Orlando Christmas Vacation 2014: Need to Know Tips

Holiday traditions and Merry festivities transform Orlando into the perfect winter vacation destination. Whether you’re planning to celebrate at the theme parks or prefer a more low-key holiday event, Orlando is sure to entertain the whole family.

Read on to discover valuable “Need to Know” tips to guarantee a great Orlando Holiday Vacation without any unexpected surprises.

Orlando Events

The Holidays bring the biggest cheer to Orlando, check out all of the exciting events happening this Christmas. Plan ahead by learning more about each event:

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios: Colorful balloons and floats from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® in New York City flood the streets along with marching bands and Santa Claus.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Waves of holiday spirit fill the park with holiday celebrations alongside Shamu.

Holidays around the World at Disney’s Epcot: Sing along to the candlelight processional with a presentation of the traditional Christmas story told by celebrity narrators.

Grinchmas™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure: Suess landing is transformed into a whimsical world of Grinchmas™, featuring a live show starring The Grinch™.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Play in snow flurries while you watch the spectacular fireworks and a jolly holiday parade.

Chistmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND: Kids will enjoy a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and festive decorations, as well as daily appearances by Santa Claus.

Orlando Theme park Crowds

As far as crowd levels go, December is divided. The first half of the month sees low to neutral crowd levels, and the second half of the month sees the highest crowds of the entire year!

Orlando Holiday Weather

Orlando Winter Weather Forecast: This winter expect temperatures to be between the 60’s and 70’s. Our usual coldest month of the year is January, but with average lows only reaching 50 degrees – we certainly can’t call ourselves a snow skiing destination. While you can most likely leave the heavy winter jackets at home, it does get cool enough for people to pull on the light and medium jackets. If you are trying to pack light, bring clothes that can be easily layered.

Orlando Travel Tips

Although we can’t help you out with a plane ticket- we do have a few tips to keep in mind: book early, be flexible with your dates, and be persistent. Travelers have 24hours to release their seat, which means that flight you thought was sold out, could possibly have an open seat tomorrow. Lastly, reports show that flying on the actual holiday tends to be the cheapest way to go.

Orlando Hotel Tips

Look for hotels with a variety of Christmas activities when traveling with your children. This will give you a chance to create unique memories during your vacation. Check out our exclusive Holiday Shopping Spree package only at Floridays Resort! This family-friendly condo-style resort offers activities and events daily. Visit our website at http://www.floridaysresort.com…

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Business Travel Tips!

When you travel the world around you, it changes the world within you. That was one of my quotes a few years ago from my travel blog when I was blogging the World Tour. It holds true to this day, in my opinion.

I have traveled a lot these past 3 months, in particular, and am often asked how I do it. How do I maintain my energy, my focus, my connections, my health. So here are my best travel tips – try them, you’ll like them.

TIP #1 – MAINTAIN REGULAR SLEEP HABITS. This is normal for me, anyway, whether I am travelling or not. But when I am on the road, it is critical for me to get my sleep. I adjust to the time zone I am in and go with it. I ensure the room is dark, cool, quiet and normally, when at conferences, for example, I always room alone. I know that many people find great joy sharing a room when attending events. That doesn’t work for me because I get enough stimulation during the business days and meetings – I don’t need the additional stimulation of someone in my room wanting to de-brief for the next few hours. It’s my down time so that I can get mentally ready for a restful sleep. That also means limited electronics or TV.

TIP #2 – GET REGULAR EXERCISE. These days, that can mean just counting your steps in the airports – they are so HUGE! It takes a lot of time and a lot of steps to get around. I hired a personal trainer this year and, when I am at home, it makes a huge difference. When I am on the road, I stay accountable, get my exercise and post photos for my trainer so I show evidence of my commitment. At a minimum, I do some Yoga moves which helps with stretching after long plane rides. I bring my exercise DVD with me, too – me and Jillian Roberts – look out world!

TIP #3 – I MAKE GOOD FOOD CHOICES. There’s not really any reason to look at a menu when I travel. I know what I regularly eat for breakfast, lunch and supper – now, remember my 80/20 rule. When I am somewhere special (like in Africa – I WILL have the chocolate croissants… just sayin’!) – I will try different foods. But for normal travel – I stick with my regular food choices – and rarely will I have a drink when I am on the road. It ruins my sleep. I know it. So why do it?

