Disney Vacations On A Budget

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IT IS NO SECRET THAT THE HOLY GRAIL OF ALL VACATIONS IN THE EYE OF A CHILD IS WALT DISNEY WORLD. THEIR INNOCENT LITTLE MINDS HAVE NO IDEA THAT MOMMY AND DADDY HAVE TO SELL ORGANS AND BECOME PLATELET DONORS JUST TO AFFORD THE 4 DAY PASSES. BUT I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT DISNEY VACATIONS ON A BUDGET CAN HAPPEN – HERE IS HOW!

Meet Kristina, the mastermind behind Cents + Order, an amazing website for tips and inspiration on personal finance, money saving techniques and home management.  She is a single mom to three kiddos, a full time accountant and website genius. We all could learn a lot from this gal!

Here is Kristina’s advice on how you can save HUNDREDS of dollars based on her multiple trips with multiple kids!

PLAN AHEAD

When you are spending a large amount on a single trip, you’ll want to plan ahead so you can maximize your time there. Look into what rides and shows you want to do, and think about what ones you want to skip.

I use the current one of these guides to do my Disney planning:

The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World
Birnam’s Disney World: The Official Guide

They both are chock-full of information about everything at Disney World. If you don’t want to buy it, I recommend seeing if you can borrow it from your local library while you are planning your trip.

STAY AT A DISNEY HOTEL

When you stay at a Disney property, their Magical Express buses will bring you from the airport to the hotel (and back on departure day). Plus, they have an elaborate bus system to/from the hotels and each of the parks.

You’ll be able to skip the rental car and save $200+, depending on the length of your stay and whether you are travelling at a peak time.

Even if you drive to Disney, you can use the bus system. Or you can drive to the parks yourself. Hotels guests get free parking at the theme parks-saving you $17 a day.

There are some off property hotels where you can certainly get a better room rate, but read the fine print. Many have a “daily resort fee” of up to $15. Add in what you’ll pay to park in the theme parks and you might not be saving anything by staying off property.

Many of the well known hotel chains are comparable in price to the Disney hotels, so you might as well take advantage of the perks of staying on Disney property.

CHOOSE A VALUE DISNEY HOTEL

These include the All-Star hotels and Pop Century. Every Disney trip I’ve stayed in their value hotels and have always been completely satisfied with the room.

How often do you really plan on being in your room anyway? If it’s just to sleep, then why pay double or triple for a fancier hotel?

TRAVEL AT OFF-PEAK TIMES

Not only will you find better hotel and air fare rates, the parks will be less busy.

Smaller crowds=bigger bang for your buck! Ticket prices will still be the same, but you’ll feel like you got to do much more.

When we’ve gone at an off-peak time, the longest wait we had was 20 minutes for a ride. Another time we went around Memorial Day and it was a completely different story. We did not get to do nearly as many rides as we wanted and waits were much longer.

WDW Prep School has a great crowd calendar listing crowd levels for the year along with average weather temperatures in one graphic.

DRIVE INSTEAD OF FLY

Depending on where you live and how many people are in your party, it may be cost effective to drive to Disney World. Consider the cost of gas, tolls, food, and if you will need a hotel along the way when making the price comparision.

Driving will give you more freedom to explore outside of Disney and potentially save money on food costs by eating away from the parks.

GO WHEN YOUR CHILD IS UNDER 3

Kids under 3 get free admission to the parks. A four-day ticket when they are over 3 is $285.00 (2015). You could go just before they turn 3 and save almost $300!

I took one daughter a few months before her 3rd birthday and there was still plenty of rides we could do. She may not remember it when she’s older, but for now it’s a fond memory. I get asked almost every weekend if we can go to Disney World!

STAY LONGER

While you will have increased food and hotel costs, ticket prices only go up $10 a day after 4 days. At 10 days, your price per day is half of what a 4 day ticket costs per day.

