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When you take time to create a good travel plan, it really does pay off. You have saved a lot of money by planning out things like transportation, so that you can enjoy your vacation with a little extra cash in your pocket. Like with any plan, you can always add and improve. Below are some tips to help.
If you are touring Europe, take advantage of their outstanding rail system. Instead of flying to each of your destinations, only fly into your first city and then hop on the train. Not only is it much more affordable, but by traveling overland, you are sure to get an amazing look at the area beyond your major city stops.
When taking a road trip to an unfamiliar area, be sure that your car is serviced and you have a full tank of gas. The last thing you need is to break down, unaware of where the nearest gas station is. Keep an empty gas can in the trunk of your car in the event that you run out of gas. You will be able to make your way to the nearest service station and fill up the can, rather than calling someone out to do that for you.
Choosing an aisle seat is a good idea. Aside from the view, window seats don’t have many benefits. An aisle seat gives you better access to the baggage storage, bathrooms, airline staff, as well as prevent you from being squeezed on both sides.
Use websites that allow you to name your own price on hotel rooms for your next overnight stay. You can save a considerable amount of money by doing this. You won’t be able to know ahead of time what hotel will accept your bid, but the savings more than make up for it.
By going on the Internet one can access a large amount of information relating to where one is traveling and about the area one is going. Researching local attractions can help one plan out their trip before it even begins. Having a plan in place and information on the area can lead to a more enjoyable experience.
Travel Health Insurance
You should look into purchasing travel health insurance. Most regular health insurance policies won’t cover anything if you’re injured or sick abroad. You should also look into medical evacuation insurance. If you’re injured in a foreign country, the last thing you’ll want to do is be in a hospital where the standards of care may not be up to US standards. Medical evacuation insurance will make it so that you can get back to your local hospital at no cost to you.
Arrange for travel health insurance before traveling and make sure you know where to go if you become ill. Be certain your coverage will take care of you in any event. Get a complete check-up before you leave, and if you have a condition such as diabetes or some other chronic condition, be sure to carry ample supplies with you.
You have the research, the plan, and are now ready to apply them all to a great and well-thought out trip. Fabulous! The above tips were constructed to add to your personal travel plan, as you are never done improving it. You may have even found something new to experience on your next trip.
Women today travel constantly and that too all over the world. Most manage to successfully juggle a professional life with a private one. Statistics reveal that almost 50% of business travelers are women and the number continues to grow each day. Travel at short notice means being organized and ready to go. Be smart and plan well ahead.
1.Keep on tab a list of baby sitters who would be willing to pitch in, even overnight if required. Keep a small book handy in which you jot down things like what the kids eat, their schedules, important phone numbers, likes and dislikes, as well as numbers of the doctors and list of medications including known allergies.
2.Keep a travel bag always packed and ready to go. Pack a combination of clothes so that they will tide you over irrespective of the weather in your destination. Wear easy to maintain and dark colors on trips. They don’t show stains, are wrinkle free and will drape well.
3.Always eat lightly and foods that are cooked avoid raw salads and water as well as ice. It is wise to snack before a flight and also to try and sleep during flight. This way you will arrive at your destination refreshed. Be sure to drink plenty of bottled water during travel.
4.Set up a schedule to call home at time zones that work for you and your loved ones. Make it a point to get mementoes for your family members as also the baby sitter and others who pick up the slack while you are away. It shows them that you care.
5.Put safety first always place a do not disturb sign on your hotel door and if nervous place a chair under the door knob like they do in movies. Keep your cell phone on and fully charged by you at all times and carry protection in the form of pepper spray, an alarm, or if you are trained and licensed a small weapon with its safety on. In most cities the police organize training classes for women to learn how to protect themselves and what one must do in an emergency. Try and make time to attend these.
6.Avoid dark lanes and abandoned roads. Never talk to strangers or accept food or drink from someone you don’t know. While traveling never leave food or drink unattended. Be vigilant at all times.
7.Choose a hotel with care. Choose to stay at well established hotels or small inns and B&B where the proprietors are generally family people. Always e-mail and fax details of your staying arrangements and travel plans to your home as well as office.
8.Always carry important documents, money, traveler’s checks, and passport in a money belt worn around your waist.
9.Always act confident and move around in groups there is always safety in numbers.
10.If unwell go to a state run hospital. Never to a private clinic.
11.Never travel with valuables like jewelry and always carry a small flashlight and medical kit with you.
12.For safety reasons arrange with your family to take appropriate action if you do not get in touch with them as planned.
Avoid room service and eat in the hotel dinning room. Also never reveal details of where you come from or your travel plans to anyone.
