There’s nothing like a vacation to get you refreshed and back on track. And when summer hits, it doesn’t take long before most of us start dreaming of a long, exotic vacation featuring lots of time on the beach getting in a whole year’s worth of relaxation. But if vacation is so great, how come fewer and fewer Americans are actually taking time off to pamper themselves and travel the world? A recent study showed that 55 percent of Americans don’t, or simply can’t afford to, use their full amount of vacation days to go on a proper trip. This doesn’t just mean that over half of all Americans aren’t giving themselves the vacation they need and deserve. It means they’re most likely overworking themselves with no time off to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Fortunately, Royal Holiday can help whether it’s a family vacation to Mexico or a trip to California they have you covered globally. If you’re ready to take full advantage of your vacation time, here are a few ways we can help you get your leisure life back on track.
Choose the Right Destination
Getting the most out of your vacation requires taking on a mindset that’s different from the one you use at work or even at home. In order to plan a truly spectacular Royal Holiday vacation, you need to know exactly what you want. That means finding a place that’s going to provide the perfect setting for relaxation. If you’re someone who loves the tropics, choosing Royal Holiday’s Park Royal properties located in some of the most stunning coastal cities in Mexico, including Acapulco, Cancun, and Ixtapa, will give you a front row seat to some of the most beautiful beaches and tropical vibes on offer. If you prefer something a bit less outdoorsy, choose one of Royal Holiday’s first-class European hotels and resorts, such as the Citadines Les Halles in Paris or the Palazzo al Velabro in Rome. Perhaps you’d prefer to stay a bit closer to home. Royal Holiday has tons of properties based all around the United States from San Francisco to New York City that can help you fall in love with some of America’s most stunning cityscapes all over again. Whatever you choose, make sure you’re opting for the location that’s going to give you the most pleasure and cultural enrichment.
Once you book your vacation, you’re going to get very ambitious about planning everything out in detail. Even if you only have two weeks to spend in a place, you’re going to want to squeeze in all the high points and tourist destinations before leaving. But take a breath first: Think about making the most out of your vacation. If the bulk of your time is spent traveling on public transportation just so you can spend a few minutes seeing the actual sites, you’re going to feel disappointed and rushed afterward. Take a moment to really plan out what you need to see, versus what you can live without. Remember, vacation is about relaxation, not cramming everything in at once.
Hit the High Spots
Planning beforehand is crucial if you want to design the best possible vacation. When planning, think about what’s really important to you and work from there. For instance, are you someone who prefers museums to beaches? Are you all about the fine dining and nightlife? Are you only interested in hiking, biking, and keeping active? Whatever your interests are, don’t try to diversify during your two-week vacation. Play to your strengths, and be sure to choose a Royal Holiday property that places you squarely at the center of the action. If you’re interested in going sightseeing in Barcelona, check out centrally-located Guitart Grand Passage for easy travel and maximized cultural possibilities. If you want to plan an island getaway with plenty of sun and surfing, check out Mauna Kai on Hawaii’s Kauai island.
Keep Your Work Personality in Check
Remember, you’re here to relax. You’re not here to answer work emails and get stressed out over work problems. The key to a truly great vacation is knowing when to turn your work personality off, or at least put it on pause. If you’re not able to be present in the moment, your vacation can easily turn into just another stressful thing in your life. Don’t allow that to happen. Take joy in planning out your trip, and make sure you prepare by letting yourself put down your phone and actually take a few moments to relax. Give yourself free license to not think about your day-to-day stresses for a while and simply enjoy the moment.Read More
When planning your next holiday, it can be a challenge meet the whole family’s wants and find locations with something for everyone. In fact, it can be easy to fall into the habit of being a capital city dweller especially if you’re unfamiliar with an area. However, if you’re looking for some travel suggestions that will suit kids and adults alike, read below for a selection of our current favourites.
One of Greece’s best kept secrets is the island of Limnos, to the south-east of Thessaloniki. Here is one of the last islands with reasonable prices that also boasts a stunning setting. Besides the unimposing beach bars and free beach umbrellas, affordable and good quality waterside dining is the norm. Expect fabulous seafood on offer from many places. A quaint but welcoming downtown area has a variety of shopping and eating options and service is unhurried, allowing you to leisurely enjoy the surrounds, sipping on local organic wines or homemade spirits. Families could easily enjoy the beach all day but you might also take a boat out to the island’s less accessible beaches, walk up to the castle or take a trip to the ancient amphitheatre in Hephaistia where you can take in the history without battling with crowds found at the Acropolis in Athens.
