Vacation Home for Profit!

If you have a favorite vacation spot, you enjoy visiting; it is time to consider setting up a vacation home. There is a huge profit in Real-estate properties buying and selling properties is big business with huge returns if done right. Vacation rentals are also a nice way to have the best of both worlds. Purchasing a property as a vacation home and renting it for profit can bring in a nice cash flow if done correctly.

The first line of business would be to find a nice piece of real estate in an area you enjoy vacationing. Next is fixing it up and furnishing it to your level of comfort without putting too much high-end furniture in it. Keep your cost down by moving items you already have that are in pristine condition. Make sure you have all the comforts of home. If you still have little juniors, high-chair or buster-seat these are ideal to move into your vacation home.

The next decision you have to make is whether you want to manage the rental process yourself or get a management person with an established client base. There are hundreds of online places to market your property with more sites popping up each day. Vacation rental properties can bring in as much as $1,500.00 a week in the right area. One thing to remember is that most vacation rentals have a high and low season.

I was introduced to vacation rentals when I came across a condominium my cousin had for sale right in front of the beach in Dorado, Puerto Rico. When I first saw the place and the area, I immediately wanted it. The price she was offering it to me was right for the area. I had to have it and I really did spend at least two weeks out of the year in Puerto Rico, I love visiting the island. The banks were offering 100% financing, rates were down, and I did have some money saved up for a real-estate venture I was planning but had not found the right property. That is when I started looking at vacation rentals; my cousin’s daughter was renting her place out at least once each month. I did my homework and starting looking around for someone to manage the place for me since it was so far away from my principal residence in the states.

I found a young woman who had her own business and was managing a few vacation rentals in the area. We spoke a few times and I singed a contract with her to manage the place for me. A great source of information is this book: How to Rent Vacation Rentals by Owner, by Christine Karpinski.

I have been working for a Wall Street financial company for over thirty-five years and this was finally my paradise. I love staying in my little piece of paradise as I call it.

Disney Baltic Cruise

I would like to explain what my family and I did each day as we enjoyed our family vacation aboard the Disney Magic;

Day 1; We arrived at the port in Copenhagen, Denmark around 1:00pm, though you can board as early as 11am. We gave ourselves 3 hours to board (the ship sets sail at 4pm) so that we could explore Copenhagen before we left on our vacation. This day included us exploring the boat and signing up for kids clubs. One of the amazing things about Disney, is their kids clubs. They have rooms for different aged kids to go hang out in, participate in activities and make new friends. This gives parents a chance to have some time alone and know their children are safe and having fun. After exploring the boat, everyone came together at Deck 9 to set sail and have fun during “Mickey’s Sailing Away Party.” During this, everyone waves to the passengers staying in Copenhagen & dances along with Mickey & his friends on stage. Once this is over, we headed to the 6:30pm theater show. Depending on the dinner time you request (6:00pm or 8:30pm) you will either watch the theater show at 6:30pm or 8:30pm, the opposite time that your eating dinner. I absolutely love the shows. Disney does an amazing job coming up with themes and special acts to entertain their audience.

Day 2 was a “Day at Sea”, so that means we didn’t stop anywhere. We enjoyed our day watching Disney movies at Buena Vista Theater, participating in games at Vibe (a teen club), eating lunch at Cabanas (the buffet at deck 9), enjoying yet another theater show, & eating dinner at one of the three rotational dining restaurants (Lumiere’s, Animators Palate, or Cariocas.) Depending on your room card, you will rotate between these three different yummy restaurants. This night included Formal Dinner. This means we were encouraged to dress fancy (like dresses & skirts or suits for men.) Day’s at sea are, in my opinion, one of the best days on the boat. Disney provides their guests with the option of either Cabanas (the buffet on deck 9), Lumiere’s (one of the 3 rotational dining restaurants), or one of the quick service restaurants on deck 9. The quick service restaurants include Daisy’s Delights (a sandwich, salad, fruit, and cookie stand), Pete’s Boiler Bites (a hamburger, hotdog, taco, etc… american fare type of stand), and Pinocchio’s Pizza (a pizza stand where you can build any pizza you prefer.) Disney Magic does a fantastic job creating grade A food all day and making sure to cook the food in a fast manner, but keeping the flavor incredible. Now, the food is not the only reason I absolutely love day’s at sea. Though food is a key factor, Disney also provides their guests with a news article every night, allowing them to see what activities are brewing for them the next day (you also have the option of using their Disney Cruise Line app to see the activities and menus for each day.) This activities sheet is always filled with karaoke, newly released movies, workout games, and more during the days at sea. Disney makes sure their guests always have something fun and new to do on the boat, knowing some might get bored not having anywhere to dock.

Day 3 we stopped in Tallinn, Estonia. We arrived and walked Tallinn Old Town, which gave us a real idea of their culture. We also explored the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, The Estonian Maritime Museum (an old prison), and Fat Margarets Tower (a large building next to the ship.) Like most of you know, northern Europe has very sketchy weather. Knowing this, I packed a range of different clothes and layers. Tallinn stayed in the 60 degree F area during most of our visit, which was amazing. I wore leggings (lululemon), a tank top (lululemon), a long sweater (Madewell), and tennis shoes (New Balance.) My dad and brother were able to wear just shorts and a t shirt, so it really depends on your tolerance for cool weather. I am a small girl, so the wind was a little chilly for me, explaining the long sweater.

