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5 International Vacation Spots Kids Will Love

5 International Vacation Spots Kids Will Love

When you’re planning an international vacation, it can be hard to know what attractions your kids will like and what kind of itinerary they’ll enjoy. Luckily, there are some universal kid-friendly destinations that all children adore, no matter their age or interests. Consider taking the family on an adventure to one of these five fantastic international vacation spots kids will love!

Hakone, Japan

Located just 80 miles west of Tokyo and not too far from Mount Fuji, Hakone is a very popular vacation spot for Japanese families. The region is filled with natural hot springs, great for relaxing (and kids will love them), as well as tons of onsen hotels. You’ll also find museums in town that focus on both traditional crafts and modern arts, an extensive park nearby where you can picnic or play sports, great restaurants, and cafes to try out new foods, and a popular amusement park for rides (or just to walk around). It’s a fun place no matter what you do!

Vienna, Austria

This city is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful architecture and cleanest streets, plus it hosts a wide range of museums and events for kids, from horseback riding at Schönbrunn Palace to Ferris wheel rides at Prater amusement park. And don’t forget: Vienna is also famous for its whipped-cream-topped pastries, like Sacher tortes and Apfelstrudel. The high-calorie sweets may seem unappealing to adults, but little ones will love them! Simply follow your child’s lead when it comes to these indulgences; if she loves them (or has never tried them), pack her an extra piece or two in her carry-on bag as an extra treat.

Bruges Belgium

Bruges is one of those rare places where kids will get a kick out of exploring, walking, and taking insights. Many travelers call Bruges boring but many more say it’s one of their favorite destinations to visit with children. The city has a lot going on that keeps kids engaged throughout their visit. One of its largest attractions is its historic center which is filled with medieval buildings such as churches, townhouses, and city walls that date back to the 13th century. There are also several museums such as Groeningemuseum and Basilica of the Holy Blood, which feature interactive displays and hands-on exhibits that make learning fun for kids.

Prague, Czech Republic

Home to one of Europe’s most impressive castles, Prague is an ideal location for parents with inquisitive kids. Hradčany Castle has been a showpiece of Prague since its founding in 1038. The castle includes an interactive history museum for children that offers hands-on activities and fun storytelling sessions throughout most days. It's also close to several other historical and cultural sites that children can explore, like Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral, which features a famous astronomical clock visitors can get up close with. Perhaps best of all is that many nearby museums offer free entry on Friday nights as part of their night at the museum event, so a trip to Prague can easily be both entertaining and inexpensive.

Stockholm Sweden

Famously friendly and beautiful, Stockholm is a fantastic place to vacation with kids. Stroll through Old Town’s cobblestone streets and you’ll find cafes filled with families, street performers entertaining children, artists crafting handicrafts, and plenty of great shopping options. When in doubt, bring your kids to a public park; you’ll likely discover how entertaining Mother Nature can be. Start out with Skansen Kronan, where you can learn about Swedish history while biking around or riding horses. Next up, visit Gröna Lund, an amusement park sure to thrill your little ones. Finally, walk around Gamla Stan and explore medieval architecture—kids love getting lost among the narrow passageways! Once it gets dark, enjoy some delicious food at historic restaurants such as Ahlströms Konditori. Keep an eye out for Sweden’s famous Tine Hole in The Wall.

Conclusion

Having kids doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy travel. The key is to go to places where you can make your vacation meaningful, educational, and fun for kids. Make sure you bring a digital camera so you have photos as mementos of your family vacation. You may want to create scrapbooks when everyone gets home or take a class on how to use photo-editing software so that you can keep these vacations alive in your family’s memory!

What You Should Know About Future Vacation Rental Marketing

What You Should Know About Future Vacation Rental Marketing


What You Should Know About Future Vacation Rental Marketing

In the last 10 years, vacation rental marketing has changed drastically, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon. This article will discuss what’s currently working in vacation rental marketing and what may work even better in the future based on the trends we see happening right now. Whether you have one vacation rental or 20, these are some valuable insights you won’t want to miss!

The Future of Vacation Rental Marketing

Making it big in vacation rental marketing means doing things a little differently. We're going to cover some of those things below, from what's working now to what should be expected from your vacation rental marketing tomorrow. The biggest change you can expect is a shift away from SEO and towards paid advertising (like PPC). It might sound surprising, but that doesn't mean SEO isn't important - it just means there are other methods you'll need to use for targeted traffic generation. Let's talk about that and more.

How Do We Get to the Future?

