Tips in Travelling for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Undeniably, the Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest period of the year with ill-famed transportation wait, heavy traffic, and meeting travelers at each turn. However, with a little of foresight and some critical planning, you will ease some travel headaches whether or not you are heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free journey. No matter your plans, you will be grateful for these travel tips.

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• Download Travel Apps

With the help of technology, you can easy yourself with worry when you are travelling. Apps like GateGuru and GrabaTaxi will be your key in cheating your way to the hassle and the bustle of travelling. You may also go online and surf the websites of your Airline to confirm you seats, or check the status of you flight.

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• Leave Unnecessary Items at Home

Since every airline and air carrier are charging for checked-in luggage, it will be a wonderful idea to travel light and bring things that could easily fit on a carry-on bag. If there will be things that are absolutely necessary, consider sending some of your belongings ahead of time to your destination. These things are the ones that you really won’t need for the journey.

• Make a Plan Ahead of Time

Holiday travel planning is never too early. You may want to grab the opportunity in looking for the lower rates when seats are still well available. You can plan as early as 6 months prior, and you would be delighted as how much it will save you, financially and mentally. Follow airline and cruise related Twitter accounts, or sign up for notifications via email with your preferred airline of choice, this way you will be given the chance to book them before they are even available to the general public.

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• Know the Best Day to Travel

If you really want to enjoy your holiday, its best to avoid the travel rush. No one wants to be stuck in a traffic jam for three hours when they could have been sipping their margaritas on their perfect travel getaway, right? Try travelling on Monday or on a Tuesday as the other days are when people often rush to where they want to go and eventually clogging up the highway, bus stations and airports.

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Hopefully, this helps you in travelling this coming Thanksgiving Holidays. If you wish to book a reservation for your dream travel, you will be glad to know that we, at THL Vacations, have the best deals for you. Get in touch with a travel specialist now! Learn more, visit www.thlvacations.com now!

5 Reasons Why Cruising Is The Best Way To Travel

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What is your idea of a dream vacation? Does it involve a hassle-free, relaxing accommodation without having any transportation issues? Do you love great food? Are you looking for a variety of activities that you can choose from, which may include scuba diving, sight-seeing; the luscious white sand beach relaxation or a dip in the pool? If your answer is yes to all, then a cruise is your perfect travel getaway.

As we celebrate the National Cruise Week, here are 5 reasons why cruising is the best way to travel:

It’s hassle-free. We know planning a vacation may be a headache to some, most especially if you are planning for a family trip. You have to consider the places to dine, the transportation schedule, the airport and train transfers and the traffic along the way, check-in time for your accommodations and the list goes on that can keep you busy for days.

With a cruise travel trip, you can just book a reservation and think of all activities you can do while on it. Never mind the hassle of a conventional trip at all.

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You may sample destinations for your future travel. Not everyone is a Florida person, and it’s safe to say that not everyone loves the Caribbean. What if you booked a week-long reservation to Florida only to find out that you prefer being in the Caribbean. With a cruise, you can experience a little of each place and then decide where to stay next time!

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You get the same accommodation, always! How many times do we hate packing and unpacking our things after every time we decide to visit a new place while on vacation? Cruising is all about relaxation, you will be in a different place by the time you wake up and all you have to do is to step out of the cruise ship and enjoy. You don’t have to worry about getting your rooms clean as it will be made ready by the time you call it a day!

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It’s your money’s worth. Traveling conventionally can get pricey once you add up the cost of accommodations, airfare, food, transportation and activities. When you are on a cruise, you don’t have to worry about any of that. Entertainment is provided for you. The food served will always be as great as if you were dining in a luxury 5-star restaurant, and it’s all included in one low price.

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It’s kid-friendly. How many times have you dreamt of having a quality, quiet time with your beloved better half while enjoying the scenery? You would not like to spoil that by chasing your kids all day, right? Most of the cruise ships employ highly-qualified staff to look after your children as you relax and spend time alone with yourself or with your partner.

Cruising used to be only for the extremely wealthy and the popular crowd, now anyone and everyone can cruise on any budget to just about anywhere. Enjoy big saving when you book your cruise through THL Vacations today!

Destination Spotlight: Miami

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The so-called “gateway of the Americas” is a dynamic, rapidly changing city that is swiftly becoming a chic cultural destination. Situated on the Atlantic coast in Southeastern Florida, Miami has long been a favorite getaway place to many due to the immense number of different things to do, eat and see. Whether you love the beach, exploring the culture, or you simply want to enjoy the nightlife, the possibilities for you and your family are endless.

Whatever may be your interest, Miami has a wide range of magnificent travel spot for you that will surely please your budget and taste. Due to its perfect location and coastal climate, the beach in Miami is one for the books. Most people who flock to Miami are visitors who love the sun and the water sports like scuba, snorkeling, parasailing and surfing due.

