Royal Caribbean Leads Alliance Against PortMiami Soccer Stadium Plan

Royal Caribbean Leads Alliance Against PortMiami Soccer Stadium Plan
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Royal Caribbean Cruises is leading the charge against building a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami. The cruise company and its allies have formed a group called the “Miami Seaport Alliance” to oppose David Beckham group's …
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Friday Photos
Friday is here and that means we're sharing our reader's favorite Royal Caribbean cruise photos to give the rest of us a little "cruise fix" until our next cruise. Let's see what we have this week. Jared sent us this photo from St. Maarten with a …
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Royal Caribbean to homeport its newest ship in China
MIAMI, FL – Royal Caribbean International today announced that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China, bringing the company's most innovative ship to the world's fastest-growing cruise market. The …
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20 year RC Golf Team Reunion Trip

20 year RC Golf Team Reunion Trip

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The members of the 1991 RC golf team take a trip to the Legends Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. Left to Right: Yancey Dean ’91, Walt Rhea ’91, Sam Taylor ’92, Bob Spellane ’92, Rob Minnix ’91, Frank Richardson ’92, “Coach” Tom Turner ‘83.

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Ideal getaway

Ideal getaway
And while a number of resorts have established their own unique attractions, a newly developed getaway in the Adventure Capital is set to take the tourism industry by storm. Nanuku … Being the first inclusive all-luxury resort in Fiji on the mainland …
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Goway Unlocks the World's Most Exclusive Islands with New Offers
Goway Travel is bringing Tahiti and the Maldives closer than ever with new specials on air-inclusive trips to these famously exclusive islands. Both destinations are synonymous with luxury for honeymooners and other globetrotters. … French Polynesia …
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Top 10 honeymoon packages for newlyweds
Australian couples will spend about two weeks on a honeymoon and fork out about $ 7000 on the post-wedding trip. Kim Skilton, marketing director of My Holiday Centre, says relaxation and an all-inclusive package with luxury inclusions are top of a bride …
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Ellicott City, Maryland (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

Marking their boldest contest announcement to date,, the Inc. 500 company that enables consumers to purchase gift cards at a discounted rate and sell unwanted gift cards for cash, revealed its Go Fetch video contest today. The Go Fetch video contest allows consumers to compete for a chance to win a $ 500 PetCo gift card and have their video featured on The launch of the video contest is an effort to better engage the brand with consumers.

The videos submitted for the Go Fetch contest must feature a dog(s) attempting to catch a gift card. We wanted to put a creative twist on the traditional game of fetch, says Business and Marketing Manager, Carrie Brenner. Since a lot of our consumers are dog owners, we thought this contest would be a great way to get them involved with the brand, and let their creativity shine.

The Go Fetch video contest will run until April 30, 2014. At that time, the top 10 videos will be chosen and the finalists will be featured on the YouTube page. Consumers will then have a chance to vote for their favorite video by using the Go Fetch hashtag (#GoFetch). All of the top 10 finalists will receive a $ 10 PetCo gift card and the grand prize winner will receive the $ 500 PetCo gift card.

For more information, official contest rules and how to enter, visit: or contact kirstenm(at)giftcardrescue(dot)com.


Based in Ellicott City, Maryland, is a leading gift card exchange site. GiftCardRescue.coms main focus is helping consumers save more; offering up to 35% off on discounted gift cards to over 500 national merchants, as well as, up to 92% cash back for unwanted gift cards. guarantees all transactions and is backed by the best customer support team in the industry.

Saks Fifth Avenue – 8% OFF

Radio Shack – 15% OFF

Jos. A Bank – 16% OFF

PetCo – 17% OFF

Victoria’s Secret – 18% OFF

JCPenney – 20% OFF

Bath & Body Works – 20% OFF

Disney Vacation – 20% OFF

Dick’s Sporting Goods – 20% OFF

Pier 1 Imports – 22% OFF

Belk – 25% OFF

PacSun – 26% OFF

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2012 National Car Rental SCPGA Assistant Championship

Presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF Mission Viejo Country Club, July 30, 2012.

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10th Annual Tour de Pink Bike Ride Open for Registration

Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

SOFTLAYER presents the 10th annual Tour de Pink bike ride benefiting Pink Ribbons Project Sunday, September 14 at Prairie View A&M University. Tour de Pink is the first bike ride in Texas to solely benefit breast cancer awareness and education.