Now that we’ve covered all these modern and innovative marketing techniques, you may be asking, How do we get there? The path to innovation isn’t always easy. It can be challenging to think outside of your comfort zone, and if you’re a small or new rental management company it may seem like there are major disadvantages when trying to keep up with larger companies. Instead of thinking about how you are going to create something new and innovative, why not take advantage of what is already available? Here are some ideas for ways in which you can start incorporating technology into your vacation rental marketing today: Use Google Maps: Google Maps allows users to check out neighborhood photos for businesses, places, and even cities.

How Will Owners Reach Their Audience?

Right now, vacation rental owners don’t have many options when it comes to reaching prospective guests. They can use social media and their website, but there are major limitations with both of these tools for reaching broad audiences on a consistent basis. However, in-person marketing events like house shows and expos can help build trust with guests and convince them to book a stay at your rental property. These events also create an opportunity for owners to market to local businesses and other real estate professionals who may be able to refer guests to them or help them fill their calendars during off-peak months.

How Will Agents Interact With Owners?

People will always travel, and they'll always need a place to stay while they're on vacation. It's predicted that by 2020, travel will account for 10% of global GDP. As people grow more used to booking flights and hotels online, it's only natural that they'll also want to be able to rent vacation homes directly from an owner without paying an agent commission first. The good news is there are sites out there like VRBO and Airbnb that have enabled direct-to-owner bookings, but these sorts of interactions aren't immune from disruption—especially as people increasingly turn to apps like Uber or Eat24 when looking for transportation or food delivery instead of calling a taxi company or restaurant directly.

Conclusion

Today is a great time to be a vacation rental manager. There are many opportunities to connect with guests, market our properties and make money. But there are also many questions about the future of vacation rental marketing. What tools will we use in 5 years? Who will have our attention in 10 years? Will Airbnb change its policies in 20 years? No one knows for sure what will happen next, but here are my predictions for future vacation rental marketing. Use them to grow your business today and tomorrow!

10 Places In India That Will Make You Feel Like Indiana Jones

10 Places In India That Will Make You Feel Like Indiana Jones

Places In India

India is home to the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, and also home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes in the world. Not only does India have some of the best adventure activities available in the world, but it also has some of the most breathtaking destinations you can go to while adventuring. Here are 10 places in India that will make you feel like Indiana Jones!

Mount Abu, Rajasthan

For a view that will make you feel like an ant on a mountain, Mount Abu is your best bet. At 3,200 feet above sea level, standing on top of Abu promises views of more than 80% of Rajasthan’s land area and some of India’s most beautiful country. It also has some cool legends, such as those associated with ancient temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. Legend has it that anyone who tries to steal from these temples will be cursed by their gods and forced to pay their loot back with interest at an exorbitant rate. Cool story, bro!

Wayanad, Kerala

Wayanad is a district in Northern Kerala, known for its beautiful natural sceneries and world-class tourist destinations. Wayanad’s rich biodiversity and cultural heritage make it one of India’s most fascinating holiday spots. The Wayanad National Park, which is spread across 954.20 square kilometers, is home to rare species of flora and fauna such as tiger, elephant, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, and peacock among others. For adventure activities in Wayanad, one can try trekking, canoeing, rappelling, mountain biking, etc. to explore Wayanad’s captivating beauty!

Auli, Uttarakhand

Located in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, Auli is a paradise for adventure seekers and a popular honeymoon destination. The place has immense potential to offer adventurous activities like paragliding, skiing, trekking, and rock climbing. Apart from these one can experience ‘desert safari’ on sand dunes of Mussoorie which are located just behind Auli. The town also houses Sky Club- an exciting club made for skydiving and paragliding enthusiasts where many national records have been set by Indian skydivers. One can book an entire day or half a day package from Agoda at very affordable prices with facilities of Air Conditioned lodging, car hire service, and homely food to enjoy their memorable holidays in Uttarakhand even more.

Lonavala, Maharashtra

Lonavala, a scenic town situated in the Pune district of Maharashtra is an ideal getaway for those seeking adventure and an adrenaline rush. Located on Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Lonavala is just a 2-hour drive from Mumbai. Lonavala offers lots of activities like ziplining across moving cars, quad biking through thick forest, paragliding, etc. Besides adventure activities and sports, you can also spend some time at Neral village, where you can visit Neral Lake and Nagzira wildlife sanctuary which are both scenic places to be in the vicinity of Mumbai city for a weekend getaway or trip. Being one of the few hills stations near Mumbai city, Lonavala has become quite popular as a tourist destination over recent years.

Similipal National Park, Odisha

The home of elephants and tigers, Similipal is a world of plenty. While you can enjoy jeep safaris and elephant rides to admire these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, you can also spend time at butterfly parks or even go trekking. The park is also known for its dense evergreen forests where flora and fauna thrive without any human intervention. The best time to visit Similipal National Park is from October to March.

