When most people think of vacations, especially traveling abroad, the first thing that comes to mind is their inability to afford a vacation. While it certainly makes sense to save up as much money as you can before jetting off, there are a few ways that you can lessen your expenses and enjoy your vacation without breaking your budget.Saving on accommodationWhile the thought of staying in top-class accommodation can be appealing, the reality is that youll probably be doing little more than sleeping and showering there. It makes sense then to spend a little less on accommodation so you have more to spend on other things.Group toursGroup tours are often equated with young people who end up spending more time in the local pubs than anywhere else. Dont underestimate them, though group tours (and there are many that dont require you to be young and single!) have a number of advantages.-Meeting new people-All-inclusive costs many tours include meals and hotel transfers, which is convenient as well as possibly saving money.-Seeing attractions you otherwise wouldnt. Most group tours are geared towards fitting in as many sight-seeing opportunities as possible - which you may not have had time to see if you had to find your own way around, or may not have even known about!Make use of public transportAs well as allowing you to become familiar with your surroundings and get your bearings, making use of public transport (even if its just in and around the city centre) to go short distances is much cheaper than hiring a car or catching cabs.Use travel guidesAny good bookshop will stock travel guides for many of the main countries and cities of the world. These often include details of free or cheap attractions, inexpensive accommodation and where to dine on a budget.Dont underestimate discount tourist attractionsWhen it comes to tourist attractions, cheap (or even free!) doesnt have to equal boring. Options such as exploring botanical gardens, markets and landmarks can be a relaxing way to spend your down time.While there are many ways that you can trim your budget, the above tips are a good place to start. If you are sensible and open-minded, it really is possible to enjoy a decent overseas holiday without throwing your budget out the window.
Are you bored with the humdrum? Rusty with routine? What you need is an adventure.If you've been dreaming of a getaway or want to join the other 98 million adults in the U.S. who have taken adventure vacations in the last five years, itdoesn't have to cost you the price of a motorcycle. Now you can rent a Harley-Davidson motorcycle alone or as part of a custom adventure vacation package. EagleRider, for example, has helped more than 120,000 adventure-seekers enjoy their dream vacations. The company offers rentals, self-drive Hotel and Harley Tours, and professionally guided tours through the U.S., Mexico, Spain and France. Founded in 1992, EagleRider is a leader in the field with franchises worldwide, including rental offices and as part of in-store dealerships. In fact, EagleRider expects to expand with 100 more rental and tour outlets within the next three years in major cities and at tourist sites such as national parks and historic trails.The company recently opened a 22,000-square-foot facility in Denver, where motorcyclists can get help with hotel accommodations, complimentary airport limo service, tickets to sporting events and area attractions, maps, itinerary planning and more.Historically, Harley-Davidson and other motorcycle manufacturers have focused exclusively on sales, but these firms are expanding their thinking to embrace motorcycle rentals as well. Not only do the rentals themselves increase revenues, but, according to Harley-Davidson, 32 percent of the company's motorcycle rentals have led to sales or orders within one year. These rentals, coupled with travel services, can benefit both rental facilities and their clients and are the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry.
