Fun family vacation entails getting away with your family

family vacations, cheap family vacations, family getaway weekendWhen was the last time you and your family enjoyed a relaxing vacation together? When did you last:

– Stroll along a white, sandy beach?
– Marvel atĀ  the coral and other marine life found in the amazing oceans?
– Help your children build sandcastles and collect sea shells?
– Go horseback riding, hiking, skiing or ziplining?
– Travel back in time as you explore Europe’s centuries-old streets, shops and castles?
– Savor the unique culinary experiences found in restaurants the world over?
– Kick back with a good novel and just relax?

When was the last time you made time for yourself?

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Random thoughts on visiting Las Vegas

I had a nice time in Las VegasĀ  in late February (21st to the 28th). The resort, Tahiti Village, was very nice, and I saw a lot. Also Tahiti Village, GAAB Travel, discount vacationscame away with some suggestions. Perhaps you can benefit from these random thoughts.

1. Take along 1st class stamps. You’re bound to find larger post cards, especially in the resorts. Those require 1st class postage. Perhaps your resort has some on hand to sell (mine was out on that particular day). If that’s the case, and you can’t wait until they restock, you’re forced to go searching. The post office is somewhere on the east side of town, so I headed to the Strip for an alternative.

One hotel, whose name escapes me, sells stamps through a small vending-like machine. They charge $2 for two stamps. Now, I realize that I shouldn’t quibble about prices while in Vegas, but I found that intolerable. I needed five stamps, so I moved on.

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How to plan a trip to Las Vegas

how to plan a trip to las vegas, things to do in las vegasLast month I decided to take a vacation. My goal was to escape to someplace warm in the United States. I eventually settled on Las Vegas, mostly because I scored a great deal on a resort. Because this was essentially my first trip to Las Vegas, planning for it has been an experience. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned so far.

This column is by no means comprehensive. It recaps what I have accomplished so far. By design, it’s aimed at newbies like me.

What to see in Las Vegas

Where do you begin? Good question. A lot depends on how much time you have and your budget. I should mention that my focus is on the Strip and points close by. I enjoy walking, and hoped to do most of my sightseeing by foot. More on that in a bit.

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Explore Branson, and relax at Wyndham Branson at the Meadows

If you like stage shows and music, Branson, Mo., should be on your itinerary. With hundreds of shows and concerts to choose from, you’re bound to find several great programs. Genres cover the gamut: oldies, jazz, pop, country/western and contemporary. Some of the major bands and names that play Branson regularly include Neil Sedaka, Oak Ridge Boys, Rick Springfield and The Statler Brothers.

Branson, Mo., resorts in branson, hotels in bransonBranson has offered fine entertainment for more than 30 years. Mel Tillis, Ray Stevens, Glen Campbell and Bobby Vinton, among others, have opened their own theaters. The community is known by some as the “music capital of the world.” But there’s more to Branson than the fine shows.

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An escape vacation should be just that – an escape

When you take a vacation, do you really get away? By that I mean psychologically as well as physically?

Do you experience the cocoon effect?

I have taken several vacations in recent years. All were very relaxing. One in particular stands out for what I learned–nay, experienced–in the process. There’s a lesson for you in this.

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