended to reduce the risk of joint pain and inflammation. To get effective result, it is advised to make use of three cups of nettle leaf tea daily. Apart from relaxing muscles and nerve cells, nettle leaf tea is also found to be very useful to alleviate the risks of health issues like anxiety, stress and depression. Have you ever used licorice root tea? Licorice root decreases the action of free radicals and reduces the troubles due to joint inflammation. How can licorice root help to treat joint pain and inflammation? This is a common query heard from people. Glycyrrhizin present in licorice root is mainly responsible for this health benefit.

Suppressing the functioning of immune system is a key feature of licorice root extract. You can also make use of this herbal cure to ease pain due to arthritis troubles. Today, licorice root products can be easily availed from market in the form of extracts and tea powders. Hence feel free to make use of this remedy as per the need. Those with blood pressure problems are generally advised to limit the consumption of licorice root products.

How many of you do regular exercises? As per studies, regular exercising is found to be as a safe means to improve the flexibility of muscles. To get effective result, it is recommended to do exercises for at least thirty minutes per day. Rumatone capsule is one among the best sold products to treat health issues like arthritis. Improving muscle flexibility is a key feature of this herbal product. For the best result, try to make use of this remedy consistently for three or four months.

Herbal Remedies To Cleanse Liver Naturally And Improve Overall Health

Poor diet, lack of exercise and higher levels of cholesterol can put anyone to the risk of an unhealthy liver which is responsible for a wide number of functions in our body. Liver is responsible to digest the fat and filter the poisonous elements and when you are not taking care of your liver it can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Don’t wait till you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, vomiting, gallstones or indigestion. Try Livoplus capsules which are the widely trusted herbal remedies to cleanse liver naturally.

Too many pollutants, alcohol consumption, and bad living habits damage our liver, and its performance degrades over time. But there is a simple remedy for a timely cleansing of liver. Ayurveda has some powerful herbs that are fortified with liver cleansing properties and Livoplus capsules comprise of all such carefully selected ingredients to help us improve overall health.

Signs of an unhealthy liver:

Though liver is capable of natural regeneration but it’s not immune to diseases. Therefore, we should definitely take care of the most versatile organ in our body that is responsible for metabolism, blood clotting, eliminating the waste and filtration of the blood. Take a look at the below mentioned symptoms that are a clear sign that you should try herbal remedies to cleanse liver naturally.

1. Jaundice
2. Itchy skin
3. Abdominal swelling and pain
4. Excess weight loss
5. Nausea and fatigue.

Healthy liver is essential for a wide number of functions in the body, and if you encounter any of these warning signs then it’s high time that you should cleanse your liver. Livoplus capsules are one of the most trusted herbal remedies to cleanse liver naturally that help to detox liver and maintain overall health.

An effective liver cleanse with Livoplus capsules:

After too much calorie intake, alcohol, chemical-based medicine, junk foods and oily foods we should detoxify the liver to enhance its performance. Some life threatening situations can occur if your liver is not cleansed regularly. If you don’t have time to follow a strict detoxifying diet regimen then take Livoplus capsules twice a day to see the results.

The unhealthy liver is accompanied by loss of appetite, fatigue and variety of allergies and infections. Therefore, experts have presented the well-balanced formula of Livoplus capsules that contain Kantkari, Makoy, Kasni, Arjun, Mandur Bhasam, Kasmard, Palihari, Amrta, Daru Hald, Santhi, Bhangra Bhui Aamla, Aamla, Chitrak, Haritaki and Vaivading to improve overall health.

Key Features of Livoplus capsules:

As we all know liver is the most versatile organ responsible for a lot of functions in our body. Thus, it’s essential to cleanse it regularly by taking natural supplements like Livoplus capsules. You can try these capsules for a prolonged duration because:

1. These capsules are 100% natural and free from side effects.

2. Kantkari is the main herb in these capsules that is useful in detoxifying the liver.

3. The liver cleansing properties of Chitrak help to maintain overall health.

4. Liver’s ability to resist diseases can be regained.

5. Immune system and digestive systems can be enhanced.

6. All sorts of damages caused by jaundice and fatty liver can be treated.

All the herbs and ingredients in Livoplus capsules are formulated as per ayurvedic procedure to present one of the most effective herbal remedies to cleanse liver naturally. So don’t wait anymore and order the best liver detox pills today.