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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~Saint Augustine~

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ~Helen Keller~

5 Vital Tips for the End of Summer

That end of summer beach vacation is always something dramatic. Sometimes it can even seem overly emotional. No matter where you go, it’s a moment of big change, big celebrations and sometimes – big families too.

In areas to the north, the fields and trees are already starting to turn. Young kids are getting ready for another year in school, and older kids go off, sometimes a long way, to university, to life, and to all kinds of unexpected thrills and classes and jobs.

For the rest of us, watching them go makes us want to hold on – just a little longer – and for that, the end of summer beach vacation is exactly what the doctor ordered. Labor Day weekend is a big one in the travel industry. But for parents, and extended families, who’ve been running already – all summer in some cases – it can seem like one last chore before returning to normal life.

We came up with these five important tips for your “End of Summer” holiday. Consider them carefully, get planning, and go for a little bit more.


1. Stay Longer
Labor Day maybe a three-day weekend, but it shouldn’t be a three-day vacation. Making this mistake is one of the big ones that lots of harried, end of summer holiday-planners make. Spending five or seven or ten days really makes a big difference and, though it may seem hard to believe, you really won’t get any rest in anything less.

Particularly when you’re coordinating with extended family, those few extra days will make a big difference. Three days is a simply not much space to cram in everything you want to.

2. Take in Some September
It might not be obvious, but all those people leaving on the Monday of Labor Day leave a big opportunity behind. As of Tuesday most prices will drop and many heavily touristed areas, including beaches, will be almost completely abandoned. The fact is, in many beach locations, September is the lowest of low-seasons simply – only – because people stop coming.  The weather is identical, the waves still crash on the beach, but now, you’ve got the place to yourself.  No lines. No crowds and no excuse for putting things off.

The point is, it’s still “emotional.” People still enjoy themselves and everything will get going again when you go home. But for lots of parents, this was what summertime was supposed to be about. If you really forgot, or didn’t have time, to plan a proper vacation, September should be exactly what you were looking for.


3. Schedule Serious Down Time
Or at least plan for it. Too many plans, activities, places, things to see and do, and you’re probably running even harder than you would without a vacation.

So, even if you’re taking the kids, all the kids, and meeting the in-laws, and scheduling lots of fun, remember to leave some big blank-spots. Plan for a baby-sitter. Plan for some couple time. Bring some books, and be sure to schedule at least a few hours every day and some good half days doing nothing. Being near the beach makes doing nothing seem like you’re doing everything. Your brain will thank you.

4. Travel Mid-Week
Tuesday-Wednesday travel is still the time to go. And lots of vacations end on a sour note ‘cause everyone is trying to go back at the same time. Returning on a dime – with a rush back to work or to school or to real life – is often a recipe for disaster.

There’s already a lot here about “staying a little longer” but plan to arrive and depart on lighter travel days. You’ll find the entire travel experience much more relaxed.

5. Overlap Travel With Extended Family & Friends
But don’t match them day for day. If they’re staying Friday through Monday, then plan on arriving on Saturday and staying through the following Wednesday. Or do the bulk of your travel, the long haul on, say, Tuesday. Then spend a few slower days getting to where you’re meeting up with the lot of them.


Every family’s worst characteristics will come out under some of the pressures of travel. But even if you’re fortunate enough to have that perfect big family, then cut them a break. Share all of the above with them, but step back, too. Encourage time alone and that same down time.

The “end of summer” – like summer itself – is supposed to be fun, relaxing, invigorating and exciting. What happened between summers is, well, we all grew up. Life is full of good things, but it’s not always full of time and space to celebrate. Celebrations really can be quiet, reflective, peaceful and relaxing.

The very best part of the “end of summer” should be your chance to quietly remember. Take a little extra time. And don’t worry if it all gets too much. Life goes around this once, and there’s never a bad time to appreciate how truly memorable it’s been.

This article was written by James T., a travel and real estate writer in Mexico City.

Save Money on Air Travel

Vacation spending is split among several major categories requiring funding.  Food and lodging, for example, furnish some of the most expensive features of holiday travel, falling across a wide range of prices and quality levels.  Three meals each day and reasonable accommodations for bathing and sleeping are all that's required, but amenities and appointments drive food and lodging costs higher, as extra bells and whistles are added to rooms and meals.  Even spending money reserved for discretionary purchases and vacation keepsakes quickly runs out, as vacations present nearly limitless opportunities to part with funds.
Fortunately, each of the costs of vacationing can be custom-tailored to your ability to pay - within reason, of course.  Cheaper rooms and frugal meals furnish savings for budget conscious travelers, without sacrificing enjoyment.  And even air travel costs can be trimmed by following a few simple rules.  Frugal travelers use the following approaches to save money on airline expenses.

