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Administrative Associate, El Paso, TX – July 11, 2014

When I worked at Sun Travel, I was a full-time student in college. This company was willing to work with me to adjust my hours as needed.

Typically, I worked within the ticketing department or at the front desk. I would assist within both of those areas as needed. Because of this particular job, I was able to learn and develop skills that I might not have otherwise had. I was able to learn and grow.

Management was good and I was able to address any issues that I had with them. They were willing to help me find a way to be successful when I encountered a problem.

My co-workers were very submitted to what they were doing. Agents were ready to fight for their clients and make sure they got the best service. Quality Assurance and ticketing did everything they could to make sure that clients got tickets as quickly as possible. It was like a big family that had their roles, but still looked after one another.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn and grow. I am really fortunate that I had the chance to work with such great people in a great environment. It was a time I will never forget.


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Guaranteed Prices – All tour prices are per person and are guaranteed at the time of booking. All prices are per person in US dollars.

Tour prices include all listed motorcoach, rail and cruise transportation, hotel accommodations, special events, entertainment, sightseeing, luggage handling and services of Tauck’s Tour Director. All necessary gratuities for bellmen, doormen, dining room servers, housekeepers, local guides, and ship and train crew are also included. Airport transfers are included on select tours.

Tour Prices Do Not Include Airfare to the tour departure point or from the tour ending point. While not included in the tour price, Tauck offers special reduced roundtrip fares when purchased in conjunction with a tour (rates subject to availability). You are urged to use these selected flights which will be met by your Tauck Tour Director. These airlines and flights have been carefully chosen as the most convenient; they best fit the schedule of the first day. Space may be limited depending on time of booking. Please call your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.

Business class is one of life’s great pleasures; inquire at time of booking for details on special fares that may be available.

Tour Director and Driver Gratuities – The customary gratuities to the Tauck Tour Director and the driver are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

Hotel Rooms Before or After Tours Are Not Included – Tauck has special hotel rates and can assist in arranging nights before or after your tour to help get you better acclimated. Reservations are on a space available basis and charges will be made to your tour cost. Note: Airport transfers are not included for these bookings. Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.

Hotels – The Tauck standard is to provide the best available hotels without sacrificing value. Although the quality of accommodation may differ from place to place, this standard remains uncompromised. Two-bedded rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are a two-bedded room plus a roll-away cot and are not recommended for comfort.

Single Rooms – Since hotel rates are per room, the tour price for rooms occupied by one person is higher than those where two or more persons share the cost of a room. Please note most single rooms are smaller than double rooms and have only one bed.

Singles who wish to share with another guest should request this at time of booking; reservations will be designated as a single-share-if-possible basis. The single price is charged initially; upon departure, if another guest is willing to share , the difference between the single price and the per person twin price will be refunded. Shares cannot be guaranteed.

Meals – Most meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. Special dietary requests may not be available, please confirm any special needs with your Vacations To Go travel counselor.

Special Requests – Tauck will be happy to advise the ship and/or hotels of special requests provided they are received at time of booking. Requests cannot be guaranteed.

Personal Expenses. such as phone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, mineral waters, soft drinks, laundry, visa fees, vaccinations, airline excess baggage charges and other extras are not included and may be significant.

Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches. Please note: Some restaurants in Asia do not have smoking restrictions.

Clothing – Please confirm proper attire with your Vacations To Go travel counselor.

Passports/Visas – US citizens will need a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond completion of the tour plus visas for Turkey and Russia, which can be obtained at an additional cost. Non-US citizens should contact their local embassy or consulate to determine if visas are required. Due to airline security measures, the name on your passport must match the name on your airline ticket and tour reservation. Please note: US citizens traveling to Asia and Africa need a passport valid for at least 7 months beyond completion of the tour. A Visa is mandatory for travel to mainland China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania, and Egypt. Non-US citizens must also have a passport valid for 7 months beyond the completion of the tour and should contact their local consulate to determine if visas are required.

Membership Health – Membership will be granted to all persons. Tauck reserves the right to terminate the tour of any persons who are abusive of others or whose behavior disrupts the tour. Travelers should be in reasonably good health. Most tours require considerable walking, often on uneven terrain. Many sites have limited motor coach access and involve stairs and inclines. Any person who needs assistance with walking, dining, or personal needs must have a companion to assist them. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

Roads in rural and wildlife areas are bumpy and dusty. While Tauck provides reliable and comfortable vehicles, land travel can be slow in wilderness areas.

Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travel in Tanzania. Malaria pills are recommended for all travel in Africa. Consult your physician for pre-departure health advice. Please call your Vacations To Go tour counselor for more information.

Itinerary Changes Flexibility – Tauck World Discovery pledges to make every effort to operate all tours as advertised. Travelers should be as flexible as situations may arise, voluntary or involuntary, that necessitate schedule changes or exceptions to the itinerary. These may include museum closures. On these occasions, Tauck reserves the right to make changes as necessary. Any savings realized by these changes will be refunded to passengers. Any resultant added expense will be borne by Tauck.

Departure Changes – In the unlikely event unforeseen circumstances necessitate the cancellation of a tour departure, Tauck will ensure a smooth transition to a different date. Tauck will cover airline penalties or other costs associated with the change in travel arrangements.

Deposit Date – To hold space up until the time of final payment , a deposit ($600 – $1,100 required, plus the optional travel insurance) must be received by the deposit due date or space is automatically released. Please call your Vacations To Go tour counselor for the exact deposit amount required for your tour.

Final payment is due 60 days before departure for all tours. Any bookings without full payment at designated time may be subject to cancellation without notice. Please call your Vacations To Go travel counselor for the exact final payment due date of your tour.

Final Documents. which may include airline tickets when applicable, are sent by first class mail upon receipt of final payment.

Cancellation and Transfer Fees – Regardless of reason, cancellations and transfers result in costly charges from Tauck’s travel and hotel providers. Therefore, fees will apply without exception. These fees apply whether or not a person transfers to another tour departure. Time of cancellation will be when notice is received by Tauck.

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Super Cheap Car Rental Announces The Winner of It’s “Not So New Car Giveaway Selfie Contest” – WDRB 41 Louisville News

Super Cheap Car Rental Announces The Winner of It’s “Not So New Car Giveaway Selfie Contest”

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015 8:19 PM EST

California Car Rental Company Gives Away a 2006 4-door 5-passenger Toyota Corolla

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2015

In 2014, Super Cheap Car Rental announced their Not So New Car Giveaway Selfie Contest to offer their customers a chance to win a 2006 4-door 5-passenger Toyota Corolla. This month, they are thrilled to announce the winner. Congratulations to Sarah Jane Cass for winning the Not So New Car Giveaway!

The Not So New Car Giveaway was held for loyal customers of Super Cheap Car Rental as a way to show their gratitude for the community that has collected around the company. Cass, who rents from Super Cheap with every visit to L.A. posted her selfie and won the prize by popular vote via Facebook. We spoke with Cass to get her thoughts on the big win and why she chooses to rent with Super Cheap.

I had nightmares in the past with big car rental companies, explains Cass. She contrasts her experiences of renting from big corporations with the friendly, no surprise experience of Super Cheap rentals. It was what I expected. I had really lovely email conversations about pricing and what it would include before I booked. I just didn t have any surprises and having zero excess charges I think it s a really great plus, as well.

Cass began renting from Super Cheap when she was staying with her friend in Los Angeles. She discovered that in the fast pace, expansive metropolis of LA, it was easier to drive than to take public transit for the month she was there. To avoid the exorbitant amounts of big corporate companies, her friend recommended that Cass take advantage of Super Cheap s affordable long-term rates. During that time, she learned that the benefits of Super Cheap are more than just affordability. She explained her first rental as a very lovely experience and described how they [Super Cheap agents] checked in two weeks later to see how the rental car was doing and if I had any problems. Cass has been renting from Super Cheap ever since.

