Category Archives: Holiday & Vacation

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The 6 Best Tips For A Family Vacation To Remeber

Any great summer vacation starts with planning your travel destination. Make sure to talk with your entire family before you start booking at travel arrangements. People’s lives are busy and you would hate to book a hotel just to find out that someone in your family can’t make it.

Another great family vacation tip is to layout what family members should do in case of an emergency or if someone is separated from the family. Most vacationers take this for granted, but you should always be safe rather than sorry. This is especially important if you have small children in your family. Tell them what they should do if they get lost or designate a meeting spot to go to. When you are visiting large amusement parks or relaxing at a water park, it is very easy for a child to wander off and get lost.

When planning your families’ summer vacation make sure that everyone is well aware of what you will be doing while on vacation and for how long you will be traveling. This helps everyone plan out what they need to bring and how many changes of clothes and other items. Also, if you will be driving to your vacation spot you may want to suggest that everyone bring games or reading materials to help make the travel enjoyable.

While on the topic of traveling in a car, make plans ahead of time to make the drive more fun. For example, you could rent a car television and DVD player so everyone can watch movies while you are traveling. Make sure and pack movies that the entire family will enjoy because you do not want any fighting over what gets watched before you ever reach your vacation spot.

You should also encourage family members to pack other things that will entertain them. Suggest that they bring their PSP or iPod and that way there will be no fighting over what music everyone has to listen to. Also make sure to pack extra batteries and power cords for charging everyone’s devices. The last thing you want to do is head off for vacation and after 1 hour of traveling everyone’s PSP or iPod is out of juice.

If you are taking a long trip and have to travel for a large distance make sure everyone brings a pillow for comfort and to take naps. You may also want to pack snacks and beverages so you are not required to make a stop every time someone gets hungry or thirsty.

Taking a summer vacation with your family should be an enjoyable, relaxing and memorable experience. Following the tips outlined above will help ensure that your vacation is a fun trip for everyone.

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Your Very Own Perfect Tea Party Holiday Guide

The holiday season is already here and it’s time to swing to the rhythm of the enchanting and warm atmosphere. So, if you want to create a magical moment this year that would last throughout your life, let’s take a look at what you can do.

You must have tried out so many things to make your holiday memorable, but this time try something new. Have you ever tried a holiday tea party? Not yet? Then try it out! It is much more fun and you can enjoy it so much with your friends and family.

You can host a tea party in your home if you want and invite your friends over. For your holiday tea party theme, consider the guests’ preferences. Do they love casual, formal, down-home, natural or organic tea?

Make the tea party theme more elegant by simplifying the dcor. Decorate the whole ambiance with holiday accents ornaments and ribbons. You can create a tea wreath to add up to the whole fun. Check online for various tips on how you can make tea wreaths using tea sampler packs. The sampler tea packs are easy to get and you can order it online.

A special teapot can take the center stage at your tea party. If you are looking for a traditional teapot, the Yixing clay teapot, Bodum glass teapot or the Tetsubin Cast Iron teapot would be a great choice. The WholeLeaf porcelain teapot with infuser and lid from Art of Tea comes with different colors and can greatly enhance the whole ambiance of your party. If you want to use a glass accent, try out the hand blown teapot, which will add an elegant touch to the whole affair.

For the tea menu, there is a huge collection of teas which you can try out. The pumpkin pie herbal tea is a must for any holiday tea party. The flavor and aroma of baked pumpkin pie with holiday spice is an amazing way to warm up a frosty winter chill. Other herbal teas you can try out are Ginger Ginseng, Rooibos Chai, White Guava Ginger, Ginger Matcha and lot more.

To extend the holiday festivities, you can give away small packages of herbal tea samplers as gifts. If you are looking for exotic tea gifts, you can visit Art of Tea and check out their huge list of tea gifts. They have such amazing tea gifts that anyone would be overjoyed to get them!

