An exciting way to spend your vacation is to take a road trip. Many of us are in love with our cars, washing, waxing, and polishing them until they are gleaming bright. Well, for a road trip, they need to run as hassle free as possible.

To do so, you need to give your car a good over all inspection. How are the tires, the depth of the tread, the tire pressure? Is it time to have the tires rotated? What condition is the spare tire in? You don’t want to wait until you get a flat tire and then find out the spare tire is missing or needs air. Also, before you head out on the road for your vacation you need the check the battery, look over the timing belt for cracks and signs of wear and tare. Check the oil and change it along with the oil filter, check the air cleaner and filter, along with other fluids as well. Fluids like coolant, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid and the wiper blades. Inside the car you should run the air conditioner and heater too.

After you car is operating at peak performance, there are other safety options to consider. Do you have jumper cables, a blanket, flashlight, road flares and a working jack? Plus, a basic toolbox is nice to have as well, with wrenches, screwdrivers, and maybe a breaker bar. All of these will ensure a safe worry free road trip vacation.

Now you need to determine what your vacation destination is and the length of stay. Are you going on a day trip, for the weekend, a week, or longer? Who will be driving? Do you have one or multiple drivers? What are the age ranges of the passengers accompanying you? Are they all adult or are you taking children as well? Prepare for stops along the way to stretch, eat and fuel up. Don’t to forget to think of some games to play and bring water and snacks. A pillow or two may be welcomed as well. Something else to have on hand is spare change for Toll Roads. There is nothing worse than facing a Toll Booth with no change on hand, although most have an attendant on duty in at least one lane.

Taking a road trip can be a fun relaxing vacation experience, if it is thoughtfully planned out. It has also become easier than ever to stay on course with the help of navigation equipment that can be bought or most likely factory installed in modern cars. So, if it’s a drive to Grandma’s, an amusement park, or an educational adventure that awaits. The road trip vacation, can bean enjoyable inexpensive way to achieve a refreshing change of scenery.

Experiencing a new culture is the best part of holidaying overseas. It’s exhilarating to escape the beach or pool and immerse yourself in a new location.

The Pacific Islands are a perfect place to travel if you’re looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure. Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji; there are a number of different countries to travel, all offering their own unique cultures and way of life.

For the ultimate experience combining the sought after island holiday with the country’s rich history, book a stay at a Cook Islands resort and spend a week or two under the warm sun and blue skies.

Culture on the Cook Islands

These islands boast a strong culture through language, music and art that range from the traditional through to the contemporary. Holidaymakers that are interested in more than just a country’s historical way of life will love the strong national identity that the locals proudly call their own and the constantly evolving, unique culture that the islands are home to.

The islands have a close affiliation with New Zealand; the two countries are in a free association and share close similarities in indigenous language with Cook Islands Maori the official language of the nation’s people.

Island society still maintains strong associations with the villages and their chiefs. Land rights and titles are passed down at the discretion of older family members and the bond of family is held in great esteem by the locals.

Art and Music

Traditional artworks are commonly in the form of woodcarving and weaving with each of the country’s different islands featuring their own unique style and subject matter. The contemporary art scene in the Cook Islands is populated by painters, sculptors and photographers, sharing close ties with New Zealand artists with the island’s culture and history a focus that shines through in many works.

Christian music is popular on the islands, but traditional Polynesian song and dance draws a number of tourists and visitors and remains frequently performed and enjoyed. Every island in the nation has its own dances that are taught from a young age and dances are commonly accompanied by the Cook Islands styled drumming of the traditional wooden percussion instrument, the pate.

Holidaying and Vacations

The most populous and well known island, Rarotonga, is the commonly chosen location for holidays because of the luxurious resorts that offer travellers a quality stay, relaxing location, amenities and access to the vibrant and unique culture of the islands.

Book a trip away and find out for yourself why a stay in the Cook Islands is considered one of the best island vacations in the world.

Thanks to the latest technological advancements, booking tickets isn’t a tedious task any more. With the implementation of mCommerce you can purchase the tickets of your favorite movie, any upcoming event, or book flight or train tickets in a jiffy. All you have to do is purchase the tickets using your hand held wireless device, and within a short span of time you will receive a SMS, EMS, or MMS. Interestingly, by the year 2014 it is expected that around 15 billion mobile tickets would be delivered worldwide. In a nutshell, the concept of mobile ticketing is purchasing tickets of any events, latest movies, or booking train or flight tickets through your mobile device. The gurus of mobile commerce predict that mobile ticketing will drive the overall growth of the mCommerce industry in the coming years. According to a recent survey mobile ticketing will form a key driver in the overall mCommerce growth till 2012. The industry is expected to exceed a transaction value of 100 billion dollars. Presently mCommerce or Mobile commerce is being widely used by the retail industry, financial services industry, banking industry and the travel industry. Reports suggest that the mCommerce industry grew about 150% to around 200% in the year 2010, and is expected to grow at a rate of 65% annually generating around 25 billion dollars by the year 2015. According to a research conducted by the ABI research firm, by the year 2015 transaction worth around 115 billion dollars would be done using a mobile phone. What’s more? The number of active mobile banking users in the US will catapult from 10 million in the year 2009 to 53 million by the year 2013. Mobile ticketing has not only freed you from the tedious task of standing in queues for booking tickets, but also reduced costs. Firstly the entire concept of a digital ticket saves paper, and the other costs associated with printing and posting those tickets. It also reduces the operational and delivery expenses associated with it. The rising use of mobile coupons has also triggered the growth of mCommerce. Random research suggests that more than 300 million consumers will use mobile coupons by the year 2014 and will generate around six billion dollars globally. QR code integration has triggered the growth of mobile ticketing and mCommerce. It is expected that the transport companies will make the most of this facility and drive the mobile ticketing market.

Pilgrimage is an expression of one’s belief. There is undoubtedly an invisible force that compels zillions of devotees to visit these well defined pilgrimage centers. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi is one such chief Hindu pilgrimage center that is frequented by countless travelers despite the chilly cold weather and expected landslides. It is the indomitable faith in the superpower that draws people to the Holy Shrine of Vaishno Devi Tour Packages. At myhapyjourney.com, we specialize in organizing Vaishno Devi Travel packages. If you are on the lookout for professional Vaishno Devi tour operators, we are here for your help. Our Vaishno Devi Tour packages are inclusive of hotel reservation and transportation services. All you got to have is the strong devotion and will power! Perched at a height of 5300 feet, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi is located in a hill cave (Trikuta Mountain) in Jammu & Kashmir. The base camp for Shri Vaishno Devi Temple is Katra which stands at a distance of nearly 650 km from Delhi, 48 km from Jammu and 410 km from Chandigarh. Katra is the place from where the pilgrims begin their religious journey. From Katra, it takes nearly 13-14 km to reach Darbar. The path is well maintained and dotted with a number of cafeterias and eating joints. Public utilities are also available easily. The devotees will not face any problem while crossing the route. For those who have a problem in walking such a long distance have the provision of hiring -photos etc. The significance of the shrine lies in the fact that it contains divine pindis manifesting Goddess Parvati in three distinct forms – Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali and Maha Saraswati Tours and Tourism Packages. Although devotees throng the religious place all round the year, the path gets relatively difficult to cross in winters. During this time, the roads are usually cordoned off as a result of excessive rainfall and snowfall. So, get ready to receive the blessings of Goddess Shakti! We also arrange Vaishno devi tour packages for Mumbai Vaishno devi tour packages for Delhi

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