Raising Christian Children Part 4: Plan Family Activities That Include Your Children

It may just be me, but it seems as though times have changed so much since the last generation of parents raised their children. It is so disheartening to see, read, and hear about children committing crimes are younger; children without both parents in the home more common. What is happening to our society?

I read a transcript of a sermon by the Rev. Billy Graham from a message given about 20 years ago. In that message he outlined six steps that is followed would help keep children from getting into trouble. In this series of articles I am covering each of those six steps. I do hope that you will follow each article and I further hope that these articles will bless you and your family as you strive to raise christian children. Here is Step #4.

Plan Family Activities That Include Your Children

It is amazing to me that families are doing less activities that include the children. The parents seem to be just as socially active, but baby sitters are being hired more and more to take care of children while the parents pursue their desire to “get away”. Are we to believe that they mean by this that they want to “get away” from their children? Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding YES!. How sad. And we wonder why families grow further apart as the children age.

When parents realize that they are getting away from involving their children in family activities they will realize that the main reason is their attitude towards raising children. When they brought their children into this wonderful world, they brought along with them the responsibility to give their children the very best of themselves. To give to their children the love and attention they so deserve and at the same time give them a family that does things together. Please don’t mistake activities to mean, as one mother expressed to me, “Our family does everything together: my husband takes my son to soccer practice three days a week; I take my oldest daughter to dance classes every week; and five days a week my husband drops our baby off at day care and I pick her up. We do everything together.” No, I didn’t give her a definition of “together”, I was too shocked to even respond to her statement. But hopefully, those reading this article are in agreement with me that this example does not meet the definition of a family doing activities that involve the children that is referred to in this article.

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Here Solomon issues a bold challenges, particularly to those who are parents and instructors of children, to the propagating of wisdom, that it may not die with them. Train up children to prepare them for what they are designed for. Train them up, not in the way they WOULD go, but in the way they SHOULD go, the way in which, if you love them, you would have them go. It is true that many children indeed have departed from the good way in which they were trained up; Solomon himself did so. But the early training they received from their parents may be a means of their recovering themselves, as it is supposed Solomon did. At least the parents will have the comfort of knowing they have done their duty and used the appropriate means.

In planning activities that include your children your should first, consider the developmental levels of your children, then plan your activities based on individual maturity level. You can try more challenging activities to encourage them to progress, but remember that you want them to be successful at the activities. You certainly do not want them to get frustrated or bored with the activity. Also remember that your goals for each of your children may be very different. Family activities may be either 1) activities in and around the home or 2) activities that are part of a vacation. Either way, planning those activities for and with your children will make them feel more an integral art of the family.

Here are some suggested activities that we found both fun and beneficial for our children.

Activities In And Around The Home

When planning activities in and around the home it will require some sacrifices of time on the part of everyone in the family. Mom and Dad (assuming both work) are usually tired by the time they get home from work, eat dinner (supper for those of you in the south) and hopefully have a little time to relax. But your number one priority should still be your children. Why not set some evenings of the week for family activities (other than taking your kids to sports practice, dance lessons, music lessons, etc.)?

The number of children you have and their ages will dictate what activities will work best for your family. The listed examples we what we used for our family which included three children: 12-year old son, 8-year old son, and 4-year old daughter.

We planned our family evening activities around our children’s activity schedules and usually had two or three nights a week for family fun. Ideally, every night could be used for some type of family activity, but that is not being realistic in today’s busy world. For this article let us assume that you do have every evening available for a family activity is case your are blessed.

In our family, Wednesday night was set aside for church service. During the school year, we had to be very flexible. Not every activity had all the kids involved due to various amounts of homework. During summer vacation time, more consistency in full participation was possible. Exception: our 12-year old was the star pitcher on his baseball team and they played several night a week until the All-Star team lost in the regional tournament. Here is a sample of our family activities in and around the home would ideally be:

Monday evenings: Family Scrapbook Night

We put a lot of value in keeping our family scrapbooks. We had a separate scrapbook for each child and one for the family (we also had a scrapbook that was reserved for our family history: genealogy research). This may seem like “over kill” to some, but now that our children are grown, those scrapbooks are priceless to them. As each child left home, they took their individual scrapbook with them. We kept the “family” scrapbook and it stays on our living room coffee table as a proud reminder of our children’s lives from birth to present. We are still adding pages: GRANDCHILDREN!