We are thrilled to open for registration, Kristi Okwuonu, Pink Ribbons Project Executive Director said. For 10 years, Tour de Pink has raised lifesaving funds for breast cancer

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Disneyland Hotel REAL Wedding Workshop

Disneyland Hotel REAL Wedding Workshop
Event on 2014-05-01 13:00:00

Have you ever wanted to shoot a wedding with an award winning photographer and get his pointers throughout the entire wedding? Have you ever wanted to shoot a real wedding at a venue where award winning photographers shoot?  Have you ever wanted to attend a workshop and keep the images to build your own portfolio? Well, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!!

The Ceremony will be held at the Rose Garden, and the Reception will be held at the Mark Twain Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel. It is so rare to be able to shoot a wedding at Disney unless you are on the approved list of photographers, so this is an unprecedented opportunity for photographers to get once in a lifetime shots for their portfolio.  

Jason shot his first Disney wedding in 2011 and knows how to help everyone get shots that will look like a million bucks.  The bride will be arriving to the ceremony in the Cinderella Carriage like the one you see in Jason's shot above. This is an opportunity you CAN'T miss out on!

Award winning photographer Jason Lanier is combining two of his key areas of expertise, shooting weddings and teaching photographers into 1 amazing workshop.  The REAL Wedding Portfolio Building Workshop is your chance to shoot along side Jason, get help with your images, get instructions as the wedding unfolds, and KEEP the images for your own portfolio to show everyone just how awesome you are so you can go and book amazing weddings for yourself.

The wedding is on Friday May 2nd and will be amazing!  Jason carefully picks the weddings that he will use for workshops taking into account the ceremony and reception venues as well as insuring that the couple gives him the appropriate amount of time to allow the group to do an amazing couple shoot on the wedding day so he can take full advantage of everything the venues have to offer.

But that's not all!  Jason has planned an engagement, bridal getting ready, and bridal shoots the day before the wedding (Thursday- Day 1 of the workshop) so you can have a COMPLETE wedding portfolio of the wedding clients for your own marketing purposes.

0 to register, the remainder due 1 week prior to the workshop!  

BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THIS WORKSHOP CAN BENEFIT ALL SKILL LEVELS.  For those who are just starting out this will be incredibly eye opening.  For those who have shot weddings and are looking for that next step…THIS. IS. IT.


*Where is the nearest major airport? John Wayne Airport, LAX, or Ontario

*Is there shuttle service provided? No there is not, you will need to rent a car or carpool with someone else that is attending.  I try to keep the cost down and the best way to do that is by not making all the travel expenses inclusive in the price because different attendees have different budgets.  We will certainly help you if you are looking for someone to bunk up with or for a carpool buddy.  The meet up site enables you to send messages to all those who are attending so it's easy to find someone if that's what you're looking for!

*So do I get to use all the images I take at the workshop for my own use…really? Yep!  That's the entire concept behind this specific type of workshop.  I'm trying to help photographers to pursue their dream of having killer portfolios so they can further their career.

*Do I have to handle my own travel accommodations and expenses? Yes you do.  I will inform the group of where I'm staying so they can be close to me if preferred.

*I'm just beginning, will I really get a lot out of this workshop? Yes you will!  I truly wish there would have been this type of wedding workshop available when I started because it would have saved me from making so many mistakes in my career.

*I'm a seasoned pro, will this help? Absolutely!  Need to spice up your portfolio?  Need to get out of the rut?  Need an entirely different look and feel for your style and portfolio?  This is for you!

*Is there any preparatory information or services provided before the workshop? Yes, Jason will hold online webinars with all paid attendees prior to the workshop to help prepare them for everything they are going to encounter.

*Are there any discounts if I bring a group? Yes there are!  Jason will provide a 15% discount for any groups that book together that are 3 people or more.

*What is the maximum amount of people allowed? There will be a cap of 10 attendees to allow everyone time and space to get great shots.  Jason has taught workshops for years to groups larger than 10 and is versed in making sure everyone has an opportunity to get great shots and learning experiences.

*Will I get to use the engagement, bridal getting ready, and bridal portrait sessions for my portfolio as well? Yep!

*How will I get a release from the bride and groom? Jason will coordinate a release between all the attendees and the wedding couple prior to the wedding workshop.  You will receive a signed copy at the workshop for your records.  There is no extra charge for the release.

