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A South Pacific Vacation makes you think of Fiji, French Polynesia, Tahiti, but not perhaps Lord Howe Island. Yet Lord Howe Island could be just the perfect South Pacific Island vacation destination, a real romantic getaway, and yet easily accessible from the eastern seaboard of Australia, as it only takes two hours flying time.Lord Howe Island is an extraordinary place, and has been described as the last paradise, where you will often find more fish and bird species than...

A Different South Pacific Island For Your Romantic Getaway

A Different South Pacific Island For Your Romantic GetawayA South Pacific Vacation makes you think of Fiji, French Polynesia, Tahiti, but not perhaps Lord Howe Island. Yet Lord Howe Island could be just the perfect South Pacific Island vacation destination, a real romantic getaway, and yet easily accessible from the eastern seaboard of Australia, as it only takes two hours flying time.Lord Howe Island is an extraordinary place, and has been described as the last paradise, where you will often find more fish and bird species than people, and this includes the visitors as well!! The reason for this is there are around 300 residents and then a restriction of 400 visitors at any one time. For this reason it is never crowded, and a good reason to call itself a real south pacific island "romantic getaway" Lord Howe Island has the most southerly coral reef in the world and it is absolutely teeming with over 500 species of fish, plus many varieties of coral. It makes a superb sight below water line but pretty spectacular above, where there is a lovely lagoon protected by the line of surf that denotes the reef. This is a place with no pollution and the beaches are spotless.Lord Howe Island is dramatic to look at, as it came from an ancient volcanic eruption, and the southern end is dominated by two large mountains called Mt.Gower, and Mt.Lidgbird, named after the Commander of the first ship to visit the island, which soar 875 metres out of the ocean.Visitors definitely step back in time when they arrive here, and there are few of the trappings of resort style 21st century life for the holidaymaker. This is a place for nature lovers, and people who like nothing better than to walk and even hike in the mountains.In addition you can hand feed the fish at Neds Beach, go for a lagoon cruise in a glass bottomed boat, charter a boat to go fishing, or take the two hour round the island trip. By the way the island is 11 kms long and 3kms at its widest.I terms of where to stay on Lord Howe Island, then there are 17 family run accommodation properties, ranging from full board to self catering, but please note, there is no camping permitted. You can hire a car when you are here if you pre book it, but bicycles are the popular mode of transport.The weather on Lord Howe, is sub tropical varying from 18-28 degrees C.The Best time to visit Lord Howe Island is really anytime!! In fact from September to May is summertime, and it is usually fine and mild to warm and hot. You are advised to bring a jacket for cooler evenings, and that you should bring a raincoat. Youll need comfortable shoes and sandshoes for reef walking. Youll need a torch to find your way around at night because there are no street lights.There are no entry requirements, and Australian citizens dont need a passport.Lord Howe Island isnt only a great place for a romantic getaway it is also a paradise for children because they can roam free in perfect safety, because there are no snakes, nothing poisonous, and almost zero crime. Honeymooners and escapists love it because you are out of the range of mobile phone masts.Go to Lord Howe Island for a South Pacific Island Vacation with a difference.For more information about South Pacific Hideaways http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/categories/Pacific-Ocean-Hideways/

