• The Travel Social Media Guide

    The Travel Social Media Guide

    If you have been waiting for the right social media travel guide then you don’t need to wait anymore. In fact, you can arrange a successful trip using the social media travel guide in detail below. First things first, use a combination of top social networks besides popular media sharing sites. In a short amount of time, you can quickly and easily make social media work for you while on vacation. Even better, you will be able to get real-time information and find out about the best means of transportation, hotel accommodations, recreational activities, restaurants, security and more. If you are like most people, you will easily rely on the internet to plan almost every aspect of the trip. Leave your guidebook at home and use social media to research your trip.

    In this travel social media guide you will find that TripAdvisor will allow you to use your network of friends to get honest travel advice about your trip.Using Facebook Connect is the easiest way to access this information. When you begin to research a location with the help of TripAdvisor, you can be as specific or as broad as you want. For instance you can research a country name or find out specific information about a certain hotel or restaurant. With Facebook Connect you will be able to see if one of your friends visited that particular location and how they felt about it.

    At this point you can email them directly to get advice, information or to read their online reviews. A great Facebook application you will love is BootsnAll Connect. Easily find other travelers who are planning to go to the same place as you plan to go or simply connect with locals who live in the area. Here is a fantastic opportunity to ask all …

  • 9 Things Travel Companies Must Pack Into Their Websites

    9 Things Travel Companies Must Pack Into Their Websites

    I have a few relatives, who see traveling as a huge waste of money. “You go, you spend lots of money and then you come home. And, what do you have to show for it all”? Poor Uncle Joe; he never took a vacation more than 100 miles away from his own front door. He certainly missed out on one of life’s great experiences – traveling the world and marveling at the many wonderful things in life that can stimulate our senses. The Sights. The Sounds. The Smells. The Tastes. The Feel. Merveilleux!

    Years ago, many of those from “the greatest generation” primarily spent their vacations visiting and staying with out-of-town relatives. Some went away just to escape the sweltering heat of the city. Others often chose modest getaways that weren’t too far from home or too expensive to visit. The accounts of their vacation experiences have become legendary. Are they not best remembered by the home movies and slide shows, which inspired so many of our parent’s most artful excuses to “make it an early night?” Anything to beg out and avoid the boredom of watching those same embarrassing old films of Aunt Rose in her bulging, one piece bathing suit. And, did they really care enough to need to find out what some squirrel did with an acorn in the Pocono woods five years earlier? Neither scene was ever inspiring enough to trigger a copycat vacation booking by my parents.

    Times certainly have changed. Today, almost everyone looks forward to a memorable vacation. The word “memorable” is strongly emphasized, since huge numbers of people now go on vacations to emotionally “connect” with interesting and often exotic places and peoples. And, we all seem to want to share our wonderful experience with others – but, not by way of …

  • Ski Report - El Nino Dumps on El Tahoe! You Should See Lake Tahoe's Highest Peaks

    Ski Report – El Nino Dumps on El Tahoe! You Should See Lake Tahoe’s Highest Peaks

    The classic Tahoe dump is happening right now. It’s the kind of snowfall that will be recalled for years to come in a litany of tall tales that start with “Do you remember the snow of January 2010?”

    A series of winter storms that began during the Martin Luther King holiday on January 17 delivered a couple of feet of snow to Lake Tahoe’s highest peaks and nearly a foot at lake level. But that’s just the beginning. As the week progresses, the storms are expected to become more ferocious, with colder temperatures and more precipitation. By Saturday, the Sierra crest will most likely have 10 feet of fresh snow. Forecasters are expecting this to be the most snow-producing series of storms the Sierra has seen in the last five years. It looks like El Niño is here to stay for the rest of January.

    As of Tuesday, January 19, Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, and Squaw Valley are reporting more than 20 inches of new snow. Sugar Bowl and Sierra-at-Tahoe are reporting 18 inches, and Heavenly has nearly a foot of the fresh stuff. So far this year the Tahoe resorts with the deepest snowpacks-all greater than 80 inches–are Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley, and Sugar Bowl. The southern Sierra is enjoying the benefits of the same weather pattern. Mammoth Mountain reports 33 inches of new snow since the week began, and boasts a base of up to 90 inches. Nearby June Mountain has received a foot of fresh snow. The eastern Sierra above 7,000 feet is expected to have 5 to 7 feet of new snow by late Saturday.

    The strongest weather is expected to arrive late today, with heavy precipitation and high winds carrying over into Thursday. After a break on Friday and Saturday, more snow is …

  • The Timeshare Dilemma - An Industry in Decline?

    The Timeshare Dilemma – An Industry in Decline?

    Timeshares were all the rage in the later part of the last century. Timeshare companies were making money hand over fist offering a way for regular people to own a place where they could vacation every year or trade with others if they wished to go somewhere else. Now, with people losing their jobs and homes, the bloom is off the rose of timeshare ownership. What are the problems and can people still get good deals for vacationing?

