Tuesday, December 13, 2011

St. George Island

If you want to enjoy an island experience try St. George Island in Florida. This island is really a State Park is one of the few islands left not touch by resort developers.

There are 9 miles of magnificent beach completely free of any type of development. So if you enjoy swimming in the Gulf of Mexico laying on the beautiful white sand beach this is the island for you. If you enjoy camping there are designated camping areas on the island another plus. There are many exotic islands advertise in travel brochures but if you are looking for the real thing it is right here at your fingertips in Florida. So check with your travel agent for more information on a unique and exotic travel adventure on St. George Island in the state of Florida.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Giraffes in Louisiana

If I told you there was a place in Louisiana where you could find free-roaming giraffes, kangaroos zebras and camels you would probably think I either had too much to drink or was crazy.

The Global Wildlife Center located in Folsom,LA has approximately 4000 exotic and endangered species from all over the world. These animals are free-roaming on their own 900 acre park provided by the Global Wildlife Center.

I'm sure your family would joy going on a safari right in the grassy lands of Louisiana. It is a wild adventure that will bring many memories that you will not forget. So for a truly exciting adventure check with your travel agent for information on the Global Wildlife Center in the state of Louisiana.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Buying Your Own Island

By your own island does sound like a unique idea but before you run off and procured down payment down there are some things you might consider.

Purchasing your own island is similar to that of purchasing your own house after all it is really owned land.

You must have a price in mind that you want to pay for your piece of paradise of course the bigger your budget the better your island will be. It is actually better to pay a little more foreign island then look for a cut rate budget price is normally the cheaper the island no more problems it has.

Probably the most important thing to consider when buying your own island is location. You should look for in island that has some kind of population on it, a ready water supply, and one that would be sheltered from storms.

You also want to select an island with a good climate ideally one with tropical climates are preferred. You also want to check the accessibility of getting on the island this is very important.

This is part one of a two-part series on purchasing your own private island tomorrow we will discuss many more important factors.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The city of Manila the Philippines

When flying to the Philippines I have heard horror stories about the main airport in Manila. From my experience I found these to be untrue. From my touchdown in the Philippines through baggage and customs I think it took me 15 min. I found the people to be very friendly and helpful something you don't find in many airports in the United States.

If you are staying in Manila for a few days before traveling on through the many islands of the Philippines which are approximately 7001 there are some very good hotels especially near the American Embassy they could run approximately 40 or $50 a night. This is a good area is close to the nightlife and many restaurants.

From your hotel you might want to take a short taxi ride to the Mall of Asia I think this is rated as one of the largest malls Asia. This mall as a variety of stores including many found in the United States such as the Gap, Victoria's Secret and many more name brands. It is a very large mall that you can spend hours in with many small unique restaurants and shops. For a very pleasant traveling experience be sure to include the Mall of Asia in your travel plans when visiting Manila in the Philippines.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Turneffe Island Resort

Just off the coast of Belize since the luxurious Turneffe island resort. This unique 14 acre paradise is known for world-class diving and fishing.

If you are looking for beautiful a white sandy beach to relax on and leave all that stress behind you you have come to the right place. Be sure to bring your appetite with you because they offer the best Belizean food and hospitality. So for a stress-free vacation Turneffe island resort can offer you the best vacation you have ever had. So check with your travel agent to book you into this unique and exotic vacation spot.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Freeport Bahamas

When traveling to the Bahamas you will no doubt visit Freeport. If you arrive by cruise ship you will be 15 or 20 min. from the town.

Not to worry there are many taxi vans ready waiting to take you into town the cost is $10 per person but this is for a round-trip ticket. When you depart they will give you a sticker that you present to the representative at your drop-off point that will entitle you to return at no charge.

You will be dropped off at the casino which is open 24 hours a day from this point you can proceed across the street to a very nice market area where they are many colorful and exotic shops and restaurants. There is also a very nice restaurant inside the casino. From this point you can visit the shops and walk around the Marina. You can book a tour to see the Dolphins or scuba dive at the Marina as there are many boats available for this. Freeport is very nice and friendly place and I'm sure you will have a good time.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Sheraton Nassau Bahamas

If you're planning a trip to the Bahamas and are looking for the ideal vacation spot you might want to check out the Sheraton Nassau Beach resort.

This is a unique resort which offers many options such as a casual poolside grill and swim up bar. There are many activities that are available for the children but also has an active nightlife for adults. High-speed Internet is offered. Each room has flat screen TV, walk-in shower's and there is ample room to work on your personalized desk. So for a world-class experience check with your travel agent for more information on this unique hotel.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nassau the Bahamas

I have just recently visited Nassau the capital of the Bahamas. I arrived there on a cruise ship and found the harbor area very friendly and secure.

When you enter the arrival terminal there is a free Wi-Fi zone located in the middle in a small gazebo. I think the Wi-Fi zone extended out quite a ways because I saw many passengers from the cruise ships on their computers throughout the terminal. There were many small shops offering such items as hats, T-shirts, straw baskets all your typical tourist type items.

If you want to explore the island there is no shortage of transportation as you may rent a scooter or hire a taxi right at the port. I took a taxi to the hotel Atlantis the fair was four dollars a person when returning to the port I took the ferry which was only three dollars per person. I enjoyed the marketplaces and beaches and found the people very friendly. So if you get a chance to visit Nassau don't pass it up you will be pleasantly surprised.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic like many islands in the Caribbean offer sugar white sandy beaches small unspoiled villages and swaying palm trees.

