When it comes to choosing the right summer vacation for the family, it can be extremely difficult. With so many different destinations to choose from, how do you know which one will be right for you? If you have children then finding the perfect destination can be even trickier. This is because whilst many places claim that they are family friendly, that is not always the case. So if you do have children, how exactly do you find the right summer vacation for the whole family?Finding Family Friendly VacationsWhen you are looking for a destination to suit the whole family, really you need to take into consideration the ages of the children. This is because whilst many family summer vacation packages offer various activities for children, they are not always suited to specific age groups. Many parents assume that a family vacation destination would have something to suit all ages, but unfortunately that is not always the case and so research into the destination is advised before you book. The main type of tourist vacation that people prefer to take is a beach vacation. Now with children you might not be able to get away with lying on the beach relaxing for hours, but you certainly should not rule it out altogether. There is no reason why you cannot enjoy an hour or two of relaxation, just as long as you give the children something to do. A bucket and spade usually comes in handy, as does a beach ball. Then when you have had a little relaxation, you can perhaps teach them to swim in the sea (or paddle depending upon their age)? There is plenty to do for families at the beach and so it is certainly something worth thinking about.If you really want to show your children a good time, then an amusement park vacation might be the best idea. They are the most family friendly places you can go and they literally have something for every age group. So if you have a family with both young children and teenagers, there will definitely be something at an amusement park to suit everyone. However, whilst most parks do cater for all age groups, in some countries the amusement parks are mainly designed for young children so it is worth checking out before you set off. Overall there are plenty of destinations which cater for children. It is a good idea to sit down with the family and talk about the options available. Hopefully you will all be able to reach an agreement as to the destination you will travel to and that way everyone will be happy.
Are you in the process of planning your next Maui vacation? If you are, have you decided that you would like to rent a Maui condo for the duration of your trip? If you have, you will soon find that you have a number of different options. There are a large number of beautiful Maui condos for you to choose from. These options are nice, but they can make choosing a condo rental seem like a complicated and overwhelming process.When it comes to choosing a Maui condo rental, there are many first time vacationers who wonder how they can go about finding the best condo rental for their needs. If this is a concern of yours, you will want to continue reading on. Below, five factors that you will want to consider, when examining Maui rental condos, are outlined.1 LocationThe Hawaiian Island of Maui is filled with a number of popular vacation destinations. Before choosing a Maui condo to rent, it is important that you first decide which area of Maui you would like to visit. This will enable you to save time and money associated with the costs of unnecessary travel.2 Nearby ActivitiesAs previously stated, you will want to choose a Maui condo rental that is conveniently located near what you want to do and see. One of the best ways to go about finding this perfect location is by taking the time to examine Maui activities and attractions.When examining Maui activities and attractions, you may want to request free Maui vacation guides. You can also use the internet to your advantage. Maui is home to a number of wonderful attractions, including the Haleakala National Park and the Iao Valley State Park, as well as activities, including swimming, scuba diving, and surfing.3 Vacation Condo Rules and RestrictionsOnce you have determined where in Maui you would like to stay, you will then want to start examining available Maui vacation condos. When doing so, you will want to examine condo rental rules and restrictions. It is fairly common to see a number of rules and restrictions associated with vacation rentals in Hawaii. While these rules and restrictions are likely to vary, you may find a maximum guest allowance, adult only condos, and so forth. First examining rules and restrictions will enable you to find the vacation condo that is truly the perfect match for you.4 Vacation Condo Features and AmenitiesIn addition to any rules or restrictions, should they exist, it is also important that you thoroughly examine all features and amenities. What is nice about Maui condo rental features and amenities is they are what truly allows you to have the vacation of your dreams. For example, if you are looking to take in the beauty of Hawaii, you can choose a Maui condo rental that comes equipped with a beach view. Other features that you will likely find include cable or satellite television, internet access, and dishwasher access.5 CostCost is, perhaps, the most important factor to take into consideration, when looking for a Maui condo rental to make reservations at. Cost will play a huge role in your selection process. In fact, you may first want to decide how much you can afford to spend on a Maui condo rental. This will enable you to automatically skip over condo rental listings that are more than you can afford. This approach can save you a considerable amount of time.In addition to examining the rental fees for a Maui vacation condo, it is also important that you examine other additional fees. When renting a Maui condo, you may be required to put down a security deposit, as well as pay a non-refundable cleaning fee.The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many that you will want to take into consideration, when looking to choose a Maui condo to rent for your next Maui vacation. To increase your chances of finding the Maui condo of your dreams, you will want to take the time to examine as many condos as possible. Somewhere within all of these vacation rental listings, you should be able to find the vacation condo rental of your dreams.