TIP #4: I KEEP MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL. Next to my exercise clothes, my Gratitude Journal is the one thing that goes in the suitcase. It IS when I travel, that I realize and recognize what a blessed life I live and I want to keep my attitude of gratitude.

TIP #5: KEEP A SENSE OF HUMOR. Travel these days can be frustrating, challenging …

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Frugal Travel Tips For Las Vegas Dining

Las Vegas dining is world renown. Casinos compete with each other to provide the best dining option from the high end to the buffet to the too-good-to-be-true deals. In this article, we will explore some of the dining options for the frugal traveler.

Ellis Island $4.95 Steak Special

For $4.95, diners at Ellis Island (located on Koval Lane, East of E Flamingo Road) get a 10-ounce steak, bread, potato (choice of serving), and veggies. Must be a cheap cut right? Wrong. This steak is mouth watering. This special is not on the menu, you have to ask for it.

But that’s not what I order. I order the $6.95 fish and chips. There’s a reason why this Icelandic Cod (the waiter said it was flown in daily) has been voted the best in Las Vegas for 35 years.

In-N-Out Burger

If you’re a fast food junkie, then In-N-Out Burger is the place to hit (multiple locations). Their official menu consists of a hamburger, a cheeseburger, a double-double (two patties), fries, and beverage (including shakes). There’s a reason they can keep their menu so simple and that’s because the few items they make, they make well. The store claims to not own a freezer, everything is so fresh. Even the lettuce is hand leafed and the fries cut at the restaurant location, one potato at a time.

Le Village Buffet In Paris For Brunch

If you’re looking for a splurge meal in Las Vegas, I suggest Le Village Buffet in the Paris Casino for brunch. By brunch, I mean go there at the tale end of the breakfast time (serves til 11 am) and then stay for lunch (starts at 11 am).

Why do this?

The selection is changed up so diners get to experience more (pace yourself) but most of all, the price for breakfast is $12.95, the price for lunch is $17.95. Yes, quite a difference. $5.00 per diner.

This technique can be used with many buffets as long as there isn’t a break between meals. Also check to see if you get a discount with a member’s/player’s card.

There are many, many other bargain meals in Las Vegas including $0.75 hotdogs at Gold Coast and $0.99 shrimp cocktails at Golden Gate (tradition started over 40 years ago) but Ellis Island, In-N-Out and Le Village Buffet are my favorites.…

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Affordable Travel Packages: Tips for Choosing the Ideal Vacation Package for Your Upcoming Trip

Finding and choosing the right vacation package has never been easier. There are so many tools on the internet to help you find discount hotel deals, bargain airfare, and more. Whether you’re looking for last minute deals or all-inclusive vacations, all you have to do is look over affordable travel packages and compare all of the offers. Which one is ideal for your travel needs?

When evaluating a package, one of the important things to consider is accommodation. There are so many types of accommodation, including budget hotels, chain hotels, hostels, cabins, inns, large resorts, serviced apartments and condos, etc. If you plan on spending most of your trip outdoors and have access to reliable transportation such as a rental car or bus, it’s okay to stay at a cheap hotel with basic amenities.

Do you really need an all-inclusive package? Are the “inclusions” even worth paying for? It all depends on what you really want out of a vacation. For most people, airfare, clean room, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi is enough. Before selecting an all-inclusive package, ask yourself if you can do without some of the stuff it comes with.

Another important consideration is location. There can be hotels all over a city. Don’t think that just because you’re getting a room at a low price that you will be saving money. Depending on its location, you could end up paying more on a car rental, bus, or taxi. You might not even have to rent a car if your hotel is located walking distance from all of the places you plan to visit. At the very least, there should be a supermarket within walking distance so you can grab a few necessities.

Beware of Scam Affordable Travel Packages

Always know EXACTLY what you are booking and paying for. Don’t get scammed by so-called “affordable travel packages” that have hidden fees. Not that all of them do – some really are good bargains. You still need to be careful. It also helps to read the terms and conditions to understand the cancellation process. Some packages will charge you money if you have a change of plans and have to cancel. You might even come across some no-refund type of offers.

Use Google Maps or some other type of interactive street map for a better understanding of where a hotel is located in relation to restaurants, shops, bus stations, the airport, train stations, beach, etc. Having an idea of where everything is located will make it easier to sort through affordable travel packages.

