Simple Rules for Renting a Vacation House

Unlike hotel accommodation, renting vacation houses is more family-friendly. You will enjoy more freedom, more amenities and a tranquil environment. In the long term, renting a house will be more affordable than hotel accommodation. All in all, there are a few rules you should remember before renting a vacation home, anywhere in the world.

Use a trustworthy source: Even in a familiar destination, you must only rent from a source that is trustworthy. There are many rental websites and agencies to choose from. Before you contact a realtor, take some time to look at the locations of the rental properties, types of houses, service policy as well as what recent tenants are saying about it.

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What You Should Know BEFORE You Book your Bed and Breakfast!

By Kathy Steinemann

A bed and breakfast stay can be a remarkably relaxing, comfortable experience – if planned properly. BEFORE you make your reservations, however, there are a number of important items to consider.

A bed and breakfast stay can be a remarkably relaxing, comfortable experience – if planned properly.

Before you make your reservations, however, there are a number of important items to consider.

Are you allergic to certain foods, pets, or cigarette smoke?

Many innkeepers are happy to provide special menus – including diabetic-friendly, gluten-free, or Vegan meals. Many inns are smoke-free, and most do not allow pets. If you have severe animal allergies, you should also determine whether or not the innkeepers have pets on the premises.

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5 Ways to Make Your Next Trip More Romantic

by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

How can you become a Lovetripper, even if your next getaway isn’t a honeymoon? Here are some tips to bring the romance back to any trip, from weekend getaways to once-in-a-lifetime vacations:

(1) Anticipate Your Trip Together. Make this a joint effort. Watch videos. Visit an international restaurant in your hometown to sample the cuisine you’ll experience on your vacation. Cruise the internet together for information and travel tips. Send each other “wish we were there” emails.

(2) Pack some romantic goodies. Treat this like a honeymoon–even if it’s not. Pack a new nightie or naughty negligee. Bring along some candles to turn your hotel room into a romantic enclave. Pack some CDs to set the mood.

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3 Fun and Affordable New Jersey Day Trips For Families


wildwoodBy Chris A. Harmen

Kids can’t wait for the start of summer vacation, but they find it long and boring after about the first week. The annual family fishing trip usually isn’t enough to keep them entertained for those few months either; they want excitement! That’s where Wildwood NJ rides and other attractions in New Jersey come in. By visiting the Wild West, sailing with real pirates, and enjoying the amusement rides in Wildwood NJ, a vacation across the state will give them enough excitement and entertainment to last the entire summer.

Amusement Rides – Wildwood NJ

Wildwood NJ rides are some of the best in the country. There are all kinds of games to play, restaurants, and fast food booths as well as all kinds of amusement rides. Wildwood NJ also has hotels, motels, and resorts right close by.

If the sun gets too hot, it might be time to head over to the area’s waterparks. Located adjacent to the amusement rides, Wildwood NJ’s waterparks have features and waterslides for everyone from infants to the elderly. Then, there are live events such as concerts, movies, and fairs. Wildwood NJ rides provide days of entertainment!

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Discover the Sophisticated Side of Mickey Mouse

Discover the Sophisticated Side of Mickey Mouse


Discover the Sophisticated Side of Mickey Mouse
By Cara Goldsbury

Is it possible for sophisticated travelers to really enjoy themselves in the land of Mickey Mouse? Absolutely! Walt Disney World has undergone a transformation much like that of Las Vegas, with an abundance of fantastic themed resorts and sumptuous dining choices.

Maybe your image of Disney is of lackluster, motel-style accommodations. Not so! All deluxe property choices are unique and offer that special Disney touch. You’ll find them to be adorned with impressive lobbies, painstakingly landscaped grounds, first-rate restaurants, elaborately themed pools, and gracious accommodations. All offer top-notch recreational facilities and services. In fact, each resort is so marvelous it can be difficult to choose which fantasy you wish to indulge.

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Orlando Entertainment At Night

Orlando Entertainment At Night

By Neil Stewart

Nightlife in Orlando and the surrounding areas is certainly not boring. The word boring is never used in this part of the world. Having spent a tiring day at one of the many theme parks or attraction’s in Orlando you’d be forgiven for wanting to have an early night to recover – right. Well actually wrong. You may be tired and have blistered feet but one things for sure – it’s time to head out and party.

