Tenerife Walking Holiday with KE Adventure Travel

Fully guided holiday summiting the highest peak in the Canary Islands (and Spain!) Mount Teide. goo.gl/hpeqoR . Enjoy spectacular walking in the beautiful and undiscovered area of Anaga, amazing coastal hiking, the fantastic Masca Gorge and boat trips plus stay in the UNESCO town of La Laguna and the capital of Santa Cruz.

Finding the Perfect RV – Part One – What Kind of Camper Are You?

Are you a Full time, Seasonal, Weekender?

This is part of a series of articles from my Perfect RV series. Each article describes one aspect of finding the perfect RV for you at this time. Your needs will change as you grow into the RV. Overtime you will need more or less sleeping space, your amenities will change, your transportation will change and your desires will change. This is the first article in the series.

Full time stationary

Full timing by a loose definition is considered living in their RV or recreational vehicle as their home. Many people choose to live in recreational vehicles as a cheaper way of living. Their recreational vehicle is stationary and seldom moves.

There are many benefits to living in a RV. Chores around the house are less time consuming, the costs are less, the upkeep is less and the cost of ownership is less. RV owners have the same tax benefits as homeowners or what we call the Stick and Brick owners.

For 12 years we were full time stationary campers. We lived and worked from our RV or held full time jobs in the local community. Daisy was a legal secretary and I was a database administrator for Nokia with responsibilities for a worldwide SQL Server network. You had sold our house and the recreational vehicle became our home. With an income of over $100,000 a year, I don’t think we qualified as trailer trash. In fact we met many people who were professionals that had decided to live this lifestyle including lawyers and doctors.

Full time Traveler

The common thought when people say they are full timers is someone that travels around the country living full time in a recreational vehicle. These folks have all the benefits of the stationary recreational vehicle owners and the freedom to move when and where they want.

There are some added costs to traveling full time and that is the cost of fuel and maintenance. Many full timers that travel also tend to stay in one spot for several weeks or even months before moving on. You are full time travelers now, starting our new journey in June 2014. We spend about 3 weeks per location and then move on to a new campground when our time is up. This last winter we spent in FL moving every couple of weeks. It was the most enjoyable winter I have ever had.

Snow Birds

A snow bird is someone who travels to warmer weather in the winter and cooler weather in the summer. They may have a house in both locations, may live in an RV in one and a house in the other, or stay in an RV year round. Many retirees are snow birds traveling to FL in the winter months.


Seasonal campers are usually people that are still working but love the camping lifestyle and have a recreational vehicle placed on a campsite full time, but only use it on weekends or holidays. They may or may not use it for vacations. They are considered seasonal because they pay for the lot for the camping season. The camping season will vary depending on where in the country your are located. In the Northeast it may be from March to the end of October. Some campgrounds might have two or more seasons with different rates being charged. For example Winter and Summer rates, like in FL.


Weekenders are campers who pack up the RV and hit the road, usually on Friday afternoon, head out to a local campground and camp for the weekend. Come Sunday they pack up and head home. These folks are still likely to be working full time and not ready to pack it up and leave the working world for an extended period of time.


Whether you are working full time or retired, finances are going to be an important factor in getting your RV. Financing an RV will be easier if you are working, however, there are places that will work with the retiree as well. But from a basic business standpoint someone with disposable income will have an easier time getting financing than the others.

Other financing considerations will be your budget. Your income to expenses ratio will determine how often you can go camping or if you are looking at traveling how long you can travel and what you will be able to see and do while traveling.

There are many people young and old who travel full time and hold down a job or more as well. You know of couples who would be considered snowbirds now that work year round as campground hosts. You have other friends that run businesses from their RV and still others that trade their campground site fees for a few hours a week of working at the campground (workampers). Earning an income is possible while you are on the road. Earning a comfortable living however, might be another story.

As you can see there is a lot of things you have to consider when looking at an RV. In many ways this is like buying a home. You will be living in it for a period of time and may need the same amenities as in your house or apartment. Understanding how you will be using the RV and what you already have that can help tow it, will help keep your expenses and expectations in line. In the next article I will discuss the different types of recreational vehicles.


Source by Raymond Laubert

Coin Operated Machines

Ever wondered how those coin operated vending machines came about? You'd be surprise to know that those machines where you buy gumballs and collectible toys date back to the 1st century. The first historical evidence of a coin operated machine is found in the work of Hero of Alexandria, a 1st century engineer and mathematician. His machine dispensed a fixed amount of holy water when a coin is deposited. The coin fell upon a pan attached to a lever that opened up a valve, where water flow out. The pan tilt with the weight of the coin until it falls off, a counter-weight would snap the lever back up and shut off the valve.

It was not until the Industrial Age when coin operated machines were really used widely. In the early 1880s, the first modern coin operated machines were introduced in London, England, dispensing post cards. In the United States, the first vending machine was built in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company. The machine sold gum on train platforms. In 1897, the idea of ​​adding simple games to these machines as a further incentive to buy was initiated by Pulver Manufacturing Company. They added small figures that moved around whenever someone bought gum from the machines. These advances paved the way for the creation of pinball machines and slot machines.

