Tips To Choose The Best Ubud Luxury Villa

Bali is a beautiful tourist destination for any occasion. Apart from the exotic beaches, coral reefs and glorious temples, Bali is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats. If you are planning for a vacation to Bali, the town of Ubud is a must visit. It is located in central Bali and is popular as an arts and crafts hub.

Ubud has a number of museums like Blanco Renaissance Museum, Neka Art Museum and Puri Lukisan Museum. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a sacred nature reserve that houses the temple of death, and approximately 340 crab-eating monkeys. The best way to enjoy the natural beauty of Ubud is to rent one of the various luxury villas.

Luxury villas in Ubud offer the perfect environment and facilities to enjoy your vacation. Equipped with all modern facilities including swimming pool, kitchen, spa and yoga center, they offer you a private space to relax and have a peaceful time. There are a number of luxury villas in Ubud to choose from. Choosing the right one will make your stay worthwhile. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best luxury villa in the town of Ubud:

Identify your Needs– You should first decide the purpose of your visit and then look for one which will best match your needs. Your choice of villa will depend on whether you are looking for a romantic secluded holiday accommodation or you want to have a lot of adventure while enjoying the luxury of these villas. Start your search once you are sure about what you are looking for.

Fix a Budget– Luxury villas located either close to the beach or in the center of the town will usually be more expensive. Popularity, size, peak holiday season and facilities provided are other factors which determine the price of these villas. You can set a budget and look for villas that offer good amenities in that price.

Pick a Location– If you are looking for a peaceful abode, you can look for villas at some distance from the city. They are best to enjoy the peaceful and authentic side of Bali. However, if you want to be at a convenient distance from restaurants and malls, look for something in the middle city. You can pick the location depending on the main purpose of your holiday.

Research– Shortlist a few luxury villas and do proper research about them. Check their websites to know how old they are, the type of services they offer, process of booking, payment options and other relevant information. Read feedback given by people who have stayed there earlier. You can also check their ratings and reviews on various travel forums and websites.

Family Friendly Travel Tips Surviving and Enjoying a Family Road Trip

With summer quickly approaching, families across the country will begin planning their summer travels. While some will opt for airplanes, trains and buses, many will pack up the car for the traditional Road Trip. For generations families have both anticipated and dreaded the endless miles of American highway. For some it is merely an obstacle to their destination, while to others (like my family) the journey is part of the adventure.

What turns the road trip from an obstacle to an adventure? That’s a great question! I think the answer is planning and having the mindset that the drive is a positive part of the family’s experience. As my children grow older, I treasure our time in the car more than ever. I realize the days of packing them with us are growing shorter as they get closer and closer to adulthood. So, we do our best to make the most of those precious miles between us and our final destination.

Before leaving on our trip we take the time to prepare. We make a basic outline of the areas we will be driving through and the types of activities which are available along the way. We encourage the whole family to be involved in researching the information. Everyone seems to have a more positive mindset about something they have helped plan!

Figure out how much time your child (and yourself!) can realistically handle in the car then stick to that each day. Too much time in the car can make the whole family grouchy, even if you have had fun along the way (too much of a good thing…). Most children can handle about 6 – 8 hours max. We don’t plan hotels along the way because we do not want to be tied into making a certain destination each night. We can stop wherever we need to, based upon the mood of the family.

Though you may plan out the basics of your journey, allow for flexibility. Watch the roadside signs and you may find a ‘must-see’ tourist attraction! Some of our favorite trips have included stops at attractions that weren’t in the travel and tourism books.

Pack a variety of activities for the drive. If your car is equipped with a DVD player, take along some movies (check out your local library and you will find some interesting educational movies). Try to limit the DVD usage to a few hours each day, otherwise the children will soon tire of watching movies and they also miss out on some of the traditional adventure of the road trip. Older kids might enjoy learning a new skill along the way. There are some great resources available to teach things like sign language, foreign languages, or a craft. They will be proud to show off their new skill after the trip.

