Hurricane Safe Destinations

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 Hurricane-Safe Travel Destinations

Hurricane season is upon us and anyone who has scheduled a late-summer vacation in the Southeast over the past few years knows how a hurricane can wreck havoc with your vacation plans, regardless of where you’re traveling. For 2010, we have complied a list of hurricane-safe destinations for you and your family to enjoy. Whiles most of these destinations are not a sure things, they have been among the safest of the past several years. Don’t let the hurricane season spoil your travel plans this year!

Hurricane-Safe Destinations ~ Pick Your Travel Destination Well

OUR RECOMMENDED DESTINATIONS & VACATION EXPERIENCES
GO ON A CRUISE:

The good thing about cruises is that they can usually sail around the worst of a storm. And today’s ships are extraordinarily safe and with the advanced weather tracking available today, bad weather is something they can avoid. The downside is that the cruise line always reserves the right to reschedule port calls and change itineraries for weather-related reasons and therefore you may not get to visit the places you had hoped to.

The big advantage of sailing during hurricane season is that prices tend to drop to their lowest point of the year.  Your best deals are during the fall months — late August to mid December, so it’s an attractive time to buy a cruise. And the reality is that statistically speaking the chances that your particular voyage is going to be affected by a hurricane are very slim. But it does happen, from time to time. The thing to bear in mind is that it is a possibility and to approach the cruise with the right attitude.


 

 



POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATIONS:

When planning a trip to the Caribbean during hurricane season, it is good to know .
that hurricanes are less likely the further south you go. The islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Vincent, including the islands below them, are the least hit by hurricanes. However, as Grenada discovered in 2004 with Hurricane Ivan, never say never and keep in mind that hurricanes are unpredictable. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar

Antigua

Antigua’s secluded white beaches – among the most pristine in all the Caribbean – provide the ideal setting for a tropical paradise. The azure seas surrounding all sides of the island beckon you to the beaches, all 365 of them.

Aruba
Hurricane-free year round, the beaches and hotels of
Aruba welcome those who travel for romance.

Barbados

Barbados offers all the things a Caribbean vacationer needs in a tropical paradise – coral shore beaches, crystal clear waters, a climate that’s sure to delight, and for water sports enthusiasts, a dream come true.

Bonaire

Included in the “ABC” islands, along with Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular the preservation of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among other things.

Curacao

On Curacao, there’s never a shortage of exciting things to do – with sailing or fishing, kayaking or windsurfing, shopping or dining, the options feel practically endless.

Nevis

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sparsely peopled beaches combine in the sister islands of St Kitts & Nevis to make them one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean.

St Kitts

An uncrowded, unspoiled respite in the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers its natural beauty like a welcome mat for first-time and returning visitors alike. The island boasts pristine and gleaming shores surrounded by sparkling cobalt waters, plus many other facets to this impressive jewel of an island.

St Lucia

Rich in cultural history and natural beauty, the island nation of St Lucia offers a touch of everything you want in a Caribbean vacation. An unspoiled, tropical gem nestled in a chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles, St Lucia traces its colorful history to long before colonial times, yet it has a legacy of over 400 years of European influence.

St Maarten/St Martin

Like well-suited counterparts, this striking dreamland offers two very distinct ad equally fabulous destinations on one island. The Dutch St. Maarten is a bustling haven, where surfers and divers head towards electrifying nightlife when the sun sets.     The French St. Martin provides a more low-key ambiance, where serene bays set the tone for relaxing feasts and peaceful strolls along moonlit shores.

Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago – two islands, one country. Two vacations in one – could you ask for a better deal? Lying just off the South American coast, this is the most culturally diverse of its peers, with a landscape and natural history as rich and varied as the rainbow faces of its many distinct heritages.


 

MEXICO – (Central & West Coast):

Enjoy a Mexican beach getaway to fabulous resorts in Acapulco, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Experience great beaches and visit ancient cultures. Lounge on the beach and enjoy the pulsating Mexican nightlife. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar.

Acapulco

The gorgeous beaches, romantic sunsets, and glamorous nightlife that attracted Hollywood’s hottest celebrities in the 1950s are still very much a part of Acapulco today. This “Queen of Mexican Beach Resorts” is set around a crescent-shaped bay and framed by verdant mountains that plunge into warm, sapphire waters.

