Thursday, October 4, 2012

FlipKey Travel Trends: Hawaii Infographic: Travel Blog plus 2 more

FlipKey Travel Trends: Hawaii Infographic: Travel Blog plus 2 more

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FlipKey Travel Trends: Hawaii Infographic

Posted: 03 Oct 2012 07:22 PM PDT

FlipKey Travel Trends: Hawaii Infographic
FlipKey Travel Trends: Hawaii by vacation rentals site

In an effort to extend the summer, we bring you travel trends from the Aloha State: Hawaii vacation rentals offer great value for groups of all sizes, but we discovered that Hawaii truly sparkles as a top spot for romantic rendezvous. 45% of all travelers planning Hawaii vacations travel in groups of two, and the short romantic getaway is a surprisingly popular option for islands that are a few thousand miles from everything.

Hawaii's romantic appeal doesn't exactly come as a surprise. Between honeymoons, destination weddings, and anniversary trips, couples have countless excuses to escape to the islands. It is interesting that the love birds of paradise flock to the islands around Valentines Day: mid-February is peak travel season, and the nightly rates spike right during that period.

The good news: the spots where you will find love are also spots where you can find deals – none of these romantic hideaways are among the most expensive locales in the state. A deeper look at the data reveals the top five couples destinations:

- Honolulu, Oahu
- Haleiwa, Oahu
- Kailua-Kona, Big Island
- Lahaina, Maui
- Kihei, Maui

The other good news: Now is the time to travel. Forget Valentine's Day, with its crowds and the pressure to be romantic. If you're thinking of traveling to the islands, consider a fall escape. It's still summer in Hawaii, and the best rates can be had before the holidays. Nothing heats things up like a quick jaunt to Paradise right when the weather is getting colder back home.

FlipKey Travel Trends: Hawaii Infographic from - Travel Directory

Border to Border Travel in Israel

Posted: 03 Oct 2012 06:40 PM PDT

Israel may be a small country by almost any standard, however should you wish to tour extensively it is imperative that you have access to a car. The public transport system is Israel is still in its development stages and access to the extremities of the country is not exactly to the standard of similar first world countries.

Thankfully the car rental market in Israel is well developed with many of the world's multinational companies having a presence in Israel. These companies face active competition from reputable, local companies. Consequently, if you are considering border to border travel in Israel, a great way to see the country, long term can rental in Israel can usually be achieved easily and for a fair price.

Israel stretches 424 km (263 mi) from north to south, and its width ranges from 114 km (71 mi) to, at its narrowest point, 15 km (9.3 mi). As alluded to above, Israel really is a tiny country. However, to reach the Red Sea tourist resort of Eilat at Israel's southern tip requires you to either take a flight, take a long, stuffy bus drive, or hire a car and go it alone or with your travel partner.

It is a similar situation when traveling to the north. Should you wish to explore the many historical and religiously significant sites associated with the north, such as the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth, there is no train transportation to take you to those destinations. Bus transport is available as well as taxi services, but long term car rental in Israel is definitely more economic than a taxi and affords you the greatest degree of flexibility in your travel plans.

With regard to travel Israel from east to west, you could probably do it on foot (just kidding) but the necessity for having a car at your beck and call cannot be underestimated.

There are an abundance of things to see and do in Israel spread across the length and breadth of the country – unique sites that are only available to be enjoyed in Israel. Should you wish to get a proper feel for the country and its people, and if you have a spirit of adventure, it is best to hire a car and get to really know Israel. I have absolutely no doubt that you won't be disappointed.

Border to Border Travel in Israel from - Travel Directory

Medical Treatment in the Holy Land

Posted: 03 Oct 2012 01:39 AM PDT

Israel may be a tiny country plagued by being the only democracy in a neighborhood of repression but, to its credit, it is a giant in so many areas. It is hard to believe that a country with approximately 6.5 million Jewish inhabitants has been responsible for so many developments in almost every sphere of human endeavor. From hi-tech to biotech, chemistry, physics; in fact all the sciences, Israel has is a world leader and has been responsible for the betterment of lives all over the world.

There are things developed in Israel that cannot be exported and can only be experienced in Israel though. Specifically, I am referring to the standard of medical care. However, to adapt an old adage, if the medical treatment will not come to you, you can come to the medical treatment. Yes, medical tourism to Israel is a trend that is gathering increasing momentum and, should you be considering a medical procedure, Israel is a destination that should definitely be on your shortlist.

When you analyze all the disinformation out there, it should come as no surprise, that notwithstanding all the negative publicity, Israel is a first world country that has weathered the Great Financial Crisis better than most and continues to flourish. Perhaps a fact most overtly revealed from the time of Maimonides, Jews and the highest standards of medical care have been synonymous for centuries. In Israel, you have access to a plethora of doctors imbued with this tradition.

Israeli doctors are renowned throughout the world. After completing their education in Israel, most Israeli doctors travel to the U.S. to complete their training. In the U.S. they not only hone their professional skills but also their English skills.

Also, due to both economic considerations and minimal costs thrust upon medical practitioners from medical liability insurance, medical treatment in Israel is usually substantially cheaper than in comparable countries.

Not that anyone should ever need it but the cost treatment for fatal diseases such as cancer can be prohibitive. Cancer treatment in Israel is financially accessible and amongst the best in the world. Obtaining medical treatment in Israel is relatively cheap and involves absolutely no compromise on the standard of facilities or quality of the treatment – in fact, the opposite is probably the case.

Medical treatment in Israel can be a healthy alternative for both your body and bank account. The air in the Holy Land may also provide a healthy environment for your soul.

Medical Treatment in the Holy Land from - Travel Directory