7 Tips for Keeping Your Things Safe and Secure at the Beach
How do you keep your valuables safe from people and the elements at the beach? A day at the beach can go bad when you damage your property. Here are several wise suggestions to safeguard your valuables, reduce your anxiety, and let you take pleasure in your stay at the beach:
Use a waterproof backpack
While going to beach, if you have a waterproof bag or backpack with you, it will keep your personal stuff dry. This kind of sack prevents items from getting wet when you go the the beach. Some bags are made specifically to keep your items waterproofed. They also float in the water in case you drop them while boating or fishing.
Use waterproof cases to protect your gadgets
Cellphones, cameras, and other gadgets you bring to the beach must also be protected in waterproof cases, such as those from aquapac. Not only will these cases avoid damaging your gadgets if they get wet, but also prevent exposure to the sand. Many specialty shops will have a large selection of waterproof cases and other novelty gadgets.
Items brought to the beach should be limited
In addition to accidental damage, you need to protect your possessions from potential thieves who lurk in crowds. To minimize the risk, make sure to go to the beach with a group or limit the belongings you are bringing. The less you bring, the less important it is to keep an eye on your stuff. Use the hotel safe or the one in your room to protect your valuables at beach-side hotels.
Only take with you things that you are willing to lose or damage
Whether you go to the beach alone or with a partner, no one will be there to look after your belongings when you go out swimming. To be safe, don't bring costly items. It is better to take with you only what you are willing to lose or break.
You should use a water-wallet if you are going to have valuables with you
A handy solution that allows you to take your valuables with you to the beach is a water-wallet. This waterproof wallet with a neck or waist strap for greater convenience is a terrific way to store your credit cards, keys, driver's license, cell phone and cash. They are reusable and a great investment if you are an adventurer or a frequent traveler.
Put your valuables in unattractive bags or containers
You can avoid losing things at the beach by storing your expensive things in ugly bags and containers. Putting your stuff in containers, such as cartoon character-themed bags and food containers, will lead people to think that items inside are for kids or are food. Moreover, choose plain-colored bags because thieves are particularly drawn to brightly-colored bags.
Take safety precautions
The best way to protect your belongings from theft while at the beach is to take precautionary measures. When swimming, take turns as often as possible. Be sure you can see your belongings and check up on them often.
You don't have to panic if you lose or break something at the beach. Your day at the beach will be a fun one with no worries assuming that you know how to keep your valuables safe.
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Monday, December 27, 2010
7 Tips for Keeping Your Things Safe and Secure at the Beach
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Monday, December 20, 2010
How Much Interest Is Shown In Private Space Flight?
In a short time you can take a flight to space. Here we explore some of the world-wide interest and opportunities as this newest travel selection becomes available.
Space studies conducted in 2002 by Futron and 2006 by Spaceport Associates indicate a definite interest in space tourism. Our focus is based on suborbital space flight as orbital space flight is currently only available on the Russian spaceship Soyev to the International Space Station and at a cost exceeding $30 Million.
The space studies show worldwide interest mostly from males (78%) and also indicate a wide age separation, from 22 to 67. Since 2005, Virgin Galactic the world leader, has stated over 370 individuals have already registered and over l00,000 have requested further information. This clearly indicates a market exists for private space travel.
In the near future, many groups will develope space vehicles to provide a variety of opportunities. Over the next few years it is probable that many of these flights will begin and more people will want to register and participate.
Different strokes for different folks. Some vehicles will be dropped from another carrier, some will take off horizontally and land horizontally, some will take off vertically and land vertically and some will even be launched from a balloon.
Studies indicate the most desirable is to be a horizontal take off and landing, however, the preference of each individual with their confidence in each vehicle and company will be the initial determining factor of choice.
No matter which vehicle carrier you travel within, all participants will experience, some weightlessness, feel the G-forces and the thrust of rockets, view the Earth and see its curvature and go through some pre-flight space training. Some vehicles will take you solo while with others up to six or maybe more can travel together.
Why are many interested persons waiting to sign up? Because some expect costs will come down. Many want to know things are completely safe and will wait to see how others that fly react before they sign up. And still others want to get feedback and select from the different programs offered that have proven themselves safe and exciting.
Currently, costs range from under $l00,000 to about a quarter of a million dollars for a suborbital high adventure space flight experience. For comparison, a list of all space companies, their progress and developments, vehicles, projects and costs, can be found on Wikipedia under
World-wide registrations probably exceed 500 with over $40 M in deposits already paid. The proof that interest in private suborbital space travel is widespread is definitely shown.
It is still too early in the industry to be sure who will get there first, become most popular, offer the most discriminating experience, etc, etc, etc. It is for you to explore options and opportunities. Safety always comes first. April 12. 2011, the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's famous suborbital space flight. He was the first man in space. This time of global celebration brings man into the next 50 years of space and allowing the private sector to dominate space exploration, recreation and monetization. Space hotels will open within a few years and those interested in the further development of space and the excitement of what is offered will attract many more to become a part of what the future of space travel will be.
The next few years will pave the way for dare devil adventurers, space enthusiasts and thrill seekers to satisfy their quest and go where so few have gone before, to the edge of space. If YOU want to become a part of the early pioneers of space flight history, now is clearly the time to act.
Mitchell J Schultz is a Space Tourism Specialist operating a website at http://www.XtraordinaryAdventures.comas an authorized rep of RocketShipTours, xclusively representing XCOR's new Lynx space vehicle. View their exciting video, find more reasons and information about space and sign up today for your FREE newsletter 'Space Cruise News' about the growing space tourism industry, go now to: http://www.XtraordinaryAdventures.com/newsletter .
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Friday, December 17, 2010
5 Tips On How To Maintain Lightweight Luggage When Traveling
When you are traveling, part of the itinerary is visiting famous shopping areas and districts. If the prices are affordable and the goods are good, I am sure you can't help but hoard a lot of stuff.
Now what you are going to do with the excessive things you have bought? How are you going to keep your luggage light in weight?
Before going crazy on your shopping spree, you also have to consider how much weight you are going to bring home with you. In order to maintain lightweight luggage, here are a few tips you would want to consider:
1. Before your scheduled departure, try to make a list of the things you are going to purchase. If you are purposefully buying something, you can prevent yourself from purchasing unnecessary items. Stick to your list. In addition to that, conduct a research and find out where you can find the items you want to buy. This will make short work of your shopping expedition.
2. If you see an item you really want, categorize it to your wants and needs. If it is something you need and something you can use all the time, go ahead and buy it. However, if it is something you want and it does not really take up a large space in your bag, you can consider buying it as well.
3. When buying gifts for loved-ones, consider getting them the same items. Buy souvenir items in bulk and have it packed for you. Avoid buying souvenir items that are made from fragile or breakable materials. You will have hard time packing them.
4. When buying, find out if the goods you want are available in your country. If they are, why not just buy them when you get home? If they are not available, try purchasing a few pieces of the items. Find out if the company has an online store that ships to your country so you can purchase more if you need more of them.
In countries like Japan, many tourists hoard Japan-made pretzels and chocolates. While they are relatively light in weight, they can take up a lot of space in your luggage. Just buy a few boxes so you can taste it and if you want more, you can purchase online.
5. You might want to leave bath products behind. When packing before traveling, try to transfer big bath products into smaller containers so you can pack easily. Once you have already consumed the products, you can leave the containers behind so you have more space inside your bag.
Now that you know all these, you can maintain lightweight luggage easily. Follow these simple tips when traveling.
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 3:37 PM
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Grand Canyon Skywalk's No-Camera Rule
You get on the Grand Canyon Skywalk and go 70 feet beyond the edge of the West Rim. The views are picture-perfect. In most cases, you'd pull out your camera and capture the moment. But not here. Cameras, as you've been informed, are not allowed.
The reason? The glass. Turns out that the Saint-Gobain and DuPont Sentry glass panels used for the horseshoe-shaped observation deck can chip and scratch - especially if camera equipment strikes it.
Initially, I didn't think this was a big deal. I figured you could replace the panel much like you would a broken windshield. Not so: Each of the more than 40 glass panels are valued at $250,000 a piece, with the same material used to fashion the 5' guard rail.
The Hualapai Indian Tribe, which manages the bridge, takes the probability of damage seriously, and insists that you put all personal electronics (digital cameras, cell phones, iPods, camcorders and the like) in a locker. You are also required to wear cloth booties over your shoes.
So, what to do? Several things. The Tribe has hired a corps of professional photographers to take your picture. These individuals are insured and specifically trained to take photos under these conditions. There are also self-serve cameras fixed to the guard railing. Images from both can be purchased for around $30 each in the main gift shop.
You don't have to be on the Skywalk to take a picture of it. There's a place where you can take excellent pictures just south of the Skywalk - travelers typically pose on the edge with the Skywalk to the right of their shoulder. If you are taking a helicopter or airplane tour to the West Rim, you'll have plenty of fantastic aerial photo opportunities.
