One of the best ways to see South Africa is in a motorhome or campervan. These can be hired from rental companies which specialize in motorhome hire. When you have a campervan you have the freedom to travel wherever you like without needing to worry about booking accommodation at costly hotels en route, or being restricted to the dates of your bookings. South Africa offers a vast number of excellent camping sites throughout the country. Many of them have electricity points and they are usually located in scenic surroundings. Some are more rural and rustic in nature for those who like to rough it, while others are fully equipped for a more luxurious camping experience. The about traveling in a motorhome is that you are self sufficient in so many ways. No need to make or break camp simply park and start relaxing and exploring right away!The Western Cape is a great region for a campervan holiday with the family.Here are 5 stunning camping sites to check out while youre navigating the highways and byways of this naturally beautiful part of South Africa.The West Coast - Jamaka Organic Farm in Citrusdal on the banks of the Rondegat River has beautiful green, shady campsites. Campers can explore the farm, hike, swim in the river pool and enjoy the local fruit in season.Breede River Valley - Montagu Caravan Park is surrounded by breathtaking mountains. The sites are grassed and have electric points. The business centre is within walking distance. Hot water springs are found along the hiking trails in the vicinity. The Overberg - Palmiet Caravan Park near Kleinmond is an excellent site situated just behind the sand dunes. This makes it a private and sheltered park. The nearby beach is great for walks and fishing. Children enjoy playing in the lagoon / river mouth. The sites have electricity points.The Garden Route Aventura Resort in Plettenberg Bay offers the opportunity to stay near one of the most popular beach resort towns along the Garden Route. The park has 78 sites, all with power points. Nearby activities include sport and water sport facilities, river cruises and horesriding.The Winelands - Tweede Tol in the Bainskloof Pass, around 30 km from Wellington, is located in a nature reserve in the Boland Mountains. Fresh mountain air, fynbos, waterfalls and rock pools abound. There are 25 sites, water and electric points, plus a jungle gym for the kids.This is merely an appetizer to make you aware of the great camp sites around the Western Cape. There are literally hundreds more all over the region.This holiday, forget stuffy hotels, shopping malls, expensive restaurant and carefully planned itineraries. Take to the open road in a campervan and let your imagination be your guide. You will experience the vacation of a lifetime that your family will remember forever.
Traveling to Florida can be lots of fun any time of the year. Everyone is aware of the beautiful beaches on both coasts. Whether on the east shore with the Atlantic Ocean or the west coast on the Gulf of Mexico, inviting sandy beaches await you and all water sports are available including deep sea fishing, sailing and jet skiing. If you are visiting in March, you can see your baseball heroes prepare for the upcoming season. There are no bad seats in these small, fan friendly ballparks. Florida is home to a number of unique attractions. Everglades National Park contains more than 1.5 million acres of beautiful land and water, still in their natural environment. The parks residents include over 350 species of birds and more than 600 species of fish along with snakes, alligators and turtles. At Kennedy Space Center you can tour the facility where man still launches spaceships towards the stars. On the tour, you will see the Space Shuttles Launch Pad, walk underneath a Saturn V rocket and view a number of specialty made IMAX films. Many people forget about St. Augustine, where Ponce de Leon landed in 1513, almost 100 years before the English set foot in Jamestown or on Plymouth Rock. Most of the United States oldest buildings are located here including the oldest house and the oldest wooden schoolhouse. The Colonial Spanish Quarter has restored and reconstructed buildings which let you experience Spanish colonial life. Of course, everybody is familiar with many of the great attractions Orlando has to offer. Disney with its 4 themed parks, 2 water parks, Downtown Disney and Wide World of Sports Complex offers something for everybody. You can easily spend a week at Disney facilities alone. Universal Orlando makes movies come alive and Islands of Adventure has thrill rides for all. Animal lovers will enjoy the marine life at SeaWorld. Culture is not forgotten in Florida. Theater lovers have choice up and down both coasts. The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach bring Broadway style productions to the east coast. Not to be outdone, the west coast boasts Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The Florida Keys, at the southernmost tip of the United States offer both sandy and rocky beaches, This artsy area was the home where Ernest Hemingway lived for more than 10 years and wrote For Whom the bell Tolls.
When getting ready for your next vacation, you can keep costs and hassles to a minimum with a little advanced planning and preparation. The following tips will help make your next trip a fun and relaxing experience from beginning to end.Maximize frequent flyer miles Travelers can get a big value lift by maximizing airlines' frequent flyer programs. Identify which airlines partner together, such as those in the SkyTeam alliance, which includes Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, Aeromxico, Air France, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Korean Air. Members of alliances have agreements in place that allow passengers to earn and redeem miles on flights with any of the carriers in the alliance. That means travelers flying with Continental, for example, can designate that the miles earned on the flight go into their Delta SkyMiles account.To further your travel perks, book hotel and car rental accommodations with companies that have partnerships with the airline on which you earn your frequent flyer miles.Research destinations and fares in advance Travelers can save on travel costs by researching airfares and destinations early. This will give plenty of time to book accommodations and organize documentation without last-minute charges. If you are traveling to another country, it is important to know what paperwork and identification you will need before you depart. Be sure your passport is up-to-date and research visa and health information pertaining to specific destinations. If you are visiting several foreign destinations, look into special fare packages offered by alliances. Pack smart Travel light. Bring pieces that are easy to layer for comfortable transitions from daytime to evening and from outdoors to indoors.Dress for security When traveling through the airport, dress with security in mind. Wear slip-on shoes with little or no metal in them and minimal jewelry. Keep your boarding pass and identification easily accessible.Prepare for the journeyBring along reading materials and other entertainment, such as crossword puzzles. Also be sure to pack snacks and water to keep hydrated throughout your travels. While at the airport, take advantage of airport lounges, such as Northwest's WorldClubs, to relax in before your trip. Passengers without the ticket class or frequent flyer status to access lounges can often purchase a one-day lounge pass.When you're packing for your next vacation, don't forget to pack in those frequent flyer miles.
