Las Vegas or Orlando? The best Vacation special offer in 2016

As if anyone needs another reason to take a Las Vegas vacation or visit the sunny home of Disney and co. Except for arguments sake, let’s just say you are having a hard time getting some money together, that you are unsure of where to go exactly or hesitant about using up some precious vacation leave; Hotels Etc. are here with the best vacation special offer in 2016 to rid you of any procrastination and help you decide on just taking that vacation regardless of what else is going on.

Yes, the king of hotel discount North America has just announced the most incredible special offers which will take their loyal travel club members on a once in a lifetime adventure for just $199. Lasting 4 days and offering every single bit of value that any other trip to Vegas or Orlando promises, these 4 day packages can be extended to 7 days for $100 extra or be taken just as they come. You want to know the best thing about it? There’s no catch, you simply sign up with your contact details here and start looking forward to an incredible break from the norm.

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These much sought after travel hubs need no introduction either, whether you take the kids with you or just want to get away for a few days with a partner, there are so many attractions and things to do in Orlando and Las Vegas. In fact, it’s almost always the case that you need to choose which attractions to miss out on when time is short but then, as mentioned above, you can always avail of a few days extra to enjoy the amenities.

We wrote earlier this week about the special vacation offer for Mexico and as you can see, the same great value applies to more than just the sunny destination down south. In this sense, what more reasons do you need not to go on vacation? With costs at rock bottom and incredible destinations all included in the packages, there really is no need to wait around any longer wondering if you deserve a break from work or what many of us know as civilization.

In case you might be wondering, the process is also as simple as could be and all we require to start getting your dream vacation booked is some contact details. With that said, you should jump over to the special offer page now to take a closer look at these great deals and make sure you are not imagining the prices we listed above.

One last thing people, we are proud to be helping millions of members from all over North America for the past 20 years and we have no plans to stop providing the best hotel discounts and more anytime soon, so get signed up, feel at home and start looking forward to finding even more of the best online travel deals in the future.

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Hotels Etc. are now offering the Vacation special of a Lifetime

When you think of finding an amazing vacation package, it can quite often be best to book your hotel and flights separately mostly for the fact that travel clubs such as Hotels Etc. will offer you incredible hotel discounts that make most package offers seem like a waste of time. However, when it is a trusted website like Hotels Etc. that is offering the package themselves, that is an entirely different story.

The jewel in the crown, Mexico is often the number one choice for North Americans when it comes to taking a vacation. Cancun, Riviera Maya and Baja are just some of the stunning resorts, each with their own white sandy beaches and unique attractions. In fact, regardless of the price, tourists have been returning to this beautiful part of the world year after year to uncover another part of the coastline and sample even more delicious food, cocktails and friendly service. That being said, we all love to find a special offer or vacation deal and not only has Hotels Etc. decided to choose Majestic Mexico as one of the destinations for this special offer but we have also made sure to pick out the absolute best places to stay in the Caribbean while you are on location.

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So what is the catch? Thing is, there is none. We want to offer amazing vacations at discounted prices and show our loyal members the reason they are right to keep booking vacations with us – value. We offer value in every way, from high quality resorts in sought after destinations to the best hotel discounts and best after sales service for anyone who needs it. But that’s not all because as of this week we are offering the most incredible trips to Mexico for just $199. Yes, that’s right, just $199 for a 4 day vacation to Mexico or just $299 for the 7 day option. As we mentioned above, there is no actual “catch” to our offer, we just want you to be happy and have the awesome vacation you deserve.

So how do you go about getting this special offer? Simple, just click here and fill in the brief form which allows us to help you organise the vacation offer of a lifetime. We also do realise that this may be your first time dealing with Hotels Etc. and with so many apparent “offers” saturating the online world we would just like to assure you that this is the real deal – Hotels Etc. has been around since 1996 and prior to the modern age of booking engines such as Expedia or Orbitz, we were pretty much the only place you could find the best travel deals. Thankfully, we are now getting back to the good old times and we want you along with us too so don’t delay, check out the special offers and get started on the holiday of a lifetime.

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Researchers explain why planning a vacation can make you Happy

Vacations are fun, we all know that, we all want more of them and some of us will almost live for them. But do they make you happier? It might seem like a question with an obvious answer but a group of researchers in the Netherlands set out to answer this precise question while also determine what it is exactly that causes someone to feel this way.

Almost 2,000 adults took part in the research, half of which had taken a vacation during the previous year and the results threw up a very interesting point. Yes, there were no surprises that these people experienced happiness while on the trip, whether they were relaxing next to the pool, swimming at the beach, eating out in a fine restaurant or sipping cocktails as the sun went down but what about afterward or what about before?

