A good, detailed map of Spain is one that gives you a quick visual image that creates a picture and orientates you to exactly where Spain lies. Also, maps can provide a lot more information if you study their legends and understand how the area you are viewing relates to the rest of the region and its place in the world.Where on the Globe is Spain?Spain is located at 40 degrees north and 4 degrees west. It is a part of Europe and makes up the south western part of the continent. To compare it to the United States, Spain would measure only a little more than two times the size of Oregon. Its total area is 504,782 square kilometres, with that being broken down as 499,542 sq km of land and 5,240 sq km of water.Spain includes a couple of island chains and two autonomous cities: Melilla and Ceuta. The islands are the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Penon de Alhucemas, Islas Chafarinas, and Penon de Velez de la Gomera which are located off the coast of Morocco.Spain borders on France, Gibraltar, Portugal, and two of Moroccos communities in different areas. Even with all of these land connections, Spain has almost 5,000 km of coastline and the beaches are a big part of the countrys tourist trade.Also adding to the tourist attractiveness of Spain is the temperate climate. The coast is most moderate, as the interior regions can get more extreme cold and hot temperatures in the summer and winter.Spain sits right at sea level in its lowest spot along the Atlantic Ocean. The highest point is located in Tenerife at the Pico de Teide. This peak sits atop the Canary Islands and reaches 3,718 meters.Key Cities and Regions of SpainAt the southern tip of Spain is the Straight of Gibraltar. This is an important passage from the Mediterranean Sea into the North Atlantic Ocean. The city of Algeciras sits watch over the merchant and tourist trades that pass through. Along the Mediterranean coast is the Alicante region. This is a popular tourist location for all of Europe, Spain and International visitors from other parts of the world.Madrid sits in the centre of Spain and is the countrys capital. It is located near the Tagus river which then accesses the North Atlantic Ocean by way of Portugal. Seville sits in the south western part of Spain and is known for its art and culture as well as being a financial centre.Other major and important cities in Spain are Barcelona and Cartagena both on the Balearic and Mediterranean Seas respectively.Up in the Bay of Biscay along the coast lie the cities of Gijon and Santander. Also part of the northern coastal cities are A Coruna and Vigo. It is easy to see why Spain is heavily involved in sea life either through fishing, salt harvesting or trade. However, even strategic location has not helped Spain with its relatively high unemployment rate.Spain still has a strong and dynamic economy. This mostly evolved after the death of its dictator, Francisco Franco who died in 1975. Once Franco was not in power, Spain quickly became a democracy and saw a dramatic modernization of its economy.Spain is an advocate of world freedom, remaining neutral in World Wars I and II, but fighting today for liberty and ending terrorism.Spain may not be one of the most visited of European countries by Americans unless you count the Canary Islands. It is a mistake to rule out this beautiful country because of a lack of understanding. The Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca are among the most perfect vacation spots in all of Europe, any time of year.
With the popularity of luxury world cruises growing, there are more and more people asking for advice once they have decided that a world cruise is the vacation of their dreams. Keeping in mind that most world cruises last between 100 and 250 days, there are a lot of things to think about. One of the most often asked question is, What should we pack? Here are a few helpful suggestions, and though some may seem obvious, it is important to have a running list so that you dont get confused about what you have or have not packed. After all, you will be gone the greater part of a year, so be prepared! For more information on "luxury world cruises" check out http://www.amtcruises.com.ClothingTravelers interested in a luxury world cruise should not pack a new outfit for each day. To make your wardrobe appear fresh without overdoing it, pack about ten tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched, and bring accent pieces such as scarves and attention getting shoes to spice up your looks. You will be doing a lot of walking, so bring at least 20 pairs of socks. You should also bring about five pairs of shoes, three which are comfortable and made for walking. Chances are your boat will have a swimming pool, so make sure you include your swimsuit. A windbreaker and a coat are a must, so that no matter how mild or cold the weather is, you are prepared. You should also be prepared for formal nights, and bring about three formal outfits.ElectronicsYou may not think of bringing electronics on your luxury world cruise, but there are some items that you may need in order to continue the lifestyle you are used to at home. First and foremost, bring a power strip and/or outlet converter. Check to make sure your ship is equipped with USA outlets, and if not bring the appropriate converters. Chances are there will only be one or two outlets in your cabin, and this will help you tremendously. Of course, bring your camera. If you are using a film camera, be sure to bring lots and lots of extra film. If you are using digital, you should bring an extra memory