Be vigilant and smart and you will be able to travel often and safely.
Business traveling and vacations require research and preparation. You want to have fun and see all the sights while still remaining on budget. The following paragraphs should help.
Before travelling, make sure you check the projected weather for your destination. You don’t want to be stuck with nothing but winter clothes during a heat wave or only shorts and tank-tops during a blizzard. Purchasing new clothing while on vacation may not only be expensive, but you might not have room in your luggage to take everything home with you!
Study up on the language of the area you are planning to travel to before you leave. Language barriers can be tricky. Obviously, you can manage in a foreign country without speaking the language. Even so, it is always a good idea to brush-up on important words like “police” or “hospital.”
If your destination requires some vaccinations, carry the certificate you get that says you’ve gotten the treatments. You may need it when you leave or enter the country, and possibly when you are traveling between cities. If you don’t have proof, they cannot verify you have received any vaccinations and you may be quarantined.
Remember to report lost tickets immediately. Lost tickets can be refunded, but this can take as long as six months. It might also involve a substantial replacement fee. Reporting your lost ticket as soon as possible will not make things go any faster, but you will get your money back sooner.
To decide if you should buy travel insurance, you need to look at how much the trip is going to cost. At some date in the future, many reservations can’t be canceled without some financial penalty. Looking to see how much is already at risk if you have to cancel is a great way to get an idea of what you might be willing to spend to insure a trip.
Although the idea of adding more clutter to your inbox may seem less than ideal, most major airlines do offer incentives for people who subscribe to their emails. People who can tolerate a few extra emails per week are often rewarded with first-come, first-served access to special promotions and information on upcoming sales.
If you are traveling to a foreign country and are not fluent in the language, make sure you can always arrive safely back at your lodging by carrying its name, phone number and address with you. Use a piece of hotel stationery or a business card or matchbook labeled with the appropriate information, or write it on a piece of paper. If you get lost, simply show the information to a taxi driver, and, before you know it, you’ll be back at home base.
When buying airline tickets, purchase them as far in advance as possible. Two months in advance is when the cheapest flights are available through the airlines. If you know you are traveling for the holidays, it is especially important to buy your airline tickets as early as you can to get the cheapest tickets.
These ideas are equally useful for any business adventures, a family getaway or travelling to a romantic location with your spouse. Use these tips and have a trip that you will enjoy and remember.
Whatever your mode of travel, there will be special challenges if you take the kids along. The key to sanity is some careful planning – and a calm, unruffled approach.
* Where Should we Stay? *
If you are planning at stay at a bed and breakfast, do some research. Many bed and breakfasts are not suitable for children. However, you may be able to find a ‘farmstay’ – a bed and breakfast on a farm that allows your kids to interact with the animals. This can be an unequalled family experience – especially for city dwellers.
Staying in a hotel? Do they provide extra cots and/or cribs for children? Do they have a restaurant with a kids’ menu? Is there a playroom or playground on the premises? Are there children’s activities nearby?
* What Should I Pack? *
Use common sense. Every family is different. Check the following list and pack what is appropriate for your household:
– Small first aid kit
– Liquid anti-nausea medication
– Liquid Tylenol
– Individual-sized tissues
– Moistened hand-wipes in individual packs
– Paper towels
– Photos of the kids and important details regarding medications
– Telephone numbers of doctors (at home and at your destination)
– Copies of passports, birth certificates, custody documentation
– Decks of cards, favorite toys, children’s books
– Coloring books, crayons, mechanical pencils, paper
– Crossword puzzle books, erasable pens, highlighters
– Windbreakers, slickers, umbrellas
– Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen
– Plastic bags from grocery store checkout (for storage and cleanup)
* Diaper Disposal *
There are scented disposal bags available – or you might want to pack some small zip-lock bags. Plastic grocery bags or newspaper bags can also be used. The solid matter should be disposed of down the toilet. Next, roll the diaper up with the soiled area facing inwards so that you have a compact bundle with the plastic on the outside. Place the diaper in the zip-lock bag, seal most of the way, then press out as much air as possible while you complete the seal. Discard in a bathroom garbage container or outside garbage bin.
If you are outdoors and there are no outhouse or bathroom facilities nearby, you should carry the entire diaper contents with you, disposing of appropriately when you find a garbage bin or bathroom. DO NOT leave diapers or diaper contents behind. Besides polluting the environment, some animals are attracted to human waste. Protect the environment even more by making sure that you purchase biodegradable diapers (or switch to cloth).
If you must carry soiled diapers along with you for any length of time, you might want to consider packing a few deodorant disks or a baking-soda based scented deodorizer.