Enjoy the Corolla, Sarah!

To find out more about Super Cheap Car Rental and how you can benefit from friendly service with great rates, visit their website at .


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Super Cheap Car Rental Announces The Winner of It’s “Not So New Car Giveaway Selfie Contest” – ABC6 – Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

Super Cheap Car Rental Announces The Winner of It’s “Not So New Car Giveaway Selfie Contest”

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015 8:19 PM EST

California Car Rental Company Gives Away a 2006 4-door 5-passenger Toyota Corolla

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2015

In 2014, Super Cheap Car Rental announced their Not So New Car Giveaway Selfie Contest to offer their customers a chance to win a 2006 4-door 5-passenger Toyota Corolla. This month, they are thrilled to announce the winner. Congratulations to Sarah Jane Cass for winning the Not So New Car Giveaway!

The Not So New Car Giveaway was held for loyal customers of Super Cheap Car Rental as a way to show their gratitude for the community that has collected around the company. Cass, who rents from Super Cheap with every visit to L.A. posted her selfie and won the prize by popular vote via Facebook. We spoke with Cass to get her thoughts on the big win and why she chooses to rent with Super Cheap.

I had nightmares in the past with big car rental companies, explains Cass. She contrasts her experiences of renting from big corporations with the friendly, no surprise experience of Super Cheap rentals. It was what I expected. I had really lovely email conversations about pricing and what it would include before I booked. I just didn t have any surprises and having zero excess charges I think it s a really great plus, as well.

Cass began renting from Super Cheap when she was staying with her friend in Los Angeles. She discovered that in the fast pace, expansive metropolis of LA, it was easier to drive than to take public transit for the month she was there. To avoid the exorbitant amounts of big corporate companies, her friend recommended that Cass take advantage of Super Cheap s affordable long-term rates. During that time, she learned that the benefits of Super Cheap are more than just affordability. She explained her first rental as a very lovely experience and described how they [Super Cheap agents] checked in two weeks later to see how the rental car was doing and if I had any problems. Cass has been renting from Super Cheap ever since.

Enjoy the Corolla, Sarah!

To find out more about Super Cheap Car Rental and how you can benefit from friendly service with great rates, visit their website at .


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Tauck Tours in Italy, USA, Spain, and More #travel #packages #to

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Pavlus Travel Newsletter

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Traveling offers several physical and emotional benefits, including allowing you to come out of your shell by embracing new experiences and encountering people of different backgrounds, which actually allows you to learn more about yourself. Traveling also can give you the escape you crave from your day-to-day routine, thus enabling you to reduce stress and finally enjoy your life in an entirely new and enriching way.

This is exactly why Tauck Tours exist, and it is why these tours remain in-demand throughout the world. Pavlus Travel offers Tauck Tours to several locations, including Europe and, specifically, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, and Ireland. You may also opt to take a Tauck Tour to the USA, Canada, Cuba, Asia, or Africa.

Some of what makes Europe so appealing to travelers across the globe is its fine dining, art, and awe-inspiring architecture. When visiting Italy, you can take advantage to get a real taste of this classic country by experiencing the beauty of Rome, Pompeii, and even the Amalfi Coast. Spain will greet you with an exciting flamenco performance, a tour through the Museo del Prado in Madrid, and a Seville horse-drawn carriage ride. You can even choose to step onto Irish soil for a week, where you can indulge in delectable Irish cuisine, feel like a celebrity at some of the finest hotels on the Emerald Isle, and find out firsthand why Dublin is the country’s most famous city.

Through Tauck Tours, you may additionally explore Oregon’s wine country in the United States and embark on an outdoor adventure in the Canadian Rockies. The opportunity to cruise the Zambezi River while the sun is setting in South Africa and to step foot onto the Australian Outback can also make your wildest travel dreams a reality. With the help of Pavlus Travel, the world can be your oyster.

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Craigs personal recommendation for any complete European Tour that one may dream about. First class dining, so many excursions, outstanding hotels. Tauck is the best in my book.

European River Cruising

They say that getting there is half the fun – and this has never been more true than when you travel with Tauck River cruises! If you ve always wanted to explore Europe there is no better way than on a Tauck River cruise ship, which gets you to where you want to go but offers so much more – relaxed and carefree sight-seeing, with knowledgeable and professional travel specialists that are always there to answer your questions along the way.


(Africa, Asia, Australia New Zealand, Latin America, Middle East) From exploration of Chile, Argentina and Brazil to Taucks private tented camp in Africa to visits to exclusive Hayman Island and Hong Kong, Tauck opens up a new world of exotic adventures.

USA Canada

Pick your passion among Taucks diverse USA tours. Tauck is considered to be the best vacation provider for tours focusing on Canada. If its Canada then Tauck is your only choice.

Tauck Small Ship Cruising

Tauck has amassed an amazing program of small ship sailing throughout the world in absolute luxury of the Tauck style. Cruises are inspirational as well as educational all in Tauck style.

Tauck Bridges – Family Travel

Tauck Bridges family travel adventures are designed to delight every member of the family, from school-age children to grandparents. Our carefully crafted journeys combine the joy of seeing, doing and learning as a family for just plain family fun.


Guided travel that takes intimate groups of like-minded people on adventures that deeply engage in the cultures. Its an experience thats hands-on, totally immersive, physically active above all, fun.

Earth Journeys

From frozen worlds to tropical jungles, shallow seas to African plains, our planet is filled with unforgettable adventures in magical natural realms. Tauck and BBC Earth take you on journeys to discover what inspires the worlds greatest nature filmmakers – a backstage pass to experience, in person, places, people, animals and stories relating to the BBCs landmark natural history series.

Americas National Parks

The National Park Service turns 100 in 2016. Tauck is passionate about Americas National Parks and they share that passion on every journey.

Tauck Cuba

Interact directly with Cubans about culture, the arts, education, agriculture and more on our 8-day Cuba travel experience featuring People-to-People educational exchange and six nights in Havana.


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Ten great jobs in travel and tourism. #travel #pack

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Ten great jobs in travel and tourism

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Lifeguards, while enjoying the beach and the sunshine, can make up to $15,000 per year.

Vacations are one of the best things in the world.

You visit new, exotic and beautiful places; you make memories with your vacation companions; you experience different cultures and best of all, you get a break from reality.

While you’re experiencing bliss in your temporary home away from home, you can’t forget about the people working while you play.

After all, your vacation experience depends on someone else’s — rather, a lot of peoples’ — job.

Think about it. There’s someone accountable for the mode of transportation you chose to get to your vacation spot; someone responsible for booking your tickets; someone in charge of the activities you embark on; someone taking care of your entertainment in the evening, serving your drinks, showing you the sights. The list goes on.

Employment opportunities in travel and tourism. which fall into the leisure and hospitality industry, are abundant, especially during prime vacation seasons.

Leisure and hospitality contributed to 13.1 million jobs in 2006 and is projected to hold 15 million jobs in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Leisure and hospitality breaks down into three sectors: arts, entertainment and recreation; hotels and other accommodations; and food services and drinking places.

Arts, entertainment and recreation provided about 1.9 million jobs in 2006, according to the BLS.

Hotels and other accommodations, which includes all types of lodging facilities from five-star resorts to RV parks, accounted for 1.8 million jobs in 2006 and food services and drinking places had about 9.4 million jobs.

Though the pay is generally not as high as in other industries, jobs in travel and tourism provide workers with an enjoyable atmosphere, flexible hours and opportunities to meet new people.

Plus, most jobs in the industry keep workers on their toes and no day is like the last. Here are 10 great jobs to explore in travel and tourism:

1. Amusement and recreation attendant

Duties: Responsibilities will vary, depending on where you’re employed, but tasks might include providing caddy services for golfers, operating amusement park rides or setting up games.

