Go Cruising For Less
Oct27

Go Cruising For Less

Cruise holidays usually represent excellent value for money, given the sheer amount of destinations you can visit and the fabulous all-inclusive nature of many cruise holidays, with on board cuisine and travel arrangements. However, everyone loves a bargain, and who can resist the chance to save money on a holiday – particularly if it means you can enjoy the savings as spending money? Take a River Cruise In comparison to the big ships, river cruises are a bit more on the luxury side.  However, the costs of these trips aren’t nearly as elaborate for what you get.  In 2014, picturesque Russian river cruises were extremely popular.  And, it seems that this type of river cruising style isn’t slowing down in popularity either.  Asides from Russia, trips up the Danube River in central Europe is also very popular.  These cruises are an opportunity to cruise without feeling like you’re on one of those over-sized liners. Last Minute Deals Late deals are a popular choice and work in a similar way to package holidays. In the last few weeks leading up to the cruise holiday’s departure date, look out for discounts or special offers such as free upgrades or other incentives such as extra on board spending money. This is a great time to snap up a bargain, providing you can be as flexible as possible on your holiday criteria. For instance, try not to limit yourself to a specific itinerary or cruise operator, if it means you could save money by travelling on a similar itinerary with another brand. Compare Holidays Well most people tend to just pick a favourite cruise line and are done with it, if you’re looking to save money on your cruise holiday don’t just book the first thing you see, shop around.  A great way to compare holidays from all the major tour operators is to use a travel agent and browse their late deals or early bird discounts, or use the search panel to look for holidays departing within your preferred time frame. Go Off-Season Not only are cruises – well, actually all sorts of travel – cheaper during the off-season, but you’ll get destinations to yourself.  If you’ve ever been to Dubrovnik in July, you’ll know that arriving a midst hundredsof of other cruise travellers isn’t all that fun.  Personally, I tend to seek out the times of year that are just off-season but not so off season that the weather is terrible.  For example, if you’re booking a cruise up to see Alaska, a great time of year to go is early October.  The prices are low, but the scenery is still stunning...

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New Issue now Available!!!
Apr30

New Issue now Available!!!

Oh sweet Vagabundos! We’re at it again with a brand new issue of the magazine.  Are you excited?  Well, you should be. The latest installment of Vagabundo Magazine is without a doubt our most powerful issue to date. Though we keep strong to our adventure travel roots in the latest version of our quarterly magazine, we decided to address the issue to conflict in this one. As travellers, we are forced to deal with conflict each and every single day, so why do most magazines focus only on the happy rose-coloured ideas surrounding travel? We love travel as much as the next person, but we know how much struggle there is involved in having a good travel experience, just as there is in everyday life. The world is love, it’s honour, and it’s helpfulness and a warm smile. But there’s always a bit of struggle. No matter where you travel, you are going to deal with conflict. I am especially honoured to introduce you to Alice Martins in this issue of the magazine.  She has been an absolute inspiration to me through her photo-journalism work around the world.  Her photography is so incredibly powerful it will knock you back a step or two, without a doubt. Of course, we’ve got some traditional travel stories mixed in there as well.  Here’s a preview of the stories: Get your subscription We offer a variety of subscription types for Vagabundo Magazine, each has its advantage.  The PDF subscribers pay $9.99 and get issues of the magazine for the rest of their lives (or as long as we produce them) without paying another penny.  The eZine/Web Subscribers pay $4.89 for a one-year subscription but have the flexibility to enjoy the magazine via smartphone, tablet, or online.  Finally, if you’re keen, we offer print on demand services as well! Lifetime Subscription via PDF for $9.99 1 Year eZine/Web/Smartphone/Tablet for $5.99 Single Issue PDF for $2.99 Print for $25 As usual, we really appreciate your support in this project.  We love travel, and we know that you can get really cool travel stories through the net from blogs for free.  However, we hope that in showing off the absolute best in travel, you’ll join up with our cause! Kindest Regards, Editor-in-Chief, Brendan van...

