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Tropical Vacation Homes – Investment or Destination?

Buying a vacation home for investment may be a great idea in these troubled economic times. Be certain to give location thoughtful consideration. You may pay more initially for a great location, but think things through and you could recover those extra dollars spent for a tropical location. You needed venture beyond the United States to acquire tropical vacations homes. The real property laws of countries outside the United States can be complex and issues of clear title can be overwhelming. As a practical matter, in many countries, foreigners cannot own real property. So keep your investment in the United States.

Owning a vacation home in a desirable tourist spot has the potential to make the property pay for itself by listing it on the vacation rental market. When you aren’t using it, rental income can offset those mortgage payments, maintenance costs, and property taxes!

Due to the current recession/depression, there are some real bargains awaiting you in the market.

There are also financial risks so stay within your means. I urge you to consult an experienced financial advisor to help you assess the risk/benefit of purchasing a vacation home. Arrange an appointment with your banker to get your mortgage pre-approved. This will posture you to act swiftly when you locate the right property.

Now if you are planning to rent a vacation home in your tropical destination, you don’t have the same concerns that we have discussed earlier. Your main goal is to locate a property in the destination of choice that meets your budget and your needs. I’ve mentioned in other articles that I’ve written to broaden your search by using the following terms: holiday rentals, self-catering rentals, holiday cottages, tourist rentals, agriturism (in Italy), ferienwohnungen (in Germany) and gites (in France). These terms will give you more hits than vacation rental or vacation home.

Bali is always an excellent choice for a tropical vacation. The Balinese are well versed in providing the accommodations most Westerners expect and then some. Bali is the the poster child for tropical destinations. Thailand is great as well. Both destinations offer Western friendly accommodations, gorgeous beaches, friendly people and incredible scenery. There are countless leisure pursuits such as golf, tennis, swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing and shopping to name but a few.

Don’t overlook Florida and the Keys. These are domestic destinations to be sure, but as tropical as any Caribbean or Southeast Asian destination. Domestic fares are significantly lower than international fares and the economic crisis has blunted tourism in the region. You can be assured of lower costs for accommodations as a result. There are real travel bargains all along the Gulf Coast. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are great tropical spots in addition to Florida, which we’ve already mentioned. Wherever you decide to travel, do your homework. Thorough research can spare you a lot of unnecessary grief when you arrive at your destination.

If you are buying or renting a tropical vacation home, I hope this article has helped you in some small way.

Tips For Taking A Spiritual Vacation in Bali

The culture of Bali is in sharp contrast to what we are used to in the West. A large percentage of the population are still dependent on farming for their living, people live on less money per day than what we would spend on petrol to get to work, and above all, most of the population is deeply spiritual as well as superstitious. If you want to feel that you’ve reconnected with your simpler side, a Bali vacation is the perfect way to do so. Today we look at some of the spiritual travel options in this tiny Indonesian island.

Temples in Bali

Bali, like many South East Asian countries, holds much of its art, culture and architecture in the temples of the region. Locals have believed for many years that the deities of the local area had a direct influence on the success of their lives, which is why there is such emphasis on inward-looking, on spirituality and on reverence. There are some truly beautiful temples to be accessed only minutes from a range of Bali hotels, including:

* Pura Besakih: This incorporates pre-Hindu beliefs into the temple complex, which consists of five compounds as well as the main temple. There are plenty of day-long Bali tours to Pura Besakih

* Taman Ayun Temple: This temple is around 18 km south of Denpasar, and is much quieter than the other famous and easily accessed temples. It is surrounded by a wide moat and beautifully kept gardens; visitors cannot enter the temple, but you can watch ceremonies being conducted inside.

* Temple of the Meeting of the Three: Intriguing name for an intriguing temple! This particular building has only been there since 1917, but there has always been a temple on this site for over a thousand years.

* Uluwatu temple: There is some controversy about whether the monkeys at Uluwatu temple are tamed or trained to be naughty. But the temple itself is a must-see for a Bali vacation.

* Yeh Pulu Temple: This is said to be a very quiet temple, although visitors are often ‘required’ to give an offering to the temple gods.