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Yes You Can Afford The Maldives With An All Inclusive Holiday Plan

Maldives holidays may seem too good to be true with crystal clean waters, colourful fish and picture postcard beauty at every turn. This surreal place not only exists, but is also more affordable than ever with Maldives all inclusive holiday deals. Offering warm and inviting weather all year round, the Maldives is the ultimate in beachfront holidays at the price you want to pay.

Cool and breezy, light and easy is the antidote for civilization with a ready made all inclusive Maldive holidays escape. Your next holiday can be something special with surreal sunsets, turquoise waters and beachfront luxury at an affordable rate. Not just for the rich and famous anymore, Maldives holidays are easy to book and one of the best values in the Indian Ocean.

An all inclusive holiday plan is the smart way to travel, cutting the major expenses down to size. Your all inclusive Maldives escape covers the international airfare, fabulous waterfront accommodation, all you can buffets, and a rich array of water sports and beach activities for all ages and fitness levels.

Your all inclusive Maldives holiday allows you the freedom and flexibility to take on all the sights and sounds around town or luxuriate your cares away on a sugar sand beach. No schedules and no time tables to adhere to, the Maldives holiday is off the clock for timeless bliss on the best beaches in the world.

Twenty-four atolls gives you plenty of unique places to explore with island hopping fun on private sailboats, cruisers and sea planes. These small passenger vessels take you from port to port for surfing, jet skis, fishing and land you near to town to meet and greet new friends. And when love is in the air, your sailboat skipper knows where to whisk you away to for a pleasure picnic on a private pristine island for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Booking your all inclusive Maldive holidays is easy and stress free. No hassles, no reservations to make, and no worries getting to and from the airport. All inclusive means just that: you get it all at one rock bottom rate. Independent travel arrangements or the best offer from a local travel agent cannot undercut the all inclusive package deal. Group airline and hotel rates will not be undersold to bring you the luxury and total travel efficiency found only in an all inclusive package. Out with the old and in with the new, all inclusive travel is the wave of the future making piecemeal holidays obsolete.

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Funny Vacation Travel Complaints

There’s now queerer than folk- is an expression which roughly translates as -some people are just plain bonkers-, and this applies to people everywhere, including people who book up vacation rental homes and choose exotic locations as their vacation destinations. The following statements and complaints are all true.

One couple had been told by the vacation rental home owner that there is a water park nearby, but when they got there they realized they were over-dressed since they had not brought their swim wear. They made a complaint insisting that they should have been told that they need to bring their swimming costumes and towels to this vacation destination. Another couple, on booking a beachfront vacation rental villa then complained that the beach was too sandy, even though the owner of the vacation rental villa had written on his listings that it was located on a sandy beach.

One man complained to the owner of their holiday rental home that he bought some Ray Bans from a street peddler for $5 only to then find out that they were fake. Another couple complained when they booked a holiday rental home near the sea. They took their kids for a swim but they found the sea was not the way they imagined it to be – it had fish in it. So, they naturally went back to their beautiful holiday rental home and complained to the owner because he had not pre-warned them.

Some people also complain because they feel their vacation rental home is not stocked up enough, like the man who complained because there was no egg slicer, and some are just too -uninformed’ (to put it kindly) to work out how things are supposed to work, like the family who complained because there was no air conditioning on the (outdoor) patio of their vacation rental villa.

And there are even complaints of the more sensitive nature, like the man who went on a safari during his honeymoon, saw an aroused elephant, and then complained to his vacation home owner that he now felt inadequate and that his honeymoon was now ruined. Another couple put in a complaint because the lady became impregnated, something that she blamed on the fact their bedroom has a double bed and not a twin.

But the best of the lot has to be the couple who complained because it took them longer to fly back to England from their Jamaican holiday rental home than it did for their friends to fly back to America, and the woman who booked into a hotel, saw a -do not disturb- sign on the back of her door, on the inside, and thought that it meant for her to stay in the room. She should have booked a holiday rental home, not a hotel.

