July 2011

If your grown child is now ready for college, why not check out some of the unique institutions of knowledge available in the exciting United Kingdom? Of course, you can’t go to college with your son or daughter, but what if you could stay close by during the next four years? Consider purchasing a small home or condo in the same town or somewhere nearby, and you have a built-in accommodation for visits or holiday; later it may become a permanent resident for your college graduate or at least a vacation rental. (more…)

Have you ever wondered why so many people from all over the world love to go to Italy and spend their holidays renting Tuscan villas as their preferred accommodation? Ever since the first villas in Tuscany started being let for short-term holiday periods (usually weekly from Saturday to Saturday) around 30 years ago, the phenomenon has never stopped its growing trend. More and more people have jumped on the wagon creating a new housing trend that contributed so much to the valorization of the Tuscan countryside. Within few years what looked like a desolated and abandoned land turned into a well cared for landscape. (more…)

The Berkshires in Massachusetts have been called the Spa Capital of New England, and for good reason. If you want to hop in the car and get away to beautiful countryside, rolling hills, and fall foliage, you can also stop in one of the many spas for luxurious pampering. Many of the spas in the Berkshires are all about wellness. In addition to conventional spa services, some offer fitness activities, cooking classes, and group excursions.

Even with a sluggish economy and dismal unemployment numbers, we all need to get away now and then.  You may not be considering a cruise vacation because you think it is going to be way too expensive for you and your family to afford, but once you see what is included with these cruises you might change your mind.

Just to fly to a tropical location and pay for hotel reservations and food, it is going to cost you well over $3,000.   So what’s so great about cruise ships?  Kids can cruise for free.  Not every cruise line offers free passage for children, but there are a number of cruise lines that do.  These include: MSC Cruises, Disney, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, and a few others.  The cruise lines that do charge for children offer discounted rates as well, so it’s not nearly as expensive as you may think. (more…)