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If the ocean isn’t your thing but rather a cultural experience, then head over to Downtown Miami where numerous museums can be found. These include the Miami Art Museum, History Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Science Museum, Miami-Dade Cultural Center, and the Frost Art Museum. It is also a home to the world’s largest art exhibition, Art Basel Miami, where it charms thousands of guests annually from all over the globe.

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With Miami’s tropical weather, strolling and exploring the city is also a must-do once you’re there. A variety of parks can be found in Miami which displays picturesque backdrop for everyone to indulge. The more popular parks are the Bicentennial Park, Bayfront Park, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Peacock Park and the Virginia Key. Although, one should not miss the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park which is situated in the southern end of Key Biscane. This park is a home to the oldest standing structure in Miami, the Cape Florida Lighthouse, which features a strip of photographic white sand and lustrous waters.

Don’t get left behind, pack your baggage and head to Miami and experience the best of what life has to offer. Book your reservations now via THL Vacations thru http://www.thlvacations.com.

Halloween

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Halloween is drenched in gore, darkness and macabre. A time to glorify the more nightly vibes of the year, the occasion makes way to affect everyone’s cognition and its capacity to manifest fear in the human mind. It has always been an occasion filled with magic, superstition and mystery.

As one of the most amusing holidays, Halloween brings out the artistic and wicked in individuals. THL Vacations offer packages that will bring out bliss and fun at this celebrated time of the year, so skip the office party and go where the freaks flock at night time!

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Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando’s Islands of Adventure
Halloween Horror Nights yearly attracts many horror fans worldwide to this unique event that showcases spooky street experiences, extravagant live shows, brand new haunted houses and more! Running from September 20 to November 2, see your worst nightmares come to life as Universal Studios Florida® transforms to Halloween Horror Nights. Attractions such as the “Resident Evil”, the “Cabin in the Woods”, and “The Walking Dead” will leave you with a memorable experience that you and your family can laugh about for years, while “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” are shows that everyone will surely enjoy!

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SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular
Celebrate Halloween in a sea full of exciting adventures in SeaWorld Orlando, where the spooky meets the ocean every weekend of October! A treat for every member of the family, the Halloween Spooktacular offers Cookie Decorating Stations, Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets, Frozen Fun Zone and Strolling Entertainment. Relive your dreams and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in SeaWorld Orlando.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Magic, surprises, tricks and treats awaits you this festive season at Walt Disney World Resort. The renowned Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will get you in the mood for celebration and fun. Now that the party adds a newly expanded “Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” and the spectacular fireworks display, Happy HalloWishes, this party will belong to your book. It also boasts live shows, storytelling and face painting while everyone enjoys an unlimited use of the attractions!

What are you waiting for? Pack the bags and don’t miss the chance to bond with your family in the spookiest time of the year. Have fun this Halloween! Book your reservations now through THL Vacations!

Destination Spotlight: Cancun, Mexico

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When most think about Cancun, Mexico, their first thought is a big escape. Many have the notion of untamed parties, fun under the sun, and water sports. All are widely available in this exotic piece of paradise. However there’s a lot more to Cancun than that! It’s excellent for those who love parties and the clubbing scene, or for visitors who just love to lay under the sun while sipping their favorite cocktails. It’s also equally enjoyable for those who are curious about the Mayan history and culture an exclusive travel, or a strictly colorful vacation.

While discovering the wonders of the beaches and town of Cancun, take a glance around and you’ll realize a town with a chic and distinct history that dates all the way back to the Mayan times.

The name Cancun started showing up on maps in the eighteenth century, when the Spanish colonists began exploring the picturesque town. Cancun was originally famed by the Mayan’s as Nizuc, which means “point of grass”.

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Places like El Rey permit folks to go to the ruins of 47 structures, where you may wander through spiritual areas where pieces of wall paintings justify what life was like once when the city was still a Mayan hub. The remains of the pyramid is still the tallest structure of this extraordinary travel destination, and is regarded to be a site where individuals of high importance were buried and offerings were given.

Numerous sites similar to this can be found around the city, like Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba, where anyone can explore and wander through historical ruins that can’t be found any place else on Earth.

Enjoy a vacation of a lifetime in the wonderful paradise of Cancun! Visit www.thlvacations.com for last minute travel deals.

Our Top 5 Golf Destinations

If you love playing golf, then there’s no better thing to do than to gather your buddies and hit the road to look for the best golf courses in the U.S., and it is vital to find the ones that offers value. THL Vacations offer packages that are both affordable and luxurious.

Fort Lauderdale

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Famous for its beaches, events and culture, Fort Lauderdale offers endless recreational activities for everybody. Situated on Florida’s southeast coast, between Miami and Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale is a magnificent place to enjoy the sun, engage in water sports and play golf.

