22 Beach Hacks for a Perfect Day at the Shore

What’s not to love about the beach? You’ve got the soothing and gentle roar of the ocean, soft sand to dig your toes into, and a perfect panoramic paradise on all sides. Still, even when you’re in your happy place, you can usually find a few sneaky tricks to really improve the experience. Consider these seashore savvy beach hacks to keep your day going your way.

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Fun, Relaxing, and Exciting Vacations for Seniors

seniors vacationsWhen it comes to taking vacations, seniors have a wide range of travel options. The possibilities for mature travelers include weekend getaways, cruises, and guided tours, to name a few. There are also trips for single seniors looking for some time away. Depending on the type of experience you are looking for, here are some enjoyable options.

All-Inclusive Vacations for Seniors

You can find a whole world of destinations to choose from when planning a vacation. If you are looking for a relaxing trip away from home, an all-inclusive vacation provides a stress-free environment. All-inclusive vacations allow you to leave your worries behind. This type of vacation includes food, drinks, and activities in the cost of the trip. All-inclusive trips to Jamaica or the Dominican Republic provide relaxing vacations for seniors looking to spend their time in a tropical environment.

Educational Trips

Educational trips make great vacations for seniors looking for an enjoyable learning experience. Historical locations, such as Greece and Riviera Maya, are rich with historical landmarks and expeditions. Guided tours take you to several destinations while providing you with historical information to create a memorable experience.

Cruises

Cruises offer a wide range of possibilities for seniors. Seniors can choose from multi-city destination cruises, European cruises, and Caribbean cruises. In addition, you can find themed cruises tailored toward mature travelers, including trips for single seniors. Cruise ships have a wide range of activities available on-board, including swimming, golfing, dining, and a variety of entertainment. Opportunities to explore new cities offshore also exist when traveling from port to port.

Weekend Getaways for Mature Travelers

Senior vacation ideasWeekend trips for seniors provide the perfect excuse to take a brief break from life. Plenty of convenient and affordable weekend destinations may include wineries and bed and breakfasts. Wineries make a great romantic escape, especially if you are looking to relax and try various samples of wine. Bed and breakfasts are ideal for seniors interested in spending a cozy weekend enjoying nature walks and daily activities. Try exploring wineries and bed and breakfasts in your area to find your best option.

Planning a vacation can be difficult, especially if you do not know what you are looking for in a week or weekend away. Consider what type of vacation you want and how long you would like to travel. This information will help you get started on planning your perfect escape. Whether you are a senior looking for a relaxing getaway or a fun-filled adventure, you’re sure to find an ideal vacation that is perfect for you.

Three Amazing Weekend Trips for Women

hen-party-dancingIt was back in the 80’s when Cyndi Lauper sang that girls just want to have fun and that saying is as true today as it was 30 years ago. Girls do love to have fun and what better way to do it than to get a bunch of them together and go on an all-woman weekend trip? No men and no worries are allowed; just you and your girlfriends riding in your car for a few days of relaxing pleasure. Whether you’re recovering from a breakup, celebrating a birthday, or throwing a bridal shower or bachelorette party for your best friend, going on a trip with the girls is an amazing and fun idea.

If you decided to get your girls and get away but are still looking for some vacation ideas for ladies, let us help inspire you with some of our own amazing girls only vacation ideas for the weekend that are fun-guaranteed and will also recharge your batteries for the busy week afterwards. Here are our suggestions of three weekend trips for women:

1. The beach

Whether you’re thinking of Hawaii, Florida, or sunny California, there are two things in common for all of those places – long sandy beaches and all the sun you can stand. Take long swims and sunbathe during the day, building the energy you’ll be burning at night when you’re dancing away with your girls at the local beach club. With a margarita in your hand and your best friends sitting around you, you’ll never want to go home! If you’re the type of person that prefers walking and talking over dancing and music, you can always bring a blanket, buy some wine, and sit on the beach with your friends, talking your souls out while staring at the beautiful moon and stars above and listening to the sound of waves crashing.