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A Day of Sun, Sand, and Otters at Discovery Cove.
Mar26

A Day of Sun, Sand, and Otters at Discovery Cove.

Imagine there were a place you could swim amongst dolphins and exotic fish, hand-feed tropical birds, and lie around on a gorgeous beach, peacefully remembering there are few others to jostle with you for space, and no turnstiles keeping you out. You wouldn’t hesitate to take your family there, right? Luckily, to your family’s delight, such a place does exist. At Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, your options for a fun-filled holiday are as endless as the ocean on the horizon. Discovery Cove has everything a gaggle of nature and sun lovers could want: beaches, rivers, oases filled with fish and otters, snorkelling, and unlimited access to SeaWorld Waterpark are just some things you can expect. You’ll love it, your spouse will love it, and your kids will love it — so, what are you waiting for? Of course, you need more information! Here’s what you need to know before your children drag you out the door. Tell me more about Discovery Cove and its facilities. With pleasure! Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive, reservations-only park, restricting numbers to approximately 1300 per day for a more intimate experience. They provide loads of ways to spend your day in the sun and sand: a 30-minute Dolphin Interaction, in which parents and children alike can swim with, and touch, dolphins; The Grand Reef, where you can snorkel with tropical fish and rays; the Freshwater Oasis, full of adorable otters and marmosets to gush over; The Explorer’s Aviary, filled with parrots, toucans, and other exotic birds you can feed by hand; and a large resort pool and flowing, tropical river. Other perks include breakfast, lunch, and unlimited drinks and snacks, free equipment rentals — and, the best part (well, according to your children, anyway) is unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, included with the Discovery Cove Day Resort Package. Sounds great! When should I go? Florida is known for its brilliant weather, and this makes your choice a whole lot easier. Naturally, summer is the best time to go, with the hottest temperatures and minimal showers. Shoulder seasons — spring and autumn — are also ideal, though temperatures during the day will be milder. But, you know, fall in Florida is still a lot like summer! Winter brings cooler days (70 degrees Fahrenheit/20 degrees Celsius and around) and moderate rainfall — not exactly winter in Moscow, is it? Be sure to check Discovery Cove’s website for the forecast of your desired days. My kids are practically dragging me to the car. How do I get there, and where can I stay? You’re in luck! Discovery Cove has a number of partner hotels that offer...

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New Issue of Vagabundo Magazine!!!
Jan28

New Issue of Vagabundo Magazine!!!

This year has been a really powerful one for Editor-in-Chief Brendan van Son.  After a couple serious incidents in Africa on his “epic” scooter trip down Africa, including 2 cases of malaria and a serious crash, Brendan was hit extremely hard by the article in this issue named “Nothing Held Back: Remembering Taylor Booth”.  The article demonstrates courage, power, and such passion that can only be felt by those who have experienced the road.  It shows how many amazing stories can happen when we allow ourselves to be naively open to the world. But it also shows how fragile life can be.  Life can be taken from us at any given moment, regardless of whether we’re travelling or at home in our beds, so it’s incredibly important to live life as hard as you can, every single day. While in Africa, Brendan was quoted as saying, “if I died today, I’d be ok with it.  I’m not depressed, nor am I done with life.  But, I know that I’ve lived my life as hard as I can.  I’ve lived a thousand years within my 20s alone.  I’m happy, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in my life.” At the magazine, we would like to think that’s a sentiment that Taylor Booth held.  We may have lost an amazing person young age, but he touched as many people and lived as many years as a 100-year-old man. That adventure-based love for life is something that all of us at Vagabundo Magazine live out every single day.  We feel so moved by the world around us that we want nothing more than to inspire others to take to the wild sides of the earth as well.  And, essentially, with this magazine that’s what we hope to do: inspire. This January 2014 issue was a labour of love, but it is also an honour.  All of us here at Vagabundo Magazine feel so honoured that you’ve chosen to take in a bit of our lives. So thank you so much for your support through these years! Now, on to the magazine. This issue is great, if I do say so myself.  After all the hard work, I was so proud to flip through the final content.  There are some really amazing pieces.  Moreover, there is a really cool variety of stories.  Though everything is fairly adventure-focused, there really are articles in the there for everyone. The features include: Scuba Diving in the Canadian Rockies Cycling the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan West Papua: A Farewell to an Adopted Nation Beypazari: Off Turkey’s Beaten Path Chicken Feet for Love Wildlife Photography by Willi...