Since it's opening in 2007, more than a million people have visited the glass bridge. Today, more than 200,000 people visit it annually. The bridge is located in Grand Canyon West, a 9,000-acre expanse just 120 miles east of Las Vegas. Lots of folks decide to book a rental car and do it themselves. I personally recommend taking an all-inclusive tour. Skywalk trip costs can quickly mount if you do it yourself; package tours protect your travel budget.
There are plenty of Skywalk trip options. Bus, chopper, and plane trips take 2.5 hours, 45 minutes, and 25 minutes, respectively, to reach Grand Canyon West. The most popular route includes Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the pristine Mojave Desert. For the best deals, I recommend that you book your tour online, where I've seen discounts up to 35 percent.
If you are looking for a great outdoor attraction, definitely consider the Grand Canyon Skywalk, especially when visiting Las Vegas. The Glass Bridge gets a lot of hype, but, unlike it's imitators, it delivers big time! But realize that you will not be allowed to take your camera. This caveat is because the bridge is made of incredibly expensive glass panels that will chip or scratch if you drop your camera. To fix this, the Tribe has employed experienced photographers to snap you picture. They've also installed self-serve cameras. As you embark on this journey, remember this: Anyone can see the canyon. It's the lucky who "skywalk" it that have stories to tell...and the pictures to prove it.
Want to walk on air? Do the Grand Canyon Skywalk! Travel critic Keith Kravitz reviews the best tours to to the bridge at: http://www.GrandCanyon123.com
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 8:34 AM
Monday, December 6, 2010
Symptoms Of Jet Lag
Avoiding the effects of jet lag can be very easy. How? Do you want the latest tips on preventing jet lag without needing to take medical pills? Did you know pills could make you feel sick?
Do you feel sick and exhausted after a plane trip? Do you feel stressed and have a throbbing headache? Do you want natural remedies to prevent and reduce jet lag?
All of us love to travel but the jet lag and air sickness that affects us after a plane trip is not fun. However, there are a few things you could do to improve and reduce jet lag.
Here are some easy tips and that you can apply:
*Before going on a trip please make sure you have a small healthy meal. Don't eat or drink too much on the plane.
*Ensure that you are fit and healthy before the trip.
*Warm up your muscles as if you were about to play sports. Warming your muscles will help your blood flow better.
*Drink 2 cups of green tea before you fly.
*Avoid any alcohol before or on the trip. Even if alcohol is offered for free, the alcohol consumption combined with the high altitude can seriously make you lethargic or ill after a long plane trip. So be cautious and refrain from drinking alcohol.
*On the trip please move around as often as you can. Although the plane cabin is quite small, but by simply walking up and down helps your blood circulate.
*Warm up your muscles by moving your legs, rotating your ankles, wrist, flicking your fingers, rotating your shoulders, and leaning forward to touch your feet.
*Frequently massage your body.
*Massage your head and face to help circulate blood to your brain.
*Drink green tea on the trip.
*After the plane trip and on arriving at your hotel you should warm up your body by moving about and stretching.
*Have a 20 minute siesta after you cool down from your exercises. Avoid turning the air conditioning in the hotel room on cold because it can cause sickness.
*Take a warm shower and have some healthy food and drinks after the resting.
*All these exercises and food are designed to help your body stay alert and fight off the jet lag.
You should feel great after doing these exercises. You can reduce your jet lag sickness by up to 70%. It also helps your body acclimatise to your new environment when it is healthy and not recovering from alcohol.
Avoid eating any street foods on your arrival. Eat well cooked dishes to avoid food poisoning. This is because your body is quite tired after the trip so eating dangerous dishes is a perfect recipe for food poisoning.
Lam Bong is an Author living in Sydney, Australia. He is interested in reading and creating websites. His latest website is about Finding Cheap Hotels In Kuala Lumpur and Cheap Malaysian Holidays http://www.cheaphotelskualalumpur.com
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 1:48 PM
Monday, November 29, 2010
I Love Wine And Italy - Wine Touring In The Apulia Region
So you have decided to go to Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot surrounded by the Adriatic Sea and the Gulf of Taronto. This is part of the south, in many ways the real, unspoiled Italy. The boot's spur is the beautiful Promontorio del Gargano (Gargano Promontory). You may want to visit the Foresta Umbra (Shady Forest), a real ecological delight bursting with animal and plant life. There's the mysterious eight-sided Castel del Monte. Don't miss the unique Apulian habitations, Trulli, that look like limestone teepees. Would you believe that some have been transformed into wineries? The Grotte di Castellana form the largest network of caves in all Italy. Finish your tour in the relatively unknown city of Lecce, sometimes called "the Florence of the south." You'll find baroque architecture, a cathedral, historic churches, a Piazza, and the remains of a Roman Amphitheater. Why not finish your tour at the inexpensive Wine Bar Corte dei Pandolfini?
Apulia, also known as Puglia, is a very high-volume wine producer. The plains are hot and fertile, so that sounds like three strikes against fine wine. To some extent this is true, but forward-looking producers are making a real effort to trade quality for quantity. The region's best-known wine is Castel del Monte DOC, which is produced near the capital Bari in the central north. It is made in a wide variety of styles, but I wouldn't usually write home about it. A usually better choice is the red or rosé Copertino DOC made from Apulia's signature red grape Negroamaro in the south near Lecce. If you manage to locate any Aleatico di Puglia DOC, grab it. The same goes for Moscato di Trani. These wines are both sweet and perhaps fortified. They are unfortunately rare.
Common white grape varieties include the local Verdeca and Bombino Bianco said to resemble a child with outstretched arms, Trebbiano Toscano, Malvasia Bianca, and Chardonnay. Common local red varieties include the local Negroamaro, Uva di Troia, and Zinfandel's cousin, Primitivo. You'll also encouter the Italian varieties Sangiovese and Montepulciano.
Companies that sell wine tours of Apulia include iExplore, Rustic Cooking, Wine Lovers Tours, and Alabaster and Clark Wine Tours Worldwide. Apulia wineries accepting visits include Conti Zecca in Leverano, Leone de Castris in Salice Salentino, and Azienda Vinicola Rivera S.p.A. in Andria. A few words of warning are in order. Make sure that you check ahead of time for opening hours and whether English is spoken. Some places may charge admission; others may expect that you buy some of their products.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but he prefers drinking fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods and people. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his Italian travel website http://www.travelitalytravel.com which includes information on Italian wine and food.
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 9:56 AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Paucartambo Festival - Peru's Best Kept Secret
If you have booked, or are researching, a Peru tour to discover the delights of the country, be sure to try to include the Paucartambo Festival. This festival, held in July each year, is a celebration of worship of the Virgin of Carmen, the patron saint of the small town of Paucartambo.
For the vast majority of the year it is a quiet, remote rural town, located amidst magnificent scenery at the convergence of the Mapacho and Qengo Mayo rivers, about three hours from Cusco along a dusty narrow road.
Then for 3 days in July the town explodes! The main thrust of the spectacular Paucartambo festival takes place from July 15th to July 17th with thousands of visitors coming from all over Peru and the world to watch the town play host to one of the most fascinating and exciting fiestas in all of South America. The population of the town swells from around 1500 people to over 12,000 over these few days.
On July 15th, the festival begins with the entrance into the principal town church of all the sixteen different dance groups wearing costumes and masks in accordance with their respective customs and traditions. Meanwhile the most important dancers, Capaq Negro and Capaq Qolla, come into the building from the rear entrance singing a salute to the Virgin.
During the festival, the entire population of the town gathers itself in a spiritual mass that carries on along the main street, holding flowers, candles and other offerings. In the evening hours there is a glorious display of fireworks in the main square, during which different groups of Chunchos, Capag Qollas and Sagras wildly dance in the square, jumping through bonfires that have been set around the plaza. At midnight, all the dancers come together again without their elaborate costumes to solemnly pray for the Virgin in front of the closed doors of the church.
The primary day of the festival is July 16th and in the morning, the people of the town return to the main square after attending mass to receive gifts of handicrafts, fruit and toys made for them by the majordomos of each dance group. In the afternoon, the Virgin, beautifully decorated and escorted by the Capaq Chuncho, is removed from her resting place next to the main alter of the church and is carried through the crowded streets and squares of Paucartambo to the head of all the dance groups. The groups are now in their festive costumes and the respective band for each group plays its distinctive music, creating an uproar that resounds against the surrounding mountains.
The next day is a ceremony reminiscent of the ancestral cult of the dead. Each dance group parades to the cemetery through the townspeople lined up along the streets and sings to remind themselves of their ancestors and their listeners of their own mortality. In the afternoon the image of the Virgin is carried through the narrow streets of the village for the last time to the bridge named after Carlos III of Spain where all the townspeople gather silently to pay their respects and the Capaq Qolla and Capaq Negro sing a prayer of farewell.
The main square then fills again for the fiesta's grand finale once the Virgin has been put safely to rest. Dramatics take place as dancers imitate Spanish bullfighters and a mock battle occurs recalling a war at the time of the Incas. Fighting ends when the fallen warrior dancers are taken away and the Qolla king is killed by the king of the Chunchos as his wife is taken as a trophy of war. The fiesta is officially closed the next day by the dancers doing the traditional cachapari or farewell dance.