But if you are looking for a unique exotic place to live the Dominican Republic offers much more. The island is located about two hours from Miami and four from New York the temperature is about 85° year-round and it is very easy to obtain residency permit here. Real estate varies in price you can find a small Caribbean getaway for about $50,000 if you want to live off the beach about 20 min. or you can live in a large villa three bedrooms three bath and a beautiful swimming pool for between $250,000-$300,000 it just depends on your means and your taste. So if you're planning your retirement and want to get away from it all check out the Dominican Republic I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Great Place to Live

If you are looking for a way to get out of the rat race and want to completely change your life you might consider island living.

There are many great islands in the world you may choose but let me suggest a place that is affordable and you can easily live on a fixed income. The Philippine island has recently been chosen as one of the 20 best islands to live on.

To be granted residency in the Philippine you must deposit at least $20,000 in a Filipino bank. Once this is done you will get a choice of over 7000 island to pick from. It has been estimated that you can live comfortably on $800 a month so if you are on a fixed income from Social Security this would be the ideal place for you. Tropical weather friendly people English is the dominant language what more could you ask for. If you like sandy white beaches, clear blue, water and lush tropical vegetation welcome to paradise. Check it out go online get information on living in paradise.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Hard Rock

I have just recently visited the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi Mississippi. I have been there many times and it never disappoints me.

The first thing you want to do when visiting this this casino is go to the players club and get a card is free and will give you many benefits such as free play on the slot machines and great discounts on the evening buffet. Be should to give them your e-mail address and they will send you information on some great concerts booked in the casino. So check with your travel agent for various vacation packages offered by the resort.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Puntacana Resort &Club

This great resort is located only a few minutes from the airport here in the Dominican Republic. It is actually two resorts Tortuga Bay and the Puntacana Hotel.

The Tortuga Bay has 15 designer Villas and eight different types of restaurants that range from elegant French to gourmet pizza. To quench your thirst they also boast five bars. They also offer personal amenities such as hot and cold stone facials. For the golfer their is the beautiful 36 hole golf course. If you are a tennis buff they have 6 designer courts. If you love water sports you will love their wind surfing and scuba diving. If you want to stay on dry land they offer horseback riding and tours onyour very own Segway that sounds like fun. This adventure is reasonable price approximately $120 a night. Go for the gold and book with your travel agent now.

Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Resort & Spa

Pueblo Bonita Las Cabos Mexico is noted as having 350 perfect days how could you beat that? Seems like you are almost guaranteed endless days of sunshine.

This hundred and fifty four room adults only resort boast of a secluded beachfront five world-class restaurants and guarantees to lower your stress level with their Armonia Spa. Another stress leveling feature is there all inclusive pricing which include your hotel room all meals and beverages. Any spa treatments are extra but also reasonably priced. You might want to try a detoxifying steam bath reasonably priced at 90 min. only$130. The resort also offers golf a sport fishing. If you are a person who seeks adventure you might want to go on one of their desert safaris or go whale watching it is all there for you and reasonable price starting at $185 per night. Contact your travel agent for package deals and have fun in the sun

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


If you enjoy the smell of exotic flowers and fresh air that energizes you.Warm waters that will refresh you. Beautiful natural beauty that will take your breath away. There is no place in this world like the Hawaiian island.

Whether you are a new visitor on one that has been there countless times the exotic and mysterious island will capture your imagination and will offer an experience that you will never forget So come and explore your Hawaii islands and enjoy a unique and exotic experience.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Family Fraud

When traveling through the islands you must always be aware of your surroundings and protect your personal information. Although you are in paradise there are still ripoff artist looking to make a profit.

When leaving on your island vacation make sure you inform your relatives as to where you are going and that you have adequate funds to make the trip as most of it will be prepaid anyway. The reason for this is what we call the grandparent or family fraud.

The person committing the fraud will contact your grandparents or someone in your family and will impersonate a doctor and lawyer are somebody in authority telling them you have met with a misfortune such as an accident or sickness. They will insist that they need emergency funds to remedy the situation and money must be wired immediately.

To prevent this scam always leave a number either your cell or hotel where you can be reached in case of emergency inform your relatives to contact you in case of an emergency. In casual conversation never give out family details or information that can be used to contact your family. Inform your family never to wire any funds anywhere unless they hear directly from you. While traveling through the islands it is a paradise but there also many sharks out there of the humankind.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Isle

On a recent visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast I stay at the Isle hotel and casino. Upon check-in was shown to my room on the fifth floor. After about 5 min. in the room I realized I could not stay there as the air conditioner units on the first floor were so loud you could hear them even with the balcony door shut. Returning to the desk I was assigned another room on the sixth floor the problem with this was I was still only one floor above the air conditioner units so I had the same problem. My third visit to the desk was much more productive as I was assigned another room on the opposite side of the air-conditioner units. I do not blame the staff or the hotel for this problem because I requested a Gulf side view and they were just trying to accommodate me. My third room was very nice on the seventh floor facing the bay which had a great view. The staff was very patient and cordial and went out of their way to make sure I was a satisfied customer.

The hotel and casino was laid out very nice. There is Wi-Fi in every room and in the entire hotel which makes it very convenient for the business traveler and tourist who need to use their computer. The hotel has a very nice buffet reasonably priced they also have smaller restaurants serving pizza and burgers on the first floor. On certain days of the week seniors can get a two for one deal at the buffet. If you happen to be there on your birthday you will have a free buffet. The hotel has a lot of nice touches and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good deal at a reasonable price. So when traveling in the Gulf Coast area have your travel agent or use their website and book a great room at the Isle.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Beau Rivage

I recently spent three delightful days in the Beau Rivage resort and casino . This resort casino is located in Biloxi Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. When viewing Biloxi from the air you can really see that it is an island. Surrounded by water on the Back Bay and by the Bay of Biloxi on the other side.