This article is based on years of traveling in and out of Las Vegas to visit some of the most beautiful places on earth. Las Vegas can be a very inexpensive place to fly into. AdventureZoneTOURS, that's what I should have named this article. That's how I like to travel. I want to be comfortable, have great adventure, for a reasonable amount of money. For our budget, our trip into the Vegas airport begins on a Sunday thru Wednesday. The focus and goal of our trip is to get into the great outdoors. But, we like to stay the first couple of nights in Vegas and then the last couple of nights too, with the middle of the trip spent touring awesome places in the great Mohave Desert.As soon as you get off the plane you know you are in Vegas and are bombarded by visual entertainment. Everything is bright and flashing, it seems like daytime even at night. Huge screens preview the available shows and entertainment in town. As you leave the airport you will find all modes of transport available along the street including taxis, limos & shuttle buses.There are a lot of hotels to choose from. Many times I have stayed on the strip at Tropicana Ave. Returning to the car rental lot at the airport is just minutes from this part of the strip. There are many choices for hotels. There are thousands of hotel rooms and more being built every day. There are hotels on Las Vegas Blvd, more just off the strip and some just blocks away from the strip in downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street has been canopied by tens of thousands of lights. The hotel/casinos in this area have almost a neighborhood feel. At night The Fremont Street Experience comes alive with lights, and music. Its feels almost like a block party. Will you need a rental car? Many times your best deal on a rental is going to be for a weekly rental. Even if you rent for just 4 days, the weekly rental is normally a better deal. Normally, the car rentals work on a 24 hour period. For example if you pick up at 6 pm, your return would have to be by 6 pm of the day the car is suppose to be returned. Many times I will fly into Las Vegas and take one of the inexpensive shuttles to my hotel doorstep. Then the day I want to begin my weekly rental, I take a taxi to the rental location to pick up my car being careful to pick it up at the same time of day that I will be returning it the day of my departure. You can also consider renting your auto at one of the downtown off airport rental locations. This can save on the airport tax surcharges that are added on to your rental at the airport locations. As you choose your car rental, you might find that they have a location right at the hotel you choose to stay at.Las Vegas has plenty of entertainment to enjoy, with shows that change from month to month. There are many free things to do as well. The water show at the Beligio is cool and interesting if seem by night from the Eiffel Tour. Everybody likes the free volcano at the Mirage, the lions habitat at the MGM, The show in front of TI, Mardi Gras style show in the Rio and on and on. This article is about getting out into the great outdoors, so Ill leave the entertainment search up to you. Theres always plenty to see and do. On to your AdventureZoneTOUR! Now, lets find adventure!The Valley of FireZion National ParkBryce Canyon National ParkThe Grand CanyonLake PowellAntelope CanyonCoral Pink Sand Dunes State ParkGrand Staircase-Escalante National MonumentOne of the first things I do as Im leaving town is to find a big grocery store or the local shopping mart. I buy a cooler and load up on water, fruit, soda, chips, snacks, napkins, plates, forks and deli items. Many times well have an inexpensive breakfast or lunch along the way. Well have a great restaurant dinner.There is where the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts are within striking distance of your entry point of Las Vegas. Some of these areas can be very hot in the summer, but if you plan well and hit the higher elevations, it can be very comfortable. Remember this area of the world can be wild and dangerous. Take all the precautions necessary. This is the Mohave Desert, youll need water. You do not want to get stuck in the sand, or have your auto break down in a remote area. There are places your cell phone will not work. If you hike into any remote areas, learn about them first and obtain necessary permits. There are a lot of slot canyons that are very beautiful. A slot is a narrow passageway thru cliff lined canyons. This was carved into the sandstone by water. Beware! If it is raining 100 miles away from you, you may not know it and the slot you could be in is where the water will run. I have heard several stories of people being carried away and drown because of lack of planning. When you are in a narrow canyon, there is no place to escape. Be smart and be careful. Take lots of pictures.Heading north there is another great little casino city right at the border of Nevada called Mesquite, NV. I have found the hotel room rates to be down right cheap. Mesquite has everything that I need as a base of operations. The rooms are acceptable, the Casinos are modern and fun with pools and even arcades, bowling