OR KEEP YOUR STAY SHORTER

Consider making your stay shorter to save on hotel and food costs. We usually do 5 nights and have 4 days in the park. We don’t get to do everything, but we still pack plenty of rides and activities in that time frame.

DETERMINE IF THE DINING PLAN IS A GOOD DEAL FOR YOUR FAMILY

Pros of the Disney Dining Plan:

  • You know most of your meals are paid for.
  • If you plan right, it can be cheaper than buying the food outright.
  • Meals include a beverage and lunch/dinner includes dessert.

Cons of the Disney Dining Plan:

  • You have to plan carefully to maximize your dining dollars. We would use a snack credit for breakfast (pastry) and desserts as snacks. Plus we would do dinner at the hotel where we could use the refillable mugs and still get water bottles with the meal (to use in the park). It felt restricting.
  • The basic dining plan is 2 quick service meals and a snack per person, per day. You may still need additional snacks or drinks that are not included.
  • Kid’s meal choices are boring. Most of the quick service restaurant choices are the same: chicken nuggets, pizza, mac and cheese, or uncrustables. This can get old quick-especially when your kids are on the higher end of the age range.
  • Kids over 10 have to get the adult plan. This may be too much food for them.

I’ve done both the dining plan (back when it was 2 meals/2snacks) and also paid for all my meals. It really depends on what your family eats.

I recommend checking out these sites:
All Ears Restaurant Dining Menus
WDW Info Restaurant Dining Menus

They have menus and prices of the items at all the restaurants/food carts. The Disney World app also has the info.

Go through the menus and make a plan of what you’d expect to eat in a day and then compare to the cost of the dining plan. (Be sure to figure out if something will not be covered under the plan and will require out of pocket payment)

GO WHEN THE DINING PLAN IS FREE

In spring, Disney usually offers packages for fall travel that includes free dining. If you can go at this time of year, you could save hundreds on food alone!

This offer usually has requirements to buy a certain number of days for tickets and you can’t book a discount room rate in combination with the free dining plan.

ONLY BUY THE PARK HOPPER AND/OR WATER PARK OPTION IF YOU INTEND TO USE IT

The park hopper or water park option will add $64 to each ticket. Adding both options will add $90 to each ticket.

Consider whether you will really use these options. You can save $256-$360 (for a family of four) if you skip the park hopper and water park options. With younger kids, you probably can skip the park hopper. There’s so much to see and do, they will be worn out after one!

With older kids, park hopper may be a good idea. When I took my oldest, we did Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom in the morning, would head back to the hotel at 2 or so to rest and have lunch, and would head to Magic Kingdom for the evening to catch more rides, parades, and fireworks.

BRING SNACKS/BREAKFAST FROM HOME

This is easier if you drive, but even if you fly you should be able to pack some on the go breakfasts-cereal bars, poptarts, etc. and snacks-like goldfish, trail mix, and peanut butter crackers.

Four pastries at breakfast will run you about $12 and full breakfast will run you about $24, not including drinks. Over the course of a week that could add up to an extra $100 in your pocket.

If you opt for the dining plan, you’ll save a snack or meal credit that you can use later in the day.

BRING REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLES

Bring water bottles from home and save the $2.50 a bottle you’d pay in the park. With all the walking and the heat, you will drink a lot!

Or, buy the bottled waters and keep refilling them throughout your stay. If you aren’t fond of tap water, bring some flavor packets to add.

GIVE THE KIDS A BUDGET

Souvenirs can add up quickly, and when you multiply that by 2 or more kids, it can put a serious dent in your budget. The kids can ask relatives for gift cards for spending money or give them a set amount of spending money for the trip.

They will have to consider their options and whether a $15 balloon is what they really want to spend their money on.

BRING YOUR STROLLER FROM HOME

If you have kids that are not ready to walk miles every day (we averaged 5-10 miles a day), you will want to have a stroller for when they are tired of walking. It will also give you the convenience of having a place to store snacks and drinks.

Don’t be afraid to have a stroller even for bigger kids, they may need the break! Stroller rental (for a single stroller) will run you $15 a day or $13 a day when you get a stroller for the length of your stay.