Salary*: $7.83/hour

2. Concierge

Duties: Remember Tim Curry in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York ? His character is a perfect example of a hotel concierge who helps deal with any request or problem a guest may have, no matter how strange or impossible it may seem.

The concierge also assist guests with such tasks as making restaurant reservations, arranging spa services, recommending places to go and organizing travel arrangements and various activities.

Salary: $17,508/year; salaries vary based on establishment and gratuity.

3. Cruise ship director

Duties: Travel the open waters year round as a cruise ship director, responsible for planning all onboard entertainment and ship and shore activities, acting as master of ceremonies and planning tour itineraries.

Salary: $4,500-$7,000/month, according to

4. Curator

Duties: Manage activities in operating such institutions as museums, botanical gardens, arboretums, art galleries, herbariums or zoos.

Acquire items for exhibition, authorize the sale or loan of items and authenticate items that come into the institutions.

Salary: $50,040/year

5. Gaming dealers

Duties: What better excuse to live in Las Vegas or Atlantic City than your job is playing with money all day? In resorts and casinos, gaming dealers play various games like blackjack, craps or roulette with patrons. They take bets, determine winners and pay out the winners.

Salary: $14,730/year

6. Lifeguard

Duties: The perfect job to take advantage of warm weather, guards monitor swimming areas like pools or beaches to prevent accidents, help and protect swimmers; caution swimmers regarding unsafe areas and rescue those in danger of drowning, if necessary.

Salary: $15,854/year; salaries vary based on establishment and gratuity.

7. Information clerk

Duties: Your main goal is be able to provide tourists with any kind of information they might be looking for. Where is the best Italian restaurant in the city? What’s the greatest nightclub? Where can I have money wired to me? Be prepared to use your wealth of knowledge to answer any question

Salary: $18,460/year.

8. Recreation worker

Duties: Looking to stay active and help others do so as well? At resort and vacation spots, recreation workers organize and run activities for guests or children to participate in, plus you provide training and instruction for beginners.

Salary: $20,470/year

9. Taxi driver or chauffeur

Duties: Drivers are essential to anyone traveling for business or pleasure. By taxi, limousine or shuttle, drivers help tourists navigate their way around unfamiliar places; some even offer sight-seeing services around their city.

Salary: $9.09 – $10.62/hour, depending on types of vehicles, gratuity and geographic location.

10. Tour and travel guide

Duties: Think Gary Growbowski in The Break-Up. Tour and travel guides show individuals and/or groups all the best sights in your city (on foot, bus or boat) from famous buildings to the best museums.

Salary: $21,137/year

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Thailand Multisport Hiking, Biking, Kayaking #travel #discounts

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Thailand Multisport

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  • Hike, bike, and kayak through northern Thailand on an action-packed trip
  • Visit remote hill-tribe people and see the daily life of villagers
  • Enjoy a variety of Thai cuisine, including lunch at a unique floating restaurant
  • See colorful Chiang Mai, adventure hub of the north
  • Soak in the sun on our southern Thailand kayaking extension

The golden temples, colorful cultures, and renowned cuisine of Thailand are a perfect recipe for an action-packed multisport adventure with REI. From the celebrated hub of the north, Chiang Mai, we head into the jungle and soar like native gibbons through the treetops (with a little help from some high zip-line cables). Next, we’re introduced to the diverse peoples of the north on a three-day trek. Along the way, we are welcomed into the homes of the hill-tribe people to dine, rest, and experience first-hand the daily life of villagers.


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U.S. Relations With Thailand

More information about Thailand is available on the Thailand Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States and Thailand established relations in 1832 and signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1833, formalizing diplomatic relations. An interim military government has ruled Thailand, a constitutional monarchy, since a May 2014 military coup which deposed the then-elected civilian government. The United States has urged the early restoration of elected civilian government and return to democracy through elections. Over the decades, Thai democracy has been interrupted by military coups and rule, and civic and political unrest. Thailand is a key U.S. security ally in Asia, and the country s stability and growth are important to the maintenance of peace in the region. Since World War II, the United States and Thailand have significantly expanded diplomatic, security, and commercial relations.

The United States and Thailand are among the signatories of the 1954 Manila Pact of the former Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO). Despite the dissolution of the SEATO in 1977, the Manila Pact remains in force and, together with the Thanat-Rusk communiqu of 1962 and the 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-U.S. Defense Alliance, constitutes the basis of U.S. security commitments to Thailand. In 2003, the United States designated Thailand a Major Non-NATO Ally.

U.S. Partnership with Thailand

The United States partnership with Thailand stretches beyond a bilateral relationship with an impact on the broader region. The partnership spans the areas of trade, science and technology, wildlife trafficking, public health, education, cultural exchange, law enforcement, and security cooperation. Ongoing U.S. support is geared towards strengthening Thai efforts to reform the criminal justice system, promoting good governance through democracy and civil society activities, and investing in people through humanitarian assistance for displaced persons and control and prevention of infectious diseases and emerging pandemic threats. The United States also encourages Thailand s ongoing active contributions to regional and global security, as well as supports Thailand s efforts to assist lesser developed countries through the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI).

Thailand and the United States have longstanding cooperation in international law enforcement efforts. The United States and Thailand work closely together and with the United Nations on a broad range of programs to halt illicit trafficking and other criminal activity. Thailand has received U.S. military equipment, essential supplies, training, and assistance in the construction and improvement of facilities and installations for much of the period since 1950. As part of their mutual defense cooperation, Thailand and the United States have developed a joint military exercise program, which engages all the services of each nation and has averaged 40 joint exercises per year. The United States has scaled back military engagements with Thailand following the May 2014 coup and has urged a return to civilian rule and democracy to forestall further negative impact on the U.S.-Thai security relationship.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Regional Development Mission for Asia in Bangkok, supports regional, transnational, and bilateral programs. These programs include work on the responsible use of natural resources; control and prevention of infectious diseases and emerging pandemic threats; prevention of human and wildlife trafficking; resolution of political conflict and increased citizen participation in political processes; and the achievement of an integrated Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community by the end of 2015. U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers, active in Thailand continuously since 1963, focus on primary education and youth development. Education Volunteers support English education through teacher collaboration, and community service. Since 2013, Peace Corps Volunteers have also worked to promote life skills and leadership, reproductive health, and civic engagement and volunteering.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is Thailand s third-largest bilateral trading partner, after Japan and China, with total bilateral trade valued at more than $44 billion in 2014. The United States is also one of the largest investors in Thailand, with over $14 billion in foreign direct investment. Leading Thai imports from the United States include machinery, aircraft, gold, optic and medical goods, and agricultural products. Thai exports to the United States include machinery, rubber, prepared meat, shrimp and tuna, jewelry, and other agricultural products.

The 1966 Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations, the most recent iteration of the 1833 Treaty of Amity and Commerce, facilitates U.S. and Thai companies economic access to one another s markets. The two countries also have agreements addressing sales of agricultural commodities and investment guarantees and reconvened the Joint Council in 2013 under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement to advance bilateral trade. In 2013, the United States and Thailand signed an historic agreement on science and technology cooperation that enshrines robust protections for intellectual property while facilitating increased joint research programs, government to government collaboration, and private sector investment and technology transfer.

The Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership, active since 2011, builds on existing public-private and intergovernmental relationships, seeking to highlight innovative industry, identify new opportunities for collaborative ingenuity between the two countries, and spur increased productivity.

Thailand s Membership in International Organizations

Thailand is a founding member of ASEAN and strongly supports its efforts to promote economic development, social integration, and stability throughout the region. Thailand and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, ASEAN Regional Forum, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Thailand also is a Partner for Cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and an Organization of American States observer.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand is Glyn Davies ; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department s Key Officers List . The United States also operates a Consulate General in Chiang Mai.