alleys and movie theatres, without lots of traffic. The town has lots of buffets, gas stations, golf, etc. If you are planning a visit to Zion, staying here is an easy drive up and back for a couple of day trips into the region. Many times I have gone with a group and we have to reserve quite a few rooms. As you head north on I 15 youll see the Las Vegas Speedway home of NASCAR races as well as Nellis Air force base. Youll probably see or hear air force jets flying around or landing as you travel past the base. The thunderbirds have a presence here, as well as some funky looking stealth and unmanned remotely piloted aircraft. Maybe this is where all the UFO Area 51 stuff comes from. If youre interested in more information about the mystery lights in the sky, search for Groom Lake or Area 51. The Valley of Fire State Park is up this way and located only six miles from Lake Mead, its 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. The valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert. There are some really awesome campsites nested within the red rock cliffs. This is a great place to stretch your legs and do a little rock scrambling. Its about a 30 minute drive from the highway exit. The Moapa Indian Reservation runs a store right at this exit.This can be a nice stop for bathrooms; they sell fireworks, have a small casino, tax free cigarettes and liquor in their small convenience store. If you continue north into Utah on highway I 15 from Las Vegas you can go to Zion National Park. Its just a few hours north of Las Vegas and can make a great day trip. April thru Oct. the environmental friendly shuttle bus provides transportation in the park. Other months autos are allowed in. There is a highway Rt 9 that goes thru park of the park and is open to traffic all year. If you might be planning a hike into the Virgin River and upstream, talk to the rangers first. Our last trip the water levels were too high and not safe. After you tour of Zion, be sure to take RT. 9 through the tunnels, and the landscape totally changes after the tunnel. Its like a different planet. The second day we visited the Zion Plateau where we found a resort and paid the all day pass to ride their ATVs, use their pool, play paintball, climbing wall, etc. From here you now need to plan out your trip based on how long youll be traveling for. You could head to Bryce Canyon Nation Park or you could go to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Lake Powell, even The Grand Canyon. I normally take Utah highway 89 if I am going to Lake Powell and on the return just to see even more scenery I return towards Las Vegas using Arizona ALT highway 89.Heading south on Utah highway 89 from either Zion or Bryce youll see a turn off for Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Here pinkish sand worn off the sandstone cliffs was deposited by the winds creating 3,000 acres of sand dunes. Continuing along highway 89 is the town of Kanab, Utah. One popular visit in the area is the Paria and Johnson Canyon Movie Set where over 300 movies and TV shows were filmed. This area is called the Arizona Strip. We visited The Glen Canyon Dam which created Lake Powell. Lake Powell has 2000 miles of shoreline and canyons etc. We rented a speed boat for the day at the Marina. As you look for boat rentals, you need to decide if you want to rent at the marina where the boat is in the water or another rental where you may have to tow or arrange for the boat to be launched. You may choose to not have a hotel/condo and stay on a houseboat. The sun is strong and lots of sunscreen and sun block should be used. Many people visit Rainbow Bridge and it is the world's largest natural bridge.Antelope Canyon is a Page, Arizona photographers opportunity. This is the most spectacular slot canyon I have been to. Youll find that all tours require a Navajo guide and there is an upper and lower canyon. The tours are separate. You can join a tour in Page, AZ or drive the few miles to the Navajo Nation. There is a cost for parking at the Navajo tour site, as well as for the tour itself. Our tour was in an open safari type vehicle for a few miles into the desert. As you get there you see just a dark crack in a huge cliff. It is an amazing slot canyon carved by water and wind over millions of years. The sandstone colors are awesome and many people are touched by this natural cathedral that the Navajos have treasured for years. When the sun is directly over head, beams of light can then shine into the canyon. I like to return back towards Las Vegas using AZ alt 89 out of Page, AZ. Be sure you make the turn on alt 89 or you will continue south towards Flagstaff, AZ. Taking this route will bring you past the Vermilion Cliffs. As you continue on highway alt 89 youll get to Jacobs Lake, this is the turn off if you are interested in visiting the North Rim of The Grand Canyon. I timed my last trip so we could overnight at the Lodge. We showed up late afternoon, watched the sunset, stayed in a cabin right near the rim. We ate at the dining room with an awesome view. Youll need reservations or youll be out of luck.From here youd just return back to highway 15 and your trip back to Las Vegas.
