Tips For Your Tennessee Vacation

What should you do when it comes to taking your Tennessee vacation? Every time I go to Tennessee, I am amazed at how many things there are to see and places there are to go. When you take your Tennessee vacation, there are definitely certain things you should try to do or see. Tennessee is a great place to take your family vacation or to sneak in a great romantic getaway, either way, here are some tips for you on where to go and what to do when you put together your next Tennessee vacation.First of all, your Tennessee vacation really should involve the mountains in some way. The Smoky Mountains are a big part of the culture and the tourism of Tennessee. They are beautiful Appalachian Mountains that get their name from the fog that often wraps itself around the peaks and through the valleys of the mountains. On your Tennessee vacation you should consider a trip to Smoky Mountain National Park. The Park is a preserve around the mountains that offers you a great opportunity to see the beauty of both the native fauna and flora. With any luck, including a trip to the National Park in your Tennessee vacation will get you a glimpse of a black bear, bobcat, or even a wandering porcupine. So consider making a trip the park part of your Tennessee vacation plans.Near the park is the town of Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg is a great destination to include in any Tennessee vacation. It is a tourist town that offers fantastic souvenir shopping, food, and entertainment. You should even think about finding a hotel or chalet in the Gatlinburg area so that you can spend a portion of your Tennessee vacation around the town. A similar town located nearby is Pigeon Forge, which is also home to a Dollywood amusement park as well as shows and restaurants. You can actually spend a few days of your Tennessee vacation in the area of these two fun tourist towns and never get bored of any of it. While there, catch a show, do some indoor skydiving, walk the town, and generally enjoy the views and atmosphere of the best Appalachia has to offer. You will be glad that Gatlinburg became part of your Tennessee vacation.When you plan your Tennessee vacation there is a lot to consider because the state has so much to offer. Make sure you definitely include a trip into Smoky Mountain National Park if not a few days of camping or staying in a shelter there. Then, consider a stop for a few days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee which is in the same general area. You will enjoy the shopping, food, and entertainment as well. However, there is still so much you can do on a Tennessee vacation. Take some time, do some research, and put together a trip that will properly entertain your family or partner and you will be happy you visited Tennessee.

Tips For A Vacation That Is More Fun And Less Expensive

Just about everyone loves to travel, and travel is one of the most intriguing and fun activities one can engage in. Travel provides the remarkable ability to see the world from a whole new perspective, and I for one believe that if people traveled more outside their country there would be far less war and trouble in the world.When asked why they do not travel, one of the most frequently cited reasons is lack of money. Lack of funds, however, does not need to be a barrier to traveling the world. Obviously if you’re flat broke you may not be able to travel as you wish, but most people have at least some disposable income, and it can be surprisingly inexpensive to travel to many places.One of the primary considerations for any budget minded traveler is where to stay. Fortunately, there are many budget friendly options when it comes to putting a roof over your head for the night. For solo travelers, hostels can provide, clean safe accommodations and the chance to meet and interact with people from all over the world. Best of all, the prices are almost impossible to beat. For instance, most hostels in major U.S. cities range from $20 to $30 a night, when a hotel room would set you back a cool $150-$200 or even more.In Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, hostel accommodations are even cheaper, with many charging the equivalent of $5 a night or even less. The key is to check the internet and see what is available in your destination. Many hostels even provide online booking, so you can arrive with your lodging issues already taken care of.For couples, a budget hotel can be a great choice. There are many such hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, located all around the world. Again, many of them are on the internet, and like hostels many can be booked online before you leave home.Another great way to save money while still having a great vacation is to use the public transportation system. Most destinations in Europe, and many in the United States and Canada as well, have excellent, fast, reliable, and cheap public transportation systems. You can probably by a weekly bus pass for less than what you would pay to rent a car for a single day. And public transportation also frees you from the hassles of parking the car, keeping it gassed up and learning your way around.Another important key to traveling cheap is traveling light. Trekking around Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, or the Americas does not require a mountain of luggage. If you are unsure whether to pack it, chances are it is best left at home. It is best to take a couple of sturdy and versatile outfits, and a good pair of walking shoes, and leave the rest at home.Getting the best airfare, along with finding the cheapest place to stay, is one of the essential cornerstones of successful budget travel. There are a number of strategies for getting the best deal on airfare, from using credit cards to rack up frequent flier miles, to using discount airlines, to traveling in the off or shoulder season. The strategy that is best for you depends on your individual needs, and on the location you choose.Keeping the money you do have for travel safe and secure is always a concern when traveling. Most seasoned travelers have learned to use a hidden money belt to carry passports, plane tickets and the majority of their cash. Using an in room safe is also a good idea. It is generally best to use credit cards for major purchases, and keep only a small amount of cash on hand for incidental purchases. Not only do credit cards provide the best exchange rates, but you are not liable for fraudulent purchases as long as you report the card stolen in a timely fashion.Travel does not have to be out of reach, even for the most budget minded traveler. The key is to shop wisely, focus on your priorities and get the most out of the money you do spend.