Rancho Texas is located on the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen and on one of our many trips recently, we decided to spend a day out their with the children. Rancho Texas features amongst its attractions, an Indian amphitheatre where we witnessed a stunning display in falconry, a Nature Park where our children watched and even played with some of the animals, a Goldmine Where the big water-wheel runs water to gold-bearing sands and where the children can try to find hidden treasure and an Indian Village where they took a ride in an Indian canoes and visited the Tepees.If youre looking for somewhere for the adults, then why return when they host one of the now legendary Rancho Texas Country and Western Nights.We started our visit in the Nature Park, host to a wide variety of Animals and Birds. This area includes The Opera- A round enclosure with a great variety of singing birds where you can experience amazing sounds, The Promenade of colour with its sensational variety of birds and colours, Liliput Farm, where the children held the worlds smallest farm animals and saw much larger ones in the form of Turtles, Iguanas, Armadillos and Prairie dogs.Before we could finish, we were attracted to crowd gathering in the Indian Amphitheatre (one of three live shows we would witness on the day). Once we settled down, the guide entertained us with a fantastic falconry demonstration, part of which involves the falcons flapping people on the head with thweir huge wings as they swoop from high gantries to the central stage.After this, we took the children to the Indian Village to calm them down a bit. Our youngest (4 at the time) played in the Tepees, paddled a Canoes and found Treasure having followed the water from the big water-wheel to the gold-bearing sands. Our eldest (9 at the time) thought it was too young for him but agreed to look after his brother and clearly enjoyed himself, although he denied it at the time.Next we were attracted to the restaurant area as we were informed that a second show would start in 15 minutes time. Like everyone else, we decided this would be a good time to have something to eat and drink and were surprised to see our Falconry expert helping out behind the food counter (we assumed he had washed his hands !). This would not be our last meeting, as he hosted the Parrot show whilst we had lunch. Another good show and some great pictures for the family.Our two boys wanted to let off some steam, so we let them play for a short while in the adventure play area, before going back to complete out tour of the animals.Our third show of the day, was to be the best. Our expert returned (clearly multi-talented) and decided hed jump into a pit with the Alligators. He then crept up behind one of them and played with it (in case youre wondering, he has very quick reflexes). Toward the end of the show he decided to jump on the Alligator and sis finale involved holding the Alligators mouth closed between his chin and his chest some show !The children were as amazed as we were and it just about rounded off a great day out and fantastic value at 14 Euros per adult and 9 Euros for the children (under twos are free).One of the most modern of Lanzarotes attractions, Rancho Texas, still has an element of the Manrique influence, with 60,000 m of theme park, designed with the utmost respect to the ambience and everything built with natural materials such as stones and wood. At night the place comes alive with the Rancho Texas Country and Western Night, legendary in these parts. A party night for the whole family and the entertainments team (yes he was back), kept everyone entertained with Live Music and Line Dancing and special entertainment for the Kids. You can eat as much of the American Food, BBQ and Desserts as you like and enjoy free-flowing Beer, Sangria and Soft Drinks.Adults: 44,00 Children 2-12 years : half price Children to 2 years: freeand finally, if you want to Discover Lanzarote on horseback, Rancho Texas also has riding stables. Why not plan your day to include a trek on this wonderful island (three hour trek to the beach, for experienced riders only @ 54 or a One hour trek, no experience needed @ 21).