Tuesday evenings: Family Game Night

Our family really enjoyed game night. It gave us as parents a way to teach our children the importance of being both a good loser and a good winner. We live in a competitive world and as our children enter into that competitive world they need to be prepared for winning and losing and how to handle both in a christian manner. We would choose games that would involve our 4-year old. She loved Skip Bo as she loved to count. Yahtzee was another game that gave our 4-year old lots of enjoyment. Our boys even enjoyed picking up the dice when she would throw them across the table and onto the floor. Lots of good laughs: lots of fun for all.

Wednesday evenings: Church Night

Where we attend church they have classes divided up in age groups so each of our children have their own class to attend where they not only grow their faith, but grow many friendships.

Thursday evenings: Food Fight Night

Just kidding, but hopefully I have your attention now. Thursday evenings we work together as a family in the preparation of a special meal that has been planned (the week before) by our children. We allow them to decide the menu for a four-course meal and then we divide up the preparation appropriately. For example, we do not our 4-year old to handle hot items like boiling water or deep frying. (I guess I just have a dislike for emergency rooms.) One of the kids favorite menus was: 1st course of an appetizer (in this case cheese bread; 2nd course of mixed salad; 3rd course of spaghetti and meatballs; 4th course Italian doughnuts “Sfinci”. Assignments: 1st course – our 8-year old; 2nd course – My wife and our 4-year old (talk about your “tossed” salad); 3rd course – me and our 12-year old (he really got good at meatballs!); 4th course – everybody. When meal preparation was over the kitchen did indeed look like we had a food fight. Great fun except for when it came time for clean up. But again, a great teaching tool for seeing a task through to completion.

Friday evenings: Football Game/Family Reading Night

During football season, we would go as a family to the local school’s football game. On the Friday evenings that the team was out of town we had our family reading time. We encouraged our children to read not only during this time, but whenever they had some free time. We would allow our children to chose a book to read and then involve everyone who could read to take their turn reading. As the years have passed we look back on our reading nights as special night of bonding as a family. Many of the books we read came from “Hooked On Phonics” material. We were very impressed with the entire “Hooked On Phonics” program. It deserves most of the credit for developing the reading skills in our children and their developing a love of reading.

Saturdays: Arts & Crafts /Community Service Day

As a family we are arts minded. My wife is an excellent artist, I have performed as a member of several symphony orchestras. We encourage our children to pursue their individual interests in the arts. One project we used to lead into activities that are part of a vacation is the creation of a Family Vacation Savings Box. We used a “cigar” box with our kids, but I have not seen a cigar box in years, so any sturdy box about the size of a cigar box should work fine. We decorated the box with pictures of the places we want to visit on our next family vacation. We tape it shut and cut a slot in the top. As a family we developed several strategies for having money available to actually place in our savings box. One that my 8-year old suggested was to take the money we saved using coupons for food purchases. He had helped his mother cut out lots of coupons so it is easy to see why he would suggest this. His mother and I agreed. Our 12-year old placed half of what he earned mowing lawns in the neighborhood. He currently is the leading salesman for a cell phone company and his experience early might have lead to this success. He informed all his customers how he was using half his earnings for helping with the family vacation fund and his client list grew over the years. Challenge your children to help save for the family vacations. You will be as amazed as we were how much more enjoyable the family vacations became.

As a family we are community service minded. Through our church we volunteer as a family to visit nursing homes, help with church and community events, and help many elderly or handicapped church members who need assistance with various tasks such as mowing lawns, cleaning their home, or preparing a healthy meal and taking it to their home. We wanted our children to grow to be caring and unselfish individuals. As we look back at those times we realize how close we became as a family because of our participating as a family in these activities. At first our children were not excited about “helping” other people, but after a very short time, the attitude changed. After each volunteering activity we would have a family meal at a local restaurant. We used the time during the meal to discuss how it made each of us feel to do what we had done. Our children would always mention “warm fuzzy” as a feeling after seeing the smile on the faces of the people we assisted. When we finally returned home we all felt a sense of accomplishment. Of all our volunteer activities, visiting nursing homes was our most memorable. You could see the appreciation in the faces of those wonderful people with whom we were privileged to spend some time getting to know.

