Visiting Europe is no longer a distant dream to most people because the place has opened up to tourists in more ways than one can imagine. When making plans to visit, however, many folks haven't the slightest clue where to begin in terms of designing their itineraries, sites to see, places to eat, etc…
Enter the escorted European Tour! These guided tours are created just for you and your unique needs, and they are designed to handle the logistics and confusion that can often come with planning a vacation. Every possible detail will be taken care of from your attraction reservations to your transportation, even your dinner plans be they exotic or a simple nearby cafe. All you have to do is show up and enjoy the sights and sounds of the vast and beautiful continent while the professionals take care of the complexities...
Believe it or not, escorted tours can save you time and money as well. Rather than risking paying price gouged tourists rates, you will not only find the best deals possible within your budget, but you'll have an advocate on your side that can work with your schedule often securing reservations that might not even be available to the general public. These tour guides are well trained and knowledgeable professionals who are familiar with the history and customs of the land. These professionals will explain the history behind famous tourist spots and even take you to lesser known places where you can enjoy the moment of peace and tranquility. With a guide, you can see Europe through the eyes of a native who knows his way around every town and stories that make this land so great.
Imagine for just a moment having every detail of your journey planned for you: no last-minute mix-ups, no miscommunication, no maps, being safe and secure with a group that does this regularly and having an entire vacation that runs smoothly without any hiccups. Doesn't this sound like a real vacation to you? They do all the work and you are just along for the ride! And, the best part is there are a vast variety of escorted tours available in pretty much every European destination you can think of!
Just some of the escorted tours available include:
Want to learn more about the escorted tours available to you?
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For many travelers, health is the last thing on their minds when traveling. However, it's important to consider how your actions while traveling can affect you upon returning home. The last thing you, or your boss for that matter, wants is for you to return worse off than when you left only to request sick days after your vacation. Below you will find some tips for staying healthy when traveling, and the best part is it may help you enjoy your trip even more!
Watch What You Eat
I know, I know! You're on vacation. I'm not saying don't indulge, but I am saying don't over indulge. Sure, have some carbs. And of course, have that second glass of wine. Just be mindful of the fact that if you go too overboard with the indulgence you could pay the price that day, the next day, or worse – the entire trip. There are few things as depressing as having a hangover while you're away, and missing out on the fun.
Plus, when we are used to eating and drinking a certain way, our bodies can react negatively to overdoing it with the heavier and more sugary food and drinks than it's used to. It might not be food poisoning, it could just be your body rejecting the junk it's not used to. TIP: Pineapple is a natural diuretic, so enjoy those Piña colada's in moderation.
Move Your Body
When you're traveling, it's important to get in a little exercise. The good news is, you will probably be walking a lot more than you would at home. However, if you have been too sedentary for a while, i.e. flights that last 14 hours going overseas, get the blood flowing as soon as possible. Some experts even suggest taking a walk on the plane if you will be flying for more than a few hours.
Get Sleep – Seven to Eight Hours Minimum
Do yourself a favor and don't stay up late and get up early everyday of your trip. Yes, there may be a lot you want to see and do on your trip, but not getting enough sleep wreaks havoc on your immune system. Sleep recharges your batteries, allows healthy cell regeneration, and allows you to be more present during your waking hours.
Drink More Water
Water is the best thing you can be drinking when traveling (and when you're at home). It flushes toxins, re-hydrates your body, aids in digestion, boosts your mood, keeps you more awake than coffee – just trust me, water is awesome! Drink plenty of it. If you will be walking a lot, or will be in warmer climates, you'll need to drink more to stay hydrated enough as well. De-hydration is the number one cause of jetlag, and water is the best way to flight back on long flights.
Don't forget to bring hand sanitizer and wipes with you. I like to wipe down my seat area on the plane - you never know what happened there before you (I have seen some very unpleasant things). I also keep my hand sanitizer close after touching all the germy luggage, doors, bathroom stalls, etc...
This is far from an exhaustive list of ways to stay healthy while traveling. Hopefully, it's got you thinking about some ways you can help yourself though. May your vacations be long, your transits hassle free, and your bodies be healthy. Experiences Await...
When I receive cruise inquiries and start discussing all the category options, most the responses I hear are “Oh, I wouldn’t have even thought about that.” If you have ever priced out cruises online, you know there are many price points and category types - and for good reason… the location, views, space and amenities, all play a role in your cruise vacation experience.
There are several stateroom options when cruising. The options can honestly be quite overwhelming. Will you have a jogging track with people stirring about outside your ocean view window? Will the balcony be off-limits when you are in port due to location? Is there a life boat obstructing your balcony or window views? The list goes on of things to think about when mapping out your room location/category. How then, can you determine which cabin is right for you?
Let's explore your options a little further to help you better determine what your choice is…
Will you be near the elevators?
The determining factor here is whether you are seeking convenience or quiet. Rooms that are closer to the elevators experience quite a bit of foot traffic, so you could find yourself hearing footsteps in the wee hours of the morning. If you can sleep regardless of noise, however, the convenience of being close to the elevator may be valuable depending on the location to activities you want to experience, friends/family rooms, mobility issues, etc...
Do you want to be at the back of the ship, the front of the ship, or in the middle?
In all honesty, this one is a little tricky. It can depend on what is above or below you. For example, if you're directly above or below the dance club, theater or the ship's casino your room could be filled with the vibrations and thuds of music, slot machines and other murmuring. It's a good idea to look at the layout of the entire ship to see what elements could be around you.
Balcony, Suite or Interior?
A room with a balcony is always worth the investment, especially for special occasions. Think about it, if you're cruising somewhere spectacular like Alaska, you can take your morning coffee amongst views of scenic glaciers. And, let's not forget how romantic a dinner for two on the balcony could be. Interior cabins with no view may be a little cheaper, but for some cruise goers, this can also mean they are more likely to get seasick because they can't see what's around them. You will also enjoy the space – the interior and ocean view staterooms can feel like closets for those that may be claustrophobic or if it’s your first cruise experience - make it more enjoyable by selecting the right stateroom.
If you're cruising for a major event such as your honeymoon, 50th birthday party or a milestone wedding anniversary, consider upgrading to a junior suite or full suite. They are significantly more spacious, and you'll feel like a VIP, especially when you consider that most cruise lines offer additional perks and amenities to suite guests!
How long do you plan to spend in the room?
For some cruise goers, they just want a place to sleep at night. Others enjoy hanging out in their cabins for longer periods of time, such as on sea-days. If you know you will be spending more time in the cabin, you will most likely want a larger space to spread out. So, perhaps the better question is, what kind of traveler are you?
Of course, there are many other factors you may want to consider before making your cabin or cruise choice. If this sounds like you, Destinations HD can assist you in making the perfect decision for your needs. Give us a call at (913) 244-9195, today!