2. A spa weekend

Every girl deserves some time to spoil herself, why should you be any different? Try to picture it: you and your friends are laying on the table next to each other while a handsome, hunky man has his incredibly strong yet soft hands all over your body as he’s giving you the relaxing massage of your lifetime. Doesn’t it make you want to go “Mmmmmm”? After that, you’re scheduled for a facial then a trip to the sauna. Conclude the day with a delicious dinner and a swim at the pool before going to bed with a satisfied purr. Going on a spa weekend trip is just the thing you need if you and your girls are tired from work and family and just need some time away to relax and recharge your batteries.

3.  A culinary class vacation

After seeing dozens of cooking reality shows on TV, a lot of women are lately interested in going on organized cooking classes. Whether you’re the master chef of your kitchen or can’t cook anything besides fried eggs and toast, taking your friends on a culinary class for the weekend has several benefits – you get to have fun, bond with your friends, and meet new people while learning new recipes and tricks to make your food taste like heaven. When the fun is over, you’ll get back home a woman richer in more ways than one; you’ll now know how to prepare pasta bolognese with your eyes closed and have new friends to compare cooking notes with and take with you on your next culinary class. It’s a win-win experience!

These are only a few ideas to get you started on your vacation planning, but the possibilities are endless. Take a trip to the country, go on a shopping spree on Beverly Hills, or skiing in Aspen – go wherever you like, as long as you remember to always have fun!

4 Romantic Weekend Destinations for Couples

top-10-romantic-weekend-getawaysIt can be tough to keep the love aflame in the oh-so busy world of today. After arriving home dead tired from a hard day’s work, you and your beloved would want nothing more than to sit down on the couch and cuddle while watching whatever’s on the TV before finally crashing to bed. Luckily, that’s why we have the weekend, the time where you can finally give each other the attention you both deserve and blow off some steam. And what better way to spend a romantic weekend than to go on a nice, relaxing trip with your honey? If you’re in need of an inspiration of some perfect couple’s weekend getaway ideas, you are in luck.

Here are some attractive and unique weekend destinations for couples that will completely win you over.

1) New Orleans, LA – There is a reason why New Orleans is called The Big Easy – the entire city lives at a stroller’s pace and that is just what the two of you need. This bohemian city oozes with a relaxing atmosphere that will soothe the soul and rest the mind, which is exactly why it’s so romantic and the perfect getaway for every free spirited couple. Take long, relaxing walks in this exotic paradise, take a cruise down the Mississippi river, enjoy a romantic carriage ride for two around town, have a candlelight dinner with a bottle of their finest wine, and to conclude the night, go to a spicy jazz concert that will bring your bodies closer and your passions aflame.

2) Aspen, CO – The mountains, the snow, the cabins, the fireplace crackling… Can you imagine a scene more romantic than this? Aspen is the perfect retreat from everyday life and will charge your batteries while dazzling you with its beauties. If you’re going in the summer, you can take mild hikes or bike rides and enjoy the nature alone or you can stroll around town and have a romantic lunch. For winter activities, you can finally go and take up on skiing for an exciting bonding experience.

3) Niagara Falls, NY – Stand together mere feet from one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire region and watch as the water droplets explode into a million colors when reflected from the sun – if that doesn’t shout romance, then I don’t know what does. Niagara Falls offer everything a couple would desire – the peace and serenity to devote to each other, the breathtaking nature scenery you can take in together, and tons of activities you can do for an exhilirating time together. Whether you just want to take moonlight strolls beside the falls or take on adrenaline-inducing rafting rides, Niagara is the place to go.

4) Monterey, CA – As you’re walking barefoot down the beach hand in hand, the Pacific Ocean sings its song and you feel like you’re never been closer. What’s best about Monterey is that it’s full of beautiful, deserted beaches you can enjoy all for yourselves when looking for that sweet solace. There is no price one can pay for that. When you’re not enjoying the peace and quiet of the sea, you can take horseback rides with your beloved or have a romantic picnic at Marina Dunes Natural Preserve while watching the beautiful sunset, which is romance in itself.

If you feel that these destinations are too far for you to go for just the three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), you can take a long weekend for this trip. Pack your bags, take each other’s hands and give yourselves the nice romantic treat you both deserve.

