Camping In National Parks In a Travel Trailer

A trip on a travel trailer is a perfect way for you and your family to visit great National Parks. With lots of trailers, big and small, a lot of families are enjoying this mode of camping. It’s pretty convenient anyway, because it’s like brining your house with your travels. With hundreds of diverse parks across the nation, you’ll surely have a setting for your specific taste of adventure. Some parks are pretty much known worldwide, while some others, although less celebrated, are still worth your visiting time.

Budgeting Your Trips

Even if you are onboard your trailer, you still need to consider the distance of the park you plan to go to avert the high costs that long distance trips entail. If it’s your first time to go on this kind of trip with your family or if you’re a bit tight on the budget, it is advisable if you opt for the nearest park closest to your home. You can even choose a twofer arrangement wherein you’ll get to enjoy two adjacent or nearby parks with a single pass. Clearly, you need not prepare a very big budget just so your family can camp. With a travel trailer, you will be able to save a lot of unnecessary costs and it’s nonetheless more comfortable way of camping.

Looking For A National Park

For those who really like to camp, there are a lot of National Park choices you can go to. Whatever your personal taste suggest, may it be near the beach, in the highlands, somewhere rocky, a historic park, a place endowed with the gifts of nature, or simply a peaceful camping site that lets you get away from the busyness of the city life, there will surely be a park that will suit your needs.

So, how will you select your destination? It’s actually very simple. Finding parks is as easy as getting a free travel brochure or quickly browsing over the Internet for some of the most visited parks. There’s even a National Park online service that helps you locate your ideal camping destination. You can perform a quick search, so you can find the nearest camp site within your city or state. If you’re a member of travel clubs, it will also be a major plus, since you will surely have a lot of connections that will be able to provide suggestions on your next stop.

Many National Parks either have campsites with or without hookups. This assures you that you’ll get whatever you want based on your needs and budget. Just practice the habit of making advance reservations. Although not all sites practice this arrangement, because they may be operating on a “first come, first served” basis, it is advisable that you contact park authorities with regard to this matter. It is also a good opportunity for you to ask about the amenities being offered in the area and if there are any additional fees that you need to pay when using them.

Meticulous Planning

Like in all other types of camping trips or vacations, it is a noteworthy practice if you make your plans well ahead of the travel date. Planning on the last minute will just spoil the fun, not to mention increasing the potential of forgetting something very important. More importantly, you should make sure that your travel trailers are in perfect condition. All equipments, appliances and power sources should be up and running, so you and your family will really enjoy the trip from start to finish.

Why Business Travel Isn’t Just a “Perk”

For those people who have never travelled on business for a large company, at face value, this looks like something of a gravy train.

When you are standing in lengthy queues for airport taxis at the end of your holiday, it can sometimes be easy to drift into a little resentment when you see those luxury limousines cruising up for business people to step seemingly effortlessly into as soon as they walk out of the terminal doors.

If you are also sitting in an aircraft in what is sometimes uncharitably called “Cattle Class” and catch a glimpse through the curtains of those in Business Class, then once again your resentment can rise to the surface.

Of course, it’s all perfectly understandable and many of us would admit to having experienced it. Yet before we run away with the idea that this is all about corporate excess, it’s worth taking some of the balancing factors into consideration.

  • Unlike when travelling for personal reasons such as holidays, business people are often expected to work while they are in transit. It’s commonplace for them to have major papers to produce or presentations to construct on their laptops while they are actually in mid-air or sitting in the back of one of those luxury limousines.
  • Anyone who has travelled on business will tell you that it is a fundamentally different psychological experience to personal travel. It’s extremely tiring and stressful and does not signify either the start or end of a pleasurable holiday.
  • Significant numbers of business travellers are forced to travel frequently. Although it’s hard to believe, the novelty of travel very quickly wears off and it can be tedious and draining when repeated regularly.
  • Companies don’t look for limousines to hire because they like to pamper their employees or win popularity contests. They do so because time is money and having expensive personnel doing nothing as they stand in lengthy queues waiting for buses and taxis just isn’t in the shareholders’ best interests. So, using a luxury limousine for an airport transfer is actually cost-beneficial for the company concerned.
  • Most business travellers, when they are travelling nationally or internationally, really don’t get much, if any, time to enjoy themselves and see the sights at their destination. One office or hotel room looks very much like any other all around the globe. It’s perfectly possible to fly very regularly to an overseas destination on business and never actually get to see anything of it other than an office and a sterile hotel room.
  • Finally, don’t let’s forget the severe disruption on personal lives that arises when people are forced to travel on business and particularly where they do so regularly. Partners, spouses and families can be significantly inconvenienced and as a result, additional stresses and strains can be placed on all concerned.

