For those seeking relaxation, luxury hotels and condos are available, while traditional campgrounds and motels are also in available.
There are many fun things to do including, Fishing Charters, Jet ski Rentals, Daily Cruises, Scuba and Snorkeling, Whale and Dolphin Watching, Ultra-light Flights, Para-sailing, ATV Rentals and Horseback riding on the beach. And don’t forget the fish tacos!
In the early 1800′s, then retired Lt. Robert Hale Hardy of the British Royal Navy was sailing along the coasts of Sonora and Baja California looking for pearls and precious minerals in the sailing ship La Bruja. He named the inlet Rocky Point and it was identified on official nautical maps as this until Presidente General Lázaro Cárdenas, of Mexico changed it to Puerto Punta Peñasco (Port Rocky Point).
In the roaring 20′s Americano’s drove from nearby Arizona and Western States to fish for the famous flying fish swarming along the coastline. For native fisherman Rocky Point allowed for sanctuary from storms, thanks to the “the mount of the whale” a natural bad weather refuge, with a spectacular view.
For those visiting Rocky Point (or the Baja Peninsula), a vehicle permit is not necessary. However, you still need to acquire a tourist card as well as review Mexican Insurance quotes.
US and Canadian car insurance is invalid in Mexico. The laws and coverage’s are quite different in Mexico in relation to car accidents and how they are administered. Buying a Mexico Insurance policy is vital! You will be detained (jail) and your vehicle can be impounded until you pay damages deemed to have been caused by you to others. Your ability to remunerate for damages you may have caused to third parties is regarded above everything. You get the best value by purchasing Mexico Insurance online.
Some people live paycheck to paycheck. I live trip to trip.
The world calls my name, and I love it. Places I’ve never been, exotic places with unpronounceable names. Water so clear you can see the shadow of the boat, rippling on the sand at the bottom of the sea. An ancient walled castle, crumbling on a craggy hill. Bustling cities flashing in the night or forested roads wandering deep into nowhere… I want them all. I want to breathe the air, walk the paths, meet the people, and eat the food.
Unfortunately, that all takes money. And since I have a limited budget, getting money together for the next adventure is always on my mind.
Here are 3 steps that get me on the road. Use them to fast track your next journey outward.
1. Make it real.
When your heart connects, your travel changes from being a vague “someday, somewhere” into being a real part of your actual future. Suddenly this trip is urgent, pressing. It’s part of what you need to do, to be who you really are. And it’s do-able!
So make it real. Create a Pinterest page, develop a favorites folder, keep items of interest. Think specifics. What time of year would you want to go? Rainy season or dry? Any festivals you want to see? How much of the language can you learn before you go? Cover a poster board with pictures from the places that interest you, travel quotes that interest you. Work on an itinerary, research any dangers. Compare hotels, apartments and hostels. Put a local news site on your toolbar.
Immersion begins now.
2. Get real with money.
You need a realistic financial goal – not one that will leave you stranded or one that will scare you off.
Every trip has three basic money requirements: getting there, staying there, and living there. “Getting there” is usually the biggest expense, but even if you fly, you can often get better deals if you stay focused. The internet is full of good resources for cheap airfares. You can fly into a European hub city on an international carrier, for instance, and then take a low-cost airline to nearby countries. Play with it!
“Sleeping there” can be a huge expense, or it can be cheap, even free, depending on your choices. Willing to work for your room? Stay in hostels, or in an old convent with nuns? You can do it. You just have to do the research.
“Living there” is the cost of your daily life expenses, as you live somewhere else. Eating is part of living there, along with admissions, tips and side trips. Nights out for drinks, buses and rental cars are all part of living there. Explore local sources for in-country trips. They’re often less expensive and more interesting simply because they’re less “Americanized”. Live like a local in an apartment and cook some meals at home. Grocery shopping can be an adventure in another culture!
3. Make friends with your savings.
The money you save is not “money I don’t get to spend.” It’s “the trip I’m getting ready to take.” It’s for you. Own it.
Name your trip – “Bali for New Years”, for instance, or “Eastern Europe with Jack and Ellie”. Make a spreadsheet, or better yet, get an actual ledger or a notebook, and put colored tabs on it. Keep track of your savings in your ledger. When you enter an amount, record it in one of your three basic categories – getting there, sleeping there, or living there. You may want to designate a little for each area, each time you save, or finish one and start on the next – that’s my usual system.
The big amount you put in first, directly from your paycheck – that could be transportation money. The money you make from overtime, or pick up from babysitting for your neighbor’s kid on a Saturday – that could be one night in the over-water bungalow. When you stay home and eat cereal instead of going out with friends, and put the money into your account – that’s dinner on the beach.
To encourage yourself even more, recognize how much you’re saved as you go along. Basic airfare – check. Between country hops – check. Hotel in Singapore – check. Hostel in Bali – check. Romantic dinner on the beach – check. You get the idea.
Naming things helps you remember what really matters. You may want a new car. You may want to go to Vegas with the wedding party. Or out for mid-week dinner and drinks – every week. And those are good things. But you probably can’t do all of them, and still go on that fabulous trip.
