Finishing high school is a very important achievement, and really a privilege - there are many areas of the world that the average person does not get the opportunity to go to high school.If you're like most high school seniors, you want to celebrate your success with an exciting trip. Good idea! Here are a few tips that will help you plan a senior trip to remember!The first question to decide is where to go. If you're going with your class, you'll have to make a joint decision. If you're going with your parents or friends, the decision might involve fewer parties, which is generally a good thing! If you're going with a large group, ensure that you pick a destination that will make everyone happy.The next decision to make is what accommodations you'll stay at once you get to your destination. This can be very difficult, especially from a distance, but travel agents and travel websites can be a great help here. Be sure that you choose a place that is not only nice and offers the amenities that you want, but is also safe. Safety should be a very important consideration when choosing accommodations.Food you can often work out day by day once you arrive at your destination, but activities and entertainment you'll want to do some research on ahead of time. Contact the local chamber of commerce, a knowledgeable travel agent, or someone who has been to the area. Decide what attractions you'd like to visit, then find out what you need to do/have etc to enjoy these attractions. For example, if you want to go jet skiing while you are in Cancun, ensure that you have proper clothes!Also, you should seriously consider taking a responsible adult with you on your senior trip, especially if you are going overseas. Their wisdom and experience could help you stay safe and have fun!
For many who live in areas that see a lot of snow in the wintertime, it is a time of year that they try to stay inside as much as possible and avoid the elements. However, what if the elements were not so cold? Just because it is winter in one region does not mean it is winter everywhere else! While your home may be frozen, there are plenty of places that are warm enough for a relaxing outdoor vacation.One of the best vacations to take to escape the cold north is a cruising tour further south. Imagine instead of shivering in your home, you could be seeing the wonders of Egypt in beautiful weather. You could take advantage of a cruise that takes you all through this history-rich land, seeing Luxor and other cities along the Nile River. Some of the nearly weeklong cruises to this region offer tours to wonders such as the Temple of Luxor. One of the more fun ways to see a region such as this would be on a smaller cruise vessel. Ships such as the Oberoi Shehrazad offer a quaint and personal experience. This ship only sleeps 80 travelers on vacation. Even though it is smaller than the mega cruise ships it does have some great features including a pool, a sun deck and a library.Another nice "outdoor vacation" destination to escape the cold is in the Virgin Islands. With a dozen islands to experience along this cruising tour, you will never be at a loss for new things to see and new beaches to experience. While some cruises to this area are a little more expensive, many of them also offer some extras such as snorkeling or scuba dives at the reefs.Again, if you want a special experience that is much more personal, you should consider a smaller ship. Those like the 66-passenger SV Flying Cloud can take you closer and into more secluded places than a larger cruise ship, and imagine sitting on the deck of that smaller, private ship while sipping a cocktail and watching the sun set on the water.Had enough of the tropics? How about trying one of many vacations to the Orient? Available are week or longer trips through Ko Khai Nok, Phi Phi, and other islands of Thailand and Malaysia. One of the smaller ships that travels this itinerary is the 170 passenger Star Flyer. Its fancier than you would expect with two swimming pools, an Edwardian library, and decks made of teak When it comes to being warm, it doesnt get much warmer than the equator. If this is your cup of tea, you may want to take a trip to Ecuador. Here you can cruise the Amazon River, experiencing the kind of wildlife you see in a National Geographic magazine and getting up close and personal to the rainforest.The important thing to remember is there is no reason to spend the winter shivering. Your escape from the ice, snow and cold is as easy as booking a cruise somewhere in warmer waters.
Far from the maddening crowds, a Dude Ranch vacation offers a great escape from your office and work. The vast outdoors, cool air of the mountains, horses which offer you a stable mount all go towards making a Dude Ranch vacation one of the best times that you have had along with your family. You must however consider some things while getting ready for a Dude Ranch vacation.As such Dude Ranches were born to cater to the Eastern tourists who wanted to experience the life of the Wild West. The settlers in the west dint have the wherewithal to host these Eastern tourists, and so the Dude Ranches offered a perfect solution. The owners of ranches soon realized that in addition of the scenic beauty, the tourists wanted something more from their ranch vacations. This led the owners to build lodges, and customize guest programs so that more tourists would come.In planning your farm holidays, you must first identify the location of the Dude Ranch that you want to visit. The activities offered by the Dude Ranch depend to an extent on its location. So keep this in mind. Also consider the financial aspect and choose according to your budget from the wide range of accommodations that Dude Ranches offer.Most of the activities on the Dude Ranches are standard. However there are some activities that are particular to some Dude Ranches. For instance some of the Ranches are near fly fishing rivers and in such places fishing is a very popular activity. Hiking is another well liked but not anticipated Dude Ranch activity that is enjoyed by tourists.Taking this outdoor vacation on a Dude Ranch also gives you an opportunity to learn about nature and land formations. You may even find some great relics like arrow heads and bones while out there. Last but not the least; you can revel in four star comfort of the Dude Ranch. Good accommodations with hot tubs and pools are to be found on most Ranches. Kids can play in the pool while you just lounge about reading and relaxing.