When checking in I was given a choice to stay on the lower floors or the higher ones I chose the higher ones. I stayed on the 23rd floor of the hotel which had a magnificent view of the city, the Back Bay and also of some of the surrounding towns such as Ocean springs which in itself is a great little town to visit with it shops and many restaurants.

I was quite pleased with the room at the hotel as it was very large including the bathroom with its double sink separate tub and shower. The service was excellent. The only drawback I found was the hotel did not have Wi-Fi in the rooms. You could get an Internet connection with a ethernet cord that the hotel supplied at no charge. The only Wi-Fi spot was in the coffee shop in the main lobby. The buffets were fantastic and reasonably priced. When checking in we received a players card which entitled us to $30 of free slot machine play which was a nice touch. You may use valet parking or self parking. If you do choose self parking you will have a little ways to walk from the garage through the main lobby to the elevators going into your room. All in all we really enjoyed our stay there and would recommend the Beau Rivage resort and casino to everyone. If you go to their website you will find some great package deals like we did.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cuisine in the Phillippines

The cuisine in the Philippines is influenced by Japan, China, Spanish and American. The main staple of the Filipino diet is rice. In the Philippines the majority of people boiled, steamed or roasted their food. They used many spices from all the islands. Rice is served with every meal and even used as a snack.

Chicken and pork are also popular in in the Philippine. The most famous Filipino dish Adobo which is considered the national dish of the islands. This is made with either chicken or pork similar to a stew but is heavily seasoned with vinegar and soy sauce. There are many other popular dishes such as sautéed vegetables sausage and shrimp made into an egg roll. So while traveling in the Philippines don't be afraid to taste the local cuisine as you will be pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


If you are looking for an exotic getaway you might want to try Singapore. Singapore is a multi- culture society. Many people from all over the world live in harmony together. There is a very low crime rate in the city it is clean and boast of a green environment.

Public transportation is a contributing factor that makes the city of Singapore and attractive place to live in. It continues to grow and develop.

Singapore is a shopper's paradise. Orchard Road is the famous shopping district in the city it is equal to any major shopping district in the world such as Beverly Hills on the famous shops of Paris. Singapore is a modern city but the planners have taken great pains to conserve the old and blend in the new. So check with your travel agent for some great package deals to one of the hidden jewels of Asia.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vacation Ripoffs

Vacation ripoffs can easily happen to anyone. An example of this while doing your research online you find the perfect hotel at a reasonable price. The photos on the website look great so you book it.

Upon arriving at your hotel you find that nothing matches what was on their website. The hotel looks rundown and in need of maintenance including the parking lot which is full of potholes. This is very frustrating to say the least I know because it happened to me.

This is the way I handle the situation I went to the front desk told them their website was very deceiving and canceled my reservation immediately. They charge me a $15 administration fee. After discussing with my credit card company this situation they remove the fee. This can easily happen to you but don't lose your cool just walk away these type of people won't be in business very long.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Credit Card Suprise

After enjoying your exotic vacation on your dream island in the Caribbean or the South China Sea you have returned home and are reviewing your expenses. This is the time that you discover " the credit card surprise."

While reviewing your credit card statement you noticed several surcharges for purchases while you are abroad. This is just another way a credit card company that rips you off. They have added a 2% fee for foreign transactions. This is a fee that is charged to you for doing absolutely nothing. One way to combat these fees is use your debit card whenever possible your exchange rate will probably be better and the fees are much smaller. You might also want to take a certain amount of cash with you on your vacation. When carrying cash just be sure to be aware of your surroundings and safeguard your belongings at all times. If your credit card fees seem to be extremely high and their are a lot of add on fees you might want to consider canceling this card and obtain a better one.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


If you are dreaming about spending your vacation on an exotic island in the South Pacific you might consider the island paradise of Bali. Bali has a lot to offer the leisure traveler some of the best beaches in the world and ancient temples to explore.After shopping in the quaint stores of this beautiful island and dining in world-class restaurants you might want to explore the beautiful mountains on this island with its lush jungle trails endless hiking paths. You may just want to explore the beautiful surf and sandy beaches of this magnificent island paradise.

Bali is known as the island of the gods and truly lives up to its reputation. If you're looking for a truly exotic island vacation you will find none better than the island of Bali. Check with your local travel agent they can put together a package for a vacation that you will truly remember on the island of Bali.

Island Funiture

When you think about island furniture you picture yourself in a beach chair sitting at the edge of the sea on some exotic island. Did you know that beach furniture goes back as far as the Egyptians 5000 years ago. Wicker chairs and baskets have been found in Egyptian artifacts and also on the island of Pompeii.

In modern times Wicker furniture indoor and outdoor is found in homes around the world. When choosing your furniture ensure you pick a durable type of Wicker furniture that will last for many years to come. There is no sense to invest in a cheap set of outdoor furniture that will only fall apart in the tropical sun. A well-made set of islands furniture will help you bring the beauty of the tropics and nature indoors. So when shopping for your leisure furniture weather for use on the patio or the living room choose a reputable furniture company with a proven record of customer service and quality products.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Beach Property

If you are looking for beachfront property as an investment or simply to build a vacation getaway you are fortunate as this is a buyers market. In Florida and California property values have dropped drastically and there are some real bargains.

The first step in obtaining beach property is ask yourself do I want this as an investment, for use it as my primary residence or as a vacation home to enjoy my golden years. This will help you to determine what type of beachfront property you will require.

If you do not have a preference as to what state you would like to live in Florida will probably have your best investment properties. Florida has no state tax and property taxes have just been cut by the new governor this is definitely an advantage for you.

