If you have never been to Hawaii, you may be wondering when the best time to travel is. You may even wonder what the weather is like at certain times of year. This article will go over my personal favorite times of the year to visit and why. I highly recommend checking a local Hawaiian calendar online before you schedule your trip. This will allow you to determine what is happening on the island of your choice before you go.If you hope to avoid the crowds, then consider planning your trip during a time other than the holidays. Many families from the west coast will fly over to the less popular islands during this time. This is most true for the Christmas season. I would like to first point out that there is much confusion about there being a wet/dry season and a high/low travel season in Hawaii. The two assumptions are both true and yet not, from a certain point of view. Let’s see why.SpringLess rain starts to fall on the islands as the trade winds die down to their summer levels, therefore making this the most ideal time to visit. Some people refer to this as the start of the “dry” season. The weather is almost always perfect and in general, this is the best time to find good travel bargains. After the middle of April and the first week of May are often times when most Japanese visitors arrive due to the “Golden Week” holiday in Japan.First we want to point out there is considerable confusion about there being a “wet/dry” season and a “high/low” travel season in Hawaii. The two assumptions are both true and not true; from a certain point of view. Let’s take a look. The water temperature measures near the high 70-degree mark this time of year and the surf begins to die down because the trade winds have started to let up. The best part of the spring in Hawaii is the fresh flowers, vegetation and fruit that can be seen and consumed around the islands.This is such a nice time to visit. The Merrie Monarch festival is held annually and starts on Easter Sunday.SummerUsually, summer is classified as the “low” season. This is because there are lower rates on hotel accommodations and/or rental vehicles. But this “low” season can be a bit misleading because June through August are very popular with travelers. Airline prices usually go up in to late June through July as the demand is higher for seats nationwide. According to tourism authorities on the islands, July remains the month with the most visitors. This makes sense because most families take vacations when their children are out of school. The same rule applies to local children on the island. They usually frequent the same beaches and sites that you want to visit as well.The summer months are the warmest on the island and temperatures can reach the high 90’s. High temperatures with humidity can be unpleasant for travelers who are used to drier climates. The humidity makes the atmosphere feel warmer. Surf is at its lowest point and the rain clouds are sparse except on the windward coast. Hurricanes are rare in Hawaii but when they do occur, they usually do so in the summer months.The last major storm to hit Hawaii was Iniki in September 1992, when it came ashore on Kauai as a strong category 3 (border-line category 4) storm. These large storm systems are, as noted, rare – just be aware they do occur from time to time. Hawaii is a great option for those who don’t want to travel internationally, but still want to enjoy a tropical atmosphere.
Most who plan on traveling internationally probably know that new travel document requirements have been in place since January of 2007. Additionally, new regulations take effect in January of 2008. Here are some key considerations to make your preparations easier.PASSPORTS: Because of new regulations required by the Homeland Security Act, passports are now required for air travel in Western Hemisphere countries that were previously exempt. Beginning in January 2008 those regulations extend to land and sea travel as well.If you have never before obtained a passport, the procedures may be a little intimidating, but it’s very simple if you thoroughly research and complete the requirements well ahead of your anticipated travel date. Waiting too late and having to hurry or pay extra for expedited service simply adds to the pressure and the costs. Consider the following steps and resources.o Begin the process of obtaining a passport and required visas well in advance of your travel date – by as much as 6 months.o Thoroughly research passport and visa requirements. Do not assume anything. Requirements may change without much warning.o Obtain the application, one for each member of the family that is traveling, including children and infants. As always, check the most up-to-date sources because requirements change. Ask questions. The applications may be obtained from many US Post Offices but must be delivered only to specified US Post Offices. See below for the link to the official US government site for specifics.o Obtain 2 official passport pictures. Most portrait photographers can supply these, including Wal-Mart Stores that maintain a photography studio. Some US Post offices also offer photography services.o Save your money for the occasion. The total passport fee is just under $100, not including the passport pictures. If you have to expedite the process, costs may be 2 or 3 times as much.VISAS: Before you travel to a foreign country, check with the embassy or consulate of the country that you plan to visit. Ask specifically for their visa requirements. Be sure to mention the date of travel, because requirements change from time to time and you must comply with current regulations. The U.S. Department of State maintains a web site that contains information about visa requirements, but it may not be up to date.Again, this is something you want to start on early in your planning stages because it may take you a few weeks to contact the appropriate agency and to receive response back. If you are required to secure a visa, that too will take time.As with any official documents, when you receive them, check them carefully for accuracy. You do not want to be held up at the ticket counter or the customs gate because of what may seem to you to be an insignificant spelling or typo mistake. No mistakes are insignificant.Just a word of encouragement with documentation. Carry with you always your personal picture ID and birth certificate and copies of your required documentation. If you are for any reason stopped at a checkpoint because of some inconsistency in paperwork, additional copies and more-than-required documentation may save you time and hassle. And, last of all, looking at the overall picture, a very low percentage of travelers experience any problems with documentation. Follow the requirements. Do not attempt to skip steps, and you’ll be just fine.
Getting the opportunity to travel international is a lot more fulfilling especially for teenagers. This is certainly once in a lifetime encountering and understanding various traditions, records, attitudes, habits and customs from different gorgeous parts of the world. Many universities and educational institutions usually require these types of activities as being practical experience for their students. We are aware that education consistently changes and improved nowadays.A great number of corporations and agencies recently provides discounts and travel deals wherein you will discover an inexpensive hotel and flight with terrific assistance for the students. Due to technology advancements in the recent days, you can easily find and book student educational tours in just one click away. You can also simply compare to other agencies regarding their travel package deals, promo and other services that can help the educational tour to be made easier and more comfortable for the participants. Now, below are the tips that will help obtain a pleasurable and enjoyable educational tour.Distinctive places that has historical scenarios that can help the students simply visualize in their minds the events and facts gathered and can easily be noted in contrast to get ideas and information through books. This is also a great way to see various structures, museums, records and other tools which supplies additional education and learning for students.Ethnic DifferencesStudents have the opportunity to notice their daily living, cultures, routines and practices from different cities or countries. In addition, travel is a great way to learn the behavioral structures that are characterized by the members of a particular society. Moreover, this gives a good quality source of additional knowledge through their observation.Future PossibilitiesAcademic travel provides terrific interest for a student to practice their future based on their exploration through another society. A student can possibly have the vision what could be their life in the near future, what things they need to pursue in a positive way.Worldly ConnectionDuring the student’s educational travel from different places, these can deliver to a point of vision that connects the different behavior, characteristics, habits, culture, etc. for what they discovered throughout their experiences. Additionally, it is a great source of experience wherein they can easily be recognized and a memorable experience in continuing life.Furthermore, educational travel made easy for the school administrations to find agencies with great travel deals, promos and discounts to provide the best assistance needed especially for the participants and for the success of the said students educational tours. Additionally, travel tours is very helpful and gives many advantages for the students to learn, experience, understand and explore different places that can help them mold and pursue careers in the near future.