Friday, January 29, 2010

Top 5 Attractions to See in Arizona


Voted the “Best Domestic Tourism Destination” by readers of Global Traveler magazine, Arizona is only too eager to show you what it has to offer: arts & culture, scenic drives, nature (the Grand Canyon!), adventure, history & heritage, native culture, spas, sports (golfing galore!) and so much more.

Offering a wide array of tours, Explore Arizona Tours recently picked their Top 5 Attractions to See in Arizona:
  1. Grand Canyon
  2. A cactus, especially a barrel cactus
  3. Nature, close up and personal, only found on a nature hike
  4. A Ghost town, such as Tombstone or Jerome
  5. Caves and Caverns, such as Kartchner Cavers State Park
I'd personally like to extend this list to include
  1. Monument Valley 
  2. Hoover Dam
  3. Petrified Forest
  4. Painted Desert
  5. Lake Mead
For more information, visit Arizona Guide and Explore Arizona Tours.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: USA 2004 (October 4th) Arizona by Paraflyer










Thursday, January 28, 2010

Top 10 Domestic Destinations for 2010

Travel Leaders has just announced the results of their Travel Trends Survey listing the Top 10 Domestic Destinations for 2010.  Since 2003, Las Vegas has continuously held the number one spot as the Top Destination in the USA but has now been dethroned to number two.

Links are included below to official tourism associations for each state where you’ll be able to find information on the destination.  Without further adieu, here are the Top 10 Domestic Destinations for 2010:

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Las Vegas, NV
  3. Alaska Cruise
  4. New York City, NY
  5. Kahului, Maui, HI
  6. Honolulu, Oahu, HI
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Los Angeles, CA
The 2010 Travel Trends Survey is conducted across the USA and responded to by travel experts including travel agency owners, managers, and frontline travel agents.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Congo River Adventure Golf - Orlando by Smart Destinations

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hong Kong & Beijing for under $1,000


The Hong Kong Tourism Board is spreading awareness about a number of available options for travel including a great bargain where you can visit both Hong Kong & Beijing for under USD $1,000.
 
The Hong Kong with Special Bonus Vacation Package is being offered by Asian Adventure USA and includes:
  • Round trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Hong Kong (other departure cities available at additional cost)
  • 5 night hotel stay in a 4 or 5 star category
  • Airport transfers
  • Museum of History Pass
  • Meet the People Cultural Kaleidoscope activities
  • Symphony of Lights laser show
  • With the Added Bonus of a FREE round trip ticket from Hong Kong to your choice of Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou
Prices for the Hong Kong with Special Bonus Vacation Package start at only $944 per person and are valid for travel until November 30, 2010.

For more information, visit Discover Hong Kong.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: China026, Summer Palace, Beijing, China by  jimg944








Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Coolest Small Towns across the USA


Sometimes when you travel, it’s not about the glitz and glamor, but more about the true grit of the destination itself which can be found in small towns across the USA.
 
Last fall, CNN went in search of “America’s coolest small towns that had it all, albeit in small doses.”  Some of the new found wonders they discovered across the USA included:
  • Breaux Bridge, LA (population 8,200) - the “crawfish capital of the world,” with non-stop Cajun food and music; be sure to endulge at Cafe des Amis, visit Lucullus for antiques, and stay at the 1860’s Maison des Amis
  • Wallace, ID (population 1,000) – this silver mining town preserved it’s early history through its many 100 year old buildings; visit the Oasis Bordello Museum (National Register of Historic Places), grab a huckleberry shake at Red Light Garage, and stay at the Hercules Inn
  • Rockland, ME (population 7,680) –this trendy historic small town has a big city feel on a much smaller scale; visit boutiques like Four Twelve and art galleries galore, eat at Suzuki’s Sushi Bar or any of the other 24 restaurants in town
  • Cayucos, CA (population 3,000) – midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco is this laid back beach town; grab a coffee at the Rogue Wave Cafe, a bite to eat at Brown Butter Cookie Company, and stay at Cass House Inn
  • Tubac, AZ (population 1,900) – in the high desert, only miles away from Mexico, is this beautiful nature lovers paradise; visit Pancho’s and Tubac Center of the Arts, and stay at the Tubac Country Inn
For more information, visit: Breaux Bridge, Wallace, Rockland, Cayucos, and Tubac tourism websites.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Pier-at-Cayucos-Beach by MikeBaird










Monday, January 25, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay in My Hometown


The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay has been making its way across Canada for almost 100 days.  Visiting 1,037 communities and places of interest along the way, an astonishing 90% of Canadians live within a one hour drive of the relay route.
 
