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What to Look for When Buying a Used Boat

11

May

Many people long to own their own boat so that they can enjoy their time on the lake or ocean whenever they want. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to run right out and purchase a new boat from the dealer’s lot so many choose to buy used. Buying a used boat offers a number of benefits, provided you know how to ensure that you are getting the best deal and a quality product.

No matter what specific brand you prefer, you will need to do a bit of research before you go out and purchase just any used boat. If you prefer Bayliner boats for instance, you are likely to find many that are available but you have to be careful of what you purchase. You need to know that you are getting something worth the money, particularly if you are paying tens of thousands of dollars. It is important that you first determine what you need with regards to accommodation. If you need a boat that will seat eight people for instance, buying one that only seats six is simply wasting your money.

You also need to determine the type of boat that you want. Do you want something that you can take to the lake for fishing and nothing else or do you need something that includes sleeping quarters, a kitchen area and other amenities? Think strongly about what you plan to do with the boat before you buy. Getting a good deal means more than finding a used boat for a low price. It also means ensuring that the boat you do buy gives you all of the function and features that you want.

You need to also consider that buying the boat itself is not the only expense related to boat ownership. You will need a trailer if you plan to transfer the boat from your home to your preferred waters. If you are going to leave the boat at the docks, you will need to pay for storage or rental space. Title, insurance and registration are also costs to consider when buying a used boat. Insurance can be expensive depending on the type of boat that you purchase so check on a quote or two before you begin shopping.

Overall, you want to be certain that you are buying from a reputable seller. You cannot expect to simply drive out one day and find the boat of your dreams for the price of your dreams. Do a bit of shopping around and make sure that you check on things like warranties and past maintenance. A good used boat will have been maintained regularly and you should be able to see a history of ownership. You may want to take along a mechanic to check out the engine and ensure that there are no hidden issues that could cost you down the road. Buying a used boat means taking your time to ensure that you get what you need as well as something that is worth what you are paying.


Preparing for Your First Visit to Benidorm

18

March

If you have never visited Benidorm, you are in for quite a treat. While there are a number of things that you may want to see and do while you are there, there is certainly no way to do everything on your first trip. It may be necessary to spend some time thinking about the sights and activities that you are certain you want to include and then making an itinerary before your trip.

Benidorm is famed for its peaceful yet bustling lifestyle. Those who have never been there will notice upon arrival that it offers everything you would expect in a major city and still has the quiet solitude of a country escape. There are many historical sites to behold, beautiful and pristine beaches on which you can relax and amazing nightlife and restaurant opportunities not to mention the shops and other amenities.

There are a number of festivals that take place in Benidorm each year and if you are traveling during one of these, it is essential that you make time to visit the festival. Many of the festivals offer religious undertones and some are rich in cultural heritage. They are certainly something that you want to include in your first visit so take the time to research the annual festivals and see if you are going to have the opportunity to attend one during your visit.

Aside from the many festivals, Benidorm offers a wide range of activities to suit a number of personal preferences. Whether you enjoy water sports, hiking, sightseeing or you simply want to relax on the beach and soak up the sun, you are certain to find the perfect activity no matter what you prefer to do on vacation. There are also a number of golf courses, many of which are world famous for their greens so if you enjoy playing, this will be a good place to work towards your professional golf career. Some of the courses have been designed by famed designer Seve Ballesteros and many are host to the Spanish National Golf Championships.

If you are a history buff, be sure that you make time to visit the historical ruins that are spread out all over Benidorm. Planning holidays in Benidorm takes a bit of time but if you take a few moments to research your options prior to traveling you can be certain to take in all of the sights you want and the activities that you enjoy on your first visit. Many enjoy the outdoor market that offers a huge selection of different local items and the El Cisne Flea Market is open on Sundays and also offers a range of Spanish items.

Taking the time to plan your trip will help you to ensure that you enjoy everything there is to enjoy upon your first visit to Benidorm. You may not be able to see and do everything but you can get the gist of this beautiful region and why it is such a popular tourist attraction and you can always visit again to catch the sights that you miss the first time.


