Friday, August 30, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in San Francisco, CA

To visitors, the morning cloud mist that encompasses San Francisco's skyline and dissipates by mid afternoon lends itself well to the nickname Fog City. San Francisco is a vibrant concrete jungle that offers something fun to do for the whole family. Just be sure to wait for the fog to wear off before setting out to see the bridges. Rent a timeshare in the Bay Area and explore the top 5 things to do in San Francisco, CA:

1. Be Early to Rise: Act like a local and head to Fisherman Wharf's Pier 39 early in the morning (early means dawn). Then you will be greeted with a fun treat: sea lions lounging on Pier 39. Snap photos, then get breakfast.Web: Pier 39. Location: Beach Street & Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA.

2. Go Smell the Flowers: Head to Golden Gate Park where the Conservatory of Flowers are housed in a Victorian style greenhouse, it's a gorgeous feast for botanical-loving eyes. Web: Conservatory of Flowers. Location: Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA.

3. Grab a Bite: The Ferry Building was renovated in 2003 and brought new life to the Embarcadero. This is where you eat lunch or dinner. The farmers' market takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. There is food here for everyone in your family (even picky eaters).Web: The Ferry Building. Location: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA.

4. Discover the Bridge: Head over to Crissy Park and watch the kites sail through the air with a sweeping view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. A great place to rest and enjoy the water view while you rest your feet.Web: Crissy Park. Location: 1199 E Beach, San Francisco, CA.

5. Surprise the Kids: The Exploratorium is fun for the whole family! Biggest highlight is the tactile dome, a twisting maze that you navigate in the dark (where crawling and sliding is involved). There's a surprise at the end that will make you laugh! P.S. Make a reservation before you go. Web: Exploratorium. Location: Pier 15, San Francisco, CA.

Insider tip: If you must hop a cable car the lines are long at Powell and Market streets. Instead take the California Street line. Extra bonus: The California Street line will take you to the Ferry Building!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Timeshare Travel – Florence, Italy’s Crown Jewel

Plan a timeshare vacation to fascinating Italy. A nation distinguished by rich cultural history and numerous attractions of staggering natural beauty, Italy has a geographic advantage that can draw visitors and bring an estimated $50 billion of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

Visiting Florence: The Jewel in Italy's Tourism Crown 

Florence is one of Italy's most alluring tourism resorts, and represents a glittering jewel in the nation's crown. It is a renaissance city that is situated in the heart of Tuscany, and it is home to some of the nation's finest museums and religious buildings.

If you are planning a tour to Florence, however, you will need to identify the region's best popular attractions in order to create a suitable itinerary. Consider the following:

1. Il Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore 
 Perhaps Florence's most popular tourist destination, the Il Duomo Cathedral boasts an historical legacy that stretches back to the 13th century. Designed in 1296 and consecrated in 1436, it can hold a staggering 20,000 visitors and represents a masterpiece of large scale architecture and construction.

With a multi-coloured exterior of green, pink and glistening white marble, it draws visitors from beyond the picturesque boundaries of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Many international visitors flock to climb the 463 steps towards Il Duomo's summit, and it remains one of the most widely visited tour locations.

2. The Baptistery, in Piazza San Giovanni 
An even older example of Renaissance architecture can be traced back to the 11th century, and the grandiose Baptistery of John the Baptist. This is actually Florence's oldest building, and another that features the unique aesthetic combination of green and white marble.

It is another resort frequently visited by the nation's leading tour operators, with its staggeringly well reproduced bronze entrances representing a seminal achievement in aesthetic beauty. There are also a number of fascinating artefacts kept safely inside, including a marvellous marble pavement of the zodiac.

3. The Galleria degli Uffizi 
While the Galleria degli Uffizi may not be Florence's most picturesque building, it is perhaps the most seminal.

The museum is known to hold the world's most important and comprehensive Renaissance art, and it is this bounty of unique treasure that draws tour visitors from all corners of the globe.

Offering a fascinating insight into the history of art from medieval times to the contemporary period, the Uffizi showcases thousands of paintings alongside antique sculptures, illuminations and tapestries. Including renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Perugino and Leonardo da Vinci, it represents a must see location for anyone with a passion for history and its relationship with art.

Stay in a Tuscany timeshare rental and immerse yourself in the beauty of Florence’s Italian Renaissance.

Our guest author, Lewis, is a British based e-commerce web design expert. He recommends that online firms use advanced tour operator software to help with the booking process, and deliver a more enhanced experience to unique visitors.

Photo Credit: travel.nationalgeographic.com

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Timeshare Travel: The World’s Top Tourist Destination Is … France

Plan a timeshare vacation to France. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the world’s number one tourist destination is France, with 83 million international tourist arrivals in 2012 – up almost 2% over the previous year.

The complete top 10 are:
1. France – 83 million international tourist arrivals
2. United States – 67 million international tourist arrivals
3. China – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
4. Spain – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
5. Italy – 46.4 million international tourist arrivals
6. Turkey – 35.7 million international tourist arrivals
7. Germany – 30.4 million international tourist arrivals
8. United Kingdom – 29.3 million international tourist arrivals
9. Russian Federation – 25.7 million international tourist arrivals
10. Malaysia – 25 million international tourist arrivals

The UNWTO report indicates that international tourist arrivals in Europe rose by 3% in 2012 on top of a strong 2011 (+6%). Accounting for 52% of all international arrivals worldwide, Europe reached 534 million tourist arrivals in 2012, 18 million more than in 2011.

International tourism receipts increased by 2% in real terms totaling US$ 458 billion (euro 356 billion), representing 43% of the world total.

The report also indicated that the Americas welcomed 163 million international tourists in 2012, up 7 million (+5%) on the previous year. The region maintained its share of worldwide arrivals at 16%, while its share of receipts was up by one percentage point to 20%.

But for now, France is Number One. From glittering Paris to rolling vineyards, from the French Riviera to the French Alps, France is a country that offers something for everyone.