Scottsdale

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Situated in the scenic Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale is enclosed by the McDowell Mountains to the east and Phoenix to the west. This magnificent city exudes a vibrant energy as it hosts high quality resorts, galleries, and golf courses. Visit Scottsdale and enjoy a one of a kind experience!

Orlando

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Overflowing with Florida’s tourist attraction, Orlando is located at the central part of Florida where it hosts numerous theme parks, dinner attractions, museum and golf courses. Dubbed as the “The City Beautiful”, the dynamic city of Orlando offers fun and entertainment to everyone that makes you want to come back for more. Orlando is a premiere golf destination for the entire family with the Brian Roddy Golf Academy near by offering lessons that the kids will enjoy.

Miami

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Situated on the Atlantic Coast in South Eastern Florida, Miami is considered as an Alpha-World City for being a leader and a major center in commerce, finance, media, entertainment and the arts. Known as a stylish playground for party-goers, Miami also offers a number of the best beaches for families and people who longs for a quiet serenity. Flock to Miami and experience a world class travel experience.

Palm Beach

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Located on the east coast of Florida, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, Palm Beach is a vibrant city of the rich and famous. Apart from the sun that one can enjoy in this scenic place, Atlantic City is a home to boutiques, museums, tennis courts and golf courses. Truly a piece of heaven on earth, with a kick of Mediterranean flair.

Destination Spotlight: Mexico

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Mexico has long been a traveler’s favorite hot spot due to the sheer number of different things to do, see and eat. Whether you are making a day trip through San Diego to Tijuana or plan to fly directly to the coastal paradise of Cancun, the possibilities for your Mexican adventure are endless.

No matter what your interest, Mexico has many stunning destinations that are sure to please every taste and budget. Due to its perfect coastal climate, the beaches in Mexico are a top pick for sun lovers and sporting types, with snorkeling, surfing and parasailing always on offer. Clear and temperate ocean water makes scuba diving among the wildlife of the country’s many reefs a truly magical experience. Swimming with the dolphins in Punta Mita is also not to be missed!

If sea life isn’t your thing, Mexico also has many ancient ruins to explore. Among the top places to visit archeological sites in Mexico are Quintana, Chiapas and the Yucatan peninsula. For a special treat, check out Teotihuacan right outside Mexico city; its Pyramid of the Sun is one of the largest in the world.

Riviera Maya, or the Mayan Riviera, in Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula is known for its vast number of all-inclusive resorts and smaller boutique hotels. A top draw in this area continues to be the Belize Barrier Reef, a perfect spot for underwater exploring.

Given its location in Central America there is really no “best” time to travel to Mexico, at least in terms of weather. If the beach is your destination, you’ll find tropical breezes almost every day of the year. However, weather isn’t always everything. Like most vacation destinations, crowded conditions do not make for the most pleasant experience so it’s best to stay away from Mexico during the major Christian holidays and Spring Break. If crowds are your thing, though, be sure to visit during one of the popular festival periods, such as Day of the Dead or Fiestas de Octubre in Guadalajara, where you can listen to mariachi bands and drink tequila until the cows come home.

And what vacation would be complete without a sampling of the local fare? Mexican food is famous all over the world and thousands flock to the source each year just to eat, drink and be merry. Things like peppers, beans and corn form the base of a wide variety of European-inspired dishes, and don’t forget to wash it all down with an ice cold Mexican cerveza, or beer.

Whether you are a beach bum, sea creature or history buff, you’ll always find something to do. Vamanos a Mexico!

Destination Spotlight: San Francisco, California

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                  Visiting the city of San Francisco is truly a treat, from the moment it welcomes you as you drive over the iconic Golden Gate bridge. San Francisco, which is Spanish for Saint Francis, is the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. It was founded on June 29, 1776, when Spanish colonists established a fort and a mission named after St. Francis of Assisi. The California Gold Rush of 1849, from which the city’s football team gets its name, pushed the city into a period of rapid growth, making it into one of the largest cities on the West Coast. During the 1960s it became ground zero for the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, marking San Francisco as a center of liberal activism.

The city still has a tremendous homosexual population, making it a great place to stay if you’re gay. You can take a trip back in gay history at the Castro Theatre, an iconic movie palace dating back to the 1920s that houses small, independent films. There’s also the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender gathering in the nation, centered at the foot of San Francisco’s historic city hall, where Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, once stood and addressed the gay community over thirty years ago. It’s a gathering of exhibitors, artists, and performers that could only happen in San Francisco.

To learn about San Francisco’s gay history and culture, take a two-hour tour that winds through one of the city’s most famous districts. Or come out to Dolores Park, nicknamed the gay beach and one of the most popular parks in San Francisco. It is located at the intersection the Castro, Mission District and Noe Valley, and is known for its spectacular views of the city.