Thailand maintains an embassy in the United States at 1024 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007 (tel. 202-944-3600) and Consulates in several other cities.

More information about Thailand is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Key Officers List

CIA World Factbook Thailand Page

U.S. Embassy: Thailand

USAID Thailand Page

History of U.S. Relations With Thailand

Human Rights Reports

International Religious Freedom Reports

Trafficking in Persons Reports


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Travel America – USA Travel Tours


The mere words “North America” conjure up all sorts of images – no doubt different ones for different people. But the common themes behind any plan to travel America must be the “Big Cities” and the “Great Outdoors”. The mixture of glass & steel, back road Americana, remote National Parks and unspoilt wilderness areas makes this continent truly unique.

But why visit just one area when you can travel around America and experience everything it has to offer. Our hand-picked itineraries offer a unique way to see the States and we firmly believe that our trips provide a more in-depth and fun experience than any fly-drive or coach tour ever could.

The best way to travel the USA

Small Groups are best! The majority of our trips have a maximum group size of 13 passengers plus an experienced tour leader. After many years of operating trips in North America we still firmly believe this to be the best way to travel. Our small vehicles allow us to blend into the scenery and get off the beaten track allowing us to travel as a local, not a tourist. We frequently leave the big coaches behind as we explore deeper into the National Parks and can easily make stops at small towns en route without having to wait for 55 people to “get ready”.

  • Your fellow passengers If you feel nervous or awkward travelling with people you don’t know, then there’s really no need to worry, after a matter of hours you will find that you are travelling with your new best friends. Our passengers come from all walks of life – and whether young or old, single or couples – everyone has a passion for travel and discovery. Whilst most passengers are 25-55, every year we have many people above and below this range. We also offer a range of dedicated family adventures if you are travelling with children or teenagers.

    Leave the driving to us! Our highly trained and experienced tour leaders handle all the driving and arrangements throughout the trip giving you a stress free holiday. Our tour leaders come from all walks of life and in North America they are guaranteed to be American or Canadian. Our leaders have camped out under the stars, hiked the national parks, rafted the mighty Colorado and trekked throughout the world and are passionate about sharing these experiences with you, to ensure you get the most out of your adventure.


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    Featured Products

    Welcome to Thailand Packages Travel! Explore this amazing part of the world full of culture, beautiful beaches, bustling cities, majestic temples, and crazy parties!

    We offer a variety of different travel packages and day tours for Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Don’t forget our FAMOUS Arrival Packages into Bangkok, which take the stress out of your first day in this amazing city!

    Short on time? Do one of our day tours departing all major cities including Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phonm Penh, Ho Chi Minh city, Hanoi, and of course the islands of Phuket, and Koh Phangan. Escape to the southern Thailand Islands and enjoy your holiday the relaxing way on one of our multi-day tour packages, or travel down to Koh Phangan for the famous FULL MOON PARTY! We also have many overland tour packages for those who want to explore and experience all of what South East Asia has to offer! Start in Bangkok and finish in another country and see what all the fuss is about!

    Not sure on which trip to do? Contact us through our live chat or email us for our suggestions!


    Thailand Packages are the South East Asia experts! If you want to experience the best of Thailand then we can help you plan the perfect trip! We have guided tours, day trips, pre-tour accommodation options and lots of activities. Book online with us today and SAVE!


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    Thailand Tours, Ecorted Tour, Thailand Vacation Packages, Vietnam. #travel #for #singles

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    Thailand Tours – Escorted Travel

    Escorted tours of Thailand feature a professional English-speaking tour manager to handle all of your needs. Maximize comfort and value, while taking advantage of the camaraderie that comes with traveling as a group.

    Air & Land: $1169* Land Only: $549 4 Bangkok, 2 Kanchanaburi, 1 Ayutthaya Tour Type: Escorted Season: Aug ’15 – May ’16

      13 Day Classic Thailand
      Air & Land: $1619* Land Only: $999 4 Bangkok, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai Tour Type: Escorted Season: Aug ’15 – May ’16
      13 Day Classic Thailand (Friday Departure)
      Air & Land: $1669* Land Only: $999 4 Bangkok, 3 Chiang Mai, 2 Chiang Rai, 1 Sukhothai, 1 Ayutthaya Tour Type: Escorted Season: Oct ’15 – Mar ’16
      15 Day Classic Thailand with Angkor Wat
      Air & Land: $2469* Land Only: $1849 4 Bangkok, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai, 2 Siem Reap Tour Type: Escorted Season: Aug ’15 – May ’16
      15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai
      Air & Land: $1719* Land Only: $1099 4 Bangkok, 2 Kanchanaburi, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai Tour Type: Escorted Season: Aug ’15 – May ’16
      16 Day Classic Thailand with Phuket
      Air & Land: $2219* Land Only: $1599 4 Bangkok, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai, 3 Phuket Tour Type: Escorted Season: Aug ’15 – May ’16
      16 Day Gems of Southeast Asia
      Air & Land: $3799* Land Only: $2899 2 Phnom Penh, 2 Siem Reap, 3 Bangkok, 2 Luang Prabang, 4 Hanoi, 1 Halong Bay Tour Type: Small Group Season: Sep ’15 – May ’16
      17 Day Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam
      Air & Land: $2799* Land Only: $1999 3 Bangkok, 2 Siem Reap, 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jul ’15 – May ’16
      18 Day Classic Thailand with Laos & Angkor Wat
      Air & Land: $3049* Land Only: $2399 4 Bangkok, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai, 2 Luang Prabang, 3 Siem Reap Tour Type: Escorted Season: Sep ’15 – May ’16
      19 Day Central Thailand & Vietnam
      Air & Land: $2509* Land Only: $1769 4 Bangkok, 2 Kanchanaburi, 1 Ayutthaya, 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi Tour Type: Escorted Season: Sep ’15 – May ’16
      23 Day Vietnam & Thailand
      Air & Land: $2869* Land Only: $2199 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi, 4 Bangkok, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai Tour Type: Escorted Season: Sep ’15 – May ’16
      27 Day Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

      Air & Land: $4219* Land Only: $3299 3 Bangkok, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai, 2 Luang Prabang, 3 Siem Reap, 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi Tour Type: Escorted Season: Sep ’15 – Mar ’16

    Vietnam Tours – Escorted Travel

    Escorted tours of Vietnam feature a professional English-speaking tour manager to handle all of your needs. Maximize comfort and value, while taking advantage of the camaraderie that comes with traveling as a group.

    Air & Land: $1689* Land Only: $899 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jul ’15 – May ’16

      15 Day Cambodia & Vietnam
      Air & Land: $2359* Land Only: $1649 1 Phnom Penh, 2 Siem Reap, 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi Tour Type: Escorted Season: Sep ’15 – May ’16
      16 Day Gems of Southeast Asia
      Air & Land: $3799* Land Only: $2899 2 Phnom Penh, 2 Siem Reap, 3 Bangkok, 2 Luang Prabang, 4 Hanoi, 1 Halong Bay Tour Type: Small Group Season: Sep ’15 – May ’16
      17 Day Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam (Saturday Departure)
      Air & Land: $2799* Land Only: $1999 3 Bangkok, 2 Siem Reap, 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jul ’15 – May ’16
      19 Day Central Thailand & Vietnam
      Air & Land: $2509* Land Only: $1769 4 Bangkok, 2 Kanchanaburi, 1 Ayutthaya, 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi Tour Type: Escorted Season: Sep ’15 – May ’16
      23 Day Vietnam & Thailand
      Air & Land: $2869* Land Only: $2199 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi, 4 Bangkok, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai Tour Type: Escorted Season: Sep ’15 – May ’16
      27 Day Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam (Monday Departure)

      Air & Land: $4219* Land Only: $3299 3 Bangkok, 1 Ayutthaya, 1 Sukhothai, 2 Chiang Rai, 3 Chiang Mai, 2 Luang Prabang, 3 Siem Reap, 2 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Hoi An, 2 Hue, 1 Halong Bay, 3 Hanoi Tour Type: Escorted Season: Sep ’15 – Mar ’16

    Southeast Asia River Cruises


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    The Best Cheap Hotel Chains in the USA #cheap #airline #travel

    #cheapest hotel

    The Best Cheap Hotel Chains in the USA

    Consumer Reports checks out the cheap hotel and motel chains most glossy travel mags ignore.