Five Tenerife Holidays That Don’t Involve a Beach

26

February

Tenerife has acquired a rather undesirable reputation over the years as the typical holiday for Brits abroad, in all of their red faced, all-day-breakfasted glory. However, this reputation is rather unfair and many hoteliers and those working in tourism have tried to change the reputation of Tenerife holidays to attract a different class of clientele.

A little searching beyond the bright lights, huge hotels and neon-decked bars of the large coastal resorts and you can find the real Tenerife, famous for it’s spectacular volcanic landscape and perfect weather – who wouldn’t want year-round sun?

Walking in Tenerife

If you’re a keen rambler then you should look no further than Tenerife. The spectacular mountains and moon-like terrain offers scenery like nowhere else in the world. If you are after a challenge then you should scale Mount Teide in the middle of the island, which rises to a whopping 3,718 meters above sea level: about three times higher than Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.

Because the terrain rises very steeply in Tenerife, it means that walks are not for the faint hearted, unless you plan a more gentle route in advance. You should also take care not to walk during the middle of the day as the intense heat can make even a gentle stroll a challenge. If you are up for the adventure, you will have one of the best rambling holidays around.

Sports

There are a huge range of sports available on Tenerife and the perfect, still and hot conditions make it an excellent place to improve the technique of your chosen pastime.

There are hundreds of tennis courts around the island – many pros choose Tenerife as the place to train during the off-season. Badminton is also a popular sport to play in Tenerife because of the many days where the wind isn’t very strong, making it certain that the shuttlecock flies true!

Golf is another huge pull for holidaymakers and the islands numerous golf courses and resorts make it easy to get a round in before tea.
Fishing and Whale and Watching

The Atlantic Ocean surrounding Tenerife is teeming with life – there are so many things to see in the ocean that it makes lounging around on the beach seem like a criminal waste of time.

The seas are so full of fish that even the most modest fishermen can seem like experts and there is nothing more satisfying than cooking up the fish that you caught earlier that day on the barbecue.

There are many sailors that offer trips out into the ocean to see whales and dolphins. Costing about £20 per person for a couple of hours trip, it is a great way to see a different part of the island and the spectacular sight of a whale in the ocean is not to be missed.


Ways to Finance Your Big Trip Abroad

26

February

Are you going away on travels soon? An important thing to take care of before you go is your money. The financial aspect of your trip should be last thing on your mind when you’re traveling, you have sights to see, people to meet and local food to taste! If you make a rough overview of your finances before you set off to your holiday destination you won’t face any surprises, spend too much money or run out of the cash you saved up for the trip before returning home.

Compare your home country to your destination
With the use of an online currency converter, you can find out how much your money is worth in the country you’re visiting. If you want to be one hundred percent sure, you can make a call to your bank and enquire about the most recent conversion rates.

Find out how expensive or cheap the costs are for tourists in your destination place – travel guides and online search engines will help you out with this.

Plan your daily finances
Now that you know how much money you have and how much you will roughly spend every day, write it down. Make a table and organize how much money you want to spend on accommodation, food, entertainment, culture, souvenirs and possibly nightlife and/or shopping.

Try to stick to your plan when you’re abroad. If you go past your spending limit, find free things to do, cheaper places to eat and spend less money the following day.

Don’t withdraw too much at once
It’s tempting to exchange a lot of money at once as it will cost you less. But when a pickpocket gets their hands on you, it will cost you more. Always be careful with the amount of money you carry with you! A lot of pickpockets target tourists specifically as they know their wallets will be full. Be wise and don’t be one of those poor tourists!

Set some money aside
If something unexpected happens to you, you need to have a backup plan and in most cases cash is your only way out. Everyone has gone through the trouble of losing their luggage or passport at least once so you should always set some money aside just in case this happens to you. Don’t touch this money during your travels when you don’t need to.

If you want to receive some last-minute earnings so you have a little bit more to spend during your travels, why not go through your personal belongings and see if there’s anything you can sell? Get rid of some old books or try a little clothes recycling for cash on musicMagpie. This is an easy and quick way to earn some extra money to spend abroad.