Okay, nobody is forcing the vast majority of business people to travel and they are presumably, at least for the most part, doing a job they enjoy. So, you don’t have to shed too many tears for them either!

Even so, don’t assume that every time you see a luxury limousine collection at the airport or at an office complex, that it signifies the worst excesses of capitalism. It might be far more practical than that.

Top 5 Destinations That MUST Be in Your Bucket List to Travel in 2015

“The best way to travel to a destination is; do not decide any particular location, simply pack your bag, and leave… And see where the road takes you!” – Anonymous

Well, this, indeed, sounds a pretty exciting idea to travel the world; however, some planning before starting your journey is always good and helpful. Traveling is one of the most jubilant way to live life (regular travelers would know it!), and it is of utmost importance that you take out time for frequent expeditions. It is understood that, when it comes to deciding a destination to travel, one does face a series of conundrums; “which city?”, “what’ll be the expenses?”, “how long can I stay?”, “is it the best time to visit?” and so on.

Well, that is exactly what I have tried to do in this article. Here is a list of destinations for you to choose from, to start your sojourn. These 5 destinations are some of the most scintillating and enthralling tourist spots in the world, and must feature in your bucket list; have a look.

India

Welcome to the largest democracy in the world. India is a home to a myriad of religions and a perfect blend of modern-traditional lifestyle. Grant Duff, a renowned British historian of India, once said that, “Many of the advances in science that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago”; that says a lot about this majestic country.

When in India, you don’t have to think about the activities to get indulge in, or places to see. While the northern part welcomes you with snow-capped mountains of the great Himalayas and a lifestyle submerged in Buddhism (Leh & Laddakh), the southern part puts you elegantly in the arms of pure nature’s beauty. And, while, the endless deserts of western zone will fascinate you instead of freaking you out, the vibrant art culture of the eastern states will bind you to its roots. India is a country that can frustrate you to the core, and mesmerize your senses as well. Many travelers, over the years, have been travelling to this country, and every visit is a new experience for them.

The best time to visit: Now, this is a tricky one! India, basically, is divided in three climatic conditions; Hot (March-July), Wet (August-October), and Cold (November-February). Even these conditions vary as you go from North to South, and, thus, traveling time depends on which state you are planning to visit. However, for a better travel experience, it is advised to visit India during its coldest months.

Best things to do: India and its people are immersed in the celebration all year round. With an amalgamation of myriad of cultural and traditional pillars, India and its people are immersed in celebrations no matter which month of the year you visit. Apart from enjoying the festivity, one can indulge in a volunteer program as well. Being a developing country, there are enormous opportunities for you to be a part of the team, which endeavors to lift the living conditions of weaker society.

Australia

There are countries in this world, which are known for some or the other uniqueness of theirs. It can be their beaches, mountains, architectures, culture, and so on. And then there is a country which comes out firm and strong, whose uniqueness and specialty is having, not one, but many specialties; Australia mate! Be it the endearingly cute koalas and kangaroos or the sports fraternity that has removed the word “failure” from their dictionary; Australia is as unique, as lively its people are.

It is a surprise only that a nation, which shows up as a minuscule figure in front of its neighboring Asian countries, yet has so much to admire. The country is burgeoning with some of the best architectural work and natural formations; The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Uluru Rock, and the UNICEF certified heritage site of The Great Barrier Reef, is just to make a mention. The Australian lifestyle is similar to that of the western countries, while the human population and a significant part of the wildlife lives pretty much together.

The best time to visit: While April to September witness the winters in Australia, the temperature starts gaining up by mid of October and reaches to a pretty hot level by December, which remains like that till mid of March month. So, if you are a beach lover and have plans to gulp down the Fosters’ bottle while surfing, summers are the best time for you to visit, although, the majority of tourist footfall happens during the winter season, as it treats you lightly, while you enjoy your sojourn.

Best things to do: Australia is a country, full of sports enthusiast. A game of cricket is something no Aussie would want to miss, while enjoying their mug of beer and cheering for their mates! If your visit happens to clash with a tournament season, get a ticket and enjoy the Australian way. Also, needless to say that The Great Barrier Reef is a place you simply can’t give a miss. Australia, gives you no window to get bored or sit idle.

Spain

Vibrant culture, jubilant people, and uber cool lifestyle; this sums up the region of Spain for you. This European nation may come across to you as a stereotypical developing nation, but has all the ingredients to surprise you to the fullest. More than anything, the country is known and reputed for its lively and upbeat lifestyle and warm-welcoming people. It is interesting to know that, not only does Spain stands second with the most number of UNESCO certified heritage sites, it also takes the first position with the most number of world heritage cities in the world.

While Madrid, the capital city, has a reputation of being a place for amazing night-life and flattering cuisines, Barcelona, Valencia and Cadiz are some of the other cities that have some of the most beautiful and finely constructed buildings.

