Activities you can do on your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

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When you are planning a Norfolk Broads boating holiday one of the main components of your planning is to plan the route you wish to travel. Take a look at the possibilities.

Before we start the journey we need to focus on the origin first. Even though the broads look totally natural it is actually mostly man made and the result of years of peat digging. Funny though it took until the 1950’s to be discovered that this was due to digging and not natural when a doctor doing research on the lakes found that the sides where vertical. The other obvious clue is the name, most natural lakes and river systems have names that stems from historical languages or names, with the broads this is not the case. This is some interesting facts you can use as a taster while you are planning your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

The broads consists of almost 300 km of free flowing rivers that provide the perfect opportunity for a grand adventure. The Broads are normally divided in the Northern and Southern parts.

Activities around the Broads

1) Cycling. cycling gives you the ability to explore and breathe in your surrounds as you travel through the landscape. One of the benefits of a boating holiday is that you can rent bicycles that you can take on board and use them for cycle routes. There are three cycle routes you can enjoy on your Norfolk Broads boating holiday. One of those are the Sustrans National cycling network, that includes the child friendly Marriott’s Way and the more advanced Peddars Way

2) Golf. Golf is a fun way, to create a great family experience while on holiday, not only is it relaxing it is healthy too. Most golfclubs have rental golf sets available that means you do not have to take it along on your boat. With loads of golf courses to choose from for every skillset you are sure to add an unforgettable experience to your

Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

3) Walking.Having no less that four different types of landscapes to boast with makes the broads an excellent area for walking and hiking. You will find Fen, Forrest Country and coast all wrapped up in a single package. Hiking routes in the broads can be anything from 1 to 78 miles long challenging walkers of any age and fitness.

4) Fishing. Fishing is a favoured activity in the broads, you can sit on the deck of your boat with a long drink in one hand while you reel the big ones in. other than fishing from your boat there are also day fishing spots available in the smaller rivers where you will even be able to hook some Bass. Reeling in the big one will leave you with a great story to tell of your Norfolk Broads boating holiday.

Renting Out a Vacation Home

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Tax rules on rental income from a vacation home can be complicated, particularly if you rent the home out for several months of the year, but also use the home yourself.

There is however, one provision that is not complicated. Homeowners who rent out their property for 14 or fewer days a year can pocket the rental income, tax-free.

Known as the “Master’s exemption”, because it is used by homeowners, near the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA who rent out their homes during the Master’s Tournament (for as much as $20,000!). It is also used by homeowners who rent out their homes for movie productions or those whose residences are located near Super Bowl sites or national political conventions.

For instance, if you live close to a vacation destination such as the beach or mountains, you may be able to make some extra cash by renting out your home (principal residence) when you go on vacation–as long as it’s two weeks or less. And, although you can’t take depreciation or deduct for maintenance, you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on Schedule A.

In general, income from rental of a vacation home for 15 days or longer must be reported on your tax return on Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss. You should also keep in mind that the definition of a “vacation home” is not limited to a house. Apartments, condominiums, mobile homes, and boats are also considered vacation homes in the eyes of the IRS.

Further, the IRS states that a vacation home is considered a residence if personal use exceeds 14 days or more than 10% of the total days it is rented to others (if that figure is greater). When you use a vacation home as your residence and also rent it to others, you must divide the expenses between rental use and personal use, and you may not deduct the rental portion of the expenses in excess of the rental income.

For example, let’s say you own a house in the mountains and rent it out during ski season, typically between mid-December and mid-April. You and your family also vacation at the house for one week in October and two weeks in August. The rest of the time the house is unused.

The family uses the house for 21 days and it is rented out to others for 121 days for a total of 142 days of use during the year. In this scenario 85% of expenses such as mortgage interest, property taxes, maintenance, utilities, and depreciation can be written off against the rental income on Schedule E. As for the remaining 15% of expenses, only the owner’s mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible on Schedule A.

Questions about vacation home rental income? Give us a call. We’ll help you figure it out.