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Family Fun in the Algarve
Jan23

Family Fun in the Algarve

The beaches and attractions of the Algarve make it one of the top destinations for holidaymakers travelling to Portugal each year. Portugal itself is particularly popular with families due to the welcoming locals and range of things to do for visitors of all ages. If you are considering a trip to the Algarve on your next holiday then take a look at these great things to do with your family and book online with the Co-operative Travel. Zoomarine This is a great one for the whole family, and the smallest to the tallest will love the different animal shows at the same time as learning about different species and conservation. There is a 4D cinema that explains some of the issues facing marine life in a way that is fun and informative for kids and adults alike. Waterparks The Algarve boasts not one but four waterparks all on the western side of the region. No family holiday would be complete without a splash around in the pools and rides on the slides at one of these awesome parks. Take a look at Splash & Slide, Atlantic Park, Aqualand and Aquashow and decide which one, or more than one, takes your fancy. Dolphins The Zoomarine is a great place to see a dolphin show, but nothing quite beats seeing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. There are a few tours that run along the coast to watch the dolphins and whales at play in the sea, and there is a good chance you will spot one of these beautiful animals on your boat trip. If you are looking for a family holiday packed full of adventure and entertainment for kids and wonderful sights for adults then you need look no further than the Algarve in Portugal. There are many wonderful places to stay right in the heart of the...

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Enjoy Stunning Natural Attractions When You Visit Laughlin
Jan05

Enjoy Stunning Natural Attractions When You Visit Laughlin

Just 90 or so miles from Las Vegas is the unique and attractive town of Laughlin, which is part of Clark County in Nevada. This is a destination that combines everything from natural beauty and exciting recreational opportunities to thrills and entertainment. While there is something for everyone in this town, it is a great place for those who enjoy the great outdoors and are looking to immerse themselves in natural beauty, with a host of natural attractions to enjoy both in and around the town. This is a destination that provides a great option for a fun getaway where you can combine relaxation and sightseeing with entertainment and adventure. You will find plenty of cheap hotels in Laughlin, so you can look forward to an affordable stay with a host of attractions and entertainment on your doorstep. When it comes to natural attractions there are some stunning sites that you can visit when you come to Laughlin, so it is well worth doing your research and drawing up an itinerary in order to ensure you get to see the many areas of natural beauty in and around this town. Some natural attractions you shouldn’t miss If you want to make the most of the natural attractions and areas during your time in Laughlin, some of the ones that you should definitely add to your itinerary include: Grapevine Canyon: This is a site that is not only breathtaking in terms of scenery and views but is also richly historic, with many heading here to take a look at the Indian petroglyphs. As you head deeper into the canyon, you can immerse yourself in the stunning scenery, which also provides perfect photo opportunities. This is an attraction not to be missed for any nature and history lovers visiting this town. Colorado River: If you enjoy water activities and outdoor recreation, the Colorado River will have plenty to offer. You will be able to look forward to everything from boat trips to take in the surrounding scenery through to fishing and whitewater rafting. Even something as simple as cycling or strolling along the banks of this river will enable you to enjoy attractive surroundings and a peaceful ambiance. Lake Mohave: This is a wonderful place for fun, relaxation, and a host of activities, making it very popular amongst locals and visitors to Laughlin. You can enjoy the beautiful shoreline, access a host of recreational activities and opportunities, head out on a boat trip, or simply kick back and admire your surroundings. Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail: If you enjoy walking and hiking, and you want to combine this with great views,...

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