Where can you find the most affordable travel packages? At online websites, there are some amazing deals to be found. Whether you to go on a cruise, fly to a big city, stay at a ski resort, etc., just use online discount codes to get a good bargain.…

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Frugal Travel Tips For Cruises

Cruises are one of my favorite ways to see the world. I love falling asleep in one country and waking up in another, not having to pack and unpack. Cruise lines run the range of prices from value to super expensive. For frugal travelers, here are some tips to cut expenses.

Consider All Itineraries

When most people think of cruises, they think of the Caribbean, the Mediterrian, and perhaps Alaska. However, name an ocean port and there is likely a cruise sailing into it. And some of these itineraries can not be only bargains but a pleasant surprise. We once booked a 12 day Baltic cruise from London to St. Petersburg and return for less than the airfare from New York to London. It remains one of our favorite cruises.

Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Food is normally included in the price of a cruise (except for dining at the exclusive restaurants). However, beverage other than water, coffee, tea, and if lucky iced tea come with an additional cost. So what we do is buy non-alcoholic beverages in ports (allowable – for alcoholic drinks, there is often a corking charge) and then pour them into glasses.

Make Your Own Tour

We’ve been on over a dozen cruises all over the world and have only done one ship organized tour (on our first cruise). They are expensive, move forward at the pace of the slowest traveler, and restrictive. For a well organized traveler, making their own arrangements is preferable.

One trick that we use is to look at the sights the ship tours cover and include those in our “tour.”

Note: Tour Directors will often tell of horror stories about passengers not getting back to the ship on time. The solution? Leave some extra time and do the far away venues first.

Big Breakfast, Late Dinner

For the frugal traveler, maximizing the time in port is a must. That means if possible choosing the late seating at dinner. Also we tend not to eat large lunches (if at all). Instead we eat a large breakfast on the ship (where the breakfast is free), snack on bits and bites of local food while on shore, and then top the day off with a leisurely late dinner.

Cruising is one of the favorite ways for this frugal traveler to see the world. And by using these tips, it is one luxury that can fit into a traveler’s budget.…

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How to Find Online Discount Hotel Deals – Tips From Travel Experts

Everybody knows that these days it’s cheaper to book their hotel rooms online for the best discounted room rates. So everyone usually heads straight to the many popular Internet travel agencies that we see so much on television and in magazines advertisements. But wouldn’t it be great to know where people working in the travel industry find their special hotel deals?

There are many reputable online travel agencies to choose from today. Most are not so well known because they are not as heavily advertised on television. Though they are popular amongst travel experts and seasoned travelers. When you do research on hotel deals you will find their names coming up first on search results.

But travel industry insiders know that in order to get the best hotel rates possible they primarily use the services of hotel reservation agencies based in the country or region they are traveling too.

For instance if I wanted to find an affordable 3 star hotel in New York City I would use US based online hotel agencies such as CheapOstay.com or HotelClub.com. Both companies have a solid reputation for reliable services and for offering discount hotel rates in the United States, though they are not as well known as Expedia.com or Priceline.com, even though CheapOstay.com and HotelClub.com offers better hotel room rates and more hotel choices.

The reason for that is Expedia and Priceline or another similar all in one travel service provider does not specialize in the hotel market.

Travel experts know that online hotel agencies are able to provide travelers with unique hotel discounts and promotions. They know these specialized agencies focus on the hotel niche so they are much more knowledgeable about traveler’s needs and demands for the best hotel room prices.

Regional online hotel agencies work closer with the hotels they are partnered with so whenever there is a special deal or upcoming exclusive promotions they are the first to receive them so that in turn they are made available to travelers. Hotels know to take advantage of the huge Internet presence that online hotel agencies possess and it increases the likely hood of a traveler coming across their hotel property.  

Since these discounts are exclusive you will only find them on these agencies’ websites that wouldn’t be offered by the hotels directly.  …

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Cheap Hotels in Boston Overview: Tips on Selecting a Hotel Near Fenway Park and Harvard Square

Boston is one of America’s oldest cities and offers the perfect blend of historic sites and modern architecture and entertainment. Some people even call it “America’s greatest walking city”, as tourists stroll about the streets and historic districts. No matter where you want to stay, there are plenty of cheap hotels in Boston to choose from.