Partying In The Balearic Islands

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The Balearic Islands

The three famous Balearic Islands starting with Ibiza, continuing with Majorca and finishing with Menorca patiently wait for their visitors on the eastern side of the coast belonging to the Mediterranean Sea. Formentera is the fourth island composing the Balearic Islands, the paradise on earth as some say. The islands form an Autonomous Community which has Mallorca as capital and even though Catalan is their official language; each island has its own dialect. If you visit the Balearic Islands, you will be welcomed by 300 days of sunshine every year, exquisite beaches, cities with an amazing cultural and architectural design and a lot of fun.

Going to Ibiza

Probably the most famous Balearic Island, Ibiza is popular for its agitated nightlife. Apart from the nightlife, Ibiza also has great beaches with delicate sands and the water of the Mediterranean Sea is of a crystal blue, making it great for a bath. The young tourists love Ibiza as its nightlife is legendary; however this is not the only attraction of the island. Ibiza has no less than 72 beaches as well as a wonderful selection of restaurants, bars and pubs and an interesting countryside which offers beautiful landscapes.

Visiting Majorca

Out of the four Balearic Islands, this is the largest and it has been a wonderful seaside destination starting with the 1960s. The city is full of sightseeing monuments which should definitely be on your list such as the Gothic Cathedral or the Bellver Castel. They managed to survive, even though the country developed really fast in an attempt to keep pace with the millions of tourists that visit it every year. Majorca is also a great place for gourmet ones, as the cuisine is absolutely fantastic.

The wonderful Menorca

Menorca is also known as the hidden paradise as the effect which comes along with mass tourism is not felt here. Menorca has managed to keep its rustic appearance alive, so you will be welcomed by some of the most beautiful landscapes you have ever seen. The beaches are idyllic and if you visit its capital Mahon, you have the chance to see the biggest natural harbor in this part of Europe. The pavement bars and pubs assure the nightlife entertainment that the young love so much.

Formentera

The smallest Balearic Island is also the one that has remained unspoilt. Formentera is the perfect place for those who just want to relax on a wonderful beach.

Hire the best Enrolled agents in West Palm Beach, FL

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The team of REM-MAP has an extensive knowledge and capability to advise, represent, and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts, and any entities with tax-reporting requirements. The team of REM-MAP gives close attention to the clients’ needs and provides fast and competent advice and also strives to educate the clients professionally. The combined knowledge and experience of Hubert C. McIntosh and Jacqueline Gibbons is reflected in the high quality of their work and results into high customer satisfaction. Due to their vast experience and certification in Real Estate and investment field, apart from accounting and tax knowledge, REM-MAP is able to provide total financial services to its clients. Want to know more about the qualifications and experiences of REM-MAP enrolled agents, here is the detailed info.

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Waht About The Canary Islands

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Located off the northwestern coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, especially with Europeans.

The seven main islands that make up the Canary Islands are well spaced out so that it is only a day’s sail between most of them. The Islands are part of Spain but they’re located much closer to Africa than the Spanish mainland.

Known to the ancient Greeks as The Fortunate Islands, the Canary Islands are indeed blessed with exuberantly green landscapes and a perfect temperate all year-round.

All the Canary Islands are like small isolated continents. These islands are best known for twelve months of glorious sunshine, making them an ideal destination for holidays throughout the year. Since the Canary Islands are a major European tourist destination, all the major islands have well-developed communication systems, airports, and ports.

Travelers should note that, although part of Spain, the Canary Islands are outside the EU trading zone.

Most people in the US have no idea where the Canary Islands are, and are afraid to show their ignorance by asking. They are part of Spain but they’re located much closer to the African cost than the cost of Spain.

Featuring approximately 26 species, the Canary Islands are one of the world’s best and most popular regions to watch whales and dolphins. Accepted history is, that the Canary Islands are named after the dogs, while the birds are named after the Canary Islands.

In recent years Gran Canaria has also emerged as an up and coming destination for a Canary Islands golf holiday.

Thinking of a holiday in Canary Islands? There are plenty of self-catering villas and apartments available for holiday and vacation rentals on the islands, all year round at very competitive prices.

Want to learn more about these amazing islands?

There are various kinds of maps of Canary Islands are available many of which are free for the asking from most travel agencies.

There are seven main islands that make up the Canary Islands, and there is only a day’s sail between most of them. Both the fruit and vegetables that are cultivated, and the fish caught in the coastal waters of the Canary Islands are found nowhere else in Spain.