Almost 45,000 kilometres later, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay passed through my home town of Genelle, BC, on the morning of January 24, 2010.   Residents gathered to watch as the torch was proudly carried down one of our main streets to our Genelle Community Hall where further festivities were held in celebration of the event.
 
On February 12, 2010, day 106, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch will take its place at BC Place in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremonies.  This historic event signals the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games where an estimated 5,500 Olympic Athletes and games officials will participate during the 17-day Olympic Winter Games.
 
Another 1,350 Paralympic Athletes and games officials will compete during the 10-day Paralympic Winter Games.  Participants from over 80 countries will attend the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games while participants from over 40 countries will attend the Paralympic Winter Games.
 
For more information, visit Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tips for Hiring a Car in Europe

When it comes to renting a car in Europe, things tend to be a bit more complicated.  Do your homework and invest the time to compare rentals rates and coverage before you commit to a reservation.

Generally, car rentals in Europe are all-inclusive (including unlimited mileage and insurance) and are prepaid, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  You’ll receive a prepaid voucher which you simply turn in at your chosen car rental agency.  As in the U.S., cars are rented for a 24-hour period with the best deals being for 7 day rentals.
  • Determine the size of vehicle that you require.  Are you traveling with a lot of luggage or small children that require a car seat?
  • Determine the location from which you want to rent.  An airport or downtown location?  Or do you want to pick up at one location and drop off at another? 
  • How old are you?  According to Rick Steves’ Europe, typically younger and older renters may be “required to buy extra insurance or pay a surcharge of USD $14-39/day.”
  • When it comes to the all-inclusive insurance, ask general questions so you understand your coverage.  Does the insurance cover theft?  Is there a deductible involved?  Is there collision coverage?
  • Other considerations to inquire about include: who do you call if your car breaks down?  Is towing coverage included?  Is there a map or GPS in the car?  Does the car have air conditioning?  What are the options for keeping the rental car longer than the agreed rental period?
Whether you’re considering a Dublin Airport car hire or a rental in Paris, following these tips for hiring a car in Europe will help to keep your vacation right on track.  Or on the highway, as it may be.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Picture Perfect Postcard Inn in St. Pete Beach



Now try saying that one three times.  The Postcard Inn on the Beach, St. Pete Beach, FL, is a 1950’s style former Colonial Inn/Travelodge which has been turned into an amazing classic with all the right details.  
 
This hip funky two-story motel kept its vintage and beachy feel with surfboards/murals in many of the rooms, along with vintage lamps and beaded curtains, but did a major upgrade by adding Wi-Fi and 32”flat-screen televisions throughout.
 
Hang out poolside at the PCI Beach Bar and grab a Fat Cat burger with caramelized onions on an English muffin for only USD $7.50.  Spend the afternoon old-school Florida style playing shuffleboard, horseshoes, or bocce.  For dinner, enjoy the succulent ribs and seafood at Wildwood BBQ & Burger; and for a morning wakeup, take advantage of the complimentary continental breakfast just off of the lobby.
 
Don’t miss taking a souvenir photo in the vintage photo booth or watching movies out on the sundeck...the Postcard Inn on the Beach is all about fun and relaxation, in a kitschy Bohemian kind of way.
 
Rates at the Postcard Inn on the Beach start at only $89 per night double.  For more information, visit Postcard Inn on the Beach.
 


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Castles of the United Kingdom & Europe

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a penchant for castles and the chateaus of the United Kingdom and Europe.  When I read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, I fell in love with Scotland.  When I read Desiree by Anne Marie Selenko, I fell in love with France.  And then when I read, well, you get the idea.

As with all historical sites, I think to truly appreciate them, you must possess a little bit of knowledge about them before you visit.  I also think that you need time to visit them at your own pace.  If you’re part of a tour, this time can definitely be limited.  I’ve spent too much time glancing at my watch trying to keep track of time when I should have been enjoying the moment.

