Is It Time for a Vacation?

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Is It Time for a Vacation?

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If the time has come for you to get away from the daily stresses that life can bring with it, where do you plan on going?

For many people looking for a little R&R, getting some time off can be the biggest challenge.

In a world today where millions of people are working extra hours, oftentimes for less pay than they may have made in the past, it can seem almost too difficult to work in some vacation time.

That said are you still determined to enjoy some vacation time before the year ends or at some point in 2017? If so put your thinking cap on now as to when and where.

Determine How Best to Plan Time Away

So that you can make your vacation as enjoyable as possible, remember these pointers:

  • Where are you going? – First and foremost, coming up with a destination or destinations is where you kick things off. Are you looking to stay closer to home or visit one or more foreign countries? If the choice is the latter, you certainly have myriad of selections to choose from. Whether those choices include you looking to find vacation packages to Brazil, heading to parts of Europe on hiking excursions, or possibly even taking a tour of some remote island or islands, zero-in on the location. From there, you can then break down prices as far as transportation (see more below), where to stay, what to do for entertainment etc.
  • Getting there – One of the bigger challenges you might find in front of you is how to get to your vacation destination or destinations. That said take the time to do some research on airlines, cruise ships, trains etc. Once you’ve done that, you will be better positioned to ultimately determine your mode or modes of transportation.
  • Where are you staying? Depending on your finances and how much you want to spend on accommodations, come to decisions on where to stay during your vacation. If you are looking to impress (or just live it up on your own), some nicer hotels and/or resorts would be your choices. If, however, you want to save some green, you can scale back and find hotels that are not only less expensive, but may even be closer to what you want to do and see. Keep in mind (just like airfares) that hotel and/or resort prices tend to fluctuate with the time of the year.

Will It Be an Active or Relaxing Vacation?

  • Activities or relaxation? – One of the notable choices you need to make when going on a vacation is what to do. Will it be a trip of exploring various neighborhoods, cultural exhibits and events, perhaps even getting truly active with hiking, zip-lining and more? On the other hand, will it be a vacation more conducive to lounging on a hammock or beach chair, kicking your shoes off in the sand, ending it all with a cold drink? In the best-case scenario, you mix things up, giving you a nice variety of seeing sites and still recharging your battery.
  • Planning for the next one – Once this vacation is in the record books, how soon until you figure on taking another one? While it might seem like rushing things, taking the time to think about the next vacation is good on several fronts. Most notably, you can already start saving up money, allowing that trip to be a little more stress-free where it concerns finances. You can also be better prepared in knowing maybe where you overspent on the most recent vacation, being a little more careful next time around.

Only you will typically know if the time is right for a vacation.

Whether you’ve been burning the midnight oil with work or school (perhaps both), the time will come when you need a recharge.

In doing so, make the most of your plans so that you can relax once you get to your destination.

So, where will you be taking your next vacation?

Morocco Spotlight: Marrakesh!

Marrakesh is known for its markets

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Of all the places there are to travel in Morocco, none capture the imagination quite like Marrakesh. With markets that go on forever, snake charmers, food vendors on almost every corner, and countless other exotic sights, there won’t be a day here that you will catch yourself yawning in boredom.

Before you book your holiday to Morocco, this post will give you a rundown of everything that you can expect when planning a trip to Marrakesh.

How to get there

It is easy to fly direct to Marrakesh from major airports across Europe. There are flights available from centers such as Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Madrid, as well as flights from Doha via Qatar Airlines.

Visitors arriving from other corners of the world can make easy connections through major European centers or through Doha, Qatar.

Getting around

Once on the ground, you will need to take a taxi to your accommodation. Be aware that some taxi drivers at the airport taxi stand may try to get you to accept an inflated taxi fare. Insist on using the meter; if they refuse, walk past the official taxi stand and catch one from another hailing point across the car park.

If you are having a hard time getting the meter, be prepared to haggle with your driver for a fair rate. You should not pay more than 60 Moroccan dirhams to get to and from the airport, and no more than 10 dirhams to travel across town (20 dirhams at night).

There are also airport buses and shuttles available to help you get from the airport to your hotel or guesthouse, if you are prepared to pay more to avoid the hassle of dealing with the taxi drivers outside arrivals.

Where to stay

There are a wide range of places to stay in Marrakesh across all budgets. Riad Jennah Rouge is a great choice for backpackers, as its magnificent courtyard fountains and exquisite design features make it hard to believe that you are in a hostel instead of a hotel.

Dar Kantzaro is a great mid-range option, as its rack rates in the low-to-mid $100’s make this place an unbelievable value. With a massive outdoor pool and exotic room furnishings for a rate that you might pay for a chain motel back home, it will be hard to find a better deal in this town.

What to see and do

Marrakesh represents much of what makes Morocco a captivating tourist destination. With souqs and markets that sell everything from pottery to leather goods, those that adore shopping will be in heaven from the second they get here.

In addition to this, there are numerous mosques, palaces, traditional Moroccan riads, and elaborate gardens that will grab your attention from the first day you get here, to your reluctant final evening in this special city in North Africa.