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

This popular hill station in Southern India offers a refreshing change from an otherwise blistering summer. Located at a height of 2,240m above sea level, Ooty has lakes and stunning waterfalls. Ooty is also well-known for its tea plantations and parks. The natural beauty here will make you feel like you’re in paradise! Its proximity to Coonoor adds to its charm. It provides ample scope for adventure sports such as trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, and much more! What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head over to Ooty; we assure you. You won't be disappointed by what it has to offer!

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

A popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts, Corbett National Park is home to one of the world’s largest populations of Royal Bengal Tigers and boasts more than 650 species of birds. Go for a tiger safari in an open-top jeep—and take along your camera. The park is spread across 550 square miles (1,400 sq km) of dense jungles and grasslands that are home to leopards, sloth bears, wild boars, and over 370 bird species. Consider hiring a local guide to help you spot all these animal varieties as well as orchids and carnivorous plants.

Nainital Lake Trek, Uttarakhand

Trekking through wooded glades and shaded trails is one of those quintessential experiences that are part of what makes a trip to India so special. Located in Nainital, Uttarakhand, Naini Lake Trek offers easy trails for those looking for a low-key hiking experience. For travelers new to trekking, Naini Lake is a good starting point. It offers great views and as it's about 1 kilometer long you won't find yourself walking endlessly on steep paths and climbing stairs. And if you want to kick up your adventure quotient a bit, there are steeper trails nearby that lead to an old Buddhist monastery perched atop an impressive rock outcrop and some amazing views over Himalayan peaks near Satopanth Glacier.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1983 to protect more than 10,000 hectares of lowland moist deciduous forests and wetlands. Located about three hours from Mumbai (previously Bombay), Dandeli is part of a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve that protects one of Western Ghats’ most diverse ecoregions. As with all wildlife sanctuaries, you can only see animals in their natural habitat here; no cages or rides around safari areas. Best season: December–May

Kanyakumari , Tamil Nadu

If you’re looking for a place to start your voyage of discovery, Kanyakumari is where you’ll want to begin. It's one of South India's most popular tourist destinations, and famous for its stunning vistas of beaches, canals, and temples. If there’s a more picturesque way to say Goodbye! to India than atop its southernmost tip, we don't know it. There are plenty of great views in Kanyakumari, but only if you know where to look.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for adventure activities, India is certainly a destination that never disappoints. IndiTours360 offers discounted trips to various exotic locations around India. Simply browse through our website to plan your next trip or feel free to contact us and we will help you design your perfect itinerary. We offer guided tours, transportation services, and airport transfers in all major cities across India. Whether you are an explorer on a budget or just want to try something new, IndiTours360 is happy to help make your adventure dreams come true!

10 Essentials for the Best Camping and Backpacking Experience

10 Essentials for the Best Camping and Backpacking Experience

Camping and Backpacking Experience

If you’re planning on camping or backpacking in the near future, you’ll want to have these ten essentials packed in your bag. Trust us, these items will come in handy when you need them most!

1) Water

You can live three weeks without food, but only three days without water. Stay hydrated! If you’re planning on hiking or camping in hot weather (which you should be if you want to enjoy yourself), make sure to bring plenty of water with you. A gallon of water per person per day is ideal, especially if your campsite is located up a mountain or more than 10 miles from civilization. Don’t forget that staying hydrated means more than just drinking water—eating foods like cucumbers, celery, lettuce, and oranges helps too! Carrying along a filter can ensure that your body doesn’t have to deal with pollutants found in some lakes or rivers.

2) Shelter

When it comes to camping, there are two types of people: those who go in a tent, and those who go in a hammock. But if you’re planning on backpacking, then your shelter options will be limited by weight as well as cost. In that case, a three-season tent is likely your best bet for comfort because they provide bug protection without being too heavy. And if you’re going car camping or hiking trails where you can carry extra weight, a four-season mountaineering tent could mean staying dry during heavy rain or snow.

3) First Aid Kit

A good first aid kit is essential when camping. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but if something does happen (like an allergic reaction to poison ivy) it’s good to have all of your bases covered. Check out our post on how to build a DIY travel first aid kit. Oh, and don’t forget some anti-itch cream for that inevitable case of poison ivy!

4) Food

You’ll probably be away from refrigeration, so remember non-perishable foods that don’t need water to cook. Make sure you have enough food to last your entire trip. Don’t forget snacks! Comfortable clothing: The temperature will most likely vary throughout your trip, so make sure you dress accordingly. 

