Aug 8, 2017

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Tips for Navigating Disney World Like a Pro

ORLANDO, FL, USA – MARCH 26, 2008: Many Disney cartoon characters marching parade to greeting visitors at Magic Kingdom park of Walt Disney world.

Disney World is one of the most visited places in the United States. Even during non-peak times the parks can be quite crowded. So, if you want to get the biggest bang for your buck, follow these tips for navigating Disney World like a pro.

1. Make a list of what you want to do

Before you head out to the parks, everyone in your party should make a list of everything they want to do, and then prioritize it. Keep in mind that some activities in the park, like waiting in line and riding on a roller coaster will take longer than a quick photo in front of Cinderella’s castle.

2. Pick your Parks

Disney World extends beyond the Magic Kingdom. There is also Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and two water parks. The number of parks you can visit will be dependent on the duration of your stay. But, even if you have limited time, you can get park hopper passes that allow you to visit more than one park in a day. All of the parks have predicted crowd levels, pay attention to them. Try to avoid parks when they have “Early Magic Hours”, as they tend to be the most crowded all day.

3. Purchase your tickets in advance

Purchasing your tickets at the front gate of a park is a rookie mistake. If you purchase your tickets in advance, you will not waste precious park time waiting in long lines to buy your tickets.

4. Take advantage of Fast Passes – but wisely

Schedule Fast Passes for the rides and attractions that are on your “must-do” list as soon as possible. You can even do it online or through a mobile app rather than waiting until you get to the park. Keep in mind that you can only get three Fast Passes per day per park and you cannot get passes for a second park until all three are done in the first one. But, if you plan carefully, you can cover two parks in a day.  

5. Plan on a long day

If you want to make the most of your time at Disney, plan on long days. It can often take an hour to get to a park, especially if you are taking Disney transportation. So, factor in extra time. It is only logical that the longer you stay, the more you can do. So, get to a park as soon as it opens and stay as late as you can. There will be time to sleep when you get home.

6. Stay at a Disney resort

Staying at one of the Disney resorts has many advantages. First, it allows you to take advantage of the Disney transportation system, which is the most convenient way to get to the parks. You will also get to take advantage of Magic Hours, which will allow you more time at the park.

7. Do not make dining reservations

Eating at a sit-down restaurant at the parks can eat up as much as two hours of your day. That is time taken away from doing the fun stuff you came to do. There are plenty of food stands where you can get delicious food and reduce the time it takes to complete your meal. Another tip for eating is to do it at odd times. The lines for lunch are going to be the longest around noon. But, if you can hold off for another hour, you will spend less time waiting in line to order.

8. Avoid parades and shows

Unless these activities are on your “must-do” list, it is best to avoid them. When these events are taking place, the lines for the rides are the shortest they will be, so this is the time to hit them.

9. Download helpful free apps

Although there are apps you can buy that will help you navigate Disney World, there is no need to do so. Both Apple and Android platforms have free apps that you can download. There are apps that will give you wait times for rides, events that are going on in each park, tell you which parks are offering extra magic hours, so you can easily make your stay run smoothly with the use of your mobile device.

10. Be willing to go on a ride as a single rider

If you do not have a young child who needs to ride with an adult, you can easily turn a 60-75-minute wait for a ride into a 15-20 minute one simply by getting into the single-rider line. Sure, you will not get to enjoy the short duration of a ride with your spouse or friend, but you will save lots of time and be able to have much more time in your day for other activities.

If you follow these simple tips the next time you are at Disney World, you will have the best experience of your life.

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May 30, 2017

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4 BEST THINGS TO DO IN BARBADOS

Known for its sea turtle population offshore, Barbados features historic homes, sporting events and plenty of golf courses which make it an ideal destination for active travelers. Probably you’ve read about the Mount Gay Rum factory on this Caribbean Island and you can’t wait to be there. This British Territory is characterized by sea temperatures and warm air all year round which means you have all the time to enjoy yourself and have fun.

Visiting this Caribbean island isn’t just about the sun, sea and the soft white sand. You’ll find other incredible things and holiday activities to do. What’s found here covers every taste and interest. Here are some of the great things you must do in Barbados.

St. Nicholas Abbey

Despite the fact that travelers can find rum distilleries such as West Indies Rum and Mount Gay Rum on this Caribbean island, there’s something different about St. Nicholas Abbey. The rum here is distilled in traditional small batches. You’ll fall in love with the historic charm of this rum distillery. There are multiple gardens and orchards to explore as well. If you want to make the most of your trip, consider visiting on a Wednesday or Thursday.

Go Kayaking, surfing and Paddleboarding at the Dover Beach.

If you’re searching for a shoreline with less crowds, Dover Beach is the place to be. According to travelers who have been to this beach, the place is so inviting and relaxed that most of them never explored other beaches on the island. You can enjoy watersports such as jet skiing, windsurfing, and Hobie Cat Sailing. Other activities include kayaking and paddle boarding.

Hunte’s Gardens

Nature lovers can explore the different varieties of plants at the Hunte’s Gardens located about four miles southwest of Bathsheba Beach. Nothing makes the garden more enchanting than watching monkeys and hummingbirds play around. It’s also a good site to have a picnic with your friends.

Harrison’s Cave

The Harrison’s Cave is one of the natural wonders and most popular attractions in the Caribbean islands. You can’t leave Barbados before you get to see the different kinds of calcite deposits and limestone cavern features. Travelers who have been to this site say it’s a must-see attraction for anyone coming to Barbados.

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May 30, 2017

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HOW DOES THAILAND BEACHES COMPARE WITH CARIBBEAN BEACHES

Travelers from all around the world flock the Caribbean to experience the soft white sand and the warm blue waters. Looking at Thailand, on the other hand, you realize there much similarity with the Caribbean. In fact, the peak seasons for these two destinations nearly overlap. Both have warm blue waters, soft white sand, and Monet-worthy sunsets.

The difference between these two destinations only comes in their location and language. Thailand is usually more exotic and less costly while the Caribbean is closer to American travelers and usually more friendly when it comes to the English language. Most of the people who visit the Caribbean use Giant, cruise ships and it’s usually and exciting experience in itself. On the contrary, the transportation in Thailand mainly involves riding on narrow long-tail boats.

When should you Visit?

The peak season for both destinations usually runs between December and March. This is the time when most parts of Europe and North America are shivering. The weather in the Caribbean and Thailand is normally moderate and dry during this time. If you want to enjoy low prices in the Caribbean, consider traveling in late April. However, note that the hurricane season is just around the corner as it starts in early June and ends in November. In Thailand, visiting between June and October won’t be a good idea due to the unimaginable humidity levels and continuous rain. Plan to visit in the months of April and May as it is warmer and the prices are lower.

So, which one between the Caribbean and Thailand offers more options for secluded beaches? Well, you’ll find secluded beaches in some of the Caribbean Islands including Los Roques (Venezuela), St. Martin, and Isla de Providencia in Colombia. However, Thailand has more. You might want to spend some time on Koh Kood, which is one of “Thailand’s last unspoiled islands” according to the Guardian.  The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand. The Travel Channel one time referred to the Koh Lao Liang Island, located on the Andaman side, as one of Thailand’s “best-kept secrets.” These are just some of the secluded islands in Thailand.

When it comes to party spots, the Caribbean seems to take the lead. Travelers can always have parties on the beach on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Martin, Aruba, the Jamaican town of Negril and Trinidad. Despite the fact that you’ll find fewer party beaches in Thailand, Koh Phangan island has one of the wildest beaches you can find all over the world. The Haad Rin beach is considered the world’s biggest beach party.

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