Being on a tour can be great as you don’t have to worry about planning or driving but when you’re at Fountainbleau (just outside of Paris), you really do want to take the time to enjoy it.   The same goes for Birr Castle in Ireland or Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.

I guess my point is this: if you’re able to rent a car, do it.  That way you can explore what you want, when you want, all on your own schedule.  It makes a vacation so much more relaxing overall and it’s easy to spend a few minutes each night planning the driving route for the next day.

Whether you're looking for a Dublin Airport car hire or a rental in Edinburgh, there are some great deals out there to be had.  Don’t forget to take your camera, a picnic lunch, and really, truly, take the time to actually enjoy your vacation at your own pace.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to Avoid Weight Gain on a Cruise!


Everything in moderation seems to always be the key to maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.  But when you’re on vacation onboard a cruise that serves up delectable food 24 hours a day, it’s hard to resist temptation.  Crystal Cruises provides the following tips on how to avoid weight gain on a cruise.
  • Regularly seek the panoramic ocean view of the Fitness Center – using the cardio and weight equipment provided will help to keep those calories off; spin classes are also offered
  • Take advantage of the Promenade Deck with a brisk walk or even jogging
  • When you eat, make healthy choices like a low-calorie salad, fresh fruit, or fresh fish
  • Take advantage of the pre-planned low-carbohydrate menus
  • Don’t get stressed – take a relaxing Pathway to Yoga class or a Pilates mat class
  • Schedule a private training session with one of Crystal Cruises fitness professionals
  • Enjoy frequent swims in the pool plus drinking a lot of water will keep you limbered up and hydrated
  • Lunch and dinner menus offer meals low in salt, sugar, fat, and cholesterol are available
These tips and more on How to Avoid Weight Gain on a Cruise are available at Crystal Cruises.

For more information, visit Crystal Cruises.
 

Flickr.com Photo Credit: DSC_8965 by ØØ




Monday, January 18, 2010

Plan a Weekend Getaway or Family Outing with A Day’s Outing


Developed by Elizabeth Muse and Cathy Jolly in 2009, A Day’s Outing was designed as a resource tool for busy mothers wanting to plan family outings or weekend getaways.
 
A culmination of where, what, how, and when, A Day’s Outing provides choices dependent upon your starting destination, the type of outing you’re looking for, how far you’re willing to travel, and when you want to travel.
 
The type of outing includes a number of categories to choose from including:
  • Fairs, Events, & Festivals
  • Family & Children
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Theatre & Stage
  • History & Heritage
  • Museum & Art
  • Farms, Food & Wine
  • Unique Sports & Hobbies
  • Antiques & Auctions
  • Nature & Outdoor
  • Wheelchair Accessible
Perfect for last minute ideas, or even for planning ahead, A Day’s Outing is a great travel planning tool for anyone.  Instead of entering your starting point, this website can also be used to enter your destination in order to find activities suited to your travel needs.

For more information, visit A Day’s Outing.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Canadian Winter Wonderland


While my son is planning his ski holiday in Europe, specifically France, I wanted to see what kind of cheap ski deals there are here in Canada, for comparison, but not that he cares.  It’s France or bust, baby!

I was amazed at some of the prices available right here near my own back yard.  Fernie Ski Resort in Fernie, BC, is awesome for first time skiers – one of their best deals is their First Time Ski/Boarding package that includes lift ticket, equipment rental, and lessons for 3 days for only €221 (USD321 or CAD331).

Banff and Lake Louise, AB, provide awesome skiing as does Whistler Blackcomb, BC, the “official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”  Even though I’m deathly afraid of heights, I would love to ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola at 1,427 feet in the air – okay, never mind.  Anyway, 6-day lift passes can be had for as low as €192 (USD278 or CAD288).

Skiing in Canada has always been one of our most popular winter activities as are snowmobiling and hockey.  Oh, and curling.  And tobogganing and cross-country skiing.  And snowshoeing.  And did I mention our winter wonderland is also a photographer’s paradise?

Anyway, enjoy the winter ski season wherever you might be headed – keep the shiny side up and all that.




Friday, January 15, 2010

Earn a Free Night at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort!