Sundays: Church was our primary activity every Sunday. Being able to attend the church of our choice as a family gave spiritual strength to us as individuals and as a family. Worshiping together with our friends was a special time for our family. A time of spiritual growth and appreciation for each other as part of a loving and caring family. After most Sunday services we either had been invited to one of our friends’ homes for lunch or we had invited guests to join us at our home for lunch. Either way, it was a continuation of sharing with other people with like interests and our children strengthened friendships with our guests children. Sundays were truly a blessed day for our entire family.

Activities That Are Part Of A Vacation

So as not to turn this post into the length of a major novel, I will just simply state that the planning of our vacations were done by everyone in our family. It was our goal as parents to choose a vacation location that could be fun for every member of the family. We never had unlimited funds for vacations, but you would have thought by the stories our children tell of our trips that we did. The “Family Vacation Savings Box” money was dedicated to our children’s entertainment and their souvenir purchases. Also, to conserve funds, we tried to plan a vacation route that would include areas where we could visit relatives. (Our adult children now refer to our vacations as “Family Tree Vacations”) This served a dual purpose: saved us money on motels and gave us time to visit with family members we had not seen in several years. As an added plus we could also gather updates for our family history scrapbook.

We live in what is referred to as the Midwest section of the United States. Most of our family live in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas. Two of our favorite destinations were Nashville, Tennessee and San Antonio, Texas. We had numerous activity choices in both. When we went to Nashville, we routed through Kansas City as our 12-year old was a fan of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. So, he wanted to go to a baseball game. Our 8-year old was taking guitar lessons, so he wanted to go to the “Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville. Being as both locations had theme parks, our 4-year old was quite satisfied to ride anything that was slow. My wife and I enjoyed all the selections our children made, we had to as they put up with our visiting the relatives on both sides of the family.

It is my hope that this article will encourage you, the reader, to start involving your children in your activity planning if you don’t do so already. If you are including your children in your activity planning, may this article give you some ideas to give your activities some variety. Raising christian children is such a challenge in today’s world. We as parents should be challenged to find as many methods as we can to involve our children in wholesome activities that will encourage them to consistently keep their focus on things eternal. May God bless your and your family!

Hotels And Motels Online: The Easy Route To Cheaper Rooms

Oh the joys of traveling. Most of us have had both good and bad experiences over the years, but what usually kick starts the trip off to either a fine or poor start is the accommodation. It's so important for the owners of holiday lodgings to create a welcoming feeling on arrival. Whatever the type of business, there's never a second chance to make a first impression, and the hotels and motels of the world are certainly no exception to that rule.

Obviously, all the glossy brochures and posters promoting the hotels and motels are going to create great visual impact, but just how much of what we see in these illustrated ads actually bear a resemblance to the places in reality?

The search for fine hotels and motels starts by knowing how to locate them. Years ago this was no easy feat as all we had to go on were a few brochures and a bit of a hard sell from the travel agents. Thanks to the internet, those methods are now in the dark ages of travel and tourism.

The best thing about the booming travel industry worldwide is the availability of the hotels and motels that have sprung up literally everywhere. An abundance of places to stay has created some healthy competition among hotels and that can only be good for customers in terms of both the quality and affordability of available lodgings.

If you already know you destination or general geographic preference, you can simply hop online and log onto Google or one of the other great search engines out there. With Google at your disposal, just type in your destination and within a millisecond you'll have a whole bunch of hotels and motel to browse through based on your search terms.

On my last trip to Orlando, I made great use of the World Wide Web a few months prior to the trip. It was so easy to find a choice of 4 and 5 star hotels and up-market motels to choose from. Each one of the hotels and motels that I short listed had their won website. It was just fantastic to get recent pictures of the layout, the rooms, the restaurants and the recreational areas, plus of course, the latest prices and promotions. A few of these places actually had online virtual tours which wave panoramic scrolling views of the establishment.