Accommodation is difficult to find over this crazy weekend, so the best thing to ensure you can witness this fantastic and unique cultural event is to plan well ahead and get in touch with a Cusco based tour operator who has links to the local community and service providers. With their connections they will try to ensure you either get accommodation in Paucartambo or at least transport to and from the town on the days of the festival. This way you can have the rare experience of being one of the few foreigners to enjoy these incredible celebrations.
Gary Sargent is the Managing Director of the tour companies Escaped to Peru and has lived in South America since 1998. Gary is passionate about life here, the people, customs and places. Visit Gary's website for more Peru travel advice or to book your next Peru vacation at http://www.escapedtoperu.com
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 1:51 PM
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Timeless Travel Games
If you have ever traveled with children, you have definitely heard these complaints before! Going long distances in the car can be stressful, especially when the kids are in tow. Keeping children occupied is one of the fundamentals of an enjoyable road trip. Fortunately, there are several timeless travel games that will keep the kids busy and allow you to spend quality time with your family.
The license plate game is a classic. To play this game, you list all of the states on a piece of paper. As you drive along the highway, pay attention to the license plates of the other cars and check off the states that they are from. The goal is to find a car from every state. Because this goal is, realistically, almost impossible, you can alter the rules to make it more fun for the kids. For example, you can award points to whoever spots the license plates. Another way to play this game is to try and find every number and every letter on the license plates. Instead of listing states on a piece of paper, write out the alphabet and the numbers 0-9. Then, as you pass the cars, check off the letters and numbers that are on the plates. This version of the game, because it requires players to be quick, can be done individually, with each person having their own paper. The first player to check off every letter and every number wins.
Although a driver could, theoretically, participate in the license plate game, it is best that he or she is not involved in anything that will distract them too much from the road ahead. The word game, because it does not require the driver to look in another direction, is perfect for everyone in the car. To play the word game, one person starts off by saying a word. The next person then must say a word that begins with the last letter of the word the first person said, and so on. This seems easy, but there is a catch: you cannot repeat a word that has already been used. As you play this game you will both enjoy the time together and strengthen your children's vocabulary.
The best part? They won't even realize that it is a learning game!
Another remedy for the boredom of car travel is the picnic game. In this game, each person says one thing they will bring on a picnic; however, each thing must be in alphabetical order. For example, Dad says "apple," Mom says "bread," and daughter says "cantaloupe." Sounds easy, right? Wrong, there is another catch! In addition to adding to the list, in alphabetical order, each person must also recite the entire list before they add their item! This is a great way to exercise your memory while having a wonderful time traveling with family and friends.
Next time you and your family set off on a long car trip, do not fear the never ending are-we-there-yets. These timeless travel games will keep your family busy and the time on the road will fly!
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 9:57 AM
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Preparing for a Trip Down South: Getting Your Cell Phone Ready to Use in Mexico
Preparing for a road trip to Mexico entails some planning. You have to get your car or RV in good mechanical condition, get a Mexican auto insurance policy (or Mexican RV insurance policy) and you need to find yourself a good Mexico road atlas. There is one item that many people fail to take into account during the planning process, and that is getting their cell phone read to use in Mexico. It's pretty simple to set up and use your cell phone in Mexico, and it can make your trip a whole lot easier.
1. Unlock your cell phone. Many cell phones are 'locked' so that they can only be used by your current carrier. To see if your cell phone is locked, simply replace your SIM card with one from a friend who has a different service. If your phone recognizes the new SIM card and starts working, then your cell phone is unlocked. If not, your cell phone is locked. To unlock it, check online and find the unlock code for your cell phone or contact your carrier and ask them to unlock it for you.
2. Once you are in Mexico, go into a cell phone store and get a new SIM card for a carrier of your choice. There are two in Mexico: Movistar and TelCel. The rates between the two are pretty similar. However, Movistar tends to offer wider coverage, which may or may not be important to you depending on where your travels are taking you.
3. You will have two options for cell phone service in Mexico. You can either sign a monthly contract or you can pay as you go. If you choose to pay as you go, you will simply have to buy a phone card to re-charge your phone once you have used up all the minutes. These can be bought at most stores in Mexico. Cards are sold in increments of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 pesos. Smaller amounts are valid for only a couple of days and larger amounts are valid for up to a month. If your minutes expire you can retrieve them as long as you buy more minutes to recharge it within 7 days. Instead of buying a card, you can also go into a store that is an authorized dealer and pay them to recharge the card by phone. This can be easier if you are not good with punching a long sequence of numbers using tiny cell phone buttons.
4. You will need a passport number and valid ID in order to sign up for service. It normally takes 30 minutes to 1 hour to get the service set up and working. Once your service has been set up, simply put your new SIM card into your phone and turn it on. You should now have cellular service in Mexico.
Next to getting Mexican auto insurance, getting your cell phone set up to use in Mexico should be your top priority when planning your road trip to Mexico. You will be able to call ahead to hotels, touch base with family and friends, and in case of an emergency, you will be able to call for help immediately. Just because you are in Mexico doesn't mean you have to forsake your cell phone and all the conveniences it brings!
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 9:36 AM
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
You can call Mexico many things: drug-ridden and colorful are words that immediately crop up. But the real question is whether it is dangerous? A simple answer:
“Many tourists, mainly from the neighboring USA, now consider Mexico to be a bargain and not the dangerous drug-ridden country it has often been depicted in the media,” points out Tourism-Review.com.
When this editor went to Mexico City for a recent convention, the most common reaction was this:“Why in the world do you want to go there? It’s dangerous.”
For most tourists such as myself, the most dangerous aspect of travel here is traffic (which is the biggest cause of death for American tourists visiting any foreign lands). Traffic is terrible anytime but residents will tell you accidents are not that common because of the defensive driving that is also commonplace.
The main problems in Mexico involve interior areas that are far from the Riviera Maya and Cozumel beaches more frequented by sun-seeking tourists.
Despite bad publicity about drugs and swine flu, 7.1 million tourists visited Mexico in the first eight months of this year. Hotel occupancy in Mexico was up 10 percent through August 2010, according to Smith Travel Research, while the number of international tourist arrivals to Mexico was up 27.5 percent in July 2010 as compared to July 2009.
Why is that?
Most observers attribute it to overall prices that are lower than in Europe and much of the US.
While the US State Department has travel warnings in place for Mexico, the violence and the warnings are far from resort areas such as Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos, popular incentive destinations.
Until recently it was accurate to say virtually all of the crime, murder and kidnapping of foreign (particularly US) citizens was linked to the drug trade. People attempting to buy or sell drugs, attempting to be a part of the trafficking industry or a turf war between drug gangs. But more recently, there have been a few incidents where innocent people have become victims.
Consular staff and their family members have been kidnapped, prompting the State Department to order non-essential staff and their dependents back home.
There's no denying the country does have problems.
It is not advisable to drive on rural roads and highways at night. Bandits occasionally set up roadblocks and rob travellers, for example. But incidents are far from commonplace.
What areas should tourists avoid?
The State Department warning advises US citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Michoacán and Tamaulipas, and to parts of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, and Coahuila.
The warning also says:
“Millions of US citizens safely visit Mexico each year. This includes tens of thousands who cross the border every day for study, tourism or business and at least one million US citizens who live in Mexico … Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major drug trafficking routes.”
The State Department also urges “common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where criminal activity might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.”
Mexico ranks as one of the top international travel destination in the world and is the No. 1 international tourism destination for North Americans traveling abroad.
One piece of evidence of the country’s relative safety for most visits: Many tourists to the country are repeat visitors, which demonstrates that the vast majority of tourists leave with overwhelmingly positive impressions.
By David Wilkening
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 8:07 AM
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Come With Me On A Walk Around Manchester
Do you ever visit a city, but you don't have much time to research and explore its sights and history? You may just have one evening or morning to take a look around. Where do you start to understand the history and culture of the place? You don't have time for a guided tour and really just want to explore and have a few drinks. Well, this is the perfect guide for you. Together we will take a stroll around Manchester's compact city centre, taking a look at some of the more interesting things, and of course, having a few drinks in some typical and interesting pubs along the way.
1 Piccadilly Gardens
Let's begin in Piccadilly Gardens where the buses and trams from the MetroLink system come in. This is no more than a 5 minute walk from both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations. This city centre transport hub is a natural starting point for our trip. This busy interchange underwent a total re-design in 2001- 02. Following the 1996 IRA bomb (which led to over 200 injuries but no fatalities), a huge redevelopment campaign was implemented in Manchester city centre with an international competition being held to identify the best architectural proposal for Piccadilly Gardens. Much of the redesign and re-building investment that is evident walking around Manchester today can be traced back to this era and the investment attracted from the Millenium Fund and as Manchester prepared to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
The 4 Statues
Historically, Piccadilly Gardens is the original site of the Manchester Royal Infirmary from 1755 until its relocation to Oxford Road in 1910. There are 4 statues surviving todaythat were erected on the original infirmary esplanade:
Sir Robert Peel 1788-1850 (founding father of the modern Police force giving origin to the slang word for the Police "bobbies")
James Watt 1736- 1819 (whose improvements to the steam engine helped to drive the explosion of economic growth during the cotton centred industrial revolution
Queen Victoria 1819-1901 (on the throne for 63 years and 7 months she was the longest reigning female monarch)
The Duke of Wellington 1769-1852 (a leading political and military figure most famous for commanding the defeat of the French in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815).