For the tried and true, but with that special French flair, of course, you do know there is a Paris Disneyland?

Or get off the beaten path and enjoy the charming village of Conques (see center photo) where no cars are allowed, tour the east coast of Corsica, explore the island of Ouessant off the coast of Brittany (see bottom photo), ponder the cliffs of Normandy (see top photo).

You’ll be planning a timeshare vacation to France year after year to get it all seen and experienced. Many places you’ll enjoy exploring are an easy train ride out of Paris.

There are great French timeshare rentals and timeshare exchanges available.

Photo Credits: francetravelguide.com

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – The Mile High City from the Heavens

Flying into Denver, CO. Submitted by Kyle Jennings, Nashville, TN.

Denver has something for everybody for a timeshare vacation. Take a tour of the U.S. Mint; explore the Brown Palace Hotel, an 1880s hotel that has been refurbished to all of its original elegance and splendor; attend a game of any one of the four major sports – Major League baseball, NFL football; NHL hockey, and NBA basketball; enjoy the Mile High City’s many Fall festivals.

Summer mountain biking, hiking and river rafting, golden fall foliage, and world class skiing are all within an hour’s drive of Denver, in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

Take a look at the many Colorado timeshare rentals available.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Marriott’s Grand Chateau in Las Vegas Celebrates Major Development Milestone

Plan a timeshare vacation to Marriott’s Grand Chateau located just off the world famous Las Vegas Strip, where Marriott Vacation Club has announced the “topping-out” of the third, 37-story tower.

The “topping-out” development milestone signifies the structural completion of the third tower since breaking ground just over 13 months ago.

With an anticipated first occupancy of mid-2014, the third tower will add 223 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas for a total of 643 villas at the property.

“We’re extremely pleased with the progress that has been made on our third tower at this great destination and look forward to having our Owners and guests enjoy the new villas and amenities,” said Lee Cunningham, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation.

“The design of these new villas is exceptional and the resort’s location provides easy access and countless choices for entertainment on the famed Las Vegas Strip,” Cunningham said.

The topping-out of the 37-story tower took just over 56 weeks with nearly 250 workers on-site each day led by General Contractor, Tutor Perini Building Corporation.

In total, approximately 2,300 truckloads of concrete, 210 miles of electrical wiring and 3.5 million pounds of reinforcing steel were used to construct the 37-story structure.

The third tower villas designed in a contemporary style will range in size from approximately 810 to 2,070 square feet and offer fully equipped kitchens, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinets.

Each villa has generous living and dining areas, luxurious bedding, multiple flat-panel LED televisions with Blu-ray DVD players, washer/dryer, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Three-bedroom villas can accommodate 10 guests.

The third tower will add additional amenities for Owners and guests such as a lobby lounge, a billiards area with electronic game tables and a Marketplace featuring specialty coffees and gourmet sandwiches and salads.

The third tower’s fifth floor will provide access to a larger second pool with two whirlpool spas and a pool bar and grill.

Currently you can stay in a timeshare rental at Marriott’s Grand Chateau for as little as $107/night.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Nashville, TN

Locals call it "Music City" for a reason. Nashville vibrates to its own beat. Known for American and Country music the city offers something for every music lover. Stay at a local Nashville, TN timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Nashville, TN:

1. All That Glitters: A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is chock full of rhinestone costumes, musical instruments, and sheet music. A short walk across the street are the sidewalk stars of classic crooners past. And while you're there literally stop to smell the roses in the Nashville Music Garden (there are six dozen types!). Web: Country Music Hall of Fame. Location: 222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN. 

2. Listen in: The Grand Ole Opry plays host to music stars who perform every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday night. The Opry is the longest running radio broadcast in the world. Go ahead and and enjoy the music. Web: Grand Ole Opry. Location: 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN.

3. Go Greek: Centennial Park in the heart of Nashville is home to a full-scale reproduction Parthenon. An art gallery and museum are inside and the tallest indoor sculpture in the western world is there (it's 42 feet high!). Web: Centennial Park Parthenon. Location: 2500 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN.

4. Visit the Mother Church: The Ryman Auditorium has played host to countless headliners from Martina McBride to Johnny Cash since 1892. Insider tip: You can even take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman recording studio (and it's affordable)! Web: The Ryman Auditorium. Location: 116 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN.

5. Hit Honky Tonk Highway: The bars that line this strip serve up cool drinks and fierce local music. The iconic Tootsie's is where Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson got their start. Web: Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Location: 422 Broadway  Nashville, TN.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Timeshare Resort Spotlight: The Westin on St. John USVI

Plan a timeshare vacation to the tiny Caribbean island of St. John and the Westin St. John Resort.  The sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean define the extraordinary beauty of this resort.

You can relax on the white sand beaches or beside the resort's waterfall pools, or be more active and go kayaking, scuba diving, and even play tennis on a turf court. The kids will love the ocean trampolines and the floating wall in the center of the beach.

A must-see is the exciting iguana feeding each afternoon when wild iguanas race in from all over to feast on left-over salad fixings.

At night let yourself go and dance to the lively reggae and calypso music in the resort's lounges. During some of your days on St. John you'll want to rent a jeep and explore the awesome Virgin Islands National Park.

The Park's 7,000 acres covers two-thirds of St. John Island, encompasses breathtaking hills, valleys and beaches, and has miles of hiking trails through tropical forests. Along the Cinnamon Nature Trail you'll come across the ruins of sugar plantations.

At the top of the Boudreaux Mountain Trail you'll be at the highest point on the island at 1,277 feet above sea level. The view from there has been poetically described as "what you must see from heaven."

The most popular hike is Reef Bay Trail, along which you'll see the remains of sugar mills, as well as thousand year-old petroglyphs put there by ancestors of the island Taino people.

At Trunk Bay you'll find the famous underwater snorkel trail, a good beginners spot, and great for anyone interested in learning about marine life. There are plaques placed along this underwater trail explaining the different species of tropical fish.