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo

On the Gold Coast, the dynamic resort center of Ixtapa and the quaint fishing pueblo of Zihuatanejo are contrasting twins. One is bold, beautiful and full of action, and the other is a quiet wallflower, living a simple life on the outer edge of her sister’s spotlight. Ixtapa is the most modern resort on Mexico’s west coast, with half of its land protected as an ecological reserve.

Mazatlan

While other beach resorts in Mexico work hard to dazzle visitors with mega-resort excitement, the equation for a great vacation in Mazatlan is a simple one of fun, plus food, plus lots of world-class fishing. Mexico’s largest West Coast port and the second largest coastal city combines affordable accommodations with seaside charm and plenty of ways to have fun in the sun.

Mexico City Mexico City’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aztec ruins, the continent’s largest cathedral, and historic architecture make Mexico City an interesting place to visit. Mexico City is also a dangerous place to visit and security should be a major concern of anyone who visits the Mexican capital.

Puerto Vallarta
Spectacular beaches, great tanning weather and a fun city combine to make
Puerto Vallarta an attractive destination. Its Bay of Banderas is the place to be, but touring the nearby jungles on horseback is also an attractive option. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is an area of Mexico that has attracted many talented artists and is known as one of the country’s centers for the fine arts.

Los Cabos
To many travelers,
Cabo has become the “place to be” in Mexico. Good beaches, great shoreline, golf, fishing, and wild nightlife combine to make the Cabo area an attractive destination for a variety of travelers.


CENTRAL AMERICA:

Enjoy a different kind of vacation experience…Central American style! Lounge on the beach, visit ancient archeological ruins and enjoy the pulsating island nightlife. Adventurous travelers will want to participate in one of the fabulous Eco-tours offered.

Liberia, Costa Rica – (Costa Rica’s western region)Liberia is the capital of the Guanacaste province and is fast becoming the new gateway to the sunny Guanacaste beaches. Over the past couple of years it has become more and more popular with tourists, just recently a new international airport in Liberia has opened up and many American airline carriers are now flying into Liberia. Liberia is very close to popular Tamarindo and its surrounding beaches and it is also becoming the preferred city to fly into if you are going to the new resorts in the Papagayo Gulf, only 30-40 minutes away. It is also very close to some popular and beautiful national parks. Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and Parque Nacional Guanasate are just to the north and are worth visiting.


 

 

UNITED STATES:

California

Enjoy a Los Angeles getaway and include multi-day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Bonus Tickets, or Universal Studios® Hollywood. Thrill to Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland® Park plus other exciting theme park attractions and entertainment. Or travel to San Francisco and experience the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown.  Also See:

  • Anaheim

  • Los Angeles

  • San Diego

  • San Francisco

Hawaii

Hawaii is enchanting. Its beauty will stun you. Its floral scents will surround you. Its culture will fascinate you. Its legends will intrigue you. Its world-class resorts will pamper you, and you’ll be treated as honored guests, as the “Spirit of Aloha” embraces you.  There are several Hawaii vacation packages, and hotels to choose from.  Day or night, flexible vacations options are available.

Las Vegas
Everywhere you look, from the
Las Vegas Strip to the dazzling Freemont Street Experience, there’s an incredible variety of things to see and do. Take a roller coaster ride around Manhattan skyscrapers.  Trek through space at warp speed. Visit the world’s tallest Coke bottle, or the tallest observation tower in the United States. Take a chance with Lady Luck. Dine from buffet to gourmet. Swing into championship golf. Or relax beside a refreshing pool. These are just some of the many incredible experiences waiting for you in this remarkable desert playground.   Las Vegas is one of our top 5 hurricane-safe travel destinations.


EUROPE:http://cmtravelonline.com/popular-destinations/go-europe

Explore Italy, Ireland and the rest of Europe. Experience one of our European vacations our European tours. From our independent travel packages to European escorted tours, we feature only the best companies offering European travel and vacation packages.   The dream of European travel is easily turned into reality with our broad range of vacation packages across a continent of distinctive cultures.


AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC:

We invite you to experience the splendid diversity of Australia and South Pacific; from breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to the vastness of the rugged Outback,  to the beautiful islands of Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and Cook Islands – the most romantic destinations in the world.

 


AFRICA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA & INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS:

Please visit Elite Travel Consulting.com or Dream Excursions.com for exceptional vacation experiences to these fine destinations. Your Elite Travel Consultant can customize virtually any itinerary to fit your specific needs.