Making The Best Of Your Alaska Cruise Vacation

Making The Best Of Your Alaska Cruise Vacation

Alaska is a very rare and fantastic area. Alaska is by far the biggest state yet has the least group. This contributes to the sense that it is the final noteworthy frontier in the US. The qualities that have flocked enthusiasts to it are those of fate and excitement. Whether you want to go moose watching kayaking or just take pictures an Alaska Cruise will give you with all of these pursuits.To guarantee total peace of mind make plans for somebody to keep an eye on your place while you are gone. It's nice to use a acquaintance whom you trust. You should keep any home services as if you were still at home. Don't forget to somebody knows how to reach you through the cruise line and land locations in case something happens.If you are the type of sportsman that is more likely to cook what you bag then an Alaskan fishing cruise is up your alley. Alaska is renowned for its fishing activity. A number of enthusiasts come to take part in salmon and halibut fishing like they've never done it before. You possibly might see a cruise that lets you to toss a line over the side amid the trip. It requires only a tad of studying to see the cruise package that best meets your desires.It's critical to take into account the amount of money you want to carry it with you be mindful that there will be ATMs on the boat and on land. Don't tote a bunch of cash this will prevent pickpockets and burglars but make sure you brought enough to tip the crew on the boat and for shopping while in port. If you want more then this is when you can use the ATM machine to get more. You might consider tolls a hassle but less than losing the money you had put aside for the excursion.The area around Alaska is home to the biggest communal group of humpback whales on the planet. This makes Alaska a destination for those who desire to experience this fantastic landscape first hand. You will also see a wide diversity of sea life like Pacific white side dolphins and Steller sea lions. Be sure to pack a camera of some sort as well as a set of binoculars for your excursion.If sea creatures are not necessarily your thing then you will also see a wide variety of wildlife such as land creatures and fowl. A wildlife viewing cruise will allow you to see a stunning array of flora and creatures. People are never sure exactly what they're going to see don't be surprised if you get to see deer and eagles.There are those trips that meet the needs of the adventurer looking for a more extravagant excursion. Regardless the experience for which you're looking is moose watching or kayaking experience the fantastic landscape you will find it here. This requires only a small amount of studying to see the cruise package that best suits your desires. Extravagant nature and fantastic landscape will be found on your Alaska cruise.

Why Car Rental Companies Insist On Credit Cards For Obtaining Reservations

Why Car Rental Companies Insist On Credit Cards For Obtaining Reservations

If you have ever rented a car, regardless of how you planned to pay for the actual rental, the car rental company probably asked you for a major credit card. It is standard practice for most car rental companies to require their customers to provide a major credit card at the time of rental. Beyond simply asking for your major credit card information, most car rental companies will obtain a credit card authorization and advance charge approval to cover expenses related to any potential damages to the car while it is in your possession. In essence, your major credit card is held as a security deposit against loss or damage. If you turn back the car in perfect condition, nothing will be charged to your credit card except for the rental fee. However, if the car is damaged while it is in your possession, your credit card will immediately be charged with an appropriate fee based on the terms of your rental agreement. The rental company will not actually charge a fee to your card at the time you rent the car. However, by obtaining an advance charge approval, the rental car company in essence reserves a certain amount of room on your card for charges they might have to make in the event the car is damaged while in your possession.Keep in mind that all plastic is not created equal. When it comes to renting a car, there is a big difference between a credit card and a check card or debit card. Many car rental companies will not accept check cards or debit cards for rental car security deposits. Rental companies cannot process advance charge approvals against debit or check cards, and so do not accept such cards for security deposit payments.Before letting you complete the car rental transaction, the rental company will get permission from you to charge your card if something does happen to the car while you have it. Additionally, the rental car company will verify that there is sufficient room under your credit limit cap on the card to cover the amount required for a security deposit.Also keep in mind that car rental companies wont just take any credit card. When you rent a car, you dont need just any major credit card. You need your major credit card. The person whose name appears on the credit card has to be listed as an authorized driver on the rental agreement and the person has to be present at the time the car is rented. In other words, you cant borrow your friends credit card to use for the security deposit on a rent a car.