Top 12 Romantic Weekend Getaways for Couples

lovebeach2Summer vacation is almost here for the kids, but sadly, most adults don’t get to enjoy that same luxury. Aside from a weeklong vacation here or there, most of us end up working through the rest of the summer. Still, a long weekend here or there, and even regular weekends as available, can make all the difference in stretching your schedule of fun and relaxation across the entire year. Space out a few weekend getaways that you can enjoy as a couple and let the romance begin.

If your family has access to a beach house or a mountain property or other vacation abode, definitely take advantage as often as you are able. This is likely the most economical way to stretch your vacation dollars. Keep your budget in mind as you consider these top 12 romantic weekend getaways for couples:

The beach

Just about everyone loves the beach! You’ll find so much to see and do, so many great treats to enjoy, fresh seafood, beachy beverages, and more. Set aside some time for miniature golf, ice cream, and a stroll along the boardwalk if you like. Make it a fun and exciting weekend you and your sweetheart will want to do over and over again.

The mountains

Take a more relaxing pace at a mountain retreat, especially if you can set yourself up alongside a sparkling lake. The Adirondacks in upstate New York can be the perfect venue to get away from it all and recharge your batteries. Lay out in a hammock and catch up on your Zzz’s. Or, you can take a more adventurous route and go waterskiing or snow skiing, depending on the season. You can go out on a hike and enjoy a picnic lunch, too. Make the most of your time away!

The desert or a ranch

There’s just something romantic about horseback riding. Get yourselves a cabin at the nearest ranch or find a desert ranch location with horseback riding in the off-season. Arizona has no shortage of romantic horseback riding operations, including the picturesque Sunglow Ranch in Arizona, which may be the perfect romantic getaway idea for sweethearts when the mood strikes. You can also find exciting guest ranch accommodations in Idaho, which is a choice location during the hot season, and plenty of other locations peppered throughout the U.S.

The big city

Many regions are close enough to a big city for a romantic weekend or long weekend getaway. Plan a sweethearts’ escape to New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, or Washington, D.C. Consider planning to see a show, grabbing a bite, and relaxing any way you so choose. Visit a spa for massages, do a little shopping, or simply get out and see the sights. You can also make breakfast plans – another nice element in a romantic weekend away.

A quaint bed and breakfast

Just plain get away from it all by staying at a quaint and cozy bed and breakfast. Choose a location near you and search for BNB’s in the vicinity. You might find a place with nearby hikes or waterfalls, wineries, or other sweet attractions you and your lover can enjoy. Or, you could just hide away for the entire weekend, enjoying each other’s company and a break from the day-to-day rush. Even if you choose the middle of nowhere as your getaway spot, the important thing is the person you bring with you.

The nearest historical landmark

History and culture might not be every couple’s idea of a dream weekend getaway, but a visit to a big museum or other historical site can better ground us in our own lives. It also expands your horizons and gives you conversation matter well beyond the kids’ activities or the monotony of your work life. (And to some, but not all, historical information may be a step up.)

The nearest natural wonder

If you live close enough to Niagara Falls, go. It’s a beautiful and romantic sight to behold and well worth an extended weekend stay. Countless other attractions and activities exist in that general area, but the falls are a must-see. If you’re not close enough for a weekend getaway to the falls, take a look for your nearest natural landmark or wonder. If you can get to the California Redwoods or The Wave at Coyote Buttes in Arizona and Utah, or Carlsbad Cavern in New Mexico, these natural attractions will give you photographs and memories of a lifetime.

Spring Break: What’s HOT and what’s Not-The 2013 Top Spring Break Destinations

Playful Young Beach Couple by KayseyephotoThe end of another long winter is in sight for tens of thousands of college students across the nation and they have one thought on their minds (besides winter finals of course): spring break and the 2013 top spring break destinations! For many students and young adults, it has been a severe winter and a hard semester of classes. The upcoming spring break that many college students feel is their rite of passage, is beginning to spark conversations and frantic Web searches on campuses around the country, as students look for the number one place to be for this year’s spring break extravaganza.