Toronto is the capital of the Province of Ontario. It is Canadas largest city, and with a population of 2.6 million it is the fifth largest in North America. It is also at the center of the Golden Horseshoe, a densely populated region along the western shores of Lake Ontario which is home to roughly eight million people, or one quarter of the population of Canada.The skyline of the city is stunning and unmistakable. Its best-known landmark, the CN Tower, is the worlds tallest tower and dominates the surrounding skyscrapers. Beyond the skyscrapers is a city center which consists of lush green residential areas and parks, notably along the ravines that cut through the city.Toronto's history dates back, long before Europeans came to settle Canada. It was a meeting place for First Nations people (Native Indians). The name "Toronto" is derived from the Huron Indian word for "meeting place".Initially claimed by the French in the 18th century, it was not until the American Revolution caused a huge number of United Empire Loyalists (loyal to England) to flee to Toronto that the city became an established settlement. The new town was named "York" and its beginnings can still be seen in the historic garrison of York near the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in downtown Toronto. Its current name was adopted in 1834 when the town was incorporated.Over the years the city grew gradually, mainly with people of British origin. From the 1950's, a surge in the arrival of immigrants infused Toronto with new foods, new languages and, most importantly, new attitudes. Toronto's diverse restaurants and communities are a testimony of the variety of people who have immigrated to Canada and settled here. This can be seen in Toronto neighborhoods named Greektown, Little Italy, Indian Bazaar, Little Poland, Portugal Village, Chinatown and others. Visiting these places is like taking a trip around the world without leaving Toronto.Today, the city is a lively, cultured place with hot summers and cold, dry winters, It is the most economically important city in Canada, the center of finance, media and services, and home to more corporate head offices than any other. By night, its people indulge themselves at the citys numerous restaurants, bars and clubs, or at the symphony, opera and theater. More than anything, however, Toronto is defined by its people friendly, efficient and one of the most multi-cultural in the world.Toronto has an extensive public transit system which includes buses, subways and streetcars. In fact, for a little over $2 you can use the city transit to get from the Lester Pearson International Airport to the city center. It is one of the safest cities in the world, with a crime rate lower than many other cities of equivalent size.For entertainment, Toronto is recognized as the third-largest theater center in the English-speaking world, after New York and London with over 90 venues in the greater Toronto area. The city's sports fanatics can get their fill by taking in a hockey game with the Maple Leafs, basketball with the Raptors or a Blue Jay baseball game at the SkyDome.Television and film entertainment is also a major local industry here. Toronto often stands in on screen for large American cities like New York and Chicago. Most importantly, Toronto is the proud host of the annual Toronto International Film Festival, which is the world's largest and rivalled only by Cannes in importance.Toronto is a city of many museums, galleries, festivals, comedy clubs and events. It is generally considered to be Canada's dominant cultural center.Shopping is plentiful as well and in the winter months - you don't even need to go outside! Walk the labyrinth of shops under Toronto's streets - no coat required!Before you come to Toronto, be sure to visit http://www.toronto.caSource: www.toronto.ca and personal knowledge
And travelers trip would be improved if they can guarantee that their luggage will be waiting for them at their destination. Although this seems like a tall order, there are steps any passenger can take to insure that their luggage will not be lost. Having your luggage when you reach your destination increases the pleasure to be found in the trip and also reduces stress. Any steps that can be taken to this end are well worth any time and effort they might take prior to your trip.Some tips include the following. Try not to travel with anything expensive. If you must travel with valuable items such as electronics, jewelry or even prescription drugs, they should be kept on your person or in your carry on bag. This way, if the airline does lose your luggage they wont lose the most important or valuable items that you have, thus reducing the chances of them being stolen or lost forever. You should wear something that is appropriate for where you are going. If you are traveling to a business meeting wear a suit. If you are going to someplace casual, dress casually. If you are dressed appropriately for where you are going and your luggage is lost, you neednt be dressed inappropriately and will never feel uncomfortable.You should keep track of what you have packed in each of your bags and know what the bags themselves look like. That way, if the bag is lost you will be able to give a description not only of the bag, but of its contents. This is especially helpful if the bag has been disfigured in some way or if a zipper has broken. Furthermore, your carry-on bag should double as your emergency bag. You should place as many items as possible that you might need during the 24 48 period it might take for you bag to be found. You neednt rely solely on the airlines luggage tags to keep your bags identified and safe. You can include your own tags so that the bag can be identified. It is important to take all of these precautions in order to avoid losing your bag and thee subsequent inconvenience of doing so. Though these steps might take a couple of extra minutes they will save you hours of stress and worry should your bag get lost and are therefore well worthwhile.