Why holiday on one Greek island when you can plan a trip that includes visits to many? Getting around takes a bit of planning, but you can choose from cruise ships, ferries, yacht charters or air travel. Accommodation options include rental villas, hotels, guest houses and home stays. Listed here by region are 20 of the most popular Greek island destinations.CycladesAmorgosRugged Amorgos, the most easterly of the Cyclades islands, has beautiful sandy beaches, a precipitous coastline, peaceful and serene bays and the magnificent Monastery of Hozoviotissa. Tourism infrastructure is rudimentary which this makes for a laid-back charm.DelosFirst inhabited in 3000 BC, this small island was the religious and commercial centre of ancient Greece. There are no towns or accommodation here, just quietness and a sense of history in the archaeological ruins.FolegandrosThis small, beautiful island has plenty of accommodation. Its busy port of Karavostassi has an extensive selection of restaurants and hotels, while Cars and motorcycles are banned in the cliff's edge village of Hora.MykonosThis cosmopolitan island, an expensive travel mecca, with unique cycladic architecture, bare hills, narrow alleyways and streets and red-roofed churches, is everything that Greek islands are famed for.NaxosMount Zeus towers over this relatively quiet and charming island which is green and fertile. Pretty agricultural villages are perfect for experiencing island life sampling fresh produce including wines and olive oils.ParosOn the main ferry run and popular with all types of travellers, Paros has picturesque inland villages, a busy port main town and some pretty beaches, particularly in the north around the fishing village of Naoussa.SantoriniThe most popular of Greek Islands. From the archaeological wonder of Akrotiri, a town preserved in volcanic ash, to its rocky outcrops and charming white-washed domestic architecture, Santorini is one of the worlds most spectacular islands.SifnosThis mountainous island, a 3-hour ferry trip from Pireaus, has enchanting fertile valleys and medieval architecture, a fine archaeological museum and tranquil sandy beaches. A wide range of hotels, tavernas and shops cater for island visitors.SyrosThe administrative centre of the Cyclades, Syros has a busy harbour and shipyard, lovely beaches, attractive architecture and many churches and museums. The interior of the island has many fruit and vegetable farms.TinosThe third largest of the Cycladic Island group, a 30-minute ferry ride from Mykonos, Tinos is an important destination for religious pilgrims. The inland villages, nestled into the mountain slopes, are connected by a network of walking paths.CreteThe largest of the Greek islands, mountainous Crete has it all, including bustling towns, idyllic rural villages, fields of olives, fruits and vegetable crops, sandy beaches, stunning ancient ruins and a world-class archealogical museum.DodecaneseRhodesGreen and mountainous, Rhodes is renown for its natural beauty, fine architecture, and its cosmopolitan charm. It is the most popular of the Dodecanese islands, and its superb variety of architectural treasures and top museums bring visitors year round.KosThis fascinating island is rich in Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian archaeology and the agricultural interior is perfect for bicycle riding. There are daily ferries to and from Pireaus, and Turkey is just a short boat trip away.IonianCorfuPopular Corfu, the greenest of the Greek islands, has ancient ruins, castles and distinctive Italianate architecture in Corfu town. The old fort (Paleo Frourio) is the location for a Sound-and-Light show in summer.KefaloniaKnown as the location for filming of Captain Corellis Mandolin, this rocky island, with its pine forests and many species of wildflowers and herbs, is becoming a popular destination. Loggerhead turtles nest on Kefalonian beaches.North East AegeanChiosJust a few kilometres from the coast of Turkey, in the Aegean Sea, Chios has many churches and monasteries, medieval villages and ancient monuments, which date from times under Macedonian, Roman, Turkish and Greek rule. From beautiful beaches and coves to mountains and traditional villages, the island is a delight to explore.LesvosThe third-largest Greek Island is a good budget destination with idyllic beaches, fascinating villages, hot water springs and a variety of flora and fauna. Mainly agricultural, the provincial economy is based on olive oil and ouzo.Saronic GulfAeginaA great beginners Greek island experience, Aegina is a perfect day trip by ferry from Athens. A city state in ancient times, be sure to visit the ruins of Paleohora, one of the best-preserved ancient Greek temples.AngistriIntimate sandy beaches are the trademark of this small island near Aegina. But there is also an interesting farming and fishing side of the island that is off the beaten tourist track.HydraHead for the waterfront restaurants and cafes of Hydra Town on this famed maritime destination for great Greek ambience. Wander around and view the old sea captain mansions, and check out some of the hundreds of old churches.PorosHandy to Athens, the busy town of Poros is an island joined to the island of Poros by a causeway. The island is home to the scant remains of the Temple of Poseidon but the beaches are not so good.SpetsesFamous for its great beaches and nightlife, Spetses also has a harbour known for its wooden boat building industry. The main square in the town, the Dapia, has lots of interesting restaurants, while on the busy waterfront you can watch the boatbuilders at work.
