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Cheap Vacations for Couples

3057392154_62dd62076e_bSummer Vacation Ideas

Yellowstone National Park
Divided between three states in America, this park (and a World Heritage Site) is one of the most famed vacation spots globally. The highlights of this park are its mountain ranges (and hence the trails), waterfalls & cascades (more than 45) and plateaus (some of them, lava-formed). Must-see sites include Eagle Peak, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone Falls, Silver Cord Cascade, etc.

The wealthiest region in Europe, this season is your chance of visiting this global city and capital of Portugal for a little less money. 3 years back, it was the 7th most-visited city in South of Europe. Must-see sites include the two World Heritage Sites of Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, Alcantara docks, Praca do Comercio, Rua Augusta Arch, Chiado Square, Pavilhao Atlantico, Castle of Sao Jorge and the Lisbon Zoo that hosts more than 2000 animals.

Known as the most popular destinations in South East Asia and together cater to millions of tourists. Singapore alone has said to attract tourists double the size of its population. Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, Marina Bay Sands, Night Safari, Underwater World Aquarium, Jurong Bird Park and VivoCity.

The Petronas Twin Towers, Teluk Cempedak, Perhentian Besar, Mulu Caves and George Town.

Phanom Rung, Phuket, Pattaya, Ko Samui, and The Thung Salaeng Luang National Park.

Known for the most inexpensive resorts in Europe, this place is your chance of visiting few of Europe’s secluded beaches, away from all the tourist crowds. Must-see sites include The city of Veliko Tarnovo, The National Historical Museum in capital city of Sofia, the Balkan Mountains, the Rhodope Mountains, the Trigrad Gorge, the Ustra ruins, and the Bachkovo Monastery, which is one of Europe’s oldest and largest Eastern Orthodox monasteries.
Winter Vacation Ideas

Central America
Central America consists of seven countries – El Salvador, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras. Central America is home to some breath-taking beaches and rare species of flora and fauna. Must-see sites include El Chorreron and Coatepeque Caldera (El Salvador), San Pedro Beach (Belize), Poás Volcano Crater (Costa Rica), Tikal Ruins (Guatemala), Corn Island (Nicaragua), Mayan Stelae and Roatán (Honduras), and Panamá Viejo (Panama).

Main attractions include the Masai Mara National Reserve, Aberdare National Park and the Samburu National Reserve .First let me tell you that you will be missing the annual Wildebeest Migration from Tanzania to the Masai Mara that happens between July to September. This includes Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Black Rhino, Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, Hartebeest. You can see the Crocodiles and Hippos too! Also found are Somali Ostrich, Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk and Hyenas among many others!

Dubai is the cultural and economic hub of the Middle East. An ideal destination for couples, try to book a helicopter for a beautiful aerial view of this country. Must-see sites include Al Fahidi Fort, Wild Wadi Water Theme Park, Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates, Dubai International Film Festival, Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, Floating Bridge, The Dubai Fountain and the Jumeirah Lake Towers. Also, DO NOT miss the Dubai Shopping Festival and Dune bashing.

An archipelago consisting of 7107 islands, this is an ideal destination for couples seeking adventure or relaxation, together. Some of the Must-see sites include the Manila Ocean Park, Banaue Rice Terraces, Chocolate Hills, Mount Apo, Mount Santo Tomas, Taal (also the lake) and Mayon Volcano, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Star City, Enchanted Kingdom, Taoist Temple Cebu.
Autumn Vacation Ideas

Death Valley
If you want to celebrate your vacation at an extraordinary spot by not spending much, Death Valley is the perfect choice. The park is filled with rare and exotic species of animals and plants. The park is filled with ranches which provide accommodation for couples who prefer an adventurous night experience. Must-see sites include Artist’s Palette, Charcoal Kilns, Badwater Basin, Mosaic Canyon, Red Cathedral, Zabriskie Point, Devil’s Golf Course and the Ubehebe Crater.

The republic of Ireland, which constitutes 1/5th of the island of Ireland, is a paradise on earth. Since this season is comparatively cheaper for planning a trip, I would advise you to make most of it. Few of the main cities in this country are Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Other than the attractions in these, you Must-see Carrantuohill, the highest peak in the country, which is great for hiking. Standing tall at 1038 meters, it is located in County Kerry.

New Zealand
The island is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches, thermal geysers, glaciers and snow clad mountains. Must-see sites include Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, Mitre Peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook (highest mountain in NZ), Totaranui and the entire Abel Tasman National Park, Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the entire Tongariro National Park. Apart from these, cities such as Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua and Christchurch. The Waitomo Caves and Bay of Islands are also highly visited.