Destination information courtesy of Funjet Vacations, and Travel Impressions, our preferred vacation suppliers.

Hurricane Safety Tips

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A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.

Between 1970 and 1999, more people lost their lives from freshwater inland flooding associated with tropical cyclones than from any other weather hazard related to such storms.

Before a Hurricane

  • To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Know your surroundings.

  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.

  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.

  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

  • Make plans to secure your property:

  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.

  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.

  • Install a generator for emergencies.

  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.

  • Consider building a safe room.

Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site,www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419. For more detailed information on how you can protect your property, view NFIP’s printer-friendly handout Avoiding Hurricane Damage.

During a Hurricane

  • If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.

  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.

  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and

  • keep its doors closed.

  • Turn off propane tanks

  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

  • Moor your boat if time permits.

  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.

  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

  • If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.

  • If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.

  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

  • Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.

  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again. 

  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.

  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

  • Avoid elevators.

After a Hurricane

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.

  • If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact FEMA or the American Red Cross.

  • FEMA has established the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS), which has been developed to help reunite families who are separated during a disaster. The NEFRLS system will enable displaced individuals the ability to enter personal information into a website database so that they can be located by others during a disaster.

  • The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.

  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

  • For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources

  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed¬ out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering – the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
  • Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.

  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

Publications

FEMA Publications

If you require more information about any of these topics, the following are resources that may be helpful.

Other Publications

  • Returning Home after a Hurricane or Flood. American Red Cross.
  • Repairing Your Flooded Home. American Red Cross.
  • Avoiding Hurricane Damage. Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. Detailed information on how you can protect your property.

Related Websites

Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for a hurricane and learn about available resources by visiting the following websites:

Recommended Training

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has developed a training program to encourage community hurricane preparedness. This computer-based course provides basic information about dealing with tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Visit EMI online and select the ‘take this course’ option at the top of the right hand column to take the interactive web-based course.

Listen to Local Officials

Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

Introducing Elite Travel Collection

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Introducing City Discovery

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What will you remember 10 years from now about your trip? The hotel where you stayed? The airline you used?
We believe that the best memories will be about having dinner at the Eiffel Tower, viewing the New York Skyline from a helicopter, learning how to dance Tango in Buenos Aires, or climbing Mount Fuji.
This is what City-Discovery.com is all about.
City Discovery is a leading provider of sightseeing tours, travel experiences and ground transportation worldwide.
With over 5,000 carefully selected travel activities in 300 destinations and user-friendly features such as traveler reviews, wish lists (called wishbox on the site), suggested itineraries and gift certificates, City Discovery can meet the varied interests of travelers. It sells directly to consumers through City-Discovery.com and a network of over 7,500 travel agencies and affiliates.
City Discovery is available in 16 languages and has offices in USA, France, Italy, Greece, and the Philippines.
Some great things about us:
  
Great Activities
Do you prefer to hop on and hop off in San Francisco or dive with sharks in Cape Town? Do you prefer to visit Paris by limousine or balloon? Name it, we have it!
We have one of the largest online inventories of tours and things to do. Every day, we add in tens of activities to our inventory.
To guarantee travelers? satisfaction, we select only leading tour operators from across the globe. Our network of tour suppliers must meet our standards of quality and customer service dedication.
City Discovery’s wide range of travel activities can meet the varied interests of travelers. Below are samples of the kinds of products we offer.
  • City Tours & Sightseeing
  • City Pass & Skip the Line Tickets
  • Hop On Hop Off Tours
  • Segway & Walking Tours
  • Day Trips & Excursions outside the city
  • Private Tours
  • Night Tours
  • Photo Tours
  • Shore Excursions
  • Cruises, Mini & Dinner Cruises
  • Shows, Cabarets & Concerts
  • Food, Wine & Gastronomy – and many more !!!
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Introducing Classic Vacations – Our New Partner

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The Classic Difference

 
Classic Vacations® tailors luxury vacations to meet your specific needs and save you hundreds of dollars. Whether your next vacation is to Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, the South Pacific, or the Caribbean, Classic Vacations will organize every detail to make sure you have the vacation you’ve always dreamed of.
 
Discover a world of luxury, exclusive privileges, and exceptional experiences. Classic Vacations gives you an inside track to the very best.
 