* Snacks *
If your children are finicky eaters, chances are you will encounter problems with airline and restaurant meals. Pack a few nutritious snacks. Snacks may include fresh fruit, granola bars, individual-size cereal boxes, cheese and crackers, raisins, unsalted peanuts – or snack-size containers of applesauce, puddings, and fruit cocktail.
* Boredom *
Boredom is always going to be a problem. Even a half-hour trip seems like a long time to a young child. The easiest and most accessible boredom solution is YOU. Use the time to interact with your kids. Ask them questions. Get them to tell you stories if they are old enough. You can keep young children entertained by telling them stories – complete with sound effects of animal noises, whistles, and whatever else you can invent.
Play guessing games like ‘I Spy’ with older kids, or get them involved in some children’s cards games. Although games like ‘Go Fish’ can be played with a regular deck of cards, there are many games with special, brightly-colored decks made just for children. Do an internet search for ‘card games for kids’ and you’ll find plenty of resources.
* Inactivity *
Sitting still for long periods of time is not a natural activity for children. If you’re on a plane, train, or bus, get up and take a walk down the aisle once every hour. When travelling by car, find an appropriate pullout and play frisbee or go for a short walk.
* Relax – Lighten Up – Unwind *
Treat every family trip as an opportunity to connect with your children. Relax, enjoy their unique personalities, and enjoy yourself!
When you have to travel on a budget, one of the biggest questions is whether it is best to plan each part of your trip independently, making separate airfare and hotel reservations, or to opt for a package deal where everything is included for one price.
Unfortunately, there isn’t one east answer to this dilemma, because it depends on where you want to go, and what deals are available at the time. For example, traveling to many to European cities is often less costly to arrange yourself, especially in the off-season, when airlines are running specials on flights to Europe.
On the other hand, if you want to travel to an exotic place, like Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, or Asia, it is often less expensive and easier when arrange by a package company or travel agent. This is due in part to travel agencies having special deals with the national airlines and resorts of these countries, and they are able to provide substantial discounts in exchange for a steady flow of business.
For example, last year I traveled solo to Egypt from New York for a grand total of $1,100, including airfare, an excellent hotel, daily breakfast, airport transfers, and daily sightseeing tours, including guided tours of the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. This is a far better deal than I could have arranged on my own, since airfare alone would have cost over $700. The secret of this great deal was the relationship of the tour operator with Egypt air and the hotel at which we stayed.
There are similarly great deals for many Asian locations, particularly India, China and Taiwan. Make sure to research the availability of these types of package deals when looking to travel abroad on a budget.
Solo travelers often have trouble getting the great deals on travel packages, since the required single increase can often make the deal not worth it. Don’t despair; there are great deals out there if package deals are too expensive or aren’t your thing, and it is often a better option, especially if you are traveling alone.
One important tip is to find out exactly what is and isn’t included in any package deal that you are considering. Most travel packages include optional excursions, which can add considerable expense, and blow your budget. Try to get a detailed daily schedule to make sure you won’t be on your own if you don’t buy into the options. It’s also a good idea to ask for a list of the optional outings available, including descriptions and costs, so that you can compare what the price would be to what you could arrange on your own.
If you are traveling alone, make sure you start planning ahead, especially when it comes to airfare arrangements. The important thing to remember is that there are only a certain number of first come, first serve seats the advertised low fares, and if you wait too long you won’t get the lower rate. It is important to reserve your airfare and your lodging as early as possible to make sure you get the best available prices.
In the end, the decision whether to choose a package deal or independent travel an individual decision based on the traveler’s situation. Make sure to carefully compare package prices with those for independently arranging travel to the same destination. And don’t forget to take your own personal travel style into account. Some people are more cut out for a packaged tour, particularly to an new destination, while others prefer the freedom from itineraries that independent travel offers.
A famous quote by Robert Louis Stevenson says For my part I travel not to go anywhere. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. If you are as much a traveller what better way to see the world than in a caravan that is not only your means to the journey but also a home at your destination. Most countries have caravan parks or camping areas where you can stay for a couple of days before moving on. If you love fishing, you can opt for caravan parks with fishing because the blend of pleasure and hobby gifts you unforgettable experiences. There are many touring caravan sites with fishing if you are in the Cheshire area of UK. You can look up online for all the facilities, timings and price for booking a site in the park. With little planning you can enjoy a relaxed vacation strolling, fishing and enjoying the panoramic view of the park.