In this city alone, you can visit the San Telmo, Montserrat, Plaza de Mayo La Casa Rosada, Banco de la Nación Argentina and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Also famous are The Perito Moreno Glacier in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Cerro Catedral in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Enotourism, commonly called wine tourism is famous in the Mendoza province. Don’t forget to see the Lácar Lake, Neuquén River and Punta Tombo for the largest colony of Magellan Penguins in Patagonia.
Spring Vacation Ideas

The Valley, Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu, Dal Lake and Leh in Ladakh. Some areas in Kashmir require a special permit, for non-Indians.

Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Kasauli, McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala and the Kalka-Shimla Railway. Dharamshala is the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

This Eurasian country is home to magnificent landmarks, beautiful white sand beaches, amazing restaurants and museums filled with artifacts which display the richness of Turkey’s history. Must-see sites include the Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Ararat, bordered by 8 countries, Dead Sea Beach, beaches in the Turkish Riviera, Ortaköy Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge and the Hot water springs in Hierapolis (World Heritage Site). The country has more than 280 archaeological sites.

Historic Centers of Florence and Rome (World Heritage Sites), Piazza del Duomo (Milan), Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Fontana della Barcaccia and Piazza del Campidoglio (Rome), Syracuse and Segesta (Sicily). Also, a couple vacation isn’t complete without Venice and its Lagoons (World Heritage Site).

Beaches of Sardinero, Campoamor (little secluded), Platja de la Nova Icària (crowded) and Valencia, Alhambra (Granada), Plaça Reial (Barcelona), Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Picos de Europa National Park, Pamplona and of course Alcalá Street, Plaza Mayor and Gran Vía (Madrid).

Los Angeles
There are so many avenues for recreation that you wouldn’t be able to cover them all. Must-see sites include Disneyland, Getty Center, Hollywood Bowl, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Park, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Wax Museum, Olvera Street, Knott’s Berry Farm, Venice Boardwalk (something definitely different!), Universal Studios (entry around $70), Venice Canals and of course, Manhattan Beach.

Senior Trip Ideas

High school is over, and there’s a bittersweet feeling that has taken over. You are excited about graduation, going to college, and being independent, but at the same time, you’ll be leaving behind some great friends that you made throughout this time. It seems abrupt to you, like a sudden break from the life you’ve lived and people you knew for so long. What now? Don’t you want to extend the last few days? Why not plan a senior class trip? It would be the perfect way to say goodbye to all your friends, while making new and happy memories.

Places to Visit

New York city literally has everything! If you grew up in a small town or countryside, there is nothing that can parallel the big city experience like New York. What is more ideal than Manhattan to initiate you into it? New York can be an ideal place for an educational as well as a fun trip. One can visit one of the several famed museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, or study the different architectures of the Brooklyn bridge or the Chrysler building. For business aficionados, there’s the stock exchange. For romantics, the Central Park and its horse driven carriages. You name it and it’s there! Perfect choice for a spring break vacation.

Cape Cod (simply called Cape) is one of the main attractions of Massachusetts. It is sprawled by long miles of coastlines, and is considered one of the best beach vacation spots in the US. The ocean breeze that blows throughout the day and night is something that you wouldn’t want to miss. And it’s not just the beaches that are up on offer – the cuisine offered is one of the best in the world, it is said. There are also several art and cultural activities, quaint little shops, wooden bicycle paths, and scores of festivals and events to make your trip that much more fun. All in all – a complete stress buster.

Popularly known as the Bay State, Boston offers its visitors several things that one can choose from. Visit the Bunker Hill Monument, take a tour of the Harvard bookstore, or learn something about the historical events of Boston at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Simply choose one of the days that the Museum of Fine Arts admits people in for free, and soak yourself in the art of the state, or tour the famous Massachusetts state house on Beacon hill. The days will simply slip by.

You may have to plan for this one a little in advance, but it’ll all be worth it. What with the rich culture, the beaches, and the cuisine. These being just some of the options that you can try in Hawaii. There are several others that you can undertake as well, like exclusive beach activities that involve snorkeling and deep water diving, or a tour of the culture of the beautiful islands in Hawaii. The kind of things you plan will solely depend on your budget. The fancier the budget, the better or richer experiences you can bring in. Granted that this might be one of the more extravagant trips that you can take up as a senior, but it’s fun nonetheless.