On land there is a variety of wildlife to enjoy as well. Nesting across Virgin Islands National Park are over 30 species of tropical birds.

Besides the thrill of catching a glimpse of these colorful birds on the wing, the entire family will have fun looking for green iguanas, scampering geckos, turtles, and even wild donkeys.

The temperatures on St. John Island can get into the hot 90's during the summer months. So the best time for a timeshare vacation is December through April when the days and the ocean, too, are just deliciously warm.
Make plans now to get away from gloomy winter doldrums and treat the family to a sun-splashed Caribbean holiday at the Westin on St. John.

Timeshare rentals start at a budget-friendly $83/night, and are available at both phases of the resort: Westin St John Virgin Grand Villas and Westin St John Bay Vista Villas.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Timeshare Travel to D.C. - Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

A timeshare rental now in Washington, D.C., will get you in the middle of the exciting week-long celebration planned to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that occurred in August, 1963. 

Beginning today, August 21, and going through next Wednesday, August 28, various activities have been planned in the Nation’s Capital to pay tribute to the 1963 event when more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington DC for a political rally which became a key moment in the struggle for civil rights in the United States.

On that day, August 28, Dr. Martin Luther King inspired millions across the world with the delivery of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Here are five 50th Anniversary events not to be missed:

1. “Realize the Dream” March
This march and rally will be the main event on Saturday, August 24. Held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the event starts at the Lincoln Memorial and will then move over to the Martin Luther King Memorial.

 2. “I Have a Dream” Gospel Brunch
To be held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel on Sunday, August 25 at 11:30am. Included is a sparkling wine reception, elaborate Southern-style brunch buffet by Executive Chef Luc Dendievel and a commemorative Martin Luther King keepsake.

The program will feature famed opera singer Denyce Graves, and include a dramatic reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech. 

3. Panel Discussion with the Historical Society of Washington
This event is planned to be held on August 27 at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library. This engaging panel discussion will explore the local and national impact of the March on Washington in the context of the photographers who documented the historic march and the way that newspapers covered the event.

4. “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963”
This is a special exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The exhibition examines these two pivotal events and their larger relevance for all Americans today.

The exhibition features historic and modern photographs and items ranging from Harriet Tubman’s shawl to a portable version of the Emancipation Proclamation—one created for Union soldiers to read to and distribute among African Americans.

This exhibition will be on view through Sept. 15, 2013.

5. “Let Freedom Ring”
The second march to be held celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, this one will be held on August 28 – 50 years to the day after the march and  Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Leading the march will be veterans of the 1963 march, as well as the Civil Rights Museum on Wheels, a fully-restored transit bus used during the segregation era.

Whenever you visit Washington, D.C., enjoy staying at a timeshare rental at either the Wyndham Old Town Alexandria or the Wyndham Vacation Resorts at National Harbor.

Photo Credit: shreveporttimes.com

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – A “Visit” with the Roosevelts

Val-Kil Cottage, New York, submitted by Nathan P., Maryland

Val-Kil Cottage is officially the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. Managed by the National Park Service, this delightful house is two miles east of Springwood, the Hyde Park Roosevelt family home.

Val-Kil is the only home Eleanor could call her own. Eleanor wrote,” Val-Kill is where I used to find myself and grow. At Val-Kill I emerged as an individual.”

Today you can visit Val-Kil and see this remarkable sculpture, so life-like that you feel you have been invited by the Roosevelts to join them for an afternoon on the patio.

Make a New York timeshare rental your base and enjoy the discovery of fascinating places and people around the state.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

A Farmers Market and a Timeshare Kitchen - a Perfect Match

On your summer timeshare vacation be sure to check out the local Farmers Markets.

Open air markets where the farmers and simple gardeners bring their goods to the public have been well-known around the globe for centuries. Prior to the industrialized age this was the only way of buying and selling foodstuffs.

But with modern mechanization allowing for farms that are thousands of acres and transportation of produce across continents, many countries have relied on supermarket chains.

A few countries, especially in Europe and Asia, have been able to maintain the outdoor market system, at least on a once-a-week basis, offering locally produced vegetables, fruits, and meats, as well as homemade cheeses and fresh-caught fish.

Some of the larger of these marketplaces have become famous for selling other goods such as silks, pottery, and even gems. The largest marketplace of this type is in Marrakech, Morroco, which has been continually operating since Medieval times.

However, it is only in recent years that the idea of “Farmers Markets” has gone mainstream, especially in the U.S. The “Go Green” movement is partially responsible, along with the latest trend in searching out healthy, nutritious food.

More and more urbanized folks are yearning for fresh, wholesome, and even organic produce to replace decades of processed and long-haul foods bought in supermarkets.

Statistics show that this trend is a strong one – the number of Farmers Markets in the U.S. has grown from 1755 in 1994 to over 5500 in 2013.

Five of the most popular Farmers Markets in the U.S. are:

1. Union Square Greenmarket, New York City, NY. 
 This city boasts over 40 Farmers Markets, of which Greenmarket is the flagship.

2. Ferry Plaza Market, San Francisco, CA.
Located against the backdrop of San Francisco's Ferry Terminal, this farmers market features fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood and a gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge.

3. Capital City Farmers Market, Montpelier, VT.
The Capital City Farmers Market continues the tradition of small scale farmers markets with its total of forty vendors. It is famous for its variety of specialty farms like the Berry Creek Farm and Blackwell Roots Farm.

4. Santa Fe Farmers Market, Santa Fe, NM. 
The Santa Fe Farmers Market hosts over one hundred local vendors and offers a selection of Southwestern delicacies such as the smoked ristra chiles

5. Hale Halawei Farmers Market, Kauai, HI.
While each Hawaiian island offers its own popular Farmers Markets, including the Upcountry Farmers Market on Maui, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Kapi’olani on Oahu, the Hale Halawei wins popularity votes for good reason – it’s a natural being located on Hawaii’s “Garden Island.”

