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Limited Offer: 2 for 1 Luxury Sandals Resorts

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You’ve probably heard about Sandals resorts. Synonymous with quality, sheer luxury, and far flung exotic destinations, Sandals offer unrivalled award winning holidays exclusively to adults. Popular with honeymooners, these lavish escapes are the perfect place for romance, with holidays catering to loved up couples. You can fall in love all over again while drinking cocktails on fine sugar sand beaches, snorkelling in blue lagoons and enjoying fine cuisine.

Christmas seems to have come early this year, with letsgo2 offering a tantalising 2 for 1 offer on seven night holidays in club rooms and suites (date dependent), for a limited period when you book before the 26th May 2015. That means you can enjoy the luxurious all inclusive holiday you would expect from Sandals, but at an incredible 50% off. This may just be the best value holiday of the year!

The only problem you might have is deciding on a location, as this offer includes Sandals resorts in the Bahamas, Barbados, St Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada and Antigua. Each resort has a range of activities included in the price, a huge number of restaurants and bars, and serene settings.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Jamaica

Opt for Jamaica to experience a holiday that you’ll never forget. For seven night and costing just £1,529 ($2,375) per person (with flights included), you can enjoy the life of luxury with a butler to cater to your every need. Wake up to views over picture-perfect beaches, play a round of golf at the resort’s Country Club, or languish and be pampered at the on-site spa. If you prefer to keep active, spend the day sailing, diving or attend a yoga class, then follow with a romantic candlelit dinner for two at one of the resort’s fifteen restaurants.

Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort, Caribbean

Or if you long to visit the Caribbean, then let the sophisticated Halcyon Resort tempt you. This resort was designed to replicate a traditional Caribbean village with beautiful wooden structures and hundreds upon hundreds of coconut trees. Swim in the vibrant turquoise ocean, lay on the white sandy beach, dine on delicious cuisine and return to your romantic Luxury Poolside Club boudoir. Priced from £1,349 ($2,095) per person, this seven day holiday offers the ultimate escape from hectic daily life and a true piece of tropical paradise.
Are you dreaming of long days soaking up the sunshine, opulent five star luxury and stunning settings? Then you’d better book quickly to avoid disappointment!


How to Live the High Life in the Maldives on a Budget

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The Maldives is practically synonymous with expensive, with its white sands, blue waters, and endless sun. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You too can enjoy the luxury of the Maldives without having to spend lots of money.

Cheap Accommodation

Because the Maldives have only recently become a tourist destination (as late as the seventies), there isn’t much in the way of super cheap accommodation like hostels. However, if you look there are a few options. AirBnB is a viable option that offers around 150 guesthouses.

Cheap Transport

Getting around the islands can be done really cheaply. Local ferries run on a very laid back schedule and they are really cheap, we’re talking $2-5 for hours of ferrying. If you want to visit lots of islands, then you have to sing to the tune of the ferries. They run infrequently, they don’t run at all on Fridays, so island hopping can be frustrating. If you want to go to a resort island, then you will have to get a speedboat, and that’s where you can really spend some money, with trips at $200.

Cheap Food

If you’re staying in a guesthouse, you will likely have a big breakfast included in the price of your accommodation, which means that you probably won’t even need lunch. Meal options will probably be limited, depending on the size of your island – you’re likely to be eating at your guesthouse if your island is small. Food will work out at around $5-10.

When it comes to drinks, you will need to be careful. As it is a Muslim country, alcohol is banned. So if you’re not staying on a resort, you won’t be able to drink – you’ll have to stick to bottles of water instead.

Taxes and Fees

Be aware of the taxes and fees that the Maldivian government charge you. for every night that you spend in the Maldives, you have to pay $8 bed tax, 8% GST for the room, and a 10% service charge. You may also struggle to find an ATM to get cash out – so make sure that you either pay for your accommodation in advance or you have enough cash on you to last your trip.

The Alternative

On the other end of the spectrum, you can travel to the Maldives, have someone take care of all the details for you and not have to worry about over spending by booking a tour instead. These shoestring tours are perfect as you’ll have paid for the bulk of the activities before you even get there.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon: 8 Ways to Keep it Stress Free

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There’s nothing more romantic than jetting off to a faraway destination with your newlywed husband. He’s the love of your life and this is the vacation of a lifetime, the one that seals the marriage with a beautiful setting away from everyone else. But like any trip away, travelling can be stressful, especially if you come across common travel bloopers such as getting lost, losing your luggage, missing a bus/train/plane, or simple forgetting to pack something essential.