The best time to go: Spring time in Spain is the best time to explore this colorful nation. The season peaks up in April and goes up till the month of October. And while summers can be a good time as well, especially for beach lovers, it can get a bit more crowded than you would expect. Those who want to enjoy their space in peace and experience the tranquility, must visit during the winters and avoid all the crazy rush.

Best things to do: While the iconic bull fight of Spain is a definite visit, you can indulge in one of world’s craziest and intriguing festivals celebrated in Spain, La Tomatina. Conducted on the last Wednesday of every August in the beautiful city of Valencia, this can be your chance to do something which you might have always wanted to do when you were a kid, throw rotten tomatoes on hundreds other; and be ready to get hit too!

Singapore

Unarguably, one of the most visited tourist nation in the world, Singapore has more than aplenty reasons for you to be there, beautiful city life and magnificent landscapes surrounding the city, is just one of the many. The level and expectation of fun appreciates to an entirely new level when the destination is an island nation and has one of the most enthralling and vibrant archipelagos in the world. Sentosa, the most popular island resort in Singapore, is one place you would never forget your entire life. With a tank full of attraction points; including, two huge golf courses, 14 luxury hotels, a tenacious fort (Siloso), a 2kms long sheltered beach and a theme park of Universal Studios; the island resort has got everything under one roof for you.

The influence of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian culture in Singapore has its results in local food preparations and dishes as well. One can experience the ‘out of the world’ taste from a hot bowl of Bak Kut The (pork ribs soup) even from a small roadside food stall, that’s the level of consistency in taste throughout. The simplest of the dishes, such as a plate of dim sums, will also make you go omnomnom!!!! With so many flea markets, wet markets, malls and local street vendors selling a variety of local artistry and souvenir products, one can burgeon their baggage with shopping items. The Singapore Flyer, a 165 meter tall observational wheel, with 28 air-conditioned capsules, is one of the main tourist attractions in Singapore. Considered to be the answer to The London Eye, the flyer is a great way to see the beautiful island. The robustness of the wildlife, residing in this island nation, reflects from the choice of their national animal, viz., Lion. With over a thousand different species of birds, insects and mammals, Singapore is a walk of heaven for wildlife enthusiasts.

The best time to go: Being an archipelago, the weather in Singapore is mainly warm and humid, which remains constant throughout the year. So, taking the weather into consideration, there is no time boundation to visit Singapore. However, November to early March can be a little cooler than the other months of the year, so that can be a choice. Also, to avoid the heavy tourist traffic and have some space for you, June to October is the perfect time to make a sojourn in Singapore.

Best Things to do: While the capital city of Singapore is a paradise world for any traveler, which can leave an impression for the lifetime, there is no dearth of activities to do in any of the cities or islands of this country. You can spend some family fun time at the Singapore Zoo, or the Jurong Bird Park, while the Singapore Flyer will provide a binocular view of the city. The Sentosa Island is a major attraction point as well.

Philippines

“It’s more fun in the Philippines”; this overwhelming tagline by the tourism department of the Philippines is very much justified with an amalgamation of over 7000 startling islands, covered with plush green tropical rainforest and gigantic volcanoes, and many more reasons. This South-East Asian country is one of the places that have the capability of mesmerizing your senses and take control over you; this archipelago simply redefines the term ‘Natural Beauty’, and takes it to another level altogether.

The food, the traditions, the flora & fauna, the landscapes & architectures, and especially the beaches; everything about the Philippines is worth experiencing and enjoying. With Pacific waters surrounded from all sides, every island in the Philippines has a number of scintillating beaches to choose from. Go to Palawan Island and you have the secret beach and the El Nido beach to mesmerize your wits, at Aklan you have the Boracay beach with crystal clear water and the white sandy shore. It is said that, when in the Philippines you don’t only need to have a strong appetite, but also stringent taste buds to handle the level of tang created due to heavy load of ingredients used in preparing the dishes. With soy sauce, vinegar, pork, rice, and fish sauce being a common participant in most of the signature cuisines, the kitchens of the Philippines are known to serve some extraordinary and innovative platters. Adobo, Sisig, Pork Barbecue, and the very famous street food Balut (talk about extraordinary) are some of the mouthwatering delicacies.

The best time to go: For the best of your travel experience in the Philippines, December to February is just the perfect gap to visit this island country. The months of March to May can be pretty hot and humid, while the heavy monsoon hits the region by July that goes up till November month.

Best things to do: Explore the gigantic and magnificent volcanoes, some of which are active till date. The Mayon Volcano, located on the Luzon Island, is considered to be the most active stratovolcano present in the Philippines; it is fondly known as the ‘Perfect One’, because of its perfect conical shape. The Banaue Rice Terraces and The Chocolate Hills are among the many marvelously maintained landscapes in the Philippines.