I have discovered an interesting investment in beach property in Daytona Beach Florida. They have what is called a condo hotel. This is simply a hotel located on the beach that has an abundance of rooms. You may purchase one of these small efficiency at a reasonable price. I found some as low as $35,000. The idea behind this you may use it at your convenience as a vacation getaway and the rest of the time have it rented out by the week or day. There is a management company located on the property to handle the details of renting the property for you. The HOA fees cover all utilities, cable and trash removal as well as housekeeping duties.

So check with your real estate agent to see if owning beachfront property is the way to go for you they can advise you of the pros and cons of this.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vacation Homes

You are dreaming of a exotic vacation on a faraway island but after checking the prices with your travel agent you are getting very discouraged. There is a way to make your dream come true the secret is you have to be flexible. Instead of booking a hotel room you might think about a vacation home. The secret to this is to travel with someone who you trust and enjoy being around so you can't share the expenses.Let us take the island of Fiji for example. A vacation home can be rented on Fiji for as low as $200 a night. Even sharing this expense with one or two other people you have cut your bill in half. Many vacation homes come with all the amenities private pools and maid service is not uncommon. Many vacation homes have three bedrooms and at least two bathroom and are located in safe areas. If you rent the vacation home for at least a week there is generally a discount so you could end up paying between $1000 and $1200 for your complete stay of a week. So check with your travel agent to see if they can get the information on a good vacation home on where you are planning to travel. You could save money and have even a more enjoyable vacation.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Buying In The USA

Many people are looking for a vacation home or investment property in foreign countries such as the Bahamas the Caribbean and Mexico. Sounds like an exotic adventure but to make this dream come through you must be extremely careful as to what you are buying.

To avoid many problems you might want to consider purchasing your dream vacation home or investment property in the USA. Florida in particular has magnificent deals on real estate. For example can you imagine buying a one bedroom one bath condo two blocks from the beach for between $19,000 and $25,000 you will never find that in another country. You also have the benefit that the real estate transaction will be in English and easy to understand. There are many beautiful and exotic properties for sale in such places as Marco Island Florida, Cape Coral Florida and along the Atlantic coast. So before investing your hard-earned money in another country you might want to contact a reputable real estate agent and find some real bargains right here at home.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Bogus Cruise

If you have been contacted by mail or even e-mail that you have won a free cruise beware of these offers generally there is no such thing as a free cruise. Many times the people offering this free cruise will tell you it is a promotional ticket offered by the cruise company.

Generally with this scam you will be informed that all you have to do is pay a $99 processing fee. This could actually be a scheme to steal your personal information or sell you a cruise that does not exist. The best way to combat this is just say no.

An easy way not to be ripped off is do not rush in to making a deal. Take the time to verify the offer by calling the cruise line. Pay by credit card never with cash or check this will offer some kind of protection in case this is a bogus offer. Insist on paying the cruise line directly never to a travel agent. Be sure to use a reputable travel agent that has references that can be checked. It's a jungle out there so be careful.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monster in the deep

The Philippine Islands is a beautiful place known for its sandy white beaches and great scuba diving and swimming.

Can you imagine while taking a relaxing dip in the beautiful Clear water surrounding the Philippines running into this guy! Wow this 21 foot 2000 lb. saltwater crocodile was captured in the southern Philippines alive. It is probably one of the largest crocodiles to be captured alive. It took 100 people to pull the over 2000 pound crocodile from the water to a waiting crane which lifted it into a truck. This crocodile was suspect in the killing of a local fisherman and was also seen attacking and killing a water buffalo. The area that the mammoth crocodile was caught in was similar to our Florida Everglades and not a place where tourists or locals would actually be swimming and enjoying their vacation thank God for that.

They are planning to put the massive croc in ecotourism park where I'm sure it will be the star attraction. The local villagers said they are glad to be rid of this monster but are very leery because there are two more massive croc's lurking in the area. They have been warned to stay away from the marshy areas especially in the evening hours until they can be also caught. I'm definitely glad this is not my job but my hat is off to the brave hunters who protect their villages by capturing these monsters.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Vacation Condo Rental

While planning your vacation you might want to consider renting a vacation condo rather than staying in a hotel room.

Sometimes you will find this less expensive if you are staying for a longer period of time such as two weeks or more. Some condos can be rented on a daily basis but most will be for at least a week or more.

Some of the benefits of renting a condo would be they will have a great location with beautiful views, more space and everything you need will be included in the price. Another money saver most condos have a kitchen and you will save money by not eating out and also by not having to tip on most occasions as if you were staying in a hotel. Many condos will have amenities such as a portable sauna or hot tub, or be located right on the beach. Many condos will offer housekeeping as an option. So while trying to decide what to do on your vacation condo rental verses hotel contact a local travel agent who can explain the various options open to you.

Advantage To Using a Travel Agent

Is there really an advantage to having a travel agent plan your vacation? The answer to this question is yes. A travel agent has access to many different vendors this can save you money because they have the latest information available on sales and promotional deals offered by airlines, cruise line and rental car companies.

What should I expect from my travel agent? A good travel agent can arrange travel either domestic or international. They can assist you in passport and visa applications. A good travel agent is up-to-date on regulations required when traveling to a foreign country.