Whether you are someone who travels a lot on business or just a care-free holiday-goer who loves to take trips, I strongly recommend you do all your searching for hotels and motels online. Even if you have some loyalty in places you've stayed for years, why not jump online and see what's available? You'll be really amazed at the variety in quality, location, and cost that's around these days. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the terrific promotions that get thrown out there from time to time, and yes, many of these special deals are available to internet booker only.

A Look Into New York's Albany Hotels

New York is quite famous for its Albany hotels which are found in almost every major part of New York. There are numerous types of Albany hotels for you to choose from when you visit New York depending on what your requirements are.

The Crowne Plaza hotel

The Crowne Plaza is probably one of the best if not "the" best Albany hotel in New York. The largest plus point of this hotel for any business man visiting New York is that its located near the economic center of New York. It is also just walking distance from New York's legislative office. Additionally, there are also a number of area colleges in close proximacy.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is designed in a way that allows it to effectively cater to the needs of both family travelers and business people alike. The huge Crowne Plaza hotel has more than 300 guest rooms, suites and deluxe club accommodations. The perks of living in a room in the Crowne Plaza hotel includes luxurious comforters, piles of pillows, pillow top mattresses and triple sheets. All of this works to make guests feel at home.

The Crowine Plaza hotel is one of the many hotels in New York that offer their guests shuttle services to and from the train station and the international airport. The Crowne Plaza Hotel also boasts of a large business center which can handle your conventions, meetings, social gatherings and also weddings – meaning that you can actually have guests staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel and at the same time host an even there as well.

The Crowne Plaza offers its guests two dining options which include Webster's Corner and Kelsey's Irish Pub. The difference between the two is that Webster's Corner aims more towards serving breakfast and Kelsey's Irish Pub is great for relaxing while you have your lunch or dinner.

Hampton Inn and Suites

When visiting Albany, New York it's really hard not to notice the bright building in the skyline which is actually the Hampton Inn and Suites. The Hampton Inn and Suites is considered to be the best hotels in Albany. The staff at this hotel is well trained, professional, and are ready to cater to all of their visitor's needs. The hotel has around 121 guestrooms, 8 whirlpools, 35 suites, and one huge executive suite consisting of two rooms. The suites of the Hampton Inn and Suites have microwaves, refrigerators etc as part of the amenities offered.

The good thing about the Hampton Inn and Suites is that you can enjoy the riverfront when you are living in the Inn which is just a few blocks away. Yono is an onsite restaurant which serves all three meals ie breakfast lunch and dinner. The hotel also boasts a large sauna, a steam room, and a tanning bed. You can also get hot tea and coffee which is served in the lobby 24/7

Clarion Hotel

The Clarion hotel is a business type hotel which is probably geared towards business people who visit New York. The hotel has function rooms, and banquet areas which is great for gatherings and meetings. There is also a ballroom which is ideal for couples who are visiting New York – another plus of this hotel is that it's pet friendly.

In addition to the hotels mentioned above there are many other hotels located in Albany, New York. However it's imperative that you first do some research to find the hotel that fits your needs exactly and then book a room in advance. This will ensure that you save both time and money when you visit Albany.

Youth Sport Teams Opting to Stay in Vacation Homes Vs Hotels

Youth sport tournaments are popular in most large US cities. Sports teams on the go now include everything from soccer to softball, volleyball to cheerleading. Team leaders and organizers often face the challenge of where to house their team. Unless reservations are made far in advance, hotels and motels are almost always booked. They also lack the youth-friendly accommodations that these events need for kids and teens to feel at home. All the more reason why youth sport organizers increasingly choose vacation homes for their teams to stay for any away activities, competitions and tournaments.

Close Proximity to Tournament Venues

Vacation homes are often just as conveniently located to tournament and sports venues as hotels and motels. For kids, teens and event leaders / organizers, being just minutes away from where events are held can be a key factor. Such homes are not only close to arenas, ball parks and convention centers, but they're also very often just minutes from major entertainment attractions that allow kids, teens and their charges to unwind.

