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Friday, December 17, 2010

Family Friendly Travel for the Holiday Season

Almost synonymous with holiday is family. After all, it is our familial ties that require us to show up to our least favorite aunt's house and actually stay for more than 15 minutes. But most people are even vocally more appreciative of their families and seemingly more aware of their worth during the holidays. After working year round for the same people that drive you a little crazy, a little R& R wouldn't hurt anyone. We've got three of the top family destinations giving you ample reason to be jolly this season.

Maui, Hawaii is a top ranked tourist dream in the Pacific Ocean. Home to natural beauties like its famous Haleakala volcano that attracts visitors morning and night as the sun rises and sets, few travelers want to pass up a trip to Hawaii. From morning to night there is something happening here: fine dining and tours, parties and shows. Varied tastes and interests are welcome and there is something for everyone. Out to sea travelers can enjoy scuba diving, whale-watching, or simply take in the scene. Those interested in an active night life will not be disappointed either - clubs, parties, or just meeting up for drinks is a popular past-time as well.

Another exotic location families might consider on their journey to a memorable holiday, especially those with young children or tweens, is the Galapagos Islands. Dozens of species of birds and large turtles inhabit the islands, making it a haven for nature lovers, scientists, and children who love to learn about animals. The shapes of the islands are beautiful and the diverse wildlife will keep your camera busy. Enjoying beautiful climate throughout the year with only two seasons -- dry and hot, humid seasons with lots of rain-- travelers find the winter months perfect timing to enjoy the Galapagos Islands.
Travelers who come in the winter will experience different animals and different animal behaviors than those at other times. December to May are perfect months for a trip to Galapagos.

Across the globe from is a land rich in history where ancient legends are just as real as modern fact - Egypt. Just as engaging for a family of any size or age, travelers can journey to Egypt for a different type of vacation. Visit tombs of powerful and wealthy kings that believed they could take their wealth and status with them to an afterlife, or cruise along the longest river in the world, the Nile. Remnants of the past are weaved into modern society for the Egyptians and they prefer it that way, proud and happy hosts of thousands of visitors every year.


Family travel presents unique challenges for travelers because the location has to be an environment that welcomes families and accommodates their special needs. But it also affords family-friendly destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Maui, and Egypt unique opportunities to provide entertainment, education, and excitement. These are perfect examples of places that should spark interest when planning your next family vacation - regardless of season. Consider boutique cruising as graduation gifts or for immediate family gatherings and group travel. Adventure, fun, and lifelong memories await.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Family Fun and The Amazon

There may be many things that attract a traveler to the Amazon Rain Forest and River. It could be that it comes in second only to the Nile River in length, or its variety and abundance of wildlife -- both within the river and throughout the rain forest. No matter the allure, travelers will not be disappointed. A great location for any traveler, especially family vacationers, the Amazon naturally offers a two-for-one adventure. The rain forest covers some 2.5 million miles and represents more than half of the total rain forests on the earth. Impressive attractions travelers can enjoy all at once.

Typical travelers of this location cannot be narrowed down to a specific persona. Many travelers want to personally experience the famous Amazon - one of nature's many wonders (also the topic of many nature broadcasts and travel channels). Other travelers have a thirst to experience life from a different perspective and want to understand cultures very different from their own. Travelers seeking adventure are a mainstay and in recent years the number of luxury travelers has increased. Tour operators, hotel and resort owners, and boutique cruise companies all anxiously prepare themselves to serve the needs of the many visitors that find themselves here. 

The Amazon Rain Forest is nothing short of amazing. Nicknamed the "Lungs of the Planet" as it produces a fifth of the world's oxygen, it is also the native roots of the famed toucan bird. While it is known to be the an abundant producer of natural life, it is also the source of many scientific studies for cancer and pharmaceutical remedies. Over 70% of plants with anticancer properties are found here. There are so many benefits the Amazon Rain Forest provides all of mankind, not just those looking for an unforgettable time.

Before visiting the Amazon, here are a few facts a savvy traveler would find interesting:
  1. It is the world's second longest river, some even argue that it may be the longest 
  2. The Mouth of the river or Delta is located in North eastern Brazil, originating from the Atlantic ocean 
  3. It alone can produce up to 20% of the amount of water that the rest of the world's rivers pour into the oceans 
  4. This river pours into smaller rivers in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil 
  5. The rain forest is home to over 3,000 edible fruits 
  6. Amazon natives are comprised of 215 ethnicities which speak 170 different languages 
The abundance of wildlife and beautiful terrain make this a perfect family vacation. Some estimates put the number of new species in this area at 20,000 while others say it is innumerable -- new species are always being found. From the flooding of this mighty river to the large stingrays that call it home, facts about the Amazon river are constantly growing as new discoveries are made. Cruising is a great option for a destination like this because of the type of location it is and a cruises ability to provide all the comforts of home -with the backdrop of the almighty Amazon. It also allows the traveler a true experience where the subject of travel is also a temporary home.

Travelers may enjoy the Amazon in many ways, including boutique cruises or chartering a group of 6 or more. There is no shortage of activities available to travelers and we encourage them to take advantage of our custom-made itineraries by contacting us.
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Egypt and The Nile River with all the Bells and Whistles

Egypt exploration along the Nile River opens the door to adventure for travelers. Not only are they traveling along the worlds longest river that is also a major life source for countless people, but they also stand face-to-face with a society that built the most mysterious and marvelous structures, ever.

The Nile River is a major life source for Egypt, a mode of transportation for business and also an avenue to great relaxation for travelers. Cruise operators have found an inexhaustible resource to provide relaxation and serenity for travelers. Voyages can vary in length and interests as well. Visitors may visit local museums or take tours while others venture off to the visit ancient tombs of kings like one Osiris, a pharaoh believed to be the first resurrected person. Majestic temples in Luxor and the Great Sphinx in Giza also receive numerous visitors.

The pyramids make modern architects marvel for many reasons, including the weight and stacking of the stones. Each stone weighing 2 tons or more, leaves many questions about the processes employed for stacking and positioning each stone even modern technology has not answered. The Great Pyramid is the largest monument ever constructed.

The hieroglyphics and events they share tell a story all on their own. Layered with fascinating messages for their gods and beliefs of fallen Pharaohs, hieroglyphics provide an opening into the past from the ancient peoples own perspective. Travelers are always amazed at their ancient peoples beliefs and how it shaped every facet of their lives.

The warm climate and welcoming environment makes Egypt an excellent place to visit all year round, especially cooler months and holidays. Like other beautiful destinations around planet Earth, travelers will not be disappointed.
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