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Well youre going to jump in and buy that RV, but where are you going to go with it?There are many beautiful RV parks throughout this country and you should see as many as you can. I have been to some great Arizona RV parks, Colorado RV parks, and RV parks in the Smokey Mountains, just to name a few. There are Las Vegas RV parks, Texas RV parks, Florida RV parks, RV parks in any part of the country that you want to visit. They all offer their unique ways of making you fee...

Lets Park That Thing

Lets Park That ThingWell youre going to jump in and buy that RV, but where are you going to go with it?There are many beautiful RV parks throughout this country and you should see as many as you can. I have been to some great Arizona RV parks, Colorado RV parks, and RV parks in the Smokey Mountains, just to name a few. There are Las Vegas RV parks, Texas RV parks, Florida RV parks, RV parks in any part of the country that you want to visit. They all offer their unique ways of making you feel welcome.When planning a vacation, you should reserve a spot in an RV park much as you would a motel. Several RV parks are filled to capacity during peak months of the year. This will give you an opportunity to check prices at this time. If you are familiar with a particular park, then you will want to reserve that prime location. You will need to put a deposit down when you make your reservation. For you snowbirds who will be staying for an extended period of time, you may want to ask about discounts for long term parking. When making reservations, be sure to ask if the RV park is wired for electricity or if it is primitive camping. Also ask about water and sewage disposal.If you are a serious camper and travel several weeks a year, you may want to consider a club. There are Good Sam RV parks throughout the country as well as other organizations that offer great deals on camping. A good place to find these is on the internet. If you do not own a computer, you can have access to one at your public library. These clubs offer a lot of perks that will make your camping more enjoyable.So get out there and get going. You will learn the ins an outs of vacationing in your RV from other campers that you will meet. They are always willing to teach you the things that they have learned along the way. They will know the best parks and the way to get the best deals. And once you have become a seasoned camper, you will want to pass along your knowledge. This gives you something to talk about around the campfire.

Thailands Koh Samui Villas

Thailands Koh Samui Villas

When you are vacationing on Koh Samui, you'll be enjoying the beaches, the waterfalls and the active nightlife, you'll still need a place to stay, and some of the best places to stay on Thailand's third largest island are the rented villas! The villas of Koh Samui are inexpensive and they can provide you with a degree of privacy that's hard to get in some of the larger resorts. When you stay on one of Koh Samui's beautiful villas, you get a real idea of what it's like to live on this island paradise.When you are planning out your vacation accommodations, you might automatically dismiss the villas as being to expensive. Depending on your situation though, they could be exactly the right choice for you! For instance, if you are planning to stay for longer than two weeks, or even a week and half, the rates of the villa suddenly become a lot more manageable. In the long term, they are cheaper than staying at the resorts, and much more comfortable as well. While you might feel uneasy after an extended stay in a hotel, a villa will provide you with a kitchen, where you can do some cooking if you're tired of eating out and space to just kick back and relax.One thing that a villa will definitely do is give you a terrific sense of privacy. Many Koh Samui villas have views that show you the ocean with nothing between you and the beach. While this might take you slightly off the beaten path, you'll find that you can enjoy the wonderful tranquility that Thailand's islands are so well known for. Frequently, because the villas are part of a loose system, you'll still be able to get get to town for the nightlife and parties via a bus or a car, and when you go home, you won't have to deal with that vibrant nightlife right outside your window!Just because you choose to skip the overcrowded resorts doesn't mean that you have to spend your vacation tidying! Many villas have the option of maid service for a small extra fee and you can find your home away from home spotless every time you walk into it. Because most villas are part of a larger system, you'll find that you have access to things like guides and delivery service, so rest assured that even in a villa you will be well taken care of.Another benefit of the Koh Samui villas is that you can find them practically everywhere and that they have many of the benefits of the resorts but without the crowding. You'll find palatial villas that have pools and hot tubs, but you'll also find plenty of more cozy options that encourage you to settle in and just be yourself. When you are looking for a Koh Samui villa, think about what you want to do while you're in Thailand and make sure the villa you choose in a central location for it. You can have a terrific Koh Samui vacation using a villa as your center of operations, so start planning today!