The Railroad, A Book, And A Dam

A hundred years ago Branson, Missouri was just a patch of wilderness in the quilt of the Ozarks. Then along came the railroad, a book and a dam and now Branson is known as “Little Las Vegas.”1903 brought the railroad to Branson. This allowed easy access for tourists looking for some quiet time away from the busy city life.Harold Bell Wright’s best selling book, Shepherd of the Hills, brought national attention to the natural resources found in Branson. It didn’t hurt when John Wayne was in a 1941 movie version of the book either. Since 1959, The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater has performed this Ozark story and is considered the most performed outdoor drama in the U.S.Congress gave its permission in 1911 for the Powersite Dam. When they built the dam it, in turn, created Lake Taneycomo and a lake resort town was born. When we visited the area, we were struck by the beauty of the mountains as you roll closer and closer to town and by the many things to do once you get there.A visit to Branson is a treat for all ages and tastes. Outdoor addicts can find fantastic fishing and more. For the shopper, there is a great outlet mall, which was my personal favorite. If you want to be entertained it has everything from theaters to country music legends. For the kids, there are a couple of theme parks. And it only took a railroad, a book and a dam. Oh, and maybe a hundred years of progress helped, too.

Effects of the Asia Tsunami on Tourism

A tsunami struck out of nowhere going down in history as the most devastating earthquake killing over two hundred thousand people. The coasts of South East Asia had been building popularity with Europeans when this occurred, understandably so tourism dwindled down after this, but not for long.Some of the more popular vacation spots that were affected the most were Sri Lanka, South India, Thailand, and Indonesia. After the tsunami struck most locations started planning ideas or events to bring tourism back. They knew the travel industry would be affected and wanted to make sure it did not last long.Sri Lanka one of the hardest hit places came up with an idea they called “Io Vado A Sri Lanka”. What they did was get a group together of more than two hundred and seventy people consisting of the Italian media, tour operators and retailers and they toured the island. They visited all their interesting sites on the island.The idea was that the Italian media would share their experience on the island and would be encouraging people to come visit at the same time. When the tsunami struck South East Asia the tourism industry lost billions of dollars. Immediately after the tsunami the government was encouraging vacationers to stay away from the areas affected.Fortunately the travel industry was not going to stand for this. They have been working hard since the Tsunami to regain their visitors. Shortly after the Tsunami the Association of Southeast Asian Nations intensified their marketing to gain tourists again. They began to encourage the government to help them assure travelers that this tsunami was an isolated event, something that just does not happen. There was one good thing that came out of this tragedy. With all the media coverage on the tsunami more people became aware of these ideal vacation destinations.One other thing the travel industry has been doing and will continue doing is giving advisory updates. They are informing the necessary sources of the conditions and improvements of these destinations and encouraging people to visit. By giving updates this will help get tourism back to 100% on the beautiful coasts of South East Asia.Fortunately for everyone tourists have begun to realize that a tsunami of this magnitude is rare, something that happens once maybe every hundred years and they are not letting it scare them away from enjoying a piece of paradise.

Sounds Like a War Zone – Christmas in the Philippines

I have survived my first Christmas in the Philippines, so much food, so many relatives, so much good cheer, and so much noise at night.Ok, I was in Makati which isn’t the quietest place at the best of times, but this was amazing. I never imagined there could be so many different bangs from fireworks. Ranging from the small arms rattle of the Multiple Banger to the deep throated roar of the PVC canons.It started about a week before Christmas and built up to an all out assault on the city on NYE and even last night, 6 nights after the event, there were still small skirmishes happening.If you ever intended to sleep through the New Year, forget it, this is the sound effects for any number of war films and there is no volume control. Steven Spielberg could have sent a sound recordist here for New Years Eve and had enough sound effects for six openings of Saving Private Ryan.The Multiple Banger is a long, thick sparkler-like firework that when ignited produces a fast series of forty sharp bangs and a very impressive shower of sparks that lasts for about 45 seconds. My brother-in-law let one off in the house, we had to shout for the next 15 minutes to hear each other and his wife’s concern for the soft furnishings was not unfounded.The PVC canon has replaced its bamboo predecessor, but is operated in the much the same manner. A length of PCV pipe has raw alcohol spayed into it which is then ignited and boom. The diameter of the pipe determines the timber of the bang with a one inch pipe resembling small arms fire and a 4 inch pipe sounding like heavy assault artillery.These canons are available commercially for around 300 pesos (AU$7.90) at Divisoria, a market that has such good prices that the locals will travel for a couple of hours to shop there. The alcohol is readily available from any number of hardware stores.Will I get into the swing of things and purchase my own canon for the end of 2006? Unlikely, I prefer a slight buzz and a silly grin from my alcohol rather than a few days hearing loss.