There's No Place like Home

Tournament organizers and team managers are discovering that vacation homes can be very accommodating to youth sport teams. Many such homes feature kids / bunk rooms, two or three bunk beds and two trundles, which offer the extra convenience of allowing many kids to share the same bedroom. Some four-bedroom vacation homes can sleep as many as 16. And most have a sofa sleeper in the family room that sleeps an additional two.

Entertainment for Kids, Teens and their Charges

Many vacation homes are designed to keep kids, teens and their charges entertained, something they need after a day of physically and mentally challenging competition. These homes typically have smart TVs, action packed gaming systems like X-Box, DVD players, Foosball, Netflix, and Wi-Fi access for smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Such connectivity options also help keep everyone up to date on both local tournament activities and sports events throughout the world.

Pools, Spas and BBQs

After a busy day of tryouts and tough challenges, kids, teens and their charges need to unwind. Vacation homes let guests do something they usually can not do in a hotel or motel-prepare hot dogs, burgers or steaks on a BBQ in the privacy of their own backyard. No waiting for BBQs to be available or sharing yard space with strange hotel / motel guests. Each home usually includes a large outdoor dining table and chairs, plus a comfortable seating area. Most homes also have an in-ground, private, gated pool and a relaxing spa or hot tub. Here, adults can de-stress with their fellow charges while youth swim competitors can practice their techniques, again all in the privacy of people they know.

Three Square Meals

Staying in a vacation home lets guests enjoy healthy, economic meals for kids and teens – three times a day. Unlike hotels and motels, which offer inflexible menus, most vacation homes allow guests to prepare unique meals that fit their teams' health and taste preferences. Each home features fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances (dishwasher, fridge, microwave and double oven), granite counters, and large breakfast bars. The kitchens also come with pots, pans, bakeware, cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, even kitchen towels and paper towels-just like home.

Economical Cleaning Services

Youth sports teams can be hard on clothes and uniforms. Hotel / motel laundry services can be very expensive for an entire team. Most vacation homes include a washing machine and dryer for economic in-home convenience. Cleaning up after kids and teens can also be a chore, which is why most homes also have available housekeeping services.

Different Types of Holiday Accommodation

Are you looking for action, adventure or plain relaxation to get rid of all the stress from work? Then a vacation in one of the most sought after destinations in the world is your best choice. There are plenty of things to see and experience from outdoor adventures, tours, wine tasting, dining, wildlife viewing to shopping. However, before you can enjoy all these amazing things you must plan your accommodation first.

How to find the best accommodation? All you need to do is decide whether you want to relax by the beach, next to a lake, or close to an important city in order to enjoy the urban life. After you take your pick, there are plenty of accommodations to choose from. Here’s the list:

Hotel – There is an array of hotels from popular world-class establishments to small country pubs. If you want to explore the city, the museums and the shopping centers, staying at a hotel nearest to them is your best option. Most hotels are stylish, unique and come with multiple rooms which may vary in size and type. On the other hand, country pub hotels are clean and stylish with pleasant facilities.

Apartments – They are found all over the country and offer guests the comforts of being at home while on vacation. Apartments are a great choice when travelling with the whole family or group of friends since it can cater up to 6 people. It also includes a kitchen, living room, dining room and 1-3 smaller rooms closed off from the living area.

Self Contained Accommodation – Like the apartment, a self contained accommodation offer the same comfort you get from home while on vacation. Commonly referred to as your own home away from home, it provides all the privacy you need and desire. There are plenty of self-contained accommodations that have one or three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge and laundry area.

Holiday Parks– This is perfect for back packers or campers. Holiday parks also known as camping grounds can be found in towns and rural areas. They are generally family oriented and come with playgrounds or recreational facilities. A holiday park can be a cabin, permanent caravan, flats or motels.

Luxury – There are plenty of luxury accommodations for those who want to live on high standard or high level service and luxury. They range from exclusive resorts, secluded beach or Lake Front lodges with superb facilities, exceptional food and extremely high professional service.

A vacation in one of the most beautiful countries in the world is not prefect without experiencing the kiwi-friendly hospitality and quality accommodation. With so many fantastic attractions and activities to fill your day, you need a comfortable place to help you relax and have a good night’s sleep.