The spring break vacation has evolved over the years to become one of the most profitable weeks of the year for the “chosen” resort communities. Many resorts, hotels, bars and restaurants realize the profits and potential for the future, and have welcomed massive waves of partying teens year after year, so that they strategically gain spring break notoriety, major profits, and a reputation as a desirable spring break destination. Depending on the college/university, most spring break vacation dates are strategically planned and announced well ahead of time, and they range from late February to early April.  For the most part, the 2013 top spring break destinations have stayed consistent over the past five years, according to several popular travel sites.

The number one vacation hot spot for spring breakers this year is projected to be Panama City Beach, Florida, again. To the returning student body, it is apparent why: reasonably priced beach accommodations and a community that caters to the spring breaker. The beach, with sugar white sand and majestic gulf waters, welcomes two million students annually. This beach has hosted many spring break parties for students across the U.S. Many events are planned for 2013 at world-class nightclubs like Club La vela and Spinnakers hosted by MTV. The hospitality services developed by the business community and the beautiful gulf beaches combine to create spring break events that are second to none. This makes it possible to keep the title of the “spring break capital of the world” year after year. The weather is great during spring with an average temperature of 75-78 degrees during March.

About To Jump by Surpasspro If you would prefer to follow the spring stampede of partying students that choose to bypass the “sunshine state” for other great destinations, it will more than likely lead you further south. Cancun, Mexico is traditionally known as a major port of spring break fun for students and is projected to be a 2013 top spring break destination again. Cancun is the spring break partying hotspot of the Yucatan Peninsula and has hosted many spring break events at famous nightclubs and restaurants like The Basic, Pat O’Brien’s, and Dady O’s, among many others. With clubs and beach bars that never close and a minimum drinking age of 18, Cancun is a natural college student magnet. The Mexican culture is vast and apparent with many events planned annually around the Mayan ruins that happen to correspond with many spring break dates for serious students. The average temperature during spring break months in Cancun is 78-80 degrees with a warm southern breeze.

Acapulco, Mexico in the years past was a major spring break contender and was ranked by students as number one year after year until interest turned to a more reasonably priced excursion in Cancun. With the national and global economy looking promising for the year ahead, it is expected that Acapulco will return to the list of top spring break destinations in the world. It is expected that the “pricier” upscale destinations like Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas, as well as Daytona and South Beach in Miami, Florida will see record numbers again, beginning this year especially. No matter what choice you make, you can usually find deals and packages offered by many of the resorts and hotels at all the hottest places to be. Regardless, the hard-working college students that will lead our nation one day will continue to flock to their favorite “hot spots” for spring break, in turn bringing major financial reward to the communities that strive to be one of the 2013 top spring break destinations.

 

 

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Spring Break Destinations for Adults: 2013

Family Walking on Beach by IcholakovAfter months of shoveling snow and wearing long underwear, people around the country are looking forward to the big thaw of spring and a break that isn’t focused on college mascots and underage drinking, but on enjoying time with family and a spring break vacation they will remember. A huge market awaits families wanting to experience the perfect spring break vacation without the partying students that are traditionally found at many of the well-known college hot spots. The best advice to avoid finding yourselves in the middle of a raging college party is to know the places to avoid during your family’s spring break vacation. College students are understandably drawn to the warmer climates and beach communities in places like Panama City Beach (Florida), Daytona Beach, Miami’s South Beach, and Cancun, to mention a few. Even though they are all great places to visit, they will undoubtedly be overrun with college students this spring.

The number one family destination for a spring break to remember is awarded to the southern city of Orlando, Florida according to several of the leading travel sites. Early Spanish explorers called Orlando “The city beautiful” and it is home to Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal Studios, and Sea World Orlando, just to name a few of its attractions. The largest inland Florida city, Orlando attracts 15 million tourists annually, of which an estimated one third visit during spring break. The Universal Studios Orlando Mardi Gras celebration begins the second week of February and is a major attraction for the many spring break families that are wishing to experience Mardi Gras celebrations without the partying and burlesque type festivities that are often found in New Orleans. Other nearby Florida attractions are plentiful; it would take more than a week to see them all. Many of the area’s famous beaches are nearby as well, but if avoiding the college crowds is on your agenda, then the beach visit should wait until later in the summer. Planning ahead can give you the advantage of saving money while still giving your family the trip of a lifetime.