Conduct Research about Flight Options
Air travel is an intimidating prospect, especially for fliers who haven't taken to the skies with great regularity.  For starters, the landscape has changed for modern ticket-buyers, who now have the Internet and mobile resources at their disposal.  And the way consumers buy tickets has changed too.  In the past, the first step to booking travel was to call a professional travel agent familiar with the travel industry. 
Today's travel approach is a self-serve affair, in which buyers do the research themselves, rather than depending on trained travel professionals.  And though it suits many travelers to take such an active role, inexperienced travelers sometimes pay too much for airline tickets.  Fortunately, technology lends a hand comparing travel options, including Web-based travel resources capable of comparing hundreds of alternatives side-by-side.
There are no hard-fast rules dictating the best times to purchase airline tickets.  The conventional wisdom of landing the best deals by purchasing tickets well ahead of time appears to have been thrown out the window as travel providers extend promotional rates seemingly without regard for advance commitments.  As a result, the best approach for bargain-hunters is to monitor flights over time, paying special attention to dips and spikes in air travel rates.  By staying informed and available, you're ready to pounce when prices are favorable.
Flexible Options
Many times travelers are tightly scheduled, accommodating business obligations and family events in short order.  On the other, flexibility leads to travel deals, at times, so building some adaptability into your vacation planning can lead to significant savings on air travel.  Internet search providers, for example, often include flexible inputs in their flight search parameters, allowing users to check fares and flight availability for a number of proximate airports simultaneously.  Similarly, travel search sites also allow date ranges to be used in searches, rather than specific dates.  The resulting returns highlight the best deals available during a particular span of time, which can yield substantial savings for flexible flyers.
Carry On
Travel expenses apply to individuals, but the cost is also broken-down to include sums dedicated to bags and luggage.  In the past, bags flew free, unless they were bulky or required special handling.  Along the way, airlines began charging for the bags checked through to the baggage compartment.  The practice led travelers to simply carry their gear aboard the planes when traveling.  As a result, cabin space is at a premium, with limits imposed on size and weight.  The bottom line for budget-conscious travelers:  Carry your bag on the plane with you, in order to avoid baggage handling charges as high as $40/bag.  To avoid unanticipated charges, consult with your airline in advance for size restrictions and weight limitations.

New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation in New Orleans is a must if you like history. It has so much things to learn in these plantation-slavery to the mansion and how it became part in the historic site in New Orleans. The place is interesting and caught our attention  the photos of oak tree.

Oak Tree ( The view inside the Mansion)

Husband and I usually read reviews and recommendation in the local centre and decide from there. We don't plan our trip most of the time. We swing whatever is on the road and our moods on that day and go from then. Usually rains stops us on doing outdoor so we ended up doing indoor instead but we do our best to see all the attractions we want on the place.
The Mansion

We drove all the way to Oak Alley plantation so we have had our freedom to do things afterward. It's almost an hour drive from the city of New Orleans but we don't care.Distance doesn't stop us to do thing  we want.

History of Oak Alley Plantation:
History snapshots ( you can read all of these written history in the grounds).


Location:
It is located at 3645 Highway 18 ( Great River Road,Vacherie,Louisiana). 

Admission:
I forgot if my husband pay tax in the admission. The cost was $ 20.00 for adults and under 6-years old is free.

Inside the Mansion (dining table)

About Oak Alley Plantation:
I heard the most interesting story during our guided tour in the mansion-one of it were if you have a daughter and the suitor will visit in the mansion  the candle holder could tell immediately if you are going to stay longer or you're going home so soon by adjusting the candle, if you  don't like the suitor of your daughter you can adjust  the candle by lowering it so when it goes down it's to go home.The good news you can buy it in the gift shop if you are interested ;)
If you have a daughter you need one of this  candle holder ;)

"Over the years, many wonderful and fascinating individuals have had a hand in shaping a dream for Oak Alley ... some tried and won, some tried and lost, others just tried and gave up. Still, they all had one thing in common ... they CARED enough to try. "
Our tour guide  dressed up this kind of dress. She is good telling  the history of the Plantation.

Photography: 
Photography is allowed during the tour in mansion, don't forget your camera.
This cat likes pets.

I spotted squirrel
some flowers 
Food:
They have bed and breakfast, cafe in the Oak Alley Plantation so you get some bite if you are hungry after the tour.

Is it Recommended:
I'll be honest I highly recommended the place. You learn many things from the guided tour.I don't mind going back if ever we will be back in the area.