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You deserve the absolute best. Classic Vacations is dedicated to helping your Travel Agent provide you with the best possible vacation experience. Luxury Travel Agents know they can count on us to deliver world-class accommodations, exceptional privileges, and unparalleled service to their clients. That is the Classic® difference. It is the difference between a good vacation and a great one.
 
A One-of-a-Kind Experience
 
We know there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all vacation. We work with your Travel Agent to create a vacation custom-tailored just for you. Our special relationships in the destinations we serve allow us to offer you preferred access to premier resorts and unique experiences most other travelers miss. So you can count on an extraordinary vacation.
 
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With Classic Vacations, you will have access to a host of unique benefits, services, and attractions. You will enjoy preferential treatment throughout your vacation. Whether it is a best-in-category hotel room, a last-minute appointment at a luxury spa, or tee times at world-class golf courses, you will have an inside track to the best of everything.
 
 
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Great Things To Do While In Asia

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  • Take a ride on the Palace on Wheels through India for its splendid Raj experience.
  • Book accommodations at Japan’s B&B’s or ryokens with personal hot springs in the room.
  • Take a nighttime cruise on a yacht through Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.
  • Explore the old and confusing alleyways of Shanghai.
  • Shanghai Acrobats – a must se!
  • Go clothes shopping in Shanghai for custom on-the-spot tailoring.
  • Visit the New Beijing Museum – progressive in presentation and delightfully informative.
  • Get a reflexology massage anywhere in Asia – serious, curative, inexpensive.
  • Ride the Bullet Train throughout Japan.
  • Have a table-cooked sukiyaki dinner with Kobe beef in southern Japan.
  • Ride an elephant and then watch as it paints a picture of you in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Wander the night market in Chant Mai – best in Asia. Have a Thai massage at the Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok – the real deal. Don’t miss High Tea at the Peninsula Hong Kong.
  • Take a power walk along the rim of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong and stop to take in the views.
  • Book an afternoon of treatments at the Mandarin Oriental Spa in Bangkok.
  • Attend the Pushkar Camel Fair in India.
  • Wander the ancient medinas of Kashgar. 
  • Watch an impromptu Chinese Opera performance in People’s Park in Urumpi and Shanghai – or any People’s Park in China.
  • Visit orangutan sanctuaries in Borneo and search the forests for pygmy rhinos.
To book a hotel, pick tours and attractions that you must do while in Asia, or to purchase a vacation package, please clinck on the corresponing link.

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Things To Do While In The South Pacific

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1. Visit the mystical Kauri Forests of Northern New Zealand where some of the world’s oldest and largest living trees can be found still standing.
2. Explore the roiling geothermal landscapes of New Zealand’s Rotorua, with its off-the-planet mud spas and demonstrated pride in Maori culture.
3. Discover Australia’s Great Ocean Walk, where it is now possible to walk the framed coast of Southern Australia and enjoy the views of the Twelve Apostles on a great hike that stretches 56 miles from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell National Park through some of Australia’s most stunning scenery.
4. Stand at the top of Mount Vaea overlooking Apia on Somoa: burial place of Robert Louis Stevenson whose dying wish was to be buried there.
5. Get lost midst the marae stone temples on Raiatea in Tahiti, with evidence pointing to this island as the birthplace of Polynesian culture.
6. Travel the world away to Taveuni Island in Fiji with 140 waterfalls and horseback riding to ancient ruins.
7. Don’t miss the Honeymoon Bliss couples’ massage at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa, an Orient-Express Hotel. It includes a pineapple and brown sugar scrub, traditional Polynesian massage and silky bath of coconut mild and blossoms.
8. Book an overwater bungalow in Tahiti, many with lighted windows in the floor to observe sea life at night.
9. Dive amid WWII wrecks in Vanuata.
10. “Find yourself” at Raka’s Cave on the island of Atiu in the Cook Islands, a magnificent hideaway deep in the island rainforest.
11. Shop for black pearls, found anywhere in the South Pacific, the larger and rounder the better.
12. Dive the outer reef of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands: whales, sharks, drop-offs, tunnels, and clear, gentle water.
13. Guam offers the deepest dive site on Earth, the 37,000-ft. deep Marianas Trench where WWI and WWII wrecks rest side-by-side.
14. Swim among stingless freshwater jellies at Jellyfish Lake om Palau.
15. Take a crack at fire walking on the island of Beqa in Fiji, where the ritual originated.
16. Whale watch in Fiji, where it is possible to meet “Whale Whisperers.”
17. Swim with dolphins off the north coast of New Zealand.
18. Run with wild horses along New Zealand’s 90-mile Beach.
19. Climb the bridge in Sydney Harbor.
20. Hike around and explore Tasmania’s weekend markets and creative architecture.
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Great Things To Do During Your Cruise Vacation