*Are there any extra fees associated with the workshop that I should know about? Nope! Jason keeps it very simple.  Jason's team will be shooting video and documenting the wedding workshop. That video will be made available for purchase after the workshop.  You are not required to buy the video but if you want it, it will help you!

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1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, United States

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DealScoopr Launches Personalized Flight Deals Search to Save You Money on Your Next Trip

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 03, 2014

DealScoopr, a travel startup focused on travel deals discovery, today announced the launch of its Personalized Flight Deals Search. This allows budget conscious travelers to find the cheapest airfares that match their preferred travel dates and destinations.

Travelers spend a lot of time doing multiple searches across numerous sites to find the best flight deals. DealScoopr solves this problem by instantly analyzing and intelligently filtering tens of thousands of airfares based on the travelers preferences, said Nischal Pathania, Co-Founder of DealScoopr. For example, a traveler flying from Seattle to New York will see upcoming weekend flight deals for 2-3 days, whereas to Paris see upcoming weekend flight deals for 5-7 days. Users can then further narrow their search by specifying their start days (e.g. Thursday, Friday or Saturday) and trip durations (e.g. 2-3 days, 5-7 days, 1-2 weeks, 2-3 weeks).

DealScoopr has partnered with Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site offering an unbiased, comprehensive and free flight search service as well as instant online comparisons for hotels and rental cars. Were thrilled to combine our cutting edge travel personalization technology with Skyscanners comprehensive flight search service, said Nitesh Goyal, Founder of DealScoopr. Travelers will love the ease of use and speed of DealScoopr to save money on their next trip.

Skyscanner is pleased to be working with DealScoopr, integrating our flights API into their innovative consumer offering, said Filip Filipov, Head of B2B, Skyscanner. It is thrilling to see the industry we helped innovate more than a decade ago evolve, and DealScoopr is a perfect example of this evolution, helping to make the trip planning process even more convenient.

Users can start searching for flight deals on DealScoopr at DealScoopr is free to use.

ABOUT DEALSCOOPR: Founded by Amazon & Expedia veteran engineers Nitesh Goyal & Nischal Pathania, DealScoopr is a new travel deals discovery engine. Based on your personal preferences, social profile, location and tens of other signals, DealScoopr creates the most personalized travel experience and also finds you the best travel deals out there. DealScoopr is a travel startup headquartered in Seattle, WA.

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Imagine several Muslim women sitting cross-legged on a floor, stitching embroidery and watching a music video liberally spiced with soft porn. Imagine them watching a news feature about a religious zealot in the suburbs of Ankara, Turkey’s capital city, who hacked off his neighbour’s head with a machete — the murderer sits on a chair facing the camera while beside him on a table rests the victim’s head. Imagine all of this followed by a dubbed version of Flipper. If you can, then you can imagine the paradoxical nature of the gift that Hayriye Balci delivered to the small Turkish village of Emirimkoyu.

Although Hayriye Balci was born and spent most of her childhood in Emirimkoyu, she completed her secondary schooling in Belgium, where she embraced feminism and became familiar with media-generated culture and computer technology. When she returned to Turkey to manage a hotel in the small town of Kas, on the Mediterranean coast, it was "a bit like returning to the Dark Ages", where fax machines were still largely considered cutting-edge technology.

She also returned to a torn country, neither West nor East, rooted in Islam but yearning to be European. When I met her, Hayriye had already managed the Hotel Villa for two years — one of the only women in the small coastal town of Kas who did anything other than raise children or work for a family business. She was a rare member of that new class of Turkish citizen, as yet quite undefined — a female entrepreneur.

Although she loved Turkey, her country wasn’t quite ready for her feminist views. Thus, to maintain a balance in her life, she planned to spend the winter off-season in Belgium with her sister and friends. But she decided first to visit with her parents in Emirimkoyu, and to deliver the gift of a television. "My mother and grandmother can watch it," said Hayriye. "There is nothing else to do in winter." And because it was easier taking the television in a car rather than on a bus, my partner and I accompanied Hayriye to the village, agreeing to return the rental car to Kas.