Kicking off their second annual ‘Warm Coats Warm Hearts’ coat drive, the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Bahamas, is offering a free night’s stay for those guests willing to donate their winter coat.
 
Working with One Warm Coat in San Francisco, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is offering a way for guests visiting from cold destinations traveling with their bulky winter coats to leave them behind in exchange for a free night voucher for a future stay.  One Warm Coat operates on the belief that ‘anyone who needs a coat has one.’
 
The Warm Coat Warm Hearts coat drive option is presented to guests upon check-in at the resort; a guest service agent will take the coat and immediately replace it with the free voucher.   The voucher is valid on their next visit to the resort with a limit of two vouchers issued per room.
 
The Warm Coat Warm Hearts promotion at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is available until the last day of winter, March 19, 2010.
 
For more information, visit the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and One Warm Coat.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Bahamas 2004 by Sean Loyless






Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter Hotel Blowout Sale – Save up to 50%!!


This is the perfect time to take advantage of winter travel sales where you can save up to 50% on hotel rooms, with free nights, credits, and more – all with the Winter Hotel Blowout Sale from Orbitz.
 
During the sale, vacationers can save up to 50% on hotels located in Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Europe.  The all-inclusive Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island, Jamaica, is offering a 60% discount while the RIU Palace Macao, Dominican Republic, is offering a 48% discount.
 
There are a number of advantages offered for Orbitz customers including their Price Assurance refund where you’ll receive money back if another Orbitz customer books your same hotel for less; changes or cancellation fees on hotels are waived; and they guarantee you’ll receive the lowest price to be offered online.
 
Look for the ‘On Sale’ icon when checking for hotel availability during the Orbitz Winter Hotel Blowout Sale which ends on February 14, 2010.
 
For more information, visit Orbitz.com.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Motorboat Jamaica by David G...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Vegas Hotels Rock the Strip


The HRH (Hard Rock Hotel) & Casino Las Vegas recently introduced their new 359 all-suite HRH Tower Suites located on the Strip.  In addition to these suites, there are 7 penthouse suites, and 8 spa villas with access to the HRH pool and lounging areas.  The HRH Tower has its own VIP entrance and check-in plus direct access to the new 25,000 square foot Reliquary Spa and Vanity nightclub.  Introductory rates for the new HRH Tower hotel in Vegas start at USD $119 per night.


Even though the new PH (Planet Hollywood) Towers by Westgate are adjacent to the Vegas Strip, they’re definitely close enough to qualify.  Offering 52 stories of luxury rooms (1,201 in total), the PH Towers by Westgate feature a gorgeous tropical pool, fitness and health club, PH Spa, shopping (PH Towers are connected to Miracle Mile Shops), entertainment including a Peepshow (!) , and of course, gaming inside the PH Hotel Resort & Casino.  Rates start at $209 per night.

The new Vdara Hotel & Spa at CityCenter, which opened in early December, is also adjacent to the Vegas Strip.  Featuring 1,495 suites over a 57-storey tower, the Vdara is a joint venture between the Infinity World Development Corporation (a subsidiary of Dubai World) and the MGM Mirage.  This boutique hotel is unique to the Las Vegas Strip environment in that the Vdara is a non-gaming, non-smoking hotel, but with all the amenities - including a rooftop lounge and pool for Vegas viewing enjoyment.  Rates start at $149 per night.


For more information on these new Vegas Hotels that Rock the Strip, visit the HRH Tower, PH Towers by Westgate, and Vdara.

Flicrk.com Photo Credits:
Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas by Kaloozer
Room at Vdara by Pocheco
Las Vegas – Planet Hollywood by il Carca








Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Skiing the Winter Away in Europe


I love the winter season, don’t you?  It’s the perfect time to get some friends together and enjoy the snow – build a snowman, do some cross-country skiing, and enjoy the hot chocolate and camaraderie afterward.
 
Tobogganing or sledding used to be one of my favourite winter activities – I have memories of soaking wet mittens, runny noses, and some of the best times ever as a kid.  When my own children were younger, they were both into snowboarding both through video games and in the actual snow.