If you are bringing one, I’d recommend going as lightweight as possible (but not the cheapo umbrella strollers you can get for $10 at Walmart). You’ll have to fold and carry it on the buses, so you’ll want something that folds easily and is relatively small.

It ended up costing the same as what I would have spent to rent a stroller, but I got to use it to and from the parks, at the airport, and keep it when I got home.


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Big Name American Hotels Heading To Cuba

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EVER SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA LIFTED THE TRAVEL EMBARGO TO CUBA, THINGS HAVE BEEN MOVING RATHER SWIFTLY IN WAYS OF GETTING AMERICANS TO THIS CARIBBEAN NATION.

Most recently two of the largest hotel chains in North America, Marriott and Starwood, applied for their licenses to operate in Cuba via Airbnb.

Here is the full story from Skift.com …

As reported today in The Wall Street Journal, the two hotel companies—which are expected to become one very big company by June—have applied to the appropriate government entities in Cuba and the U.S. to start operating businesses in Cuba — and could close on deals before President Obama visits the island March 20.

We are optimistic that we are going to get a green light soon from the U.S. government to have hotels under the Marriott flag in Cuba,” Thomas Marder, a Marriott spokesman, told The Wall Street Journal.

“Starwood has applied for authorization from the U.S. Treasury Department to operate hotels in Cuba,” Starwood spokeswoman Carrie Bloom tells Skift. “We see many opportunities for the expansion of our brands into Cuba at this inflection point, and look forward to building long-term relationships and welcoming travelers into our hotels in this dynamic market.”

Current focus on U.S.-Cuba relations is high. President Obama is planning to travel to Cuba from March 20 to 22. When he arrives in Havana, he’ll be joined by Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, who also serves as vice chair of the President’s Export Council.

Since Obama announced in December 2014 that the U.S. would restore its ties with Cuba after a more than 50-year Cold War, a number of U.S.-based companies have applied to do business in the Caribbean country.

While Airbnb was successful in beginning its operations in April 2015, other tourism companies are still waiting for approvals to clear the way for them to begin doing business. Carnival Corp. and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as a number of other U.S.-base cruise lines have clearance from U.S. officials to call in Cuba, but haven’t received approval yet from Cuban officials.

Earlier this month, at least eight U.S. airline carriers applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation outlining what routes they would like to fly to Cuba. Both American Airlines and JetBlue Airways currently operate charter flights from the U.S. to Cuba.

Obama administration watchers believe that the President will likely announce new policies that will loosen current trade and travel embargoes to allow individual licenses for people-to-people travel. U.S. senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, is also urging the Obama administration to ease restrictions on investment in Cuba so American hotels can operate in the island nation.

If individual licenses for people-to-people travel are allowed, solo U.S. travelers could legally travel to Cuba simply by interacting with Cubans our touring a museum during their visit, The Wall Street Journal noted. The deals related to Starwood and Marriott are expected to be announced at or around the same time.

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Leprechauns, Bunnies and Food – Oh My!

Things to do – March in the Outer Banks

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The month of March brings a muchneeded breath of fresh air to everyone on the Outer Banks. We can all put the cold months behind us as warm weather invites “Open”signs and locals to emerge from their winter dens.  Leprechauns, bunnies and food – oh my! Locals and visitors alike will be apart of the exciting events the month of March offers.

taste of the beach_2016This year’s Taste of the Beach, March 17-20, coincides with St. Patrick’s Day and many restaurants are offering a St. Paddy’s party the day of, so wear green to kick off the 4day event. The Taste of the Beach weekend is a fantastic way to sample the fare of many fine restaurants fromCorolla to Manteo. No need to be a fullon foodie fanatic to enjoy this gastronomic weekend, casual chefs too will enjoy the events held at nearly 40…

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Jockey’s Ridge – Outer Banks

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THIS PAST TUESDAY I FINALLY CLIMBED THE FAMOUS JOCKEY’S RIDGE IN NAGS HEAD, NORTH CAROLINA.