Tips If Your Arrested Whilst Abroad

What should you do, then, if you get arrested whilst in a foreign country?Know Your RightsUnder the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963), a generally accepted treaty of many, but not all, countries, it is provided that foreign authorities are to inform the consul officer of the arrest of their nationals; or in some countries, only at request of the national.Should you find yourself arrested, immediately request for the officials to notify you’re nearest embassy or consulate. You may be denied this right if the treaty is not in force between either country. If that happens, keep trying to persuade someone to make the contact for you.What to expect from the Consul OfficersOnce the consul officers have been notified of your arrest, they will eventually call or visit you. They will make known to you the general proceedings of the local judicial system; and make sure that you are fully aware of your rights and what is happening. Also, only at your approval, they will contact your family and friends about your arrest, in which they will relay to them your requests for financial or other aid.While your consul officers are able to offer help, they are unable to demand your release, or obtain special treatment for you other than what is provided to the locals. But they will do all they can to protect your rights under the local law, ensuring you are not abused or discriminated against.On legal matters, your consul officers are in no position to neither provide legal advice, represent you on trial, nor subsidize your legal fees or pay your fines with government funds. They are, however, able to assist you by providing a list of local attorneys who can represent you in court. If the local people do not commonly speak your language, they will shortlist the attorneys who do.Remember that your consul officers will do their best to assist you through your arrest.Be safe, not sorry.As long as you are in a foreign country, you will be subject to its laws. The best bet to avoid being arrested abroad is to familiarize yourself with the laws of the country you are about to visit. You can do this by contacting your destination country’s embassy or consular in your area to inquire about any laws that might be contrary to that of your own countries. You may also request this information from your selected airline company.Take special note of the laws and regulations pertaining to:Drug violationsPossession of firearmsPhotographing government, police or military constructionsPurchasing of AntiquesBy going through this trouble while planning your vacation, you can rest assure you will not be unknowingly breaking any foreign laws during your holiday.

