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Finding the Perfect Family Vacation at the Perfect Price

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I have been in the travel business for 15yrs, and I am often asked the best times to travel to the Caribbean. My personal opinion is between the end of Thanksgiving thru December 19. The weather is great, the prices (especially this year) are low and the resorts are not crowded.

If you are parents of kids under 6, this could be perfect. However, for those of us who can not take our children out of school, we will have to deal with the extra expense of holiday travel, the long lines and crowded pools. Or do we?

As all of the deals pass my desk, I look for value and pick the best ones to share with my readers. I have NEVER seen prices this low for holidays and winter travel. Holiday travel usually is 3-4 times the regular rates, this year, it is the same or lower. If you still have your travel budget put aside – use it now, take advantage of these deals – because I have never seen rates like these before.

In thinking of family vacations, the first one that comes to mind is Club Med. Last time I was there, we still had to pay for drinks, now it is truly all inclusive – drinks, sports, you name it, it is included in the vacation cost. There are many resorts through out the Caribbean that I can recommend for families, but we will focus on Club Med right now, as their prices are phenomenal for the experience and memories the entire family will come home with.

If you do not feel like reading all of my descriptions – go straight to the deal, the best prices are from now to December 19, however, if you keep clicking, you will also find never before seen prices during the holidays and winter!

The basic deal is: 7 all-inclusive nights for the price of 3, which usually is $793per person ($114 a day).  Book by December 15 for travel between 9/15/08 – 4/25/09.

Kids Clubs:
Baby Zone 4mos -23mos: There is no day care for babies under two; however, when you make your reservation, you will tell them how old your children are so you are given the proper room and amenities. They will set you up in the “baby zone” including crib, changing table and all the comforts of home with a small baby.  Adapted to the nutritional needs of children, the meals are created by a team of specialist chefs from the Baby Restaurant. This Baby Restaurant is located in the Baby Club Med At the Baby Restaurant, the G.O® takes on the entire responsibility of lunch but parents can share this time with their child(ren) if they wish.  Children ages 2-4 can utilize the “Petit Club Med”, this is a parents; dream day care center. There is an additional charge for this day care.

Kids 4-10yrs old “Mini Club Med”: this is where if gets really fun and different! This club and all others are included in the basic price. The children are divided up into their age groups and given a plethora of activities to choose from whether it is learning how to sail, flying trapeze, and crafts are playing in the Kids only pool. The staff is dedicated and will teach the children new skills for sports, circus, crafts, etc..

Tweens & Teens: In my former life as a travel agent – these are the ones who had the most fun at Club Med. The activities are perfect for each age group ranging from water sports, learning how to be a DJ and mix, hip hop dancing, hang out rooms, teen only activities at night. There is even a theatre class where children can perform at the end of the week. These kids have a blast and the beauty is you do not have to worry about them as they are always somewhere on the property and there is always staff around to keep an eye on them.

Club Meds Best for Families that are part of this great deal:
Sandpiper: Located in Florida, a bit North of Palm Beach, easy to get to, but once you are there; you are in complete vacation mode. This Club Med has all the kids clubs from babies to teens. Sandpiper is a great, inexpensive short, family get away. Though you are still in the states, you will completely feel like you are away from it all as you feel that Club Med vibe as soon as you walk in. There are special family rooms, a kids room and an adults room; golf for the adults, five swimming pools and more.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: All the rooms are large suite like rooms – with different sizes depending on the family size. Renovated Resort with a long private beach bordered by palm trees. Circus school for the little ones, flying trapeze or fitness for adults. From babies of 4 months (at Baby Club Med® – extra charge) to teens, a club devoted to every age. Relax in the sun by the pool or through massages and treatments at the Club Med Spa (extra charge for spa).

Cancun, Mexico: This used to be a run down Club Med for singles – but not anymore! As the newest upscale discovery resort, Cancun Yucatan offers something decidedly different. Enjoy a free excursion and discovery the wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula with your family.
They offer luxurious Jade Suites, with an exclusive bar, concierge, room service and other upgraded amenities. Let your ‘teens and tweens hang out at their very own clubhouse while you take a cooking class. Enjoy an evening Mini Club MedTM performance, where your 4 year old presents a folklore dance on stage. Discover new cosmopolitan flavors at any of the three innovative restaurants at your own speed—Cancun Yucatan provides gourmet dining to satisfy your cravings at any hour.

Ixtapa, Mexico – On the West side of Mexico, easier to get to if you are in the South West or West Coast, this is the newest of the Club Med family. Facing the Pacific Ocean, an elegant hacienda it is coined as “The happiness of having a taste of everything”. The architecture hacienda style offers a new type of elegance.

In summary, if you want a Island type, but different kind of family get away, where you know the kids will have fun and you will relax and try new sports, take advantage of this sale before all the rates go up again.

Whether it is a 3 day weekend from $250pp or weeks’ vacation, from $350pp, take advantage of these incredible prices – if you add up everything included – you will see the savings!

Mizuno Mx200 Irons Best Sale Price And Review

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Mizuno MX200 Irons Review

For 3 years I played Mizuno MX 23 clubs. I got my handicap down to 14 and figured it was time for a “players” set of clubs. I settled on a set of Callaway X20 Tours. For all of last season, I struggled to break 90.

I have played a few rounds this year and decided a change was needed. I went to a online Golf Sale Store, and they recommend the new Mizuno MX 200 irons to me. Since they offer free shipping and the best price on t Mizuno MX 200 irons for only $368.99, I bought the clubs immediately.  I tried the clubs right after their arrivial.  About five swings, I realised what I was missing. I hit each ball straight, high and where I aimed; something that I haven’t been able to do all year. I didn’t bother hitting any of the other clubs, I simply arranged a custom fit for Thursday for the MX 200s. These are seriously easy clubs to hit.