Being a vacationer in the Outer Banks since I was in the womb, it is somewhat mind blowing that I had never been up the great sand dune of Jockey’s Ridge. The past 30 years of my life I have been missing out on such fun!

JOCKEY’S RIDGE IS PART OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM AS IT IS THE TALLEST NATURAL SAND DUNE SYSTEM IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES!

Located right off Hwy 158 in Nags Head, this park is hard to miss as the sand dunes stand 80’-100’ above the road!

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Here you will find hang gliders, kite enthusiasts and also hikers as the park not only offers endless sand dunes to explore, but like true deserts, an oasis. The self-guided trails, apart from the hike over the dunes, includes a 360-foot boardwalk equipped with interpretive displays with information on the plants and animals. It is perfect for the folks that prefer a shorter walk or to stay off of the sand. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy the grandeur of Jockey’s Ridge as you will be greeted with a bench at the end of the walk with a spectacular view of the dunes.

For the more active walkers and estuary enthusiasts, the Soundside Nature Trail is a one-mile loop that begins in the soundside parking lot and leads to a beautiful water overlook that is perfect for an afternoon picnic or sunset retreat. The desert-like sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge is a place where everyone can find happiness and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Travel Saved My Life.

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TRAVEL SAVED MY LIFE.

Travel and I go way back. Like middle school way back. There are several ways that travel has changed me for the better, but the most specific experience was one my very first mission trip. The transformation was so vast that I remember exactly the moment when something in me changed, I know exactly where I was standing and exactly what I was doing. I remember stopping dead in my tracks and tears falling out of eyes while my heart literally was falling in love. But it was not a conventional love, it was a love for travel humanitarianism.

I was thirteen years old when I did my first humanitarian work and that was also the year that the wanderlust bug bit me. My youth group at church was leading a mission trip to Costa Rica with the goal of rebuilding the inside of the parsonage, and while I had really had no idea how much work it would involve or what the living conditions were like, I was all in.

So I raised money for the trip by selling homemade plated food from the church to friends and family, packed my bags, boarded a plane and took off for a foreign country.

When we arrived and first stepped out of the San Jose airport the heat and humidity were almost overwhelming. I can still feel the heaviness of the air on my face whenever I close my eyes, it is something I will never forget. Little did I know was that our journey had just begun and the real adventure was about to start.

From the airport we had an eight hour bus ride to the small village of Palmar Norte where the church was located. Now, this may not seem that terrible but when you consider us going up and over mountains, getting stuck behind herds of cattle and thought traffic jams that would make New York City look easy, it was just a bit overwhelming.

When we finally arrived everyone had a thick film of sweat on the skin, bags under their eyes, and longed for a soft bed. But instead we were greeted with a brief hello and a hard floor where we were unroll our sleeping bags and rest for the night. Honestly, I hardly even remember falling asleep from pure exhaustion, but I do remember thinking to myself, “what have I gotten myself into??”.

That was the first step of my travel transformation and the beginning of the rest of my life. I will forever be grateful to this mission trip as it literally saved me and made me who I am today – a fun loving, caring and compassionate traveler who is always thirsting for the next adventure!

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Walking Trails of the OBX

The Outer Banks is home to an array of activities that suit all walks of life. This sacred stretch of sand is an ideal locale for adventurous hikers, families and vacationers who love a good walk in nature. From national refuges to small, but well maintained trails, a great walk is always at your fingertips from Corolla to Nags Head. Being one of the most unpopulated destinations on the east coast, the Outer Banks provides bird enthusiasts, nature lovers and the general outdoorsman ample opportunities to choose their own adventures!

One of the most beautiful trails to hike in Corolla is the Currituck Banks Natural Estuarine Preserve, a 965 acre barrier island and estuarine system stretching from sea to sound that is open year round sunrise to sunset. Take Hwy 12 north, past the Twiddy offices in the historic Corolla Village, and you will find the visitor parking for the boardwalk and trail located at the sharp turn in the road.