You get to decide. If it’s between dinner out tonight or vague travel sometime, we’ll probably choose going out tonight. But if it’s between dinner out tonight, and hitting my hotel goal tonight when I put that $25 into my trip savings, I may very well decide to stay home and eat cereal!
Planning for your favorite things, learning about your new place, seeing your resources build – it’s an exciting part of the trip. And before you know it, you’ll be off to live your adventure in a whole new place.
Dr. Deborah Kukal is a licensed psychologist with a broad sense of her home in the world. She is Board Certified in Health Psychology, and she writes on health, sleep, spirituality and meditation, as well as life enrichment, travel and current events.
Summer is in its heat of getting that vacation in before the kids go back to school and finding those last minute travel deals that fit your already stretched budget.
Whether you go by air or by car here are some great suggestions:
Be sure you take your sense of humor along, this is so important as things are just not the way they use to be, there are longer lines, more fees and then even more fees, customer service leaves a lot to be desired and that is just the way it is. So the quicker you can find the humor in the situations that arise the sooner it will be more pleasant and fun for you, your family and those around you.
Set your expectations at a lower level, just expect that things are not going to go exactly the way you planned them, look at the adventure in this and just make your plans and write down what was quoted you, who quoted it to you and the instructions that went with that quote and when you run into a situation that needs handling, at least you have the info with you and you are not standing there saying “well someone told me”, you have definite information. Expect to be taken advantage of. That way, you won’t be disappointed.
When you are planning your vacation keep a folder with all of the information and put it in your carry on. Understand that airlines resorts, hotels, rental cars etc etc will be adjusting their fees on a daily basis and just be prepared for that and expect it; if it doesn’t happen to you, then that is a fun gift.
Be really good to yourself, know that your vacation will have twists and turns. Get a good nights sleep and map out your time for relaxed travel and arrival at the airport, be organized and know what you are going to check and be prepared for surprises. Pack snacks, a good book, puzzles books and other items to entertain yourself if there are delays. Create a mental montra to say to yourself to keep you centered and into joy and adventure.
Travel is an adventure so approach it that way, view your whole vacation as an adventure from the planning it to actually taking off on it. When you approach it with type of mentality the getting to the destination and getting home won’t be such a challenge. Include that part in the adventure not just the destination. Don’t book important tours the day of arrival or the next day if at all possible, give yourself some delayed arrival time and that will take a lot of pressure off of you, plan for adventure surprises. Meet the people in line with you, find out where they are from and what their adventure is about.
If you can find a place prettier than the Nakasendo Highway to see Japan, I’ll eat my hat. For those of you who think that’s an easy bet, you’ve never seen the Nakasendo Highway-which isn’t full of Toyotas (or any other Japanese-branded car) on some fast-lane speeding asphalt. Oh no, the Nakasendo Highway isn’t really even paved for some of its 534 kilometers.
Oh, this scenic route isn’t for the faint of heart-a walking route this long couldn’t be. But, think about it for a minute; thousands of people have come this way for hundreds of years. That’s a lot of history under your feet, wouldn’t you say?
The bigger question would be, where were they going-or where were they coming from? It depends on which way you’re traveling-the route could start or end in Kyoto, making the start or end destination a place called Edo. Perhaps you’ve heard of it by its more modern name, Tokyo.
Surely you know Tokyo wasn’t always a mega-city full of cars and people and skyscrapers. And once you’ve gotten outside the city you’ll see the Japan of yesteryear. So, to quote the still popular philosopher, Confucius-a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step (or, something to that fact).
Whew, good thing you aren’t going that far. But there are some 67 towns and 69 rest stations that you’ll hit along the way, so if you do get tired there are plenty of places to stay. Don’t worry about getting lost; there are both modern and historic mile markers throughout the entire route.
Throughout the centuries, the Nakasendo Highway has been very popular with the ladies. One of the reasons is that it doesn’t really cross any water. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t find any babbling brooks and postcard perfect waterfalls (like the one found just to the west of Tsumago-juku) along the way.
Ladies, don’t you just love that kind of stuff?
Japan’s Nakasendo Highway is great to do as a family, if only for the fact that you can really get to enjoy each other as you amble along little country lanes. No television, no Nintendo games, no iPods, or other electronics that could distract you from the southern Japanese Alps off in the distance.
Don’t panic, you’re only in the shadows of the mountains-even if its name Nakasendo means “central mountain route”. At most it should only take but a few hours to walk between towns and rest areas, and that’s including time to gasp at the natural scenery.
Some might say the best part of the Nakasendo is along the Kiso Road, a region that’s believed to be the best preserved of this thousand year old route. You can debate that all you like, but the entire thing is one big history and culture lesson. I mean, this road was once heavily traveled by the Shogun-a fun fact that the boys in your family might find interesting.
Now that you’ve seen it, I know you’ll think it the prettiest place in Japan-and thankfully, I won’t have to eat my hat.
I’m a trip consultant, planner and manager who loves creating unique intercultural adventures for families. I want to impart information, tips and personal experiences especially related to family adventure travel. Please contact me to help you in planning your travel adventure.