Two Lessons River Rafting Can Teach Your Teenager

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Blog, Travel | 0 comments

When most people think of river rafting, they think of an awesome outdoor experience. Whether you’re roaring on an extreme white water rafting experience or a beginner, guided excursion, river rafting ensures a good time had by all. For parents of teenagers, a rafting experience can be so much more. In addition to family bonding time, rafting can also teach your teenager invaluable life lessons. More importantly, a rafting excursion can teach your child these lessons in an informal way that they will cherish and enjoy.

Teaches the Importance of Teamwork

As your child grows into a teenager, you begin to stress the importance of independence to them. Most parents teach their children that if you can do it for yourself, don’t ask others, and make it happen on your own. While an important trait to have, it’s also important that your children know how to work towards a goal with others, as a team. River rafting brings a lesson on teamwork to the forefront.

During the excursion, your child doesn’t just have to rely on their own strength, but also the strength of others. For example, when trying to determine how to navigate through a path of boulders ahead, your child learns how to approach the situation from their vantage point, but also from the vantage point of everyone else in the raft. This is an invaluable lesson that doesn’t just teach your child how to work as a team, but also the importance of doing so.

Helps Recognize Personal Strength

River rafting places you right in the middle of everything. When you’re in the raft, there’s no lifeguard or easy button that you can press to get out of the situation. It’s just you, your teammates, and the raft, and it’s up to you to navigate your way through.

Say your family’s raft gets stuck on a boulder. Your child will learn how to dig deep inside to help figure out just how to get the raft unstuck. For a teenager, this scenario serves as an excellent way for your child to learn their own personal capabilities. From physical strength to critical thinking, your child will have to rely on their merit to make it through. River rafting allows your child to recognize their own strength, which will in turn build their confidence.

If you’re looking for a fun and unique excursion you and your older children can enjoy, river rafting is something to consider. Between the life lessons and fun you all have together, it will be an experience everyone will remember.

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Bon Voyage: Host Your Next Family Reunion At Sea

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Blog, Travel | 0 comments

A cruise supplies a hassle-free family reunion option that can please everyone on your guest list. You can offer your family a variety of price points to fit any budget, often with included meals and entertainment costs. Once aboard the ship, there’s no need to do any more planning because the staff will handle every aspect of your party for you.

1: Choose the Right Cruise.

For a successful family reunion, select a cruise that offers multi-generational entertainment options, so both the youngest and the oldest person in your party always has something to keep them entertained. Cruises with a few exotic stops and tours along the way will give everyone in your reunion a chance to experience something new together – building memories that will last your family a lifetime.

2: Book Early.

Book your cruise package and reserve a block of rooms at least a year in advance of your planned reunion. Booking six to 12 months out may get you the best rate, and it also gives everyone time to plan their vacation time and collect their share of the funds for the trip. Also reserve all the extras you want, such as a private dining room or a private shore excursion tour just for your family. Booking early also ensures the cruise won’t fill up, so no one is left behind.

3: Request a Discount.

Most cruise lines now offer special packages just for family reunions. This can range from cabin discounts to special perks, like free drinks or entertainment options. The package may even include professional photography of your adventure or private use of a dining room for at least one family-only cruise event.

4: Send Out Invitations.

Get the invitations in the mail as soon as you have your reservation made. Make sure to include all the important details so your family can begin planning:

  • Deposit amount and due date.

  • Date and amount of final payment.

  • Available port cities for the family to board the cruise.

  • Full cruise itinerary.

  • Any cruise extras they can opt for and the cost of each.

5: Arrange the Payment.

Usually, one person makes the full deposit to the cruise line after the money is collected from everyone. Once the deposit is made, each family can then pay their remaining portion directly to the cruise line or the travel agent. Check in with everyone regularly until the time of the cruise to make sure all payments are made on time.

Although a family reunion cruise takes some planning beforehand, once everyone is on the ship, the cruise line will take care of almost all of your wants and needs. A low-stress vacation that brings everyone together is well worth a little planning.

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Locating The Quietest Areas Of A Hotel For Enhanced Sleep And Relaxation

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog, Travel | 0 comments

After the activities of the day are complete, each hotel guest is ready to return to the sanctuary provided by their assigned hotel room. Although some people can sleep through almost anything, some guests prefer to compare the available rooms and select a quieter area for a predictable night of rest.

The interaction of neighborhood noise with the physical construction of a hotel affects the potential level of outside sound reaching the interior. Activities inside hotels also produce sounds, affecting some areas more than others. Several considerations come into play when determining which rooms are more likely to be quieter on a consistent basis.

Assess any potential outside noise

Double-pane windows in a hotel muffle the outside sound, but guests may eventually notice traffic noise in rooms facing a highway. Requesting a room on the opposite side of the hotel eliminates concerns about occasional sounds from loud vehicles. The request can be made at the time of the reservation or after arrival and inspection of the physical property layout.

Locate the ice machine

Each floor of the resort is likely to have at least one large machine to produce and dispense ice. The process can be noisy as new batches of ice fall through a metallic chute to replenish the ongoing inventory of the machine. Guests produce their own noises as they fill ice buckets. Requesting a room away from the area eliminates any concern about ice machine noise.

Memorize the stairwell door location

Even though each floor of the hotel is likely accessible by elevator, a stairwell should also be available for emergency evacuation. Guests sometimes utilize the stairwell instead of an elevator, generating noise each time the door is used. As a guest in any hotel, you should be aware of the location of the stairwell as a practical safety precaution. A room near the stairwell offers a quick evacuation route, but it may also experience occasional noise from the metal door.

Consider the exercise facility

The equipment in a hotel exercise room operates quietly, but individual guests may turn up the sound of the TV while they exercise. The enthusiasm of the participants often coincides with a greater demand for TV volume. Guests in rooms near the fitness room may be able to hear a TV sound, especially each time the facility door is opened.

Weekday business travelers have different needs and motivations than leisure travelers. Some guests need only a quiet bed and quality sleep. Others want to soak in the broader experience, such as enjoying the sights and sounds of Myrtle Beach. Regardless of your travel purpose, there are guest rooms to accommodate every individual taste and preference.

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