There are two paths you can take when exploring the preserve. The first is the ⅓ mile handicap accessible and elevated boardwalk complete with colorful and interactive signs about the local flora and fauna that leads directly to the sound. This path is great for young kids and the elderly as it is stroller friendly — no getting lost on this trail!

The second option is more primitive. This 1.5 mile hike begins as you jump off the boardwalk and head directly into the maritime forest. To guide your way you will follow the tall wooden beams painted with bright blue on the tops as you wander through the whispering water oaks back to the Currituck Sound. A insider tip from the locals: stop when you find a bench or tree, sit in silence for a few minutes letting your eyes gaze to the tops of the trees, past your immediate focal point and let your ears become in tune with nature. The great naturalist John Muir said it beautifully, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” and this is especially true when you immerse yourself in this preserve

Duck Town ParkHeading south to the quaint town of Duck is a more relaxed and casual stroll that is perfect for family fun, sound side activities and stunning sunsets. The 11 acres of Duck Town Park is a mixture of maritime forest on the Currituck sound, willow swamp, an open lawn with an amphitheater and picnic shelters. This is centrally located to the fantastic shopping and eateries around town. Year round visitors and locals alike can find a place to launch their kayaks, watch sunsets, attend festivals with their children or just walk the boardwalk. Duck Town Park truly is a must see and folks would be remiss not to check it out!

The true hidden gem of the Outer Banks lies in the Kitty Hawk Coastal Preserve, also known as Kitty Hawk Woods, and it is undeniably one of the most coveted hiking trails on the island and is family friendly. If you are looking for an escape from the sand and sun, then grab your tennis shoes, pack a lunch, binoculars and head out for a day in our enchanted forest. Start at the information center where you can learn about the different wildlife that populates the area and also the efforts to maintain and preserve Kitty Hawk Woods.

Kitty Hawk Coastal Reserve

From there choose from multiple walking paths that will lead you over an old covered bridge, to scenic water vistas, through densely covered trails all, while learning along the way! All trails have signs that will educate you about the maritime forests and on the wildlife that surrounds you. Local insider tip: don’t forget the bug spray! It is a low-lying preserve, so yes bugs do exist, but a good repellent will protect you and your family just fine!

Nags Head WoodsIn the next small, but bustling town of Kill Devil Hills, you will find a quiet retreat in the 1,092 acre Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve right in the heart of Dare County. It is a true year-round favorite among the locals, but you don’t have to be a local to use the park. Visitors too can enjoy the many walking and running trails, soundside vistas and boardwalks that are ADA accessible. There are stroller friendly areas and places to take in a secluded sunset.  When you arrive make sure you register at the outdoor information center and bring plenty of water, no matter the length of the hike as it does get hot even under the shade of trees. Like all other parks in the Outer Banks, Nags Head Woods is free to enjoy, but donations to the Nature Conservancy are greatly appreciated.

Lastly, journey to one of the most popular parks in North Carolina, Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Located right off Hwy 158 in Nags Head, this park is hard to miss as the sand dunes stand 80’-100’ above the road! Here you will find hang gliders, kite enthusiasts and also hikers as the park not only offers endless sand dunes to explore, but like true deserts, an oasis. The self-guided trails, apart from the hike over the dunes, includes a 360-foot boardwalk equipped with interpretive displays with information on the plants and animals. It is perfect for the folks that prefer a shorter walk or to stay off of the sand. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy the grandeur of Jockey’s Ridge as you will be greeted with a bench at the end of the walk with a spectacular view of the dunes. For the more active walkers and estuary enthusiasts, the Soundside Nature Trail is a one-mile loop that begins in the soundside parking lot and leads to a beautiful water overlook that is perfect for an afternoon picnic or sunset retreat. The desert-like sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge is a place where everyone can find happiness and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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From sound to sea, the walking trails of the Outer Banks makes this stretch of sand one of the most uniquely and beautiful places to visit in the world. From the historical maritime forests to the wild and ever-changing sand dunes, our trails are the perfect playground for people of ages!