Most caravan parks with fishing have ample space for caravans and the car. If your caravan has a kitchenette you will find water connection at the caravan site. The caravan parks also have electric hook-up so that all your gadgets are charged and functioning. They have clean toilets and shower blocks where you can wash away the tiredness of the journey and start afresh for better and more exciting adventures. Most touring caravan sites with fishing have Wi-Fi network. Thus, whether you are away for a day or a month, you remain connected with the rest of the world.
If your vacation is more of a pursuit for fishing, find out in details the fishing facilities of the caravan park. You would prefer more than one lake for angling so that it can accommodate many people at the same time. Also, most websites of caravan parks with fishing have a description of the types of fish that are available in the lake. If you are a pro at it you would already know, and, if you are an amateur you can collect more information and carry with you the necessary equipments. Touring caravan sites with fishing have provision for fishing competitions and some allow only pleasure angling. Decide on the sites based on your preference.
You should also collect other relevant information such as whether you need tickets for fishing or you need to have a fishing license. If you intend on staying for more than couple of days you can also enjoy the local sightseeing apart from staying at the caravan parks with fishing. Most websites also have information on the convenience stores, restaurants, pharmacy and other amenities nearby so that you can have a comfortable stay and also have access to help in case of emergencies. Most touring caravan sites with fishing are customer friendly and you can get in touch with them for other queries. If you are on a budget, you can still soak in the sights and sounds of a traveller’s paradise. Avoid peak seasons or holidays and instead visit the site during off-season when you get additional discounts. Also stock up your pantry and cook your own meal instead of eating out. These can reduce the cost.
Booking travel online is big business these days and on the plus side puts a lot of power in the hands of the consumer to reserve their own travel arrangements. But it’s critical you know 5 things to get the best deal and discount available. So before you begin your travel research and booking online read this article.
ALL TRAVEL WEB SITES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
When booking travel online they’re two types you can use: the traditional travel web sites such as Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity, and what are being called these days Travel Search Engines, which include SideStep and Kayak.
The main difference is in the search capability. A travel web site like Orbitz only searches its own database of available flights, hotel rooms, and car rentals. So the search is restrictive. But you’ll get more search features and booking travel services offered at these sites.
At travel search engines such as SideStep, the results will include selections from airline sites, travel web sites, and other databases containing flight, room and car rental availability. The drawback is a more “spartan” search capability, and you won’t get many of the cool features you’ll find at a travel web site.
IT REALLY DOES PAY TO COMPARE AS MANY AND AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN
If you want the cheapest fare or room, always check out multiple sites before booking travel online. Many travel web sites negotiate and purchase large blocks of fares and rooms directly from airlines and hotels, and then pass the savings onto consumers. But because the reduction varies between sites, the quoted rate for the same seat on a flight, or room in a hotel, can vary dramatically… and many times from day-to-day. So it not only pays to check and compare other sites, but if you’ve the time, to do it often.
TRAVEL WEB SITES DON’T ALWAYS GET THE BEST DEAL
Because of the competitiveness of the travel industry these days here’s another worthwhile step to take before you press that “submit” button at your chosen online booking site… hop over for a final check at the airline, hotel, or car rental company web site for any special offers or lower rates you may get if you book directly. Sometimes the best deals are reserved for their own online customers or preferred clients, and you’ll even avoid fees.
BEWARE OF TRAVEL WEB SITE SERVICE AND TRANSFER FEES
Booking travel online at travel web sites usually involves a service fee. In most instances it’s not outrageous and is usually around $5 per ticket or booking. Recently, I’ve seen some fees nudging up around $20 and there’s no need to pay that much. But the fees to be aware of are transfer fees when you change itinerary or cancel. It can cost you $100 or more to change after you’ve booked a flight. And if you want a refund, then it can be very frustrating, as you’ll likely spend hours on the phone to get to somebody who can authorize it.
The travel search engines make money from paid advertising and a referral fee from the airlines or hotels, so usually you don’t pay a fee when using them to book. But this is changing so always check for fee disclosure before booking.
Generally, the fees should never be hidden from you, but in a rush to book you may easily overlook a charge that wasn’t obvious before. The profit margins for online travel sites are low, and they can be very creative in their fee structure if you don’t pay close attention.
THE HIDDEN LINK THAT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
Many of the travel web sites have a link on their page that allows you to become part of their affiliate program for no cost. It’s usually at the bottom and not obvious. By becoming an affiliate you can earn a small commission for everybody you refer to them that purchases a ticket, reserves a room, or rents a car.