The cuisine of the Canary Islands is much affected by tourism and of course mainland Spanish food. The Canary Islands are Spain’s tropical paradise and a fascinating holiday destination.

The Advantages Of Boutique Hotels

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One of the reasons boutique hotels are so popular is because they directly oppose the accepted hotel normality of hundreds of rooms and bland service. Their refusal to treat guests as anything other than honoured visitors means that they spend time, money and energy developing a hotel where you feel comfortable and at home. This can only really be achieved with low room numbers.

Hotels in this sector have discovered that travellers are willing to pay for accommodation that is different in design and where even full occupancy means they’re not queuing for breakfast or waiting for room service to answer the phones. Instead, fewer rooms means more space and better service, and an increasing number of travellers are taking this option.

Space

Space is important to travellers, particularly those for whom the hotel is an integral part of the experience. Whilst other holiday makers or business travellers simply use a hotel as a base for sleeping and eating, boutique hotel guests want to feel that they can spend the morning drinking coffee and reading in the public areas without feeling like a nuisance, or relax by the pool without worrying about fighting for poolside space with other guests. By taking a definite decision to reduce the number of bedrooms so that each room has more space and by fashioning public areas that guests actually want to use, boutique hotels create a unique atmosphere that appeals to guests.

Design

Boutique hotels are often based in older, traditional buildings where creating larger guest rooms means considerable changes to the internal design of the building. Sympathetic architectural changes can be achieved with careful planning and this allows hotel owners and their designers to maintain and incorporate original features into a more modern, spacious room design. From keeping original windows to fitting the most modern of bathrooms, clever design allows these hotels to provide fewer rooms, whilst at the same time preserving the essential features of the building.

Service

The smaller the number of guests, the better the service can be. This is a concept that’s fully understood by the boutique industry and it strives to ensure that standards of service are exceptional. Any contact that the guest has with a member of staff should be a positive one and, in many cases, members of staff are trained to anticipate guests’ needs, ensuring that they are comfortable asking for anything, including help with activities outside the hotel as well as the facilities within it.

Lowering the number of rooms in a hotel, combined with good design, quality fittings and excellent service all combines to make a hotel unique and that’s what today’s travellers want.

Enjoy the golden triangle tour

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India is rich in natural and artificial tourist attractions which make it a choice of tourist from different parts of the world. The country has gained a significant popularity as a place ‘worth seeing’. There are many of tour packages available during your India tour but the most hype packages in India is the Rajasthan tour packages. It consist three main cities in northern India including Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. All these three places give you glimpse of the power, purity, glory and royal India. Some of the must see attractions of North India are religious sites, beautiful structure, wildlife, hill stations, historic monuments, etc.

New Delhi

Your Golden triangle tour packages will begin with the capital city New Delhi which is rich with history in its self-possessing enriched architectural beauty and monuments. Delhi is also known for its historical buildings, where tourists love to spend a lot of time. This include a trip to India Gate, Lotus Temple, Red fort, Tomb, Akshardham Temple, Old Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, shopping centers, play areas, parks and many more. Shop passionate tourists can enjoy cheapest way of shopping travelling to certain places like Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar. No wonder, it is a pleasant place to visit & the overall trip can be lavish & frolic experience in itself.

Agra

Agra is one of the most prominent cities of north India. The city is sparkling with multi-shades colors and specifically known as the embodiment of love. Agra is one of the most desirable destinations of north India because of the World heritage site the Taj Mahal. This very elegant monument was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. The monument is built in white marble and some of the major attractions within this monument include Rambagh Garden, Agra Fort and Akbar Mousoleum. Other attractions that make Agra one of the most sought out destinations are Fatehpur Sikri and Agra fort etc.

Jaipur

Jaipur, Rajasthan is the third phase of Golden triangle tour. This Pink City is not merely a shopper’s paradise but as well boast many of eye-appealing attractions including Laxmi Narayan Temple, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Birla Temple, Jaigarh Fort, etc. Don’t forget to explore the forts and palaces of Rajasthan. Jaipur is also known for its jewelry stone, sand and crafts. Availing Rajasthan tour packages as well will take you for a grandeur tour to the major cities of Rajasthan.

