Romance Tours and Singles Vacations

Can’t find a suitable life partner at home? Would you like to meet 500-2000 single women in 7-10 days? Do you have a valid passport? Well, here is your chance! Coco Swan takes a peek at singles tours and gives you the lowdown. In 1999 a report to Congress by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service estimated more than 200 US based businesses paired 4000-6000 US men with women from overseas seeking marriage. This number had doubled by 2004. A romance tour is a holiday outside of the United States where you are provided with a guide and interpreter, if needed, with the ultimate goal of meeting foreign women interested in matrimony outside their native country. Most tour groups have an average of 25-40 men in them, so not too much competition, but enough men for the ladies to want to attend the functions. Tours seem to average 7-10 nights, depending upon your destination, with some as long as 45 nights. The reputable romance tour companies will escort you from a gateway city to your destination. They will also meet you at the airport at your destination, assist with check-in, and provide local getting around tours. All ethical companies will have office open all year round in the city you are headed for. Once you have signed on to a romance vacation site you should be provided with addresses and profiles of women before you leave. You should also be able to peruse the files of the ladies and request meetings with the ones who take your fancy. Included in your holiday package should be a fiancée visa kit with all-pertinent information and forms. The Fiancée Visa. Make sure you are using a site that is licensed in your part of the States for immigration law and also licensed to work in the country you are headed for. The fiancée visa (K-1) is a non-immigrant visa allowing a foreigner to enter the US for the purpose of marriage. They are normally valid for 3 months only, during which time a marriage must take place. If the marriage does not take place within this time any extension of stay will not be allowed. There are 4 main service centers to handle these petitions, according to your place of residence. These are in California, Texas, Vermont and Nebraska. It is now considered impossible for a foreign single girl to enter the States on a tourist visa and then try and stay on and marry. So get the paperwork right the first time and save yourself a lot of time, trouble and money. Most of the reputable companies offer several levels of fiancée visa assistance packages ranging from self described basic, but proper, to full on liaising with your fiancée and lots of after care. Children under the age of 21 years seemed to be covered in all the packages. Social Nights. It appeared that the standard tour provided 2-3 Social Nights in your tour. 3 nights seemed the norm for Russia and 2 or 3 for Asia, Latin America and Philippines. These are averages only. It would appear that the ethical companies should provide a similar formula to this. The socials should be fully catered with food, drink and champagne or the like. You should not be expected to pay for the food or drink for the ladies at these particular events. The social night should be held somewhere like a banquet room in a hotel or private entertainment complex. You...

Wildlife Itinerary for a Family Friendly New Zealand Holiday...

When traveling to a foreign country with your family, the youngsters in your group are likely to get excited about seeing the exotic wildlife there. If they can get up close and personal with the animals, all the better. Planning on taking your brood to New Zealand? Here are our suggestions for a family friendly holiday itinerary that focuses on wildlife viewing, starting with a trip south after hiring a car rental from Auckland to Wellington. Whales in Wellington New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington offers more than just cultural attractions, dining establishments and a great nightlife. When visiting during the months of February and March, you are likely to see both whales and dolphins if you hang out at Wellington Harbour long enough. You may want to rent a kayak or take a tour of the harbour for the best opportunities to see these magnificent marine mammals up close. More North Island Sights Whilst you are visiting the southern point of the North Island, there are several more trips to make in order to see some of New Zealand’s native species. Head to the coastline surrounding Wellington’s suburbs in order to see the world’s smallest penguin species, Little Blue penguins. These flightless blue birds nest up and down the southern coast in boxes placed there by the Wellington Zoo. Your best chance of seeing them are right at dusk, when mama and papa head home to the family burrow. Do pay attention to the signs indicating “penguin crossings” as many of them must cross the road on their way home. A two and a half hour drive southeast of Wellington will bring you to Cape Palliser, which is home to lots of fur seal colonies. These seals aren’t quite what zoo goers are used to as they feature external ears and a set of very large flippers. If you want to see the cute babies with their mums, plan your New Zealand holiday for the spring months of August through October. Seal Coast Safari offers guided tours of the best places to find fur seals. Head the opposite direction, west, to visit Owhiro Bay and the Red Rocks Walkway. Although there aren’t any zoos or parks here, you are sure to catch glimpses of the wild horses and goats brought over by early New Zealand settlers – a magnificent sight! Kapiti Island If your family is up for a boat ride, they are sure to enjoy a trip to the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve. Located a short distance off the southwestern coast of the North Island and accessible by boat from Paraparamu Beach, only 160 people are allowed to visit the island each day in order to minimize the environmental impact. You’ll definitely want to make plans ahead of time for this day trip from Wellington but it’s well worth it in order to see native birds such as Kaka parrots, kiwi and kereru pigeons. Zealandia Looking for some of New Zealand’s rarer and endangered species? A trip to Zealandia and the Karori Sanctuary, located just minutes from downtown Wellington, provides access to trails where you and your family will find tuatara, the “living dinosaur”, the flightless takahe bird and New Zealand’s only native owl, the morepork. At night, guided tours along the trails allow visitors to view some of the country’s more exotic nocturnal animals. To plan a family friendly holiday viewing New Zealand’s wildlife, start with a flight arriving at the Auckland Airport. Then hire an...