A good travel agent can actually custom design your vacation. If you prefer smoking or non-smoking areas while traveling such as on airlines or hotel rooms. Making sure your frequent flyer numbers are credited. Scheduled events around your personal interest and address any budget concerns you might have. Many travel agents specialized in certain kinds of travel such as adventure tours, scuba diving or mountain climbing you have many choices. So when planning your vacation save yourself time money and a lot of stress contact a reputable travel agent and let them handle all your travel needs.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Camping Activity

Camping is a great way to re-connect with the natural world. If you have a demanding job and you have a little time to spend with your family, camping is bonding time. It is the best way to unwind and enjoy with nature and be with your family. You will be able to spend quality time with your family while enjoying the activities such as fishing, cooking in the great outdoors. Imagine yourself sitting around on a bonfire and I bet everybody will enjoy this activity.

To go camping, you need certain items such as camping tents, camping stoves and various kinds of camping gear. Prepare a backpack, batteries; compass, flashlight, a camping lantern and maps just to name a few. A tent is a major item that you must bring for the camping trip. Make sure it provides excellent height and space inside as well as designed for easy pitching. Also, make sure it has a waterproof ground sheet. Be sure to look for a stove that is portable and lightweight. If you are looking for a Website to buy all your needs for camping, check out the links provided here. This online store provides you everything you need for camping and it is safe to order. For payment, they accept credit cards, PayPal, money orders and personal checks at your convenience. Visit the Website for more information.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daytona Beach

You are planning your vacation and would like to go to some foreign exotic beach island but in the hard economic times that may not be possible. So why not have a beautiful exotic vacation in the good old USA.

A good example of where to go would be Daytona Beach, Florida. There are many attractions and entertainment to be found in a family friendly environment. Did you know there are 23 miles of beautiful beach in Daytona? There are many museums and historical sites in and around the area also world-class entertainment. You might just want to stroll down the board walk where you will you find hot dog vendors small shops and bicycle rentals. There are many entertainment options such as oceanfront shopping and seaside dining.

Be sure to check with your travel agent as many of the hotels are located on the beach with beautiful view of the ocean from your balcony. There are some great package deals offered at this time of year. Some beachfront hotels have prices as low as $59-$95 a night including a great breakfast in the morning. I don't stay home Summer is coming to an end don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the bargain prices.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Boracay Island Phillippines

Did you know that Boracay Island in the Phillippines is rated in the top 25 best beaches in the world. It is only four an half miles long. This makes it easy to navigate the island by bicycle or a rented motorbike. You'll enjoy the beautiful beach of Yapak with its white sands and beautiful clear water. If you like to collect shells you will be in paradise.

This beach is perfect for honeymooners who want to be alone as it is very secluded and you will be able to enjoy the magnificent sunsets. Once you have visited Boracay you will see why it was rated as one of the best beach destinations in the world.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Smallest Island

What is the smallest island in the world? Where is it located? Could it be in the Caribbean, Asia or the Middle East. Actually the smallest island is located off the coast of England in what is known as islands of Sicily.

This island is only 50 m² and is uninhabited except for a lighthouse that is the only building on the island which by the way takes up the entire island. There is another island that some people consider the smallest it is located off the coast of India. This island is called isle of Brahmaputra it is a Rock Island approximately 1 km.

Now I'm really going to confusion there is an island in the Philippines off the coast of Mindoro just a few minutes from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. This island is so small that only four people can be on it at one time. So I leave the choice up to you the UK, India or the Philippines either way I don't think you'll be taken a vacation there.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Travel Insurance

Do I really need travel insurance? Taking that dream vacation is in many cases a substantial investment.

When shopping for travel insurance your best deal would be to look for a package plan. Most package plans will cover cancellations, storms, problems with your baggage, medical emergencies and evacuation.

Some of the package deals available to you when purchasing your travel insurance are medical insurance, evacuation insurance and accident insurance.

A medical insurance plan will provide coverage for most medical situations such as accidents medical evacuation and returning you to your home country.

A med evac plan is recommended if you're visiting a remote location going on a cruise or vacation to foreign countries.

Travel accident plan are recommended for travel domestic and abroad. Many frequent travelers will have travel accident insurance along with this plan they have also added life insurance which is recommended. Purchasing travel insurance will give you peace of mind and financial compensation should you have a problem on your vacation or business trip.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Your Island

How would you like to own your own private island? If someone asked you this question your answer might be yes that would be great if I was a millionaire. What if I told you you could purchase your own private island with white sandy beaches wide shore and lush tropical jungle for the same price you would pay for a beautiful three bedroom home in a good neighborhood. Does this sound unbelievable? Well it is true my friend you can purchase Sybil Island in the Philippines for $350,000. This would be 30 acres of your own little piece of paradise.

Villagers from nearby islands come to Sybil for weekend activities such as picnics swimming and scuba diving. This attractive island could be very easily turned into a resort island it has a great potential. Think about it you could change your whole life for the better.

The Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach

If you're a person who likes to buy America and will take your vacation in the United States you may truly enjoy the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.

The hotel has 1500 rooms available for you to choose from. The hotel is located right on Miami Beach. If you are if you are attending a convention the hotel is located very near the convention center. For the shopper you are near The Lincoln Rd., Mall and various shopping centers.

When entering the hotel you will be pleasantly surprised to find a full-service restaurant and coffee shop. Room service is available 24 hours a day so you have many dining options while staying at the hotel.

The hotel has many amenities such as wireless Internet available in the public areas free of charge, a health club and business center. This hotel is also a smoke-free property.

If you're looking for a vacation to remember in a luxury setting be sure to ask your travel agent about the Fontainebleau hotel on Miami Beach

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tramp Steamer

If you're looking for alternatives to a cruise ship you might try a tramp steamer. In days gone by this was an inexpensive way to take an ocean cruise. The modern cruise ship with endless buffets,casinos and never in ending entertainment has put this type of travel in a decline.