Today, my oldest son has forsaken sports while my youngest has just discovered downhill skiing.  He’s always loved to travel and now his goal is to go on a ski holiday in Europe.  Having visited Paris and Montreal before, he has a penchant for anything French, and so he’s considering Brides Les Bains ski resort.


He’s heard great things about it – including awesome skiing but at a budget price compared to other resorts – and he’s definitely on a budget as a university student.  The lift passes run €171 for Maribel and €211 for the Three Valley Area.  Personally, I’d go for the 3 Valley pass if I skied, or if I was going to France, or even if I was invited to go...

Ah, to live life over again – I’d definitely be a Travel Writer in France and my sons could visit whenever they wanted....if they were invited.\

Flickr.com Photo Credit:
Paragliding by GingerBeardMan 


 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Hotel Bed Bugs?!! Disgusting, but True!

PRESS RELEASE:


They're BAA-AACK! Thirty years after bed bugs were believed to be exterminated nationwide, the teeny, insidious bloodsuckers-which feast on sleeping humans-are making a comeback of epidemic proportions.

They're being spotted in hotels from coast to coast. And not just the expected "fleabag" motels, but posh resorts and upscale chains. In a recent study of 700 mid-priced hotels, 25% were found to host uninvited guests. That gives you a 1-in-4 chance of bunking down with some unexpected roomies on your next trip.


If you awaken with red, itchy welts and irritated skin, you've been punked, bed-bug style. Some people even experience allergic reactions.

So, what's a thoroughly creeped-out traveler to do? You don't have to cancel your plans. Instead, arm yourself with Rest Easy, an all-natural spray that keeps bed bugs at bay. Made from time-honored essential oils (cinnamon, lemongrass, clove, and mint), it's people-safe, earth-friendly, and even smells of minty goodness.

Good to know: the presence of cimex lectularius, aka the common bed bug, has nothing to do with cleanliness and everything to do with a transient population. Formerly wiped out in the U.S. by the now-banned pesticide DDT, bed bugs continued to flourish in other parts of the world. As global travel increased, they've hitchhiked their way back in on airplanes, luggage, and yes, travelers.


Found wherever people come and go-like hotel rooms, airports, and dorms-the 1/4" inch long nocturnal pests hide in furniture seams, box springs, and even tiny floor cracks, patiently awaiting a host. (They can live without eating for up to a year.)

The solution: spray Rest Easy around your hotel room when you arrive. It will kill some of them outright, and keep the rest deep in their hidey-holes. Be sure to spray your luggage, too, because that's their ticket out. It also kills bed mites and other insects.


Speaking of luggage, Rest Easy comes in a 2-ounce spray bottle that's carry-on friendly. A twin pack is available at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond. You can buy it online at www.resteasykillsbedbugs.com, where it's also sold in larger quantities for home use.

Bedbugs are everywhere, so take Rest Easy with you wherever you travel, even fancy Manhattan hotels. In 2006, the city of New York received more than 4,500 bed bug complaints... which, come to think of it, may be why it's called the city that never sleeps.

(Press Release - Not an endorsement/no compensation received by Travel Writer) 
Credits:
You Tube - National Geographic

Flickr.com Photo: Hiyori13
Rest Easy Photos

Friday, January 8, 2010

Join Me in the Ruba Ponzi Plant a Tree Contest!


Attention fellow bloggers - I know 'ponzi' is a bad word but please read on!  

Together we can help Ruba, the leaders in visual travel guides, plant trees to offset some of the environmental impacts of travel.

It's as easy as clicking on the 'Join My Ponzi Tree Scheme' to the right of this post.  When you click on my badge, a tree will be planted; at the same time, a new badge will be generated for you, and when you display it on your blog, another tree will be planted.  And so on, and so on, hence the term ponzi scheme.