card and a charging cable. You may also want to bring a laptop so that you can download your pictures instantly. A laptop will also help you keep in touch with family and privately access the internet in your cabin. You might also pack an alarm clock to ensure that you dont miss any early morning activities. For help on finding the perfect luxury world cruise for you visit http://content.onlineagency.com/c/5/5200/1938_5200.htm.Paper WorkThere are certain important documents you will want to bring on your luxury world cruise. The first and most often forgotten is your passport. Although it is true that most cruise ships will not require you to bring your passport, when going on a world cruise you should definitely bring one. Chances are you will be visiting upwards of twenty countries, and should something happen to prevent you from reembarking the ship, that passport is the only item that stands between you and being stranded. You should keep several copies of your passport and ID. You should have one extra copy in a completely random place on your body every time you leave the ship (such as your shoe), one in your cabin safe, one in your luggage and one checked with the ships purser. It is also a good idea to bring your insurance card, and a prescription card if you have one. There will be an onboard doctor, but to avoid any extremely expensive charges made because of health care, present your card when you are treated. It is a good idea to keep several copies of these as well.Packing the right clothing, electronics and paperwork can be vital to the success of your luxury world cruise. Arriving prepared will give you peace of mind. Packing right will also save you money in the long run, so that you do not have to purchase overpriced items at the onboard boutique or abroad, unless you want to.A luxury world cruise is the adventure of a lifetime, and now that you know what to pack, you can look forward to embarking on an adventure full of excitement and empty of worry.
Each year, the Humpback Whales migrate around 4,000 miles, from summer feeding grounds in Alaska, to mate in Hawaii's warm waters.During mating season, Humpback Whales are more active resulting in elevated surface activity which makes Hawaii a popular destination for whale watching. This exciting surface behavior, such as breaching and tail slaps, make for exciting "whale watching" in Hawaii.As a Hawaii local and avid waterman, I have 5 simple tips that will help you get the most out of your Hawaii whale watching adventure. So before planning your next Hawaii vacation, follow these tips and you might just have an unforgettable whale encounter!1. Plan Your Trip During Peak MonthsHumpback Whales begin arriving in Hawaii in November and head back to Alaska in late May. If you have planned a Hawaii vacation during this time, you should have no problem spotting whales. However, peak Hawaii whale watching season occurs during February and March. So if you have not made your travel arrangements yet, shoot for these months.2. Visit Islands Known For Whale WatchingMaui, Kauai and the Big Island are the most popular islands for Hawaii whale watching, so plan to visit one of these islands on your vacation. If you are visiting Oahu, you can see whales there too, they just won't be as abundant.3. Plan A Boat TourHawaii whale watching tours are ideal for seeing these spectacular animals in their natural habitat. Not only will you be in the whale's environment, but because humpback whales are curious about their surrounding, they will sometimes approach your boat. Plan a Hawaii boat tour to truly get the most out of your whale watching adventure.Boat tours are available departing from Lahaina Harbor many times throughout the day during whale season. On the Big Island and the island of Kauai, whale-watching opportunities abound with a full schedule of tours provided by seasoned, knowledgeable guides.Humpback whales may also be observed from land if you prefer solid ground to the deck of a boat. On Kauai the Kilauea Lighthouse, Kealia Lookout and various high-points of land in coastal areas are good places to start. Once you're in the right place, spotting the whales is easy: just look for the majestic plumes of water ("blows") rising in the air and the playful splashes made by these gigantic creatures.4. Respect their spaceIn Hawaii, whale watching is an avid activity, and like with most outdoors activities, there are rules. Observers may not approach by vessel or by swimming within 100 yards of a whale (known as the 100-yard minimum rule). However, there is no rule that keeps whales from approaching people. Experienced leaders of Hawaii whale watching tours know how to gently approach these animals and encourage them to come closer.5. Preserve the Humpback WhaleThe humpback whale almost came to extinction in 1966 after mass commercial whaling during the early 20th century. Today there are approximately 30,000 to 40,000 humpbacks worldwide. Federal laws protect them, but there are things we can all do to help preserve this amazing animal for future "boat tour" generation.* Keep beaches and waters clean and debris-free* Participate only in responsible boat tour activities* Support efforts to stop illegal whaling* Support legislation, research and preservation programs* Patronize eco-friendly companies and organizationsYou can read books about whales, but with so many opportunities to see them up-close and personal, there's no reason why you shouldn't start thinking now about your next Hawaii boat tour tour. It's fun, it's easy and it's a great experience for the whole family.