 

If you want to keep your honeymoon as stress-free as possible, plan smart and follow these tips:

 

  1. Plan Ahead

Don’t leave your honeymoon plans until the last minute. Plan far in advance to make sure that you have plenty of time for everything else.

  1. Book a Tropical Wedding

Get married abroad and you won’t have very far to go for your honeymoon. Book a luxury wedding package with a trusted company such as Tropical Sky and you won’t have to worry about flights times the morning after.

  1. Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential for everyone. But when it’s your honeymoon, it’s even more vital if you want to have a stress-free time. Make sure you are covered wherever you go and always read the small print.

  1. Consider Hiring a Car

Although public transport can be handy, it can sometimes be stressful when trains or buses are late (or if you miss your alarm and sleep in!). Why not hire a car so you can go about your honeymoon at your own leisurely pace? The freedom of driving may even inspire some spontaneity during your trip.

  1. Get a Guide Book

Even if you aren’t generally a guide book user, you should definitely consider buying a book for your honeymoon. Time is precious so it’s important to organize your time wisely. Some of the best guide books include Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.

  1. Research Restaurants

Food is such a huge part of taking a vacation. It can make or break an entire travel experience so researching restaurants before you travel is definitely recommended. Read up on travel guides and travel books for the hidden gems that no-one else has discovered yet.

  1. Leave Time for Beauty

Before you jet off, it’s important to leave some time for beauty treatments. Every girl wants to look and feel perfect on her honeymoon – so make sure you book yourself in for a manicure, eyebrow wax, bikini wax or hair appointment the week before you fly.

 

  1. Plan Your Budget

Never leave home without enough money to cover your vacation. If your cash flow is tight, a great way to pay for the honeymoon is to add elements of the trip to your wedding gift list.

The Best Holidays to Clear Your Mind

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Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday stressful life is something everyone looks forward to at least once a year. The opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself in a new environment is a great way to clear one’s mind, especially when work is taxing or the demands of family life are taking their toll. However, it’s often the case that many of us often end up returning from a holiday more wound up and exhausted than before, whether because of the company you were with, how you traveled or where you stayed. Just looking at natural scenery on a computer has been shown to reduce tension, so taking a vacation in an area with beautiful scenery really can help clear your mind.

Beach Holidays

When booking a beach holiday, the main mistake people tend to make is mis-aligning the location and time of year: spending two weeks in August alongside thousands of fellow tourists in Mallorca is never going to be relaxing. If you’re worried your chilled-out couple vacation is going to be ruined by hordes of family holidays then choose an out of season period, a less popular destination, or combination of the two.

If heat isn’t a factor in your destination choice then visiting the Outer Hebrides guarantees a quiet time with plenty of stunning beaches, hills and wildlife. For warmth, Pelješac in Croatia boasts soft shingle beaches and glorious coves while being two hours from the capital Dubrovnik, making it relatively quiet even at the height of summer.

Rail Getaways

Whether traveling through Africa, Asia or Europe, a luxury rail holiday allows plenty of comforts in your own cabin and the ability to see far more of the countries than a cruise provides. There’s no stress of driving in a foreign land, exhaustion from walking all day or struggles reading a map either.

Organising a holiday can be stressful at the best of times, let alone when you’re feeling vulnerable from the pressures of work and home life, so opting for a getaway with everything organised by a travel company takes a load off your mind. ITC Luxury Travel offer a range of rail holidays which do this as well as allowing you to take in some stunning scenery across the world.

Ski Trips

Active vacations such as ski trips may sound tiring, but a physically demanding break can actually provide a refreshing few days or weeks away from the mental exhaustion of the office. Avoid going to busy resorts at peak times and get out on the slopes – gorgeous, snow-capped surroundings and the thrill of speeding downhill will blast any worries from your mind. You can decide how much or little you ski depending on your mood – the fantastic scenery provides a calming atmosphere whether you’re skiing or not, and you can always sit back and enjoy a hot chocolate whilst watching your companions

How to Tailor A Vacation to Your Family’s Interests

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Planning a family vacation can be stressful. Every family is different, so it stands to reason that a standard family trip won’t be right for everyone. While your friends take their kids to a villa every year and your neighbours consistently choose a beach side holiday, that doesn’t mean you have to follow suit.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Embrace your family’s flaws and quirks. Plan a family holiday that’s a little bit different and visit unusual attractions, like these ones listed by icelolly.com. Here are some ideas to help you plan a holiday that’s perfect for your family.