    Hampton Inn Downtown Miami

    Usually when Consumer Reports magazine gets detailed feedback from its subscribers, it s concerning physical items like cars, washing machines, and TVs. They do look at service industries as well though, including hospitality, and in a recent issue they took a close look at results on hotels.

    What I liked about this one was the depth. They didn t just focus on the big business and luxury chains like most travel magazines do. They ran through four classes of hotels, down to humble names like Econolodge and Motel 6. After all, in the real world that the 99% inhabit, these chains often have a higher occupancy than the big boys, especially on weekends when the biz travelers have gone home. (Despite the impression you may get from the print  travel press, the average nightly room rate in the United States is generally around $100.)

    So who came out on top? I ll skip the top tier (Ritz-Carlton) and the second tier (Harrah s and Walt Disney Resorts). In the Moderate category, here s who got the highest ratings from readers:

    2) Drury Inn Suites (Slogan: Where the extras aren t extra. )

    At the bottom were Quality Inn, Clarion, and Ramada.

    In the Budget category, there were seven entries. Here are the top three:

    1) Microtel (also owned by Wyndham)

    3) Super 8 (also owned by Wyndham)

    In order, the others were Day s Inn, Motel 6, Econolodge, and America s Best Value (which apparently isn t).

    The ones that ranked the highest usually got a top score in the comfort category and check-in was a big factor as well.

    Keep this list in mind if you re booking online or perusing a coupon book you pick up at a rest stop something I strongly advise on road trips where you want to stay flexible. Remember though that the individual hotels are usually franchises or independently owned in some other fashion. There s a business arrangement there, but the brand you see on the sign doesn t mean the Super 8 in Long Beach is the same as the Super 8 in Topeka. For budget motels, newer is generally better, all else being equal. These are not places built to still look good 200 years from now. Or even 25.

    Otherwise, the quickest route to the best deals online is usually with Trivago since they pull info from multiple booking sites.

    Don t forget about the opaque booking sites.

    Interestingly though, Consumer Reports basically said you should throw all this out the window if you want a great deal instead of just a good one: their advice was to book through Hotwire or Priceline whenever your plans are secure. They tried their best to top the deal they got through Hotwire through every means possible including calling the front desk to request a discount but couldn t come close. They paid $133 for a high-end Chicago hotel in the location they wanted. The best price they could get on the same hotel, same night booking it any other way? $230. As I ve said before, if you re not using sites like this, you re paying far more than you need to and far more than that cheerful couple in the room next door if that gets your competitive juices flowing. You don t have to go in blind either. Use message board sites like BetterBidding, BiddingForTravel, and BidLessTravel to figure out what you ll probably get in each star category.


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    Thailand Travel Guide-Travel Thailand #cheap #flights #and #rental #cars

    #thailand travel

    Thailand Travel Guide

    Thailand’s Weather

    Chiang Mai and surrounds normally range from a bit nippy to downright cold during high season. Those planning to ride motorbikes or travel about in Samlors Inexpensive public transport around Thailand. Pickup trucks with a canopy over bench seats in the rear. should consider bringing or buying a substantial jacket.

    Hot season in Thailand can be miserable, especially outdoors in Bangkok. Poor air quality compounds the problem. Beaches around the country as well as mountains in the North (except during the burning season ) provide a welcome respite.

    Rainy season is complicated and seems to be changing. The good news is that you will see fewer tourists and get better rates on rooms. Our best attempt at explaining what is normal for Thailand’s rainy season.

    Hotels Resorts

    Hotels Resorts appeal to different travelers in individual ways. Some may be delighted with a sand-floored hut on a quiet beach or nestled in a forest. Khao Sok National Park actually has tree-house accommodations.

    Luxury rooms in a 5-star resort are minimum expectations for other travelers. Thailand boasts more than a fair share of world class hotels resorts.

    Room rates have risen over the years. But compared to the west and other Asian countries, you can still find great deals. Avoiding High Season For purposes of booking rooms in Thailand, high season is generally November to February, but varies by region.

    Availability. Thais tend to travel for holidays around Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, and especially Thai New Year (Songkran) leads to even better rates and selection.

    More resorts at better rates are available during the rainy season .

    Thailand Travel Tips

    Passports with expiration dates less than 6 months are required for entering Thailand. Depending on the length of your stay in Thailand, you may need a Visa Foreigners may enter under the Tourist Visa Exemption category; may re-enter and stay in Thailand for a cumulative duration of stay not exceeding 90 days within any 6-month period from the date of first entry.

    Foreigners entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category must possess adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand (i.e. cash 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family).. Visa regulation in Thailand change often. Please do your homework!

    Packing light makes your trip to Thailand much less stressful. Pack only the minimums and do some shopping on arrival. Cotton shirts and walking shorts are available for Bt 400 at street markets.

    Luggage can ruin your day! Wheels are great for airports but not for the sidewalks of Bangkok. packing for Thailand .

    Currency exchange should wait for Thailand. Don’t pat a foreign bank premium. You will get better exchange rates after arrival. Travelers’ checks, ATM cards or cash will get market rates.

    ATM’s are pretty much everywhere nowadays. Every 7-11 will have one. Shopping areas have banks of them. Some offshore banks now charge Bt 200 for a withdrawal. Some of our tips may save you a few Thai Baht. Plus you can see real time exchange rates for all major currencies. Thai Baht exchange rate

    Thailand’s Best Destinations

    Bangkok will be the first glimpse of Thailand for most arrivals. Bangkok is big, complex, fascinating and is normally, hot! Traffic gridlock is common. Air quality can be terrible. Yet Bangkok can be a wonderful experience. Bangkok

    Beaches and islands draw millions of tourists each year. Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui had hundreds of resorts, restaurants and bars. Ban Krud Beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan has but a handful. Each beach has it’s own particular charm. Part of the travel experience is finding what works best for you. beaches in Thailand

    To See Do in Thailand

    Muang Boran should be on everyone’s culture attractions list. Built near the outskirts of Bangkok in a park like setting of 800 Rai 330 acres or 120 hectares. the Ancient City has hundreds of full-scale and rear-scale reproductions of Thai culture.

    Spacious and comfortable, the family can spend an entire day wandering around magnificent buildings, statuary and nature. Muang Boran

    Action junkies may prefer climbing the limestone cliffs in Krabi or diving the reefs of the Andaman. If more interested in the sea, Thailand has some excellent scuba diving .

    Rainy season swells Thailand’s rivers and rewards off-season tourists with white water rafting. Hotel prices are cheaper as well.