“The practical lesson for an individual is that you derive most of your happiness from anticipating the holiday trip,” said Jeroen Nawijn head of the research. “What you can do is try to increase that by taking more trips per year. If you have a two week holiday you can split it up and have two one week holidays. You could try to increase the anticipation effect by talking about it more and maybe discussing it online.”

You see, much of the findings for this research pointed to the fact that most adults felt relaxed returning from their vacation, they felt energized and rejuvenated but what they did not expect, was to learn how extremely happy these same people felt when planning a vacation. That’s right, the research showed that the longest, most prolonged and enjoyable part of their trip was the actual part of planning a vacation. Marveling at wanderlust inducing photographs online, imagining how relaxing it would be on the beach, checking the best places to stay in the Caribbean and then of course, looking for the best hotel discounts, vacation deals and general value. People felt good about being able to find the best online travel deals, joining travel membership clubs for cruise discounts and knowing that they had found the best place to stay at the best price.

So there you have it in black and white, planning a vacation is just as good for your health and will make you just as happy, as being on the vacation itself. We can’t say we are surprised as for more than 25 years now we taken great pleasure from finding the best hotel discounts for our members here at Hotels Etc. We know that people will always appreciate a good deal when we find one and keep coming back so long as we keep offering the best value vacations. So what are you waiting for? It might be a few weeks, a month or even a year until your next time off but why should that stop you from feeling happy, start planning your vacation and get signed up for a travel membership with Hotels Etc.

7 Things worth knowing before your first cruise vacation

Planning on taking a cruise vacation in the near future? Sitting on a cruise right at the very time of reading this post? Well, maybe this will help you or maybe it will just be little more than an entertaining “Told you so” but here are some tips and things we wish we knew before sailing off into the sunset on our first cruise:

1.Arrive several days prior

Okay so there are not all that many vacation days to take in North America but still, if you have even just a couple of days spare just make sure you take a flight into your departure city long before you are due to board the ship. Why? Not just to check out whatever city it is you are starting from but mostly, to reduce stress, to slow down, to start moving at your own pace and not be rushing across town as the ship is leaving. Even two nights in a city prior to the cruise departing is enough and will quite possibly be the best decision you make all vacation. Hotels Etc also offer great hotel discounts for these cities.

2. Read up on shore excursions before you arrive

Decisions are stressful and so too is deciding which tour/shore excursion you wish to take. Remove any risk of there being a panic and grab as many leaflets on board to read during the day while you sunbathe. Then fill out the form on board and get your name on the list before it sells out, because they do sell out and its usually because people are smart enough to read their leaflets while they sunbathe.

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3.Know exactly when will be you at Sea

Why? Because there are no shore excursions. Why? Because there is no shore. And why is this important? Because this is exactly when the Spa Treatment room is most busy and yes you’ve guessed it, full. Check the calender for when you are at sea and book the spa room long in advance. Smart huh?

4.Unpack your bag

Treat it like your home, take our candlesticks, your favorite pillow and anything else in that suitcase and find a place for it. Seriously, get every single item out of the bag and put everything away, then do the same with your suitcase. Last thing you want (which most people end up doing) is to waste hours rooting through your bags for that elusive bikini, underwear or camera.

5.Choose dinner time wisely

On shore excursions during the day? Book dinner on the cruise ship for the later time. Wanting to avoid the crowds? Book breakfast for the earlier time. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t do this but it certainly makes things easier.

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6.Get your laundry done all at once

Who are you travelling with? Put your laundry together and hand it in as one. Sounds cheap to say this but honestly, laundry facilities are no longer on board cruise ships and they charge an absolute fortune to do it for you – think $30 a load.

7.Bring an outfit for every dress code

Yes, there will be fine dining, sunbathing, cool evenings on deck, fancy jewelry and sporting activities. Make sure you take clothes for all occasions so as not to stand out too much and please, as we said before, make sure you unpack it all once you get on board.

You can find all the best cruise discounts, hotel offers and much more on Hotels Etc.

Wondering what you can expect on a Cruise Vacation?

How about a cruise ship for your next vacation? Never thought about it or maybe unsure of what’s involved? Okay, let s take you through a little bit about cruising, cruise life and what you can expect in general:

What type of ship should you choose?

There are literally hundreds of cruise ships, all of different sizes, age groups and quality. Be thing to do is decide whether you want a ship which is a little more lively or quiet and then book based on the most affordable cruise you can find. Then again, some ships are “all-in-one”, for example, the Royal Caribbean have some smaller cruise ships which are ideal for most age groups (such as the Vision of the Seas) which has less than 2500 passengers.

What food and drink is included?