Where Will Your World Ventures Take You?

Where Will Your World Ventures Take You? How about Brazil?

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Traveling around the world does not have to be for just those with lots of money and/or those who have retired from the workforce.

Whether you have minimal monetary means and/or you work, you can still set aside money over time to make some trips around the globe.

That said it oftentimes comes down to some good handling of your finances, mapping out where you want to go in plenty of time, and making sure you have all your paperwork ready to roll (passport, visa, emergency contacts etc.).

So, where will your world ventures take you?

Seeing the Globe without Going Broke

While it may seem at times like jetting or cruising around the world is nothing short of a pipe dream, you can do it if you really put your mind to it.

For starters, where do you want to go?

Yes, some places have been in the news as of late for good things, others not so good.

Among the venues getting a lot of attention in recent weeks is Brazil.

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, countless people have flocked to this South American country of more than 200 million people, taking part in the world’s largest gathering of athletes.

In the event a Brazil vacation or other parts of the world are on your mind, here are a few things to follow up on:

     

  • Time of the year – If you are thinking a visit from the U.S. to Brazil is in order; remember that the weather is the opposite of that in the United States. Summer in the U.S. is wintertime in South America and vice-versa. While Brazil typically doesn’t experience the brutally cold weather America’s northeast and Midwest spots can get in wintertime here, the warmest months to journey to Brazil would be from around December to February. If you go in February, you have a week of festival time with the famed Brazilian Carnival. Given all the limelight Rio has gotten in recent weeks, it is sure to remain a hotspot for visitors to South America;
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  • Local conditions – Unfortunately, some parts of the world continue to be in chaos due to political upheaval and other issues. As a result, Americans are warned to shy away from such regions of the globe. While you may not have the time (or interest for that matter) in following the news from around the world, it is important that you do check with U.S. officials before jetting or cruising off to some far away destination. Checking with the U.S. State Department and/or the local U.S. embassies in any countries you are thinking about visiting is always a good idea. The number one goal of any trip (along with having fun) is making sure you stay safe;
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  • Getting the necessary time off – Whether you work or are retired, making sure you have the proper amount of time to get away is important. For example, a trip to Australia or some other far away destination really can’t be properly done in just a week’s time. You have to figure on losing a day’s time both coming and going due to air travel. With that in mind, always deduct two days from your travel and sightseeing schedule;
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  • Adjusting to local foods etc. – It is also important that you have a general idea of the foods you may be eating while traveling abroad. The last thing you want happening is having some kind of food poisoning or other serious reaction to food or drink while far away from home. If you want to play it safer to the vest, there are typically American fast-food and restaurants available in many countries. When it comes to drinking will traveling the globe, be sure to turn to bottled water and avoid lots of ice in your drinks. You also want to avoid drinking tap water, even while in your hotel room. While you can’t 100 percent safeguard yourself from picking up something while away from home, limit those chances by safe sanitary measures.

 

If a trip or trips around the world are in your near future, make sure you map things out well in advance.

Doing so will increase the chances of making it a journey to remember.

Best day trips from Las Vegas

Heading to the Grand Canyon is one of the Best day trips from Las Vegas

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While there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy on the strip of Las Vegas, you might want to explore the ones that exist outside city limits as well.

In this article, we will review the best day trips from Las Vegas that will make the best use of your time on your trip here…

1) Take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon

One of the most epic day trips you can do from Las Vegas to enjoy a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.

Many people that go to see the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas take a bus from the city. This is a time-consuming way to travel there, as it involves long periods spent on the road.

A helicopter is faster and more memorable, as you will get to see the vastness of this natural wonder from an elevated viewpoint.

2) Hoover Dam / Lake Mead

All the glittering lights on the Las Vegas Strip need to get their power from somewhere. Fortunately, the majority of the electricity that powers it comes from the Hoover Dam.

Holding back the largest reservoir in the United States, it is one of the greatest civil engineering projects completed in American history.

When you are finished learning about its inner workings, relax by the shores of Lake Mead. The headpond that was formed when the dam was built, locals love to boat, fish, swim, and enjoy water sports such as wakeboarding and water skiing.

If the thought of all this activity is making you tired, you can simply sunbathe along its shores as well.

3) Red Rock Canyon

A great way to get in touch with nature is to make a quick trip out to Red Rock Canyon. Named after a series of red rock formations that sit just 24 miles from downtown Las Vegas, this place is also a haven for hiking and rock climbing enthusiasts.

The desert scenery out there is dramatic, but be sure to drink plenty of water, as the dryness of the air and high temperatures can lead to dehydration fairly quickly.

4) Bonnie Springs Ranch and Old Nevada

If you are traveling with children, heading out to Bonnie Springs Ranch and Old Nevada is an excellent day trip to do from Las Vegas.

This attraction offers a petting zoo as well as riding stables, allowing your kids to ride ponies. Old Nevada re-creates the atmosphere of the Wild West through a clapboarded 1880’s style frontier town. Once here, you will feel like you have been transported back in time simply by walking its streets. Featuring live performances from living history actors, it is an attraction that will surprise you with its charm and attention to detail.