    Owning a timeshare is a financial commitment. You are basically buying a townhouse for a week or two and are responsible for maintenance, insurance, taxes, and upkeep in addition to the mortgage you took to finance the purchase. This is great when the economy is good, but you can see a lot of timeshares for sale right now because it is a financial liability that people can’t carry around in hard times. Trying to get rid of one in a saturated market means you will not be able to get what you paid for it, so you are still carrying debt even if you manage to find a buyer.

    Using a timeshare is restrictive. You are only able to buy whatever week is available so you are limited to taking your vacation during that time every year, you have the same unit every year unless you pay extra to switch locations with another owner and you are limited to the resorts that have sharing agreements with your timeshare group.

    What are the alternatives for someone looking to get a great vacation experience and not be saddled with a mortgage? A new industry in travel has grown in the last few years- travel and vacation clubs. These companies offer the same benefits in travel as warehouse shopping clubs like Sam’s and Costco do …

  • Outside Recreation Equipment Fundamentals

    Outside Recreation Equipment Fundamentals

    The highest excellent outdoor recreation equipment for backpacking uses sophisticated space age materials to supply the lightest and smallest possible package for quick hauling.

    Sleeping bags will be the most significant piece of gear any backpacker can own. They keep the camper warm within the coldest situations however they are also the largest and bulkiest piece of gear. The lightest and warmest bags use synthetic materials for the casing along with the interior as well, though down is still broadly well known mainly because of its superior insulation properties and potential to compress to incredibly tiny sizes. For anyone who is not allergic to down, these are the ideal bags cash can buy but just you’ll want to not get the material wet. Wet down feathers grow to be heavy and drop their insulating properties making the bag useless. Synthetic filling is typically much cheaper and can retain its insulation characteristic in wet weather and is hypoallergenic, but generally doesn’t pack as little as a down bag.

    A tent is the subsequent most significant piece of outside recreation equipment used for backpacking. The outer tent fabric, named the rain fly, is just about often a synthetic nylon material that is definitely treated having a waterproof coating to help keep the interior in the tent dry in rainy and snowy weather. This covers the tent that is usually a mixture of synthetic material and mosquito netting for adequate air flow in warmer circumstances.

    Cold climate tents lack the netting to preserve interior heat and stop any wind from entering. There are 4 season tents which are appropriate to get a variety of circumstances from summer nights to winter adventures. A 3 season tent is appropriate for all but the coldest circumstances plus a wall tent is utilized for intense mountaineering. Wall …

  • Three Great Destinations to Travel to in North Central Washington

    Three Great Destinations to Travel to in North Central Washington

    North Central Washington is a great place to travel to, particularly for the beautiful natural areas that are found there. The region features high mountain peaks, arid desert like areas, and tons of great sources of water. Here are three great places to travel to in the North Central Washington area.

    Conconully State Park

    Conconully State Park is located in the upper reaches of North Central Washington. The park sits on the shore of Conconully Lake and offers a wonderful chance to experience a remote and somewhat secluded vacation spot. Camping at Conconully State Park is a great time and something the whole family can enjoy. Activities available include fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, and more.

    Stehekin

    The community of Stehekin sits just south of the North Cascades National Park and falls within the borders of the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. It also sits on the northwestern shore of beautiful Lake Chelan. There are less than 100 year round residents of Stehekin. The community features a lodge and campground where visitors are free to spend the night, as well as some privately owned rental properties. There are roads and vehicles in Stehekin, but they only service the local area, none of them actually connect to the outside world. The only ways there are to get to Stehekin are by trail, by airplane, and by boat. A ferry regularly operates between the city of Chelan and Stehekin on a daily basis and taking the ride up the 51 mile long Lake Chelan into the heart of the North Cascade Mountains is a great opportunity for a once in a lifetime vacation experience.

    Banks Lake

    Banks Lake is a man made reservoir that occupies the northern portion of the Grand Coulee. The southern end is dammed by the Dry Falls Dam …

  • 2 Amazing and Mysterious Caves in Surigao City That Will Surely Awaken Your Senses

    2 Amazing and Mysterious Caves in Surigao City That Will Surely Awaken Your Senses

    Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Philippines has been known as the “City of Island Adventure” and it consists of many different natural attractions that tourist will love to travel around. It is a small city composes of several islands and it is filled with the abundances of nature’s beauty. Today, I will be introducing two amazing and mysterious caves in Surigao city from the many natural attractions a visitor can choose from. Now, let me be your guide in exploring these caves, please allow your spirit and let your senses discover the true beauty and wonder, the mother earth can offer.