~ Allie Mayo

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8 Dreamy Overwater Bungalows In The Western Hemisphere

QUIT DREAMING OF OVERWATER BUNGALOWS AND MAKE THEM A REALITY!

Overwater bungalows are what every person dreams are made of, but sadly many feel that the dreams will never become a reality. Between long and expensive flights and not enough time off, traveling to the Maldives or French Polynesia just may not be in the cards for some people.

Imagine the perfect wake up call. Warm sunshine kissing your face as the morning winds make their way through your open windows. You welcome the start of a new day with excitement as opposed to dread and no need for coffee and a shower, your morning routine is a jump from your porch into crystal clear water. How is that for perfect?

What if I told you that overwater bungalows exist in the Western Hemisphere also? Its true, paradise can be found in countries like Honduras, Panama, Mexico, Cuba, St. Lucia, Jamaica and many more. The need to travel half way across the world for a chance to sleep over the sea is gone and United Military Travel can get you there!

YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THAT AT ANY OF THESE 10 OVERWATER BUNGALOWS….

 1. Coral Lodge, Panama 

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Perhaps the most affordable overwater bungalow resort in the world, the Coral Lodge features just 6 overwater bungalows plus two restaurants and a spa. The lodge is a boutique resort in a secluded part of the San Blas Islands in Panama. If you are looking to truly escape the rat race this resort is for you as there are no TVs or internet, so a distraction free vacation is nearly guaranteed.

  • Low season online specials from US$345 per night
  • High season online specials from US$398 per night

2. Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama

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At Punta Caracol the 9 overwater bungalows all you to immersed in nature and escape the world because there are hardly any electronics here. The eco resort is powered by solar panels and TVs and entertainment systems are strictly banned to ensure the guests a full chance to unwind. The most attractive perk the Acqua Lodge offers is that breakfast and dinner are offered in the room rate, creating an almost all-inclusive style resort.

  • Low season online specials from US$350 per night
  • High season online specials from US$427 per night

3. Eclypse de Mar Aqua Lodge, Bocas del Toro Islands, Panama

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This eco-resort is located just a short boat ride away from the main town on Bocas del Toro in Panama, the Eclypse de Mar Resort has 6 overwater bungalows, two of which are Honeymoon Suites. Rooms here are more basic, like no air conditioner basic, but the price is also much lower as well so if you are searching for a “budget” overwater bungalow this is for you.

  • Low season online specials from US$275 per night
  • High season online specials from US$275 per night

4. Coco View Resort, Honduras

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This all-inclusive resort is located off Roatan Island offers 16 overwater bungalows and is all about scuba diving! The diving off Honduras is a world renowned and the resort offers surprisingly affordable package upgrades to include all-inclusive diving. Guests who sign up for that plan get two boat-diving sessions per day, plus unlimited 24/7 shore diving, all in an area famous for excellent underwater scenery.

  • Low season online specials from US$219 per night
  • High season online specials from US$253 per night

5. Thatch Caye Resort, Belize

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Located on a private island 9 miles from Dangriga in Belize, the Thatch Caye Resort is probably the closest thing to a Maldives-style complex anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. The all-inclusive resort never has more than 24 guests at any given time, the service and food is excellent and those with large groups will find comfortable accommodations here.  has 5 overwater cabanas which are perched just over the water’s edge, plus one huge Family Suite comprised of 2 bedroom cabanas and 1 living room/kitchenette cabana.

  • Low season online specials from US$297 per night
  • High season online specials from US$446 per night

6. St. George’s Caye Resort, Belize

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Just a short boat ride from Belize City itself, St. George’s Caye Resort is located on a mostly private island. Six of their 12 bungalows are located on a semi-circular pier, so they are over the water but also bunched together as well. This resort works on a mostly all-inclusive basis, with all food and even rum punch (one per day, per guest) included in the room rate, making it quite a good value when those are factored in.

