Holiday Ideas Near and Far

For those who want to take an international vacation, holidays in Algarve, Portugal might be one of the best choices. Here there is something for everyone, and in fact, this southern region of the country is so popular a vacation spot that the July and August holiday season temporarily swells its 500,000 population to five million.

European citizens are especially fond of holidays in Algarve, as the climate is mild year round, and there is little documentation required to vacation here, or even own a second home in the area. Algarve has busy resorts and tranquil hideaways as well. The tiny area boasts more than 100 beaches, nearly three dozen golf courses and 30 hiking trails through the spectacular mountains of the Algarve region.

For those who like all-inclusive vacations Club Med offers a resort package in Algarve. Here the beautiful resort perches on a red cliff overlooking the ocean. Along with gorgeous beach, breathtakingly beautiful ocean and mountain view, sparkling pool, and 52 sunny acres, it offers a spa, golf school, and children’s club to entertain and care for little ones four months to four years old. Gourmet dining and drinks are included in the package price as well as hotel and perhaps even airfare.

The Disney Vacation Club is a one-stop-shop for holidays in popular vacation spots throughout the world including its own several Walt Disney theme parks. With Disney’s help a vacationing adult, couple, family or group can plan holidays in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. Disney theme park packages are available, for example at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. From here the vacationers can easily take in the nearby Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. They’re all part of the great Disney entertainment array.

The Disney Vacation Club is membership-based, and runs on a point system depending on member’s real estate interest in the club. A total lifetime price is determined up front, and can be partially financed. Vacationers pay a closing fee, and then pay annual dues. The price agreed upon determines how many annual points the vacationer gets to use. The more points one has the more vacation options are available. For example, 53 vacation points would pay for a deluxe studio for three days in September at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas in Florida. For 194 points two adults could enjoy a four-night cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Cruise Line in January. They’d get a deluxe inside stateroom.

Whether one chooses a holiday in Algarve, a domestic theme park vacation, a cruise in the Bahamas, a ski trip to the Alps, or just about any type of vacation anywhere, there is sure to be a travel specialist to help make it all happen.