An Introduction to Iceland

As history goes, this island was named Iceland to drive people away from settling there and send them to Greenland instead, which was named incorrectly in the hope to attract people to settle there. Iceland is one of Europe’s most sparsely populated nations and the last country to be inhabited. Most of the land is barren, rural and uninhabitable. The culture, language and people are mostly influenced by the Scandinavian countries with a combination of Celtic appearances. I was prepared for a relatively small town feel during our stay at Reykjavik and mostly countryside tourism and hiking, but was extremely taken aback to find how isolated, barren, unique, exotic and how extremely beautiful this place actually is!From black sand beaches to white ice caps, glaciers to volcanoes, hot spring baths to exploding sulphur geysers, from cliffs to dual folding waterfalls, from dog sledging to whale watching, white water rafting to mountain hiking, the possibilities are not only endless, but fascinating!!! Nowhere in the world can I imagine seeing the ocean on one side while standing atop an ice covered glacier, with volcanic activity causing ridges and ravines in the mountainside!For miles and miles that we drove, (in the little rental car I like to refer to as ‘Herbie’), constantly cursing Avis for not providing us the 4 wheel drive. There are only one or two major highways in Iceland that run for several hundred kilometers in a direction. Depending on how adventurous you want your trip to be and which destination you are heading to, your deviation from the main road will get you to a dirt road amidst a national park or a glacial mountain climb. These roads can get rough for a small rental car, and rather than taking a risk with a flat tire or being trapped on the side of a mountain with not a soul in sight, no cell phone service, nobody to come rescue you, and a car stuck in a pothole, I strongly suggest renting an SUV. Also, there are no lights on the highways so for the sake of safety, plan your time accordingly so you can make your way back to a major town before sunset.As we drove out of Reykjavik, I found myself deeper and deeper into what felt like a dream visit to the moon. We came upon a crater on the side of a road, beautifully holding a calm mini lake reflecting green and blue colors among the mist that settled within the hollow in the ground. Upon coming closer, the effort to hike down proved worth the trek! As we drove on the highway looking for our first stop on the Golden Circle tour, we suddenly came upon a little car park opening on the side of the road and what looked like a little hill in a very flat barren landscape.Upon suggesting a quick stop, we peaked over the hill to find the remains of a volcanic crater! Lying low at the bottom of the ‘little hill’ which turned out to be a LARGE crater, we noticed very a step sloped cone shaped bottom with a reflection of clear blue-green water. We decided to walk down to the water from one of the slopes which had a hiking trail built in. It was definitely a lunch earning trek but the peaceful and clear water with the blue sky above was worthwhile! Then we followed the path to the Golden Circle tour, which includes Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingviller Viking village.The tour itself takes a good part of one entire day, and the horizon reflects the barren dark ground kissing the blue skies, with a slight layer of iced cap glaciers on occasion – The most breathtaking sight! Driving along Route 1 that seemed to just continue on dry barren land, with an occasional horse grazing or a sheep running across the road, I was convinced we were lost until we come upon a ridge with a ravine and out of absolutely nowhere, the highway brings you upon the most fabulous ravine with a dual folding waterfall! The dual folding waterfall basically was a waterfall with not one, but two steep layers of folding water, coming down a cliff with such force that the two layers of water falling from different angles met in the middle causing a gushing flow of very rapid water causing a rising mist before falling again down a steep cliff into a little ravine several feet below.Travel to Iceland is a lot cheaper and a lot closer than most people imagine it to be. Icelandair (the only airline servicing Reykjavik to most big cities in the US and Europe) offers one flight a day from New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, London, and all major western European cities. Flight time from NY and London being approximately 4-5 hours, Reykjavik has become a popular destination for young people for a long weekend and to live up the ‘Reykjavik style party scene’. Several years ago, Icelandair launched a series of provocative promotional campaigns, which initially began to raise awareness and travel to this far far away land to younger folks looking to have a good time. The marketing for Iceland boasted statements like ‘One-night stand in Iceland’ reads as inviting Americans and Europeans to stop over for a night on trans-Atlantic flights.Last year American TV show The Sopranos featured prostitutes dressed, barely, in “Icelandic Airline” uniforms, partying in a New York hotel room. The show was called “Money for nothing and Icelandic Chicks for free.” These campaigns landed Icelandair in a series of court cases and law suits, and a furious staff supported by the Feminist Association of Iceland, but it worked in bringing immediate attention to one of the most popular summer destinations for bachelor parties, glacier adventures, diving and hiking.The peak tourist months are from May to October, and although to most people’s surprise, the winter temperatures are not as dramatic as North America (due to the warm Gulf stream), the 4 hours of daylight is not conducive to sightseeing, hiking or driving on those very rough dirt roads. The month of June offers the midnight sun and early October attraction are the Northern lights, hence these are the two most expensive times to travel to Iceland. One can often find very reasonable rates on and summer specials closer to August/September timeframes.So you ask, once in Iceland, what is there to do?? What are the people like? What do they eat? How do they live? Well, it took me all of 5 days to figure out what they do for a living, how they pass their time in the dark winter days and what they really eat. The sightseeing, exploration and adventurous opportunities are plenty! I highly recommend renting a car (a four wheel drive is a MUST!) and exploring to your own fancy and schedules. A word of caution, the maps are not to scale and not as comprehensive, so be sure to do your navigation before leaving the hotel or you might find yourself on a volcanic crater instead of a waterfall! There are plenty of tour buses from Reykjavik, but they are very expensive per person, and take almost all day.For you vegetarian folk, you might have to frequent the pizza stalls a lot, but the few small and quaint traditional restaurants in Reykjavik offer an amazing variety of sea food and lamb, very well prepared with eclectic flavors and served at extra-ordinary prices. If you feel adventurous, your menu choices range from reindeer carpaccio to whale blubber to foal meat or penguin meat. If you are not looking for haute cuisine, the local grocery store will serve to pack the car with a picnic lunch of sandwiches, fruit, salad, juice, chips, etc.An average meal at a relatively famous/traditional restaurant varies from $ 50 to $ 80. That does seem a lot for a glass of wine and a piece of fish, which will explain why the local Icelandic youth only step out to enjoy their cocktails post dinner around 11 PM. The nightlife in Reykjavik is mostly confined to the bars/clubs and restaurants on the main city street, Laugavegur. For a country that had a 40 year prohibition on alcohol, they are surely making up for lost time! The ‘scene’ peaks at around 2 AM when all the bars/clubs come alive at night and the street feels like a parade – a very different vision from the week day and morning time when finding a local eatery or a pharmacy seems like a struggle. A few woolie shops, with fine pure wool clothing and accessories is the extent of shopping you might enjoy in the city center. I personally preferred to look at the sheep grazing in the highlands from where the wool was created!From the Golden circle tour, to the Blue Lagoon to the Langjokull glacier, the places to see are plenty. Upon leaving the city and in driving through the country side, you can enjoy fresh air, horse riding, whale watching, bird watching, or spend an afternoon soaking in minerals in the warm natural spring waters of the Blue Lagoon. If you find yourself intrigued by geography, the Reykjanes area (close to Keflavik by the airport) has numerous little spots one can visit. There is a bridge that is said to be inching apart the North American and European continental plates as a result of tectonic activity, a bird watchers paradise where migrating birds from Greenland find refuge and a hiking trail into the hot spring region. So pony up some riches and I guarantee you the trip will be worth the experience!

Koeberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town

The beautiful Koeberg Nature Reserve surrounds the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, and is situated only 30 km from Cape Town. It can be reached by taking the West Coast Road (R27) past the beach-side suburbs of Milnerton, Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand.HistoryThe Reserve measures roughly 3,000 hectares of Eskom property, and was proclaimed as a nature reserve in 1991. It was established to protect and conserve the local flora and fauna, and it also acts as an educational center for young and old.The reserve plays a pivotal role in the conservation of the area, especially since the development of industries and residential properties along the West Coast. Within the reserve you can find a number of unique coastal land forms, wetlands and different vegetation communities protected within this area.TrailsThe reserve offers two diverse, well marked hiking trails and a mountain bike trail.1.The Dikkop Trail (9.5km; 19,3km, or a 22.3 km trail)The Dikkop Trail has been designed to lead the hiker through a widely varying terrain, and it is the perfect opportunity to experience the many moods of the West Coast. The trail starts at the visitor center, and follows a circular route through the nature reserve.The Mountain Biking trail follows a similar route to the Dikkop Trail, with plenty of gradients to make it enjoyable for the seasoned cyclist and the novice, young or old.2.Grysbok Trail (2,5km or 5,7km trails)The Grysbok trail again starts at the visitors center covered parking and follows a circular route through the reserve. There are two alternatives for this trail, the first is a 5,7 km hike, which follows a circular walk , which includes a stroll along a “private” stretch of beach and offers beautiful, unobstructed views of Table Mountain. There is an abundance of plant life and fynbos to be seen and animal life, especially bird-life is abundant. Hikers will also be able to view the ruins of a historical farmhouse, a truly spectacular site in Spring, with a variety of flowers in bloom, all around.The 2,5 km trail will take you through all of the above areas, except the wetlands, and is a pleasant way to spend a few hours.Animal LifeThe reserve has a variety of buck; Springbok, Bontebok, Eland and Impala’s, they also have a small herd of Zebra, all the animals are originally indigenous to the area and have been reintroduced so that visitors can view them in their natural habitats. The park has a few small predators, such as the African Wildcat, Grey Mongoose and Genet, and if lucky visitors might be able to spot the elusive Caracal, which is the largest predator in the area. Reptiles are also abundant in the park, and if you are patient you can observe first-hand the habits of , the Cape Cobra, Mole Snake, Boomslang, Skaapsteker and the Angulated Tortoise.For the bird-watcher there are over 172 identified bird species on the reserve, which can make for hours of uninterrupted bird watching.During the whale season, there are viewing platforms which offer you perfect and private views of Southern Right Whales.The reserve is continually expanding on the breeds of animal at the reserve, and now have Wildebeest on their list of wild life.Be sure to pop in to the visitors center and ask for a map of their trails before you start to ensure that you make an informed decision.