Vacation Fun by Sunshine_angelBut if your family is determined to get in the warm water this spring, think about some alternatives to the “party” beaches. Consider an unforgettable and magical spring break of a lifetime to the lost city of Atlantis. That’s right, Atlantis: an all-inclusive resort located on Paradise Island, minutes from Nassau, but far from the interest of the partying student body found at the popular spring break beach resorts at Bootie Bay and Freeport on the Grand Bahamas Island. Plan a trip to swim with the bottlenose dolphins or explore the underwater playground or activity arcade. You’ll find something for all ages and interests to learn and explore in Atlantis. It is a bit pricier than some choices, but many deals and specials are available to make it possible for your family to experience an unforgettable spring break in a magical setting.

If the winter hasn’t been cold and snowy enough for you, then hitting the slopes is still a possibility at some of the nation’s best ski resorts. Several ski resorts will remain open well into April, weather permitting. The slopes at Aspens Highland and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado will remain open and many resorts at Lake Tahoe are scheduled to remain open through April 2013 as well. Many spring break packages are available for families and groups. Ski resorts in the eastern U.S. are expected to remain open throughout April 2013, weather permitting, as well. From the ski lodges at Maggie Valley, NC, to the natural base slopes at Winter Place, WV, lifts will be running and family specials will be plentiful throughout spring break.

Early spring is a unique time of year to plan a vacation for your family. The ski resorts are still producing snow and fun while the theme parks in Florida are warm, but not as hot and humid as later in the year. The travel packages are plentiful and cheaper than usual for spring break as well. No matter what you decide to do with your family, and no matter what their interests are, spending the time together is the best investment you will ever make.

 

 

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Eco-Friendly Computer Bags and Sleeves – GreenSmart Markhor Mac 16” Laptop Bag Review

Greensmart laptop bagWe can all do our part to help the environment, from turning off lights and electronic devices we aren’t using to carpooling and buying green products. Did you know that even your laptop sleeve or computer bag can be designed in an eco-friendly way? GreenSmart laptop sleeves, computer bags, messenger bags, and water and wine carriers are all comprised of eco-friendly materials and were produced as a result of socially responsible labor. We received a stylish and functional Markhor 16” black laptop bag for the purpose of review – here’s the scoop….

As a company, GreenSmart places great focus and importance on making the planet a little greener. GreenSmart uses a green manufacturing process as well as eco-friendly materials, green packaging and shipping, to name a few. Perhaps the most exciting and most interesting factor, GreenSmart Bottles 2 Bags products give plastic bottles a second life – they are derived 100% from recycled plastic bottles. To achieve this, bottles are recycled and ground into chips, then spun into yarn. The eco-friendly yarn is woven into fabric, which is then sewn into bags.

The Markhor 16” black laptop bag is perfectly sized for a 16” laptop or Macbook. The case is fully padded with additional padding on the corners to be safe. Even the handles are padded! Two zippered pockets on the front give you some storage space for small accessories or your checkbook and bills while a full-width open pocket allows for paperwork and more. This laptop bag also comes with a shoulder strap (not as padded, though) for easy toting.GreenSmart laptop black laptop bag

One observation is that this bag is designed to be slim and portable, great for commuters and those with other things they have to lug around. Depending on your laptop and its accessories, it may be a bit tricky to fit all your items, power cord, and USB mouse, if they are on the large side. It can be done for sure, but what you can fit in the bag is directly related to the size of your computer, charger cord, and accessories. If you are the type who likes to lug everything with you, you may need to cut back on a few things. This stylish and portable case is meant to be lightweight and eco-friendly, not a complete carryall for everything you own.

I love the look and feel of this lightweight, durable laptop case. It is conveniently sized for commuting on the train or subway, through the airport, or on your daily travels to and from home. The green mentality behind its creation is reassuring that some companies are moving in the right direction to help us sustain the health of our planet.

This may be purely a matter of personal preference, but I also love the orange interior fabric and how nicely it pairs with the black exterior. (I am a Flyers fan at heart, after all!) Of course, this laptop bag is also available in ocean blue or gray if you don’t prefer black.