In addition, this Farmers Market doubles as a “Cultural Festival," with lei-making and hula-dancing classes.

A wonderful way of truly enjoying the bounty of local Farmers Markets on your travels is to stay in a timeshare rental. This type of accommodation is not only budget-friendly, but includes a kitchen where you can feast on your bounty.

Photo Credit: massbrewersguild.com

Friday, August 16, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Chelan, WA

Nestled along the edge of the Cascade Mountains is a scenic resort town off the shores of Lake Chelan. The lake and the surrounding Chelan town area offer year-round recreation and day trip outings from wineries to orchards to hiking, boating, and fishing. Book a local Chelan, WA timeshare and then explore the top 5 things to do in Chelan, WA:

1. Hop on a boat: Board the Lady of the lake for a fun day trip (or overnight stay) and enjoy the 55-mile journey back in time to the Stehekin Valley at the tip of Lake Chelan (P.S. There is no cellphone coverage in this pioneer town). Stehekin offers stunning scenery, hiking and biking trails, river rafting, fishing, horseback riding, and boat rentals. Insider tip: The Lady Express passenger boat will get you to Stehekin in about two hours. The Lady of the Lake takes four hours for those with a car. Web: Lady of the Lake. Location: 1418 West Woodin Avenue, Chelan, WA.

2. Go on a blueberry hunt: Head over to Blueberry Hills Farms and go berry picking (a perfect outing with kids), then enjoy a blueberry dessert at the farmhouse. Web: Wild About Blueberries. Location: 1315 Washington Street, Manson, WA.

3. Rent a jet ski or boat: Shoreline Watercraft and Boat Rentals offers the largest fleet of rental boats on Lake Chelan. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day on the lake. Web: Shoreline of Chelan. Location: Don Morse Park in downtown Chelan just below Lakeview Drive In.

4. Tour a winery: Relish gorgeous lake views while tasting wine on the patio of Nefarious Cellars. Location 495 S. Lakeshore Road, Chelan, WA. Or have the W.A.V.E. (otherwise known as the Winery Assault Vehicle Excursion) pick you up in a vintage Swiss Pinzgauer troop rig and transport you to the wineries of your choice in the area. Web: Chelan Valley Tours. Location: Reservations required call: 509-682-2386.

5. Take a hike: Go for a hike on the Chelan Riverwalk and explore the one-mile scenic river loop trail in downtown Chelan. Web: Chelan Riverwalk. Location: 130 Wapato Place, Chelan County, WA.

Discover timeshares in Chelan, WA.

Photo Credit: Scenic WA

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Plan a Timeshare Vacation for a Special Experience - The Laguna Beach Art Festival

It’s August, which means it’s time for your California timeshare vacation and your annual visit to the historic Laguna Beach Art Festival.

Since1878, the exquisite natural beauty of Laguna Beach has been a magnet for artists, who supported themselves by selling their artwork to the tourists who flocked to this scenic beachside town.

By the early 1900s, the village had gained a reputation as an art colony, and in 1918, with a population of only 300 residents, the community established the Laguna Art Association to promote and support the fine arts.

Laguna Beach has much to offer visitors year round with its beautiful beaches, quaint antique shops, art galleries and studios, fine restaurants, and its wonderful small old movie theatre.

But summer is the time when Laguna Beach really shines as it kicks off its annual art festival, expected this year to attract over 300,000 visitors from around the world - now through August 31.

The Laguna Beach Art Festival is actually made up of these special art festivals:

1. Sawdust Art Festival 
Since its inception, the nonprofit, Sawdust Art Festival organization has celebrated and supported the work of local artists and is designed to both entertain and educate visitors.

Stroll and shop along sawdust-covered paths under draping eucalyptus trees, through a hand-crafted village of fine art and superb craftsmanship.

The Festival also features demo booths such as glass blowing, complimentary hands-on art workshops where you can create your own masterpieces, and a children’s art booth.

2. Art-A-Fair 
Nestled in a colorful garden setting in romantic Laguna Canyon, the Art-A-Fair Festival is where you’ll find treasures from national artists. An exciting variety of two and three dimensional art is represented including oils, glasswork, pottery, and even furniture.

Free workshops and supervised children's art activities are offered, including mask painting, foil painting, and colored pencil sketching.

3. Festival of Arts 
 This world-renowned cultural institution began in 1932 and displays over 140 of California’s most accomplished artists. It is a rigorously juried show, requiring artists to demonstrate and maintain very high aesthetic standards.

4. Pageant of the Masters
This is a truly a not-to-be missed special experience. Held in an outdoor amphitheater accompanied by a professional orchestra and live narration, you’ll see ninety minutes of "living pictures." Real people pose to look exactly like their counterparts in original classical and contemporary masterworks.

After viewing these life sized art re-creations, you’ll leave asking yourself, “were those really live people in each piece”? It is a visually stunning show.

Laguna Beach is just over an hour from San Diego, just less than an hour from Los Angeles, and fifteen minutes from Newport Beach.

Stay in a budget-friendly California timeshare rental, and bring your sketchbook – you might be inspired!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Timeshare Travel - TSA Launches Application Program for TSA Pre✓™

If you are a frequent flyer to your timeshare vacation this announcement from the Transportation Security Administration is for you.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) just announced that it will add a new process allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA Pre✓™ - an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

Previously, to be eligible for TSA Pre✓™, travelers had to opt-in through an airline’s frequent flier program, or be enrolled in one of CBP’s Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs.

To date, more than 12 million travelers have already experienced TSA Pre✓™ at 40 airports nationwide, and today’s announcement will expand the availability of this program to a larger portion of traveling U.S. citizens.

Starting later this year, U.S. citizens will be able to apply online and visit an enrollment site to provide identification and fingerprints. TSA will start the program at two initial enrollment sites — Washington Dulles International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport — with plans to expand to additional enrollment sites nationwide.