Wildlife And Outer Space In Orlando

Wildlife And Outer Space In Orlando

So, time for your annual holiday. And everyone in the family wants to do something fun, but maybe not the same thing. Its more than likely that you dont want to go to three or four places to satisfy everyone, nor to split up the family into different vacation spots.The answer? Orlando.Indeed, rarely has such a small city packed such a punch for giving the vacationer more than they ever bargained for.There is of course Disneyworld for starters. More than a few families have found that place diverse enough fun enough for everyone in the family for their whole vacation.I can almost hear you saying: So, thats one famous theme park. But weve got a whole vacation and dont want to be driving everywhere to find some variety and some great fun. Oh well, maybe well just go to New York or to CaliforniaWell, before you do something that drastic, let me tell you more about Orlando. You want theme parks? How about the seven world class theme parks in Orlando? Not to mention three water parks. And dozens of other classy attractions. One commentator claims that you would need 67 days to take in all of Orlandos attractions.So, let me tell you about some of them.How about Gatorland for instance? Why a park devoted to these fearsome alligators and crocodiles? Well this isnt Iowa and there are a huge amount of these reptiles in the Florida swamps. This 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve is home to thousands of crocodiles and alligators; and though Orlando is a most friendly city, these hosts at Gatorland may give you a bit more of a scare than you bargained for. Besides gators and crocs, youll also find here an aviary, a petting zoo, a nature walk and reptilian shows such as Gator Wrestling, Jungle Crocs of the World, and more.Educational offerings include viewing the breeding process and other wildlife programs.Another famous attraction is Busch Gardens, in Tampa Bay, about an hour drive from Orlando. The gardens are a fair distance from the hustle and bustle of Orlando, and easy to get to, which is a selling point for some tourists.Busch Gardens brings the wonders of Africa close to home. There are more than 2,000 animals here, in a natural setting, though some of the thrills for both kids and adults include a roller-coaster ride and the Sky Ride cable car, with an excellent view of the park. The park also features the Serengeti Railway. There is also the Haunted Lighthouse, which is a 4D show for kids over seven. You can see KaTonga, a musical celebrating African fables, and the tomb of King Tut of Egypt. We can also recommend the rides at the Land of the Dragon. And dont worry; you dont have to hunt for your meals, as there is a wide range of dining at the Gardens.Changing directions quite a bit, Kennedy Space Center invites you to embark on Mankinds Ultimate Journey.Just 45 minutes from Orlando NASAs launch headquarters is located on a huge island wildlife refuge. In fact, its about eight times the size of Manhattan.The Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex gives you a rare opportunity to tour NASAs launch and landing facilities. You can get a feel for space travel with their interactive simulators and live shows. Have you seen space rockets on TV or in the movies? Well, here you can see how big they really are. You can also meet a real member of NASAs Astronaut CorpsEnough for a few days? Keep in touch and well tell you a lot more about a city thats bound to be one of your favorite vacation spots for a long time to come.

Vacation Traveling With Teenagers

Vacation Traveling With Teenagers

Teenagers are not the easiest to please, and if are the parent of a teenager, you will understand this far better than someone else. This means that vacations with a teenager can be an adventure in itself, but one you may not always want to hold as a memory. To make it a great vacation for everyone, it is recommended that you choose a destination that considers you teenager as well. This will help prevent boredom, an unhappy teen and happy traveling for everyone. When selecting destinations for your holidays, choosing a destination focusing on teens requires you to consider you childs interests, likes and dislikes. Look at the destination amenities, available activities and facilities to be sure there are plenty of things you teenager will enjoy. Just because one likes to play tennis, does not mean yours will. Theme parks and amusement parks are popular destinations that tend to cater to teenagers more than others. Some amusement parks can be completed in one day, but there are several amusement park resorts that around which an entire vacation can revolve. Such resorts include Orlando Studios, Disney World or Disneyland. Or, smaller parks such as Six Flags offer nearby hotel accommodations or onsite camping. White water rafting is another great choice for holidays with teens. There are rafting tours available all throughout the United States, though West Virginia, Utah, Idaho and Colorado are some of the more poplar locations. If you select white water rafting, it is important to consider your childs level of rafting experience, or rather his or her lack of experience. A guided tour is best for inexperienced rafters, including yourself. Cruise ships are often overlooked as good vacation destination for teenagers, but you will find that many gear towards families. Cruise ships travel all around the world but are most popular for travels to Europe and the Caribbean. Your teenager can find many activities on board, including dancing, video games, swimming, rock climbing and watching movies. Be sure to check what amenities and activities the cruise ship offers before making your reservation. As mentioned, it is very important to consider your teenagers likes and dislikes. It may be a good idea to let them help you plan your next vacation. Not only is this time spent together, it will ensure you select a destination that has activities they can also enjoy. This will be time well spent in many ways. Regardless of how you choose your next vacation destination or what destination you choose, make sure you research the destination beforehand. This is the best way to ensure that everyone has a memorable experience that no one will want to forget.