The 16” Markhor laptop bag retails for $59.95. For more information on this bag and other GreenSmart products, check out www.greensmart.biz.

Couples’ Workout Weekend Getaway Ideas

Many couples enjoy working out together, whether it’s weightlifting, running, triathlons, or a slew of other workout activities. For those looking for the next great training excursion or a fun vacation idea with a healthy spin, consider these couples’ workout weekend getaway ideas for training activities. You and your significant other can cheer each other on and push each other to excel athletically in training or in competition with these fun fitness vacation ideas.

Before you get started in planning your couples’ workout weekend getaway, first think about your budget and how far you are willing to travel. You can choose a marathon or triathlon or other competitive event on the other side of the country or you can keep things closer to home if that works better for your budget and your schedule. Once you know any limitations in planning your exercise escape, consider these other tips to help you plan a great workout weekend!

Hiking, Running, or Biking Workout Weekend Getaway for Couples
For couples that love spending time in the great outdoors, breathing in the fresh air and exploring uncharted territory, a hiking, biking, or running weekend could be the perfect pick-me-up in a tired training routine. This kind of couples’ workout weekend getaway can take place close to home or hundreds of miles away. Use your imagination and find a fun location with trails to run or bike, forests to hike through, or beaches where you can jog to your heart’s content. Look for mountains with trails friendly for hikers or find a park with great bike paths you can enjoy. Do a little research and find your perfect place to spend your weekend working out together.

Racing Weekend for Couples
Look for a marathon, triathlon, or even a half-marathon or 5K race located at a destination you would like to visit. Schedule your trip far enough in advance so you and your sweetheart can train and prepare your bodies for the athletic demands. Train together leading up to the event and plan a nice dinner reservation for the night before your race so you can load up on carbs like a satisfying pasta dinner at an Italian restaurant.

Also, consider extending your workout weekend into a long weekend so you and your significant other have a chance to recover and relax before heading back home. You will appreciate the chance to have a bit of fun or soothing relaxation after a grueling workout.

Kayaking, Waterskiing, or Swimming Weekend
A weekend vacation to a nice mountain lake or other location allows the two of you to enjoy some kayaking, canoeing, or a little boating with the chance to go waterskiing or wakeboarding for a great water workout. Swimming is another wonderful activity you can enjoy for low-impact exercise that is enjoyable on your own or with a partner.

To make the most of any kayaking, canoeing, or boating that you do, consider bringing along a snack or a small picnic lunch to enjoy during your excursion.

Training Weekend for Couples
Sometimes you may not have a special workout theme in mind, but you know you want to work on your toning, endurance, and physical wellness. If this is the case, consider going somewhere you can enjoy a wide variety of workout activities like jogging, tennis, yoga, and swimming. Some hotels like the Westin Nova Scotian Halifax Hotel will provide guests with a selection of workout gear (shirts, shorts, sneakers, etc.) for use during their stays. The Westin Nova Scotian Halifax Hotel offers guests New Balance gear known as WestinWORKOUT gear that they can request in the correct sizes so their workout routines are not interrupted when traveling away from home. Upon checkout, guests simply leave the clothing and shoes in the mesh bag. Of course, if the primary reason for your trip is to enjoy a couples’ workout weekend getaway, it is highly likely you will remember all of your own workout gear in the first place, but it is a nice, new offering that several hotels are choosing to include.

No matter what you decide for your couples’ workout weekend vacation, you should be sure to keep up with your normal diet and fluid intake to keep your body healthy. What other ideas do you have for a fun couples’ workout getaway? Share your ideas or a quick recap of your favorite trip in our comments below!

 

Top 10 Long Weekend Getaways for Couples

Top 10 Long Weekend Getaways for CouplesNo matter how serious your relationship is at the moment, long weekend getaways for couples can be just what the love doctor ordered. In a new relationship you can get to know the other person better, enjoying new things together and learning about each other’s favorite things. In an established relationship, you can enjoy some quality romantic time together, partaking in things you both love to do. No matter what, long weekend getaways for couples in either scenario should offer chances to relax and have a great time with your sweetheart.

