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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Zero Waste Road Trip

Road trips can happen hourly or several days depending on the level of satisfaction an individual or family or friends want to experience. Trips that involve family or friends are more fun and enjoyable.

For a perfect experience, planning is not an exception. Planning is an important part to consider for anyone expecting to have some good time. It facilitates a smooth transition of events and helps minimize time and money wastage.

Tips to Minimizing Waste on a Road Trip:
1. Set your priorities right. Expectations about time and expenses to be incurred on food and hotels should be put into considerations and seen that the right measures have been taken to avoid inconveniences during the trip.

2. Compost management. Do not forget to put into consideration on the means of food scraps and waste handling during the travel. Improvise a large sealable container to facilitate food remains disposal. Make sure the container is properly sealed with a towel cloth to avoid stench filling up your car and end up ruining your road trip.

3. Pack food and snacks. This not only helps in cutting down expenses but also gives you the opportunity to pack a wide variety of favorite homemade snacks to indulge on as you enjoy your road trip.

4. Prepare map routes and directions, especially if unfamiliar routes and long distances are involved. With today’s technology, it has been made easier accessing maps and directions using mobile gadgets.

5. Booking and making relevant reservations ahead of time. It gives one a sound and relaxed mind during the vacation knowing that at some point there is a relaxing point awaiting you.

6. Plan for stops. Stop overs give you a chance to unwind as you look forward to enjoy the rest of the trip.

Family Vacation Resorts Guide

Resorts that offer free, fun activities for the entire family will help you save money since you won’t have to go out as much. Don’t forget about your own enjoyment. The best all-inclusive family vacation resorts have programs that will give the adults a bit of space as well. They offer more than just standard daycare, but fun camps tailored to kids in various age groups, each with its very own facility.

Don’t forget about airfare when looking for family vacation deals. While airlines usually let kids fly for free or at a discount rate, you don’t want to spend a fortune on your own airfare. Check and see if there are any airfare + hotel combo discounts available. Also, if you need to rent a van or SUV, look for vacation packages that include a discount on car rentals.

Want to stay in warm weather near an exotic beach? Or visit snow capped mountains at a ski lodge? There are some really fun ranches that offer horseback riding and hiking activities. A lot of cruise lines offer fun programs for kids. If you can afford it, an African Safari will be both a fun and educational experience for both you and your children.

Ideas for Family Vacation Resorts

Here is a list of some of the best family vacation resorts in the world:

• The Ranch – Emerald Valley, CO

• Skytop Lodge, PA

• Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa in St. Lucia

• Ocean Blue and Sand, Punta Cana

• Rancho de los Caballeros, AZ

• Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya

• Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, WY

• Snowshoe Mountain Resort – Snowshoe, WV

• South Seas Island Resort – Captiva Island, FL

• Wyndham Reef Resort – Cayman Islands

• Club Med Pragelato Vialattea, Italy

These are just some of the best – there are many other great resorts and hotels out there that offer fun for the entire family.

Do a bit of research on all of the family vacation resorts you are interested in and compare prices.

Skiing Trip of a Lifetime

Supposing you don’t have a rich, philanthropist friend who will buy you first class tickets, you will have to start saving up well ahead of your intended departure date. Trail the internet for the best flight deals and try to be flexible with your dates, as off-season periods as well as mid-week flights are usually more affordable. Remember that everyone else will take their holidays in the week between Christmas and New Year, so be prepared for high prices, full flights, expensive accommodation, long lines at the ski lifts and roaming the mountains with all of mankind. Take the accessibility from the airport to your destination into account as well because even though you may have scored a cheap ticket; if your destination is far from the airport you may just be in for an expensive surprise.

For finding accommodation, you’ll have to shop around online as well. Try to focus on finding a discounted ski-and-stay deal. This should not be difficult to find as ski resorts often offer packages like these to boost their occupancy rate during off-peak travel periods. Scrutinise travellers’ reviews online so that you get the accommodation you pay for. Most ski destinations also have affordable backpacker’s or hostels which may be a great option if you’re travelling on a tight(er) budget.

Once you are settled into your accommodation on the mountain you will have to find out where to go. Use the first day to explore the mountain and to chat to the skiing die-hards for useful information. Usually there are some on-mountain hosts at the top by the ski lifts who will be able to give you some general information but don’t expect any tips that haven’t already been given to all the other skiers out there. The locals will be a better bet as they can show you the real epic spots. Ask them for good slopes that are not located on the trail maps so you can enjoy some awesome skiing in peace and quiet. Tip: the best time and place to chat to the locals is in the evening during après ski.

The term that was coined by the French, perfected by the Austrians and subsequently adored by skiers from all over the globe is synonymous with good times and makes for epic memories. Après ski sessions can be enjoyed on a gorgeous deck overlooking the mountains or at a hole-in-the-wall joint somewhere stashed away in a basement. No matter where you’ll be, après ski evenings are the perfect opportunity to warm those cold, stiff limbs, tell tall stories and make awesome new friends.

With the tips in this article you will be equipped with the most important information you need to get your ski adventure off to a good start. The remaining details you will have to figure out along the way. Be sure to create fantastic memories and you may just become one of those die-hards that will come back for more chilled fun year after year.

Plan the Perfect Family Ski Holiday

Decide on a destination

Once you’ve decided on the dates, how many people you’ll be travelling with and what their individual levels of experience are, start browsing online for the best ski resorts. If you and your family will be skiing for the first time or if you have young children, make sure you choose a resort which has ski areas for beginners with wide open terrain that is not too crowded. Enquire whether they have their own, dedicated ski lifts that are easily accessible and safe for children. Many ski resorts offer discounted package deals during off-season periods which typically include accommodation, tickets for the ski lifts, lessons and equipment rental.

Put together an itinerary for the family

Planning and scheduling activities ahead will be very useful. Evening activities as well as where you will be having your meals are good things to plan in advance. Especially the more popular ski resorts will be quite booked up so making reservations before your arrival will be a good idea. Keep in mind that most young children tire easily after only a few hours on the slopes while teenagers will probably be on the mountain first thing in the morning and the last ones to come back, so some planning is advisable. You could, for instance, enrol your younger ones in a kids-camp to keep them busy with various activities so that the adults and teenagers in the group can ski full days.

Ski equipment and clothes

Although you won’t find many shops in South Africa that stock ski equipment and clothes, there are a few and it may save you substantially to buy (at least some) ski gear instead of renting them at your destination where you’ll pay much higher prices for the convenience. Items that you will need are:

· Skis

· Ski boots

· Ski poles

· Helmets for kids

· A few turtlenecks and jerseys

· Scarves

· Long (thermal) underwear

· Ski socks

· Ski hats

· Ski pants

· Ski jackets

· Mittens for children

· Ski gloves for adults

· Ski goggles / sport sunglasses

· High-factor sunscreen lotion and lip balm

Make sure you pack some clothes for après ski and other activities such as shopping or excursions. Swimsuits as well as flip-flops will come in handy when you want to make use of the resort’s indoor pool or hot tubs.