If you would like to experience a different type of cruise you might want to try cruising on a freighter. Of course you will not have the amenities that are found on a cruise ship. But you might enjoy seeing the everyday life on a working ship. You will have your own cabin but your meals will be taken with the crew. You will visit different ports of call that you may not experience on a traditional cruise ship. You will definitely have time to reflect on your life or read that book that you never had time to do. So if you're looking for an inexpensive way to travel the world this would be for you.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


How would you like to discover a country with a low cost of living ,no taxes, tropical climate and English is the first language! If you are thinking about a vacation home or even a permanent move Belize could possibly be the place for you.

If you enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling hiking through lush forests and mountains and exploring miles of tropical coastline Belize located in the Caribbean would definitely be the place for you.

If you're looking for a permanent getaway from the world you will find this tropical paradise very affordable. The currency exchange is very simple two to one for the American dollar. The tax situation is even better there are none. If you are living on a fixed income from a retirement plan in the states it is not taxable in Belize. If you are over the age of 45 and plan to retiree in this paradise you may bring all your personal goods in tax-free. You must have an income of at least $2000 a month.

This Caribbean nation as a small population of roughly 300,000 people so you can't really escape the stress and rat race of the world. So for a world-class getaway or permanent change of life check out Belize this could be your piece of paradise.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Caribbean Coast

Holbox is one of the undiscovered islands on the Mexican Caribbean. It is a beautiful place and left unspoiled by an influx of tourists. It is located on the eastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula.

With beautiful clear green waters and white sand beaches many thousands of Flamingos, pelicans, exotic birds and small sea creatures have made the waters their home. The waters here are usually warm and calm and very shallow making it a great place for swimming with the kids.

There is only one small village located on this island. There are very few cars on the island the main mode of transportation is by golf cart, bicycle or on foot. You can treat yourself to the local delicacy of ceviche. This is a cold dish of fish, shrimp and other shellfish marinated in lime, tomatoes, vinegar, oil and cilantro with a touch of garlic. If you come for a visit or decide to make this your summer home you will truly have found and unspoiled paradise for yourself.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The U.S. Virgin Islands

When visiting the US Virgin Islands you will be greeted by clear blue turquoise waters, sandy beaches an hidden coves. Paradise does not get any better than this. Wherever you go in the islands you will receive a warm welcome. You will enjoy the exotic delights of Caribbean food and music. If you enjoy sunny weather, endless beaches,and a carefree island spirit St. Thomas can be your island getaway from the world. The many activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing or just a relaxing swim with the dolphins. If you want to escape the stress of everyday life now is the time to book one of luxurious hotel rooms with a beautiful view exotic meals and drinks whenever you want quit dreaming just do it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Island Hopping in the Phillippines Part One

Camiguin Island is known as one the most peaceful Islands in the Philippines. Strangers are greeted with hello friend. If you seek an untouched island with a great variety of landscape and very friendly people look no further than the island of Camiguin.

When you arrived by ship from Mindanao or from Cebu City you will be greeted by sandy beaches and high white and black cliffs and towering mountains. The island of Camaiguin is one of the last islands in the Philippines where you may hike threw a real jungle. The island very rarely gets hit by a typhoon in less one is slightly off track. They do have a wet season from December through January.

The island itself has a small amount of land for farming. There are rice fields on the coast. Lanzones and bananas as well as Coconuts grow on the mountainside. Camaiguin island's Lanzones are among the sweetest in the world.

If you are looking for a pollution free environment this island may be for you as there is no industry on the island whatsoever. There is fishing and handicraft items made on the island but that is all. You are not completely isolated their is telephone service also Internet and cell phone service available in most areas. But if you're looking for sandy beaches and enjoy hiking through the jungle or wandering around in the mountains this is definitely the island for you.

Pago Pago

The island of Pago Pago just the name makes the island sound like a exotic and mysterious place and it probably is too many people. Actually it is the capital of American Samoa with a population of 11,000 people. Its primary business of course is tourism but they also have a thriving tuna industry there also.

If you want to celebrate New Year's in Pago Pago you will have the distinction of being in the city that is the last one in the world to welcome it in. The island is made up of many small villages and towns with the main employment being tuna canneries.

If you are an adventurous person you might want to climb the cliffs of Mt. Alava which plunge straight down into the sea. A climb to the summit of the mountain will give you a great panoramic view of the harbor and the town. The island is also the home of StarKist tuna and there is a huge statue of Charlie the tuna in front of the factory.

So while planning your honeymoon you might consider Pago Pago as a destination. I am sure you would enjoy yourself on their beautiful beaches. And enjoy the charm of this mysterious and exotic island.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Problems with Sharks

You have found the island of your dreams and are ready to dive into the clear beautiful clear green water. I might caution you before you do this to check and see if there have been any local incidents with sharks remember not all beaches are only playgrounds for humans some could be a hunting grounds for sharks.The white sands of new Smyrna Beach Florida attract many thousands of tourist each year. It also seems to be a favorite vacation spot for sharks. In 2007 it had an increased amount of shark attacks. Out of 112 attacks around the world 17 were on the beach. They were not life-threatening attacks. Went swimming you must be aware of your surroundings for example you find yourself in the middle of a school of small fish commonly known as bait fish leave the water immediately at this is what sharks feed on.One of the most infested beaches in the world is Velzyland beach off the North Shore of Oahu. Hawaii the waters here are filled primarily with Tiger sharks. So before you dive into the crystal-clear waters of your island or favorite beach be sure you have checked with the locals about any shark incidents. And always try to swim where there is a lifeguard these tips may save you from being and appetizer for a hungry shark.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pitcarn Island

Pitcarn Island you are probably asking yourself where the heck is this place and why does the name sounds so familiar. The reason that this name may sound familiar to you is that this island had some very famous inhabitants at one time.Pitcarn Island is located in the South Pacific and at one time was inhabited by tribes with a Polynesian culture. They mysteriously disappeared in the 1400s. This has just added to the mystery and intrigue of the island.