Before you get started in planning any long weekend getaways for couples, first consider your budget, how far you are looking to travel, and any other prerequisites you may wish to consider in planning your long weekend away. Once you have a good idea of the requirements for your trip in terms of budget, distance, and theme or focus, you can consider a wide array of couples’ long weekend getaways.

Taking a long weekend away from work and the daily grind can be a great way to recharge and revitalize your body as well as your state of mind. Here are some long weekend getaways for couples to consider for your next excursion:

1.    Winery or Brewery – Get away for a tour and tasting at a nice winery or brewery. Make a long weekend of it by throwing in other activities or choosing a different vineyard or brewing company for another day. Ensure you plan a nice dinner and some time to relax.

2.    Spa and Golf Getaway – For couples who like time together as well as a little time apart, a golf and spa getaway could be the perfect compromise. Plan this trip with a few of your closest couples and make an excursion of it – they guys set up a tee time and the girls set up some spa time, and then everyone gets together for dinner or splits off in pairs for their own romantic evenings.

3.    Bed & Breakfast – Hide yourselves away in a romantic bed & breakfast setting where you can relax, sightsee, or just spend some quiet time together. Choose a quaint town like Cape May, NJ, or find a romantic bed & breakfast at just about any location of your choice.

4.    National or Historic Landmark – Feed your hunger for adventure by planning a long couple’s weekend at a national landmark or historic site. Set up a few tours or excursions or make up your own. Be sure to take along a camera and consider having a picnic or finding a nice place you can enjoy a casual meal outdoors.

5.    Beach or Lakeside Escape – Who doesn’t love the beach? Plan a fun beachside or lakeside escape to enjoy with your sweetheart. You can fill up your long weekend getaway with activities like swimming, miniature golf, water sports, beachcombing, fishing, and sightseeing. Don’t forget to take in as many of the local attractions as you can!

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Top Spring Break Destinations for 2012

Top Spring Break Destinations for 2012Spring break is here! I could almost hear the students’ delighted “Yeah!”

It is time to set aside formulas, essays, and books for awhile, don sexy swimwear, and head for the beaches for the tan, the sun, and tons of fun. Cars and suitcases are packed, beaches are pinpointed on the map, and travellers are all set to enjoy some of the top spring break destinations for 2012.

Here are the places Yahoo pooled as top spring break destinations for this year. This could give you an idea on where to go to unwind and enjoy your free days during spring break 2012.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Though some vacationers say it is not as hot as Panama City Beach, Myrtle Beach is still a good destination for a vacation. You can enjoy quiet times on the beach, as there are not usually big crowds of spring breakers. If you are looking for a peaceful recluse away from the hustle and bustle with a little nightlife on the side, then this place may be perfect for you.

Panama City Beach
It is dubbed as one of the hottest destinations for out-of-towners, vacationing families, spring breakers and adventure-seekers. Not surprising, as its miles-long white shore and clear, emerald waters seem to beckon to all to come for a swim. And just recently, last March 6, 450 women in their bikinis in this same beach broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Bikini Parade.

Virginia Beach
This beach is listed as the longest pleasure beach of the world. One of Virginia Beach’s main attractions is its boardwalk, a three-mile long concrete path overlooking the ocean, lined with vast arrays of hotels, restaurants, museums, and landmarks. If you’re a person who loves sightseeing and leisure-walking, check this place out for spring break 2012.

Daytona Beach
This popular Florida destination boasts 23 miles of long, sandy beaches with spring break as a long running tradition. Daytona Beach also offers budget-friendly accommodations for students and it is quite accessible whether by land or by air.

Santa Cruz Beach
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the famed landmark in this place – an amusement park by the ocean, founded in 1907. It is California’s oldest and one of the few located along the shore in the West Coast territory, a worthy place to visit. But a simple swim in the sea is another story and only for the gutsy as the beach is characterized by huge waves, the likes fit for surfing.

Miami Beach
Want to spend your spring break meeting a lot of people, having a great time at the beach, with an overload of nightlife and a chance to bump into a few of those glamorous stars you only see on TV? Then Miami Beach is the place for you. Make your spring break 2012 vacation unforgettable with a trip to Miami and all its hotspots.