2 Market Street and Corporation Street
Walking away from Piccadilly Gardens down Market Street, one of Manchester's principal shopping areas, you will pass the Arndale Centre, Europe's largest inner-city shopping centre. Originally constructed in the 1970s, its proximity to the 1996 IRA bomb meant that it suffered extensive damage as a result. At the crossroads at the bottom of Market Street we turn right into Corporation Street. Passing the Marks & Spencer store on the opposite side of the road we walk under the bridge linking the store with the Arndale, close to where the van, containing a huge amount of Semtex explosive was parked on Saturday 15 June. An estimated 70 000 people were in and around Manchester city centre on the morning of that day, with usual numbers being swelled by the presence of international football fans. The following day Russia were due to play Germany at Old Trafford in the 1996 European Cup. The game went ahead in front of 50 000 people and Germany won 3-0.
3 Exchange Square
Here you will find the "Manchester Eye". This was first installed in 2004 and is a 60 metre tall Ferris wheel with 42 passenger carriages giving wonderful panoramic views of the city centre and beyond. Opposite this, on the corner of Corporation Street and Withy Grove you will find a modern entertainment venue named "The Printworks". Up until 1996 this was the home of a huge printing press owned by newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell. The complex contains mostly bars and night clubs including the Hard Rock Cafe', a leisure centre and a 23 screen Odeon Cinema which incorporates an IMAX 3D screen. Back to the other side of Exchange Square we find another shopping complex called The Triangle, on the front of which facing the street is a huge tv screen showing the BBC news.
4 URBIS, Chethams College and Manchester Cathedral
Continuing along Corporation Street and crossing Fennel Street we come immediately to Cathedral Gardens and URBIS, a huge futuristic building that is an exhibition centre dedicated to city life. The National Museum of Football is also currently being transferred here and will soon be open to the public. The building opened in 2002 and was part of Manchester's Millennium Quarter redevelopment. Exhibition space hosting many visiting temporary displays of art is spread over 5 floors.
Chetham's School of Music
Opposite and in stark contrast to Urbis' contemporary architectural design, is Chetham's School of Music or "Chet's". The school motto is "Learn To Love And Play". This building originally housed an Orphanage founded by Humphrey Chetham in 1653. In 1969 the music school was launched and now hosts up 245 young people. Entry to Chetham's is open to all regardless of financial means with generous grants available to those who successfully audition and are selected. Selection is based purely on musical potential. As well as having an excellent reputation for musical tuition, Chetham's also has an enviable academic record being one of the top achieving schools in the UK.
At the other end of the triangle that is Cathedral Gardens you will find Manchester Cathedral. The church was extensively reconstructed during the 19th century which gives a deceptive impression that the cathedral is a relatively modern structure. However, its origins can be traced back to 700 CE. The cathedral is a beautiful hidden gem and it is well worth taking time to look in. Its Visitor Centre effectively guides you around bringing to life the amazing history that is responsible for the fine and impressive building still standing today. It is free to enter and there are volunteer guides available to make sure that you get the most from your stay.
5 The Shambles
This is the collective name for what are two separate buildings: The Old Wellington Inn dating back to the 16th century and Sinclair's Oyster Bar originally constructed in 1720. These two buildings were almost totally demolished in the early 70s inner city developments but escaped by being raised 15 feet above their original level and reopened in 1981. However, many people at the time complained that this new scheme hid the buildings from view. When the IRA bomb exploded in 1996 the surrounding buildings took all the blast and effectively protected the Shambles that remained intact within. In the interests of post bomb regeneration, the city council decided to move the two buildings, brick by brick, to a new and prettier site by the Cathedral, a distance of 300 metres away!
Sinclair's Oyster Bar is now an excellent Sam Smith's pub serving fresh oysters and a wide range of interesting beers. This provides us with a natural resting point on our tour.
6 The Royal Exchange
We now walk past the shopping giant "Harvey Nichols" towards St. Anne's Square, the home of The Royal Exchange Theatre. The theatre is a seven-sided, glass-walled capsule, literally suspended from huge marble pillars situated in the Great Hall of the former Cotton Exchange. The unique design means all seats are less than nine metres from the circular stage giving views from all angles. This theatre's policy is to express the bewildering, complex wonderment of life through the full spectrum of theatre. Looking up at the St Anne's Square side interior wall you can still see the old prices displayed from the cotton markets all over the world: New York, Alexandria and Liverpool from an era when cotton was king. The cafe bar is a really pleasant place to linger, have a drink and browse the unique art and craft shops within the Royal Exchange.
7 Mr Thomas's Chop House
Coming back outside on to St Anne's Square, we turn left and continue to walk away from the Shambles. Here we will stumble upon the unique and wonderful "Mr Thomas' Chop House" an authentically preserved Victorian pub set on the ground floor and basement of a narrow 4 storey Victorian building tacked on to the end of the majestic neo-classical Royal Exchange. This really is a special place from it's authentic black and white mosaic flooring to the fine lime green and white ceramic wall tiles and wooden bars with brass fittings, this is a place to just buy a drink and take the time to absorb your surroundings. Founded back in 1867, the New York Times described the place as "probably Manchester's most venerable pub". Should you be feeling hungry, the fine local menu and excellent friendly service will never disappoint. And let's face it, by now you deserve a rest! You have just completed the first of our Manchester city centre walks!
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 1:53 PM
Friday, October 15, 2010
Riding a Las Vegas Helicopter to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon
Only the fittest of people can hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back in a day. I applaud them. I'm sure they trained hard. But for the rest of us, why not hop a helicopter and make the 4,000-foot descent in 10 minutes?
The South and West Rims are the focal points for Grand Canyon visitors. Helicopter flights are available at both locations, but it's only on the West Rim that you can land on the Canyon's floor.
Most flights usually leave from Las Vegas or Boulder City, NV. The West Rim is only 120 miles to the east. Expect to spend up to 45 minutes en route, and expect some fantastic sightseeing, including Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and parts of the Mojave Desert that look prehistoric.
You are now in Canyon country. The West Rim is much more arid than the South, which is located amid the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the U.S. The other main difference is the hue and color of the canyon, which is more subdued than what you will see at the South Rim.
The excitement reaches a crescendo as you leave the Rim and drop into the Canyon, descending nearly 4,000 feet until your helicopter softly lands on a makeshift helipad near the Colorado River, right square in Hualapai Indian territory.
Most helicopter tour operators, including Papillon, Maverick, and Sundance, let visitors deplane, toast their journey with Champagne, indulge in a small meal, and explore the surrounding area. Typical bottom time is about 30 minutes.
There are also air-only tours to the West Rim, as well as a variety of side-adventures, including Hummer tours, horseback rides, Western wagon rides, whitewater rafting, as well as a walk on the magnificent Grand Canyon Skywalk - a glass bridge that lets you feel like you are walking on air.
As I mentioned earlier, there are helicopter trips out of the South Rim, but they are prohibited from flying to below the rim and to the bottom. It means settling for a flight through the Dragoon Corridor, the widest, deepest part of the canyon, before reaching the solitary North Rim. Some the cleanest, clearest air exists here, and on clear days its easy to attain visibility of some 150 miles and more.
The helicopter flight back to Las Vegas is equally enjoyable. Depending on the pilot and the package you booked. I strongly suggest that you include an option to fly over the Las Vegas Strip. Its a great way to round out your trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
4,000-foot helicopter descent to bottom of the Grand Canyon? Check out Keith Kravitz' tour ratings first at http://www.GrandCanyonHelicopterTourReviews.com
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 12:24 PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Singapore Airline’s announcement it will soon allow wireless connections for medium and long-haul flights -- for text messages, Blackberries and perhaps cell phones -- brings the use of cell phones much closer to US airways, a prospect that many travelers dread so much they compare it to Hell.
“The train for cell phones on commercial jets left the station a couple of years ago and is gaining speed,” commented Rick Seaney, CEO of airfare-search site FareCompare.com. He predicted it won’t be long until airlines allow cell phone use.
"It's going to be hell," said John DiScala, a blogger known as Johnny Jet. "People are going to be so tired from a long flight and want to sleep, and you're going to hear someone's annoying phone go off and then talking so loud, telling the person on the line everything."
DiScala, who travels around 150,000 miles and visits more than 20 countries each year, said he supports text messages and Internet access but not voice calls. "It's just going to be chaos hearing all these different phones ring," he said. "There are so many people who don't have cell phone manners." Of course, how fast and whether other airlines adopt similar practices may depend on traveler reactions.