This island is most remembered because the crew of the Bounty as in Mutiny on the Bounty settled on this island with their Tahitian wives in the 1790s.

After years of isolation from the outside world and American sailing vessel happened to stumble across this island in 1808. The American sailors expected to meet some type of hostile natives of the island but instead were greeted by English-speaking Anglo- Tahitians. Who were the direct descendants of the crew of the Bounty. And that is how the world learned of the story of what happened to the members of the crew.

So if you're looking for a remote place to live where you can forget the everyday stress of life Pitcarin Island would probably be a great choice for you. Because the population of the island only numbers about 50 people who are the direct descendants of the mutineers of the Bounty.

Friday, August 5, 2011

My Favorite TV Episode

Guest post of the week by Ferdinand Livingston:

For many years, my husband and I have watched The Golden Girls television show. We have loved this show from the very beginning when it first aired. Our favorite episode revolves around the three women who live together getting a winning lottery ticket. They are very excited about it and begin planning how they will be spending their share of the money. Unknowingly, the oldest woman who lives in the home, gives the jacket they have hidden the ticket in, to a charity for auction. The jacket gets auctioned off and the winner donates the jacket to a local homeless shelter. The women pretend to be homeless so that they can search for the jacket. After spending a night in the shelter, they find that they can no longer use the ticket for their own selfish needs but decide to donate it to the shelter instead.

We love this episode, but, we also enjoy all of the other shows in this series. It is a hilarious show which tries to show the viewers what it would be like if women from different backgrounds decided to live together in later life. We always watch this show on our wWw.satellite911.COM and we enjoy it very much. The show is now playing in reruns and we can watch it any time we want to. We plan on watching for a long time.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pulau Redang

You are probably asking yourself where the heck is Pulau Redang? Is an island off the coast of Kuala,Terengganu in the South China Sea it is the largest of a group of nine protected island off the coast. The crystal-clear waters make an ideal site for divers. The beautiful clear waters are rich in marine life and brilliant coral many species of exotic fish can be found here.

In the waters of the island you will find two historic shipwrecks from World War II. The H.M.S Prince of whales and the H.M.S Repulse this is a very popular spot for divers.

This beautiful island paradise has many activities to offer the adventurous tourists. If you like snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, or just hiking through the jungle or how about boating and canoeing you will thoroughly enjoy the island.

So if you think you might like to visit the exotic island of Pulau Redang start your island adventure by taking a boat from Kuala,Terengganu and in about one hour you will be in paradise.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Super Ferry in the Philippines

If you've traveled from the United States to the Philippines you know upon your arrival you are completely exhausted. You definitely do not feel like boarding another airplane to your final destination in the islands.
Let me offer an alternative solution. The Philippines being made up of 7107 islands the popular mode of travel is by ship. The super ferry is the number one company that transports people from island to island. After your long flight from the states this is the ideal way to travel that will permit to catch up on your sleep and get over jet lag. You can enjoy visiting the different island destinations along the way to your final destination. Thanks to the comfort and convenience of their well appointed cabins and first-class amenities and facilities aboard the ship you will enjoy this unique experience.Super ferry is the largest inter island mover of passenger's and cargo in the Philippines they were established 1907. I myself have taken a trip from the capital in Manila to Cagayan De Oro City located on Mindanao. My accommodation were first-class I had state room with a queen size bed air-conditioned cable television and private bath. When I purchased my ticket I had my meals included. The meals were very delicious and and tastefully prepared by the chefs on board. So if you're looking for a unique, affordable and totally relaxing travel experience in the Philippines I suggest you try Super ferry you will not be disappointed.

There is nothing better than standing by the railing on your ship as it cuts through the clear waters of the South China Sea watching the sun disappeared over the horizon. This is what it's all about take it easy out there this is a busy world.

Mall of Asia

If you are visiting the Philippines and happened to be in Manila maybe you're feeling a little homesick we have just the cure for you. Take a taxi and tell the driver to drop you off at the Mall of Asia. You will feel like you are back in the good old USA.
The Mall of Asia is the second largest mall in the Philippines and the third largest shopping mall in Asia. It covers an area of 42 acres the average daily foot traffic is about 200,000 people.

The mall includes branches of all the standard stores that you would find in any supermall. Many American companies such as Mc Donalds the Gap and even Victoria's Secret are located in the Mall of Asia if that doesn't cure your homesick nothing will. The Jolly bee the Philippine version of McDonnell and also Yellow Cab Pizza can be found there these are unique little restaurants that I'm sure you will enjoy I know I did.

This mall also has an IMAX theatre which has one of the world's biggest screens. There is also six regular movie theaters like you would find in the United States. Also located in the mall is an Olympic size skating rink which can accommodate recreational skaters and also where ice hockey is played. There is also an open air music Hall that faces the sea for your enjoyment.

So don't just sit around your hotel room watching television pay a visit to the Mall of Asia there are so many activities it will take a lease a couple of days to enjoy them all.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Be Aware of your Surroundings

I enjoy traveling and writing about different exotic places in the world especially islands. I think while traveling to these faraway places you must really be aware of your surroundings and always on guard.