    Silop Multi Caves will be the first in the list that we have to pay a visit and let us discover its mystery. Intrigue of what this cave can offer? Now brace your heart of what entryway do you go first among the cave’s 12 entrances. Open your sixth sense and decipher the mysteries and puzzlement that encase in this amazing cave.

    It has a very impressive limestone formation composing of naturally etch stalagmites, stalactites, and columns. Every sweat that comes out from the pores of your skin will worth a thousand pound of enjoyment and never-ending merriment. It is a paradise for bats and some other insects, and it is one of the most loved beauty of the people residing in the city.

    Silop cave is a 30 minute hike from Brgy. Silop proper and it is a 15 minutes drive from the heart of Surigao city. After visiting the cave of Silop, let us now conquers the sea as we ride on a motor boat in going to our next destination.

    Buenavista Cave – this cavern will surely captivate each beat of your heart and every vibration created by your brain. Upon entering on the lips of …

  • Things To See And Do When You Spend Holidays In Albany, WA

    Things To See And Do When You Spend Holidays In Albany, WA

    There are so many worthwhile things to see and do when you choose to spend your holiday in Albany, Western Australia. Albany is a growing regional centre that is abundant in different natural and man-made resources. The region is considered as an all-year-round holiday destination, especially by tourists who are looking for a one of a kind holiday experience. A host of incomparable sights and attractions will make you lose track of time. There is a myriad of fun activities and scenery for couples, families, friends and even singles. You won’t run out of enjoyable things to do when you visit Albany.

    Go to Albany’s museums and places of historical interests.

    Become acquainted with the region’s rich history. Visit the Western Australian Museum as it exhibits inspirational displays signifying Albany’s social and natural history. Look into the Old Gaol & Museum, Albany Model Railway Association and Museum, the Anzac War Memorial and the Police Station Museum or Military Barracks Museum. You shouldn’t miss the Princess Royal Fortress, the Whale World, The Old Farm/Strawberry Hill, and The Brig Amity replica. There are so many things to learn and see.

    Check out natural attractions and national parks

    Albany is perhaps the wealthiest place you’ve ever been to in terms of national parks and wonders of nature. There is the Torndirrup National Park where you can view the Natural Bridge and The Gap as well as The Blowholes and the Jimmy Newhills. You can also explore the Stirling Range National Park where you can enjoy bush walking and sight-seeing, or even climb Bluff Knoll and other mountains. The Porongurup National Park offers many extraordinary rock formations, pathways leading to several peaks, and a nature trail that leads through an entrancing forest. Challenge your body and feast your eyes. Time is the only thing …

Malawi Travel Information

Malawi Travel Information

The picturesque country of Malawi located in South-east Africa features stunning scenery with its mountainous ranges, high plateaus, valleys, river, woods and a large lake that occupies the majority of its eastern border. Referred to as the ‘warm heart of Africa’, the friendly persons of Malawi are certain to hand you a large welcome with massive smiles on their faces. Interaction with the local tribes is a must throughout one’s stay. One soon will recognize that each tribe is unique in dress and language. Travelling here is relatively quick with airports connecting the different regions and mini-buses that can take you to longer distances.

Malawi is separated into three regions;North, Central and South Malawi. Lake Malawi crosses all regions and occupies almost a fifth of the country with nearly 500 types of fish and sandy coasts. North Malawi is the less recognized region of the country with a lower population density yet contrasted with rich landscapes of highlands, mountains and valleys. Travel to Nyika National Park which is populated with numerous types of roan and antelope. For those who want to experience the traditional conventional bush-game, North Malawi’s Vwaza Marsh Wildlife reserve is the place to go.

Central Malawi is home to the Lilongwe, the country’s capital and most common point of entry. Despite being a capital city, this area features its own share of scenic landscapes and culture with its numerous wildlife reserves and winding rivers. Near Lilongwe is Dezda, a town with local artists and craftsmen that create pottery and woodcarvings and in addition a interesting cultural museum.

South Malawi is the most developed component of the country and home to Central Africa’s highest peak, Mount Mulanje. This huge ‘island in the sky’ is easily accessible by foot and truly worthwhile as a way to witness the dramatic …

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Rock Climbing the Challenging Granite Walls of Yosemite

Rock Climbing the Challenging Granite Walls of Yosemite

Yosemite National Park has long been a popular destination for rock climbers around the world. Across the 1200 square miles of the park lie some of the most unique and exciting climbs in North America. Whether you’re looking for a short half day climb or you’ve set your sights on El Capitan, Yosemite is the place to be for rock climbers.

Steep rock walls with smooth granite faces and lacking hand-holds are what await climbers here in Yosemite. Maneuvering the cracks and crevices of these rocks walls requires skill, confidence and stamina. Rock climbing in Yosemite is not for the inexperienced with the average grade exceeding 5.5.