The Singapore move comes as the airline announces a multi-million-dollar collaboration with in-flight connectivity provider OnAir to offer Wi-Fi Internet access and other services on its flights.
Details are still being worked out, but when the airline implements the system early next year, it could be the first carrier to regularly allow passengers to make and receive voice calls on their personal cell phones.
Cell phone use on airplanes is prohibited in the United States by federal regulations.
Singapore Airlines flies some of the world's longest flights, including an 18-and-a-half-hour flight from Newark Liberty International Airport outside New York to Singapore. That all-business class, 10,371-mile flight is the longest commercial trip in the world. The 100-seat plane is used mainly by corporate travelers.
"The reason we are exploring this is because our customers tell us that on ultra-long haul flights it's important that they have the option to be as connected or not connected as they choose to be," said Singapore Airlines spokesman James Boyd.
"Voice calls are a capability of the system and it's an option that we may open to customers in the future," he said. "There are a number of questions that will have to be explored as we continue to get feedback from our customers on how the system should be managed."
Another question is whether the airline will charge for the service and or how much it will cost.
One option the airline might explore: quiet zones or cell-phone only zones, much as Amtrak has "quiet cars" on its trains.
Not everyone agrees that any similar move would be a disaster, of course.
“Despite predictions that in-flight cellphone usage would lead to Armageddon, the global rollout has been just the opposite,” writes Carl Biersack, executive director of the Inflight Passengers Communications Coalition writes in an article called “If Europe Can Handle In-Flight Cellphone Use, So Can America.”
In 20 months of sporadic global usage, there has not been one reported incident or problem, he says. In fact, 93 percent of passengers who flew on an in-flight communication-equipped aircraft want all jets so equipped, he maintained.
There are a number of reasons Europeans calling on cell phones works better than it would in the US.
International roaming rates have proven to be an “effective form of self-discipline.” In addition, usage is restricted to six lines at any one moment once the airplane reaches cruising level.
“Additionally, air carriers have developed effective procedures, such as turning the service off on overnight flights, that ensure that in-flight communication does not disturb others, “ he said.
By David Wilkening
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 10:19 AM
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tenerife is probably the best known of all the Canary Islands - being the largest and also boasting the highest point in Spain ... Mount Teide. Tenerife is also known as the "Island of Eternal Spring" due to its glorious year-round weather, which is normally what attracts people to holiday in Tenerife year after year.
With plenty of beaches in Tenerife to chose from, we have set out our top 10 recommended beaches for you to visit.
Playa de las Teresitas : This large artificial beach was built to provide the residents of Santa Cruz
de Tenerife [the island's capital] with a beach and probably is the most striking on the island.
There is a man-made breakwater, which stops waves and currents and the beach itself is studded with palm trees - the sand was imported from the Sahara. The good facilities available on this beach make it an excellent place to visit - with changing rooms, toilets, bars and restaurants. However, being located on the east coast, it can sometimes be a bit windy, but the calm and clear water coupled with the golden sand makes this ideal for families.
Playa de las Gaviotas : Just along from Playa de las Teresitas you will find Playa de las Gaviotas; named after the seagulls that can found here. This beach is far quieter than las Teresitas and is more intimate - however this beach is known for its nudists; so be warned.
Playa Jardin : Located in Puerto de la Cruz in the north of Tenerife is Playa Jardin - a sandy and very popular beach - and due to this the beach itself can become crowded during the high season. There are some good facilities here but the sea can sometimes be unsuitable for the less experienced swimmer. As the name suggests, there are numerous gardens along the edge of the beach and you will find a cascade here which is attractive to children and the young at heart.
Playa del Duque : This beach is located in the area of Costa Adeje which borders the busy resort of Playa de las Americas in the south. Playa del Duque is a golden sand beach where you will find that the sea is relatively calm.
The services here are particularly good with an "upmarket"
feel about it. There are sun loungers and parasol for hire, restaurants, bars, showers, toilets and changing rooms.
El Medano : This is a natural beach and one of the longest to be found in Tenerife - around 2km long. At one of the beach is the resort itself - El Medano with the Medano Hotel jutting out into the sea, and at the other end is the Red Mountain or "Montana Roja". This is a famous venue for windsurfing and kitesurfing therefore expect it to be on the windy side - especially during the months from April to September. Despite the windy conditions experienced, the sea is fairly calm and is ideal for families due to the shallow water.
El Socorro : Located near Los Realejos in the north of Tenerife, El Socorro is well known for surfing as there is quite a strong swell so be careful when you are swimming [lifeguards are present]. The beach itself if quite long and has some good facilities including bars and
El Bollullo : Located in La Orotava near Puerto de la Cruz in the north, this beach is backed by volcanic rocks and with sizeable waves. You won't find a lot to do on this beach, but there is a bar at hand for cold drinks and plates of seafood. The beach itself is about 400m long and is reached by a dirt track.
Playa de la Arena : A bit confusing as there are at least 2 "Playa de la Arena"s on Tenerife as it simply means "sandy beach". However, the best of the bunch is to be found in the resort of Playa de la Arena which is near Los Gigantes on the west coast. The actual beach has the most recorded sunshine hours on the island and enjoys great views over to the neighbouring island of
Las Vistas : This beach is probably one of the longest in the south of the island located between Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas and is arguably one of the best in this part of the island.
You will find the sea here calm making it ideal for families. Children will especially enjoy the fountain which shoots seawater high into the air and keeps sunbathers cool. This beach is particularly good for disabled visitors as there are specially developed areas and the additional benefit of amphibian chairs.
Los Cristianos : Located in the south of Tenerife, the beach itself is 400m long and is at the end of the marine walk which begins in the resort of the same name. As the resort is one of the busiest on the island, the beach can get crowded during peak season but the facilities are excellent. It also overlooks the harbour so you are never bored as you can watch boats coming in.
So, if you are looking for a good beach to go to on your holiday to Tenerife then we would suggest you try at least one of our suggestions, but bear in mind that there are plenty of smaller coves dotted around the coastline of this island of eternal spring.
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 11:28 AM
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
8 Reasons Why a Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour is the Perfect Day Trip
The #1 day trip from Las Vegas? The West Rim bus tour to the Grand Canyon. It's no wonder, either. This in-demand excursion is packed with activities and attractions, making it a favorite with families, groups, and independent travelers alike. If you haven't booked this tour yet, here are eight reasons why you should:
1. It's close to Las Vegas. Grand Canyon West is 120 miles east of town, requiring just a 2.5-hour bus ride.
2. You get to see Hoover Dam. The road to the West Rim crosses the Dam, with a pull out on the Arizona side for photos.
3. You get to experience the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Known as the Glass Bridge, the Skywalk is Las Vegas' hottest natural attraction, taking you 70 feet past the edge of the Canyon and dangling you 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
4. It's the only place where you can fly to the bottom. Add a helicopter trip to your package and descend 4,000 to the Canyon floor.
5. You can go river rafting. Take a helicopter to the bottom and transfer to a pontoon boat for a ride down the Colorado River.
6. Experience real Native American culture. Grand Canyon West is on the Hualapai Indian Reservation and managed by the Tribe. Interact with tribal members and explore an authentic Indian village.
7. Better value than renting a car. If you drive yourself, you will pay for entrance to the Park, gas, rental car, insurance, and parking. Bus tours are all-inclusive. Pay once and it's done (and it's a lot cheaper).
8. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the only one in the U.S.
Most west Rim bus tours include hotel pick up and drop off and a BBQ lunch. Only luxury buses are run this trip. These buses feature over-sized seats, climate-controlled interiors, television screens, over-sized windows, and professional driver-guides.
The most popular West Rim bus tour includes the Grand Canyon Skywalk, followed by the helicopter descent to the bottom and the pontoon boat ride. These are all-day tours that have you back at your Las Vegas hotel by late afternoon.
Trips start at $94 and go up from there based on how you upgrade your pacakge. For instance, Skywalk bundles are $129. These are promotional prices and are only available direct from the tour operator. It's recommended that you make your reservation in advance as tours sell out.
Grand Canyon bus trips are an incredible deal. You can be at the edge of America's most famous natural wonder for under $100 per person. If you choose to upgrade your package, you can experience the Canyon's floor and the Colorado River. The West Rim's proximity to Las Vegas also makes it a stellar day trip for people of all ages. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of The Strip, take a bus tour. There's a good chance it will change the way you look at the planet.
Ready to visit the West Rim? Read travel expert Keith Kravitz' trip reviews first at http://www.GrandCanyonBusDeals.com
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 10:51 AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Driving Distances to the Most Popular Destinations in the Mexico Free Zone
The Mexican Free Zone includes the entire Baja peninsula and the western and northern areas of the state of Sonora. This area does not require the types of vehicle permits that are required for the rest of Mexico, so it is a popular destination for RV campers and road trippers from North America and Canada. The Mexican Free Zone contains some of the most popular and scenic destinations in Mexico that are all within a day or two's drive from the border.
