The first decision is what type of vacation you’re going to take and where the family will be headed.

1. Chose a Destination: There are plenty of questions when it comes to this decision.
Do you want to go near or far? Will you need air transportation, train or by car? Are you looking for an all-inclusive vacation? For example, a cruise, a vacation at a dude ranch, a Club Med, a safari, a biking or hiking trip? Do you want a resort that has camps targeting different ages and interests? Do you want to stay in a hotel or would you rather rent an apartment? Is the trip intended to be educational or do you to relax on the beach? Is it going to be a sports or water related get-away? You get the idea.

2. Budget: Set a budget and have it fixed in stone. Depending on how small or how big, this will dictate where you may and may not go. Wear your brutally realistic hat when you’re using a calculator and doing the math. Anyone who says they can “do” a city in Western Europe on $100 a day is dreaming. On the other hand, for the camping, biking or hiking types, it’s doable. I’ve camped in France and discovered parts of the country I would never have seen had I stayed in a hotel.

Create a trip/tour with at least 5 "exciting" spots of things to do or try
Use VOKI to create a virtual tour guide for your tour
(with VOKI you can record up to 59 seconds of information per tour stop)
record your tour using Google Earth/Quicktime
post on your wiki
You must also include a budget for your tour including but not limited to travel (plane or car), attraction tickets, food, lodging and miscellaneous expenses


Planning a vacation budget well in advance has many advantages. Not only will you be better organized and less likely to run into problems, but you will end up spending less if you can plan in advance how to divide your money. A travel budget is more than just a list of prices for plane tickets and hotel rooms and includes everything that you will be spending your money on once you are away from home.

Step 1 Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend on your vacation and how flexible that amount is. Most people tend to underestimate the cost of their vacation, so it's important that you have more money than you think you need, just in case that something unexpected happens.

Step 2 Make four large categories when designing your travel budget: transportation, hotel, food and entertainment. Industry experts estimate that accommodations take up to a third of any travel budget, so make sure you allow enough money for this category.

Step 3 Be flexible. You are more likely to find travel bargains if you are willing to fly at an inconvenient time (such as early morning or late night) or if you don't mind waiting a long time at the airport to change planes. The same is true if you fly in the off season or to an out of the way place.

Step 4 Create a list of places you want to visit and find out in advance what their admission fees are. If you log in to their websites, you may be able to find special discounts or coupons you can use.

Step 5 Factor in extra money for souvenirs, gifts and purchases for yourself. This is the one category that many people tend to skip and one that ends up taking a good part of the travel budget. Some items, such as clothing bought for yourself for wear back home, can come out of your regular budget.\

Step 6 Create a budget that can be easily modified. Even if you plan your vacation in advance, it's hard to say what will happen once you reach your destination and new options come up. Leave enough money in your budget so you can add in new things as they come up.


  • select a performing group or show (i.e. band, performer, circus, PBR etc)
  • create a wikipage titled "MUSIC VIDEO"
  • Using Google Earth map 14 tour stops (you do not need to create a custom push pin)
  • Placemarks name is the name of the venue, city and state or city and country
  • in the description you will need to link an image of the venue or the performer you have selected
  • record your tour in Google Earth - you may also just use Quicktime for a screen cast
  • be sure that the place mark descriptions are visible on your tour
  • Export/import your video into iMovie and add music, title and credits
  • be sure that your video and song length match (you may add extra images if you need too)
  • when your project is finished in iMovie share and export to vimeo so that you can embed it on your wiki

If you have any questions - see Mr. Lewis - room 603

Use Google Earth to map the following

  1. Create a folder in Google Earth called Sport Project
  2. Choose a profesional sports league from the following (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, RUGBY OF FIFA)
  3. Map each of the individual team locations using Google Earth
  4. specifically map the stadiums and be sure that 3D buildings is on
  5. use a custom push pin - the pin will be the different team logo's
  6. remember to adjust the camera position and angle NO STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN VIEWS
  7. in the description for the placemarks list the city and state where the stadium is, the current owner of the team, and 2 superstars from the team (past or present)
  8. Finally - when you record the tour - record in order of team name NOT city name (i.e. Atlanta Falcons are "F" for Falcons and not "A" for Atlanta

If you have any questions - see Mr. Lewis - room 603