But before you rush out and quit your day job and set yourself up as a home-based travel agent, be aware you’ll have to send thousands of people to make any decent money. But there’s an even better reason to become an affiliate. As an affiliate most sites will allow you to purchase your own tickets and still get paid the commission. It’s effectively a discount. Be sure to check the fine print on the agreement just so you’re familiar with the restrictions if any, and how they’ll pay you. But if you do a lot of booking travel online then check it out to see if it’ll work for you.
The travel industry continues to adjust to the advantages of the Internet. Billions of dollars have been invested in online travel booking systems, and new players continue to enter the market every year. Armed with these tips you’ll be better prepared to navigate through the maze to the very best deal for you. And there’s still that travel agent in the mall if you just can’t be bothered with the whole game of booking travel online.
The day is soon approaching and it’s time to consider travel insurance to protect you from the unexpected. There are many travel insurance plans to choose from for that trip you are going to take. There are some important tips about travel insurance and the policies these travel insurance companies offer. Also, you can have a safe trip if you take a little time to research and educate yourself with a few simple and helpful tips.
When you are getting ready to travel, be sure to tell at least three family members where you are going to stay. Let them know your hotel details and arrival and departure dates. Another important tip if you travel in other countries, is the right vaccinations for the country you are going to visit. This is a safety issue many forget to even consider while traveling abroad.
Another helpful tip with any type of travel insurance, is your money and documents. Be sure you have the right passports and all required visas and that they are current. One of the best things you can do is get travelers checks. You really don’t want to carry cash if at all possible. Another important thing to remember in regards to travelers checks, is not to counter sign them until you use them.
Travel insurance companies can give you a check list of all the important tips for a safe trip. Make sure you have copies of your travel documents, airline tickets, passport, visas and your vaccination records. It’s best to leave a copy at home and also carry them in your carry on luggage and your suitcase. This will help insure you have these important documents in case one set gets lost while traveling. Another very important consideration, is to put all valuables and documents in a safe deposit box. Don’t leave them in your hotel room or you vehicle unattended.
Travel insurance policies should cover you for international travel. Medical and other expenses, cancellation and curtailment, personal baggage, delayed baggage, missed departure, personal money and important documents, travel delay, personal liability and hijack are generally covered.
Travel insurance reviews online can help you get an idea of the best company for your travel plans. You can easily see the many insurance reviews online. It can be well worth your while to do a simple online search. You can compare travel insurance companies with a few clicks of your computer mouse.
Take some time to do your research and you can rest assured you have made a well informed decision in regards to your safety and travel insurance needs.
As I am associated with Tours and Travel’s business, I understand the importance of hiring a high quality limousine bus service for the travelers. For years I have been in this hospitality industry, and understand it well that a low-quality transportation service can dump my business to a large extent. Therefore, I make it a point to hire luxury Limo buses for my travelers to keep them comfortable and make them enjoy every moment of their expedition.
Though, for several years the association of Limo buses has been made by celebrities and other high profile people, but even the common people can afford to take its ride and enjoy experiencing the pleasure of luxury airport transportation service.
The main aim of the article is to highlight the benefits of arranging a limo bus ride for the travelers to explore the place of their interest. The special reasons are:
These are luxury buses and have some extra features than the normal buses so that people sit in it comfortably.
The seats of the buses are comfortable and have a cushion at the back of the neck so that the person sitting on it keeps the neck at a resting mode. This amazing feature offers an incredible experience as the person does not feel pain in the neck at any point of time throughout the journey.
Even the leg room is quite spacious for the travelers to feel comfortable.
These buses have excellent luggage capacity. If you are traveling in any of these buses, you do not worry about the quantity of luggage you are carrying. So whether your camera, your lunch box or your voyager’s bag, everything accommodates in it perfectly well.
The great thing is that the music systems and LED’s incorporated in these vehicles are of the highest quality and a person sitting on it is will not get bored, as they have access to full-on high quality entertainment.
These offer an extremely smooth ride.
In a few of these buses, the service providers offer liquor and other tidbits to the travelers.
These are the registered buses, and the drivers hold a special license to drive them as they are especially skilled people drive the transport.
These are perfect for the honeymooners and lovers to enjoy the ride of their dreams.
Though, these are a bit expensive than the normal buses, still the cost of them are not so high for a commoner to plan a ride on it. As it might be a first limousine ride for most of the voyagers inside it, they will always cherish the ride.
If a person feels tired after a whole day of the expedition, he/she can relax the body with ease.
The comfort and luxury that these buses offer are of high-end, and even if the person travels in it throughout the day, does not tend to feel as tired compared to the ordinary buses.
As most of the people consider a limo bus ride, many travel and tour companies hire limo buses for keeping their customers comfortable so that they get back to them again and again.