The Marari Beach Resort in Kerala is in a superb, if a touch isolated location on a totally unspoiled beach about an hour south of Cochin. The hotel has been deliberately built to be eco friendly, has wonderful facilities and gorgeous self-contained villas with open-air bathrooms.If you can, stay in a pool garden villa as this had a walled patio for the pool and sunbeds with lovely plants and creepers against the walls. This gave the pool villas real privacy that they other villas did not have.There is a separate wooden gate to the compound with a lock.The food was also some of the best we have eaten in an hotel anywhere, although to be fair, we do like Indian food!!One of the outstanding memories was the genuine welcome, attentiveness and kindness of the staff, which is a great credit to a very good management team.Good staff we expect from this quality of hotel, but our experience here was that the staff went the extra mile for us, and there is no doubt that great staff makes a good hotel greatIf you want to relax in great comfort, then this is the spot, because there is literally nothing around to spoil the peace and quiet.There are no restaurants, or hotels nearby, so I would say it is an ideal honeymoon destination, or a place to relax after a tour of Southern India, but not somewhere to take exhuberant children who want entertainment.The hotel also offer a series of reasonably priced excursions which they appear to run with no minimum numbers. Of course, the main and most popular excursion is a day cruise or an overnight cruise on a houseboat through the rivers and canals of the region.Marari Beach Resort Kerala is highly recommended for stressed executives.
Though we were not big travelers, and though I couldnt fathom the heat in southern California at that time of year, when my fianc asked me where we should go on a short, affordable wedding, I suggested a Disneyland vacation. So what that we were grown adults. So what that neither of us cared for intense rides that make you throw up or standing in lines that seemed to threaten hours of misery. We made plans for our Disneyland vacation, foregoing the Disneyland hotel (in favor of cheaper digs, as we would only be in the room to shower and sleep), and deciding to drive (as we were only a few hundred miles away).I love amusement park environments: I love the people, who have let their hair down and let go of formalities, temporarily I love the scenes to observe and enjoy; and I love the country fair snacks that one typically indulges in only once or twice a yearthe fib, the hot fib sundaes in giant waffle cones, the cotton candy. When I got to the gates, to begin my two-day Disneyland vacation, however, I thought I might change my mind. There were hundreds of people, not so much crowded and ready to burst through the entrance in excited, frantic television commercial joy, but still, in great suffocating numbers. But, my apprehension was assuaged when the gates did open and the people disbursed, walking with plenty of space between us into the park, immediately going into the closest food or rest stop building or walking into the building where Abe Lincoln gives the Gettysburg Address. (If you have made a long drive right before beginning your Disneyland vacation and are parched tired, and of course gullible, the wax figures become so alive for you it is startling. A great way to start your Disneyland vacation experience, which is surreal at most times, anyway)My new husband loved Michael Jackson at that time. He imitated Michael, performed singing and dancing to his albums, and was extremely excited to see the new3-D movie with Michael and his troupe performing Thriller I dreaded the lines, but was soon surprised and corrected: not only was the wait tolerable, but the entry after the wait was manageable: those staffed at Disneylands theatre instructed (and, where necessary insisted) each person entering move all the way to the far side of the theatre, sitting in the next available seat ,orderly and successivelynot just running to any old seat, changing your mind, switching, stumbling, bumping, and holding up the procedure. It was an organizational experience I have referred to for many years after. The Disneyland vacation, besides including all of the foodsat the park I craved, had, in those early eighties, tolerablethrill-seeker rides, beautifully inventive rides, and nostalgiashops (for people like me, who had watched Annette andthe other musketeers, had faithfully watched The WonderfulWorld of Disney every weekend, but had never had anyMickey Mouse ears or had never laid eyes on the real castleor other characters). And most impressive of all, besides theorganization, were the spaciousness and the cleanliness of the park. What an utterly superb Disneyland vacation. I am now forty-something, but I want to go back