“This initiative will increase the number of U.S. citizens eligible to receive expedited screening, through TSA Pre✓™,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.

“TSA Pre✓™ enables us to focus on the travelers we know the least about, adding efficiency and effectiveness to the screening process,” Pistole said.

The TSA Pre✓™ application program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an anticipated enrollment fee of $85 for a five-year membership.

Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and the opportunity to go through TSA Pre✓™ lanes at security checkpoints at participating airports.

The TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.

The TSA was created in the wake of September 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Today, TSA secures the nation’s airports and screens all commercial airline passengers and baggage. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security.

TSA’s workforce comprises approximately 50,000 frontline officers who screen approximately 1.8 million travelers each day at more than 450 airports nationwide.

Once enrolled in TSA Pre✓™ you will enjoy your timeshare rental vacation even more.

Source: tsa.gov/pressrelease




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Bay Resort Partially Collapses into Sinkhole

A sinkhole caused a section of the Summer Bay Resort villa, a timeshare resort, to partially collapse early Monday, August 12, 2013.

About 30 percent of the three-story structure collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday

The first sign of trouble came about 10:30 Sunday night. Security guard Richard Shanley had just started his shift when he heard what sounded like shouting from a building.

A guest flagged him down to report that a window had blown out. Shanley reported it to management, and another window popped. The resort's staff decided to evacuate the villa.

Shanley said the building seemed to sink by 10 to 20 inches and banisters began to fall off the building as he ran up and down three floors trying to wake guests.

Guests credited Shanley with saving lives by knocking on doors to wake them. Inside, they heard what sounded like thunder and then the storm of water.

Evacuation took about 10 to 15 minutes, according to staff and witnesses.

The first portions of the building to sink were the walkways and the elevator shaft. Then, as part of the leaning building crumbled quickly into the ground, dust shot up around the site.

Over the next five hours, sections of the building sank into the ground.

Paul Caldwell, the development's president, said the resort gave all affected guests other rooms. Some visitors - many of whom had to leave their wallets, purses and other belongings behind in the quick evacuation - were given cash advances by Summer Bay.

There were no signs before Sunday that a sinkhole was developing, Caldwell said. He said the resort underwent geological testing when it was built about 15 years ago, showing the ground to be stable.

Caldwell said he was waiting on further inspections to determine any damage to the second and third buildings.

Summer Bay Resort offers timeshare accommodations with fully furnished one- and two- bedroom condominiums that sleep up to six and surround a world class clubhouse.

Jet skiing, water skiing, canoeing, and pontoon boating are all available on the private, spring-fed, 64-acre lake.

Problems with sinkholes are ongoing in Florida. They are caused by Florida's geology - the state sits on limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water, with a layer of clay on top. The clay is thicker in some locations making them even more prone to sinkholes.

The American Red Cross provided assistance at the scene.

Source: The Associated Press.

Photo Credit (top): Orlando Sentinal

Monday, August 12, 2013

For Your Next Timeshare Vacation - Visit Paradise

Rent a timeshare in Naples, Bonita Springs, or nearby Marco Island, Florida, to enjoy a bit of Paradise.

The stunning southern Gulf Coast of Florida, including Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades, makes up what is called the Paradise Coast.

Add the extraordinary white sand beaches to the crystal blue Gulf waters and tall swaying coconut palms, and you have an unsurpassed tropical Paradise right on the U.S. mainland.

The area of Naples was settled in the 1800s as a vacation destination. When the promoters touted the stunning bay as "surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy" the name of Naples stuck.

Besides the many water and nature oriented activities available along Florida's Paradise Coast, there are many other things to do and see. The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens puts Tiger Forest, Panther Glade, and African Oasis within one beautiful botanical garden.

The performing arts community is largely why both CNN and Money Magazine have recognized the Naples area as one of the top five "Best places for a long life in the United States." The Philharmonic Center for the Arts plays host to celebrities and regularly brings in touring Broadway shows.

The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre has been designated as one of the top three Community Theater companies in the United States.

Retirees renting a budget timeshare here will be glad to know that Naples proclaims itself the "Golf Capital of the World." With over 80 championship golf courses at your disposal, you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the links and bring that handicap down!

Or you can spend your vacation exploring these 3 major land reserves.

1. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, covering over 11,000 acres, was established by the National Audubon Society to preserve the largest remaining stand of Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress in North America.

A 2-mile long boardwalk carries you over fascinating swamp and marsh ecosystems, and through important breeding grounds for the endangered Wood Stork and other wetland birds.

2. The Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge (see photo left) was established in 1989 to protect the endangered Florida Panther, the only cougar species found east of the Mississippi River. To maintain the protection of the refuge for the endangered animals, you'll be held to designated hiking trails and guided tours.

3. Of course the most famous major land reserve along the Paradise Coast is the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Thirty-six species designated as threatened or protected live in the park including the American Crocodile and the West Indian Manatee. The park also contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.

From performing arts to golf to endangered panthers, and all near sugar-sand beaches and turquoise waters, Florida's Paradise Coast can't be beat for a budget-friendly Florida timeshare rental vacation.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Montauk, NY

Montauk, NY is an oceanside peninsula located on the eastern-most tip of Long Island in the dreamy Hamptons. The seaside area offers a perfect summer vacation retreat for a timeshare rental. Discover the top 5 things to do in Montauk.

1. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy free Monday concerts on the Green at the Gazebo through August. The full summer schedule can be found on the Montauk Chamber of Commerce website. Location: 742 Montauk Hwy.