Down to the basics. Food on cruise ships is notoriously good with many five star chefs on board cooking up some incredible dishes. There are usually two main seatings during the day, breakfast and dinner, and these can usually be had at 8am or a slightly earlier time should you decide. Same goes for the evenings, although most people who take to activities from the port when docked, will be best to have their dinner at the latest time available.

There are also a number of different restaurants on board every cruise ship, meaning you can dine in a different spot each night so long as you make a reservation – Sushi, tempura, steak or buffet – there is an endless choice.

Drinks are sometimes included in the price of the cruise but usually not. You can pay for them as you go or if you are smart, you will purchase a “Drinks plan” that will more than cover whatever drinks you want for the duration of the trip while also being quite affordable. For example, you could buy a drinks plan for $40 and drink as much or as little as you like for the entire day. Wine, beer, spirits, soda, you name it, they’ll have it.

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Activities on a Cruise Ship

There is usually so much to do on a cruise ship that you need to decide between certain activities, but this is obviously a bonus rather than a complaint. Here are just a few things to do on a cruise:

Tour the Ship itself

This is mostly overlooked by tourists but is often the most fascinating thing to do on a cruise vacation. Visit the kitchen, meet the chefs, see the sleeping quarters, the captains deck and much more. A tour of the cruise ship can be an amazing insight and highly entertaining.

Learn to cook

Guess what? These highly skilled chefs will often offer the opportunity for you to learn how to cook. Sometimes they do the preparation work so you need only mix the ingredients and do other fun stuff, but ultimately, you can learn some neat tricks and tips on board from some of the worlds most famous chefs and all for no extra cost.

Spa and Royal treatment

Visit the spa and float away into a zen like state. What better way to get away from it all with a massage, pedicure, manicure and more in the middle of the ocean. The crew are always highly skilled and attentive while you can also be sure of some truly breathtaking scenery.

Night Entertainment

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, night entertainment is completely free and rivals any Broadway show. In fact, many of these entertainers are straight from Broadway…and so are the shows themselves.

Still wondering for reasons to take a cruise for your next vacation? Okay, check out Hotels Etc and see the hugely discounted rates they offer on what is already a very affordable vacation.

Why you should choose a Caribeann Vacation over anywhere else

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” –  Albert Einstein.

Picture it – Face up, floating in crystal blue waters while colorful schools of fish swim beneath as you drift back toward the white powder sands of the Caribbean. There is nothing quite like a vacation down south and simply no better way to get away from it all than by hitting the beach for a week or two while the chaos of city life continues back home. But why should you choose a Caribbean vacation over anywhere else?

Stay Longer and absorb the surroundings

Hot sunny weather, sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and enjoyable excursions, it’s no wonder why North Americans return to the Caribbean year after year. While many others will decide upon an affordable cruise ship and stopover in luxurious ports, an all inclusive is often a better option for some given the fact that it allows you to stay longer, to absorb some beautiful surroundings and recharge.

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Activities, activities and more activities…

And then there are the activities, whether you decide upon Aruba, Mexico or Costa Rica – you can hang out in thick jungles for the day, visit the historic ruins of Chichen Itza or go scuba diving in the clear waters of Mexico. The Caribbean is packed full of optional activities for when you feel restless, not forgetting that if you have children traveling, the resorts are excellent when it comes to kids clubs and activities too. But maybe you don’t have kids? Maybe you don’t have a partner? Maybe you just want to get away to party and let the hair down? Naturally, there are plenty of resorts which are livelier and can cater to all your needs.

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Food and accommodation

Now that you have seen the local area and spent enough time tanning by the pool, you can take a step indoors to rest in one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful resorts. These hotels are notorious when it comes to comfort, some more spacious than other and some more luxurious, but all of them are enough to satisfy even the highest standards. If you have had the pleasure of traveling south for a Caribbean vacation in the past, then you will already know just how good the food is too. CouCou and Flying Fish or Rice and Beans with Fish Stew – seafood is naturally a favorite in these parts but regardless, every dish is a delight.

It’s all about Value

But what about the cost? Well, this is exactly where the Caribbean succeeds when it comes to value. Despite the luxurious settings, the all inclusive rewards, the fine cocktails, glorious swimming pools and world class service – this is one of the most affordable vacations in the world, made even more affordable by Hotels Etc. Yes, when you join the travel membership club Hotels Etc, you automatically qualify for huge discounts on Caribbean vacations, hotels and much more. So there you have it, the reason you should choose the Caribbean over anywhere else is summed up in two words – variety and value.

You can find all the best vacation discounts and Caribbean vacation offers on Hotels Etc. The registration process takes seconds, the search facility is even more convenient and the rewards are unrivalled.