John Owens Is a writer for Vacations rental homes and holiday homes and rental condos rented directly from the owner of the vacation rental home.

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Spend Your Next Planned Vacation At Florida

One of the world’s most scenic beach clusters is featured by Florida. Visiting Florida can be a great option for you if you are looking for a place that presents a fantastic blend of adventure, beach, wildlife and sightseeing. Florida attracts a huge chunk of travelers every day. No wonder then that the need for Florida vacation rentals is considerably high round the year. Good Florida vacation rentals not only ensure that you get a great place for accommodation but also guarantee highest standards of privacy and personal touch. Selecting very good Florida vacation rentals will surely make your holiday worthwhile.

Florida is popularly called the Sunshine State as far as the weather is concern and so you are virtually guaranteed a fair weather throughout the year. However, July is considered the warmest month with the mercury rising to 92 degrees and January is the coolest month at 49 degrees. Many tourists and vacationers are seeking for Florida as their vacation destination among other places in the world. This is so since there are so many wonderful places in Florida. In Florida you can do many things as basking in the sun, going around sightseeing, enjoying unique shopping experience, playing golf, gazing at the azure blue waters, lounging on the beach, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, tasting local culinary, partaking in water sports and many more.

When planning a Florida vacation, you can even consider hiring a Kissimmee vacation rental. Kissimmee is the ideal location to access most of the attractions in Central Florida. No visit to Florida is complete without a visit to Disney World and the incomparable array of entertainment attractions in the area and Kissimmee is right at the doorstep to this world famous attraction.

Florida vacation rentals are equipped with amenities like Olympic swimming pool, advanced fitness centre, games room, toddler areas and movie theatre. Florida vacation rentals will offer the perfect hygiene and safety for a peaceful and hassle-free family stay. The interiors and design of the home is set in such a way that it offers peace of mind for vacationers. You can cook your own food in Florida vacation rentals as you have full equipped kitchen.

Your choice of vacation rentals would determine where you would stay for your vacation, so, it is vital for you to ensure that your vacation rentals should fit on what you need in your vacation. With vacation rentals you’ll find a home away from home in Florida. Villas, condos, duplexes, beach homes, apartments, etc are include in Florida vacation rentals.

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Top Holiday Celebrations In Spartanburg

Spartanburg, South Carolina offers plenty of holiday celebrations during the Christmas season. Festivities include ice skating, a parade, a Christmas village, and a spectacular holiday lights display. All ages will enjoy these seasonal activities.

Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg will be transformed into a winter wonderland for Skating on the Square. From November 16-January 6, 2013 skaters will be able to enjoy Spartanburgs new open air skating rink. A $10 admission ticket allows skating all day and includes skate rental. Skating lessons are available. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 3-9pm, Fridays from 3-11pm, Saturdays from 10am-11pm, and Sundays from 1-9pm. Skating times on Christmas Day are 4-9pm.

Ballet Spartanburg will present The Nutcracker December 7-9 at Twitchell Auditorium on the campus of Converse College. The holiday favorite features lavish costumes and the largest Christmas tree ever on display on the auditorium stage. Tickets are $32 for adults, $26 for seniors, and $20 for students. A childrens Nutcracker Sweets Party is scheduled for December 8 at 1pm. Attendees will meet the characters from the ballet and enjoy holiday treats. Tickets for the party and Nutcracker production are $40.

The Spartanburg Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 11 at 6:30pm in downtown Spartanburg. The parade features marching bands, lighted floats, and Santa in his sleigh. This is one of the only parades in the area to be held in the evening.