It is vitally important before taking a rock climbing trip to Yosemite that you know you’re skill level. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, it is essential to pick up some training on crack climbing, the most predominant technique used here. Rather than relying on hand and footholds like traditional climbers, you’ll be using the cracks and crevices so common among the granite formations of Yosemite. Make sure you’ve got your top-roping and anchor setting skills down and you’re good to go.

There are scores of different climbs available in Yosemite and which one(s) you choose comes down to your experience and personal preference. Below you will find two very popular climbing destinations in Yosemite.

Royal Arches

Royal Arches is considered one of the top 50 climbs in North America and for good reason. Views of the beautiful Yosemite valley surround you as you ascend 1600 feet to the top of this daunting climb. The beginning is the most difficult, starting in a chimney and traversing the rock face up 3 pitches to the main wall. Once here, the rest of the journey is a mixture of crack climbing and horizontal traversing. This …

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Consider All Possible Travel Expenses When Planning Your Luxury Travel Vacation

You have been searching for weeks on end for a vacation package that is budget friendly and family friendly. You want something that would not take you ten years to save for, but would not require pawning off random possessions. You want a good quality vacation that offers luxury travel destinations, right?

Discount luxury travel deals are the perfect solution to your summer blues. You are able to go almost anywhere in the world for a portion of the price, and bring your family too! But what do discount luxury travel deals have to offer you? When looking at the price of a non discounted travel vacation package, you have to equate the cost of kennels, babysitters if you have children, the cost of food, flight tickets, hotel costs, and any souvenirs you might want to purchase while on the trip.

So, all these costs broken down equal:

1.) Kennel: $25 per day that you are away. A week long vacation would cost $175 just for boarding your furry friend.

2.) Food: $100-$600 depending on what country or region you are currently visiting.

3.) Flight Tickets: $500-$2000 per person, potentially.

4.) Hotel: Depends on where you are staying.

5.) Not including spending money and other potential costs, a vacation could quite easily cost upwards of $5000.

Even for a well-off person, this price can be quite steep. You need something better, something that is perfect…which is just what discount vacations offer to everyone by utilizing the bounty of discount travel deals, you can actually save two to four times on your vacation package.

Imagine that: for the one regular priced vacation, you can go on four or possibly even five discounted vacations, and still put your buddy in the kennel, pay the babysitter, etc. Some agencies offer discounted …

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Vacation and Traveling – A Brilliant Idea For Home Travel Business

Would you cater to families and business travelers? Would you be an affiliate for resorts, travel industry destinations, travel agent conglomerates? Are you presenting multiple travel deals and specials that hog space online daily? Are you willing to strike up relationships with airlines and agents?

These are all good questions.

What about time-share properties? Would these be a viable product to market? There are many people that have been burned by time-shares recently due to the economic downturns and are looking for ways to recoup their investments, either by renting out their weeks, selling the property. This may be a market to look at?

But these all seem to be dependent on what others have to offer and not what you can produce!

Since the real reason that one would consider a travel business based out of a home would be to experience the travels as well. Researching great 4 and 5 star resorts so others can visit but you would not be able to for years doesn’t motivate the vacation senses. The percentage paid for most travel related businesses would stretch out the time it takes before you’re able to visit any of them.

Traveling, a human need to visit places, friends, families or just to get away provides a strong pull. We are dying to see new places, experiencing activities that are different from the norm of our days or just to be away from typical daily activities. Vacations and traveling is a viable part of our way of life but many are taking shorter trips.

The travel industry offerings for online traveling.

If you are considering being in the traveling business or are currently in and frustrated, the time has come to investigate ways to modify that business model. Finding one that can be an …

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How to Save Money on a Cruise

Cruises can be pretty expensive depending on where the cruise ship goes and the included amenities. Fortunately, there are many things that you are able to do about the cost of your cruise to help you save money on them. Learn what some of these things are so that you can save a few bucks.

The best thing that you can do is to try to book your cruise as early as possible. Typically your rates for booking months in advance will be a much lower rate.

Try to go on your cruise during the off season or at times outside of peak cruise months. Typically, going during these less popular months will be hundreds of dollars cheaper than during peak times.

Ask and search for discounts on the cruise. Not everyone on the same boat as you are will be paying the same price. There are hundreds of travel discounts if you go out and try to find them. These can help save quite a bit of money on the cost of the cruise and even the cost of food.

If you feel safe about it, consider getting a private tour when you are on shore. Many of the cruise line tours are much more expensive than these others. Just be careful that you don’t get ripped off or put yourself in a situation where you might not be safe.

Be sure that before you book the cruise that you get multiple quotes. Sometimes you can get the same cruise package but at a much cheaper price.

Try changing the days when you leave for your cruise. At times a few days before or after your original date can save you quite a bit of money. Go on vacation on the days that are the cheapest.

On …

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