Holiday & Travel Guide For Azores, Portugal...

Sightseeing Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel island is an absolute delight to visit. It’s one of the larger Islands out of the nine in the Azores and temperatures fluctuate around the year from 14-23 degrees. Ponta Delgada is a wonderful town with narrow winding cobbled streets and wonderful black and white buildings. There is so much architecture to see. The main one is Sao Sebastiao church, with its decorative frontage as well as the side entrance and the tall bell tower. Then there is St Peters Church which is another must see. In fact there are a lot of churches in this small area. Sao Bras Fort is a great building with 2 guards standing at the main gates, and 2 great old canons stand just along from the gates. There is also a war memorial to those that fell in WW 1. You can casually walk around this delightful town or take one of the horse drawn carriage tours so you don’t miss any of the sights. Your driver will give you all the local knowledge about the area and buildings that are most interesting. After you have explored the town area you must take the trip up to the volcanic craters that sit aside one another. One is filled with deep green waters and the other is a turquoise blue. They are amazing, and the countryside around them consists of lush rolling green hills and is very photogenic.In fact all of Ponta Delgada is. There are lots of other things you can do in Ponta Delgada like go whale and dolphin watching or visit the hot springs, not forgetting the pineapple farms. For families there is a water park and some wonderful parks like “Terra Nostra” and excellent museums to visit too. During the months of June and July there a few festivals that take place, these add to the pleasure of this idyllic place. Shopping There is plenty of shopping to be had in this town with many small shops selling a variety of items and plenty of souvenirs. Walking around the town is a pleasure on its own, with its decorative black and white stone pathways and pedestrian areas. Just outside the centre is a large shopping centre that does increase the shopping potential, but Ponta Delgada is best known for its historic buildings and fabulous landscape not its shopping malls. Eating There are many fine restaurants dotted around the city selling international and typical Portuguese foods. The prices of a meal are expensive due to the main town being close to the harbour where many of the cruise ships come in to dock, so this trade has inflated the prices. They do have a burger king and pizza hut for those wanting a fast food fix, and the bakeries and patisseries sell some wonderful breads and pastries – you must give them a try. Beaches There are some small beaches in Sao Miguel offering water sports like swimming, diving and surfing in the summer months between June and October, but generally the area is known for its lush green hills and ideal weather for walking and...