7 Weird Hotels Around The World

Have you ever wanted to stay in a hotel that is a little … well … different? There are a few hotels around the world that offer guests a unique experience, so if you're bored of staying in your typical hotel and want to stay somewhere with a difference, consider trying out one of these weird hotels around the world.

Jumbo Hostel, Sweden
Spend the night in a real jumbo jet at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. But you will not be cramped in a tiny airplane seat. Instead you can stay in a choice of private rooms and dorm bed options, with ensuite bathrooms and a bar and restaurant on board. The most luxurious room in Jumbo Hostel is the exclusive Cockpit Room which takes up the entire top deck.

Das Park Hotel, Austria
Located in Ottensheim, Das Park Hotel has unique rooms that are made out of large concrete drain pipes. They are certainly cozy but have everything you need including double bed, windows, storage space and electricity.

Capsule Hotels, Japan
A very popular accommodation option in Japan are the capsule hotels … that's right … there is not just one. These budget friendly rooms are exactly as they sound – they are slightly larger than a coffin and stacked one on top of the other. Consider it like a fully enclosed bunk bed with just enough room to sleep.

The Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Turkey
Located in the beautiful Cappadocia region of Turkey, the Gamirasu Cave Hotel is actually an ancient Byzantine monastic retreat that has been converted into a hotel. As a guest you are treated to the unique opportunity to stay in a cave that has been converted into a hotel room.

Hobbit Motel, New Zealand
Since New Zealand is the place where The Lord of the Rings and the upcoming Hobbit movies were filmed, it makes sense that they have the very first Hobbit Motel. Located in Waitomo, the Hobbit Motel offers self contained rooms with kitchens and private bathrooms, and they are all built like little Hobbit homes.

Hôtel de Glace, Canada
Located in Quebec, the Hôtel de Glace is a hotel made entirely out of ice that has to be built each winter. Obviously you can not stay here all year round, but during the winter you can stay in this temporary ice marvel, where even your bed and furniture is made out of ice.

Poseidon Undersea Resort
Located on a private island in Fiji, Poseidon Undersea Resort is the world's first underwater hotel. This luxury resort is only for those with a lot of cash to spend, but for your money you get luxury rooms located completely under the sea, with huge glass windows that look out into the coral filled tropical waters of Fiji.

Dog Friendly Camping in the Peak District

The Peak District is located in the centre of the United Kingdom. It is easily accessible from the main motorway network and has good rail links to Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Chesterfield and Macclesfield.

Once you are here, you can relax in beautiful surroundings, experience the lush meadows, rolling hills and leafy forests of the Derbyshire Dales, or walk on the rugged moors and climb the majestic hills of the High Peak, including the wonderful Kinder Scout.

One of the cheapest forms of dog friendly accommodation in the Peak District, is camping. There are many dog friendly campsites in the peak district, so you can bring your dog on holiday with you and avoid expensive kennel fees.

Camping with your dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have with your four legged friend. It is a great opportunity to bond with your dog and get back to nature.

To make this experience as problem free as possible, a little planning goes a long way.

During the day, you won’t be able to leave your dog in the tent and obviously in summer time, cars get far too hot to leave dogs in, so you have to plan ahead and decide where you can take your dog.

Whilst you are visiting, you can experience some of the Peak District’s dog friendly pubs. There are many pubs that positively encourage muddy boots and four legged friends, particularly in the walking areas around the Peaks. You may simply want to enjoy a latte in one of the dog friendly peak district coffee shops, of which there are a few! There are also many dog friendly events in the Peak District that you can attend, ranging from Country Shows to Crich Tramway museum.

Here are a few top tips when taking your dog camping:

1. If this is the first time that you have taken your dog camping you will need to ensure that they are as calm as possible. Expecting a dog to get used to a flapping tent at night, may take a bit of time. It is perhaps useful to pitch the tent nice and early in the day, and get the dog used to moving in and out of the tent. By the time evening comes, it will be happy to sleep in it.

