Thinking of owning a second home?
Owning a Poconos vacation home is now easier than before because it is so affordable. The most you’ll probably pay for a property, whether mountain or lakeside, could cost between $85,000-125,000.
The Poconos offer homebuyers lots of pluses for their small investment. Imagine a visual bow of lakes and rivers, well-constructed roadways; close proximity to all that nature has to offer and easy access to shopping, dining and leisure activities.
In fact, The Wall Street Journal named the Poconos as one of the three top places to retire. And rightly so, because the living there is easy. Just imagine breathing in fresh air as you sit on the porch for a quiet chat with your family, with the birds on the ledge providing the musical score. There’s nothing more ethereal than hearing the rain doing a river dance on the rocks outside while you and your lover sit by the fireplace in silence.
Indeed, this is fine living at a price many can afford. Buyers can choose a particular area for their Poconos vacation home that suit their lifestyle and taste, whether it be in a gated community, an acre in the country or perhaps a town-styled neighborhood. The houses, which are either cabin-styled or cottages in the woods, are very spacious; some boast of having decks, a fireplace, skylights. Some owners have added whirlpool tubs and Jacuzzis.
With Pocono rentals, on the other hand, you also have a choice of cabin, house or cottage. One of the more popular rental homes charges $625 per week – or $100 per night — while others charge a fixed fee for half-year rental.
I was a sixteen year old rookie sailor when joining my first ship, RMS Britannic, the last of the White Star Liners. Not much had changed for passengers since the RMS Titanic of the same company met its tragic end. Progress was unhurried back then. The Britannic ended its Atlantic crossings with several weeks cruising Mediterranean ports. Many of our populous Costa townships would have been fishing villages then.
Progress in cruising since has been nothing short of astonishing. To be honest, I prefer the old ways but I can’t stop progress. When passengers embarked on those ocean greyhounds there was a long drawn out wearying process of registration and embarkation to complete long before one was shown one’s cabin.
Let us then book a cruise on Royal Caribbean International latest cruise liner, the Quantum of the Seas. What comparisons can be drawn between the two periods? The RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Britannic was a little over 700 feet in length and weighed a little over 27,000 tons. RCCL Quantum Class liners are twice the length and at 168,000 tonnes an incredible seven times the weight of the White Star liner.
Best not think of the many hours it took to finally recover baggage and reach one’s cabin on the super liners of yesterday. Today, RCCL promise their 4,000 boarding passengers that their luggage will be stowed and they will be in their cabins within 10-minutes of arrival. Airports take note. There’ll be no piping you on board. You check in online. No queues to join and nor will you wait in a long line to have your ID checked, fill out paperwork and collect your stateroom keys. You take a selfie, load it on to the online check-in website, fill out your passport details and print out your boarding pass. Show this to security and proceed to your stateroom.
Yours is a hotel type card key but you also receive a WOWband wristband. It covers all your needs including purchases on-board. It is waterproof so wear it when splashing about in any of the liner’s many pools and hot tubs. No escape from the office or Facebook. The liner uses a new type of near earth satellite. Internet access is assured wherever you are on the ship; there are no dead spots.
Ship’s staff are equipped with tablets, not the kind you get from the chemist for aches and pains but hand-held computers that take care of every need. A Royal iQ app and Android device allows you to plan, change schedules such as spa appointments, dinner reservations, shore excursions etc. Cabins have USB charging ports.
There are 45 iQ stations that interact with your WOWband. These access everything and everyone, including your on-board friends. The liners also have two robotic bartenders. Use your tablet to order cocktails, these are mixed and delivered by robots. All of a sudden a voyage on the RMS Titanic looks quite appealing.
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the American southwest’s most beautiful areas, and one of Utah’s most popular destinations. The unparalleled natural beauty of Bryce has been upheld by the United States government through it being registered as a protected area from development, thus allowing anyone who is interested in exploring it to do so without the encroachment that is seen in most other areas of the US that are not designated as national parks. Visitors from all over the world travel to a triad of parks in the area each year, many attempting to experience Bryce, Zion and Monument Valley in the same trip. This is certainly a good plan, as each of these parks can be visited for enough time to be enjoyed within a three day timeframe or so, allowing for other activities to be enjoyed within the same vacation. For this reason, most people who travel to the area intending on a Bryce tour will start their adventure in Las Vegas.
There are only two major airports that adequately service the Bryce area, one being Salt Lake City and one being Las Vegas. Each of these airports is roughly 260 miles from the park, and will take about four hours to get to by car. Although there are other airports that are closer, most visitors will opt to fly to a major airport simply due to the fact that traveling between major destinations is generally cheaper than flying into a small airport. Additionally, there are far fewer flights to choose from if you opt to fly into a smaller airport, along with far fewer hotel choices in smaller cities. The choice between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City as far as being a hub for the rest of a vacation is not an issue to most, who see the overwhelming number of available hotel, restaurant and entertainment options in Las Vegas as making it an easy choice. If you were to plan a week-long vacation and the Bryce tour will take three days of it, the other four days can be spent enjoying everything Las Vegas offers to tourists. World class entertainment unlike anywhere else in the world, great food and hotels that will make anyone comfortable for a reasonable price.
Las Vegas is home to several tour operators who will arrange your Bryce tour from beginning to end. You will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel, transported in comfort to the park and be provided with an inside knowledge of the area that only a professional guide can provide. Make Las Vegas your start for your next Bryce tour.