The town of Pula is another well-known place amongst the locals. It’s not first on everyone’s Croatia destination list as Split and Dubrovnik dominate the minds of many international arrivals. Pula’s many cafes provide ample places for coffees and drinks indoors and out, and take in a concert at the stunning ancient roman amphitheatre that regularly hosts a variety of live events. You can easily drive or bus to one of the local beaches close to this port based town or check their cultural calendar to coincide your visit with one of their many music, art or film festivals. The annual Seasplash Festival at the magical Fort Punta Christo is one such high profile event that attracts a high calibre of international acts. There is plenty of family friendly dining options around like Croatian grill or Italian.
If you’re holidaying more locally and would like to see more of Victoria, the city of Geelong has fun family activities and is a good base for exploring the Bellarine peninsula. Geelong’s waterfront has attractions such as the beautifully restored Carousel that the family can enjoy in any weather. The Adventure Park is Victoria’s biggest water park and definitely worth a visit. Not too far away are beach towns of Barwon Heads, Torquay or Port Arlington that offer both bay and surf beaches. The coast’s various inlets also mean there are some great rock pools to explore when the tide is out, like the gloriously clear ones at Thirteenth Beach. The variety of surf outlets in Torquay are also a popular shopping destination with gear for the whole family. Along the coast you’ll find all types of accommodation from caravan parks to luxury house rentals.Read More
There are loads of people who love to travel on the holidays, but most of them pay a premium to do so. If you want to travel for the holidays 2016, your window of time is well open. There are many techniques that you can employ to score some awesome deals, whether you want to go someplace in particular or if you have no particular destination in mind. With more than a year before you leave, this is when the best deals will still be available.
If you just need to get out of town, and want to go somewhere that’s outside of your home nation, you will do best if you pick a place that has different holiday traditions than your own. If you’re like many of our readers, you live in a nation where most citizens celebrate holidays that happen in November, December, and January.
This is typical of so-called “first-world nations” for many reasons. Marketing and national economy realities make it efficient for all people groups in a nation to get their celebrating out of the way within a period of a few weeks. This enables the larger economy to move along with minimal interruption and infrastructure strain.
Much of this strain comes in the form of travel burden. In the United States, there is more travel on the road and airways during November and December than in most other months of the year combined. This results in higher costs for all. Airlines have to pay more fuel and operating costs as more people move through their facilities. More personnel demands, more delays, more things to repair: it’s all part of the holiday season. These costs get passed down to consumers, who are already paying more to get seats on crowded airplanes.
While this aspect of late-year airline travel cost can not be completely avoided, it’s possible to fly for less simply by traveling to a nation which doesn’t have widespread December holiday culture. It may seem hard to believe, but more than half of the world is a good destination contender for this kind of holiday. If you want to get out of town while the rest of your nation is celebrating Christmas or some other Judeo-Christian holiday (or another holiday that happens around this time), just go someplace where people don’t celebrate those as much.
The only other way to save on holiday travel is to make plans for times when so many people aren’t moving around the planet by air. The other savings alternative is to buy your tickets well in advance. We’re talking a year or more in advance. It may be outside of your nature to plan a trip that far in advance, but this is how the pro savers do it.
You could also make a habit of practicing travel savings strategies using credit cards. There are many top finance blogs which will give you better tips than I could fit in a short post like this. But suffice to say, this is one of the main ways that people make their international holiday travels a lot more affordable. Whichever of the above methods you choose, I hope you find a way to get a great deal on your holiday travel.Read More
Dubbed the World’s Capital City of Love, Paris can be really as magically romantic as you choose to make it, whether you have a fortune to splash or working on a budget. This article is especially for you who is looking for ways of planning and enjoying a romantic, low-budget getaway to this great french city. Check out our tips below:
1) Plan Your Trip Ahead
First of all, you need to decide on the trip and how you get there. There are some great offers that can let you save a lot, for instance, with the Orbitz coupons. Also, the choice of places to tour are some of the major factors that can affect your romantic trip to the City of Lights. Being one of the most expensive spots on the planet, price can also be another major setback. It’s good, therefore, to do some homework and research on all these factors before the actual visit to ensure that you get the best at affordable costs when the actual day of your romantic getaway comes.
2) Time to Visit
With fewer tourists, the fall and winter are the best times of the year to visit Paris both budget-wise, as well as in order to avoid large crowds of tourists at places like the Eiffel Tower. If there is a significant difference in time-zone between your home country and France, before leaving home it is also important that you have at least a few days of adjusting your body system to this change by shifting your dinner and sleep times to roughly conform to Parisian time.