Parador Ronda, Spain

The four-star Parador Ronda occupies an absolutely awesome location. It sits right on the edge of one of the deepest gorges in Spain – the “Tajo.” The views are stunning. If you aren’t timid of heights, walk out across the puente nuevo – the “new bridge” (that was built in 1761!?) just outside the Parador grounds, and you can look straight down 500 ft. to the river below! There are scenic footpaths through the Parador gardens and grounds that will lead you to lookouts with incredible vistas.The Ronda Parador building is the former town hall. It has a very modern appearance inside, presents the traveler with every amenity, and all of it in very good taste. The Parador of Ronda is famous for the quality of the service they provide, and for the attentiveness of the staff.Ronda itself is a fascinating city with an equally fascinating history. A moorish stronghold for centuries, it later became essentially a haven for bandits. They would loot the surrounding countryside and then return to their nearly impregnable location in Ronda and dare the authorities to try and get them out.Modern bullfighting was invented here, and Ronda’s bullring is said to be the oldest in Spain. Wander the old town to your hearts content. You’ll get pleasantly lost – a few times – but it’s great fun exploring and you’re never far from the way back.From here, you could drive out to some of Spain’s most typical “white villages” – Setenil, Grazalema, Gaucin, Olvera, Ubrique, Zahara de la Sierra, – and many others – each a dazzling drop of ancient culture in these rugged sierras.Interesting excursions from the Parador:– The Baños Arabe: these public baths which were already in use in the 13th century – are still functioning!- Plaza de Toros: this is reputed to be the oldest bullring in Spain. There is also a fine museum dedicated to the history of bullfighting there.- Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King): Parts of this are now closed, but an unusual walk will take you down 365 steps – through a kind of ‘mine’ – to the river below. This is how the city accessed the water during times of siege.Interesting day trips include:– The Parque de Grazalema: Wildly beautiful natural surroundings amidst the rugged mountains of the area. Lots of great hiking opportunities.- A drive in any direction will bring you to wonderful “white villages” so typical of this part of Andalucia. Stop and walk around. Have a glass of wine and a tapa on the main plaza – this is as close as you’ll get to what Spain was like 3 or 4 centuries ago.- Drive down to the little town of Gaucin – called, “the balcony of Europe,” because of the views you can have there. On a clear day, you can see across the straits of Gibraltar all the way to Africa!- The Costa Del Sol is near enough for a day trip. Estepona is nice, and a bit less built up than the towns and cities further along the coast.The Parador of Ronda is a wonderful place to stay while touring around the south of Spain. It has a fascinating history that is still alive today, and the ruggedly beautiful mountains form an incomparable backdrop for a visit that will fulfill many travelers’ vision of Spain.For more on all of Spain’s wonderful Paradors, go to:

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Tips on Finding Florence Accommodations

Where should you go to find Florence accommodations when you make that next big trip to France? You and I both know that it can be difficult to find good accommodations at an affordable price, but that it is incredibly important to making your trip go smoothly. If you are traveling abroad, you want to make sure that you have planned out everything in advance so that there are no suprises. So where should you go to find Florence accommodations so that your trip is properly planned? I have found that there are two places that should get your attention when it comes time to make that search. Travel sites on the internet and your travel agent are your two best resources when it comes to finding affordable quality Florence accommodations.I have always found that you are best off if you first check the internet for any sort of accommodations. With there being so many travel sites out there any more, the competition means that you really have a good chance of find Florence accommodations at a price you can afford. To get started, check out the more popular travel sites out there, they usually have the best resources and thus the best prices. You know who they are, just watch television for 10 minutes and you will likely see one advertised. If that doesn’t work, go to your favorite search engine site and look up travel. You will get a number of returns on the search, but check out the top few. At each of the sties you choose to look over, check out the accommodations or hotel sections. Assuming the site supports international travel, look up Florence accommodations for the dates you intend to be there. Many of the really good sites will even let you research the hotel’s amenities and location so that you can make sure.The second resource for your Florence accommodations is a travel agents. In fact, for international travel like that to France, often times an agent is going to be your best option. The reason is that they have connections and contacts that enable them to get prices and discounts you would not normally have access to on your own. In the end, even with fees, most travel agents can get you prices you wouldn’t otherwise get. Also, if you are booking everythign else through the travel agent, then they may be able to get you Florence accommodations as part of a package so that you will save money on any booking fees.Once you get that bug to travel overseas and enjoy vacationing in other countries, you are hooked forever. However, you will soon learn that there is a lot of planning that goes into a good trip. In order to make your trip to Florence a great one, you will want to make sure you do all of your research either on line or through a travel agent. And you probably know that your Florence accommodations are going to be as important as any other part of your trip. Though you really should at least give the internet travel sites a look to get a pricing clue, your travel agent is likely your best resource when it comes to finding your Florence accommodations. No matter which method you use, just make sure you get the hotel or chalet that is best suited to serve your needs on your trip.