Now partying here in Orlando takes all shapes and forms. There’s the many night clubs and lively bars to enjoy or maybe you prefer to eat and relax with your family in one of the hundreds of themed restaurants dotted around Orlando.

Dinner shows are very popular in Orlando with shows like Medieval Times and ‘Capone Dinner and Show’.

International Drive in Orlando has an array of fascinating restaurants and bars to enjoy. You’ll find that many of these bars have a theme to them. This is not just themed around the type of food they serve (Mexican for example). It’s more of a wider theme for instance if you visit Cafe Tu-Tu Tango, you’ll be surrounded by artists painting live in front of you while you eat, or fire eaters performing feet away. There’s the new Ice Bar on International Drive where everything is (yes you guessed it ) made of ice.

Universal Orlando has its own entertainment area called Universal City Walk with loads of colourful restaurants and bars including the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Universal Orlando is conveniently situated on Universal Boulevard which is beside International Drive.

Walt Disney World has plenty of nightlife happening as well with its own area called Downtown Disney. It features huge eye catching restaurants with something for all tastes. We’d highly recommend T Rex with its life size Dinosaur’s which come to life. Kids and adults alike will love it.

Don’t forget to check out Kissimmee old town on a Friday and Saturday night. Here you’ll see a parade of custom cars and motorbikes plus live bands and plenty of fun. The most amazing part about visiting Kissimmee is the way it transports you back in time to the 1950’s. Yes you see this part of town (called Old Town funnily enough) has still got all the old 1950’s style shop fronts plus the sounds of the era playing from speakers as you walk past. A must see.

So that’s just a snippet of what Orlando has to offer in way of Nightlife.

Orlando definitely is fun during the day and one hell of a part at night.

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Breaking Down the Awkwardness of Tipping in Europe

Breaking Down the Awkwardness of Tipping in Europe

By Glen Wheaton

When a person visits Europe there will be some things that by their nature of being in a different culture are going to cause some confusion. There probably isn’t anything that can be more confusing, and potential embarrassment as to when you should tip and how much. The issue not only changes from country to country, but also is in many cases might have changed from your last visit.

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Five Stops On Alabama’s Civil War Trail

By Wayne Ruple

As home to the Confederacy, the state of Alabama has a rich Civil War history and now promotes a Civil War Trail containing some 50 historic sites.

Among those sites are the Old Live Oak Cemetery, Pope’s Tavern Museum, Shorter Cemetery, Slavery & Civil War Museum and the Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum.

The Old Live Oak Cemetery on Highway 22 near Selma is the resting place of several war notables including Elodie Todd Dawson who was the sister-in-law of President Abraham Lincoln but who supported the Confederacy; Roger Jones who commanded the Merrimac and General Edmund Pettus whose name lives on today in the form of the Edmund Pettus Bridge – a rallying point for Civil Rights activists who marched over the structure 100 years following the war.

Also in Selma visitors will find the Slavery & Civil War Museum at 1410 Water Avenue.

There they will find an extensive collection of historic artifacts and relics that portray the American experiences of slavery in addition to the war.

In north Alabama Pope’s Tavern Museum in Florence welcomes visitors to tour the facility which once served as a hospital for both Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War.

The former stagecoach stop, tavern and inn now houses an upstairs museum with an extensive collection of artifacts.

On the eastern edge of the state on Riverside Drive in Eufaula can be found the Shorter Cemetery. It is here that Alabama Civil War Governor John Gill Shorter is buried.

During the Civil War the town of Stevenson was a vital rail link for Confederate trains throughout the Southeast. So it was here that in 1863 Union General Rosecrans ordered his men to build a pontoon bridge across the Tennessee River so that thousands of Union troops could advance to the battlefield at nearby Chickamauga.

Alabama is also home to seven historic battle sites and has around 20 re-enactment events throughout the year.

As the birthplace of the Confederacy the state had four flags – the Stars and Bars, the Battle Flag, the Stainless Banner and the Last National Flag.

In a vote in January 2861 Alabama lawmakers approved articles of secession during a Secession Convention held at the State Capitol. Following this meeting, delegates from other seceding states gathered in Montgomery on Feb. 4, 1861 and officially formed the Confederate States of America and Jefferson Davis from nearby Mississippi was chosen as the president.

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