Most people arrive by landing at General Edward Lawrence Logan (BOS) International Airport. You can either rent a car to get to your hotel or take MBTA metro trains. There is convenient public transportation throughout all of the city’s neighborhoods. Vacation packages are available if you want to combine airfare to Boston International and a stay at a nice hotel. You can always buy your plane ticket separately if you wish. Just do the math to figure out which option would be cheaper.

Many tourists like to stay in the Downtown Boston area for easy access to the must-see aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, City Hall, Orpheum Theater, etc. There are over 200 hotels, inns, and other accommodation to choose from in the downtown area. A few affordable options include Boston Park Plaza, Revere Hotel Boston Common, Harborside Inn, Charlesmark Hotel, and Hotel 140.

Perhaps the biggest thing to draw people to this city is Fenway Park. If you want to join in the excitement of a Red Sox game, you can check out cheap hotels in Boston. The Sheraton is located just 116 yards from Fenway Park, and it’s fairly affordable. Other budget hotels within a mile are Copley House, Midtown Hotel, and Boston Park Plaza.

Cheap Hotels in Boston Near Harvard Square and Airport

If you’re visiting the Harvard area, there are some nice hotels near Harvard Square. They aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but you still might be able to get a good deal with travel coupons. Studio Allston Hotel, Le Meridien Cambridge (MIT), Freepoint, Kimpton Marlowe, and Porter Square are a few to consider.

Only staying in Boston for a night due to a layover flight? There is some cheap accommodation close to Logan International, like the Harborside Inn, the Hilton, and Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.

If you don’t have any specific landmark or neighborhood in mind, just get a map of the city. What interests you? What hotels will be easy to get to from the airport, bus station, or train station? Which shops would you like to check out? Which restaurants appeal to you? Keep these questions in mind when searching for cheap hotels in Boston. There will surely be affordable accommodation that will suit your preferences.

Get travel coupons online, at sites for comparing hotel rates and booking vacations. You can use promo codes to help you save even more on cheap hotels in Boston. While you’re at it, you might want to book airfare, car rental, and more.…

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Vacation Travel Deals Tips – A Few Ideas for Saving on Future Travel Expenses

Any savvy traveler knows to use comparison shopping websites to find vacation travel deals. It’s very easy to combine every leg of a journey online these days, without having to hire a travel agent to search for deals on your behalf.

You can start the planning process by getting organized. Determine your budget, come up with some dates (the more flexible, the better), and make a list of destinations you would like to consider. Find out when the tourist season is for each of the destinations and look for deals during OFF season, when airfare and hotels will be a lot cheaper.

Another way to find vacation travel deals is to wait for last minute discounts to pop up. This can be a great way to save if you are not particularly picky about where and when you are going. Many of the leading travel discount sites offer apps and free newsletters that will alert you of all of the best deals daily, weekly, or monthly. You can also use apps to track plane ticket and hotel prices.

Always take advantage of free membership programs, like frequent flyer programs, credit card points, military discounts, student discounts, group discounts, Triple A programs, and so forth. Even if you’re not sure if you qualify for any special discount or reward, it’s still worth looking into.

If you want to go on a cruise, check into repositioning cruise offers. Since cruise lines move their ships around different regions during the season, there are short periods of time when they offer discounts to tourists. These are referred to as one-way repositioning cruises, and are significantly less than the regular high-season cruise. The only problem with this type of cruise is that your journey will end at another city from where you started out at – in another region of the country or even continent. Because of this, you will have to make sure the one-way airfare back home is worth the discount of the cruise.

Additional Tips for Cheaper Vacation Travel Deals

Wednesdays are typically the cheapest days to fly domestically, followed by Tuesday. Be on the lookout for popup deals right after midnight on Wednesday mornings and just after 3 PM on Tuesdays.

If you will be traveling with family, one of the very first things to look for is a hotel that offers free meals for kids. Also, don’t rent a car right at the airport because airport car rental rates tend to cost a lot more than the rates of off-airport rental offices – even if it’s the same company. Book your room at a hotel that is easy to get to from the airport. Some even offer free shuttles back and forth.

When shopping online for vacation travel deals, carefully read over the details so you’ll know exactly what the price covers.