Huntington Beach
The place is dubbed as “Surf City, USA,” as the beach is nicely suited for surfing. The mild climate also prevails in the area, so spring breakers must expect a not-so-hot climate during their stay.

Clearwater Beach
This place is known for its Beach Walk, a pedestrian zone lined with hotels and condos as well as shops and restaurants. The walk was a beautification project recently finished in 2008. Great nightlife is something you can find in this beach, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies spring training camp or nearby Tampa for the Yankees if you are into baseball.

Cocoa Beach
This beach boasts of being the small wave capital of the world and is a good spot for those learning to surf. Cocoa Beach offers a lot of fun activities during spring break, such as trying on water sports and sightseeing through airboat rides. You can also enjoy a relaxing stroll, beachcombing, and sports in the sand.

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach boasts of pristine beaches and awesome views as all of its beaches and coves are marine-protected areas. If you want to try surfing, diving, tide pooling, and skin boarding, then this is the perfect spring break 2012 destination.

The catch is, not only college students are looking to have a break this spring. Yahoo revealed that of those who have recently searched for spring break spots, 20% of these are men aged 45-54! All work and no play makes a dull life, so more people should take the initiative and get away for a nice break this spring.

 

Spring Travel Ideas for the Family

Spring Travel Ideas for the FamilySearching for spring travel ideas for the family? If you live up north, then you would surely benefit from the idea of going south. Just like birds, your ideal climate for spring would be the sunny warmth of the beaches of Florida, San Diego California, or even Hawaii. The Caribbean, Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, and Latin American countries also have perfect climates to go swimming. Here are some ideas you might want to consider.

Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida has a variety of theme parks that kids, teens, and adults could all enjoy. There’s Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Orlando is your best bet if you have younger kids. They have this curiosity that the different activities in theme parks will satisfy.

 

Kauai Surf School, Hawaii
Surf, sun, and sand. Families with older kids on spring break can enroll in group sessions while grandparents have a relaxing read on the shore. For sure, learning to surf is something that your older kids would enjoy as well as seeing their parents getting wiped out.

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Mexico
For those of you who want a laid back vacation, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo in Mexico can be the perfect place to go. It’s perfect for new parents who want to bring their toddlers along. You could go biking along the nature reserve or have your kids play with the dolphins at Delfiniti Hotel. Afterwards, you can grab a bite of real Mexican enchiladas.

Washington, DC
Drive with your kids to the nation’s capital where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom this season. In fact, if you’re lucky enough, your trip might just be highlighted by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which commemorates the receipt of Washington of the thousands of cherry blossoms from Tokyo. This is a perfect opportunity for photography enthusiasts to take pictures of the colors of spring.

A cultural and historical tour of the city is also a must. It is rich with museums, monuments, and libraries. In fact, some government buildings like the White House provide guided tours to its visitors.

Club Med, Dominican Republic
Club Med makes it easy for parents to travel with a very young set of children. The oceanfront suites provide you with essentials like bath tubs, baby food, and strollers, and this is what makes the trip worthwhile. There are plenty activities for your pumpkin patch, such as camps and baby gyms where both kids and parents get to spend time with each other.

Liberty of the Seas, A Royal Caribbean Cruise
If you have the luxury of taking a long leave from work, then you should consider going on a cruise. In fact, you might want to take the Royal Caribbean Cruise if you have kids in the college bracket. The ship, Liberty of the Seas, is the largest one in the world and has plenty of athletic activities for them to do. Perhaps it could be your subtle way of telling them to lose a few pounds. Apart from the multitude of dining options, there is a water park, a theatre that offers lessons to the passengers, as well as a deck to lounge on.

Spring break may be tainted with images of wild American college students letting it loose thanks to MTV, but in fact, spring break is one such occasion that can bring a family closer together. Since schools from different states end at different times, not many people go on vacation all at the same time. This means that, compared to its summer and winter counterparts, spring breaks are conducive to sharing quality time with the family when travelling. These spring travel ideas for the family are just a few examples of the many out there. All you have to do is gather your kids, find a place to go, and book your flight.