There are plenty of travel stories about ugly Americans. Usually, these travelers arent aware they are doing anything wrong while on vacation. But if you arent aware of local customs and etiquette, offending those around you may be inevitable. Though you will find that the uniquely Caribbean hospitality and slower pace of Aruba tourism are markedly different than anything in the U.S., adjusting isnt nearly as difficult as it seems. As you enjoy all of your activities in Aruba, here are some tips to make sure you and everyone else remain happy and comfortable.As you are traveling to escape the often hectic nature of American life, try to enjoy the more relaxed pace of Aruba. Instead of being pushy and trying to speed up your meals and activities, simply be patient and friendly. Dont wait until returning home to realize how much you relished these opportunities to relax.Regardless of where you plan on traveling, engage in some research on local greetings and customs. If you are greeted with a hug or a kiss on the cheek, return the favor graciously. When addressing the staff of any establishment you enter, try to be friendly and always introduce yourself with a hello or good day. The respect you show towards others will be returned to you whenever you need assistance.It also isnt too difficult to be a classy tourist. When traveling to Aruba, pack some business attire along with the swimsuit and sandals. As you wouldnt wear beach gear to a restaurant at home, you should try to look your best when out on the town abroad. Take your courtesy one step further and try to understand the dining traditions of your destination. It is a good idea to pay close attention to others behaviors in formal situations. If you find yourself confronted with unknown foods, try your best to expand your palette. When attending events, be an attentive and appreciative audience member regardless of how much you enjoy a performance.When traveling to a country that speaks any language other than English, make an effort to learn important phrases. You should be able to understand and return greetings and ask simple questions. When you use English, speak clearly and without slang, paying close attention to other peoples reactions to determine if you are being understood. But do not expect to be accommodated with English translation everywhere you go. Traveling to foreign places always involves a compromise.If you find yourself staying in someone elses home or any individual goes out of their way for your vacation, a small gift is always a nice touch. If you are invited to dinner, bring flowers or a bottle of wine. Tokens like these can greatly assist common interactions and even earn you some friends. Obviously, gifts dont have to be expensive; your good intentions will certainly be recognized on their own.Be generous with your tips, but dont overdo it. Most people in the service industry rely heavily on gratuities, yet a tip far above the accepted amount could be perceived as an arrogant flaunting of wealth. The following is a list of generally expected gratuities, but you can always ask your concierge about local guidelines: A doorman should receive $1 to $2 for carrying your luggage and up to $4 for securing a taxi. If a bellhop assists you getting to your room, $1 to $2 per bag is customary with an additional $2 to $3 for bringing a requested item. The concierge, always a valuable resource when traveling, deserves $5 to $10 when performing any special service and probably more when securing tickets to a sold-out event or a difficult dinner reservation. When dining, waiters and bartenders should always receive 15-20% of your total bill amount. It is also a good idea to offer tips of $2-3 to housekeepers and valets whenever they come to your assistance.Most importantly, enjoy your vacation. As long as you keep in mind that you arent at home and need to practice moderation and respect, you will always look like a smart traveler, not an ugly American.
When planning a trip to Walt Disney World the first thing you must consider is what time of year you wish to visit. "Walt "Disney World" " is a very poplar vacation destination, so now matter when you go, you can expect it to be quite crowded. The difference in visiting during a non-peak, less crowded time versus a peak time, like July 4 can be the difference of a fun family vacation and a stressful, frustrating one.Walt Disney World is visited by millions of people each year, with the highest crowds descending on the parks during the summer months, holiday weeks (Christmas, Easter, July 4) and spring break vacations. It is not suggested that you visit during these times, unless you have no choice in the matter. If you must attend at these times, you should plan your park touring well in advance and be willing to modify your park visits to include a reasonable amount of must see attractions. This will prevent you from being disappointed if you are unable to see everything the parks have to offer.Another consideration when planning a trip to Walt Disney World is the weather. During the summer months, the temperatures and humidity in Orlando can reach very uncomfortable highs that make touring the parks all day quite difficult. During the months of September and October you will be in hurricane season, which brings heavy rains also not great for touring the Disney parks. Ideal months for the best Orlando weather would be April through June and November and December.The best times to visit Walt Disney World would be the non-peak times of the year; early January until Easter expect during Spring Break, late August until first weeks of December except week of Halloween and week of Thanksgiving.Planning to visit during a non peak, less crowded time will allow you to visit the parks at a relaxed pace, with less stress. A good way to prepare for your days at Walt Disney World is to become familiar with the parks, their layouts and policies. Review the attractions at the parks to see what your family would like to visit.Choosing a time to visit Walt Disney World is one of the most important steps in your vacation it can help you on your way to your best vacation ever! Copyright MouseAdvisor.com, All Rights Reserved.