    Thailand Guide


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    Travel and Leisure. Travel Tips and Destinations. Vacations and Tours #airplane

    #travel leisure

    Travel Tips

    A little research and planning your travel and leisure can go a long way to insure you’ll have a safer, more economical and enjoyable trip. A little preparation will also help to keep your property safe while you’re traveling. But, who can remember all the little details when you’re rushing to get away? We can help find the resources needed for planning and remind you of all those little details so you can relax and enjoy your travels

  • Do some research, learn as much as you can about your destination.
  • Check to see what type of weather the area has so you can plan accordingly.
  • Check to see what type of paperwork and documentation you will need to travel.
  • Find out what type of diseases are common to the area you’ll be visiting and take actions to prevent your exposure to those diseases.
  • Check your own medical coverage to see what type of coverage you’ll have when away from home. Consider purchasing trip insurance.
  • If you plan on driving, get your car ready and investigate the local road conditions, laws and other driving requirements.
  • Do some research about the costs of local items so you can set your budget. Don’t forget to budget for taxes and tipping. Many governments charge high taxes for travel related services.
  • Check the dates of local major holidays or festivals, since services may be limited on those dates.

    Plan your trip

  • Start looking for special deals and other discounts for which you may qualify.
  • Do some research on the area you’ll be visiting and on the way you’ll be getting there. This is especially important to start your research early if you are planning foreign travel.
  • Check the valid dates on your passport if you are planning on leaving the country.
  • Take care of medical and dental checkups and vaccinations if necessary.
  • After consulting your physician, consider starting an exercise program to prepare your body for the extra exertion you’ll experience while traveling.
  • Make reservations.

    Three weeks ahead:

  • Watch the weather, so you’ll know what to expect and can pack accordingly.
  • Check with your credit card company for available spending amount; ask your bank for an increase if needed. Don’t forget about the deposits that will be charged and leave some room on the card for emergencies.
  • Check the valid dates on your credit card to make sure they will remain valid while you’re traveling.
  • Notify the Credit Card Company that you’ll be traveling, so they will expect charges from your destination.
  • Check your ATM and debit card for both daily and total limits.
  • Remember your PIN numbers or get new ones issued for all your credit, debit, ATM and phone cards.
  • Purchase automatic light timers to switch on and off in the evening.
  • Check your driver’s license to make sure it will remain valid while you’re traveling.
  • Check cameras, purchase new batteries if necessary, and film.
  • Make an arrangement with a neighbor, friend or relative to check your home periodically.
  • If a friend or neighbor cannot collect your mail, make arrangements for it to be held at the Post Office.
  • Arrange for lawn care or snow removal. Ignoring these areas will make your house stand out in the neighborhood and announce to everyone that you are gone.
  • Arrange for someone to start your car during very cold or very hot weather.
  • Arrange boarding for your pets.
  • Start breaking in the shoes you’ll be taking with you on your trip.
  • Add some yogurt to your diet to strengthen your digestive system. This is especially important if your plans include travel to foreign countries where you will be exposed to elements that are hostile to your digestive system.


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  • The – Ultimate – website for Military Travel! Military Only Travel

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    The Ultimate website for Military Travel!

    And the largest database of travel companies offering Military Discounts.

    This website and service is dedicated to the men and women of the finest military in the world!

    For Space-A Travel select U.S. Directory or Overseas Directory on the menu to get started.


    The Purple Heart Cruise for Wounded Heroes

    Nominate a wounded hero for our May 2016 Cruise

    Scroll to the bottom for August ‘Lost Traveler’ Contest!

    Featured Military Travel Specials!

    DISNEY SALUTE IS BACK! THRU MAY 2016  (some blackout dates)

    We are excited to offer a special Military ticket that is exclusively for military members.  This ticket will only be available through ITT and Leisure Travel Offices including Shades of Green.  It will not be available at the gate or online.

    ·         Offer:  3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket   $147 for adults and $142 for children (3-9)

    ·         Offer Dates:  Purchase now through May  18, 2016 and completely use by May 31, 2016; no blackout dates apply

    ·         Eligibility: U.S. Active Duty, Retirees, DoD Civilians (Foreign Affiliates and Contractors not eligible)

    ·         Tickets must be ACTIVATED at any Universal Pass Sales window with a valid ID presented by the military member or military spouse; military member or spouse MUST accompany the party to the Pass Sales window for first activation of the tickets and use one of the tickets.  DEPENDENT CHILDREN CANNOT activate tickets on their own.

    Or Call Sue Short, Dobbins ITT, 678-655-4797

    Military Only Travel and Auto Europe have teamed up to offer a Military Discount which offers an additional 5% off on all online rentals.  Use code: 99912002. This number can also be used when you call  Auto Europe  (1-888-223-5555) but you must request the discount and provide the code.

    Free  Annual Pass for U.S. Military at U.S. National Parks

    • Available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.
    • Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

    With presentation of valid identification, Active and Retired U. S. Military will receive:

    General Admission: Free for Military and spouse; Half-price for up to 4 guests in same vehicle per day (Guests include, but are not limited to, dependents, extended family and friends)

    New Military Friends Family Annual Pass Price

    We are pleased to now offer Military families the opportunity to purchase an Annual Pass at half-price.  A Military Friends Family Annual Pass will allow the passholder and up to five additional guests per day in the Gardens for free on General Admission days and half-price on Special Events* days for one calendar year as well as a host of additional benefits.  For more information, visit

    Military are defined as those in a branch of U. S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.  U.S. Military ID required for purchase and admission. Military member or spouse must be in attendance.  This does not apply to Dependents, Department of Defense employees or foreign military.

    New Special Admission Price for Veterans

    Also, we are pleased to now offer half-price admission, versus full-price, for U. S. Military Veterans.  With proof of service, such as a state issued Veterans Drivers License, VA card, American Legion card or proper paperwork, Veterans will receive:

    •    General Admission:  Half-price for Veteran; Guests full-price

    •    Special Event* Admission:  Half-price for Veteran and up to 5 guests in same vehicle per day

    Overnight Visits

    •  Patriot Package. $99** rate in the Mountain Creek Inn

    •   Patriot Package with Golf. $139** for lodging in the Mountain Creek Inn and round of golf on our Lake View Course

    •   10% discount** on Best Available Rate in our Southern Pine Cottages and Mountain Creek Villas

    Make reservations online with the links above or call 1.800.CALLAWAY (225.5292) and mention Patriot Package.

    Recreation:   Golf 40% off a round of golf,  Tennis 40% off court fees and equipment rental at the Mountain Creek Tennis Center,  Fishing and Boating 25% off boat and tackle rental at Kingfisher Outfitters

    CruisinBob . a veteran-owned travel agency, specializing in cruises offers the best reviews, insights, and planning to maximize your cruising experience.  Ask him for your Military Discount on these Cruise Lines.


    World Wrestling Entertainment is offering all U.S. military personnel free tickets to its Live Events worldwide as another way for the company to show its gratitude for their service to their country.  U.S. military personnel from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard can claim a free ticket to any WWE RAW or SmackDown Live Event in their local area — excluding WrestleMania — by going to their local arena box office with a military ID the day of the WWE Live Event. Tickets are available the day of the event while supplies last.

    Lost Traveler Contest! We have a winner .

    Photo for JULY contest. We have a winner! Walter F. of Kapolei, HI, AZ correctly identified the location as Makapuu Beach with Rabbit Island in the background.

    Where is our Lost Traveler . Make a guess Win a Hawaiian print T-shirt.   Contact Us and submit your guess/answer, or go to our Face Book page and submit your guess there.

    To submit your answer, send us an email !

    Previous winners:  Location Identified.

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    The best cheap travel destinations #train #travel

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    The best cheap travel destinations


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    The cheapest day to buy airline tickets? It’s Sunday, not Tuesday.

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    The cheapest day to buy airline tickets? It’s Sunday, not Tuesday.

    Published: October 23, 2014 11:14 am

    A company that handles airline ticket sales for travel agencies has come out with study of airline ticket purchases, and found some interesting factoids:

    The cheapest tickets are bought on Sunday, not Tuesday as others have advised.

    The cheapest tickets on domestic flights are bought eight weeks in advance of departure. Eight weeks out, the average fare of $409 was 19.2 percent below the average domestic fare of $496.