Volunteer and Help Wildlife

This is a great and unusual idea for a family vacation. Whether your child is a budding zoologist or simply loves animals, there are sanctuaries and animal centres across the globes where you can spend part or all of your vacation. Choose from sloth sanctuaries in Peru, helping turtles in Costa Rica or assisting elephant conservationists in Thailand. There’s nothing as therapeutic as a week cuddling adorable animals; plus, it’s hands on, so your kids will never be bored!

Get Some Exercise

While some families love to splash in the pool or lounge on the beach, others prefer to be active. If you’re one of these families, then bring your passion into your holiday. If you’re cyclists, then bike along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast or through Loire France, also known as the Valley of Castles. If you enjoy the aquatic life, then consider river rafting in California or a yachting holiday in Greece, where you can explore many of the country’s islands.

Be Eco Conscious

With the climate change issues our planet is currently facing, being eco conscious is one of the greatest lessons you can teach your kids. So why not help them learn about safeguarding the Earth while on holiday? There are eco lodges in tranquil locations all over the world, including England, Sweden and Gambia. Follow these eco friendly vacation tips to have a relaxing and rejuvenating family vacation.

Live and Experience History

When you go on holiday, you probably visit tourist attractions, especially if you’re staying in a vibrant city. But if you consider yourselves a history buff, or you have kids that are obsessed with ancient Roman warriors, then plan a vacation with history at its heart. Choose an archaeology trip in Greece, a history tour of Italy, or experience India’s fascinating culture and history.

Top Reasons For Seniors To Include Peru In Their Travel Plans

The nation of Peru is famous for its rich culture, stunning natural beauty and friendly people. For seniors who are looking to achieve a fun-filled vacation minus the hassle, it would be best if they would book their trip through Saga Holiday and other trusted travel companies. Here are some of the elements that are waiting to be enjoyed by visitors to Peru.

Wildlife Spotting
Peru is home to a diverse range of wildlife that includes jaguars, primates and thousands of different species of duck. Taking a safari is the perfect way to see the country’s wildlife in comfort and style. Visitors can also take a relaxing boat trip to see aquatic creations such as pink dolphins and charming giant river otters.

Beautiful Beaches
The Peruvian Coast is scattered with stunning sandy beaches that are just waiting to be enjoyed. These are great places to simply unwind for a while. Lovers of luxury can choose to stay in one of the country’s impressive beach resorts. This is an excellent way to enjoy plenty of pampering and really unwind while experiencing the holiday of a lifetime.

Delicious Cuisine
No trip to Peru would be complete without sampling some of the nation’s unique dishes. While some Peruvian dishes have a strong Spanish influence, others are influenced by other parts of the world such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Some of the Peruvian staple dishes that are waiting to be sampled by food loving travelers include raw seafood in a tangy lime marinade known as ceviche, alpaca steak and Peruvian snacks such as tamales, juanes and humitas.

Affordable Accommodation
Taking a trip to Peru doesn’t have to break the bank. A large number of hotels and guesthouses throughout the country offer clean and comfortable rooms that are also very reasonably priced. For just a few pounds a night it is possible to stay in style in Peru and enjoy the famous warm Peruvian hospitality.

You don’t need to be extremely active to get the most out of a trip to Peru. All of the above options and more are just waiting to be enjoyed by seniors. A number of travel companies such as Saga Holiday also offer special group trips and package tours for seniors that make enjoying an interesting yet relaxing holiday a breeze.