On Sunday while reading my paper I came across an article about to French tourist both of them women brutally murdered in Salta, Argentina my sympathies and condolences go out to the victims and their families. These two young women in their 30s were hiking in the mountains and enjoying the beauty of Argentina. But you have to remember there are always monsters out there waiting for their opportunity to strike. That is why you must be aware of your surroundings when visiting some of these third world countries like traveling in groups or with male counterparts. So my friends don't be afraid to travel the world and visited exotic place just be careful and keep one eye open at all-times.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ship Island

If you're traveling along the Mississippi Gulf Coast there is a offshore island that you might want to visit it is rich in cultural and heritage. I am talking about Ship Island located approximately 12 miles off the coast of Gulfport,Mississippi. Unless you have your own boat the only way to reach the island is to take a ferry from a company called Ship Island Excursions they are an official Park service concession.Five flags have flown over Ship Island the French, British, Spanish, Confederate and Union. Fort Massachusetts is also on ship Island it was built by the federal government but was later burned down by the Confederate Army who later rebuilt it but soon abandoned it.The fort itself received very little damage from Hurricane Katrina but the restored lighthouse was completely destroyed along with the island's Pier and boardwalk most of the concession and sleeping quarters for the park rangers were also destroyed during the storm but have all been rebuilt back now. There are many interesting things to see as you wander around the island it is a great detour off the beaten path and a unique experience I'm sure you will enjoy.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is often referred to as the lost city of the Incas. Although known locally the lost city was unknown to the outside world tell around 1911. Since this time Machu Picchu has become a very important and popular tourist attraction for Peru. Most of the site has been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what it might have looked like. In 2007 the site was voted one of the new seven wonders of the world in a worldwide Internet poll.

The Spanish were unaware of Machu Picchu during their conquest. So it is really an intact culture site. Machu Picchu was built in typical Inca style. It's three Main building are Intihuatana, Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Window these the building are located in what is known as the Sacred District. Machu Picchu is 7973 feet of both sea level where the air is quite thin. When you visit you must be aware of this in case you have any problems such as shortness of breath also there is quite a bit of walking involved as you must climb many steps. I know this article is off my beaten path as I usually discuss different islands of the world but I thought you might like a change. So if you are looking for a total new and different part of the world to explore try Machu Piccu located in Peru.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Island of Mallorca

I have been to the island of Majorca many times. I can tell you from personal experience it is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Majorca has it all cliffs,coves and beautiful white beaches if you enjoy water sports such as para sailing, water skiing or body surfing or just bathing in the sun this is the place for you.40% of Majorca is countryside you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes. In contrast is also has the magnificent city of Palma de Majorca which is the cultural center of the island. You must see the Gothic cathedral which was completed in 1601. About 11 million tourist from around the world visit this island the majority of them are from England and Germany. You will enjoy the nightlife of the island with its many nightclubs bars and restaurants to choose from. The island is not only perfect as a romantic get away but but wonderful for the entire family. So if you looking for an escape from the chaotic world around you and would like a stress-free atmosphere with beautiful beaches and world-class sunsets and beautiful sea views the island of Mallorca will fit the bill.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Island of the Philippines

There are 7107 islands that make up the Philippines. Only four thousand of these islands are inhabited. The islands are divided into three groups Luzon,Visayas and Mindanao with the capital being located in Manila. The Philippines are located between the Philippines sea and the South China Sea. The Philippines are often overlooked by travelers because of its location but it is truly one of the great treasures of Southeast Asia.
You will be truly rewarded if you take the time to go the extra distance to reach it. Because the Philippines is off the beaten path is a great place to escape the hordes of tourists who descend on other parts of Asia.

The Philippines have many natural wonders a string of coral island that stretch across a vast part of the Western Pacific. Some of the world's best diving and snorkeling can be had in the Philippines. You may want to visit the chocolate hills of Bohol or the white sand beaches of Sipalay or the party town of Boracy.

Any traveler who has been to the Philippines will tell you that it is the people and their culture that make the island's unique. Despite the poverty that affects much of the nation the Filipino people themselves are among the most friendly and easy-going people anywhere. The Philippines truly qualify as one of the last great frontiers in South East Asia what ever ocean you have to cross you need to see it for yourself.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The island of Bali

The island of Bali is one of the most enchanting island in the world. A million tourists land on its shores each year. You can enjoy many unique activities on this island such as mountain biking, surfing, hang gliding & parasailing just to name a few.Shopping on the island is magnificent you can buy unique fashion items, high quality informal beach ware which is suited perfectly for the climate of Bali also gold and silver jewelry.

There are numerous direct flights to Bali from Europe, Australia and many Asian countries. There are domestic flight but only to the major cities. Regular passenger ferry run from Lova and Lombok. Many cruise ships also stop off in Bali.

If you're looking for and enchanting island with a culture of gentle people the legendary beauty of a land cross with rice fields and ancient temples and coral seas alive with marine life beyond imagination Bali might be just the place for you.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Big Pine Key

If you need a break from this overcrowded world and are weary of all the crazy things going on in it. If you need an escape the islands of the lower keys are for you. Let me recommend Big Pine Key here you can snorkel or dive over the Looe Key coral reef or ride a bicycle through deer country or just go fishing in the back country you may like to try to troll the beautiful blue waters beyond the reef.

The Florida Keys are located about four hours from Miami. Once you cross over the 7 mile Bridge it is an area made up of small resorts quaint restaurants family homes and a untamed wilderness with a rich history not to mention some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with a world-class sunset. No matter what you are looking for the lower keys have it tiki bars, campgrounds, beautiful resorts or vacation homes or if you have an RV great parks with magnificent views. The smell of mangroves and the wetlands are not far away so check out the lower keys I think you will be pleasantly surprised.