We pack a variety of snacks (some healthy and some not so) in a lunchbox for each child. We find parks or rest areas with picnic areas to stop at every few hours. The kids can munch out of their lunchbox then have some time to run around. If you have the space, pack along some sports equipment and the kids can get lots of energy out by playing ball or jumping rope. We find this allows us to save the money and time associated with a stop at a restaurant, plus eating light snacks seems to be easier on little tummies.

The best thing we have found to pass the time on our long drives is talking, singing and laughing! It’s a great time to share family stories from the past. It seems like so many of our favorite stories are from previous road trips. We share stories from before the kids were born, from our own childhoods, or stories that have been passed down in our families for generations. We switch to a radio station with music we might not usually listen to (like the oldies!) and sing along. My kids bring along some of their favorite joke books and keep us all laughing with a variety of really awful jokes.

Most importantly, we build memories to share on our next road trip. Memories they will hopefully someday share with their own children as they pass mile by mile on their way to the Grand Canyon or Disney World. Through our years of traveling our family has come to one major realization which has become a life lesson for us all. Our trips are as much about the journey as about the destination.

Budget Travel and Having Fun While Doing It

Traveling can be expensive. Sometimes there is just no other choice but to travel and it may not be something that you want to spend a lot of money on. There are some ways that you can save money while traveling and still have a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

How to save money by flying

If you have to travel remember that holidays are the best days to fly. Thanksgiving is a great day because hardly anyone will be flying that day. The day before and the day after a holiday are the worst days to travel. These are the busiest days of the year to be on a plane. Pack light when you are traveling. Extra baggage could cost you time and money and you can save by packing a little less and you will save a lot more.

Take a train instead of flying

Trains are a great way to travel because they are usually less expensive than a plane. They are also less crowded. When you decide to take a train you will save money that can be used for other things on your vacation.

Traveling with your children can sometimes be a little stressful and maybe even a downright nightmare. However, this does not have to be the case. There are ways for you to keep your children occupied while you are on the road or in the air. You can keep them happy and at the same time keep your sanity.

Bring along some snacks

The one thing you can always depend on is your child getting hungry. They are always asking for a snack or something to nibble on at the worst possible times. These times are when you are busy or when you have nothing for them to snack on. One good way to prepare for this situation is to bring along a variety of their favorite things. Another good idea is to have some drink boxes on hand for them also. You know if they are hungry then the next thing they are going to say is they are thirsty. Think ahead and get a list of the things they like and pack them along with you.

When you are traveling either alone or with your family, bring your own snacks. This will save you time and money when you get hungry. Sometimes with the hustle of traveling we forget to get ourselves something to eat. This may cause an all of sudden sick feeling for you. By having some snacks on hand you will save yourself the trouble of feeling sick. This will also save you money. Snacks on coach flights and sections are not free and can be expensive in some cases.

Driving in a car

When you are driving to your destination, there are some things that you can do to save yourself money. Remember to not drive too fast. Driving fast can cause your car to use more fuel. It may also get you a speeding ticket, which will cost you a lot of extra money in the end. It is better to stay at a steady and safe speed while you are driving. Also bring your own food. Make up some sandwiches and bring along some sodas and water. This will save you money and time by not having to stop for food.

Another good piece of advice when traveling by car is to take turns driving with someone. Make sure that you have another safe driver for times when you need a break. You can sleep while someone else drives for a while and then switch back and forth when a rest is needed. This will save you the expense of paying for a room and get you to your destination sooner.

If you are traveling with children on a plane, remember to arrive at the airport early. Make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to get you and your children checked in and not to mention leave yourself some time for bathroom breaks. You know how kids can sometimes slow you down and you want to make sure that you have enough time for the unexpected things that can come up at any given time.

Traveling with your children can be memorable experience in your life and with a little planning and thought; you can make that memory a great one.