2. Not every campsite accepts dogs, so you will to check beforehand and make sure you read the rules of the campsite. Dogs will need to be kept on a lead around the campsite and will not be allowed to roam free. You can purchase long leads and stakes that skewer into the ground which you can attach your long leads to. It pays to get the dog used to this before you begin your camping trip, the last thing you want is an agitated dog on holiday with you. A persistent barking dog will only upset your neighbouring campers and could end your stay earlier on the campsite than you intended.

3. In Case of Emergency – whilst you are away, make sure that you aware of where your nearest vet is, just in case you require their services at short notice. A quick search on the Dog Friendly Peak District website will identify this information. You should also need to ensure that the dog is up to date with it’s inoculations. Make sure your dog is micro chipped or at the very least is tagged with ID telephone no – just in case it gets lost.

4. A comfortable dog is a happy dog and will settle well when it is expected to go to it’s bed at night. Make sure that your pet is surrounded by familiar bedding and toys. You may consider taking a crate for your dog to sleep in at night. This might make it feel more secure and comfortable at night. Plan where the dog is going to sleep early on and place his bedding there so that he can get familiar with his sleeping area. If you try and keep to familiar routines in terms of bedtimes the dog is likely to settle much easier.

5. During the day, particularly if it is quite warm, make sure you can find a spot with some shade for the dog. It may be wise to find a pitch that is near the edge of the campsite, so that of you need to take it out last thing at night for natures call, then you are not tripping over everyone else’s tent pegs to get out of the camp site.

6. Ensure that you dispose of all dog waste in the appropriate bins. Most dog friendly campsites in the Peak District will provide the appropriate disposal receptacles, but this is not always the case, so make sure you bring plenty of pooh bags and ensure you know where the bins are for safe disposal.

I hope that these tips are helpful when planning your dog friendly stay in the Peak District, and I hope that you have many happy memories with your four legged friend of great camping holidays.

Orlando Honeymoon Vacations

A honeymoon vacation is a unique and special period that allows newlyweds to spend quality time together after their wedding celebration. Romance and love have long been celebrated and what better way to do it than going on a honeymoon vacation. When deciding upon a perfect destination, Orlando stands out as a perfect choice.

Orlando honeymoon vacations offer newlyweds an ideal option to understand each other and discover the beauty of the place. Back in the 1970's, it was a farming town but has significantly considered and attracts a large number of American and foreign tourists. The intention of a holiday of this sort is more often than not a time by newlyweds to understand each other. These vacations provide breathing space from relatives and the stress of life, allowing for the renewal of the couple's commitment in privacy.

Without any distractions, couples are able to talk about everything that needs to be discussed in the stress-free environment. While selecting Orlando as a vacation spot, utmost importance is given to choosing suitable accommodation. This is always expected, as most honeymooners prefer staying indoors than outdoors. Apart from this newly weds need to find choices that fit their budget and are well organized.

Orlando offers honeymooners a wide choice of beaches, mountains, shopping centers, theme parks and other less frequently visited locations. Along with enjoying their honeymoon, couples may visit Discovery Cove, the cool water parks, Sea World, Universal Studios and the legendary Walt Disney World. Couples may choose to live at star rated hotels, suites, honeymoon apartments, cottages or motels. They may inquire about honeymoon packages from online tour companies or local travel agencies. It is possible to opt for a tailor-made honeymoon deal in Orlando that is aimed at providing privacy for the couples. Newlyweds should opt for advance bookings to prevent unpleasing ordeals on arriving Orlando.

Finding a Hotel in Nelson

It's the sunniest part of the country, found on the tip of the South Island and a favorite with international and domestic visitors every year. Because of all the attractions there are plenty of places to stay, and trying to find the right one for your needs can feel a little complicated.

As Nelson Airport is not international, getting to this vibrant city from overseas will require a flight to one of New Zealand's main centers such as Auckland or Christchurch and then a connecting flight from there to Nelson. Alternately if you are traveling around the country by car then it's important to note that you will be traveling a reasonable amount of time. After so much traveling you are going to want somewhere to stay that is going to make you feel more than comfortable.

Whether you are staying for a holiday or traveling on business, it's a good idea to select a hotel that is more than a home away form home, a place you might never want to leave. There is nothing worse than spending a day out, either working or exploring only to come back to a room where you can not relax and unwind to ready yourself for the next day.