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora
Puerto Peñasco is lovingly known by locals as Rocky Point. This is a prime beach destination for American travelers because it is located so close to the Arizona border. From Phoenix, it is 215 miles to Puerto Peñasco. Take I-10 west to Highway 85 south to Ajo, where you will cross the border into Sonora. From there, follow Mexican highway 8 to reach the beaches of Rocky Point. Its close proximity to Arizona has earned Rocky Point it the nickname of "Arizona's Beach."
Guaymas is south of Puerto Peñasco on the Sonoran Coast, just 14 miles from San Carlos, another popular Sonoran Free Zone destination. Once a quiet fishing village, Guaymas is now a bustling port town with calm waters and beautiful beaches. To get to Guaymas, travel south from Nogales along the Mexican 15. This is a great toll road and allows you to make fast time. The toll road will take you to Hermosillo where there you will take the road to Guaymas and it is 75 miles to Guaymas, with the exit for San Carlos being just before the Guaymas city limits. The entire trip from Nogales to Guaymas is 260 miles.
From Tijuana to Ensenada, it is a mere 74 miles. Simply cross the border at Tijuana and take the Rosarito/Ensenada Toll Road exit. If you are coming from the Arizona or New Mexico area, it is 522 miles from Nogales. Ensenada is known as a premier surf destination. Ensenada also has sheltered beaches that are good for kids, making it a popular family vacation spot as well. Its close proximity to California makes it a great weekend get-away.
Cabo San Lucas, Baja
Located at the very tip of the Baja peninsula and the Mexican Free Zone, Cabo San Lucas is 1008 miles from the border town of Tijuana. If you start off early enough in the morning, you can make it in a day. However, it's better to break this one up into two days, that way you get to enjoy the scenery. San Ignacio is located halfway between Tijuana and Cabo San Lucas. This picturesque beach town is low key and offers miles of open beaches, perfect for camping. There are also several hotels and bed and breakfasts in the town as well.
Driving in Mexico's free zone from the United States does not require the regular Mexico permits which will make crossing the Mexico border simpler and faster. Before you know it you will be enjoying a fabulous Mexico beach vacation!
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 4:19 PM
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Relax in Tenerife on a Holiday in El Medano
El Medano is the ideal resort for a peaceful and relaxing Tenerife holiday. No busy nightlife, just a traditional way of life.
Where is it?... El Medano is located in the south of Tenerife, just east of Reina Sofia [Tenerife South] Airport. It's easy to get to in a taxi - just 10-15 minutes away.
Why a holiday in El Medano?... A unique resort which you will either love or hate. If you love it you will return year-after-year. If you hate it you will, at the very least, go home relaxed.
El Medano used to be a fishing village, but is now known for its bay and natural sandy beaches, and although the resort has undergone development it remains unspoiled and is certainly not commercialised [don't expect to find places selling "all day breakfasts"]. Conditions here can be a bit windy, which is great for kite and wind-surfing with international competitions being held here.
Spend the Morning ... The best way to start the day in El Medano is to take a walk along the beach towards Montana Roja. This is known as El Medano Beach. Walk until you come to a small rock which you can go round, and you will then be on Leocadio Machado Beach. It will take you about 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other [starting at the Medano Hotel and reaching the Montana Roja]. You can then walk across some land by the Montana Roja [Red Mountain] to the other side via a dirt road, and then continue along the beach [this is Playa de la Tejita]. Take this opportunity for a quick swim in the sea. If it's too windy then just stay in the shallow water, but the sea can be lovely a calm and ideal for a short dip. Follow this by a long breakfast which you can take in one of the many restaurants found lining the promenade.
After breakfast, you can take a walk in the opposite direction until you come to the small harbour where you can watch the fishing boats bringing in the catch of the day. Walk a bit further to La Cabezo beach, and you may be able to watch the wind-surfers or kite-surfers.
Time for Lunch ... After all the walking and sea air, you will be ready for some lunch. We recommend making your way back to the main square - Plaza Principe de Asturias - and go to Bar Restaurante Avenida [also known as Casa Fefo] which is on the promenade next to the main square. If you prefer to stay out of the sun, you may prefer to sit inside and still benefit from overlooking the sea through the large windows. Alternatively you can sit outside and still enjoy the sun, or escape the midday sun under one of the parasols. Choose from a selection of Canarian food including the locally caught fish. There's no rush, and you can sit there with a drink and just watch the world go by. Victor, the manager at the restaurant, will ensure that you are looked after.
Spend the Afternoon ... You may simply wish to return to your hotel for a short siesta, or spend time sunbathing - remember that this is a laid-back resort. If you are looking for an even more traditional village then head to San Isidro where you will also be able to do a bit of shopping. It's just a short taxi ride away and shouldn't cost more than around 8 euros: A taxi will cost around 8 euros.
Another place to visit nearby is Los Abrigos which will cost approximately 10 euros by taxi from El Medano. Again, this is a quiet resort with several restaurants specialising in shellfish, a promenade and quaint harbour. If you would rather stay in El Medano, then you may like to visit Parque Eolico [if you are walking then this round trip will take around 3 hours]. This is a wind farm and renewable energy centre. Visitors can walk around and see exhibits which demonstrate the principles behind both wind and solar power.
Dine out at ... We would suggest Restaurante Familiar which can be found 2 rows back from the promenade in El Medano. This is a popular restaurant in the resort where you will be able to choose from a good selection of both international and traditional cuisine.
Stay up Late ... Stay in El Medano for a few drinks at one of the many bars which line the promenade and remain open until around midnight or even 1am. However if nightlife is what you are after, then jump into a taxi and take the short ride to Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas where you can dance the night away until the early hours of the morning.
Regardless of your age, if you are looking for a laid-back, relaxing holiday in Tenerife, then El Medano may just be the resort you're looking for, but remember ... don't expect to do anything too tiring; do expect a traditional, leisurely way of life.
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 1:53 PM
Monday, August 30, 2010
How to Have a Great Family Vacation
Planning a family vacation can be a bit challenging, especially if your family is made up of different age groups with difference interests and preferences. You have to take into account your baby's care, your teenagers hobbies, and your own enjoyment as a couple.
The great thing is that there are a lot of vacation options available now that focus on families and their assorted needs.
Whenever you consider taking a family vacation you need to pay attention to the flexibility and dynamics of your vacation destination. The types of entertainment and the diversity of activities should be wide enough to keep all the members of your family interested, excited, and amused.
And the places that you decide to travel to should have the necessary security measures in place so your children will be safe and sound. And, especially if your family is big, the cost should not be a burden.
With all of this in mind, here are a number of different ways you and your family can enjoy a great family vacation:
Take a Cruise
If your family won't mind being on the ocean for days at a time this could be the perfect getaway for your family. Many cruises offer all-inclusive pricing. The cost of the cruise tickets include your accommodations, food, and entertainment.
Most cruise ships also have a lot of amenities that will appeal to your entire family such as water slides, giant pools, movies, recreation rooms, and playgrounds. You and your family will get to experience exotic, far away destinations. And many cruise lines offer staterooms large enough that your entire family can stay together.
Go to a Family Resort
If you think a member of your family might get sea sick you can still enjoy a lot of the activities at a family resort. Resorts that focus on family vacations feature age appropriate activities and entertainment. They also have the staff and facilities to keep youngsters safe and entertained while their parents can enjoy time alone.
Many resorts also offer all inclusive pricing so that you will be able to keep your expenses within your budget. No matter if you want to vacation in a tropical paradise, an indoor theme park, or a winter wonderland, you have a huge amount of family resort vacation options to choose from.
Have a Family Adventure
If your family has an active lifestyle then you might want to take them on an adventure vacation. Then all your family members can enjoy exciting and different pursuits. And your options may even seem limitless. For example, you can take a canoe trip, go on a cycling tour, to trekking, or go camping.
Sailing, kayaking, and more may even be available at a nearby state park. If you check out the activities they offer and the amenities that are available you might even find that you don't have to travel very far to have a family vacation that every member of your brood will enjoy.
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Take The Family On A Grand Canyon Rafting Trip For An End-Of-Summer Vacation
Summer often flies by much faster than people would like. For kids in particular, having a fun-filled summer is a must before heading back to the routine of school. Why not plan that summer vacation for late August and take your family on an exciting, high-adventure Grand Canyon white water river rafting trip?
A white water expedition on the Colorado River offers adventure and education to families with children at least 8 years old - far from the computers and other gadgets that keep us indoors and disconnected from nature. Of course, it's a way to spend quality time together as well, and these trips offer several benefits that make them an ideal vacation option:
1. Rafting companies offer packages for families. There are plenty of options to choose from for all preferences, schedules and physical needs. Whether you want to explore all 188 miles of the Colorado through the Grand Canyon on a two-week expedition, or just a few days experiencing part of the canyon, there are customizable rafting packages available that will fit your needs.
2. There are motorized rafts available, while others might prefer the physicality of oar power. These boats are often large enough to accommodate 16-30 people - so you can bring along other relatives as well for a full family adventure. The area is also a hiker's paradise, with plenty of side canyons to explore from top to bottom, and most packages include day hiking for a complete Grand Canyon experience.