Choosing A Michigan Hotel

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When we are discussing best value in terms of Michigan hotels, one thing you must remember is that hotel prices are not fixed in stone. Don’t assume that the first prices you are offered are fixed – this is rarely true! Nowadays in these economic times, many hotel operators have come to the conclusion that a discounted reservation is better than no occupancy at all! The range of choices for hotel accomodation in MI are numerous and varied and the tourism industry is very cut throat. One way of evaluating the most cost effective hotel rates in Michigan is to utilize online booking systems. Most hotel chains run web sites where reservations can be made online with credit or debit card and numerous hotel comparison shopping websites are available making it a breeze to shop around and compare rates while keeping an eye out for any further discounts which may be applicable for your individual circumstances.

However, value for money is not necessarily the cheapest possible rate, you have to consider the standard of the room, the facilities and amenities, the location and the customer service also. For instance, if you are trying to choose between two hotels which are on your short list, always make sure you are comparing hotel rates on a “like for like” basis – do both hotels feature complimentary high speed broadband, swimming pool, complimentary gym access? Double check all the online terms and conditions and see if they are complimentary or if there is a charge payable.

As realtor’s always tell us, location is paramount! How far is the hotel from local places of interest? is there a complimentary bus service? How far from nearest transport links such as rail station or airport? All of these factors can also affect room rates. For instance one of the most popular attractions in Michigan are the various water parks, hotels near to these attractions cost more but if you are planning to spend the majority of your time having fun in one of the parks then the extra cost of the hotel could be better value than daily transportation costs via taxi for instance.

Additionally, if you are traveling by car and plan to spend a lot of time touring around Michigan, think carefully before reserving a down-town hotel with the associated higher room costs, many hotels on the outskirts of the major cities are often better value and have easier parking too!

Obviously check out Michigan hotel user reviews prior to making a reservation, because a cheap hotel with really poor service can ruin your vacation, better to pay slightly more and enjoy your hotel!

Ionian Islands in Greece – Great For a Sailing Charter

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Sailing in Greece is perfect when you are in the Ionian Islands. Ionian Islands is a group of islands located in the western portion of Greece. It is perfectly situated along the Ionian Sea on the coasts of Peloponnesus and Epirus. Its major islands are Paxos, Cythera, Ithaca, Lefkas, Zacynthus, Cephalonia, and Corfu. The islands first inhabitants were the Old Greeks. They first occupied the islands probably near the beginning of the 9th or 10th century BC. Yet, it was later ruled by other western civilizations. Among them are the Roman (146 BC), Byzantium (300 AD), and the Venetian Empires (1204 AD). Subsequently, before it was acquired by Greece in 1864 and claimed the island as part of the country’s official territory, the island was earlier yielded to other countries. These include France (1807), Russia (1799), Turkey (1799), and the United Kingdom (1815).

Ionian Islands is also recognized as Eptanisa or the Seven Islands because of its 7 major islands. Because of its mild climate and nice ports, it became one of Greece’s most visited yacht charter areas along the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

When you are cruising in Greece, it is very common to see gulet motorsailers, yachts, flotillas, and bareboats. If you are taking your holiday with your kids or the whole family, sailing in Ionian Islands is ideal for you. This is because the islands has calm seas and gentle winds. Travelers who are not excperienced in sailing can also enjoy the islands perfect climate.

Sailing in Greece through the Ionian Islands is an ideal holiday vacation. The islands has several harbors and docks that can be used as a charter base. Preveza, Corfu, and Lefkas are Ionian Islands 3 yacht charter bases. From these 3 ports, the most visited and admired is the Lefkas harbor. Lefkas is characterized by its apt Mediterranean climate and interesting trekked mountains. Furthermore, its beaches have golden sand and full-size waves. Lefkas’ most beautiful beaches include Perigiali, Nikiana, and Nidri.

On the other hand, some sailing tourists favor the Preveza port. It is located along the Amvrakia Gulf. The port is distinguished by its sturdy crosscurrent.

So the next time you are sailing in Greece, do not forget to spend your holiday vacation in Ionian Islands. It has all you wanted – a great retreat that is ideal for you and your whole family.

Visit Prices Islands, The Premier Tourists Destination At Istanbul Turkey!