Spiritual Festivals

Much as we in the Western world take time off our usual work to be with our friends and family, people in Bali often take time out of their day to honor locally recognized gods and deities. These events are a great way to get insight into the minds and motivations of the Balinese people… simply a very special thing to be around! You can check out most of the temples at any time of year, so if you want to up the ‘heart factor’ of your trip, take your Bali vacation around the dates of the following spiritual festivals:

* January 2 Tempe Kandang – Special day of thanks for the gift of livestock

* February 06 Tumpek Wayang – Special day of thanks for the gift of Art

* February 26 Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday – Moslem Holiday

* February 27 Saraswati – Special day of thanks for the gift of Knowledge

* March 03 Pagerwesi – Special day for meditation to enhance balance in the world

* March 13 Tumpek Landep – Special day of thanks for the gift of metal

* March 15 Tawur Agung Kesanga – Held to welcome Nyepi holiday at every family compound; followed by procession of Ogoh-Ogoh (huge monster / evil dolls)

* March 16 Nyepi – Balinese New Year; The I Saka New Year 1932, the day of absolute silence for Hindu followers

* April 17 Tumpek Uduh or Tumpek Pengatag – Special day of thanks for the gift of fruit-bearing plants

* May 22 Kuningan – Believed to be the ascendant day of ancestral holy spirits and deities, back to the eternity

* May 28 Vaishakha 2554 – Buddhist holiday to celebrate the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism

* July 31 Tumpek Kandang – Special day of thanks for the gift of livestock

* September 29 Pagerwesi – Special day for meditation to enhance balance in the world

* October 09 Tumpek Landep – Special day of thanks for the gift of metal

* December 07 1 Muharram 1432 H – Moslem New Year

* December 08 Galungan – Praying for the victory of virtue (Dharma) upon evil (Adharma)

* December 18 Kuningan – Believed to be the ascendant day of ancestral holy spirits and deities, back to the eternity

Ancient Spiritual Sites

Bali is beautiful and quiet… unless you are in Denpasar or the other urban areas, there is usually nothing to hear but the wind in the leaves, the faint chattering of monkeys and the call of the ocean! Perfect for meditation and some private yoga sessions. Check out spiritual sites perfect for these practices on your Bali vacation, like the West Bali National Park and Bali Barat National Park.

Have a Memorable Vacation With the Right Bali Beach Villas

The island is famous for its natural and cultural environment whether in the areas close to the sea or further inland. However, tourists from less warmer countries want to have the optimum level of tropical experience so that it is recommended that they stay in one of the Bali Beach Villas. When one is searching through the Internet, one will easily find a Bali Villa Rental service but of course one should choose a place that suited best with one’s needs and preference. But generally Bali Beach Villas can help their guests achieve the best tropical holiday vacation.

There are numerous sea shore environments that have been transformed into comfortable tourist spots in the island. Some of the most well known spots are Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Petitenget and Canggu. Bali Beach Villas in these areas offer their guests quick access to the white sand. One can ask for information from a Bali Villa Rental to make sure that the distance from a certain resort will not be too far from these sea shore environment. However, Bali Villas for Rent which are located rather further from the sea shore usually also have convenient access to the spots because reliable roads had been developed by the local government.

However, further consideration is still necessary. One should list one’s needs and ask for a confirmation from the Bali Villa Rental for facilities like children friendly facilities and residence for seniors and disabled people. Staying in Bali Beach Villas will be perfect if such facilities can be ensured since before the departure. For travelers with special health problems like asthma or allergy, asking for the presence of health facilities nearest to the Bali Villas for Rent should be a first time measure. Some of these places have employed a special doctor and health care staffs though.

To make sure that the culinary needs are satisfied when they are staying at their Bali Beach Villas, it is wise for them to obtain reliable information about the aspect. Travelers should ask a Bali Villa Rental whether the service will include breakfast, launch and dinner package or not. Most of the Bali Villas for Rent are providing these services though, but it does not mean that guests cannot have the chance to try the local and international culinary culture which is present abundantly in the island. For this purpose, one should try and explore the lines of places to eat in the luxurious Seminyak area or the sea side restaurants at Jimbaran.

Of course travelers should not put the sea shore environment as the sole destination even when they are staying in one of the Bali Beach Villas. The island is too rich with other amazing spots too dear to neglect. That is why they have to ask the Bali Villa Rental service about the access to inland spots like Ubud, Bedugul or the enchanting Monkey Forest. Most Bali Villas for Rent are located near to the major roads that lead to those inland destinations though so that a journey can be done easily.