Ruba's goal is to plant 100,000 trees in conjunction with Trees for the Future.  The actual planting will take place April 22, 2010, in celebration of 40th annual Earth Day!


with Ruba and let's get planting!!  For more information, visit Ruba.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cirque du Soleil – 7 Worlds, 1 City, Only in Las Vegas



With a line up of seven amazing shows in one city, Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas offers a variety of entertainment, wonder, and magic for all those who attend.
  • Mystère at Treasure Island: classic performance of Cirque du Soleil with acrobatics, dance, and colorful zany costumes
  • O at the Bellagio: an imaginary wonder about theater, with endless possibilities and dreams
  • Zumanity at New York: an adult themed sexy cabaret style show
  • at the MGM Grand: the theatrical adventure of love and conflict
  • Beatles LOVE at the Mirage: celebrates the music legacy of the Beatles
  • Criss Angel Believe at Luxor: a combination of Cirque and the mysterious magic of Criss Angel
  • Viva Elvis at the Aria Resort & Casino: opens December 2009 with tickets available to the public on December 15
Cirque du Soleil has special ticket pricing for the holidays plus students receive 35% off Mystere, Zumanity, KÀ, LOVE, and Criss Angel Believe by presenting their student identification.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas.


Flickr.com Photo Credit: Adria.Richards

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.


Beginning January 1, 2010, Disney is celebrating the spirit of giving by inspiring one million people like you to volunteer a day of service to a participating organization in their community.

And to celebrate your good work, Disney will give you a one-day admission to Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland Theme Park in California, for FREE.  

Participants must pre-register and sign up for eligible volunteer opportunities at DisneyParks.  Ticket quantities for this program are limited; participants must be at least 6 years of age.

For terms and conditions and to sign up, visit DisneyParks.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Tommy and Georgie

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Disney Vacation Club hits Oahu, Hawaii


Scheduled to open in 2011, the newest Disney Vacation Club in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii, features a family themed resort on 21 acres of ocean front property on the west side of the island.

With 350 hotel rooms and 480 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas, the resort will be focused on supplying an authentic Hawaiian experience including environmental education, music, dance, history, and arts and crafts. 

Disney Vacation Club Hawaii will feature a large pool recreation area with water slide tubes amongst volcanic rockwork, children’s club, salt-water snorkel lagoon, two restaurants, an 18,000 square foot spa, along with a lawn for weddings – all decorated in traditional Hawaiian style colors, patterns, and materials.

Excerpt from the Disney Vacation Club: 
“Part of the Disney resort hotel in Ko Olina will be dedicated to Disney Vacation Club, a timeshare program that helps families enjoy flexibility and savings on vacations for decades to come. By becoming a member of Disney Vacation Club, families can enjoy vacations at Disney destinations worldwide as well as more than 500 other popular Member Getaways vacation locations around the globe.

Disney Vacation Club accommodations blend Disney's famed attention to storytelling detail with all the comforts of home. From well-appointed studios equipped with convenient kitchenettes to sprawling, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas complete with full-size kitchens, washers and dryers, luxury tubs and other homelike amenities, Disney Vacation Club Resorts create flexible options to meet the needs of thousands of families from around the world.

Since its inception in 1991, Disney Vacation Club has grown to serve more than 350,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and all 50 states.”

For more information, visit Disney Vacation Club or download/order a FREE Disney Vacation Club DVD here.

Photo Credit: Disney Vacation Club



Monday, January 4, 2010

Enter to Win: Celebrity Cruises Eclipse of a Lifetime!!


Win your way onboard the all new Celebrity Eclipse for her first ever journey to the sea!

Win a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and a guest in our Eclipse of a Lifetime Sweepstakes. We're giving away ten all-expense paid trips to Germany to be on our newest Solstice Class ship, Celebrity Eclipse, as she makes the most fascinating journey to the sea.
    
Hurry. Be one of ten lucky winners. 

Enjoy overnight stays in Düsseldorf and Amsterdam, all meals, transfers, a tour of the Meyer Werft shipyard, and the exclusive opportunity to be onboard as Celebrity Eclipse navigates the winding River Ems in Germany to the North Sea in The Netherlands.

This is a rare event that only a few will ever experience (you'll even go behind-the-scenes and see our fourth Solstice Class ship being built)!
    
Refer your friends for more chances.
To increase your chances of winning, simply refer a few of your friends for up to five additional chances to win. 

Good luck!

Press Release & Photo Credits: Celebrity Cruises
This contest is open to residents of the U.S.A. and Canada; view Official Rules




 

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year's Day!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
Words of Wisdom...

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called "Opportunity" and its first chapter is New Year's Day"
Edith Lovejoy Pierce

"Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment."
Sydney Smith 
 

"Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself."
Aisha Elderwyn