After you have decided that a vacation rental is the way to go for your annual family vacation, your next step is to be sure that you have all of the necessary items for a fun- filled trip. For the most part these home or cottage vacation rentals come equipped with all of the pleasantries of home. However, you will still require toiletries, clothing, and basic first aid items. As a parent not only do you have to ensure that you have all of the things you will need, but you should probably also ensure your children wont experience the disappointment of forgetting their bathing suits when anticipating a trip to the beach!Here is a checklist of the necessities you will need to remember on your next vacation rental trip.For the Kids:With kids who always get dirty and are picky about what they wear, the rule of thumb is always to pack extra. They will need these essentials in order to enjoy your family vacation. One complete outfit per day for the length of your trip along with one extra sweater, an extra pair of pants extra underwear, tops and socks. If you plan on taking them out for dinner, or to visit any relatives they will need at least one dressy outfit and one pair of dress shoes. For sleeping they will need there favourite pair of pyjamas. For their favourite outdoor activity, swimming at the beach, they will require two bathing suits, two beach towels, and a warm sweater for warming up if there is a wind blowing! Dont forget to pack them a pair of running shoes as you will be doing a lot of sight seeing. Ensuring that they are wearing the appropriate footwear will help prevent fatigue and any aches or pains associated with sore feet.For Playing:If you have ever been on a long trip with your kids you know that keeping them occupied is paramount. There are a number of different solutions to in car boredom. Bringing along portable board games, a deck of cards, their favorite books or stories, and a book of crossword puzzles or word searches are always popular. To quench their thirst pack a cooler filled with juice and water; to fill their snacking needs include fruits, veggies and granola bars.For Adults:For all of you adults taking a trip, be sure to pack one outfit for each day of your trip. Bringing an extra pair of undergarments and socks is never a bad thing especially if you plan on engaging in any physical activities such as running, biking or even walking on a hot day. Be sure to include two dressy outfits suitable for dinning in a nice restaurant, and a sweater for any cool evenings you may encounter. Be sure to pack appropriate footwear for the types of activities you will be doing. For the beach be sure to bring a sun hat, sunglasses, two bathing suits and two oversized beach towels and a beach blanket. Dont forget a pair of flip flops so you can walk around on that hot sand. In terms of toiletries you should be sure to bring essentials such as soap, your toothbrush/ toothpaste, deodorant, a razor tweezers and a hair brush along.First Aid:It is something that no one wants to think about when they go away on vacation. The possibility of getting injured is slim, however it is better to be prepared instead of stuck without the necessary things to treat yourself or others if someone does get hurt. The necessities of any first aid kit should include Aloe Vera gel, bug spray, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and baby wipes or moist towels which are a great thing to have to clean up. To disinfect any cuts or scrapes be sure to include rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, gauze, medical tape, Polysporin, band-aids, and splints in case of a broken bone or dislocation. For pain relief or in case of a headache Aspirin is ideal and it will also help to reduce inflammation should you pull a muscle.Once you have reached the bottom of the list, packing should be a breeze if you first lay everything out on a bed and run down the list once more. If you reach the end and have everything on the list, then neatly place it all inside your suitcase. Going back over the list is also a great way to get yourself thinking about all of the activities you plan to take part in. If there are any special activities this practice can help spark your memory to ensure that nothing of importance gets left behind. Now all you have left to do is enjoy your lovely vacation rental.