2. Frolic with your family at a dog-friendly park. Kite flyers, fishermen, hikers, kayakers, and canoers love Navy Road Park situated at the western end of Fort Pond Bay near Rocky Point. P.S. Parking by permit only; call the town clerk at 631.668.5081 for permits. Location: 16 Navy Road

3. Get active! Ride a bike along the original pancake-flat Montauk Hwy. Need a bike? Rent one at the Montauk Bike Shop at 725A Montauk Hwy. Or go for a hike! In the summer, locals hike the Seal Haul Out Trail up to Block Island Sound toward Oyster Pond. In the spring and winter, go see the harbor seals hanging out on the rocks near Oyster Pond. P.S. Pack bug spray! Location: Hiking trail is one mile before the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

4. Explore the Montauk Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is situated at the very eastern end of Long Island in Montauk, it is the fourth oldest lighthouse still active in the U.S. Location: 2000 Montauk Highway

5. Have a bonfire and make s'mores on Gin Beach (pictured). This family-friendly beach offers dramatic sunsets, a roped in swim area for kids (lifeguards on duty in summer), and is usually less windy. P.S. Parking by permit only; call the town clerk at 631.668.5081 for permits. Location: At the end of East Lake Drive.

Discover timeshares in Montauk, NY.

Photo Credit: Gin Beach, Montauk-Online

More Q & A About Timeshares

Once you've decided that buying a timeshare is the right move for you, a lot of other questions arise.

These questions are more technical but it's important that you understand these aspects of timeshare ownership.

1. What do fixed and floating mean? 
A fixed program means that the owner owns the right, and can only use, a timeshare unit during a particular week (a "fixed" date) every year. A floating program gives the owner the flexibility to choose a week generally within a specified time period or season.

While a floating program gives you flexibility it also puts you in competition for prime holidays and high-demand seasons.

2. What is "deeded," "non-deeded," and "right-to-use"?
Deeded contracts are a deeded interest in real estate and are officially called "timeshare estates" under most state law. With deeded contracts your fractional ownership of a resort is considered real property.

That means that you can use the week, rent the week, give it away, sell it, and even leave it to your heirs. You are also liable for a portion of the real estate taxes, which is usually collected as part of the timeshare maintenance fee.

Right-to-use is a non-deeded interest, and the two terms refer to the same thing, officially called "timeshare use" under most state law. It is also known as "membership." In this case you do not own real property, but rather the right to use specific property for a certain number of years.

Because many countries have severe restrictions to foreign ownership of property, right-to-use is a popular method of foreign timeshare resort development.

3. What is a points system?
The points program generally gives you a number of points based on your level of ownership. You can then use the points to request such things as "fractional weeks," meaning staying just a few days rather than an entire week, different unit sizes, different seasons, etc. In other words, purchasing points gives you an opportunity for more flexible vacations.

Points can often be used for other things such as rental cars, cruises and hotel nights. Points programs differ with each resort so make sure you understand exactly what the resort is offering. Points are also sold either as deeded or right-to-use.

4. How is the timeshare industry regulated?
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is an organization that works with legislators at both the federal and state levels to ensure such things as the right of rescission, truth in advertising, and that your timeshare is protected from the developer's debt.

You can be an active owner and join timeshare homeowners associations as well as the ARDA's coalition, both of which champion the cause of the timeshare owner.

For general timeshare questions see our previous post Basic Q & A About Timeshares.

Photo Credit: Wyndham Bonnet Creek Timeshare Resort

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Timeshare Travel - Top 5 Movies for Travel Inspiration

To get on this elite list, a movie must meet certain criteria. It has to really capture the essence of the places it features: the people, the sights and the panoramas, as well as inspiring the desire to travel.

There are some films that just have you reaching for the laptop to look up flight prices. Here is a countdown of our favorites:

5. Endless Summer (1966) – Worldwide
If you are a sun worshiper, then the idea of traveling the world in search of the endless summer, as portrayed by this cult surf docu-movie, probably sounds ideal. Even if you can’t surf, you’ll want to sit on some of these beaches.

This film was shot in Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia, Nigeria, and California.

4. Cast Away (2000) – Uninhabited Island, South Pacific
Tom Hanks is in paradise; totally alone with no contact with the outside. Unfortunately, this is because he is the only survivor of a plane crash. The film, which is dialogue-light, but visually sumptuous, will satisfy your curiosity about the reality of being stranded on a desert island.

Set in the South Pacific many scenes were filmed in Monuriki in Fiji and the Philippines.

3. Lost in Translation (2003) – Japan
This Sofia Coppola film is full of farcical misunderstandings and brilliant acting. The film portrays the human side of travel - the cultural differences and the funny side of the language barrier.

Filmed in Tokyo and Kyoto, the movie includes the beautiful Heian Shrine, Shibuya Crossing and the Ryoan-Ji Temple. All well worth a visit and each site is representative of Japan’s religious and cultural history, manic crowds and Zen serenity.

2. The Beach (2000) – secret island, Thailand
A visceral story of traveling in search of the unattainable – the perfect remote destination - Danny Boyle’s masterpiece adaptation of Alex Garland’s novel is a feast for the senses.

The iconic shot of ‘the beach’ is actually Ko Phi Phi Lee, Thailand (see top photo), which was environmentally damaged by 20th Century Fox pre-filming (removing trees, reshaping dunes etc).

The beach was all but destroyed by the tsunami of 2004, but has been reconstructed.

1. Seven Years in Tibet (1997) – Tibet
This Brad Pitt epic features shots that you could easily frame and put on your wall. It is based on the true story of Austrian explorer Heinrich Harrer’s journey to Tibet and his encounters with the young Dalai Lama.

If snow-topped mountains, rich colours and the meeting of cultures float your travel boat this is the film for you. In reality, this kind of travel in Tibet requires all kinds of visas and Chinese military permission.

Because the story follows the build up to Harrer’s arrival in Tibet, we are treated to scenes in Chile, Canada, Argentina and Austria too.

 Timeshare rentals are available all around the world to take you inside your favorite movie locations.

Our guest author, Caroline Lloyd, is the travel insurance expert at Gocompare.com.

Photo Credit: travelandleisureasia.com

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Basic Q & A About Timeshares

When you start thinking about owning a timeshare, many questions are bound to come up. This is especially true if you are a newbie to the timeshare industry.

To help you sort it all out, following are some basic questions and answers.