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1. Dine amid the amazing ruins of Ephesus when Windstar calls at Kusadasi, Turkey, staging a sunset al fresco dinner with a trio from the Aegean Chamber Orchestra.
2. Release your inner artist with a stroll in Claude Monet’s oft-painted lily pond gardens via a Giverny tour on Peter Deilmann’s Cezanne cruises on the Seine.
3. Pack up the kids and sail the Mediterranean with Mickey next summer on Disney Magic’s first ever cruises in Europe.
4. Score a strike at sea with Norwegian Cruise Lines, bowling over the competition with it’s four-lane, 10-pin alley aboard the new Norwegian Pearl.
5. Become an art connoisseur with Holland America’s new ipod tours – complete with artist interviews – of the line’s outstanding fleetwide collection of art and antiques.
6. Chill in celebrity’s way cool Martini Bar on the made-over century – the first “ice bar” concept at sea.
7. Ring in 2007 Asian-style aboard Royal Caribbean’s new Rhapsody of the Seas, cruising into Hong Kong to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
8. Get your crazy-for-country fix aboard Carnival Liberty when Tim McGraw boards Carnival’s newest vessel for January’s Country Cruise Getaway to the Bahamas.
9. Tour Germany’s glass-blowing bastion of Wertheim, attend glassblowing demonstrations on board, and become an expert via Viking Sky’s European Adventure itinerary.
10. Pamper your pet with gourmet goodies and fleece blankets on transatlantic sailings, courtesy of Cunard’s Pets on Deck program on the Queen Mary 2.
11. Enjoy the scenic splendors of the Canadian Rockies in solid comfort on the Rocky Mountaineer train by adding a cruise tour to a far-north Princess cruise.
12. Barge through the homeland with an endless supply of homemade cookies aboard River Barge Excursions’ River Explorer, the only hotel barge traveling America’s inland waterways.
13. Sign up for the first cruise ship to treat passengers to Alaska’s Stikine River, a fresh offering from Empress of the North, now a part of Majestic American Line.
14. Learn to dance like a star with lessons aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, introducing Big Band & Ballroom Dance to their roster to theme cruises.

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Things To Do While In Europe

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Slovakia
1. Visit the new three-star Hotel Matysak near Bratislava’a Main Railway Station, a 15-minute walk from the city center, for its unforgettable historical wine cellar – one of the largest archive cellars in Central Europe – as well as one of the city’s best specialty restaurants.

2. Explore the “Tinkers Exhibit” at the Povazie Museum on Zilna and see how Tinkers created decorative and practical objects out of metal wire, which can be gold- and silver-plated and as intricately woven as lace. More than 300 items of the Slovak folk art are housed within a giant bird cage-like structure (made out of wire, naturally).

3. Explore the historical town of Levoca with one of the largest Gothic churches in Slovakia, St. James – boasting the tallest wooden Gothic winged altar in the world – Spisska Kapitula, a one-street walled village from the mid-13th century, and the Spis Castle.

4. Take in a performance at the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava – it’s where Viennese opera fans go for first-class performances at bargain prices. If you prefer dance, there’s ballet, modern and folk, classical concerts, jazz, folk music, rock and all the latest sounds.

5. Purchase some unique Slovak folk objects made of glass, fabric, metals, and jewels, as well as candles and decorative paper products at the In Vivo Shop in Bratislava.

1. Tour Spreewald, 1.5 hours southeast of Berlin, known for its charming canals where you can go bating and sample traditional pickles at the pickle-making facilities.

2. Visit Bautzen, close to the Poland border and home to the smallest Slavic nationals – the Sorbs – known for their traditions, especially the beautifully decorated Easter eggs.

3. In Saxon, Switzerland, located just below Dresden on the Czech border, marvel at the romantic fairyland scenery of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

4. Explore Dessau, 45 minutes south of Berlin, home to UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites: the Bauhaus Building, the Masters’ Houses and the Garden Realm Dessau-Woerlitz

5. Tour Ore Mountains, a former mining region on the border of the Czech Republic, known worldwide for its folk art, which is still is widely practiced and very popular.