3) Accommodation and Dining Deals
Just like in any other city, you will find a myriad of tourist traps in Paris with people wanting to rip you off by selling you expensive food. Avoid these pitfalls by visiting sites like Groupon, KGB Deals and TopTable.com to find places you can dine and make room reservations on a budget. What is more important is that you can also get discounts, coupons and points by using the services of these sites and lower the cost of your stay even further.
4) Get a Paris/Metro Pass
You should consider acquiring a Paris Pass whenever you are visiting Paris. It is reasonably priced considering the fact that it can help you avoid queuing at more than 60 major attractions, monuments and museums including the Seine River Cruise, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe (unfortunately excluding the Eiffel Tower). In addition, the Paris Pass offers you unlimited travel on the Paris metro, buses and the RER within the city’s CBD; as well as a guidebook and the most important thing to your pocket, coupons to dine and shop on a budget! A daily/weekly Metro Pass can also help you save some cash since you will not have to buy each pass individually whenever you need to move around. Keeping track of the places you go to also becomes much easier.
5) Places to Tour on a Budget
The city of Paris has hundreds of places that you can tour by either spending very little or nothing at all. For instance, you can have a romantic stroll by the Champs Elysees, shoot romantic photos outside of Notre Dame or on the Seine bridges, enjoy seeing the sculptures outside the Louvre or even tour the world-famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery. You could also consider a romantic Seine Dinner Cruise, a Trocadero horse-&-carriage ride, or just enjoy panoramic views of Paris from atop the Sacre Coeur!
6) Romantic Eateries to Visit
For a place to have an intimate candle-lit dinner, accompanied by a bottle of French champagne, beneath the stars on a romantic Parisian night, there are hundreds of hotels, restaurants and cocktail clubs in the City of Love that you can take your lover to. Some of the most popular choices here include Flute l’Etoile, Hotel Taylor, Le Baron Rouge, Hotel Avalon and La Dame de Canton.
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No spring break is complete without a fetching trip to Europe. While looking to soak in some culture and importing an air of je ne sais quoi, it is important to keep in mind of 4 essential items that can either make or break your European escapade. All of these will help you enjoy your trip better and keep you on your toes. Here is the list of the things you need to live it up and stay safe while holidaying in the Member states of the European Union:
Ain’t no sunshine when money is gone: this is probably the first and most important thing you will need. While this one is a no brainer (Travel without money? We’re not yet Christopher Supertramp), it is important to keep in mind about the destinations you plan to travel. As of right now, the Euro is the currency in 19 member states out of the 28 member states in the EU. Now, with the Schengen visa, you can also travel to non EU member states like Switzerland and Norway. This would mean you should carry a little bit of the local currency. While it is not much of a hassle these days to convert currency, it may help to have small batch in case of emergencies.
The European Union has 24 official and working languages as of right now. Of these 24 languages, there are 4 languages that are most spoken. According to a special Eurobarometer report published in June 2012, German is the most widely spoken language. After German, it is Italian & English and then it is French. While there is a very good chance that you may find someone who can understand English, why not pick up some local flavour and speak in the native language? Carry a translator or a dictionary to help you out when the words don’t come so easy. If nothing else, add yet another feather to your cap for trying to learn a new language!
The European Union is made of multiple small countries and crossing them is only a matter of hours. It is good to keep a variety of adapters for the plug points and connectors you may come across while on travel. For example, your favourite flat iron and your trusty DSLR’s charger need to have adapters. Phones, laptops and cameras by themselves can run on the different voltage levels found in the EU though. Bear in mind, if you plan to travel to the UK, you will need to carry yet another adapter. UK has a different style of plugs as compared with the bulk of Europe.
Maps and Guides
Some of the counting charm of Europe can be experienced by walking around. This is a great way to see the thriving street art, the local culture in action and get around new experiences while travelling. Most of the member states are very friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists. Keep a map or a guide handy to know what to look out for. There is always a lot to see while taking a walk. So keep your wits about and carry your camera too!
This was just a brief on what to look out for when taking a trip to Europe. Keep your head up for the basic needs of travelling too, like hotels and flights. In Europe, with the influx of people and tourists, there are a variety of options to consider for stay and travel. In this season, you are likely to get a very good deal with major sites like www.Orbitz.com and its easily accessible Orbitz coupon codes save on deals at Orbitz. Relish these like fresh gelato.
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