Archive for July, 2016
Planning a vacation for the whole family takes a lot of preparation (and patience!). It’s not easy finding resort vacations that satisfy everyone’s needs from a luxurious spa for Mom to a water slide and kiddie pool for little Benjamin. Fortunately, those rare places do exist, even in popular destinations like Cabo San Lucas, where the weather is perfectly sunny for about 350 days of the year and the average year round temperate is a beautiful 78 degrees. Here’s a round up of fourresorts in Cabo that can accomodate adults and kids alike!
1. Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort
For the kids: miniature golf course, weekly kids camps, treehouse, movie nights
For the parents: infinity pools, a “romance coordinator” to plan couples activities, private beach area, full service spa
2. Villa Del Palmar Resort and Spa
For the kids: supervised kids clubs, “Willy the Whale” water slide, babysitting services
For the parents: one of the best spas in Cabo, full service fitness center, on site shops, watersports and horseback riding
3. Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa
For the kids: jungle-themed kids club (Dreams Explorers Club), kiddie pools, outdoor movies, sand castle contests
For the parents: newly renovated spa, fitness center, theme parties, oceanfront bars, wide variety of dining options
4. Melia Cabo Real
For the kids: children 12 and under are free, rock wall, playground, kids club, arts and crafts, dance classes, babysitting services
For the parents: free fitness center, spa services, 18 hole golf course, theme nights
The words luxury and family vacation are rarely used together in the same sentence but these four Cabo San Lucas resorts make it possible. Many also offer all inclusive vacation packages which make the planning process (and the actual trip) that much easier.
Choosing a resort instead of a regular hotel is also a much safer option for your family given recent travel warnings in Mexico. The resort areas are fine to travel to and you’ll still reap all the benefits of a Mexican beach vacation. There’s plenty to see and do inside the resort boundaries!
Resort vacations aren’t just for honeymooners anymore. Book with one of the above deluxe destinations to turn your tropical getaway dreams into reality!
Charter buses are a great way to lower one’s carbon foot print and get to one’s destination in the most fun way possible, other than jetpack (maybe one day). How does a chartered bus accomplish this? By removing the need for a large group of people to take multiple cars. The trip is all the better when all the passengers have a shared interest in the destination.
Comfort On Board a Bus.
Some people may travel comfortably on a bus, more so than in their own vehicle. A charter bus is much different than the yellow school buses of our youth. The most obvious difference is apparent immediately upon boarding. Plush, padded seats that can recline make the ride comfortable. These types of buses are also outfitted with a small bathroom, making them convenient for both longer trips and for transporting elderly passengers.
How Taking a Bus Reduces Your Carbon Footprint.
A charter bus fully loaded with passengers can remove up to 55 automobiles from the highway. This reduces emissions, traffic congestion, and excessive energy use. Charter buses are actually three times more efficient at reducing carbon dioxide emissions than commuter trains or intracity transit buses. It can be difficult to remember how green this form of travel is when reclining in the cool air-conditioned cabin while watching a movie.
Who Takes Whom On a Chartered Bus?
Just over 50% of charter bus passengers are either students or senior citizens in a tour group, as evidenced by one 2012 statistic. Of course, the other 49% are adults and young adults on trips. A bus may very well be the best option for getting around in a few specific cases. Designating one friend as the sober one, or trying to find a cab past a certain time can put a damper on festivities. The stress and possible arguments can be avoided by booking a bus beforehand. That way transportation to and from the destination is covered and confirmed.
A charter bus is not the first option most people consider when planing a group trip. But it can be a great way to practice one’s green living and travel comfortably. They also have the added benefit of insuring everyone arrives on time., no excuses.
We tend to think of cabins as a part of camping, an all-time favorite for fun family vacations. Some 42.5 million Americans spent an average 12.6 days camping throughout 2011 — and while roughing it tent or cabin style can be fun for a while, would you really want to live in one full time?
By now, you’ve probably seen coverage of the “tiny house” phenomenon sweeping the globe, where people elect to live in incredibly small and well-designed spaces. Now, two architects from Berlin are looking to capitalize on that trend and put it where it may be needed most: in densely-populated and housing-starved urban areas.
The project is called Cabin Spacey, and it’s all about putting tiny houses on existing, undeveloped rooftops to create additional living spaces that are eco-friendly to boot. Though these homes are only 250 square feet, they come equipped with a kitchen, dining area, bathroom, and lofted sleeping area.
“We think people don’t need that much space,” said Simon Becker, one of the company’s founders and architects. “If you ask the young person — we think we’re part of the target group, us or even younger people — it’s just different what they need. They don’t say we need space for a car, space for a TV. They say we need an Internet connection, high-quality bed, high-quality shower. And they rather prefer ecological, high-quality spots over space.”
Prime locations and accessibility are no doubt major attractions for young urbanites. These houses are capable of functioning off-the-grid, though if they’re on top of existing structures, it would make just as much sense to tap into the available amenities.
Cabin Spacey’s Indiegogo campaign says the houses should sell for less than 100,000 Euro each, though that doesn’t include the rooftop space itself. Will this simply become another way for slumlords to jack up their property prices, or is it an actual step towards creating more affordable(ish) housing for people in urban areas?
The only way to find out may be to give it a test run. Becker and his partner Andreas Rauch claim there are 55,000 rooftops in Berlin alone that could be used for tiny houses. Would you sign up for one?