    The cheapest tickets on international flights are bought 24 weeks in advance of departure. At 24 weeks out, the average fare of $1,004 was 26.6 percent under the average international fare of $1,368.

    The findings from the Airlines Reporting Corp. are based on ARC’s study of airline ticket purchases between January 2013 through July 2014. It updates and slightly changes findings from a similar January 2012 study of 2011 ticket purchases.

    In the 2012 study, the cheapest domestic tickets were bought six weeks in advance. ARC didn’t look at international tickets in that study.

    Chuck Thackston, ARC’s managing director of enterprise information management, said these are only broad findings.

    Air ticket pricing is dynamic, and ARC isn t advising anyone to purchase tickets only at these times during the sales cycle as there is no guarantee they will receive the lowest price; it is just what the data pattern indicates during the study period, Thackston said.

    Thackston said the latest study is “significant because it reveals that not only have the lowest airfares shifted from six to eight weeks out for domestic travel, but the savings are markedly greater on a percentage basis. It was also interesting to see that the data showed the least expensive tickets were purchased on a Sunday as opposed to Tuesday, which is a common belief.”

    The ARC study, which looked at nearly 130 million tickets worth $94 billion bought in the United States, did find that Tuesday was the cheapest day for Monday-Friday purchases.


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    Travel Auction Sites. #best #cheap #flights

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    The internet nowadays provides a way to find everything, so it makes sense that looking for good travel deals is easier than ever. While there is a Penny Auction Watch is a penny auction resource providing a penny auction directory, penny auction reviews, scam reports, tips and strategies for winning, help The travel page from brings you the Top 20 travel sites, the pick of the best travel sites available on the Net today.The auction page from brings you the Top 20 auction sites, the pick of the best auction sites available on the Net today.Online auction house featuring varied merchandise from sporting goods to computers.UK Online Auctions the complete list of Online auction UK Sites over 51 auctions listedBe the first to know. Sign up to our newsletter and be the first to know about upcoming Travel Auctions packages.Travel Safely. Learn about traveling safely within the United States.An auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder.Enter your search keyword Advanced

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    Travel Auction Sites #eagle #travels

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    Travel Auctions for Ultimate Adventure and Savings

    Traveling is very fun, but before you travel you can also experience fun and excitement by bid to win travel auction. Travel auction sites have changed the way people look for travel deals online. Although there are other travel websites that can offer huge discount for airline tickets and travel packages, many people still opt for travel auction sites because they find happiness and fulfillment whenever they win a bid. All you need to do is to submit the highest bid of all the bidders and when the auction closes you can celebrate a win. This is one of the best and most exciting ways of securing a vacation adventure.

    There is no doubt that travel auction sites can offer exciting vacation packages up for auction and often a fraction of the retail price, but you need to be very careful that you do not over bid or else you will just end up losing instead of saving money. You also need to know what particular travel auction site to choose so you will not end up spending more money or getting yourself mixed up in a scam. If you are looking for reputable and reliable travel auction sites, then the many travelers use UBidUGo. The selection of the best online travel auction is very crucial especially for first time bidders so it is a smart choice to only trust sites that have good reviews and can prove they are legitimate.

    There is a huge opportunity for a bidder like you to find great deals on international travel at an auction site. It pays to consider all possible options when you are trying to hunt for the best deal for cheap airline tickets or vacation packages.  You may even come across a deal to a destination that you hadn’t considered before or maybe you were not even aware the place existed.  So keep an open mind when hunting for the best travel deal.

    Some travel auction sites also offer options to purchase flights and accommodations outside of auctions.  It is important to remember that you need to check the price of the travel package if it is not an auction to make sure that you are really getting the best deal. You can double check the price of the accommodation at the hotel or airline directly to find out if you really get a discount or not. And most of the time you will see that at a legitimate and reliable travel website you are definitely getting the best deal. Obviously there is no point in paying to bid on a travel package if you only wind up paying the original price in the end.  So it is a good idea to double check and do a little research before bidding on an auction or purchasing travel accommodations from any website.

    It is important for a bidder like you to know the actual savings that you can get from a particular bid to win travel auction website. If the bid starts from $1.00, you should not expect that you will win a cruise trip for just $5. Of course, you may a significant amount of money for a cruise package but in the end it should still be cheaper to use the travel auction website than to book directly through the cruise line.  But you need to know how much savings you can get. So do a little research on the package that is up for auction and set yourself a goal to save maybe $5000 or $1000 off the retail price.  This will help you manage your bids as well as your expectations of savings.  If the bid price continues to rise then you will know when to stop bidding because you will have a goal in mind. A bidder should know the right time to stop.

    It is already a fact that travel auction sites can offer a bid to win travel auction that can give huge savings, but you need to set your price range beforehand so you will not overbid for a particular flight or vacation package. It is also important that you research first for the actual price of the flight that you need so you will know if you are getting the best deal from a particular travel auction site .


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    The 5 Best Military Travel Deals – US News #flight #and

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    The best air and lodging discounts for active military, family, and affiliates.

    To take advantage of Memorial Day weekend, the much-anticipated vacation period that kicks off the summer, many Americans are cutting back on entertainment spending, traveling locally, and hunting for travel deals.

    Amidst this frantic budgeting and planning, it’s easy to forget that Memorial Day is a time to commemorate our nation’s military and its service to all Americans past, present, and future. To celebrate this holiday and show our appreciation to all who have served and continue to serve our nation, we tracked down the best military travel deals.

    1. Most flexible lodging discounts for all military affiliates. Choice Hotels (which includes Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Econolodge, and more) offers the most flexible military discounts. While many military-discount programs only apply to active military (or active military on orders), Choice extends its discounts to active and retired military personnel and their families on business or leisure. Hotels are not required to offer any military discounts nor are they required to provide specific rates to qualify for government reimbursement of travel on orders. As such, military discounts on lodging are determined on a hotel-by-hotel basis. While it is always best to double-check in advance, Choice Hotel’s discount program provides many options nationwide so that military personnel can travel more easily.

    2. Best air discounts for active military and families. Active military personnel and their dependents are allowed four free checked bags in coach (and five free checked bags in first class) at any time on Hawaiian Airlines. A valid military ID is the only requirement to qualify. Baggage fees generate billions of dollars in revenue for U.S. airlines and can cost travelers more than airfare. Given that some airlines, such as Spirit Airlines and JetBlue, do not offer any military baggage discounts, we think Hawaiian’s offer is great deal. For each passenger flying roundtrip, four checked bags would normally cost $620, according to Hawaiian’s baggage fee policy. The catch is that oversized and overweight fees may apply, so make sure each bag is smaller than 62” total (length + width + height) and weighs less than 50 pounds.

    3. Military bags that really do fly free. True to its word, bags do fly free on Southwest Airlines. For civilians, however, that only applies to two checked bags. For active military personnel with identification, Southwest waives all baggage fees. including any oversize and overweight fees. Southwest has the most liberal (and most simple) discounts. While it does not extend the offer to military families, it is the best airline when traveling with multiple bags, particularly when those bags may be bulky and/or heavy. It is important to note that other airlines may allow several bags to be checked free, but they often place restrictions on the weight and size of each bag. Overweight and oversized bags do not always qualify for military discounts on other airlines.

    4. No extra fees on car rentals . Hertz Rent-a-Car offers the most military benefits on car rentals. While all major car rental companies have military-discount programs on the base rental rate, these discounts vary. Similar to airlines, car rental companies typically make most of their profits on extra fees–not on the base rates. As such, we evaluated car rental discounts based on the number of extra fees it waived for active military. Hertz waived loss damage waiver/collision damage waiver (LDW / CDW) insurance, additional driver fees, unlimited mileage fees, underage driver fees, and space available upgrades. While Hertz was the clear winner, Avis did come in at a close second. It waives most all fees waived by Hertz, except for space available upgrades. Unfortunately, most car-rental military discounts only apply to active military. For veterans, we suggest obtaining a Veteran’s Advantage Card to access discounts at all major car rental services.