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Prices Islands are also known as Istanbul Islands or Kizil Island. They consist of four larger and five small islands. Visitors love to go to this place after taking city tour as it is a popular escape from the city, with wealthier owning summer houses. It is really a beautiful island chain with lot to see and do. Tourists taking flights to Istanbul may enjoy the activities of horse riding, walking, swimming, picnicking, or simply visiting monasteries and historic buildings on the islands. Many local people in Istanbul own or rent their summer houses to spend their weekend at this beautiful place. The main reason to visit to this Island is simply the peace, quiet and tranquility at this island. The main Islands at Prices Island are;

Buyukada: This is the largest and most famous island at Prices Island. Visitors explore the island by foot, bicycle, in horse-drawn carriages. The strength of visitors taking flights to Istanbul from UK to visit Buyukada Island increases 10 to 15 times in summer season. They use to reserve their flights with flights to Istanbul There are many restaurants, cafeterias and shops around Buyukada Island to amuse visitors. There are also some exotic beaches at Island open for swimmers like; Yoruk Ali beach, Kumsal beach, Princess beach, and Nakibey beach. There are several historical buildings at Buyukada Island to take a delightful visit after taking cheap flights to Istanbul. These buildings are; Ayia Yorgi Church and Monastery, the Ayios Dimitrios Church, and the Hamidiye Mosque.

Heybeliada: It is the second largest island on Princes island chain. It has many copper mines. It has many interesting places to make flights to Istanbul Turkey more enjoyable. These places include; Naval Academy, Greek Orthodox High School, Halki Palace, Virgin Mary, and many more. There are many trekking and hiking trails over the hills to celebrate your tour.

Burgazada: Burgazada Island also previously known as Panormos is the third largest of the Princess Islands. Although the island doesn’t offer much places to overnight but it has many places of interest for those taking cheap Istanbul flights such as; Hagia Ioannes Prodromos church, Christos Metamorfosis Monastery, and Hagia Gheorghios Church and Monastery.

Kinaliada: Although it is the smallest of four islands but is most popular for its beautiful summer homes. Visitors taking cheap flights to Istanbul from UK and other destinations especially from America prefer this island for their summer vacations. These flights may be reserved with air Travel Company

Casita Trailers For Sale Online And Information On Why A Casita Travel Trailer Is For You

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Travel Trailers by Casita are popular due to being aerodynamic, gas efficient, lightweight, and made of rigid fiberglass. You can buy a Casita travel trailer direct from the the manufacturer as they sell directly to the public. The travel trailers for sale are space-age two piece fiberglass shell construction.

Casita Trailers are great because of the choice of siding instead of frame construction. The trailers are easily repaired and cleaned due to this fact. Risk of rust and normal wear is lessened due to this design innovation.

The all fiberglass bottom pan reduces rust problems and under carriage water leakage. Sealed wood flooring is another great feature in a Casita Trailer. Road moisture and dust problems are decreased with the fiberglass bottom pan.

The heavy duty steel frame improves underbody strength and protects the travel trailers from road and rough terrain. Casita also installs heavy duty suspension mounts on their travel trailers for sale. No need to worry about tough terrain with a Casita Trailer because they come with a rubber torsion suspension bar. If you like a travel trailer that’s maintenance free, the independent suspension provides this as a feature in travel trailers for sale by Casita.

Interior condensation is prevented with a highly insulated interior. This keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer in a Casita trailer. Additionally, the insulation reduces outside noise levels.

Lightweight, fiberglass interior furniture in every Casita trailer decreases warping and makes the trailer easy to maintain. The lightweight nature of the the travels make them able to be pulled by even the lowest horse powered automobiles. Easily hook up any vehicle to a Casita trailer.

Low wind resistance when towing and low cross-wind resistance is achieved through a great aerodynamic design in a Casita travel trailer. Towing and stability on the road is increased by Casita’s aerodynamic designs. This leads to a safer and more efficient travel trailer towing experience.

Other great features of a Casita trailer for sale are approx. 50 cu. ft. of Storage Space; Large Screened Windows; Potable On Board and City Water Hook Up With Water Heater.a Spacious Private Shower and Toilet; choice of Sleeping Accommodations; and a complete, Usable Galley As Standard Equipment.

