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Military Travel Benefits and Perks

For a lot of people the first time they ever travel away from home is when they enter into the Military. Once settled in they get accustomed to work and hanging out around base.

However for those in the know, they take advantage of the many Military travel benefits and perks that come with being in the Military.

Having taken advantage of these myself I can tell you it is well worth your time to get out and see the world while you have the opportunity. Face it, when are you going to get a better chance than you have right now to travel and see historical sites, immerse yourself in different cultures and just plain cut loose and have some fun.

The first stop for anyone in the military looking to travel should be your local MWR. You know, the guys handing out towels at the gym. Well most do a little more than that. Almost every MWR has a section that offers local tours, discounted tickets to concerts and shows along with vacation packages. If you are stationed outside the US the MWR can be your gateway to seeing and enjoying the sights. From day trips to weekend getaways you can enjoy a little R&R without breaking the bank. Many MWR facilities in the US offer outdoor activities and camping facilities or cabins for a quick getaway.

If you want to take a little longer and really cut loose then you might want to stay at one of the many Military Lodging facilities around the world.

Places like Lake of the Ozarks Recreational Facility, The Hale Koa Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Germany or The New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo. All offer great getaways at low cost enabling you to enjoy your stay and see new places. There are other facilities in Alaska, North Carolina, California, Okinawa and Korea.

Want to take the family on a Disney vacation? Check your local MWR first, then do a search on Google and you can find places like Military Disney Tips that offer great advice on discounted Disney vacations. You can also book directly with Shades of Green, the military lodging for Disney World. Word of caution, book way in advance.

Another great resource is The Armed Forces Vacation Club. The AFVC has access to over 4000 resorts in over 100 countries. You can book accommodations starting at $349.00 a week for the room. That’s right the room, not per person. You can find places just about anywhere you want to go. Stay at some fabulous hotels and resorts for a fraction of the price and use your savings to party.

Imagine staying at a 4 star resort in the Bahamas and paying one third the going rate for a 1 bedroom apartment. Those are the kind of deals you can find using AFVC. With places all over the world you can find that great ski resort, European luxury resort or fantastic Asian beach resort and have the time of your life.

Whatever option you decide from a local getaway to an extended stay in a cushy resort do yourself a favor and put down the controller, take a break from Call of Duty and pack your bags.

Bob Bales

Bob Bales

Bob aka: The Traveling Fool is retired military and has worked as a contractor in support of US forces worldwide. A History buff, cigar lover and enthusiast of different cultures and places. He has had the privilege of living, working and traveling all over the world. A proponent of getting off the "tourist path" and experiencing all that the culture and people have to offer. Happiest on a white sand beach in SE Asia or anywhere tropical. Check out his blog www.thetravellingfool.com

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