Hit The Road For A Great Experience

The United Kingdom is a treasure trove of delights for the traveller. A lot of travellers tend to use public transportation such as trains, airplanes and buses to travel. Some even hire motor bikes and cars to navigate certain distances and routes. However, public transport is not always the greatest way to travel. Using public transport often has its downsides. These include time constraints, advance booking, losing money upon cancellations and so on. One’s travel becomes almost completely determined by the dates for which their tickets have been booked when using public transport. Additionally, cancellation comes with a hefty fee and often the ticket costs themselves are not exactly easily affordable for all. There is an easy and simple solution to relaxed and unconventional travel: hiring a motor home. Hiring a motor home can be one of the most gratifying travel experiences that one can get. Have you ever had the feeling of spending more time in a place after having travelled across a beautiful stretch of landscape, especially when you’re unfortunately bound to leave because the last bus leaves in fifteen minutes? Hiring a motor home is a great way to avoid that situation and spending time at the landscape of your choice. Motor homes give you the freedom to drive across long distances with friends, family and children in confort, and have a relaxing trip. You can stopeover by the ocean, the hills, or any landscape that you please, and wake up at your leisure to the beauty of the landscape. You can open the door in the morning to the most spectacular secluded view, if you choose to travel by a motor home. Often, travellers are also burdened by their luggage. However, travelling in a motor home means carrying the luggage around in a hassle-free way and having it handy and easily reachable. You can also carry around bicycles, food, and several other sports and adventure gear in your motor home, without having to lug them around painfully and worse, running the risk of losing expensive gear. The best part about a motor home is that most of them come with refrigerators, toilets and television sets. Therefore, driving the rest of the family could be relaxing and unwinding with a television on board. Additionally, the refrigerator can be a big boon, especially with carrying dairy and meats. The motor home holiday can be one of the most amazing and memorable experiences of your life. So wait not, go to the closest rental and hire a motor home for your...

Surf Travel to South Africa

Arriving in Cape Town is over whelming, the first thing you notice is the warmth and friendly attitude to you the surfer. This country has been through so much in the past 30 years and it has always been my dream to set foot on its soil to surf the glorious waves that caress its shores daily. South Africa is blessed with some of the best and most consistent surf the world has to offer. Couple this with the mild climate and you have a surfing paradise. During the South African winter the coastline is supplied with almost endless groundswell and offshore winds due to the constant flow of cold front activity in the southern Atlantic. So as a surfer arriving from a rainy Oregon to find warmth and amazing surf is a dream come true. The tour I was on, involved sessions at numerous South African premier surf spots which include Jeffrey’s Bay, Seal Point, Victoria Bay, Bruce’s Beauties and as well as many other spots that “crank” in winter. Dylan collected me after arrival and we were all packed up to head off along the coast. South African surfers are always so stoked it is amazing and Dylan was no acceptation to that rule and assured me that he had a thorough knowledge of surfing in the area and that he was our tour guide. Furthermore he practically guaranteed me that I will get to the respective spots when they are at their best, he just fell short in advising me he had arranged the swell as well. As we arrived at the lodge on the outskirts of town I was greeted by the other surfers on the tour who had arrived a day or two earlier. Dylan whispered in my ear and ensured me with an eager smile that the tour remains personal and that by limiting the number of people on each tour guarantees we all get a great time. Like all South African’s he is proud of the countries surf and then could not refrain from telling me yet again for the 5th time that he would ensure I surfed as many African barrels as possible. Umm…. I went to bed with that thought. My second day started with Dylan taking the tour to a place at Muzuimbrug, an ideal spot he assured me to get acquainted to African Waves. ‘Muzies’ as it is known, is renowned for its rolling and very consistent A-Frame waves and endless stretch of beach. Whilst Dylan provided surf lessons for some learners on the tour I paddled out the back to enjoy some glass morning surf. After a hearty lunch we set off on an orientation tour of the stunning Cape Peninsula, Dylan believed this would help us get our bearing on the land and we also had a visit to the Cape Point Nature reserve as well as Cape Towns more famous tourist sights including a visit to boulders beach where wild penguins happily play. The morning of day 3 was an important one for me personally as I could not wait to set out on our first port of call which was a 65-meter bungee at Gouritz. This is optional on the tour but it’s highly recommended to get you stoked and ready for the adventure that lies ahead and I was game for it. If you plan on doing the worlds highest one later in the trip, I suggest you do this one first to...