You don’t want to arrive at your destination freezing cold or uncomfortably hot. Try layering different materials, which makes it easier to adjust as needed. Water bottle: Be sure to bring a water bottle with you on every hike—dehydration is no fun! First aid kit: Make sure to include items such as bandages, tweezers, sunscreen, and antiseptic wipes in your first aid kit if necessary.

5) Flashlight or Headlamp

Most people think of a flashlight when they consider camping gear, but a headlamp is actually much more convenient. It allows you to keep your hands free, which is especially helpful if you're cooking or working on something in front of your tent at night. Most headlamps come with multiple settings: white light, red (for preserving night vision), and flashing (handy in case someone else needs to see where you are). Flashlights also tend to be heavier than headlamps. If you don't camp often, or plan on using your camp light occasionally only during emergencies, a traditional flashlight may make more sense. But if it's camping season all year long (or winter), go with a well-reviewed headlamp.

6) Lighter/Matches

Lighters are easy to forget when you go camping, but make sure you never go without one. It’s often best to keep one in your pocket or tent. Matches might be better than a lighter if there’s any chance of rain since they can get wet (just don’t lose them). You can buy waterproof matches that will still light up even if they get wet. If matches aren’t an option, bring waterproof lighters.

7) Navigation Tools (Maps & Compass)

One of my favorite things about hiking is being able to enjoy nature without being tied to technology. However, there are definitely times when it’s worth bringing along a smartphone or GPS navigation device. Whether you’re navigating with maps or relying on satellite signals, it’s important to have a compass handy. This can help you avoid getting lost or keeping your bearings while moving between different locations; it’s essential if you get separated from your friends while backpacking. My advice is to always bring along a compass (and know how to use it) whenever you head into wilderness areas, especially if you're trying some off-trail exploring or heading out on overnight hikes.

8) Toiletries/Hygiene Products

No matter how minimalist you plan to be, toiletries and hygiene products will always come in handy. For example, most wilderness areas forbid people from digging holes to defecate in, so having a toilet paper substitute is crucial. Don’t forget hand sanitizer, wet wipes (for cleaning your hands or other parts of your body), etc. You can also include things like sunscreen, bug spray, band-aids, etc.

9) Emergency Gear (Fire Starters, Paracord, Signaling Device...)

While none of these are true essentials, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that it’s important to know how to start a fire. It could save your life. A flashlight is also useful. On camping trips, I always carry a small whistle because you can use it to signal rescuers if you get lost or disoriented.

Conclusion

No matter what your opinion is on camping or backpacking, you can’t deny that there are a few fundamentals to make it more enjoyable. It may seem obvious but some items, like a way to start a fire, can easily be overlooked. Here’s a list of 10 essentials that will make your next camping or backpacking experience fantastic. If you have more tips or tricks please leave them in the comments below!
How to Visit Two of the Best Places in India

How to Visit Two of the Best Places in India

Best Places in India

Two of the best places to visit in India are Varanasi and Mumbai. Both offer unique experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, and they are among the most visited places in all of India. When planning your trip to these two Indian cities, consider these tips and tricks to make your experience the best it can be!

Where to Stay

If you want an up-close and personal experience, opt for a homestay. You’ll live with a host family and eat family-style meals (usually consisting of rice, vegetables, and meat) every day. Prices vary greatly, but on average homestays cost about $10 per night. If you like your privacy or if you’re not traveling alone (like most backpackers do), then staying at an inn or guesthouse is probably your best bet. A double room at an inn will set you back about $15–20 per night; expect to pay even more if it’s in high season.

Where to Eat

It’s pretty difficult to go wrong with food in India. Vegetarians and vegans can find plenty of options, and carnivores won’t be disappointed either. If you want a traditional Indian meal, you can find it at any number of places across any city. But for a real treat—and one that is uniquely Indian—check out street vendors and markets when possible. These market stalls are often run by mom-and-pop type entrepreneurs who serve up local specialties based on what they have available each day.

Where to Go

Now that you have a few different areas you want to explore, it’s time to figure out where, exactly, you want to go. There are dozens of factors that contribute to your decision when deciding where to travel. Are you visiting on business or pleasure? Are there any friends or family members who live in these cities? Do any celebrities call these locations home? All of these things will help guide your decision. But keep in mind one major detail—India is huge! If you’re looking for a convenient vacation spot, consider these two destinations instead

Conclusion

If you want to visit two of India’s best places, then you should definitely visit Goa and Kerala. These are both beach destinations that have a lot more to offer than just sandy shores. Make sure that you learn about these two places before planning your trip so that you can take advantage of all that each destination has to offer. You never know, your next travel destination might be one of these fun-filled destinations!