Venice, An Inspiration For The Writer

In my last article about writing and Venice, I raised the following question.How can a city so possess a writer so that no other place could possibly be a proper setting for the events, which must unfold in the story? And so, in telling you more of my own journey through Venice, I continue to search for an answer. Put another way, the question might be For me, has the city of Venice dictated the story of A Trial of one?In Venice, I was staying in the area between San Marco and the Rialto. The darkened streets or calles were narrow and arranged in a devious maze, which, at first, appeared rather sinister. But once I realized I was perfectly safe wandering about, I went down the narrowest calles at night, without a second thought.The setting was so inspiring as to send my protagonist in the Osgoode Trilogy, Harry Jenkins rushing panic stricken through the narrow calles. In this part of A Trial of One, Harry is on a search for thirty million dollars for his elderly client, Norma Dinnick. And he is shadowed every step of the way by Garth, the vicious but not too bright, emissary of Dr. Robert Hawke, also claimant to the millions.In his hurry, he [Harry] stumbled on broken cobblestone and nearly toppled into the canal. Loud off-key singing and then laughter filled the ever-narrowing passageway. From above, came a clatter of tins. Suddenly, a torrent of dirty water poured down not a foot away from him. Abruptly, he turned back and, with labored breathing, rushed deeper into another maze of twisting alleys. Again his pathway narrowed, then ended abruptly at the next doorway. He froze, trapped in a dead end! To his left was the canal. One step and he would be in the water! Over his shoulder, he saw the ominous bulk [Garth] not ten yards from him and heard his whistling. Rivulets of sweat ran down Harrys face.For me, the setting inspired the events. I cannot think of a better place than Venice to create the sense of being actually caught in a labyrinth and the panic, which would ensue. Remember Theseus? Hes the one in Greek Mythology who received the thread from Ariadne to find his way out of the labyrinth after slaying the fearsome minotour. Maybe Harrys task is not so different!By setting, I do not mean just the physical surroundings. Dont you think that a city could have a psychological setting an all-pervasive atmosphere in which certain events were bound to happen? Perhaps we are coming closer to an answer to the idea of a city being a character in a noveleven one strong enough to drive the plot.In my wanderings, I found many shop windows filled with brightly colored masks and marionettes, including Pinocchio. Venice is the city of the Carnevale, a fantastic tradition of escaping the daily grind. Psychologists would say that this kind of Mardi Gras serves as a release from the persona you must wear each day and is thus a welcome [and healthful] relief. If you have ever worn a mask, you know instantly that you may become a different person from your daily self. Some would say that a hidden being leaps out from the dark side of humanity. Others would simply call it the true, unfettered soul. So, take your choice.One of the themes in the Final Paradox, the second in the Osgoode Trilogy, is masks and what happens when you wear one. In "Final Paradox" , Peter has a lover, Roger an antique dealer [sometime drag queen], who collects Aboriginal Masks. Heres the scene in which Peter first tries on the mask.Peter did not understand why he consented to Rogers lowering the mask over his head. His throat constricted, and he struggled to lift the heavy, wooden piece from his shoulders. Roger adjusted the mask. Moments later, Peter felt a lightness lifting him up and breezing throughout him. His breathing slowed and deepened. His hands dangled at his sides.Roger led him to the mirrors. His voice was languorous and soothing. See yourself transformed by the power of the mask. It awakens your true spirit. With masks, we find the other within ourselves.Energy flowed through Peter. From unknown depths, his anger spurted upward into his consciousness. Always the yes-man for Pappas and all his law partners! Forever trapped under Bronwyns thumb. Hiding his shameful desiresPeter was sick of the pretence of happiness. Trapped in his own carefully constructed world, he was now suddenly gasping for air. Quickly, Roger lifted the mask from his shoulders.But we have come some distance from Venice. So lets go back.I wandered toward the Piazza San Marco, which was described by Napoleon, as the most beautiful drawing room in Europe, for which it is only fitting that the heavens should serve as a ceiling.Heres another example of how much Venice has affected me in writing. During my stay, I visited San Marco at many different hours of the day. But I found it most beautiful at nightfall, when a stillness crept over it and sounds of cooing pigeons were muffled in the distance. Long arcades, cloaked in shadow lined the sides of the Piazza and mesmerized me. Often I would sit at a table in a caf on San Marco with a cappuccino or glass of wine. As the sun drew low in the sky, cascades of notes from a pianist playing Chopin would drift outward on the square. If you sat very still in the shadows at this hour, you could imagine ghostly figures from the past fleeting by and hear the lilt of their quiet conversation.It is that sense which is inspiring my next project. You can find a short story called Fleeting Moments at my site at www.authorden.com/maryemartin which I intend to expand into novel form. That way, my heart will never have to leave Venice.