Luxury Lodge Safaris In Tanzania

Luxury Lodge Safaris In Tanzania

Lodge Safaris in Tanzania I will try to avoid the travel clichs of unique, off the beaten track and renowned for These tired expressions are used over and over again for almost every destination in Africa! The lodge safari in Tanzania is by far the best way to see this lovely country. Tanzania has so much to offer, including many parks that have few visitors and high concentrations of game animals. Some National Parks boast just one lodge in a million hectares. Your Lodge safari in Tanzania can truly offer a taste of what the early explorers experienced.When choosing your lodge safari, do so with care. Many visitors want to see the great migration and the Serengeti. Some lodges are in fact hotels and although very nice; they do not contribute to that out of Africa experience. What is called for is a camp experience and the private camp is ideal for a special experience. When you look to plan your trip try not to go for the lodge safari but the private camp safari. Your choice of lodge or camp is a very important part of the whole safari picture.These camps are usually made up of a small number of tents. Not the two man tent with no standing room and sleeping on the hard and sometimes damp ground, nor is there the cooking over a stove and eating grass and sand with your tinned food. No, these private camps have tents that have large comfortable beds, a bathroom en suite and some even boast a butler service. The cuisine is of the highest quality and you dine from bone china and drink champagne [or beer] from crystal glasses.If you want to listen at night to the song of the African bush with the occasional distant [or sometimes close] roar of a lion; if you want to open your tent in a morning to be greeted by Impala and Zebra grazing so close to your tent that you could almost touch them, then choose one of the tented camps. If you want to be in a remote part of the park but close to the animals; if you want to stand in the open plains of the Serengeti and not be joined by a caravan of twenty other safari vehicles, then the private camp is your option above the mere mass-market tourist lodge.There are several such camps scattered throughout the Serengeti. Your choice of camp will depend on what time of year you visit Tanzania. A good camp is Kusini Camp in the Southern Serengeti. It is small, luxurious, and in the ideal spot from the end of December until March, as the great migration is in this area at this time. However, the rest of the year this camp is a little isolated and animals may be harder to see.A problem with planning a safari round the migration is that the migration follows the rains and the rains are notoriously unpredictable. Your camp may end up being in the wrong area of the Serengeti. At times of little rain the migration can remain in the Northern Serengeti at a time of year when normally the animals have crossed into Kenya. Many safari expeditions in a season of little rain may find themselves in the wrong country!This is a headache for safari operators, as a disappointed client is not good for business. However, this can be solved with a mobile camp and this is not only the best option but also by far, the most expensive option.To get around the high costs of the mobile camp there is a new breed of camp emerging, a semi-permanent camp. This is a tented camp that moves perhaps three or four times per year. It will follow the migration, ensuring that whilst the migration is in the Serengeti, the camp will also be in the mist of the animals. One such camp I have heard good reports about is EMC [Exclusive Mobile Camp Serengeti]. It is friendly, knowledgeable, embraces fair trade tourism and best of all, the camp is very good value for money. They have a web site and an office in Arusha which will give out details of the migration and the position of their camp. This is great, both for tour operators and for people wanting to plan a safari.This is where the internet can help in a positive way, to help you plan a safari that will truly be a holiday of a life time. There is no need to hope your travel agent will do a good job in planning your vacation. Take some of the responsibility your self and plan your safari; check out your destination and accommodation. If your travel agent or tour operator is not cooperative or flexible, ask around and go to someone who is willing to earn their commission.

Hello From Montreal - Part 11 - A Chat With Andr Giroux Owner Of a Roule Bicyle Rentals

July 1, 2006had thoroughly enjoyed my guided bicycle tour with a Roule and Bruno, a licensed city guide from Guidatour, really introduced Montreal up close to us. And my own independent explorations of the bicyle trail along the Lachine Canal introduced me to a side of Montreal I had never been exposed to. After returning my bike after a full day of exercise I wanted to find out a bit more about who is behind this operation, a Roule, or Montreal on Wheels, as it is known in English.Montreal, by the way, is a fabulous city to explore by bicycle. The Old Port area, the bicycle path network along the "Lachine Canal" and alongside the St. Lawrence River, as well as the islands of Ile St. Hlne and Parc Jean Drapeau in the St. Lawrence are eminently bikeable. Of course the trail network on Mont Royal also adds some interesting terrain for cycling enthusiasts and many of Montreal's quaint neighbourhoods lend themselves perfectly to be discovered en vlo. Montreal was actually voted the number 1 city for bicyclists in 1999 by Bicycling magazine.a Roule is a Bicycle Rental and Touring Shop located on the harbourfront boulevard at 27 De La Commune Est. Andr Giroux, the owner, created this company 12 years ago. He originally studied law and spent 7 years as a lawyer, specialized in litigation and legal consulting for large real estate developers. As an avid sports person, Andr plays hockey and tennis and he really enjoys cycling and in 1994 he decided to open a small rental store that initially focused on renting roller blades, a big craze in the mid 1990s. His original stable of equipment also included 12 bicycles. In the meantime his fleet has grown to more than 70 bicycles which include touring bikes, tandems, trail bikes, electric bikes and electric scooters. His store also rents kids trailers and child carriers.I asked him what the name a Roule" actually means and he explained that this French phrase literally means its rolling, but is generally understood as its going well, its running well. He explained that his store specializes in customer service, his staff is knowledgeable, and they are available to provide advice on all sorts of biking activities in and around Montreal. Everyone gets outfitted with a city-wide cycling map and a free bottle of water is included in every tour.His customers come from all over the world including the USA, the rest of Canada and a wide variety of European countries. Even Australian, Korean and Japanese travelers rent muscle-powered equipment from him and many of his clients are referred by hotels and the Montreal Tourist Office. In addition he also offers bicycle repairs and some of his repair clients are part of the 3500 permanent residents that now live in Old Montreal, or employees that work in Old Montreal and commute there by bicycle.a Rule has six staff members: two bicycle repair technicians and four tour leaders. Recently he has started to collaborate with Guidatour and both companies combined have developed an Official City Tour By Bike that is led by a licensed tour guide. This morning I participated in this official city tour and in my opinion exploring a city by bike has to be one of the best ways of discovering a new place.In any northern country, the bicycling business is seasonal, and the high season at a Roule goes from May to October, sometimes stretching into November, depending on the weather. During the winter Andr works on updating the website and preparing the strategies for the next business years and last year he had a chance to go to Florida for 3 weeks. During the summer the shop is very busy and Andr and his staff members work very had, but he tries to go out bicycling himself in the evenings between 7 and 8 pm. He loves to cycle over to Montreals islands: Ile St. Hlne and Jean Drapeau Park.Andr also pointed out that a Roule is able to offer customized bicycle tours. One time a group of people asked to start a tour on top of Mont Royal. So he rented a cargo van and carted several bikes up to the top of the mountain so the tour group could start their ride at their intended starting point. All sorts of special assignments can be done, they might just require a bit of notice to organize.With all this exercise I was ready for a very solid dinner, so I thanked Andr for his time and for putting on the Official Guide City Tour, one of the best ways of getting to know the city and continued my explorations of Montreal on this Canada Day.For the entire article including photos please visithttp://www.travelandtransitions.com/stories_photos/montreal_ca_roule.htm