1. Just exactly what is a timeshare? Simply put, a timeshare is a group of people sharing the cost of vacation accommodations. You purchase either deeded property, the right-to-use, or points and share the time that you use the accommodations.

Current terms that mean the same thing are "vacation ownership," and "vacation club."

2. How do I know owning a timeshare is right for me? A timeshare will work best if you take at least one vacation every year - or maybe you are looking for that thing that will basically force you to take a vacation.

If you seldom take a vacation or are looking for real estate investment, timeshare is not for you.

3. How is a timeshare good for a family vacation? A timeshare offers a vacation accommodation that is roomier than a hotel room, providing separate bedrooms, common living areas, and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Timeshares are also attached to resorts where you are able to take advantage of all of the activities and amenities offered by that resort, including children's playgrounds.

A timeshare is also good if you are a retiree looking to vacation where you can have privacy but also be able to join in activities such as golf and tennis. 

4. After I buy my timeshare, what other costs are involved? You now are a partial owner and as such must pay an annual maintenance fee that helps cover the cost of running the resort, including management, upkeep and improvements.

You are also required to pay a percentage of the annual real estate property taxes.

5. What if I'd like a change and want to vacation somewhere else? The beauty of owning a timeshare is that it opens the entire world up to you. The timeshare exchange program allows you to trade your timeshare for another one either in the U.S., or internationally.

6. What is the difference between buying a timeshare directly from the resort company and buying resale? Although timeshares bought from a developer often come with incentives, including a year's free membership in the resort's exchange company, additional time at the resort, etc., the cost is also generally much higher to cover such things as sales commissions and advertising.

Real bargains can be found through timeshare resales. Make sure that your resale purchase is done through an established and reputable company to ensure your customer protection and benefits.

One of the best ways to determine if owning a timeshare is right for you is to take a vacation by renting a timeshare.  Timeshare rentals can be found all around the world.

Photo Credit: Hilton Hawaiian Village



Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Timeshare Travel #TravelTuesday Photo – Ice Lake


Ice Lake in Colorado. Photo taken by Tyler P., Boulder, CO.

Although Colorado is known for its world class skiing in the winter, the summer season offers remarkable hiking opportunities through spectacular scenery.

A 7.6-mile hike in the San Juan Mountains travels past golden meadows and three waterfalls en route to this stunning tarn (a small mountain lake) in Ice Lake Basin, surrounded by the jagged mountain peaks.

Located between the towns of Ouray and Silverton in southern Colorado, a hike to Ice Lake makes a fun day excursion from your Durango timeshare rental.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Timeshare Travel – Culinary Curiosities of Hawaii

There are any numbers of wonderful reasons to take a timeshare vacation to the islands of Hawaii. And the food is one of them.

Hawaiian cuisine is a delicious mix of Polynesian, Asian, Portuguese, and American influences.

The Hawaiian Islands also have their own unique foods that certainly add interest to many of their dishes. Here are 3 for you to consider:

1. Poi. 
For centuries a staple of the Polynesian diet, poi is made from the tuber of the taro plant. The tuber is cooked either by baking or steaming, and then mashed to a viscous fluid.

The consistency is determined by the amount of water that is added during the mashing process and again just before serving. The desired consistency is highly personal, and can range from liquid to dough-like, being called one-finger, two-finger or three-finger, depending on how many fingers you would have to use to eat the poi by dipping it out of the bowl.

Poi has a paste-like texture and a delicate flavor. Fresh poi is sweet. Each day thereafter the poi loses sweetness and turns slightly sour. Sour poi is still quite edible and delicious with salted fish, lomi lomi salmon, and terriyaki meat on the side. Sour poi is also used as a cooking ingredient, usually in breads and rolls.

2. Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potatoes. (See top photo)
These tubers are a member of the morning glory family and are called ‘uala in Hawaiian.

Sweet potatoes are such an important part of a the Polynesian diet that they were one of the 30 plants the Polynesians selected and brought with them when they first settled Hawaii in the 6th century. By 1400 AD sweet potato farming was quite extensive and regular consumption was definitely a main portion of the islander’s healthy diet.

Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potatoes have a beautiful purple coloring which makes them appealing to kids and are visually attractive when plated. Their natural sweetness casts them as a star in desserts and as a wonderful contrasting flavor in savory dishes as well.

They are wonderfully versatile and can be a key ingredient in everything from chips to ice cream. These purple potatoes have a naturally creamy flavor and texture and hold their shape well for salads.

Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potatoes maintain their lovely lavender hue even after cooking

3. Spam. 
Yes, that pink pork that is pressed into a can. Hawaiian residents eat more than 6 million containers every year, the nation's highest per capita consumption of the processed meat.

The state's love affair with Spam began during World War II, when rationing created just the right conditions for the rise of a meat that needs no refrigeration and has a remarkably long shelf life.

And leave it to the Hawaiians to make Spam uniquely their own. Served with a Polynesian flair, Spam in the islands can be found combined with rice and wrapped in seaweed, or served with eggs topped with pineapple.

The most popular Hawaiian version of the potted meat is Spam musubi — teriyaki-fried Spam served on nori-wrapped rice, which is massed produced and widely available, including at most convenience stores (see photo).

Spam is served in a variety of forms and can be found on the menus of both high-end restaurants and fast food joints.

Enjoy an island vacation by staying in a budget-friendly Hawaii timeshare rental, and then use your timeshare kitchen to have fun preparing your own Polynesian versions of these culinary curiosities.

Photo Credit (1): tastyislandhawaii.com
Photo Credit (2): iowaavenue.com
Photo Credit (3): emiandkyleheartfood.blogspot.com

Friday, August 02, 2013

Colorado's Timeshare Vacation Secret - Great Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

A timeshare vacation to Colorado gives you world-class skiing in the winter, summertime hiking and biking trails through the spectacular Rocky Mountains, and some of the best distilleries, breweries and wineries you can visit all year round.

Colorado has long been known as one of the top craft beer-producing states in the nation. It has 160 breweries and counting.