Visit some of the best mountain ranges in the US and have some great skiing experiences. There are some world renowned ranges in Aspen, Colorado, that you could visit and indulge in some skiing. You could even take up skiing classes which are meant for beginners, and experience the thrills of the mountains. Or simply visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is a wide variety of animal and plant life there that you could watch and learn from. The peace that comes with it is something that cannot be put down in words.

If you want to experience the thrill of the journey more than making it to the destination, think about the different train and sea cruises that are offered. Granted, the destination will be grand, but ‘getting there’ will heighten the fun and adventure even more. Plan with your class the kind of destination they want to go to, and then set about researching the best trains or cruises that are offered to get there. Got to be one of the most fun vacation ideas of all time.

Camping is one of the most popular choices for cheap vacation ideas, and make for great trips. Everyone must have camped at some time or the other with their family or friends. This is your chance to relive the thrill of camping out in the wild, catching and cooking your own fish, and going on nature trails. Seems fun? We thought so too.

If your budget is extravagant enough, you could even visit a different country. Go on a tour of Europe or visit a small town in India. The experience of getting to know different cultures, cuisines, and people will be extraordinary. And we bet this will be a unique experience that will stay with you forever.

Travel Trailer Insurance Tips

So you have bought an expensive travel trailer and are now worried about its safety, right? Happens! Humans usually indulge first and then think later – that’s human mentality. However, there are a lot of options for getting insurance and most of them would be quite suitable to you. You need to be vigilant, and make sure that you are getting what you bargained for. It is quite a cliché to say that you have to minutely read the fine print, but there it goes – YOU HAVE TO MINUTELY READ THE FINE PRINT! There is no way you can ensure you are getting what you want without that.

Now, here are some of the things you need to keep your eyes peeled for:-

Tip # 1- Check What Coverage You Are Getting
Make doubly sure what your insurance will cover you for. These are the least types of coverage that you must get:-

  • Losses due to accidents and collisions
  • Destruction or damage due to fire and related perils
  • Losses due to natural calamities such as hurricanes, floods, landslides, hails, storms, lightning, etc.
  • Damage done due to animals
  • Damage done due to vandalism
  • Damage done due to unavoidable roadside perils such as low hanging branches and bad road conditions
  • Loss due to theft

Bad faith is not unheard of in the claims. Hence, it is important that you make sure everything you want is specified clearly.

Tip # 2- Check the Emergency Expenses Coverage
Most policies must cover for the unexpected expenses that you might have to incur if your trailer broke down on the way. There are many such expenses that might happen, such as you might have to spend a night in a motel, you might have to pay extra for towing the trailer or making repairs, etc. If you want coverage in such situations, check that the documentation explicitly mentions that.

Tip # 3- Check for Fixtures Coverage
Do you have expensive gear affixed on your trailer? Your policy should, by default, cover for the permanent fixtures that came with the vehicle, but if you have done any additions later, see how you can cover them with the policy. You might have expensive awnings or even drapes on your travel trailer windows. Or there might be some antennas and satellite dishes you have connected. Such peripheral accessories can be covered for, but only if you specifically mention them. You might have to pay extra premium on that, but if you are traveling a lot in unknown places, you might as well equip yourself against their losses.

Tip # 4- Check for Parked Trailer Coverage
This coverage is different from the coverage you can get when the trailer is moving. In case your vehicle is parked at a campsite or any other such place and you are using it as a temporary residence, you will get a different kind of coverage during those times. Be aware of that, and speak with the policy representatives about it.

Tip # 5- Check for Distance Conditions
All these policies have some restrictions about the claims they will pay depending on the distance of the trailer from the permanent residence of the person. Some policies will have more coverage if the damage or loss is afflicted out of a particular area, which is mostly about 50 miles away from home in any direction. Check out what the policy conditions are based on these distance restrictions. See whether they will pay at all if the damage is done much closer to home. If not, you better look for some other policy.

Tip # 6- Check for Other Miscellaneous Terms and Conditions
Like all other policies, travel insurance policies also have a very long list of yeses and nos when it comes to paying out the claims. Some policies would be applicable only if the damage was done when the trailer is moving, while some will cover damages occurred when parked. Such policies are called full-timer policies, and even if they are dearer on the premiums, they are the wiser choice to take. You cannot imagine how many dangers lurk for your trailer in your own neighborhood. Take vandalism for instance. Make sure you cover your precious trailer for every moment that it is with you.

The final point that needs to be made is that you should go for travel trailer coverage only from people who are experienced. Check out some references and do an online search on their reputations. Most vendors of housing, car, and other types of insurances may not be quite adept at managing these insurances, because this is entirely a different ballgame. See that you do not end up with the short end of the stick with a company that doesn’t know what it is actually in the business for.