Vacationing or Living is Affordable at Carefree RV Resorts

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Disclosure  ~ This article is sponsored by Carefree RV Resorts.  All opinions expressed are that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Sometimes I sit and think, I can’t believe I never really had a vacation up until I was in my 30’s.  Yes, growing up we went camping, went to visit relatives, and had a few day outings, but my parents just never had the money to travel which meant us kids didn’t see much outside of Finland, MN.   We went to Wisconsin a couple times with our Grandma, and took a trip up into Canada and around Lake Superior, coming down thru Michigan, when I was about 12, but I don’t remember much of that.  I then went to North Dakota a couple times with my boyfriend when I was 16, but it was dead of winter so there was no sights to see.   Until I met my husband and our son was almost grown the word vacation just never came up much.   I think if I had taken a trip to Florida in my 20’s, I would never have come back.  That means I never would have met my husband or be doing what I am doing now, so that might be a good thing.  LOL!    I went to Florida the first time in 2007, after the loss of my Mom.   I fell in love!   I finally got hubby to go down 2 years ago, and he fell in love.  All we talk about now is Florida, and retirement.

I was so excited to learn about Carefree RV Resorts.   Hubby and I are going to check out staying at one of them for our next Florida vacation.   Hubby can retire in 6 years, and our goal is to live in Florida part time and Carefree RV Resorts would be a great place to call home for us.  Offering Affordable Florida Vacation Homes with 34 locations in Florida, makes it easy to find one that will fit our lifestyle.  I am not at retirement age, but we have talked about buying a home in one of the any age communities so we have a place to get away to before retirement.  Park Models for Sale are reasonable, and there are many to choose from.   I have my eye on a couple already!!

Carefree RV Resorts is a family of 101 RV parks and Manufactured Home Communities across the United States and Canada.
Carefree offers a wide selection of new and used Park Model homes for sale in their RV Resorts, and mobile homes in their Mobile Home Communities.
   With 34 RV Resorts in Florida, Carefree RV Resorts have something to suit any budget or need. They have homes ranging from under 20K for pre-owned to 50K for brand new, fully customized homes. There is an additional lot rent paid either seasonally or annually.

The park models for sale are all so cute, and would be perfect for anyone looking to vacation or live part time or even year round.  I know the older we get, the more time we would spend in Florida.  Even though we think 6 years is a long way off, we need to start planning now.  A Park Model is a smaller, single-wide home that is considered a recreational vehicle. Park Models are designed for placement in RV resorts, campgrounds, or locations where smaller trailers are an acceptable living environment.   A typical Park Model is a single structure and is shorter and narrower than a Manufactured Home. They typically have one bedroom, one bath, an eat-in kitchen and living room. Park Models are typically eight to thirteen feet wide and have one or two bedrooms. They are under 500 sq ft.  This is perfect for what we are looking for, how about you?  

Not into Florida?  Well no worries as Carefree RV Resorts has resorts in Florida, Texas, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Ontario Canada.  So, you have no excuses to not enjoy Carefree RV Resorts.  Check out some of these great pictures and tell me how you could pass up a life like this, the Carefree way! 😉    Such cute park model homes, all done up so nicely.

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Carefree is currently running a special called “Your Passport to Paradise – You stay we pay!”
With the help of a Carefree sales advisor, your visit will be planned at prime Florida destinations based on your interests and preferences. We’ll select properties that have everything you are looking for to preview during your personalized visit. Accommodations include up to 4 nights for 2 guests in a Carefree Resort Home.  Flexible dates. Subject to availability.  Arrive by car or RV and simply commit to a guided tour of the Carefree property of your choice.  Availability varies by property.  Plan your visit before April 30, 2015. Every home buyer will receive a $1,500 check within 15 days after close of their resort home.
For more information call Sheri at 855-999-9812
En français Nicole et 1-450-775-1760

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I can’t wait to start researching and finding the perfect home for us.   This has been a huge eye opener as to what is available for us, and for you.  So, maybe we can be friends if we all live by each other.  How fun!!   See you at the Carefree RV Resorts!

Busch Gardens is for Big Kids Too!

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Ever since I have been little I have loved going on rides at parks or fairs.   I used to love the spinning rides, now I am just a roller coaster freak!  I can’t do the spinning ones anymore, but will do any coaster, any day, at any time!  Just try me!!

I was so excited that hubby and I got the chance to check out Busch Garden’s on our last trip to Florida.  We haven’t been there yet, and I have heard so much about the place and the rides I have wanted to go for a while now.  Huge thanks to Busch Gardens for sponsoring this post and letting us have some fun, because big kids like roller coasters too!

We had actually been staying on Pine Island for our week of vacation, and left there on Saturday and headed to Tampa to spend the night and recharge before hitting Busch Garden’s on Sunday.   We relaxed that evening and got up early to make sure we got there when the gates opened so we could enjoy as much time as possible.  We needed to leave the park by 6 to get back on the road.  Wanted to get miles behind us before crashing somewhere on Sunday night.  See, we drove from Minnesota to Florida so we try to time things to fit around what we want to do for fun.   Well, even though Tony (hubby) isn’t huge on coaster, mostly because he is scared of heights and, well of bad things happening. (LOL), I am a coaster freak!  So, I was super excited when we were driving to the gate and I seen coasters all over the park.  Yeah!!  Gonna get my coaster fix!!   Upon entering the gate we were greeted by a parking ticket guy who pretty much made my morning.  Super friendly, a huge smile, and funny!  That is so important in my book, to have friendly and attentive staff, anywhere, not just at a park.  We parked the car and headed to the train that brings people in and out of the park.   Upon entering the park we got our passes for the Quick Que.  I was a bit taken back because on the site they start at $19.99 each, but when you get there they charge you a lot more.  We paid $45 a piece for them as the girl at the window said it was a high traffic day.  I don’t feel that is right, and is really my only major complaint about Busch Garden’s.   See, on weekends they charge more.  I get that traffic is higher on weekends, but keeping something one price all the time is right, in my opinion.  Anyhow.. we got our passes and headed into the park.

The park is beautiful, and big.  I didn’t realize how big till we started looking at the map and walking around.  I will say, be prepared to walk, lots!  Everything is very spread out.  Sadly, we didn’t even see half the park, but I will explain why later on.

First thing we did was head for a coaster.   We decided to check out Gwazi, which is a wooden roller coaster.  Hubby and I headed straight to the front of the line, and climbed on.   This coaster was amazing!!  We were both smiling from ear to ear, he loved it and we got off and did it again!!  Since we were there early there was about a 5 min wait.  We didn’t even have to use our Quick Que for this one.   It was so much fun!!

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After that ride we decided to walk a bit, look and see what else there was.  Well, all of a sudden we came upon SheiKra.  OH MY… This is a diving roller coaster and it looked so cool!!  But, being that it is a tad more outrageous than Gwazi, Tony just held my purse and sunglasses and I ran right to the front of the line and climbed into the only extra front seat available.  Yes, I have to say I was a bit freaked out, but OH MY… I didn’t expect what a rush this ride would give me.   This ride climbs 200 Ft and has a 90 degree drop and 70mph speed.  Being in the front was for sure the only way to experience this ride.  (in my opinion).  At least for the first time.   What an adrenaline rush, and a heart stopping ride.  WOW!!

After that ride I needed to walk a bit. I can honestly say I have never been on a ride that actually freaked me out .. but this did it and I loved it!  I wanted to do it again, but wanted to walk some more first.

We headed over to Walkabout Way, and I got to feed a baby kangaroo.  A few years back I actually got to hold a baby kangaroo at farm in South Dakota, but never got to feed one, so I took my chance.   They are so cute, and such unique animals.  What fun that was.  Check out all the kangaroo’s.

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After feeding the kangaroo’s we headed over to Lory Landing.  Now, if you know me personally you will know that I love birds!  All kinds of birds and there have been times I actually owned a couple but had to choose my husband, or my birds 😉   The 2 cannot live in the same house.. so because my husband brings me on awesome trips like this, I choose him 😉  LOL!   Seriously, I love birds and some day, will have a feathered friend.  For now, I will just visit them when I can.  Lory Landing is neat!  You can buy nectar for them to eat.  You get your cup, walk in the door and in less than a second you are covered in beautiful Lory’s  They eat the nectar and then they are off to the next person with a cup of juice for them.  I would have spent all day in there, but hubby didn’t agree with me.

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After having some fun with the Lory’s, we checked out some of the fun and beautiful Christmas displays.   They really go all out for Christmas.  I love these huge red trees!!  I want them in my yard at home for the holiday seasons.

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One of my friends had told me that her favorite ride is the Cheetah Hunt.  So, we headed that way to check it out.  Hubby was a bit hesitant as it looks pretty scary (to him) but he wanted to try it.  So, we took the gondola over to check out Cheetah Hunt.   Wow.. let me just say I can see why my friend loves this ride.  It is amazing, awesome, thrilling, fast, and a rush!!  Cheetah Hunt is the longest ride at the park, at 4400 ft long.  That makes it even better cuz when you are having fun you want it to last!  This ride was so awesome!!   Even though I loved SheiKra, I have to say this one was more awesome, mostly because I got to share it with my hubby and he loved it too!  We actually rode this 2 times back to back, and one time before leaving the park.

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Close by was another one that looked fun, so we headed that way.   Using our Quick Que we got onto Montu.  We watched it from the ground a bit, and both decided it looked cool.  Well, sad to say this ride is what cut our day short.  We both got so disoriented, upset tummy’s, instant headaches.  That is really strange for Tony because he is the one who can take twisting/turning rides.  But, regardless, we both just were not happy.  We decided to try and eat something and could hardly eat.   So, we walked around a bit more to try and shake that funky feeling that ride gave us.  We wanted to do more rides, but I knew if I tried to quick I would be in pain all day.  We were right by Cheetah Hunt and hubby really wanted to ride that one again, so we gave it a try.   Got to the front of the line with our Quick Que passes and climbed on.   The ride rocked, again but because I was already not feeling too good from Montu, I got even more shook up and just had to call it a day.   That made us both so sad, but yet we had fun for the time we were able to spend there.   Note to self, no more coasters that have twists and turns like Montu.

After we had done the Cheetah Hunt ride again,  hubby said.. we should give our Quick Que passes to 2 people… so.. this young guy and girl walked by and I said.. Hey.. you going on this ride ?  They stopped, looked at me kinda strange.. and said.. we were going to .. is if fun.  I said.. It Rocks!   Then I said.. did you get any Quick Que passes today?  The girl said.. no, we didn’t have money for those.   I said.. how would you like ours, we are leaving and there is front of the line for 5 more rides today.   The girl said.. “they are worth $40 each” and they guy was like.. Really ?   We said.. YUP.. Merry Christmas and enjoy.   Shook their hands and they kept saying thank you, thank you.  Boy..  that put a huge smile on our faces, on their faces and warmed our hearts to do a good deed.

The park is packed with so many awesome looking rides, and so next time I visit I will hit them all, except Montu.   If you haven’t been to Busch Garden’s I urge you to add it to your bucket list.  If you are a coaster lover, animal lover, like beautiful scenery, or whatever your pleasure, Busch Garden’s is one of those parks that has something for everyone.   Fun for families, girls weekends, honeymoons, romantic getaways, etc.

Hubby and I had fun ~  See ~ This is our Busch Garden’s Photo Booth fun.

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Check out our other post about Busch Gardens on our sister site That Traveling Chick, as well as lots of other travel posts, deals, and tips.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

 

Technology helps keep you close to home even when you’re far away

Remember when you used to go on vacation to get away from it all? These days are over now that we have a battery of high-tech tools which keep us connected with our daily lives even when we’re miles away from home.

Here’s a quick guide to getting the best out of technology so you can keep in touch with the wider world, share good times with friends and family or get the skinny on the best local attractions.

Tablets and smartphones

With free wi-fi available almost everywhere, a tablet or smartphone could become your favourite travelling companion.

Sure, you can book your accommodation ahead, arrange airport pickups and check out currency exchange rates. But if you put the practical advantages to one side, your tablet or cell phone is also your one-stop entertainment system.

Download podcasts or movies, listen to music or catch up on the latest news. You can even play your favourite casino games on the move by using a mobile-friendly online casino like Mzanzi Casino. You can enjoy free play or real-money casino games like slots, blackjack or roulette while you hang out in the hotel lobby or endure the long journey home.

Facebook

Whether you’re on a two-week family break in the sunshine or a year-long adventure of self-discovery, your loved ones will be thrilled to hear about it all.

Who needs postcards when you can upload photos of your experiences as and when they happen, as well as reassuring everyone that you’re safe and well…?

 

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Twitter

There are 284 million Twitter users across the world. Dip into that massive social pool and you’ll be throwing away your guide book in favour of some real-world recommendations.

You’ll be able to find out about local festivals and events, get tips on where to find the best restaurants and get clued up on undiscovered hideaways that haven’t yet made it on to the tourist trail.

E-readers

Weighing down your luggage with a library of bestsellers is a thing of the past. With the rise of e-readers, we can stuff as many books as we like inside one light, compact appliance and take it with us just about anywhere.

E-readers have excellent battery life and come with screens that are viewable in direct sunlight or total darkness, making them an ideal companion on the beach or on an overnight flight.

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A word of warning

Don’t get caught out with a budget-busting data bill at the end of your vacation.

Check with your local carrier before you travel and find out about roaming charges. If you want to use your cell phone to make calls, consider buying a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination.

 

 

Take the Nature Valley No Barrier Pledge

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Have you ever been sitting there staring at the TV, computer, smart phone or just at nothing and all of a sudden it hits you!  Life is so short and you are just letting it pass by.   Well, it hits me all the time!  To much actually.   There is so much a person has to do and take care of on a daily basis that sometimes life just feels as though it is slipping away and there are so many places to go and things to see and do that I start to panic and feel I will never be able too.   See, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth so I have to work for those things.  I have to earn a living and plan ahead if I want to enjoy life’s adventures.  I know this is the case for many and also for many they will never get to see what all awaits us in this beautiful world.    Well, even though I wasn’t born rich, and have to plan my trips and save for them, at least when I do them I can actually see the beauty that awaits me.  How would you like to experience life but not be able to see it.  That is how Erik Weihenmayer is experiencing his journey down the Grand Canyon in a kayak for 21 days.  Now, that is what I call an amazing journey and one inspirational man!  277 miles in a kayak down raging rivers… Yikes!     Check out Erik telling you about it in his video ~

 

Follow Erik’s journey on the Nature Valley TUmblr page.

 

Who is Erik ?   Erik is the only blind adventurer to ever climb to the seven highest summits in the world.  This amazing man is now taking on the adventure of kayaking the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River along with his fellow blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell.

This expedition serves to inspire people to not limit themselves, eliminate barriers in their lives and live life to its fullest.  Nature Valley is joining Erik Weihenmayer in inviting people to pledge to get out there and live a No Barriers Life.

The Expedition

  •      The “No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition” is a 21-day, 277 mile journey through some of the world’s most challenging whitewater terrain in the Colorado River.
  •      Erik Weihenmayer will be supported by an experienced paddling team, and joined by accomplished kayaker and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell.  Together, Erik and Lonnie will demonstrate the power of harnessing inner strength to overcome challenging barriers.
  •      Preparation for the Expedition has been extensive, with both Weihenmayer and Bedwell spending the last several years training and developing innovative systems for kayaking rapids with support from high-tech radios and verbal commands from river guides.
  •      The trip will begin on September 7 at Lees Ferry, nine miles south of the Arizona-Utah border. Erik and his team expect to complete the expedition on or around September 28 at Pearce Ferry, which marks the boundary between Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon.

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Weihenmayer Featured in Nature Valley Advertising

Weihenmayer is featured in a series of new television and digital advertisements “Feel Nature’s Energy” for Nature Valley, highlighting the unique ways in which Erik experiences nature. Links to videos above!

Want to go above and beyond? Take the No Barriers Pledge

  •      As a founding member of No Barriers USA, Weihenmayer advocates for the organization’s mission to empower people with the message, “what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”
  •      You can join Nature Valley and Weihenmayer in the goal of encouraging one million people to live a No Barriers Life by visiting http://www.nobarriersusa.org/take-the-pledge/ today.

About Nature Valley

  •      Nature Valley has a long history of commitment to nature, outdoor activities and the national parks.

  •      The brand finds inspiration from the beauty of nature and the way people connect with nature – whether that’s from a fearless adventure like those undertaken by Weihenmayer or an everyday hike.

  •      It’s Nature Valley’s belief that experiencing nature enables people to feel most alive and Weihenmayer is a great demonstration of our belief.

 

I might not be as adventurous or brave as Erik but I do like to do some milder stuff like some mountain/rock climbing.  We love to travel and have seen some amazing things and had a lot of fun in our journeys.   A few years ago we went to South Dakota and drove thru Needles Highway where we stopped and climbed up some big rocks to get a good view.  Here I am sitting there in the sun..  😉

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Since today is my 43rd Birthday, maybe it’s time to plan another trip with some adventure in it to make sure I am living my life to it’s fullest and not letting things pass me by.     Tell me, where should I go and what should I do?  I need ideas and maybe a “dare” or two.

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received compensation for cooperation with Nature Valley and Sverve on this campaign.  All opinions expressed are solely that of Living Smart Girl’s.