If you are like me and have tried to buy an all inclusive cheap Caribbean vacation between Christmas and Easter, and totally failed to gat any kind of a bargain, you will have realised that this is high season. It was many years ago that I checked out both Jumby Bay and Sandy Lane, and I noticed a dramatic drop in prices that began in May. I was able to get an incredible bargain to Jumby which I couldnt frankly believe.The whole matter of finding the best time for Caribbean Cheap Deals is well worth investigating. Not being a celebrity or someone who needs to be seen, all of us ordinary mortals do not need to be in Barbados between December and Easter. The main reason it is high season of course is the awful European weather at that time of year, and not necessarily the weather in the Caribbean. Also places like Antigua and Barbados are quickly accessible from Europe. The jet set pushes prices up by their demands on hotels and restaurants, which in turn increases prices even more.On principle dont go there at that time.Come May the prices drop dramatically as already discussed, and one of the main reasons for this is the beginning of the tourist season in Europe, and the southern United States. It isnt as you might have thought because of the onset of the hurricane season, which is later on in July and August.A lot of people are starting to go in July and August, which has risk attached to it, but there is a theory that the southern islands like Barbados, Tobago and Grenada are too far south to be in the hurricane belt, but Grenada disproved that two years ago. If you want a "Caribbean Chea" p Deal at this time, you will get one, but beware.Take a look at some caribbean options at http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/categories/Caribbean-Hotel-Hideaways/The best time to go to the Caribbean for an all inclusive cheap Caribbean vacation or any kind of Caribbean Cheap Deal is May or June. The weather is quite beautiful, and there are no children, as it is term time!!Go to the Caribbean in May June, for the best prices, when you will be astonished at some of the deals on offer.
With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Colorado is truly a beautiful place to get away from it all. Taking advantage of the natural beauty are the incredible lodgings. Relaxing In Beautiful Colorado LodgingsMost people think of Colorado only as a winter vacation destination. While it is indisputable that the state has some of the top skiing destinations in the world, it offers much more. Summer is a prime time to get out and see Mother Nature at her best as the landscape explodes with color. Throw in top notch hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing and mountain biking and you have a vacation mecca. You cant do much better than the Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch if you are looking for luxury. Personal service on an unheralded scale will be at your beck and call in this visually stunning hotel set in the classic Rocky Mountain scenery. Winner of a four star designation, the Ritz is set on 21,000 acres and features a spa and fitness center. For relaxing in the sun, there is a rock grotto with hot tub. You can take classes on pilates and yoga as well. In general, it is all about relaxing in the fresh mountain air and throwing off the aggravations of daily life. You facility is located at 0130 Daybreak Ridge in Avon. You can call for reservations at 970-748-6200.The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa offers relaxation with a bit of an eastern philosophy twist. Park Hyatt is all about relaxation and rejuvenation, but provided through programs and services inspired by feng shui. The treatments and ambience is strictly designed to provide balance, energy and peace through your five senses. Placed next to a real waterfall off a cliff face, the six outdoor hot tubs are heaven itself. Park Hyatt is located at 50 West Thomas Place in Avon. You can book a stay by calling 970-949-1234.The Golden Door Spa at The Peaks has been ranked as one of the top two best rejuvenation centers in the country. Located in Telluride, The Peeks customizes its services to each and every guest, giving unmatched personal service that will make you weep when it is time to go home. The Peeks is located at 136 Country Club Drive in Telluride. You can book a room by calling 866-282-4557.The majesty of the Rocky Mountains is something that has to experienced. You can do it in luxury at each of these resorts.