In December 1970 of its Dallas convention, Ussery Industries of Dallas, Texas displayed its new "talking" vending machine, the Venda Talker. When a coin is inserted, the machine said "thank you" and added a one-liner voiced by coming Henny Youngman. The Venda Talker was featured on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in March 1971.

Today's machines can vend practically anything. Vending in the US is broadly divided into two main types of vending: bulk vending and full line vending. Bulk vending sells sweets, nuts, toys, and gums in small coin operated machines that consist of single or multiple heads. These heads can be arranged in a multitude of configuration on stands or what are known as racks. Racks can hold a large number of multiple heads, stand usually can only hold about 1-3 heads.

Meanwhile, full line vending sells packaged snacks and drinks like candy bars, soda, and chips. Full line machines are also coin operated machines but they are a lot more sophisticated as they can have refrigeration, bill changers, lighted panels, and fancy electronics. Full line machines are larger than bulk machines. Coin operated machines are usually run as a route by small operators or individuals who typically have machines placed in several different locations.

US vending machines may not be as advanced as the ones in Japan that vend the most unusual products. In the west, there are the standard offerings of snacks, ATMs, feminine hygiene products, and gumballs.

The Stand Hotels, a small upscale hotel chain has recently introduced coin operated machines that sell Quicksilver board shorts and bikinis for the guests. There are also iPod vending machines making the rounds at hotels, airports and Macy's Department Stores.

Coin operated machines have gone a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1st century. As the years go by and as the demand for convenience increases, the potential of vending is almost unlimited.


Source by Anne D. Carter

2012 Adventure Photography Competition

2012 Adventure Photography Competition

Entry for the Frontier Adventure Photography Competition judged by Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite. Check out entry details here (bit.ly/q9vbm0) Closing date is 7th May 2012!!

Posted by Frontierofficial on 2012-05-01 09:57:07

Tagged: , adventure , competition

Time Lapse Driving Tour of Kauai | Makana Charters Na Pali Coast Tours

This tour will help familiarize yourself with the sights around the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The trip starts in Kekaha on the west side of the island and finishes right before Haena State Park on the North Shore (the camera ran out of battery). There is of course no footage of the Na Pali coast in this video as there are no roads on that side of the island. For the best views of the Napali Coast we recommend coming on a boat tour with us. For more information on our tours please visit http://www.makanacharters.com. Aloha!

The Benefits of Using a Limo Service

Many advantages to take into consideration. Having an experienced and licensed driver to drive you where you need to go is a huge advantage, especially if you don’t know the area too well.

The first benefit that this can offer is safety. Drivers that work for limousine companies have been thoroughly checked. They have driving licenses, they are professionals. They know the area like the back of their hand and can get you to your destination in a safe and effective way.

This is an advantage if you don’t know the area. If you are on a business trip or visiting the sights for a couple of days, using a limo service can cut any frustration and is a convenient and luxurious way to travel with your own dedicated driver, who will take you wherever you want to go.

Limousines have always been regarded as luxury vehicles. You should select each one will offer its own amenities and advantages. Whether you just want a relaxing drive to the airport or you’re planning your wedding, there is a suitable limousine available for every conceivable occasion.

Limo services can offer parents peace of mind for the prom. Rather than worrying about your child getting into the car with a bunch or children who haven’t had their licenses for long, you can hire a limousine and enjoy complete peace of mind on the night. Knowing your child will arrive and come home from the prom safely is a great benefit that these services offer.

They give a completely stress free travel. If you have to go into the city center and you normally drive on country roads, then the city is a daunting driving experience. Because limousine drivers have such extensive driving experience you know you are in good hands as they maneuver through the traffic and you just sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

If you have some important clients travelling to your offices, limo services are the ideal way to collect them from the airport and have them delivered to your door. You can make a great impact and a fantastic first impression if you are about to sign a big deal and want the client to have a stellar regard for your company.

A limo service offers you door to door service. If you were to call a taxi company and book them to collect and drop you off, it would be a convenient, but it would be a regular everyday vehicle without any bells and whistles. Limousines offer you the same convenience, but comes with all the bells and whistles, along with a professional and experienced driver who will make sure you get to your destination on time.

When you hire a limo service, whether you need it for an hour or two in the evening or a few hours in the afternoon, you will be given a good choice of vehicles to choose from. Your choice is based on the number of people using this service. Most limousine companies cater for various sized groups from single travelers to sixteen or more.

These are the ideal choice if you are attending a party or special event. Instead of choosing a designated driver, who will probably want to go home early because they cannot have the same fun as everyone else, you have your own dedicated driver who is professional, experienced and insured.


Source by Vince Zogovich

Dive Adventures

Dive Adventures

Images from my dive adventures

Posted by ddie on 2009-10-11 19:17:29

Tagged: , dive , diving , adventures , underwater , water , nature