Insider Travel Tips for Mexico: Beyond Cancun

The last time I was in Mexico, so was everyone else, or so it seemed. But it is possible to travel to Mexico and enjoy a white sandy beach and some peace and quiet at the same time. All you need to know is where (and, in some cases, when) to go.
When to Go
November to April is widely regarded as the best time to visit. The summer months can get pretty hot. September and October is the peak of hurricane season, which actually stretches from November to June.
Keep in mind that the month of March tends to be very busy on the Mexico beaches with high school and college students on Spring Break. If it is a quiet vacation you want, you will also want to avoid the time around Christmas and Easter, as well as July and August.
Where to Go
There is a lot more to Mexico, and the Yucatan peninsula, than the city of Cancun.
Here are five favorite destinations that offer memorable Mexico vacations. Each of these spots can be reached by flying into Cancun. So if you would like to get a taste of the big city resort and then set out on the less traveled path, you will have the best of both worlds.
1. Isla Mujeres. Just 8 miles across the bay from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a peaceful fishing village with restaurants, shops, and small, charming hotels. In fact, the whole island is cozy: The island itself is less than one mile wide and about five miles long. Downtown Isla Mujeres stretches only about six blocks. The signature turquoise waters and white sandy beaches make for great snorkeling and scuba diving. You can rent kayaks, snorkeling equipment and other gear right on the beach. Other activities to enjoy during your stay at Isla Mujeres include fishing, sailing, and swimming with the dolphins.
2. Riviera Maya stretches down the peninsula from Cancun to Tulum. Here, you will find white sandy beaches and water sports of all kinds, including scuba diving along the Great Maya coral reef, the second largest barrier reef system on the globe. Divers, and snorkelers may be rewarded with the sight of water life ranging from sea anemones, sponges and sea cucumbers to starfish and sea urchins, as well as underwater caverns. Sport fishing is a big business in Riviera Maya, as well. Other activities include golfing, spa going, and eco touring at the various ecological reserves in the region. Two highlights: the Xcaret EcoPark and the Sian Kaan bioshphere.
3. Playa del Carmen. About 40 minutes by car down the coast from Cancun, Playa del Carmen is growing into a bustling resort along Riviera Maya. If you like to shop, you will love Playa del Carmen. Boutiques in the town offer everything from cutting edge European fashions to crafts from local artisans.
During your stay, do not miss Quinto Avenida (Fifth Avenue). It is the heart of Playa. There are no cars, you can stroll the Avenue and be entertained by street performers, including artists and musicians. Playa del Carmen also features premiere dining, as the majority of the restaurants in the Riviera Maya are here, and quite a few of them are on Fifth Avenue itself. The bars and nightclubs are hopping on into the evening, so bring your dancing shoes.
4. XelHa. XelHa is an archeological site and eco park, located between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. This destination offers adventures for all ages and mesmerizing ecological sights, as well as water sports, such as diving and snorkeling. You can swim with the dolphins here, as well. XelHa is particularly friendly for families and is bound to be an education in both Mayan history and ecology for the entire family.
5. Tulum. Drive a bit further south down the Mayan coast and you will find the small town of Tulum. Tulum is perhaps best known for its Mayan ruins, high on the limestone cliffs. These cliffs offer scenery you will not soon forget of the Caribbean alongside a picture perfect coastline. Tulum is the starting place for eco tourism and adventure travel, so make sure to look into nearby day trips and local attractions.
For an ideal and well rounded vacation, try a few days exploring the gradeur of Riviera Maya, then take some time to shop and play in the bustling Playa Del Carmen and another day or two visiting the Mayan ruins, and taking in the sites, of Tulum.
The word is out about these magnificent resorts, so you will not be able to avoid the crowds completely, but by striking out and having fun off the beaten path, you will find a good balance, and learn a lot about ecology and ancient Mayan culture.

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How Cheap Airlines Compete With Major Air Carriers

If you’ve never used a discount cheap airline for your travel needs it may be time to give them a try. Many people get the wrong idea about what these no frills airlines are about and have some misconceptions about what to expect if they do ever buy a ticket. The first time you fly on a one of these flights you will be pleasantly surprised at the service offered and will probably be more willing to fly one of these discount carriers again.Cheap airlines exist for one reason, to give the average traveler a reliable and cheap travel alternative. The thing to remember is that these discount airlines are cheap in name only. They are run as professionally as any other large major airline and in many cases surpass them in customer service and reliability.Their planes and pilots are subject to the same federal rules and regulations as all other domestic carriers as well as their maintenance and safety standards. The flight attendants must undergo the customer service and safety training, and in many cases are even more customer service friendly then their major airline compatriots. The over riding philosophy in the discount airline industry is to keep their customers for life. They do this by offering good no frills service at a good price.If you are wondering about the comfort to be found on a discount carrier’s flight there is nothing to worry about. They do not pack people into small seats with no leg room, this would be counter productive to their ultimate goal; keeping their passengers happy and flying with them in the future. The seating is the same as any other airline, with the same size seats and legroom making any length flights comfortable for everyone. There is also excellent overhead storage space much like you would find on any airplane.While you won’t find full meal services on cheap airlines their beverage and snack services are more than adequate. In fact many discount air carriers go above and beyond when it comes to making the passengers comfortable. They will leave an entire can of soda with each passenger as well as a larger and better selection of snacks. Once again their philosophy of happy customers shows through with even the simplest aspects of their flights.If you want to get from one destination to another quickly, easily, cheaply, and hassle free then it only makes sense to check into a cheap airline.