The state is now also coming into its own with award-winning craft distilleries, as well as unique wines that are becoming world-renowned.

Colorado’s secret to success may be its “seed-to-table” philosophy. Local ingredients from Colorado farms and often times from the beverage producers’ own farms and gardens are used.

Below is a sampling of some of Colorado’s top distilleries, breweries and wineries offering seed-to-table beverages, most with tasting rooms and tours.

Beer: 
1. Durango’s Ska Brewing Company’s signature True Blonde and True Blonde Dubbel include local honey from Durango’s own Honeyville. They also brew Hoperation Ivy, a wet-hop IPA that coincides with the Colorado hop harvest each August. Hoperation Ivy is made entirely with ingredients sourced in Colorado including organic hops from Leroux Creek Farms in Hotchkiss, and malt from the Colorado Malting Co. in Alamosa.

2. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont is a funky little brewpub that started the craft-beer-in-a-can craze ten years ago with Dale’s Pale Ale. Oskar Blues has their own Hops & Heifers Farm that houses a two-acre hop field in addition to growing their own vegetables, Black Angus Cattle and Berkshire Pigs to supply their restaurants.

They also use spent grain from the brewing process to supplement feed for the animals, and they host beer dinners at their farm.

Spirits:
1. Deerhammer Distilling Company in Buena Vista is an award winning micro-distillery specializing in premium small batch whiskey.

Deerhammer sources their grain from the nearby San Luis Valley, their Buena Vista Brandy is made in partnership from grapes grown on Colorado’s Western Slope and the barrel aged spiced apple liqueur to be released this fall was made from 900 pounds of hand cut apples from Cedaredge. 

2. Peach Street Distillers in Palisade was named the American Distilling Institute’s 2012 “Distillery of The Year” and utilizes local corn, juniper berries and a variety of fruit from a stone’s throw away from their distillery.

Last year they also made good use of over 90,000 pounds of over-ripened peaches and over 60,000 pounds of over-ripened pears from the Palisade orchards.

Wine:
1. Augustina’s Winery in Boulder is a one-woman operation creating novel and unexpected blends from unusual grapes sourced from Colorado farms. The Venus de Vino Table Wine is made from Boulder’s Leistikow Farms Marechal Foch grapes.

Augustina’s Winery makes sure that each and every bottle has its own personality and purpose including wines that go with backpacking adventures, mystery novels and gingersnaps.

2. The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in CaƱon City began as an extension of the next-door Benedictine Abbey, and exists independently today.

Not only do they buy some of their fruit from the nearby state penitentiary’s vineyard and orchard management rehab program, but they also created Wild Canyon Harvest from the grapes picked by area residents from vines in their backyards and growing wild.

South Central Colorado was a huge grape growing and wine making region at the end of the 19th Century and now many of those original vines are still growing in backyards and open space. 

Find a great budget-friendly Colorado timeshare rental, and start your tours and sampling of these and other breweries, distilleries and wineries.

Source: Inside the Gate

Photo Credit: clarkvision.com

Thursday, August 01, 2013

4 Tips for Helping “Airplane Ear” Pain

When you fly to your timeshare vacation, you are choosing a mode of travel that is not only fast and convenient, but can be enjoyable as well.

However, many of you might experience ear pain that is caused by a rapid change in the cabin pressure during take-offs and landings.

The scientific term for this condition is barotitis media or ear barotrauma, or, as many passengers simply call it, “airplane ear.”

The cause is the change in air pressure between the inner ear and the outer cabin air as altitudes are rapidly traversed. The built up pressure results in a swelling of the Eustachian Tubes, often accompanied by the eardrum either bulging outward or retracting inward.

The remedy is to attempt to equalize the pressure against the eardrum. Try these 4 tips:

1. Yawning and Swallowing: This simple action opens the Eustachian tube, allowing a small amount of air in, thus equalizing the pressure. You can facilitate swallowing by sucking on a piece of hard candy, or chewing gum.

2. Frenzel Technique: The Frenzel technique is similar. Place the tip of your tongue against the back of your front teeth, breath in, pinch your nose, and swallow while keeping your mouth closed. This process allows you to put more action behind the swallow.

3. Valsava Maneuver: This technique is more assertive than either of the first two swallowing procedures. You are accomplishing the same thing – equalizing the pressure in the Eustachian tubes - but by actually forcing the air from your nose into the tubes.

Inhale, pinch your nose closed, and gently blow. You will feel your ears “pop,” indicating that the pressure in the Eustachian tubes has equalized.

Be sure, however, that you blow very gently. Blowing hard with force could damage the Eustachian tubes.

4. Saline Nasal Sprays: An easy solution to the discomfort of airplane ear is a nasal mist spray, which offers fast results for blocked ear and sinus canals. Choose an all-natural saline mist to help clear the ear and sinus passages, which in turn helps to equalize the air pressure in the Eustachian tubes.

Many come in a convenient, travel sized bottle, less than 3 oz, so are TSA compliant by fitting easily into the quart-sized zip bag required to pass through security.

Ear Pain Relief for Babies, Too.
Have you ever noticed how tough air travel is on baby’s ears? That’s because the Eustachian tubes in infants are shorter, narrower, and sit at a flatter angle, making it even more difficult to equalize pressure.

Again, it’s swallowing that will help. Before and during take-off and landing, give the baby a bottle of water or juice to drink. The sucking and swallowing motions will help keep the Eustachian tubes open.

A pacifier will also work as long as the baby actually sucks and swallows with it.

An all-natural nasal mist spray for kids is another answer. The all-natural solution is safer for babies and young children than traditional decongestants and antihistamines.

Our guest author, Matthew Lutin, is creator and founder of Pressureze®, an all-natural, preservative-free nasal mist product that quickly and safely clears blocked ears and sinuses. It is used by the U.S. Navy Seals and professional athletes, people who spend time in the great outdoors, and frequent fliers.