As the Beatles said, All you need is love, love, Love is all you need Immortalizing the famous words of this song, love is really all you need to get married in Las Vegas. Its no surprise then, that "Las Vegas" is considered the wedding capital of the world, with over 122,000 marriage licenses being issued every year! They call it Getting married without a hitch- Las Vegas style. Getting married is an experience in itself, but getting married in Las Vegas, takes the whole experience into another dimension. The official government agency that issues marriage licenses in Las Vegas, the Clark County Marriage License Bureau, is open everyday, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to midnight. Hows that for service! Its no wonder they manage to issue so many licenses a year. Forget boring Wedding on the Beach and other mundane wedding themes. In Las Vegas nobody would raise an eyebrow if you exchanged vows dressed as Star Trek characters or in Medieval costumes. Even the chapels get into the theme act in Las Vegas. Not only do they help you with your wedding vows and religious ceremonies, but they will also suggest a variety of ceremony themes and also help you choose your costumes and organize the dcor. Most chapels even have costumes that you can rent. Professional, experienced staff is on hand to help you with the most simple to the most outr requests. Wedding chapels also offer bridal couples a variety of custom-designed packages to suit every budget and every style. Plenty of costume shops and florists dot the area as well as shops that sell or rent tuxedos, gowns and any other accessory you can think of. Dont forget the rings! Its probably a better idea to pass on the idea of hiring wedding rings and buy them instead. Youd definitely want something more than photographs to commemorate this unforgettable experience. For those looking to beat the record of Quickest Wedding Ceremony, Las Vegas even offers you a choice of drive-thru weddings. A word of caution here dont stop for the fries if you are aiming for the record. So if you are looking for a unique one-of-a-kind wedding, make plans to go to Las Vegas, where all it takes is love, valid identification and $55 to get married.
Whether youre trying to find a vacation location to wow your new love, looking for a dream honeymoon destination or celebrating your 20th anniversary, here are the Top 5 Most Romantic Cities in the World to simplify your search.Coming in at Number 5. PARIS, FRANCEIts clich, but you cannot leave the City of Love, Paris, off the list. People would complain. Especially French people. Although its cheesy factor puts it at the bottom of our top 5 list, you cannot argue that the thought of writing sidewalk poetry, eating croissants at a caf or enjoying genuine French cuisine and wine while dining in view of the Eiffel Tower does sound sigh-inducingly romanticNext at the door, Number 4. VENICE, ITALYItaly has long been touted as one of the leading romantic countries, and this fantasy-city of canals, bridges and gondoliers must rate as the most picturesque of the many Italian cities vying to be on the list. Venice has some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, with ornate palaces wherever you look. True chocolate-box country this.Right in the middle at Number 3LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USASo tacky its actually cool, Las Vegas is for those couples who like the bright lights, big city kind of holiday. For Elvis impersonators, luxury resorts, more bling than you can handle and of course all those casinos you cant beat Las Vegas for a wild vacation destination and if youre trying to get your sweetie to tie the knot, feed him or her some of the champagne that practically flows in the streets of this party capital and soon the idea of nipping off the The Little White Chapel of Lurve will seem like a brilliantly romantic idea! (Hey, it worked for Brittney!)Just missing the top spot, but still not too shabby at Number Two... JAMAICA (ok, its not a city; its an island, but play along)For an island-stylee holiday choose the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean. Funky music, exciting new tastes in cuisine, enchanting views and fabulously friendly locals make Jamaica as exotically romantic a destination as you could ever wish for.Drum roll pleasein prime position at Number 1 CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICAYes its now official because it says so right here: Cape Town, the Mother City at the tip of the great African Continent, is The Most Romantic City in the World. If you want luxurious accommodation, awe-inspiring scenery, a world of fun and exciting activities, beautiful beaches, magnificent wildlife and the best shopping, eating, and nightlife venues then you cant beat Cape Town. Which explains why so many couples choose to get married or go there on honeymoon.Its a wrap!Get hold of your travel agent, get online, get brochures, get packing get out of here! Dont forget to take your loved one with you though! And if youre single, who knows? You may just meet your soul-mate in one of these heavenly destinations!
If you have a tight budget for your holiday, you should consider an all-inclusive deal. At a low price the all-inclusive holiday packages feature round trip airfare, rooms, food, drinks and resort activities. The all-inclusive packages will also include a free tour or two. With an all-inclusive deal you only have to pay when you want to go shopping or if you want to experience something that the resort does not offer.The buffet-style will always have a wide variety of food sure to satisfy even the most discretionary of appetites. The all-inclusive trip will often include a huge number of outdoor activities such as tennis and golf. A host of water activities such as swimming, diving and snorkeling may also come as part of the package.It is recommended to buy an all-inclusive package to Disney World. Often it will include visits to water parks, horseback riding and so on. Free shuttles back and forth are a part of the package so you do not have to worry about renting a car, which would involve added expense.A family with older children might prefer an all-inclusive package in the snow. Enjoying the fun and healthy activities you could be doing outside at wintertime. Whatever you are passionate about you can find activities for all to enjoy on an all-inclusive holiday.Consider using the internet to gather information about the destination. Make sure you have a good overview of what the different "all-inclusive packages" have to offer. Their websites will often contain lots of pictures of the resort area and you will be able to contact them if further information is needed.A disadvantage of choosing an all-inclusive holiday is that when you reach the resort, a lot of the activities have to be paid for. Make sure that you know what is included in the price and what is not. If you plan to use a lot of time on the golf course for instance you might consider picking one of the resort areas that has a golf course included in the price.An all-inclusive holiday in Cancun may sound like heaven. But what you bought might as well turn into a bad dream when you realize that employee staff expects to be tipped even if there are notices advertising to the contrary. Although tipping is banned in most resorts this is the kind of experience you might have to cope with. A good idea is to find out in advance what the policy for tipping is on the resort you are going to.All-inclusive holiday packages are a cheap way of spending your vacation, but just make sure that it really is an all-inclusive package. Use the internet to search for others opinions and experiences. Check the tariff before making reservations. Compare the different resorts, their prices and what is included in the package. And lastly have a great vacation whatever your choice may be.