Thousands visit the nearby town of Pacolet during the holiday season to see A Village at Christmas. On December 1 there will be a live nativity at the ruins of the Old Victor Inn. Visitors can see the free light displays at the Pacolet amphitheater from 6:30-9:30pm on December 14, 15, and 17-22. Tickets for the Pacolet Santa Express train ride are $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Holiday Lights Safari is an annual tradition in Upstate South Carolina. Visitors can drive through millions of holiday lights and displays at Hollywild Animal Park. Enjoy a life sized nativity scene, lighted castles, animals, and even Noahs Ark. Drive through the Enchanted Deer Forest and feed the animals that come right up to the car. At the walking area, visitors may feed baby animals, take a pony ride, visit Santa, enjoy refreshments, and warm themselves at the bonfire. Holiday Lights Safari is open nightly from November 17-January 5, 2013 including holidays. Hours are 6-9pm with extended hours on weekends. Admission is $6 per person. Hollywild Animal Park is located at 2325 Hampton Road in Wellford, South Carolina.

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Corporate Holiday Gifts – Sometimes A Small Token Goes A Long Way

Corporate holiday gifts are usually gifts that the employer gives to employees and clients to show appreciation for the contribution to the business.

Cash tops the list for for employees, while trips are another great gift idea. A short weekend getaway to an area spa is a real nice to say thank you at the holidays.

No one wants a wreath either, a corporate holiday gifts list should not include any plant life or any use to be a plant gift either. Another bad idea is anything with the corporate logo blazoned across it. Employees do not need another pen with the company name on it. Food baskets are not the worst of the worst as presents to employees but food baskets should be sent to clients, and not given to employees that have helped to build the business throughout the year.

There have been some record breaking corporate gifts recorded over the years. There have been some gifts that were new cars, new homes, and all inclusive vacations to exotic locations. Large amounts of cash also made to the top recorded presents to employees.

Corporate holiday gifts are not only a show of holiday spirit but are also a nod to appreciation for a job well done. They should be well thought out or come in the form of a one size fits all cash gift. It really is the thought that counts and if there is no thought than it does not count.

If your employees have served you well throughout the year, you should reward them for it. Don’t give them anything insulting, like a simple wreath or pen with your company’s logo on it. Instead, give them a nice cash bonus or treat them to a vacation so they can come back to work well rested. If they have kids, consider getting them gifts in addition to your employee as well, to show that you pay attention to their family life.

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Holiday Looks Inspired By Angelina Jolie’s Red Prom Dress

Angelina Jolie, one of my fashion icon recently rocked down the red carpet for premiere of Bard Pitt’s “Moneyball” in Tokyo. She was totally glamorous in a form-fitting red cocktail dress. From her stunning look, I seemed to get inspiration of what to wear for the approaching holiday parties. If you have not figured out your ensemble idea, read on and perhaps you will be inspired.

Red Prom Dresses Always Can Rock Down Red Carpet
When we think party outfit, we probably think about little black dress, right? It is true that LBD can not be wrong to please every taste. But from different colors of prom dresses, red is the top one in red carpet these years. Look back to Emmy Awards 2011, it was certainly a battle of red dresses. Stars such as Kate Winslet, Nina Dobrev or Kerry Washington all picked out a red gown to show their glams. We also saw Angelina wearing a sheath one-shoulder prom dress in LACMA to get wow effect. Personally, I think these dresses are elegant. Their chic feel, combined with their hair style makes them an fabulous conversation piece and stunning outfit accent.

Mix-up Hue to Go with Red Prom Dress
Another find , Angelina got a pair of nude shoes to go with the dress. It was simple and easy addition to bring out her charm. Red is a great festival and lucky color if you feel bored of the typical black hue and are looking to mix it up. Maybe now it is time to get a piece of red prom dress out for a spin. Just like Angelina, try a pair of nude shoes out instead of a plain black pair to instantly upgrade your look.

Sarkle Red Cocktail Dress is Perfect for Holiday
We know sparkle is always the number one perfect statement for holiday. A pretty short cocktail dress with a chic red hue is absolutely gorgeous for a party look. In addition, it is relatively comfortable to don this dress for a reunion with friends or family for a night long. A piece of jacket can add your ensemble edgy, meanwhile, get you out of the cold weather. No sparle enough? Go on and add just a liitle bit of glitter by wearing a pair of chic pumps or choosing some simple jewelry.