3. For elderly or disabled family members, there's no reason why they can't enjoy the vacation, too - many companies offer special accommodations and transportation from rim to rim to make sure these individuals can safely and comfortably experience the canyon.
4. There is no shortage of attractions to keep your family excited. While white water rafting is the focus of these trips, the canyon is full of natural wonders that are perfect for exploring - and learning a little about the area's history. Day trips range from hidden canyons and caverns to refreshing waterfalls and pools, all offering great photo opportunities and scenic spots to take a break from the heat. There are even ancient ruins built into the canyon walls that capture the timelessness of the area.
5. From food to sleeping accommodations - everything is taken care of when you work with a professional guide company. You don't need to worry about packing meals or lugging around bulky sleeping bags. Included supplies vary, but items like tents, chairs, eating utensils, and of course, life vests are covered by many rafting groups. The guides are even all accomplished cooks - so you can look forward to fine dining (campground-style) too.
6. Expert guides make sure you and your family get the most out of your trip. The best professionals have years of experience under their belts, and can tell you all there is to know about the history and geology of the canyon. In addition, they are skilled navigators and boaters, providing you with an interesting and safe experience as you travel down the river. While the nature of the trips always holds the possibility of accidents, guides are trained in everything from CPR to food handling, and some even hold EMT certification - so you can rest assured that you and your family will be in good hands.
A Grand Canyon river rafting expedition offers an exciting way to finish summer on a high note. The memories from the trip - whether braving the rapids or enjoying the breathtaking views - will be a great addition to your family's experiences.
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 10:43 AM
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Queens is the largest by area (comprising a third of the city's total land area), and second largest by population borough of New York City. Though it has the second largest populous comprised of some 2.3 million people, it is only the 4th most densely population, ahead of only Staten Island. It was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties of New York, and today it is home to two of the three major New York City Airports - JFK International and La Guardia - as well as Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets.
Queens is by most estimates the most ethnically diverse political jurisdiction in the United States, if not the entire world. 47.5% of its population is comprised of immigrants. Almost half of the populace is white while blacks and latinos make up an additional twenty and twenty five percent respectively. The remainder is distributed among other races, mostly Asian. It is not unusual to find fifty different languages spoken as native tongues on the same block, and neighbors are often recent arrivals who can barely communicate with one another in an almost pidgin English. For those who wish to see the world without spending a lot of time and money, Queens is an explorer's delight.
Of course, what you get is only a glimpse into the world, but it's a view with a lot of impact. The world-famous Number 7 route of the New York City subway system is labeled the Oriental Express not only for the Asians who ride it daily, but other commuters who hail from equally faraway and exotic lands. Exotic no more, however, these immigrants have transformed the entire length of the line into a panorama of the world. For example, the eastern terminus of Flushing is one of the most jam-packed areas anywhere in the city - and almost none of these people are tourists! Alternatively, the line is also called the International Express, for similar reasons in that it passes through several ethnically diverse locations, especially Roosevelt Avenue.
To be sure, Queens is downright sleepy compared to Manhattan. It has its attractions, but only a few would qualify as world-class wonders in most guidebooks. However, as mentioned at the outset, it is a place for adventurers, which are not quite the same as tourists. Adventurers tend to want to get off the beaten path and experience the authentic, and so-called outer boroughs like Queens offer an arguably truer New York experience than the usual fancy tourist destinations. Why, in terms of culinary delights alone the eager explorer can sample cuisine from around the world: Greek, Italian, and Arabic specialties in Astoria, German, Polish, and other Central European fare in Maspeth and Middle Village, and Indian, Pakistani, and Spanish foods in Jackson Heights.
Written by Paul Wise, who has lived in Queens recommends http://www.blogarticlesinfo.com/ for more reading on the subject and New York City in general.
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 10:56 AM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Top Ten Vacation Spots Enjoyed by Celebs
Want to spend your holiday like a star? We've got you covered. Get ready to flip flop your way to summer bliss because there's nowhere better to bask, bathe, or banquet then here!
1.Cabo San Lucas
Considered the jewel of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is anything but boring. From world-class golf, to swimming, snorkling, and scuba, your days will be easily filled... or not (if you'd prefer).
More then just a hot spot in the sun, Miami Beach has world famous nightclubs, Art Deco architecture, and designer fashion. It's no wonder supermodel Heidi Klum loves to go!
This pearl of the Caribbean is the perfect place to go and relax. With delicious restaurants, great shopping, and fourteen white sand beaches to choose from how can you go wrong? Mariah Carey doesn't think you can!
For romance, relaxation, and adventure, take a trip to Turtle Island, a place named by Captain Cook and his sea turtle eating crew. Privately owned since 1972, this South Pacific paradise is thought to be "as close to heaven on earth as you're likely to get."
Located on the French Riviera, St. Tropez has a reputation for famous and wealthy summertime guests. It has been dubbed the "playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires."
"Hollywood East", a summer colony only accessible by boat and air, is a favourite of Oprah and Sir Paul McCartney. A study found that the cost of living on the island is 60% higher than the national average and housing prices are 96% higher.
A picture perfect destination where every island is more beautiful than the last. The Aloha state has an incredible history and a flame living within its people that can't be put out. When up for a surf, Cameron Diaz likes to visit.
For those busy New York stars who can only escape for the weekend, the Hamptons is the
perfect compromise. Distinguished by its shops, restaurants, and galleries, it's no wonder high-stress New Yorkers like to spend their summers there.
For those celebrities who look for adventure in their holidays, African Safaris seem to be a popular choice. But don't be fooled by their hats and habits, these holidays offer every possible creature comfort in the middle of immaculate wilderness.
A Polynesian jewel of coral, crystal blue water, and lush forests, Bora Bora is one of the world's most beautiful islands. Located 160 miles northwest of Tahiti, Charlize Theron likes to go.
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 2:19 PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Five Ways to Save Money on Your Next Trip
The excitement of traveling is often in what's unknown about the destination, but trying to figure out what to do on your own can be very frustrating and expensive. When vacationing, it's important for guests to make the most of their trip by utilizing the many directory and money-saving resources provided by local hotels. From scheduling your flight to finding the best attractions, here are five ways to save money on your next trip.
1) Free city guides
When planning your itinerary, who better to talk with than the people who eat, work, and live there? Upon arrival, be sure to talk with the staff of your hotel. Talking with the people who work at your hotel will reveal a wealth of knowledge about the city that can help you save time and money. They may share their favorite comedy or music show, or even great budget-friendly places to shop. Talking with your hotel's concierge specialist is another valuable step you can take for making the most of your experience. They have an abundance of information to share with guests, and have typically experienced many of the local activities.
2) The locals know best!
When looking for delicious food for a great deal, find out where the locals eat. With a friendly, inquisitive attitude, talking with the locals can lead you in the direction of local diners favored over pricey chain restaurants. While saving a bundle, you will have the experience of a lifetime as you enjoy a local favorite, like a deep-dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog.
3) Understand airline cycles
As with hotel reservations, the most effective way to save on airline fees is to plan your well in advance. But you should also understand the seasons that airfares increase and avoid booking in those peak travel times. Having an accurate list of alternate routes to your destination can save you a tremendous amount of time and money, especially in the case of delays.
4) Take advantage of value packages
Looking into the many value packages offered by hotels is a great way to save money! Luxury hotels may offer special family pack discounts for bringing children, incentives for staying additional nights, or club membership discounts. Prepare yourself by studying up on the current special values offers and see what hotel rooms you qualify for.
5) Don't worry about rental cars or cabs...
Just getting around can exhaust a large amount of your budget, but by booking your hotel in the right location, you won't have to worry about rental cars or cabs. Many luxury hotels place guests within walking distance of business, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. With the ideal location being in the heart of the city, plan your next vacation with this in mind: reserving your hotel rooms within walking distance of local attractions will save you time and money, while making the most of your vacation!
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Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 1:15 PM
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
10 Sixtieth Birthday Ideas For Men
The sixtieth birthday of a husband or father is looming and apart from a party, gift ideas are in short supply. 60 is an important milestone so many loved ones want to make sure there is something special to remember the day. Fortunately, there are plenty of other great opportunities for a special sixtieth birthday treat. This top ten list provides active and more sedate options to consider in the UK.
1. Drive a Ferrari
We've all seen one. How many of us have actually been in one. Let alone driven one. Driving a Ferrari is an opportunity to experience the ultimate in performance motoring. There are many circuits around the country where it is possible to book a Ferrrari driving experience.
2. Newspaper from date of birth
There are many gift suppliers who can offer a full newspaper from the birthday boy's date of birth. This can be a full paper in a presentation folder or just a framed front page. It's not a pricey gift but a gesture which will always be well received.
3. Balloon Ride
See the world from 2000 feet in the calm and serene atmosphere of a balloon ride. Flights usually take off early morning or early evening . Flight duration is usually about one hour. Take into consideration that where a balloon lands is very dependent on the direction of the wind, although all operators bring passengers back to the point of departure.