It was easy enough renting a car, but then came the actual driving. I’ve always imagined myself to be a good driver, and I actually relished the experience of negotiating the winding roads that slice through the craggy-backed coastal range along the Mediterranean. I thought I was prepared. But, in Turkey, the car is imperial. Driving is a free for all. Show no hesitation or you are deemed unworthy to be on the road.

Islamic warriors used to charge into battle calling out the name of Allah — it was considered the highest of honours to die with Allah’s name on your lips. I now believe that many Turkish drivers hold the same conviction when they sally forth in their automobiles. One time, pulled up behind a tour bus that had stopped at the bottom of a hill, waiting for oncoming traffic to cross a single-laned bridge, the driver of a pony-drawn cart decided that it would be an opportune time to pass. But he was overtaken by a man in a wheelchair who bobbed around all of us and then weaved through traffic on the bridge. I’m certain he had Allah’s name on his lips.

The perils of the road are legion: caravans of nomads in carts loaded with every manner of household goods; fearless dolmus drivers who imagine their unwieldy mini-buses are in fact race cars; motorcyclists determined to deliver the goods (it’s not unusual to see a family of three with sacks of fruit and vegetables hung on the handlebars, labouring up some narrow road on an aging Jawa, oblivious to diesel-spewing, overloaded trucks bent on crowding lesser vehicles off the road). Government officials and businessmen in Mercedes with black-tinted windows accelerate past like phantoms, the army sets up numerous roadblocks (usually at some blind spot in the road), and men in behemoth construction machines will gladly engage in games of chicken.

We passed the ruins of Lycian cities, Greek amiphitheatres, Roman walls, and Byzantine fortresses — evidence of a history so multi- layered it defies any easy understanding — each civilization built upon the ruins of the former. We passed Patara, where it is said Apollo was born; Xanthus, once home to a people so proud that, when the Roman general Brutus finally defeated them in battle, they set fire to their houses and destroyed themselves.

Once in the mountains, the traffic eased, and we passed many deserted villages perched on the sides of stony hills. Hayriye explained that the people had all moved to the coast for the winter, that they would return in the spring — an annual exodus that has continued for thousands of years, and the only reason why any citizens of Xanthus survived beyond Brutus’s seige of their city.

Still, no matter how harsh and deserted the landscape, even when it seemed that nothing could survive, that not a living thing was anywhere nearby, goats would scramble out from behind some rocks or pick their way down a cliff face. We came upon a small herd sitting in the middle of the roadway, nonchalant, as if the approaching traffic was a minor intrusion into their blessed existence, a temporal annoyance, for which they rose slowly from where they were taking warmth from the pavement, stood aside as the traffic passed, and then moved back to their places in the road. It reminded me of the time when my partner JoAnn and I were sitting in the stone seats of the oval stadium at Aphrodisias — a herd of goats drifted over the far edge of the stadium to graze on the grasses growing through the cracks, creating the illusion that one section of the vast and ancient place had filled with spectators. Goats will always remind me of Turkey.

Emirimkoyu turned out to be a cluster of about 20 crude houses set at the base of a low hill on the western edge of the Anatolian plateau, roughly 30 miles north from the Turkish city of Afyon — once known as The Black Fortress Of Opium. Area farmers still cultivate opium, but now they send their crops to government-run factories that use the ‘poppy straw’ method, which extracts the opium before the sap begins to flow. Also, it was near Afyon where, in 1922, Ataturk finally crushed the Greek expeditionary army and sent them scurrying to the coast. Anatolia has been a battleground for ages, and enough peasant blood has flowed to float several empires.

The tawny earth was strewn with loose rocks, and the village rose as if it too was part of the landscape. Most of the houses had high, stonewalled courtyards, creating a labyrinth of narrow alleyways. Except for the mosque, with its high minaret, the village appeared much the same as a Proto-Hittite settlement from several thousands of years ago.

Although Emirimkoyu is a conservative agricultural village, the women do not adhere to the custom of the purdah, but wear colourful head scarves, loose blouses, and pantaloons. In the hot summer months they cook outside at open ovens, and year round they wash clothing in tubs set out in the yards. In the evenings they gather on porches to work at pieces of embroidery, while small children play at their feet.

Men in baggy trousers and loose cotton shirts, many wearing old suit jackets, and all of them with hats or caps, stroll about the village doing odd chores. But mostly they tend to the animals. They herd their sheep and goats through the streets and up into the hill pastures, following a stream bed that cuts through the rocky soil past olive groves and patches of ploughed earth.