    5. Best luxury military discounts. Everyone needs some quality rest and relaxation. Hard-working military personnel are no exception. For more luxurious lodging, we recommend Hyatt Hotels Resorts. Hyatt offers special rates to military personnel as long as identification can be provided at time of check-in. The savings from Hyatt’s military discount ranges greatly, though. You may get a great deal in some locations, depending on your dates of travel. However, not all hotels will be able to provide significant discounts. Make sure to check online and call. If you do opt for more comfortable lodging, Hyatt may be your best bet for a military discount.

    Alicia Jao is the VP of Travel Media at NerdWallet, which recently launched an airline and baggage fee comparison tool to help you save money on air travel.


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    The best flight search tool you ve never heard of #getaway

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    The best flight search tool you’ve never heard of

    It should come as no surprise that I’m a bit of an obsessive when it comes to searching for flights online. This is my job, after all, and I pursue flight search with the same fervor that I seek out a sweet sample sale deal.

    My secret tool, however, is now out for public consumption, and I guess I consider it my responsibility to share it with the world.

    Meet If you can remember the clunky URL, you will be happy. ITA Software, which was recently acquired by Google for a cool $700 million in cash, is a travel data clearinghouse that supplies everyone from Bing to Orbitz to Kayak with all of their flight info. That’s right. Most search engines pull the same information; they just slice it and deliver it in different ways.

    ITA Software isn’t new; it was founded in 1996 by MIT computer scientists. But the owners have given it a face lift that makes it more palatable for public consumption. While it used to look like it was built, in fact, in 1996, the site has been upgraded and streamlined, with one of those handy matrices that lays out all the options. They’ve even created something I’ve never seen before: a sideways chart detailing flight options by time, using color-coded time bars. Their new free, 4-star app, “OntheFly ” makes detailed search totally doable via an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

    Neither the site nor the app allows for booking. It just gives you all the tools at your fingertips, and lets you customize search as you see fit. and you can be sure you’re seeing everything that exists. Where you choose to book your preferred flight combo via the airline directly or an OTA (Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, Kayak) is entirely up to you.

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    The Best Female Travel Blogs for 2014 #travel #auction #sites

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    50 Kick-Ass Female Travel Blogs to Follow in 2014

    You want to travel, but don’t know where to start. You want to start reading blogs for inspiration, but are overwhelmed by the options. New travel blogs are being started everyday; how on earth can you keep up?!

    You can t. So I m here to help. Since I m constantly being impressed by my peers (and am online, um, a lot), I thought I d make it easy for you and share the 50 female travel blogs that inspire me the most.

    Hover over me to pin!

    Some notes about the list:

    • There are a lot of amazing travel blogs out there. I focused on solo females leading lives of adventure (often on a budget!), because I figured that s who you d identify with best.
    • Also, I chose blogs that have personal stories of growth and inspiration (and not just “5 things to do in ), because I like to pretend these ladies are my friends!
    • They re organized alphabetically under seven categories. Not to pigeonhole any of the blogs most of them could surely fall under many but hopefully they’ll help you narrow down which ones you want to follow.
    • If you re looking for a way to follow multiple blogs, I recommend Feedly. which is a free RSS feed manager.
    • Or, follow this Twitter list that Brigid of Becoming the B Boss was kind enough to create!

    Some of these blogs are hugely popular, while others are still growing. I hope you’ll find a few you haven’t read before, and that they ll inspire you to travel in 2014. I know each and every one of them inspires me!

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    The Best Ways to Buy Airline Tickets #hotel #and #flight #deals

    #best prices for airline tickets

    The Best Ways to Buy Airline Tickets

    Airline tickets are available from many different venues. (Photo: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images )

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    Fifty years ago there was only one basic way to purchase airline tickets. You went to a travel agent, who would search the listings for all available flights and sell you a seat for your chosen travel date. The travel agency monopoly is gone now, and the average person can choose multiple methods for buying airline tickets. The best way for you to buy a ticket depends entirely on your particular travel needs.

    Save Money

    Savvy travelers know that the best way to save money on airline tickets is by comparison shopping at least three months in advance. If you know when you’ll be traveling and are willing to spend an hour or two online, you can find the least expensive ticket to your destination. Check ticket meta-search engines such as Kayak, Skyscanner or Look on the airline’s sites for the same flights, as they sometimes offer cheaper seats than the meta searches. Switching back and forth between sites will involve some note-taking and time spent on the computer, but it’s a proven way to find inexpensive airline tickets.


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    Why is United Airlines suing a 22-year-old? Dec. 29, 2014 #svr

    #travel cheap flights

    Why is United Airlines suing a 22-year-old?

    22-year-old Aktarer Zaman founded last year.

    A young computer whiz from New York City has launched a site to help people buy cheap plane tickets. But an airline company and its travel partner want to shut him down.

    The site helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing.

    The idea is that you buy an airline ticket that has a layover at your actual destination. Say you want to fly from New York to San Francisco — you actually book a flight from New York to Lake Tahoe with a layover in San Francisco and get off there, without bothering to take the last leg of the flight.

    This travel strategy only works if you book a one-way flight with no checked bags (they would have landed in Lake Tahoe).

    It’s not like these tickets are the cheapest all the time, but they often are.

    In the lawsuit, United and Orbitz call Skiplagged “unfair competition” and allege that it is promoting “strictly prohibited” travel. They want to recoup $75,000 in lost revenue from Zaman.

    Zaman said he knew a lawsuit was inevitable but he points out that there’s nothing illegal about his web site.

    He also said he has made no profit via the website and that all he’s done is help travelers get the best prices by exposing an “inefficiency” in airline prices that insiders have known about for decades.

    “[Hidden city ticketing] have been around for a while, it just hasn’t been very accessible to consumers,” Zaman told CNNMoney.

    Indeed, “hidden city,” ticketing is no secret among frequent fliers, said Michael Boyd, President of Boyd Group International, an aviation consulting firm in Evergreen, Co. Boyd worked as an American Airline ( AAL ) ticket agent 30 years ago, and says he was trained at the airline to help customers find “hidden city” fares.

    “I don’t think it’s illegal what he’s doing,” Boyd said. But lawsuits are expensive and it could end up costing the young entrepreneur who has irked the two billion dollar corporations.

    Airlines usually offer cheaper fares for some destinations that are not regional hubs, Boyd said. Many of these flights are routed through more popular destinations. But if a lot of people take advantage of that discrepancy it could hurt the airlines, which is why they want to shut him down.

    Born in Bangladesh, Zaman grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science at age 20 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He lives in Manhattan and works at a technology start-up that he declined to name.

    Zaman said Skiplagged is just a “side project” and declined to discuss the lawsuit.

    Orbitz said in a statement that it is obligated to uphold airline fare rules.

    A United spokesman said, “This practice violates our fare rules and we are taking action to stop it to help protect the vast majority of customers who buy legitimate tickets.”

    Other travel experts say that the airlines may not achieve much if Zaman’s site is shut down, especially in a world where information is becoming more readily available.

    “If [Skiplagged is] shut down, undoubtedly there will be other people to come along to scrape fares and make them available,” said Robert Mann, president of R.W. Mann Company, an airline consulting firm in Port Washington, N.Y.

    CNNMoney (New York) December 31, 2014: 12:04 PM ET


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    The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips: Money Smart Life

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    The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips

    August 3, 2011

    Rental car deals are in high demand with many travelers expecting higher air fare costs this summer. