One of the most affordable vacations for families encompasses packages wherein kids stay free. The good news is that there is a mountain of such package deals available for families. Let’s take a look at a few vacation spots that are all inclusive.
* Holiday Inn in Aruba
* Kaanapali Shores in Maui, Hawaii
* Barcelo Beach Resort in Ixtapa, Mexico
* Melia Cabo Real Beach & Golf Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico
* Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica
* Paradise Island Resort in Nassau, Bahamas
* Crown Paradise in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
* Riu Bambu in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Preparing for a family vacation is the easy part; actually getting on the road or traveling by train or plane is where the fun part can become a bit murky. Family vacations, while they can have their ups and downs, can still be enjoyed by utilizing a couple of pre-vacation tips and ideas to make the road less bumpy.
Ready, set, go! If you are traveling by plane, ensure everyone in your family has passports. With the new rules and regulations for plane travel in place, you can make the experience more palpable by making sure the entire family gets a good night’s sleep before the eventful day. Also, have a good breakfast and prepare to arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to flight time. You can check on line with the airline carrier to determine what can and cannot be taken on board the flight.
Bring some games for the kids to play with, along with coloring books and crayons for the younger children. This will keep them busy while waiting to board the flight. If the kids are flying for the first time, bring some candies or gum which will help alleviate any ear problems due to pressurized cabin. Check to see what amenities the airline has to offer. If they don’t, ask if you can bring along certain games for the kids to enjoy on the flight. Certain electronic games may be prohibited.
Most people who go on vacation like to book trips through a travel agent in order to take some of the stress out of the planning process. Travel agents can also help you save money on flight, hotel rooms, cruises, and more; but what about online travel agencies? While people worry that Internet travel companies could scam you or provide low-quality service, there are actually a number of benefits to choosing an online travel company, providing that you pick the right one.
First and foremost, with an online travel agency, you can work with the place that has the lowest prices without geography limits. In other words, you have more options! When you opt to choose a travel agency in an offline setting, you are limited to the handful of companies that operate in your neighborhood, or at least within a reasonable distance. People who live in major cities might especially be affected by the high prices of brick and mortar travel agencies. Online, there are not proximity limits. The travel agency with which you work might actually have headquarters thousands of miles away, but if they have the lowest prices, you can still work with them over the Internet.
Are you considering a trip to an area where sun and sand are the biggest attractions? There are many ways to cut down on expenses for these highly desirable locations. These tips could help you have a dream beach vacation without overspending.
By Antoinette Ayana
Beach hotels are some of the best options in many resort areas. Not only do you get the opportunity to be right on the water, but you also have the option of being close to many of the area's attractions.
If you are considering booking your next trip in an area where the sun and sand are the biggest attractions, be sure you've thought about these facilities. Don't worry, though, there are plenty of ways to cut down your expenses for these highly desirable locations. If you want to be able to truly enjoy the experience without overspending, consider these tips.
The obvious tool for hotel room cooking is an immersion heater. However, most accommodations already have an appliance that you can use to cook simple meals - the coffee pot. Here are some tips that could save you money on your next trip.
Although eating out at restaurants is a treat that we all enjoy while on vacation, it can make your expenses soar. This article presents a few tips for using your hotel room's coffee maker to prepare meals and snacks.
A note about restaurant meals: Lunch entrees are often cheaper for the same quantity and quality of food offered at supper. If you eat out once daily, try to plan your activities around a nutritious midday meal.
• Practice your recipes at home in order to estimate cooking times and evaluate results.
• Before using a coffee maker, clean it carefully. Coffee-flavored pork and beans might not be what you want for supper.
• A dark reddish-orange stain or a chemical smell in the room could be an indication that someone has cooked meth in the pot. <em>Do not use it. It could be hazardous to your health.</em>
• Avoid trying to cook anything that might set off the smoke alarm.
• Clean up your mess. Don't expect housekeeping staff to be good-natured about dirty dishes in the sink or a coffee maker that needs extensive cleaning before it can be used by the next guest.
There are three methods for cooking with a standard coffee maker. You can also use the first two with Keurig machines.
1. Cooking food in the coffee carafe or a large heat-resistant container.
2. Placing food directly on the burner.
3. Using the basket for steaming.
Cooking Food in the Carafe
• You might get better results by removing the basket or swinging it out of the way.
• In most cases, it's best to let the water drip through; then remove the excess to prevent overflow. Alternatively, fill the reservoir with the desired quantity of water before turning on the machine.
• Food items such as ramen noodles, instant rice, oatmeal, instant mashed potatoes, and dehydrated soups or backpacker mixes cook well in the carafe.
• Boiled eggs: Place eggs in carafe of hot water and set it back on the burner. Let eggs sit for several minutes.
• Poached eggs: Break shells and slide egg(s) into the hot water. Put the carafe back on the burner and watch carefully. Remove from heat as soon as eggs are poached to your specifications.
• Corn on the cob: Place ears of fresh or frozen corn in hot water. Set carafe back on burner and cook until done.
Cooking or Warming Food Directly on the Burner
• Heat canned food by removing the lid and placing the tin on the burner. Stir occasionally.
• Grill yourself a cheese sandwich. Delicious!
• Cook finger foods such as chicken nuggets.
• Heat pop tarts, cold pizza, and restaurant leftovers.
• Place fresh or frozen vegetables in the basket. Turn on the coffee maker and wait for all the water to go through. You'll end up with hot, crispy vegetables.
Use Your Imagination
The next time you go shopping, appraise everything you see. You'll probably find many other items that you can cook in the coffee maker.
Be sure to read Kathy's recent books for more travel tips: "Top Tips for Packing Your Suitcase" and "Top Tips for Travel by Air". With their convenient e-book format, you can load them on your smartphone, e-reader, tablet, or laptop - and take them along with you when you travel.
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