Hayriye’s father, Abdul-kadir Balci, is a licensed poppy grower, and he has done well, making enough to settle his family in Belgium and to buy a big house there. But Bahar, his mother, refused to join them, preferring instead to stay in the village of her birth. She eventually developed Alzheimer’s and began to prowl the village streets muttering to herself. Abdul returned from Belgium one spring to find Bahar living in the shed with the goats. It was then he decided remain in Emirimkoyu.

Our first evening in the village was spent in the warm kitchen area of the Balci’s traditional two-roomed home. The room contained no furniture. All that decorated the adobe-like walls were a few cooking utensils, a photograph of the Balci family, and a small carpeted bag containing the Koran. We sat on kilim pillows and drank glasses of tea. Hayriye acted as the official translator, fielding questions back and forth, while her mother, Hatice, prepared a meal of poppy seed bread, goat cheese, olives, green peppers, and onions.

Although Hatice is a heavy woman, she moved with effortless grace, as if she were made of lighter stuff than flesh. She placed a large, round copper tray on a low wood stand in the middle of the room, and we all kneeled round it on pillows, pulling the loose edges of the tablecloth over our laps to catch the inevitable crumbs. Bahar joined us, but the old woman spent most of the mealtime furtively touching our clothing and hair, clacking her tongue, and clapping her hands. She was obviously delighted to have guests.

Once the meal was over, we placed the pillows back against the walls and had more tea. A few curious villagers stopped by to visit. A couple of women brought their embroidery and sat cross-legged in the middle of the room. Abdul lit his pipe and sprawled across two pillows to savour his evening smoke. Conversation was lively and Hayriye became hard-pressed, often losing track of who she was translating for. But everyone was good-humoured about it.

The next morning Abdul brought the television in from the trunk of the car and set it on the floor against the wall opposite the seating area. He took a small hand drill and bored a hole in the wooden window frame. A neighbour came by to help erect the antenna on the flat, mud-packed roof. Then Abdul threaded the antenna cable through the hole and under the kitchen carpet — and the first television in the village of Emirimkoyu was switched on just in time for the noon news.

It opened with an item pertaining to a traffic accident in Sursurluk, a town about 100 miles southwest of Istanbul, where three people died in a black Mercedes, including: a member of Turkey’s ultranationalist criminal underworld who was on Interpol’s most wanted list for several political assassinations and international smuggling; his girlfriend (once Turkey’s Miss Cinema); and an ex-deputy police chief from Istanbul, an expert on anti-terrorism who was under investigation by Amnesty International. The fourth occupant of the car survived — a tribal leader with a private army of 8,000 mercenaries who also served as a high-ranking Kurdish member of the True Path Party, the controlling party in Turkey’s uneasy coalition government.

The television stayed on all day, and the Balci’s home became like a drop-in centre. Villagers in animated conversation gathered in the streets. There were several arguments. Because the Balci’s had spent so much time in Belgium, they were no strangers to television, and some of the villagers had relatives with sets in Afyon or the nearby town of Emirdag. But most villagers only went to town on market days, and any news of the outside world was often days late and, inevitably, altered in the re-telling. Now, with a television at hand, the villagers of Emirimkoyu could join in the pace of the modern world. And presently they were engaged in the national debate over what those four people were doing in the same car.

But the pace was obviously too much for Bahar, because she spent most of the day crouched in a near fetal position on the roof of the shed. Hayriye and Abdul tried to coax her down, but Bahar wouldn’t budge. She even refused to come down for dinner, which, although Abdul had slaughtered a goat in honour of his foreign guests, was a hurried affair. The table was not put away for ten minutes before two village women arrived with their children. But the warmth and conversation of the previous evening were lacking. There was no circle of people facing each other, because everyone was facing the television.

At one point Hayriye flipped to the music station and the screen opened on a half-clad vamp crawling across a long table laid out with a veritable feast, red wine dripping from the corners of her mouth, while a long-haired and muscular man sat at the end of the table beckoning the woman onto his lap. Bahar, who had finally come down from the roof of the shed to join us, pulled her head scarf over her face and yelped like a wounded animal. Abdul said something to Hayriye, and she changed the channel.