  • Low season online specials from US$437 per night (including all meals for two guests)
  • High season online specials from US$437 per night (including all meals for two guests)

7. Glover’s Atoll Resort and Island Lodge, Belize

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While it calls itself a resort, most guests describe Glover’s Atoll as a private-island campground that has 8 overwater cabins as well. It’s located in a great diving and fishing area and it’s very cheap compared to any other “resort” on this list, but it’s cheap for a reason. None of the cabins have electricity, plus you have to share a bathroom with the others on the island. If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to deserted on a tropical island, this is it.

  • Low season online specials from US$45 per night
  • High season online specials from US$45 per night

8. Hotel Melia Caya Coco, Cuba

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If you aren’t to strict on the definition of “overwater bungalows” then consider Hotel Melia Cayo Coco. Each bungalow has 6 rooms, so it is similar to a floating motel if you will. Its 68 rooms are in 18 structures over its inland lagoon, just steps from the beach. It’s a bit dated, to say the least, but if you are legally able to go to Cuba then this might suit your needs well.

  • Low season online specials from US$252 per night
  • High season online specials from US$374 per night

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7 Domestic March Getaways For Sun Drenched Fun

MARCH GETAWAYS ARE THE PERFECT ANTIDOTE TO SHAKE THE WINTER BLUES! DOES THE IDEA OF BEING SUN DRENCHED RIGHT NOW SEND WARM FUZZIES UP AND DOWN YOUR SPINE. IT DOES ME FOR SURE, BUT I FOLLOW THE SUN…ALWAYS!

I am totally over the month of February, for all I care the entire month could just not happen and it would be perfectly fine with me. It can keep its snow, its below freezing temperatures, its bulky clothing, its dreary days, and stupid love holiday.

I hate wearing socks and shoes bother me, I hate the way my dog looks at me because he too hates the cold, and I really hate that my husband grows a wooly mammoth beard in the winter to keep his face warm! Time for it to go!!!!

Personally, I am begging and pleading with March to hurry the heck up because I know that with its return it will bring the warm sunshine.

SO LETS CHAT ABOUT MARCH GETAWAYS. 

LIKE WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO CATCH THE FIRST GLIMPSES OF SPRING

Big Island, Hawaii (or anywhere in HI)

San Diego, CA

Galveston, TX

Sarasota, FL

Charleston, SC

Ocracoke, NC

Santa Cruz, CA

All 7 of these places will make great March Getaways, but you better start planning and booking now as they are also consider spring break destinations.

Oh, yes you cannot forget about spring breakers when you are booking your March Getaways because if you want to either avoid them or mingle with them you are going to need to do some research.

ONE OF THE MANY PERKS OF BOOKING YOUR MARCH GETAWAYS THROUGH UNITED MILITARY TRAVEL IS THAT OUR TRAVEL SPECIALIST CAN ADVICE YOU SPECIFIC DESTINATIONS JUST BASED ON WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF A TRIP.

So if you don’t have a ton of time to research, no worries! Chat with a travel specialist and he/she can have the best trip planned for you in no time! 866-582-9579

No matter where you want to go, we can help but you have to contact us. Once you do the stress of travel planning will be lifted off your shoulders and you will soon be enjoying your sun drenched destination!

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Travel To Cuba Decoded By CNN!

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TO TRAVEL TO CUBA

TO NOT TRAVEL TO CUBA. 

THAT HAS BEEN THE LONG STANDING QUESTION IN MY MIND EVER SINCE OBAMA RESTORED DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, BUT TRY TO DECIPHER ALL THE LEGAL LANGUAGE HAS BEEN BLOWING MY MIND!

Bless you CNN for decoding all the legal mumbo jumbo that is the Cuba travel laws! Now that I have read what the American travel rights are, I am confident I should travel to Cuba. Read the full article here for many more travel tips to Cuba!

