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Jul

17

Don’t Forget Your Pic-a-nic Basket

By Bob Levin on July 17th, 2012

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Yellowstone National Park extends over three state lines into Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. It was established in 1872, making it America’s oldest national park and it is known as the home of the world’s largest collection of natural geysers, including Old Faithful. It is one of the temperate zone’s last untouched, natural ecosystems.

Camping is one of the main attractions of the Yellowstone experiences but don’t let that discourage you. If you don’t want to be without the comforts of home, there are plenty of hotels and quality motels located inside or nearby the park that offer low rates and will afford you the opportunity to enjoy all that Yellowstone during the day and sleep comfortably in a bed at night.

There’s a lot to do in Yellowstone National Park, from hiking to catch and release fishing and boating. Yellowstone offers a wide range of activities you can enjoy while taking in all of the breathtaking natural sites. There are guided biking tours and horseback riding, there is even llama packing.

Yellowstone has long been the home to Native American Tribes and a visit to Yellowstone provides you with the opportunity to attend a Powwow. Indian Powwows are festive social events featuring traditional Native American dancing, drumming and singing. Not only would you be able to observe but also participate in this truly one of a kind experience.

The wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is abundant and you will have plenty of chance to observe it. There are numerous elk, bear, bison, moose and trumpeter swans living in the wilds of Yellowstone. These animals are carrying on in their natural habitat, unlike those found in zoos.

There are plenty of activities scheduled year round. So you don’t have to restrict your visit to only the warmer months of the year. Consult the calendar of events to plan your trip and then check for excellent West Yellowstone hotel deals.

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Jun

26

Tips for Traveling to England With Your Baby

By Bob Levin on June 26th, 2012

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It is never easy to travel with an infant. You must constantly be prepared for the unexpected. Making hotel reservations in advance will at least take that concern of lodging from your mind. If your destination is London, quality hotels are not a problem. The entire UK is dotted with great hotels and motels that will let you have a vacation that won’t send you home bankrupt.

Great hotels provide excellent service which is almost a prerequisite when traveling with a baby. It will be easy to find anything you need for baby care in England, even though it may be called by a different name. Your hotel room will be equipped with a changing table and bassinette or crib, depending on the baby’s age, so long as you specify that you are traveling with a baby.

Even though your hotel room will be at a low rate, services will not be stunted. Your hotel lodging will include all the amenities as if you had paid full price. When you want to explore London for an evening out, a nanny will be available for hire. These nannies are qualified and certified. You can also rent a car in advance so that when you get to your hotel, your rental car will be waiting for you, with baby car seat installed.

Taking a trip to Paris from London can be one of the biggest excitements of the entire trip to Europe. You can drive in your rental car to Folkestone in Kent, deposit the car onto the Eurostar shuttle, let yourself be transported through the Channel Tunnel, roll off again in Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais and you are in France. From there, you drive to your hotel rooms in Paris and enjoy low rates and quality lodging there. You will have excellent accommodations in your rooms and the most helpful hotel staff. Your baby will never feel any discomfort because your hotel reservations were carefully considered by the hotel management and everything was done to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

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Jun

12

Relaxing and Exploring Hawaii

By Bob Levin on June 12th, 2012

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For many people, Hawaii is a dream vacation, and rightfully so. Make your motel reservations early to get the best discounts available. You will be traveling to a cluster of islands where one is more beautiful than the next. The Big Island has many sights to offer that will impress your sense of beauty for many years to come. Culturally very diverse, you will be able to book great hotel rooms at very low rates.

Activities that include surfing, snorkeling, just lying on the beach or swimming in the ocean are something the natives take for granted but visitors enjoy as special fare. For non-aquatic exploration, there are many hiking trails you can take. Guides will be available if you are not sure where you are going or what you want to see. If your children are with you and the adults want a night to explore Hawaii’s night life, child care can be provided by the staff in many of the quality motels and hotels.

With such low rates for your motel lodging, you can afford to do a few things extra that otherwise your budget may not have permitted. You can actually upgrade your motel rooms because of the cheaper rates and get a motel room that is bigger or has a better view. Or you can spend that extra cash buying presents and souvenirs. Island hopping is another great adventure that lets you see all of Hawaii instead of only the Big Island.

Walk through many of the large pineapple plantations or take a tour through Chinatown. You may be surprised that you are in Hawaii and not in China itself when you see the wares, the streets and the population there. After your day trips and island exploring, you can return to your motel room and soak in a tub to let all the day’s experiences wash leisurely over you again.

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Jun

5

Americans Warming Up To Summer Travel In 2012

By Bob Levin on June 5th, 2012

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With the economy in less dire straits than many perhaps predicted, Americans are feeling more confident to travel on their vacation this year. Many are still a little hesitant to go all out and take those big long vacations, breaking it into a couple of smaller ones. However Americans choose to spend their vacation time, they can catch fabulous deals. Hotels and motels are offering rooms at great prices that make vacations affordable. Motel reservations are necessary to cash in on those deals for travelers.

Many motels have standing agreements with car rental companies that ensure you a reduced rate or at least a good deal on car rentals for your day trips. Motel lodging can be a vacation in itself. Most motels offer many amenities such as movie rental, swimming pools, free Wi-Fi connections and sometimes even game rooms. Kids just love the pool after you have had a full day of sight-seeing. While adults can relax at poolside, kids can wear themselves out before bedtime.

If you have pets and want to take them along, find out if the motel is pet-friendly before you make your motel reservation. If the hotel or motel does take in pets, you may have to have certain documents with you. For instance, some hotels may want you to produce a rabies certificate when you bring your pet. This is mainly for insurance purposes but serves also for the consideration of the other guests and staff should your pet get lose.

You can find fantastic deals for hotel and motel stay at many different locations throughout the United States at prices that are absolutely affordable. These cut-rate prices apply to quality motels. In fact, because travel has been at a slower pace in recent times, you may get deals you really didn’t know existed!

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Apr

24

Staying Safe in New York City

By Bob Levin on April 24th, 2012

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People from all around the globe dream about visiting New York City- a city considered by many to be one of the most exciting and vibrant places in the entire world. Yet many people will never visit NYC once during their lives, often due to fear for their safety. It’s undeniable that NYC has developed something of a fearsome reputation, but is The City really as dangerous as so many believe it to be, or are rumors of its dangerous streets largely exaggerated?

Let’s be clear about one thing. New York City has a number of neighborhoods that are unsafe under any circumstances. But these neighborhoods are all remote areas that visitors would never stumble their way into accidentally. To explore New York City’s most dangerous neighborhoods, you will need to actively seek them out.

These days the vast majority of New York is incredibly safe. During the 1970’s and the 1980’s New York City’s center, the island of Manhattan, was filled with violence, vagrants and vice. But over the last couple of decades the city’s mayors have instituted exhaustive campaigns to clean up the streets, resulting in the family-friendly New York you will see today when you finally take that trip to the Big Apple you’ve been dreaming about.

Of course, New York City may be much safer today than it was thirty years ago, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your wits about you. Make sure you never walk alone at night, try to avoid neighborhoods you don’t know very well or which aren’t filled with other people who are also out-and-about, and keep track of your valuables. Always keep an eye on your bags, your cameras and your money, beware of pickpockets, and don’t go out of your way to broadcast the fact you’re a tourist.

As long as you follow basic common sense, the same rules of thumb you would follow traveling anywhere, there’s no reason to fear visiting New York City in all of its modern, safe glory!

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