A Casita trailer is one of the best lightweight travel trailers for sale. In a new or used travel trailer for sale by Casita Trailer company, you’ll find all the latest and convenient features and amenities. If you’re looking to travel by automobile and want to save money, travel trailers are the way to go and Casita Trailers are some of the most well-known in the industry.

Used Travel Trailers For Sale Now At Their Lowest Prices, Here’s How To Find Them

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It’s easy to go out and buy a brand new RV if you have lots of money to spend. Many of us, though have found used travel trailers for sale at far better prices. Right now is an excellent time to be searching for a used RV, because many owners are having to sell to save money, or to gain a little extra to help their financial situation.

Always start searching for the ideal RV in your local area. If you are lucky enough to find one, you will save on traveling and transport costs. Look in your local newspaper or search Craigslist on the internet to see if there are any used travel trailers for sale. Craigslist has a search page for each city. If there are none in your area and you are impatient to start RVing, you may need to broaden your search to other nearby cities. Sometimes the extra drive is worth it for the best RV deal.

A word of caution when buying an RV from an owner. While some owners simply want to get rid of the vehicle regardless of the price they get, most want the highest price possible to complete their financial obligations, buy a new RV or to improve their general situation. You may still get a better price than from a dealership who has put their mark-up on the RV, but is it the best that you can get?

Your lowest price option will be to find a used travel trailer for sale at an auction. Lately, there have been many RVs and other vehicles that have been repossessed by banks and credit unions. Auctions can be held by the state, county, marshal, sheriff or any other governing body. These RVs are not selling for a profit, only to cover the bank’s, or other institution’s, losses, therefore you are bound to find a bargain. Every month there are many auctions held in every state. You are much more likely to find a good RV at an auction, than waiting for a suitable one to appear in the classifieds.

Your only dilemma is to find the best auctions in your local area. Sometimes auctions are advertised in the newspaper, but there are many more available. They can even be online auctions. The easiest option is to become a member of a website that will give you access to different databases of auctions. They offer varying membership prices for monthly, yearly or lifetime sign-ups.

Your search for the perfect used travel trailers for sale is almost over. Sign up with a good website, choose a promising auction in your area, and have fun getting the best deal possible.

Gift Card rush Will Boost Holiday Sales Figures

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While online and retail holiday shopping sales have met or exceeded expectations for most retailers in 2005, there is another “rush” for all retailers to prepare for: gift card redemption.

According to Hitwise, an online intelligence service, the market share of U.S. Internet searches containing the words “gift card” was up 32% for the week ending December 10, 2005 as compared to the previous week. In fact, the National Retail Federation expects gift card sales to increase 6.6% this holiday season to 18.48 billion dollars, with consumers spending an average of $88 dollars on gift cards or 15.6% of their holiday shopping budget.

Gift certificates have always been a popular gift choice for the hard to please recipient or even for the lazy shopper. For the gift giver, it allows a quick purchase at whatever store or online merchant they select, with a dollar amount that fits their budget. For the recipient, they can select what they want from a particular merchant and for the most part use the card at their convenience.

But for some, giving a gift card is a cop-out, reasoning it is too impersonal and opting to hand pick a gift and selecting something special and unique for a loved one or friend. However, for some, the gift card is the ideal gift choice, with family or friends even suggesting the store or online merchant they prefer.

For the merchants, it has extended the holiday shopping season because they cannot record the sale until the recipient uses the gift card to make a purchase. This holds down sales figures in November and December, but provides a boost in January when most cards are redeemed. An additional boost is provided by the fact that most of the shoppers who redeem their gift cards typically spend 15% to 50% more than the face value of the card when they select their holiday gift.

There are some downsides to gift cards. Some retailers clear unused gift cards off the books by subtracting off of the face value of the card, an inactivity fee (usually $2.50 per month) after a certain amount of time. Some gift cards have an expiration date and others come with special conditions or restrictions. However, consumer outrage has prompted many states across the country to introduce legislation limiting or banning the fees. Additionally, there is no federal law on gift cards but, two Republican congressmen, Joe Barton of Texas and Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, have requested that the Federal Trade Commission investigate the way retailers conduct their gift card programs.