Top 10 Attractions In Africa

1. MOUNT KILIMINJARO TANZANIAThe highest mountain on the African continent, Kili measures an astounding 19,340 feet at her highest point. The challenge to climb this majestic mountain has lured many to scale her heights, a demanding but worthwhile ascent by most accounts. Kili, which has five distinct ecological zones, is an extinct volcano.2. OKAVANGO DELTA - BOTSWANAThe champagne-coloured waterways of this famous floodplain form the basis of a pristine Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR). With some of the most fantastic birding globally and a wild dog population, the largest inland delta in the world is often called Africas most beautiful destination. The region can be explored by land, boat and air. Enjoy the spectacular diversity of flora and fauna species.3. THE EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDSEasily the most recognizable of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Egyptian Pyramids have long held fascination for thousands of people. Recent resurgence of interest Egyptology has made trips to this alluring destination more popular than ever. The majority of visitors view the pyramids at Giza. The origins of these majestic structures continue to be a source of lively debate, while the stories of ancient curses and grave robbers delight us all.4. PONTA DO OURO MOZAMBIQUEWith around 100 Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins making the sheltered waters of Ponta du Ouro their home, this region is definitely worth visiting. Dive the reefs to 40 metres in depth; they are teeming with a rainbow of marine life. Dolphin dives are a popular while in winter the haunting call of the humpback whale can be heard.5. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - SOUTH AFRICAThe oldest, most established reserve in Africa, the Kruger boasts an amazing variety of game and bird life throughout its numerous habitats. The fantastic opportunities to view the Big Five draw many visitors to the park, hoping to spot lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and black rhinoceros. Game drives and guided walking trails offer great animal watching opportunities in the African bush.6. DJEMAA el FNAA SQUARE MARRAKESH MOROCCOA tapestry of colours, smells, sites and wonderful local characters make a visit to this bustling marketplace an unforgettable experience. Be entertained by fortune tellers, street performers and henna women. The Municipal Market sells local fresh produce. Take a ride in a Horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the spectacular sunset. More performers come out in the evening and entertain till midnight. Enjoy the famous local orange juice or mint tea!7. THE SERENGETI - TANZANIAThe Serengeti National Park, covering 14,763 sq. km, is named endless plains in Masai. Here are 35 species of mammals, including wildebeest, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and giraffe, and over 200 species of birds.The annual wildebeest migration is possibly the most spectacular natural event in Africa.8. THE VICTORIA FALLS ZIMBABWEFrom either Zimbabwe or Zambia you can experience the worlds largest sheet of falling water. The spray can be seen up to 30 kilometres away - hence the local name Mosi-oa-Tunya - "The smoke that thunders".Apart from the spectacular views including permanent rainbows arcing across the face of the falls, one can experience the waters along the river at closer quarters with white water rafting.9. LAKE MALAWIThe 3rd largest lake in Africa is a tropical paradise. The tranquil waters lap against shores lined with palm, mango, banana and avocado trees. Here you can kayak, while snorkeling offers access to the colourful kaleidoscope of endemic cichlids found at this UNESCO world heritage site.10. TABLE MOUNTAIN SOUTH AFRICAThis iconic landmark stands in the centre of the beautiful city of Cape Town.Climb, or experience the wonders of the revolving cable car. Either way a visit to one of the most recognizable mountains in the world is a must for your trip around the great African continent. And while youre there, enjoy the wonders of Cape Town beaches, winelands, Robben Island each one a Top 10 in its own right!

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Well youre going to jump in and buy that RV, but where are you going to go with it?There are many beautiful RV parks throughout this country and you should see as many as you can. I have been to some great Arizona RV parks, Colorado RV parks, and RV parks in the Smokey Mountains, just to name a few. There are Las Vegas RV parks, Texas RV parks, Florida RV parks, RV parks in any part of the country that you want to visit. They all offer their unique ways of making you fee...