Winter City BreaksWhat are winter city breaks? I’m glad you asked. A city break is a short holiday, such as a weekend, spent in a city. Transportation and hotel accommodations are usually included, as city breaks are a package deal. Travelers choose one city they want to spend time in, and make the arrangements accordingly. In winter, city breaks are especially attractive. Here are some reasons why.

1. Lower Rates

From airfare to hotels, you will find lower prices in the winter. Winter is more than just Thanksgiving and Christmas. From late October to early March winter is in full swing. Why not take advantage of flight and hotel discounts right after the holidays. Entire packages are much cheaper, even all-inclusive ones. Even some luxury hotels offer lower rates in the winter time. Many people find that winter city breaks are just the thing to refuel and recharge.

2. Fewer CrowdsWinter City Breaks 2

Winter city breaks bring with it fewer crowds. Why? Winter is not the typical vacation time for most people. You will find admission to museums and even popular tourist attractions to be easier and faster due to the lack of long lines. You can enjoy viewing works of art, taking hikes, riding public transit, shopping, or whatever your favorite activities are without crowded conditions. This opens up possibilities that might not be open otherwise – how many times have you decided not to do something because of crowds or long lines?

3. The Winter “Blahs”

City breaks are just the thing for a winter getaway. Depending on where you live, winter can get very long, cold, and grey. Even visiting cities with similar weather gets you out of the house and into a fresh and new environment. If you take a city break in a tropical location or other warm area of the world, winter is the perfect time to enjoy the sun and heat.

Here are some of the more popular destinations for winter city breaks.

London, England

Winter City Breaks 4Yes, it’s definitely chilly and grey, but it’s also a very historic and romantic place. And it is also popular for winter city breaks precisely because it is not popular as a vacation spot during the winter! Many Londoners leave their native city to take holidays elsewhere during the winter. One of the keys to enjoying winter city breaks is picking places that are not likely to be frequented by vacationers at the time.

Prague, Czechoslovakia

If you long for a white Christmas or just some magical snowy scenery, Prague is for you. There is sure to be snow and the views are lovely in Prague. This is a perfect place for  winter city breaks.

Stockholm, Sweden

This is a fantastic winter destination for ice skaters. How about a romantic city break with lots of night skating? The city has beautiful and historic architecture too. This will be a vacation you talk about for a long time.Winter City Breaks 1

Venice, Italy

Warm and unique, Venice is a dramatic and romantic place for a city break. Spend a weekend touring the city and its beautiful architecture. Spend a lifetime remembering the experience. This should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Other popular destinations for winter city breaks include New York City and Paris, France. There are still others – look into popular tourist sites for winter deals, or choose out-of-the-way, little-known cities for a unique vacation. All in all, winter city breaks can offer just the change in scenery you need to keep focused on everyday life. Travel Well my friends.

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top-winter-cruise-destinations-1What are the top winter cruise destinations for this year? I’m glad you asked, because a warm, sunny cruise sounds so good in the middle of a cold, damp winter! Doesn’t it? Not everyone wants to ski or snowboard during the winter months. Sometimes you just want to get away. Far away. A cruise during the winter can be a wonderful escape that can provide all kinds of great memories. You’ll have a chance to shop, soak up sunshine, explore historic places, and view spectacular natural landscapes. And the best part is that you don’t have spend your time driving around to do it. It’s all right here in one convenient place. With that in mind, here are some of the top winter cruise destinations for your perusal.

Six Of The Top Winter Cruise Destinations

1. Australia and New Zealand

If you want to talk about the top winter cruise destinations, you can’t do it without talking about Australia and New Zealand. It doesn’t get much more “south” than the sunny southern hemisphere, which is in the middle of summer during January. You can scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, tour the Sidney Opera House, and visit the historic area known as “The Rocks.” And that’s just in Australia. In New Zealand, there are lovely national parks like Tongariro National Park and Fiordland National Park. Not to mention the inviting populous. Expect a cruise to this part of the world to last about two weeks.

2. South America

A South American cruise offers sighttop-winter-cruise-destinations-4seeing in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, and other destinations. So many different cultures to experience on one tour. This is definitely a top cruise destination because you get to see both the Amazon River and the Galapagos Islands. When you choose a South American cruise, your choice is based on the sights you want to see, as there are many South American cruise routes. It is easy to see why some people choose this cruise destination year after year.

3. Caribbean

Who doesn’t want to go on a Caribbean cruise. Check out our video on Aruba here. A Caribbean Cruise offers you so much and that is why it meet our criteria for one of the top winter cruise destinations for this year and every year. On a Southern Caribbean cruise, you will get to see the islands that are dry and warm this time of year, such as Aruba and Barbados. This is a wonderful cruise for those interested in or fascinated by volcanoes. There are also dense rainforests on the islands of Grenada, Tobago, and St. Lucia.