Hayriye had brought the television as a gift so that her grandmother would have something to watch in the cold winter months, but, after the short and obviously frightening experience with the music video, Bahar left the house and began to prowl the porch. Every so often she’d peer in through the window. Soon she would be just another ghost walking the stonewalled alleyways of Emirimkoyu, and it’s easy enough to predict that it won’t be long before the village will shelter only ghosts.

Turkish television commercials are reminiscent of American versions from three decades ago — with washing products and processed foods offered as an end to the drudgery of toil. The suburbs of Ankara and Istanbul are choked with villagers who envision a better life. But the truth is that they usually have to take up residence in huge shanty towns, built of recycled shipping materials once containing the same consumer goods supposed to make their lives easier. If they’re lucky, they still have their television sets, and they can watch budget versions of American game shows, situation comedies, and pot-boilers. They might find a documentary focusing on traditional Turkish music and lifestyles, or flip the channel and watch the latest news report about the Turkish military’s efforts to destroy that same lifestyle.

Over the past few decades, 3,000 villages have been emptied, and Turkey has a displaced population numbering in the millions. The new urban poor are mostly unskilled workers and farmers, the most religious of all Turks. And, by offering aid to the poor and the dispossessed, Islamic organizations create widespread support for Islamic political parties. Thus the country’s problems continue like tides.

For centuries the people of the Anatolian plateau have had to bend to the whims of the ruling elite in Istanbul (or — in Byzantine times — Constantinople). It makes no difference that the capital is now in the Anatolian city of Ankara — the power still resides on the banks of the Golden Horn. And Turkish television programming can be viewed as another instrument being employed in the long campaign to turn the peasant’s faces to the West.

On the evening before we left the village, I stood on the roof and watched wood smoke rise from the open-ended clay pitcher that served as a chimney. The smoke seemed like a wraith curling around the newly-erected antenna. Then, from the minaret at the outskirts of town, came the call to prayer — a solemn plea that wavered through the gathering twilight.

Like most tourists, I thought it would be nice if Emirimkoyu could stay just as it was –a village of peasants engaged in work that, like the Anatolian air, was clear — raise crops, tend to the herds. But I also knew that it was an absurd notion in this age of global capitalism. And now, back home in Canada, I better understand why Muslims are so angry with the West. I watch news reports from Azerbaijan and Baghdad, and I can’t help but think about Bahar, how she yelped and covered her face with her scarf. If only it were that easy.

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Planning To Use Your Tax Refund On A Lush Vacation Like Many Americans?

(PRWEB) April 14, 2014

1. House Rules

Book a vacation house over a hotel to make your vacation bucks go the furthest. Houses typically hold more people with fewer fees. Living like a local in a unique vacation house can often be a priceless experience.

2. Do Not Seek Peak

Avoid peak season dates to save hundreds if not thousands. Peak season varies tremendously by location so be sure to closely study rate lists.

3. Mom Was Right – It Is Best To Share

Even though it is fun to make friends jealous posting your sunny vacation pictures on Instagram, it is much savvier to bring your friends along and split the tab. Sharing a house can double the fun and halve the cost. For the biggest savings organize a girlfriend beach getaway or a golf trip for guys with many friends staying together in a larger vacation house. Splitting with couples or another family also is a win-win.

4. Dine In, Not Out

Look for a full kitchen, dining area with plenty of seating & nice outside patio grilling area. Make sure there is a grocery store near by and also a variety of reasonable take out options. Assign everyone a day to provide easy buffet-style meals or treat group to inexpensive takeout.

5. Be Greedy About Freebies

Why pay sky-high fees for internet, parking and resort amenities at hotels when most vacation houses offer numerous amenities free? Look for vacation houses which include beach access, private pools, WIFI, parking, premium cable channels and welcome gifts at no cost. When you find an attractive vacation house scoring high reviews with loads of freebies, book it fast!

“For the biggest bang for your vacation buck, combine all of these strategies,” suggests Amy McDermott, owner of Beach Bound Escapes which offers vacation houses with private pools and quaint beach cottages in Venice Island and Manasota Key, Florida. “One of our girlfriend getaway groups split the costs. Each friend spent less than $ 150 including groceries and a week stay at our Venice Island beach house with a private pool. They drove down from Atlanta leaving husbands at home with their kids avoiding airfare, car rentals, and babysitters!”

Goodbye stressful tax season. Hello relaxing tropical paradise.

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