Day 4 we stopped in St. Petersburg, Russia. On this day, we decided to get a bus driver and a tour guide (Alla Tours.) St. Petersburg had multiple churches (Church of the Spilled Blood for example) and palaces (Catherine’s Palace), so we needed someone to help us find our way around. I recommend finding yourself a tour guide you trust (like Alla Tours), because during our visit to Catherine’s Palace (and a few other city monuments), the line wrapped around the building to get in, but our tour guide found a way to skip the line and sneak us in, in only 15 minutes. Like Tallinn, St. Petersburg’s weather was very strange. The morning was chilly and forced me to wear a scarf (Madewell) and a thick jacket (Madewell), but later in the day the temperature got warmer (maybe 67 degrees F) which allowed me to wear just a light rain jacket (Spice), because St. Petersburg did tend to sprinkle every so often. On this night, there was no theater show due to all aboard being at 11:30pm. This means, you had the option of staying out in Russia till 11:30pm or coming early and having dinner but no show.

Day 5 we stopped in Helsinki, Finland. This day was a bit shorter because all aboard was around 5pm. We decided to ride a carousel to see the town & take a boat ride to explore a small island with history about Finland (Suomenlinna.) We did not realize how large and historic Suomenlinna was, so we were unable to see all of its rich history. I recommend spending multiple hours here, if you decide to visit this location in Finland. This night included the Semi Formal Dinner. This means we had to dress up a little nicer than usual for our dinner, to take pictures. Disney does not require you to dress up any of the nights on cruise, but during these special nights, it is highly encouraged. I wore a mini skirt (Abercrombie & Fitch), a tank top (American Eagle), and sandals (Tory Burch.)

Day 6 we stopped in Stockholm, Sweden. This day was even shorter because all aboard was 3:30pm. We decided to visit the Armory & the Royal Palace next to it. If you are traveling with any boys or men, I recommend visiting the Armory. It was very cool for my brother and dad to see all of the military armor, weaponry, and royal carriages. We also purchased tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus, but it was very busy and packed (due to all the ships docked in Stockholm that day), I would not recommend buying a ticket for this bus in this town. This night Disney included “Anna & Elsa’s Frozen Deck Party”, which meant we all went up on Deck 9 before dinner to watch the Frozen characters dance and sing on stage. Disney also changed up their theater show on this night. Unlike their normal broadway style show, they provided us with a comedian show.

Day 7 was our final day, which means it was another “Day at Sea.” This day was a lot like Day 2, except that the cruise included activities like scrap booking all your memories & jack jack’s diaper dash (a race between babies who can crawl.) Usually my family and I prefer to eat lunch at Cabanas (the unlimited buffet is always nice), but on this day, my dad and I decided to try out Lumieres for lunch. I had the cuban sandwich and parmesan veal with pasta (two entrees were a must on this day) and my dad had the shrimp and pad thai noodles. Both meals were fantastic! Disney once again found a way to blow us away. Once the day was nearly to an end, we enjoyed the final show (Disney Dreams) & a dinner at Animators Palate (one of the three rotational restaurants.) After all was finished, the cruise wrapped up the day by having a “See you real soon” party in the Lobby Atrium on Deck 3. This show included a wave good bye to all the characters on board and a pin trading session (all the guests on board came together to trade their Disney pins.)

Day 8 was our final morning on the boat, which meant you went to breakfast at the place you had dinner at the night before or eat at Cabanas (the buffet on Deck 9.) For my family and I, we ate at Animators Palate once more. After eating the final meal on the ship, everyone disembarked and headed to the airport to fly home. Disney allows all of their guests to eat and explore the ship before leaving, which was nice because we didn’t feel rushed to get off the boat and let the new guests begin their vacation.

Tadoba National Park Birds

Tadoba National Park is situated in the centre of India, at Chandrapur district in the state of Maharashtra. The name of the reserve is – Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, it is the biggest Tiger reserve forest and largest National park in Maharashtra. Andhari is named after the Andhari River that flows through forests and thereafter it was named as Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.

Tadoba reserve is said to be the biggest dense forest in Maharashtra, considering the density of the jungle it is called as the perfect destination for birding in the National Park. The whole park with its magical tweeting and chirping of birds starts from dawn continues till the dusk.

As per the records, it is found that there are many species of birds including the migrating birds such as Orange head thrush, Indian Pitta, Crested treeswift, Stone curlew, and many more. The park is densely covered with bamboos, grasslands, trees, and soiled lands with small ponds, which comprise entire forests wildlife and birds. There is also a wide diversification of birds and raptors and also water birds and endangered species. Major attraction for any tourists or travellers is tigers. Tourists from all over the country arrive in the National Park for the sightseeing of different species in the Tadoba wildlife reserve. Tiger is mostly seen around the lake side and coincidentally in the channel of roadways; tigers mostly resides inside the dense forest and occasionally pays visits outside to the visitors.

Resorts in the tadoba national park are very beautifully built for the tourists and provides luxurious rooms for the halt after excursions around the forest. The resorts in the national park are very well organised by the authorities with proper butler facilities and services of cater and other important necessities. The resort is well maintained with multi-cuisine restaurant serving your taste buds right with the delicacies as per the menu.

Tadoba reserve has initialised an online source for booking of wildlife safaris and the resorts with special packages all together for the tourists. The resort is fully loaded with modern amenities and standard class with defined services provided to the guests. The tourists have to book online for the jungle wildlife safari tourism and also for the stay in the rooms before hand or before arrival in the park.

The most important characteristic of the wildlife sanctuary is that, the whole forest is surrounded by rivers and lakes, which therefore provides the different wildlife species and birds to take shelter. Tadoba National park is one of the distinguished bird sanctuaries for both wildlife and birding in India.