Its a no-brainer to say that a wedding is a major investment. In the United States, the average cost of a wedding is in the tens of thousands. Weddings are the culmination of years of love, trust and lots of savings, with families laying their hearts and bank accounts on the line. Given the expense and extravagance of many weddings and the dozens of factors that put a wedding at risk tropical storms, illnesses, deaths, caterers and dress shops that go bankrupt and cold feet (to name a few), it should come as no surprise that more and more families are purchasing wedding insurance.Wedding insurance is a type of insurance that covers the numerous potential disasters surrounding a wedding (depending on which plan you buy), and puts those who lay out massive sums of money for the celebration at a reduced financial risk.It might surprise you that the number one most common wedding insurance claim occurs when a bridal shop suddenly goes bankrupt and the bride is out a wedding dress. Since the wedding dress is such an integral and fragile part of a wedding, it is often a key point of concern for those who buy wedding insurance.People who travel for their weddings might be considering travel insurance and wondering if a wedding dress is covered. The answer to that question depends on the parameters of a travelers insurance policy. Travelers insurance is different from wedding insurance, and a travelers insurance policy will likely cover your possessions as you travel i.e., the dress. However, that is not guaranteed. If you choose to purchase travelers insurance for your wedding, go over the policy with the salesperson and be sure the dress is covered.Many wedding insurance plans extend their coverage throughout the United States and offer additional travel insurance. If you are planning a destination wedding, then I recommend purchasing a wedding insurance policy that contains provisions for travel.These kinds of insurance policies typically cost no more that 1,000 dollars. For a wedding thats around or above the average cost of 27,000 dollars, thats a huge bargain. In addition to covering a damaged or misplaced dress, most wedding insurance policies will cover broken or lost wedding gifts, damaged wedding photographs or videos, deadbeat caterers, or in some instances a change of heart in the bride or groom.All in all, I would say travel and/or wedding insurance is a fairly good investment. Id hate to see someone I love have their wedding marred or ruined by unfortunate circumstances. And Id hate it even more if I was footing the bill for a wedding that went awry and had to be re-scheduled. In recent times weve seen incredible disasters like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hurricane Katrina and the massive tsunami. All of these horrific events took place in locations where one might want to hold a destination wedding, which should be a stark reminder of why it is so critical to cover your bases and get travelers and wedding insurance.A few companies that offer wedding insurance are Fireman's Fund, WedSafe Wedding Insurance Program offered through Affinity Insurance Services Inc., and Traveler's Insurance.
As crowds are bigger and delays longer, traveling to the Caribbean during the holiday season can sometimes be difficult. When traveling during the holiday season, you will find that most of the delays confronting you involve the airport. Most of these troubles can be avoided, however, with a little preparation. You must organize all the details of your vacation, especially your air travel, before you depart to prevent any unwanted surprises. Here are some important travel tips to spare you some headaches on your holiday Caribbean vacation.Before you even drive to the airport, consider public transportation as airport parking lots fill up quickly during the holidays. If you live far from your airport, a one night stay in an airport hotel might offer extended parking.To streamline line your air travel, research the check-in procedures for your airline as most offer both online check-in and printable boarding passes. You can also use the curbside check-in at the airport or self-service kiosks to avoid the lines at the counter. To anticipate how long you will need to clear security at the airport, check the Transportation Security Administration's website (www.tsa.gov). While the times listed on the site are daily and hourly averages that dont account for holiday travel, you can assume that the wait will be at least as long as a Friday evening. Make sure that you also review the current rules for carry-on luggage. Though the ban on liquids in carry-on luggage was lifted in September, travelers are still only allowed to pack travel-size toiletry items 3 ounces or less in their carry-on luggage. All of these travel-size bottles and containers must be stored within a clear, one-quart zip-top bag for screening. However, if you dont need any of these items on your flight to the Caribbean, you can place any size toiletry item or liquid in your checked bags. If you plan on renting a car on your Caribbean vacation, remember that most car rental companies anticipate a 20% rate of no-shows. During the holiday travel season, the resultant overbooking could leave you without a vehicle. While it is advised to arrive at the rental counter by the early afternoon, you can also call ahead to confirm your reservation. If you are enrolled in an express check-in program, take advantage of your status and skip the long lines.If you are still making plans for a holiday Caribbean vacation, try your best to be flexible. Try to book flights that depart in the early morning or late evening as prices will be lower. Also, selecting a flight on a holiday like Christmas or New Years Day will offer you a considerable discount, as crowds tend to fly on the days before and after the holidays.To prevent one of the biggest delays of all, aim for a nonstop flight. If you cant make it to your Caribbean destination without a connecting flight, try to avoid connections in northern U.S. cities like Chicago as weather grounds many flights in the winter months. Instead, fly through Phoenix, Dallas or another southern city to avoid any unnecessary delay.Another great travel tip for the holidays is programming the numbers of your airline, car rental company, hotel and other travel contacts into your cell phone. In the event that you are delayed getting to your Caribbean destination, you will be prepared to make arrangements.Lastly, as you will probably want to bring plenty of gifts home from the Caribbean, remember not to wrap them until you get home so they can be inspected by airport security. Also, keep all of the valuable or fragile gifts in your carry-on luggage to ensure that they arent damaged during handling.By following travel tips as simple as these and being prepared for the crowds, you are sure to have a successful holiday Caribbean vacation.