We are sure the above celebrity prom dresses must cost a lot. But we are able to get the same style dress from shops online such DressilyMe.com. It can save us a lot as well as provide us a celebs style fashion.

Do you love Angelina’s red dress as much as I do? Do you get any inspiration from her look? What are your best finds? Do not forget to share your thoughts with a comment.

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Some Holiday Gift Ideas For Clients And Customers For Corporate Purpose

Giving gifts is an honored tradition in the holiday season although people come from various religious backgrounds. It is also a chance to give something nice for your clients. This will help strengthening your relationship with them. Read more to find out some holiday gift ideas for clients.

Before you shop for gifts, you need to remember several things. First of all, do not presume your client religious or personal beliefs and send Christmas cards to all of them. Some people might celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or do not have any religious celebration on December. Some people are offended if you send them the wrong greeting cards. If you do not know their beliefs, simply send a happy holiday greeting card and label your gift a holiday gift instead of referring to any religious event.

If possible, you should personalize your gifts with your company’s logo and address. It is a good way to keep reminding your clients about your company every time they use your gifts. For special clients, you might also want to personalize the gifts with their names.

You should also remember that your holiday gifts should be more special than your typical marketing merchandise. Avoid plastic pens, T-shirts, or other things that look cheap. Your gifts reflect your corporate image and your appreciation to your clients.

Office stationery like calendars, journals, or pens is very popular. Do not choose the low quality ones you use for marketing merchandise but choose higher quality ones. You might want to consider personalizing them. Good example for proper gifts for clients are leather bound journals and luxury pens.

Gift baskets usually have nice wrapping and presentation. They usually contain chocolate, candies, wine, and other food items. Female clients will appreciate gift baskets which contain bath and body products.

Other than gift baskets, you can give your clients fine chocolate or luxurious cakes. However, the food need special handling or they become spoiled. Therefore, find bakeries specialty shops that provide delivery service for these items.

You can give gift cards for the items you sell or you can give gift vouchers from department stores and supermarket. Your gift cards should reflect your business brand and your clients. High end clients should receive gift cards from high end stores too.

You can find other holiday gift ideas for clients everywhere. Creativity is very important to choose gifts that are memorable and unique so your clients really appreciate your gifts. These gifts can really help your business if you make the right choice.

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Planning Your Family Vacations

Planning family vacations can seem like a difficult task, especially if you have a young child or a lot of children. It is difficult to please everyone, so you will need to come up with a way to consider everyone’s input. Family vacations are a good time to teach your kids new skills like fishing, swimming, and perhaps other things that you might have learned at their age.

Perhaps your kids are not in the scouts, so they need to learn how to build a fire or how to read a compass. There are many life skills that can be taught while having fun together.

As you choose where you will travel, consider where you can go that will teach your kids something. Also consider where you can go that you and your spouse will be able to enjoy yourselves together without having to worry the entire time about your kids. Choose a vacation that children and adults of all ages can enjoy.

Sometimes children may think that the only appealing activities are amusement parks and other high-energy places like that, but they will likely find educational activities fun if they are geared in some way towards their age. Museums are a great idea, and can be both fun and educational. Many places also have children’s museums that are great for younger kids.

Of course, it is important to choose family vacations with your children in mind. However, do not forget to consider yourself and your spouse! Chose a relaxing and romantic location that you will both enjoy.

The beach is a great option for everyone. You can choose one that is highly populated, or find a more private beach that is connected with your hotel. There are numerous options for activities on the water. Hunting for shells, walking near the water, swimming, building sand castles, and even using a metal detector to search for treasures are all options that kids of all ages can enjoy on the beach.

If you feel like you have just too many ideas for family vacations, you could make a 5-year plan where you plan your family vacations five years ahead so that you know you will get to the top five on your list. Once you have your five choices, you could arrange them from least to most expensive so that you will have time to save for the more costly ones. You and your family have a lifetime of fun ahead of you.