Florida Vacationing Without Disney

If you have ever considered taking a vacation in Florida one of the first things that comes to mind might be Disney World. If youve seen it all or are on a budget, try these other Florida attractions suited for all ages.1. SkyScapes Balloon ToursYou can take a private balloon ride for couples or groups. Advance reservations are required because they only schedule one flight per day. Flight amenities include a Champagne Toast, when you will learn about ballooning and how it all got started. The After Flight Celebration will include a light snack of fruit and cheese and a First Flight Certificate to commemorate your first flight. Weekends fill up fast so its best to reserve at least two weeks in advance.2. Flying Tigers Warbird MuseumThis museum has a large collection of restored planes from the WWII era. There are many aircrafts on display and available for flight. Some of the aircrafts include - B-52, B-25 Mitchells, P-51 Stearmans, C-47 Dakota, a Vampire and many more. A truly historical spot for everyone to enjoy.3. Reptile World SerpentariumYou don't have to like snakes to go - in fact, those afraid of them can get quite a rush. There are a large collection of snakes from around the world and kept in their own natural environment. You can attend a venom harvest demonstration, where you can learn about the process of harvesting venom that saves peoples lives.4. GatorlandFlorida is the natural home of many alligators, and this private wildlife preserve has hundreds of them. Gatorland is also home to several crocodiles, flamingos and a variety of other animals as well. There is a nature walk and train ride, and also a petting zoo, but you won't be able to pet alligators unless theyre babies and being held by a trainer.5. Old TownOld Town boasts a collection of over 300 classic cars. Its premiere attraction is the shopping area where you can go through over 75 specialty stores, taking on 18 thrilling rides and dining at 8 delicious restaurants.6. Medieval Times Dinner and TournamentAt this highly themed event you can enjoy simpler times. Enjoy feasting on a hearty dinner that is served to you by a wench as you watch a Princess profess her love for her Knight and a betrayal is unveiled as the King addresses his audience. During intermission you will see an outstanding performance of horse tricks and a falcon show.

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A South Pacific Vacation makes you think of Fiji, French Polynesia, Tahiti, but not perhaps Lord Howe Island. Yet Lord Howe Island could be just the perfect South Pacific Island vacation destination, a real romantic getaway, and yet easily accessible from the eastern seaboard of Australia, as it only takes two hours flying time.Lord Howe Island is an extraordinary place, and has been described as the last paradise, where you will often find more fish and bird species than...