You will certainly not be bored on this cruise, and you will create memories for a lifetime. Cruises to the Bahamas are included in Eastern Caribbean cruises, particularly those that set sail from Florida. The islands of St. John, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico are usually visited on these cruises. If you choose a Western Caribbean cruise, you can visit Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, and Cozumel. The choices truly seem endless.

4. Dubai

Dubai may not be as popular a cruise destination as some of others but it is well worth the price of admission. If you want an exotic cruise with a Middle Eastern flavor, Dubai is an excellent choice. There is also very good shopping in Dubai, and the beaches are said to be very beautiful. Millions of people travel to Dubai every year. As far as top cruise destinations go, this on is right up there.

5. Hong Kongtop-winter-cruise-destinations-2

Another less known but very enjoyable cruise destination is one to Hong Kong. This teeming, vibrant city is a good cruise destination for the winter. Its impressive harbor, Victoria Harbor, provides a striking view. You can engage in dolphin-watching, or watch a “Symphony of Lights” at Victoria Harbor. Or, simply immerse yourself in the culture of China’s main city.

6. Hawaii

Okay, you can’t talk about top winter cruise destinations without talking about Hawaii. Hawaii offers a volcano-intensive cruise which makes a trip to Hawaii in the winter months is a tradition for some. The temperature in Hawaii remains pretty much constant, and the beautiful beaches and spectacular views make this a popular cruise in winter. You get all the exotic experience of an out-of-the-country cruise, but without worrying about changing currency or other headaches.

Winter can be cold and dreary so why not spice it up with one of these cruise destination. If you have a destination that you enjoyed and feel we missed, please email us at info@travelwell101.com. We will be happy to read your top winter cruise destination. And as always don’t just travel, Travel Well.

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family-vacations-2Family vacations is something that I used to look forward to when I was a child. However, in today’s world family vacations can be really stressful. While it’s impossible to plan a completely stress-free vacation with young children, there are certainly many steps you can take to make it easier. The first of these steps is to take advantage of family vacation packages when they are available. These packages have something for everyone that includes the kids, which makes everyone happier.

If you just plan a regular vacation, you have to find things for both the kids and adults to do, which can be time consuming and tedious. With family vacation packages, you won’t have to find something for the kids and the adults to do. It is all taken care of so everyone can enjoy themselves together or apart. This makes planning family vacations lots of fun, and much easier. Family vacation packages also tend to be cheaper. Here are some ideas for these types of vacation deals.

* Rent an RV, or recreational vehicle. Lots of great memories await people opting for these types of family vacations. There is nothing like driving across country, or across state. Not to mention that this is a great vacation for children. Your family vacation package need not include hotel rooms or lots of restaurant expenses. You have your hotel and restaurant on wheels! You don’t even have the stress of stopping for the bathroom, which is a big plus for parents. RV family vacations mean you can see a lot of different areas without long, tedious car trips, too.

* Theme parks are fun for school-age children and teens. There is a reason why places like Six Flags, Disney Land, and Universal are busy all year round. Theme parks are family-vacations-3just plain fun and addictive. The children are thoroughly occupied and having fun, while the adults can enjoy the park’s food, scenery, shopping, and simply the joy their children are experiencing. Many theme parks include dramas and shows that appeal to adults and children alike. Family vacations to theme parks are almost guaranteed enjoyment.

* Ski vacations work well for families. If you and your family have a love for skiing or snowboarding, these types of family vacations are a must. Even if you’re just trying to get into the sport, there are many ski vacation packages that will fit the bill. Most resorts offer family package deals. You can rent a house or cabin on a ski vacation, which many families find much less stressful than staying in a hotel. And the view, do I really need to say anymore?

* A cruise can offer fun for everyone ifamily vacations 1n the family too. Cruises are a great way to get everything in one. Adults can enjoy the food, amenities, and shopping at ports while children can enjoy the pool, games, shows, and other activities. Many cruise lines offer vacation packages geared toward families. On a cruise, you need not worry about meals and accommodations, and many children find the idea of being on a boat very exciting. Some cruise lines offers tours of the ship which can be very exciting for kids and adults.

* Woods, nature, and hiking appeal to many children. So does camping. There is nothing quite like the great outdoors. Look into renting a rustic cabin for a weekend or longer. Check with your local (or wherever you want to vacation) tourist department to find out where the best getaway packages are in the area. Getting back to nature can be a great way of reconnecting with you family and enjoying a great vacation as well.

As you plan your different family vacations in the future, remember to arrange child-watching time with the other adults on the trip. Trying to figure out who watches the kids and who gets to relax on the go often results in stressed-out, frustrated parents and kids. So decide ahead of time how you will divvy up the time between the adults and children, and consider taking along a babysitter if you can. All in all, family vacation packages are a great way to have a wonderful vacation on a budget. You won’t regret doing it. Happy travels and remember, don’t just travel, Travel Well.




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