You’ll be guaranteed to save on your next trip by booking online. Discounts on cruises, all inclusive packages, airfare, entertainment, and other travel related expenses are frequently popping …

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Ski Vacation Tips: Go Green to Prevent Them From Melting

Planning on a ski vacation this year? Why not consider skiing green this time. With Earth getting hotter than usual due to global warming, ski resorts are mostly affected by this change. At present, they are now thinking of ways on how they can help to mitigate the problem.

The good news is, you too can do something to help reduce this problem. There are various ways that you can do to make it happen. You may think that your individual efforts aren’t enough to make a difference, but they do! So, here are some eco-friendly tips that you can do to help preserve our environment.

Ride smart for a greener trip

Instead of flying to other places for your ski trip, travel to ski resorts closer to your home. The good thing about this is you can pack other things like a cooler and enjoy your own food, drinks and snacks.

Also, if your friends and coworkers share the same interest as you do, you can carpool with them. But if you insist on flying to other destinations, you can also ask if the resort offers a shuttle service to and from the airport. This will allow you to save on gas instead of renting a car.

Choose greener ski resorts

Resorts are more aware now of the impacts of climate change and are now inclined towards pursuing a greener environment. In order to make greener choices, you may ask questions before you make a reservation. You can ask them questions such as:

What do they recycle?

Do they have a water conservation program?

Are their cleaning products eco-friendly?

Do their machines that help clear trails use bio-fuel?

Do they use wind power for energy needs?

Do they offer a shuttle service to and from the airport?

This will help them realize that their efforts in being an eco-friendly resort, really do matters. Also, compliment them on their efforts and encourage them to continue to maintain an eco-friendly facility.

Cross-country skiing? Why not!

You may also consider cross-country skiing this year. This can be done in many “local” places depending on the snowfall in your area. The good thing is, cross-country skiing burns more calories than resources, compared to downhill skiing.

Respect the environment

Every time tourists flock to ski resorts, it’s the environment that suffers due to the irresponsibility of the people. So be responsible with your trash every time you visit any ski resorts. Don’t throw your garbage everywhere. Use biodegradable products and reduce the use of plastic bags. Follow proper segregation and as much as possible, recycle.

With these simple tips, you will not only enjoy your ski vacation, you’ll also be able to help the planet from further devastation. So think green, go green, and support a greener ski vacation. Let’s continue to take care of this planet we call home.…

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Frugal Travel Tips For Road Trips

What better way for the frugal traveler to stretch both her budget and her vacation allotment than by taking road trips during long weekends? Here are some of my top tips to reduce that cost even more.

Keeping The Cooler Cool

Packing an accessible cooler full of drinks and snacks is a great cost reducing option. To maximize cooler space, instead of filling with ice, freeze water bottles and low filled beverages (including drinking boxes, makes a healthier juice slushy). No more soggy sandwiches or spilled water in the backseat.

Eating Where The Truckers Eat

For longer road trips, travelers may have to look outside the cooler for a meal. Instead of haunting the usual fast food chains, keep an eye out for any local roadside restaurants with transport trucks parked outside. When truckers find a spot with good, affordable meals, they tell their buddies.

Note: Just because the sign says truck stop, doesn’t mean the truckers stop. The vehicles never lie.

Keeping The Kiddies Entertained

This is a trick I’ve stolen from my Mom. Whenever we went on a long road trip, she would dig out the coloring books and crayons. That may not seem exciting except it was…to us. During a road trip was the only time we were allowed a new coloring book.

Updated for today’s kid, keep a few toys or video games only for use on road trips. This could be a brand new toy or a favorite. The novelty of the toy will keep kids busy and looking forward to the long car rides.

Prepping The Vehicle

Road trips mean relying on your vehicle so prep work is essential. Check all fluids, oil, antifreeze/coolant, windshield washer solvent (for the bugs all road trip vehicles collect). Check the tires, ensuring that they are properly inflated and in good condition. Check all belts and hoses, looking for wear and tear.

AAA Or Other Vehicle Assistance Programs

Frequent road trippers should consider an AAA or other vehicle assistance program membership, especially if they have an older vehicle. One tow and the membership pays for itself. Plus no scrambling for local mechanics/tow trucks.

One of the benefits that I love about AAA is their TripTiks which are route maps complete with information such as road works (very helpful during the summer road work season) and rest stops. There are even blurbs on each town passed.

Road trips are a great way to see more local destinations and to stretch the travel budget.…

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