6. Visit Bad Reichenhall, close to the border with Austria in the Bavarian Alps, with beautifully tended parks, an elegant pedestrian area, cozy restaurants and countless historical sights. This alpine town is one of Bavaria’s most precious jewels.

7. Stroll the Fuerst-Pueckler-Park in Bad Muskau, located half in Poland and half in Germany. Designed from 1815 to 1845 on the banks of the Neisse River, it’s one of the biggest landscape parks in Europe and recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

8. Take a detour to Zelazowa Wola, the birthplace of Frederic Chopin, and visit the cottage where he was born that’s now a museum.

9. Visit the Lindenau museum in Altenburg south of Leipzig, for its renaissance paintings and antique vases.

10. Visit Karlovy, a traditional, but lively Czech spa town two hours from Prague.

11. See the Czech Republic’s beautifully furnished Nelahozeves Renaissance Castle, with its art collection (Rubens, Valazquez, etc.) musical memorabilia and Delft porcelin.

12. See the beautiful city of Graz in Austria, with its historic monuments and the UNESCO-honored Old Town.

13. Experience Lower Austria’s LOISIUM Weinvisionen Langenlois (wine center) combining stunning architecture, historic wine cellars, and exhibits that capture the art, science, and mythology of winemaking.

14. Go to the Danube Bend, an hour north of Budapest, and see the original royal residence at Esztergom where the Hungarian civilization was born in the 11th century.

15. Dine at the Kor Care in downtown Budapest in the general area of St. Stephen’s Basilica where the food is reported to be fantastic and the Hungarian wines excellent.
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Great Things To Do While In Mexico

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1. Take an expedition to the snow mountaintops of Pico de Orizaba, a dormat volcano and the highest peak in Mexico.
 
 
2. Savor chunks of tuna caught (literally) seconds before while on a fishing excursion on the sea of Cortez.
 
3. Take a speed boat ride to Yelapa, just 45 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta, for a horseback tour of the jungle and a very low-key village ambiance.
 
4. Book a stay at the delightful Hacienda Petac, a restored 17th century estate with just five bedrooms and colonial antiques, in the Yucatan.
 
5. Give in to a decadent afternoon of pies, crepes, and cookies – mixed in with great people watching – at Senor Sweets in Cabo San Lucas’ Puerto Paraiso Mall, facing the yacht-filled marina.
 
6. Go museum and gallery-hopping (and shopping) in Oaxaca for one-of-a-kindart pieces, followed by snack of Chapulines (fried grasshoppers).
 
7. Take a sailing excursion from Puerto Morelos to the intimate Maroma Beach – jump into the clear waters beneath.
 
8. Don’t miss a dip at the therapeutic thermal springs of Ixtapan de la Sal, near Valle del Bravo.

9. Go to a traditional folkloric dance performance at Mexico City’s Ballet Folclorico Nacional de Mexico at the Fine Arts Palace.
 
10. Take a spiritual journey along Palenque National Park, which offers a mixture of dense jungle beauty and Mayan archaeological marvels.
 
11. Swim in the picture-perfect beaches of La Paz, where fish are plentiful and people are not.
 
12. Reserve dinner at Mezzanine’s onsite restaurant for unforgettable Mexican fusion and very authentic Thai cuisine, followed by a beachside cocktail under the stars at the property’s champagne lounge.
 
13. Shop for handicrafts at Patzcuaro’s marketplace, known for its woven goods, silver pieces and ceramics.
 
14. Stroll along the zocalo (downtown historic center) in Veracruz and attempt to learn the steps of the Danzon after a scrumptious seafood dinner.
 
15. Make time for a visit to the rocky pool of Las Hamacas and the La Atepatahua and El Atltepetl Falls near Cuetzalan.

16. Book a winter time getaway in Michoacan for the annual monarch butterfly migration.
 
17. Stroll along the enchanting colonial city of Morelia, with a stop at the Museo del Delce (candy Museum).
 
18. Have a roaring good time at a Mexican wrestling match (lucha libre), where the colorful costumes and over-the –topness of it all over power the match itself.
 
19. Splurge on chic shopping and fine dining in Mexico City’s trendy Polanco district.
 
20. Indulge in a chocolate-covered banana while strolling along Puerto Vallatra’s lively malecon, dotted with a bevy of shops and restaurants.