And one can’t forget the gay club scene, with nightclubs in every genre to suit a variety of tastes. They include The Lookout, Yoshi’s Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant, the California Academy of Sciences Nightlife, the Badlands, The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko, and Harry Denton’s Starlight Room.

If you’re straight, San Francisco has lots to see and do as well. You can enjoy some of the finest cuisine and wine in this epicenter of epicurean delights, and check out some culture at Palace of Fine Arts. There are diverse neighborhood festivals to enjoy, featuring live music and fun. You can see San Francisco from a seat on a double-decker bus tour, or ride a cable car for fun. You can visit the largest Chinatown outside of Asia for some cheap souvenirs and great food. Or you can take a ferry ride to The Rock, also known as Alcatraz Island, which once housed a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison in 1868, and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. During that time, it held some of the most dangerous and infamous criminals in the U.S., including Al Capone. In 1972 Alcatraz became a national recreation area, and it became a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

And there is a straight nightlife too, with live music, bars and lounges for every taste, huge dance clubs and stand-up comedy venues.

Destination Spotlight – Arizona

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You can discover all the Grand Canyon State’s unique destinations when you
plan a trip to Arizona. Besides the Grand Canyon itself, top places to see include
No trip to Arizona would be complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon,
easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark. Stretching 277 miles, the Grand
Canyon’s steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to its floor, where the
Colorado River runs a swift southwestern course. Visitors can enter the park from
either the north or south rim, or stop at its western edge to check out the
breathtaking Havasupai Falls and the town of Supai, which are also accessible
through the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
In Flagstaff, one can take a tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a
sprawling, sandy preserve that borders Arizona and Utah. Located inside the Navajo
Nation, ancestral home to the Navajo, one of the largest Native American tribes in
the United States, Monument Valley is near the Four Corners area, another must-see
spot. Once a flat basin, Monument Valley is now part of the Colorado Plateau, a
region characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the tallest reaching
1,000 feet above the valley floor, which is made up largely of Cutler siltstone, a rock
formation found only in the Southwest. As such, it serves as a symbol of the Old
West, and a favorite shooting location for Hollywood films, starting with the John
Wayne flick Stagecoach.
While in the Four Corners area, you’ll want to stop by the Painted Desert, an
area of the badlands stretching from the Grand Canyon National Park into the
Petrified Forest National Park. Much of the Painted Desert’s gray and red banded
cliffs are within the Navajo Nation. But those aren’t the only colors you’ll see, as the
desert’s 93,500 acres contain every color you can imagine, from deep purples to
fiery oranges and coral pinks. Afterwards, you’ll want to stop by the Petrified Forest,
one of the world’s largest and most colorful collections of petrified wood. The area is
especially known for its fossils, some of which date over 225 million years ago.
Another symbol of the West, in the form of western technological progress, is
the Hoover Dam. Built during the depths of the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam
project offered hope to thousands of desperate people looking for work, as well as
promising to transform the Colorado River into a hydroelectric power source, which
it did, in addition to turning arid Southern California into the nation’s produce
basket. The Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, between Arizona and Nevada
on U.S. 93, about a half-hour from Las Vegas, at the bottom of Lake Mead. It offers
breathtaking and spectacular views that will leave you in marvel at what a
mankind can accomplish. A tour is the best way to see how the dam operates
firsthand. Another must-see destination is Lake Powell, a 186-mile-long body of water
offering spectacular views of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. With a
surface area of 162,700 acres and 1,960 miles of shore, Lake Powell is highly sought
out for fishing, boating, and water sports.

Luxury Vacation Destinations

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Los Cabos is located at the southern tip of Mexico‘s Baja California Peninsula. The area started off as a fishing town but has now developed into a tourism mecca. The beautiful weather, luxurious resorts, sport fishing, golf courses and convenient location attract many celebrities. Los Cabos is a magnificent place to enjoy whale watching. Whales visit the area in winter due to the warm waters. 

 

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 Steamboat Springs, CO is internationally known as a famous winter ski resort destination.  It is located in the upper valley of the Yampa River, along U.S. Highway 40 just west of the Continental Divide and Rabbit Ears Pass.  The area is home to natural hot springs that are located throughout the area making it extremely popular among tourists. Steamboat Springs offers a variety of winter activities such as dog sledding, skiing and snow boarding.

Scottsdale AZ

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 Scottsdale, AZ has grown to be a more popular destination among tourists with deep pockets. Downtown Scottsdale has even been described as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene”.

St. Maarten

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Saint Maarten is an island in the northeast Caribbean, located east of Puerto Rico.  The island is one of the Caribbean’s most exciting vacation destinations! Tourists flock to this exotic luxury destination because of the gourmet food, world class duty free shopping, vibrant nightlife, exotic beaches, year-round warm climate and the cosmopolitan atmosphere with a Caribbean twist.