Staying in a resort may be your answer. A resort offers more than just accommodation, and can sometimes be so lovely you do not want to leave the prizes to explore any further! This can make it a perfect option for those getaway weekends where you just want to spend some quality time with a partner, or invest in recharging your own batteries.

Looking at resorts, we know they offer dining on site, like hotels do but often can offer other services as well that make them an attractive choice when looking to book a hotel in Nelson, New Zealand. It may also include a hair salon, or a beauty therapist, and of course no place in the area is complete without some sort of craft shop, as this part of the country is the craft and art capital of the country.

If you are a fitness enthusiast, finding a good place to keep up the exercise can sometimes be an issue when traveling, so investigate wherever the places you are looking at have a gymnasium and sometimes a heated pool, you can use to do a few laps in Egypt at the very least, swan about in.

If you're booking a place to stay to celebrate, or as a honeymoon, you'll want a place that offers both space and privacy, so find out what size rooms are available, and whether they offer privacy and a little distance from your next door neighbors.

Most importantly, if you are booking a hotel in Nelson, New Zealand, select one you instinctively love. It's a great idea to feel like you've got a little bit of opulence and beauty around you where ever you are staying, so you'll come home refreshed and pleased you took the time to go away.

Great Las Vegas Hotel Deals

Any vacation to Las Vegas can turn into an expensive one if you aren’t careful. The biggest expense is accommodation, but another major expense is the gambling (depending on how good you are). It is possible to; however, reduce these costs by planning your trip in advance and ensuring that you book the best deals available.

Many are trying to work out ways to attract customers through their doors. One of the ways they do this is by offering discounts on rooms so that you will be tempted to stay with them, rather than booking into a cheaper location across the city.

Obviously, hotels that are further away from the strip have even cheaper rates for accommodations, since their location is not as good for people looking to gamble the night away at a five-star casino. Still, if you don’t mind paying a little extra for travel, or have your own car in the city, you can definitely stay at these motels and enjoy good accommodations while saving on money as well.

All hotels located on the famous “Strip” have exorbitant room rates, but not if you book your holiday at the right time. Several times a year, these hotels will offer discounted rates to attract customers in the off season or at times when their customer traffic is lower. If you are lucky enough to book your accommodation then, you will be able to get a significant discount on normal rates.

Downtown also offer discounts to attract customers. Downtown has improved significantly in the last decade or so, and to draw more and more customers away from the “Strip” and other motels, the hotels here offer not only cheap accommodation but also numerous activities for their clients.

Other large resorts like Circus, The Stratosphere and Treasure Island also offer day in and day out services and the quality of their customer reception is just as good as other five Star hotels. Along with this, there are many four and five star hotels which also offer great package deals in order to cut their competition.

Another factor that influences the rate of the hotel would be the time of year you check in. With the economy struggling these days, these hotels have lowered their rates just to accommodate the maximum number of guests they can get. You need to gather information before time about the various deals hotels are offering to take advantage of the best ones.

In addition to this, if you want to cut down even more expenditure, you should try to book yourself a combined travel and hotel payment deal. Charter packages are also something to look at as they negotiate with the payments of hotels and they can even come at a very cheap price.

In addition to the above stated methods, you can try to book yourself for junkets which Las Vegas hotels and casinos have to attract the gamblers to their hotel. The hotel and casino owners sponsor these people in order to gain popularity.

Mandalay Hotel, Paris, and Venetian are the most highly rated hotels in the world. Even these hotels offer discount deals at different times in the year, usually in the off season or around special occasions.

Furthermore, Las Vegas also offers you delicious food, with a variety to choose from and food services such as buffets and dinner as well as show packages. Presenting varieties such as India, Chinese, Mexican, and Italian – offer a numerous number of dining options.

Night shows and casinos are also offered in package deals. Since they want their customers to be happy and return to their hotels, hotels offer deals that combine shows as well. A few popular shows include the Blue Man Group and Zumanity. These shows are very popular and bound to get customers every night. The hotels offer these in their package to make sure that if their customers want to see a show, they choose their hotel.

Finding yourself a good deal is not as hard a task task if you have done you homework right.