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A Couple Characteristics of Cruises

When you decide to take a cruise, there are a number of things to look forward to. We’ve decided to highlight a couple.

Shore Excursions on your Cruise
Part of the excitement of travelling by sea is seeing a foreign port. Somehow, approaching an exotic location at a leisurely pace and seeing a new coastline unfold from sea level is, in my opinion, much more satisfying than landing in an airplane. I’ve found airports have a certain sameness about them.

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Water Skiing: A Brief History

In 1922, a man named Ralph Samuelson used two boards as skis and a long clothesline as a tether to invent the sport of water skiing. For many years, the sport was not widely practiced. But later, in 1966, Samuelson traveled all the way from the Great Lakes of Michigan to the gulfs of Florida performing water skiing shows. Shortly afterwards, the American Water Ski Association was formed and noted Samuelson as the very first water skier. At this point, pontoon boats were not fast enough to pull skiers.

Samuelson didn’t stop there. He also developed a variety of positions in which one can ski. The most successful one is the one that all water skiers avidly practice today: learning back with back straight and the front of the skis elevated off the surface of the water. Ralph also was the first ski jumper. On his first jump, he used greased skis that were four feet in length. He was also the first ski racer and the first to slalom ski. Pontoon boat manufacturers like Manitou Pontoon Boats were still making innovations to increase their speed in order to pull skiers. You can see from the manufacturer’s website that they’ve certainly come a long way. After these many successes, he went on to travel for the next 15 years to teach others how to water ski and to perform shows. After his travels were finished, he did the unthinkable. He was pulled behind a WWI flying boat at 80 miles per hour. This made him the first speed skier.

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Remedies for Motion Sickness

Motion SicknessWhile it’s far to say most people enjoy travel, there are those whose enjoyment is cut short because of motion sickness. Car trips, train rides, amusement park rides, and more can cause someone to feel extremely ill. Motion sickness in some individuals can be triggered just by walking!  Although a train trip or boat ride might sound really fun to someone, if they suffer from transportation sickness they may refrain from tagging along.

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Take a Train Vacation to Branson, Missouri

Take a train vacation to Branson, Missouri.

Did you know that Branson, Missouri is within a day’s drive for 50 percent of the U.S. population? Due to its proximity and attractions along Highway 76, Branson has become a popular tourist destination for people from all regions of the country.  Known as a “rubber tire” destination, the majority of visitors to Branson arrive by cars, RVs and tour buses. However, not all of the tourists come on wheels! Another popular, and more romanticized, way to travel is by rail tours. Companies such as America by Rail offer Branson tours that take visitors directly to Branson. They also provide tours to many other desirable destinations scattered across the country.

Visitors many use all kinds of transportation to get to Branson, but what do they all do when they arrive? Below are five popular visitor attractions with rave reviews worth checking out while in town.

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Rail Vacations Travel Insurance: Is It For Everyone?

Timbuktu Souvenir T-ShirtA vacation is oftentimes exactly what the doctor ordered, but sometimes traveling can be more headache than it’s worth. You lost your luggage, you crashed your rental car and the airline cancelled your flight.  Now you’re stuck in Timbuktu with only a gaudy souvenir T-shirt to your name.

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Gift Cards for Travel?


Travel Magazine
Lots of people buy gift cards every year. Not a lot of people think about getting gift cards for travel. Sure it’s easy to go find yourself some gift cards to buy little Susie a new iPod or download 20 songs off of iTunes, but the expanse of gift cards available is probably bigger than you’d think. There are a lot of destination locations themselves that will offer gift cards good for a variety of local establishments including restaurants, hotels, and rental cars. Not a bad thing to give to someone who has their heart set on hitting up a destination (when you can’t afford to buy them the trip yourself!)

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The Great Rockies: A Historic Tour

The western trail of Lewis and Clark's explora...

The Rocky Mountains, which stretch from Alaska, down through Canada and into northern New Mexico, are truly one of the most beautiful wonders of the natural world. The entire mountain range covers over 3,000 miles total.

This majestic range was formed within the time period between 80 and 55 million years ago. This time period is known as the laramide orogency. This term describes the forces and accompanied changes that occurred to the area of the Rockies as the earth’s crust shifted from moving, tectonic plates. Continue reading “The Great Rockies: A Historic Tour” »

Welcome to Reef ‘N Rail!

Professional Association of Diving Instructors

REEF ‘N RAIL is a travel agency specializing in scuba diving and railroad adventures to exciting and fascinating destinations.

We are Dive Travel Specialists and PADI certified. As dive specialists, we only work with those who represent the finest in worldwide live-aboard dive boats, dive operators and dive resorts. This enables us to provide you with a high level of service and an enjoyable dive experience. Take advantage of the locale of your dive destination and learn about the history, culture, and ecology of the area.

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