To briefly sum up what Maria Sofferin wrote for CNN travel to Cuba is allowed if you fall into one of these categories:

• Visiting family

• Humanitarian projects or to provide support to the Cuban people

• Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations

• Journalistic activities

• Professional research

• Educational activities by persons at academic institutions

• People to people travel

• Religious activities

• Public performance, clinics, workshops, athletic or other competitions and exhibitions

• Authorization to provide travel services, carrier services and remittance forwarding services

• Activities of private foundations, research or educational institutes

• Exportation of certain Internet-based services

THE BIG QUESTION IS THIS, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU QUALIFY TO FIT INTO ANY OF THESE CATEGORIES TO TRAVEL TO CUBA? SIMPLE! YOU QUALIFY YOURSELF!

The traveler categories are self-authorizing.

What was once a formal application system has essentially been converted into an honor system whereby you conclude whether you meet the categorical criteria. Maria Sofferin // CNN

How incredibly genius is that? So basically, since I am a travel blogger and freelance writer I qualify to travel to Cuba under the “journalistic” category and would totally be in the clear. Wow! Now, what that doesn’t mean is that you are free to lounge on the beach all day getting to know the local’s favorite liquor or so they say. How can you be spotted out of the thousands of Canadians and Europeans sun bathing on the beach and be fined or worse?

Doesn’t make sense to me!

BUT SIMPLY SPEAKING, IF YOU CAN FIT YOURSELF INTO ANY OF THE 12 LISTED CATEGORIES YOU ARE SELF-PROCLAIMED ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO CUBA ANYTIME YOU WANT.

So apply for your tourist Visa, pay the $25, wait 4 weeks for it to arrive and BOOM off to Cuba you go!


AND DON’T FORGET TO CALL UNITED MILITARY TRAVEL FOR ALL YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS! TRAVEL TO CUBA NOW THROUGH UMT!

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16 Disney Resorts Offering Killer Military Discounts All Year!

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort

I WANT TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THE DISNEY VACATION THEME FROM LAST WEEK BY SHARING WITH YOU THE 16 DISNEY RESORTS THAT WILL BE OFFERING KILLER MILITARY DISCOUNTS THROUGH DECEMBER 2016!

It is pretty common knowledge that staying  at a Disney resort can cost a pretty penny, but it is well worth it! To be able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with your favorite Disney characters should not be taken lightly, the kiddos consider it to be the Holy Grail of all meal experiences!

The corporation that is now Walt Disney strives hard to keep the magic available for everyone and that is why they are offering amazing Military discounts at 16 select Disney Resorts January 3 through December 19 of 2016!

These military discounts do have a small window of blackout dates where the offer is not available: March 20 through April 1.

DISNEY RESORT HOTELS THAT OFFER MILITARY DISCOUNTS IN 2016:

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites Only

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Studios Only

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The Cabin at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

THATS’ AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF DISNEY RESORT MILITARY DISCOUNTS ISN’T IT? DISNEY REALLY WANTS TO SHOW THEIR APPRECIATE TO OUR ARMED FORCES!

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

…BOOKING DETAILS…

Book By: December 19, 2016

Length of Stay Requirements: minimum length of stay requirements may apply and check in date must fall within valid offer travel dates.

Important Details: The number of rooms available for this offer are limited and may not be combined with any other discount or promotion. Also, additional per-adult charges may apply if there are more than two adults per room.

Offer Restrictions: Must register in advance and a valid military ID will be required upon check-in and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THESE DISNEY RESORT MILITARY DISCOUNTS??

Eligibility
To book this offer, you must be an active or retired member of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. Effective as of January 3, 2016, active or retired members of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are also eligible for this offer. Spouses of Military Service Members and PHS and NOAA Commissioned Corps members also quality if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of the Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps members.  Walt Disney World Website


BOOK YOUR NEXT DISNEY VACATION

WITH THE DISNEY PROS AT 

UNITED MILITARY TRAVEL 

AND SAVE BIG! 

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