Is giving a gift card too impersonal? Is it the best gift choice? That question is up for debate and is a personal preference. But with annual gift card sales projected to reach 90 billion dollars by 2007 (Ernst & Young 2005), the gift card is here to stay.

Broken Group Islands

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Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island facing the waves of the Pacific Ocean, these islands are a maze of pocket beaches, exposed reefs, lagoons, thickly forested islands and bare, barren rocks. The outer islands are totally exposed to the force of the Pacific Ocean; the inner ones are the best for water activities.

This component of the Park encompasses an area of in the region of 130 square kilometres. The middle part of the Pacific Rim national Park is an archipelago of more than one hundred islands and rocks. The islands are scattered throughout Barkley Sound between Loudoun Channel and Imperial Eagle Channel and total 10,607 hectares, of which 1,350 hectares is land.

These islands are one of the three components of the Pacific Rim National Park. The Broken Group Islands have become a trendy destination for wilderness camping, sightseeing and boating. From the sandy beaches and quiet lagoons of the inner islands, to the sea caves of the outer shores, there is a lot of wildlife to see in this remote biosphere, and the word is spreading.

Paddlers from around the world come to this sheltered location. Even inexperienced sea kayakers can navigate these channels the channels in this region. The area is best accessed by boat and seen with tour guides that can be hired in Bamfield, Toquart Bay, Ucluelet or Port Alberni. The inner island area is protected from the extreme ocean conditions that batter more exposed sections of the west coast.

The Broken Islands Group is a group of small islands and islets in the middle of Barkley Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The group is protected and is known as the Broken Islands Group Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. This reserve includes Broken Islands Group along with the Long Beach and the West Coast Trail.

Kayaking the Broken Group Islands provides a true west coast experience in sheltered waters. Kayakers come to explore the tidal pools and observe marine life in the area. The marine wild life’s sheltered environment is attractive to first time paddlers wanting to experience the Canadian west coast.

Most kayaking tours of the Broken Islands usually make their way through the chain, stopping at designated campsites on the different islands. All of the different sites are easily reached within a day’s paddle of one another.

Some of the marine wild life found in Barkley Sound is home to whales, sea lions, bald eagles and a large variety and abundance of intertidal sea life including sea arches, sea urchins, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, and sea stars.

iSearchrentals launches its new Travel website for vacation travelers

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Being vacation time fast approaching, iSearchrentals quick launches it website for travelers to book their Hotels and Car rentals affiliated with major two travel consolidator. Chennai, India – 4th November 2013 – iSearchrentals, a home-based start up launches its brand new portal for global travelers to book their hotels and car rentals by comparing prices online. As the vacation season is fast approaching, iSearchrentals has quickly partner with 2 leading brands to provide car rental and hotel bookings online. The website would serve as comprehensive travel resource providing travel tips, vacation rental tips, car rentals and also hotel booking services globally. Soon after the launch, iSearchrentals would also simultaneously work on integrating other travel related services which includes safe stays accommodations, travel insurance, vacation packages, flights, which would make the site complete by provide shop for all travel needs from one platform. Customers in the future would also have a facility to post their travel experience and reviews in the portal to enable travelers to get hand-in-hand help via iSearchrentals. The portal being managed by an internet marketing veteran empowers women to work from home, by providing career opportunities for home-based women. Apart from this, iSearchrentals also donates a part of its earning to the charity. With a strong emphasis on empowering women to work from home, with its present small sized team, would soon work globally based on its growth and volume of business from the iSearchrentals .com -We at this initial stage and with a vision to provide opportunities to women, we signed-up as affiliate partners with leading hotels and car rental supplier in a short span. We believe that soon with the travelers visiting our website, we would able to make our organization from small to enterprise level in a few years- said the management of iSearchrentals. -Also our customers by booking their itinerary in iSearchrentals would get benefited by getting their travel needs with quality, low rates and also would be one of the contributors to the economy- they added. To make your car rental reservations or hotel bookings at competitive rates visit www.isearchrentals.com About iSearchrentals.com Started 2013, iSearchrentals is managed by home-base internet marketing professionals. With the mission to empower women to work from home, and provide an unique opportunity iSearchrentals was set-up to provide online hotel reservations, car rentals, Vacation rentals and Travel Tip for worldwide Travelers. For information, visit www.isearchrentals.com