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Hawaii Travel

Hawaii Travel. In a word or two It will be a fun time when I make my trip out to Hawaii for a vacation. Hawaii can be thought of as a destination but I tend to think of it as a fantasy dream. For years I have been seeing commercials and print about the beautiful islands. But what could I do with no money? not much.

Well I finally saved up enough money to make my Hawaii travel a real Hawaiian vacation and I will be traveling first class. thats right my friend works for an airline and got me upgraded tickets. What a way to start a vacation, flying first class in a double-hulled 757. I think I will be able to wear my high heels considering how much leg room is available in first class.

What to do? Where to visit? What sites to see? What activities to participate? These are all apart of the complicated decisions that stress a newbie traveler such as myself.

I read in a tourist magazine that the number one rated payed tourist attraction in Hawaii is the Polynesian cultural center. I think this will be a first on my Hawaii vacation to do list. Because the center has luaus and every other authentic hawaiian type activities and shows I think this will trump all other attractions.

Hmmmmm…. decisions, decisions, one thing is for sure when I travel to Hawaii is that I will enjoy very minute of it on a Waikiki beach with a margarita in hand and sea shells at my feet.
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Buy Backpacks Online

The smartest way to purchase a backpack is ordering it online.

By doing so you have several advantages: the number of backpacks that online store have for sale, in stock or ready to ship is by far greater than those you would find in a shop.

The stores which sell via internet offer the possibility to choose from many manufacturers because, being their sales volume far bigger than standard shops, they obtain lower prices from many more suppliers of different brands of backpacks and outdoor gear.

Some websites go one step further gathering backpacks for sale by different online stores and by hundreds of different brands giving you the possibility to quickly compare thousands of backpacks.

When you buy a backpack online you usually get free shipping with your purchase. Many websites offer free shipping on orders of 45$ or more so, when you’re purchasing a backpack you usually get it delivered to your door for free: this is a good occasion to add something else to your order: those small things that wouldn’t justify an order for them alone like gloves, shoestrings, bottles, small cooking gear and so on. Smaller items wouldn’t get free shipping but once you go over the minimum order amount needed to get free shipping, all your additional items are shipped for free with your backpack ( as long as additional items don’t require particular shipping methods )

When you buy backpacks online you can expect huge discounts, anywhere from 20% to 75% compared to retail price. Many shops list the retail price of the backpack so you know how much you’re saving ( huge discounts online are rather frequent ).

Shopping for backpacks online will also save you a lot of time: you will be able to view tens or hundreds of backpacks, with complete details and photos from your own computer.

Backpacks detailed descriptions for most stores are written by experienced hikers so they often area half a description and half an expert review of the backpack.

Searching a backpack online you’ll have the chance to find eery type of backpack: from cheap backpacks from less known manufacturers to high quality and professional backpacks from top brands sold by well known online stores.

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Bank of America – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature for Frequent Travelers

Bank of America is renowned for its incredible introductory offers, excellent customer service and exceptional reward incentives. It is also famous for its credit cards. (In fact, the Bank of America issues the largest number of credit cards in the US). These credit cards are intended to meet the extensive credit needs of businesspersons and students alike.

Bank of America – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card is one of the most flexible credit cards in the market today. A definite globetrotters’ card, Bank of America – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature is ideal card for travel all over the world.

Important Features

Consider the following vital features of Bank of America credit cards to check whether it fits you:

§ The interest rate applied on your purchases and the balance transfers are reasonable; however, it will not suit you if you are planning to carry a balance.

§ The regular APR is fixed at 6.99%.

§ Although the annual fee of $75 is a bit high, yet it is reasonable in comparison to other signature airline reward-cards.

Exciting Reward Program

Bank of America – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature presents you an interesting rewards program, look below for details:

§ For every dollar you spend on general purchases, you will earn one mile; you will get two miles for every dollar spent on purchasing tickets of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air as well as for special vacation packages. You will be rewarded additional five miles for each dollar you spend at any of the participating restaurants.

§ You will receive 5000 bonus miles immediately after the account is approved

§ You will get 1000 additional Bonus Miles if you apply for the card online

§ Annual renewal of the card brings you 2000 anniversary bonus miles

The Bank of America – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature promises you yet another attractive reward – one $50 round-trip companion ticket just as you get approval. This reward will be continued for the subsequent years. You will also be gifted two Alaska Airlines’ board-room passes upon approval, which you are allowed to use at selected airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Anchorage and Portland.

You can redeem miles with Alaska Airlines travel awards, beginning at just 20000 miles – providing you free trips to over 600 destinations on Alaska Airlines or any of its partner airlines, including American Airlines®, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Horizon Air, KLM, Lan Chile, Northwest Airlines or QANTAS.

Remember that the expiration period of the rewards is 3 years. Your miles will be valid as long as your frequent-flyer account remains activated during this 3-year period.

So, those of you who are capable of paying in full each month (for evading financial charges), can redeem a free ticket within a two-year period (for the annual fee $75), and additional benefits, will find the Bank of America – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card as an indubitable choice.

Additional Benefits

Bank of America – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card provides you a lot of embellishments including: Visa Dining Privileges which lets you discounts and prime-time reservations, Online banking service, Cash advance checks at no extra charge and additional cards at no extra charge.

It also provides you good security cover through – total security protection, automatic auto rental insurance, purchase guard, purchase replacement, travel and emergency assistance, medical referral services, Legal referral services and lost luggage recovery.

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