4. Clay Pigeon Shooting
For those who have not experience any form of shooting, clay pigeon shooting is often a surprisingly enjoyable activity. There are many superb locations around the country. Most will offer training and the opportunity to try out newly acquired skills.
5. Personalised Single Malt Whiskey
For those with a penchant for Scotch whisky, a personalised single malt is another relatively inexpensive but valued gift. These can be ordered online with the facility to write a personalised message on the label. An added extra for a more memorable gift.
6. Wine Tasting
There are many traditional options for wine tasting. One which may make it more of an occasion is to visit London's Vinopolis. A visit to Vinopolis can include not just the tasting, but a "How to Taste" session and a tasting notebook.
7. Flying lesson in a Tiger Moth
The Tiger Moth is a 1930's biplane which was generally used by the RAF for training. It's a great way to experience flying from a bygone era and novices may even be able to take control of the aircraft. There a many locations to do this in the UK.
8. A Day at the Races
A day at the races may be pretty standard fare for many, but it can be turned into a special occasion by including lunch, a meeting such as Ascot or Goodwood, or even the special atmosphere of a night time meeting.
9. Champagne on the London Eye
The London Eye is still a relative newcomer to London's list of attractions but has very quickly become a must do experience for visitors to the capital. Pods can be booked by individuals or groups so this can be a very personal experience. Great views of the city and beyond.
10. Fly Fishing
A relaxing but stimulating way to spend a day. There are many wonderful locations to go fly fishing in the UK. For those who've never done it before there are also plenty of places that offer training, lunch and a great day out.
Balloon Safaris provides hot air balloon rides in the south east of England. All departure points are easily commutable from London. A Balloon Safaris balloon flight is an experience you'll never forget. Check out their website at http://www.balloonsafaris.co.uk/
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 12:39 PM
Monday, August 9, 2010
I Love Touring Italy - Amalfi Hotels
The town of Amalfi, population about 5,000, sits on the Gulf of Salerno some 20 miles (35 kilometers) south east of Naples. It had been an independent maritime state that brought the art of papermaking to Europe from Arabia. Before World War II this town was brimming with paper mills but most tourists won't miss them. The town itself is located at the base of a deep gorge (as in the word gorgeous) and is close to many other great tourist towns. The number one historical sight is the Duomo (Cathedral) which dates back to the Eleventh Century and has Moorish and Gothic influences. Don't miss the Chiostro del Paradiso (Paradise Cloister), the burial grounds for local bigwigs. The Basilica itself is considerably older and serves as a museum.
The local lemons are famous as is the lemon liquor known as Limoncello. Local holidays include the feast days of Saint Andrew (June 25-27 and November 30) and Byzantine New Year's Eve" (31 August). For your convenience we have listed these hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
This three-star Hotel Amalfi has been run by the same family since 1972. It is situated in a totally renovated pasta factory. You'll love the garden whose lemons and oranges are served at breakfast on the glass enclosed rooftop terrace. And parking, often a problem in this part of the world, is available at a nearby garage. The address is Via dei Pastai 3, 84011 Amalfi.
The three-star Hotel L'Antico Convitto is only two blocks from the Duomo but you have to navigate an extremely narrow alley. Its 16 rooms were renovated in 2006. Try to get a room on the upper floor. The junior suites have vaulted ceilings and a Jacuzzi bath. The address is Via Salita dei Curiali 4, 84011 Amalfi.
The three-star Hotel Lidomare occupies a Fourteenth Century building situated between the town and the seashore. The property features beautifully decorated interiors, a cosy lounge area with library and an outdoor terrace with a splendid panoramic views. There are fifteen rooms varying from singles to quints. Breakfast is served either in the room or on the terrace. Some of the rooms are equipped with a Jacuzzi. The address is Largo Duchi Piccolomini 5, 84011 Amalfi.
The four-star Hotel Marina Riviera provides spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast. Each of the 32 rooms offers a sea view and deluxe rooms have a private balcony. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room or in a verandah overlooking the sea. On-site facilities include an American bar, a restaurant with panoramic terrace, large terraces overlooking the Amalfi coast and cosy and elegantly furnished lounges. If money is no object, go for the Suite Amalfitana with a hand painted ceramic floor. The address is Via Pantaleone Comite 19, 84011 Amalfi.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet but he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches various computer classes in an Ontario French-language community college. Check out his wine website http://www.theworldwidewine.com with a weekly column reviewing $10 wines and new sections writing about (theory) and tasting (practice) organic and kosher wines.
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 4:50 PM
Thursday, August 5, 2010
5 Common Hotel Complaints From The Hotel's Point Of View
Most complaints have their sources in genuine accidents, no hotel is really trying to ruin their guests' visit, but while some common complaints are more than valid, theres always another side to the story. Believe it or not, there are reasons for hotels doing some of the things they regularly do that drive some of their guests to irritation. Heres a list of some of the most frequent complaints made against hotels, and some reasons as to why hotels behave the way they do.
Lost Bookings: Okay, so youve booked your room on Hotwire, packed your bags, made the trip, and now that you've arrived at the hotel it seems that they had no idea you were coming. This mistake can have many reasons behind it.
Firstly, how long ago did you booked your stay? Keep in mind that when you book a room on a website like hotels.com, or Expedia, in many smaller hotels the booking is not instantaneously entered in the hotel's database. What typically happens is a three step process where the website sends the information to the hotel in the form of an e-mail or a fax, which is then entered by hand into the system by one of the Check-In staff, then a confirmation is sent from the hotel to the booking engine. Its surprising how many people don't realise this. I once had a guest book a room on Expedia as he was walking in our front door, and he was quite taken aback that his booking wasnt instantly recorded by the time he made it to the front desk.
There is also the possibility of human error. Sometimes things get entered into the system wrong, or the hotel gets overbooked. While no hotel will ever willingly admit that they've made this most disastrous of mistakes, it does happen. However, most hotels have an understanding with another, similar hotel in the neighbourhood that they can move overbooked guests over to, in case the unthinkable should happen.
Many hotels will charge a fee if you cancel your booking at the last minute. While larger hotels might be able to absorb the loss, it makes good sense for small hotels to adhere to some sort of cancellation policy. In fact, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy here at Nuvo. In our defence, we only have 32 rooms and if someone cancels the day of their booking theres a pretty decent chance that we won't be filling that room. Since it actually represents a fair chunk of change for us, we have a cancellation policy in place to help us break even on last minute cancellations. However, if theres a good reason for the cancellation (like a family emergency, flight cancellation due to a volcano, car breakdowns, or ninjas), we'll likely waive any fees. Housekeeping Ignoring the "Do Not Disturb" Sign: This is one of the more greivous mistakes a hotel can make, in my opinion. Once you've put down your money for the stay, the room belongs to you, and you should be able to get a little bit of privacy. Not to mention that random people walking into your room while you're sleeping is terribly invasive.
There are reasons why the housekeepers do it, though. Housekeeping staff usually work in shifts, and since they usually have lives outside of work, are not available to clean rooms 24/7. They really only have a limited amount of time to do all the cleaning for the day, and every occupied room has to be cleaned. Its also very common for guests to leave the room without taking down the sign on the door, so if its past a certain time of the day, its standard practice for housekeepers to poke their heads into a room to check and see if anyone's actually in there. Also, in a situation where it's the last day of the reservation where a guest hasn't checked out on time, or informed the hotel that they will need a late check-out, with another guest trying to check in to the same room... Well, in that case housekeeping, after getting approval from management, may very well enter a room, more to try and figure out whats going on than to clean it, though.
Additional Room Charges:
I personally hate this one when I travel. You check into your room and eat a granola bar from a bowl on the counter, only to find out two weeks later that you were charged $4.00 for it. That kind of upselling is sneaky and, dare I say it, dishonest. There are also hotels that will charge extra for services that you have no way of opting out of. Thats just the hotel managements way of bringing in as much money per booking as possible, sometimes to the irritation of their guests.There are some cases in which having additional charges added to a booking can be argued as being reasonable. For example, here at Nuvo there is an extra daily fee should you require the use of a parking stall. We do this because we don't own the stalls ourselves, we rent them from our neighbours. Woking the cost of keeping those stalls into the standard rates for the hotel and causing every guest to pay for them, whether they need a stall or not, seemed wrong.
So, we worked out a rate that allows us to keep the stalls for our use without having to charge everyone who walks through our doors
Charging Extra for Internet:
I have no argument for this one. Any hotel that is still charging its guests for WiFi needs to re-evaluate its pricing. These days, a simple high-speed WiFi set-up costs very little to maintain, and theres really no excuse for not offering it to paying guests free. If Coffee Shops can do it for free, why cant $400 per night hotels? Thats right Starwood Hotels, Im looking at you.
Jonathan Meier is the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a stylish boutique hotel specializing in long term stays in downtown Calgary, Alberta. Check out the trendy suites at http://www.nuvohotelsuites.com
Posted by Travel Leaders of Fargo at 10:34 AM