I have also read a lot about the comparison between these and the MX23s. When you look at the two clubs, there is not much different. Maybe my view is coloured by the year with the Callaways, but I believe that these are easier to hit than the MX23s.

At my level of golf, I am not interested in “working the ball” and I believe any golfer in the mid-teen and up handicap level that talks about moving the ball is basically talking crap and maybe if they concentrated on hitting the ball straight, their handicaps may come down.

I have to believe that any of the bad reviews of these clubs are simply down to the man at the other end of the club, I know that if I persisted with the Callaways, I am sure that they would have come round, but I just don’t have the time for that effort. Therefore if you are like me, you have kids, work and want to enjoy your Sunday fourball at a low teens handicap level (or better if your ability is better than mine) with little or no effort, then have a serious look at these Miuno MX200 Irons. ?Golf

Callaway Ft-Iz Driver 2010 Best Sales Price With Free Shipping

Friday, July 16th, 2010

  Callaway FT-iZ Driver  $229.99 at Golf Clubs Sale
Beyond Long
In their never-ending mission to find more distance and accuracy for golfers, Callaway’s engineers used an entirely new design to once again produce a driver that’s longer and straighter than anything they’ve ever made.

Polar Weighting
Utilizes a heavy face and a heavy in-line power source in the rear, localizing weight at the front and back of the driver to provide stability, consistency, incredible feel and increased linear acceleration of the ball.

Chemically Milled Hyperbolic Face
Generates Callaway’s most consistently high ball speeds ever by using a chemical reduction process to selectively remove unwanted material for precision thickness control.

Aerodynamic Body Design
The progressive shape reduces drag in the downswing for higher impact speeds and produces Callaway’s most efficient high inertia clubhead ever.

Fusion Technology
Exploits extreme weight placement by utilizing cast titanium, compression cured carbon fiber, formed aluminum and cast steel for the optimal combination of performance, feel and looks.

This club is well above average in distance, and it’ss off the charts in technological kitsch.  I have a couple of drivers at home that are longer than this one, but they were built specifically for maximum distance, and do not sport anywhere near the forgiveness of this club. The distance owes a lot not only to the super hot face, but also to the excellent choice of shafts. The head and shaft are very well mated for each other, and I will explore that further  in the “BALANCE” category. Let’s just say that the shaft, the new technology, and the proper club weighting and length  play a huge part in netting this club very good distance.

For openers, Callaway was wise enough to keep the club at 45? overall length. Despite the latest trends of clubs coming in at 46-46 1/2?, Callaway realized that the average amateur can’t bring a club of that length back to square at impact with any consistency. Let’s face it. The guys on tour still play theirs’ at 44-44 1/2? for a reason. Overly long clubs have Joe Six Pack “REACHING” for the ball at impact, and usually giving up an easy 20+ yards to a slice.  The Aldila VooDoo shaft doesn’t need that type of help anyways. If the “Proto By You”  were a Shaft w/a BA in Business, this “VooDoo” has an MBA in STRAIGHT AHEAD BUSINESS. The kick points and torquing are well set so that a 90 MPH swing can get a “Stiff” flex to work well. Better yet–the kick point to torque ratio will have the shaft feel like a 100 MPH Swing loaded her on before the rather sweet feeling release at impact.

The face on the club sports what the company likes to call “Chemical Milling.” Basically it’s a new spin on an old trick. Do you remember when we were kids in the 60’s and 70’s? If you wanted that extra MPH out of a GTO or other exceptionally heavy car, you acid dipped the body to get some excess poundage off of that heavy gauge rolled steel that American Cars were once famous for. It removed weight from the dead spots, while adding performance to the dynamic ones. Callaway has engaged in a similar process withthe face of this club. Based upon what my eye could see during field testing we went ahead and put impact tape on the face of one and took it to a launch monitor with radar.The corporate claim that , “a full 12% of the face will get the ball within 2 MPH of it’s maximum speed off of the club’s sweet spot”  is legit. –WOW!–Usually I hate lines like that. They’re more often all about pure -d hyperbole rather than having any basis in fact.

Seems like if you put a half way good swing anywhere on the face of this club–it’s going to launch the ball well. Every shot felt good. That has a double edged sword to it, as even some fairly gnarly casting motions felt good, and provided respectable distance. What this club will not forgive is the deadly inside to inside motion (not to be confused with inside-square-inside.) Pull hooks and Duck Hooks are quite possible. There’s a built in draw bias somewhere. The club, however, looks only ever so slightly draw biased at address. Once again, –all shots felt good, and went more than a respectable distance; thus giving credence to the claim, “a full 12% of the face will launch the ball at speeds within 2 MPH of hitting it on the optimal sweetspot.” It’s amazing what that acid-dipping used to do for those old GTO’s too!

Callaway threw everything they had into this one. It’s a pretty amazing driver too. I’ve got clubs that are longer, but not as forgiving. I’ve got a club or two that are as forgiving, but not as long. This club is well balanced between distance, forgiveness, and actual balance of the club itself.  It comes in 9,10,11, and 13* lofts with the Lefties able to pick up a 10 or 11*. The shaft is a winner and allows for anyone with a 90 MPH+ Swing to hit a “Stiff Flex.” The Regular Flex is 65 grams with 4.2* of Torque. The Stiff moves up to a mere 66 Grams but drops to 3.5* of torque. The Extra Stiff Jumps to 68 Grams, and sports a low—but not boardy–3.2* of torque. This is a lot of club for the price. $399 isn’t cheap, but the fact that they may remain special order for a while tells you right away that a lot of R&D Money was spent on this baby, and that they are still taking  their time geting her from drawing board to production line.

Callaway FT-iZ Driver? $229.99 at Golf Clubs Sale