Visiting Vegas

04

February

There is an indisputable magic to Las Vegas, and just about everyone who enjoys a little gaming even at an online casino, such as http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com, will have at some time felt its draw. Many films have been made about the town, and many others have used it as a backdrop, but it is not until you visit it yourself that you can really appreciate its true spectacle.

The main street is known as The Strip and from end to end it is lines on both sides with splendid dazzling casinos and each one of them is a vast complex of gambling floors, restaurants, bars and shops. Most of the casinos have over 2,000 slot machines housed in huge parlours and they tend to be the first thing you come across as you enter; a huge array of flashing lights and sounds with literally hundreds of people milling around.

If you intend to explore several casinos, then make sure that you have comfortable shoes as you are likely to cover many miles. Fortunately there is a monorail that runs the distance of the strip, so getting from casino to casino is easy, but you will still walk a huge distance inside the casinos.

Beyond the glamour of the casinos, there is much more of Nevada to explore and it is worth taking a trip to some of the surrounding countryside. Hire a car and drive across the desert to Death Valley; it takes a little over two hours to get there but you will find it an unforgettable experience, especially in the summer months when the temperatures at Furnace Creek can soar to over 50 degrees C.
Staying in Las Vegas is relatively inexpensive ñ even if you choose one of the more upmarket hotel casinos. The casinos make their money at the gaming tables and slot machines, so they are happy to charge minimal rates for their hotel rooms, after all there is nothing like a captive audience.


What to Do When Visiting Tonga

14

January

Tonga consists of more than 160 islands, 96 of which are inhabited and is located in the South Pacific. There are a number of islands that surround the reef and many of the uninhabited islands are relatively small. If you are looking for a great Pacific holiday Tonga is a good choice. There are so many things to see and do that everyone in your party is sure to be impressed.

People visiting Tonga enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. If you love sailing, you will find the South Pacific perfect for enjoying the water. Most of the inhabited islands offer a wealth of things to do as well from various shops and delis to small bars and wonderful nightlife. Those who prefer spending their time outdoors will find snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving and a number of other activities to enjoy on virtually all of the inhabited islands.

You can also plan a cruise around the islands and get a good look at Tonga from the water. Many day cruises are available to take you to the outlying uninhabited islands and you can view wonderful sea life and simply enjoy your day relaxing on the water. Whether you are looking for somewhere to simply relax on the beach or you prefer to get out and see the sights, there is always something to keep you busy in the South Pacific. Various shipwrecks, rainforests and crater lakes are always good sights to see and when you get tired of enjoying the sights, you can simply relax in your hotel room or sit by the beach and watch the people stroll by. Whether you enjoy shopping, eating, drinking or any other activity, the islands of Tonga give you plenty of things to keep you busy on your next holiday.


Your Guide to Holiday Parks in Australia

20

December

Visiting Australia gives you the opportunity to experience adventure like never before. Whether you are planning a trip to the Outback or you simply want to visit the Opera House in Sydney, there are many things to see and do. From the snowcapped mountains to the desert areas, you are sure to find adventure behind every corner.

There are a number of Australia holiday parks that are certain to pique your interest. The Blue Mountains offer more than 2,000 acres of horse riding trails and if you want, you can spend some quality time on a real ranch and learn how to shear sheep and attend to various other animals. The Alpine Track gives you a beautiful and scenic view of three different states. You can camp here or find a great hotel and see the scenery during the daytime.

Murray River offers a beautiful campground and most of the parks in Australia come complete with resort type surroundings. You will find swimming pools filled with pool toys, playgrounds for the children and many offer country clubs and a host of other amenities. Whether you are looking to completely “rough it” or you want to spend a few days living in luxury in a resort, there are holiday parks to suit every personal preference. You will certainly not be at a loss of things to do in Australia. Most areas offer wonderful activities such as swimming with the sharks, snorkeling, camel rides and simply viewing the wonderful landscape.

Take some time to research your options before you travel and you are certain to enjoy your trip to Australia. There are a number of websites where you can find more information about the area and the accommodation options that are available to you. Whether you want to spend your time at the beach or you prefer taking your chances in the Outback, visiting Australia is an experience that you are not likely to forget.


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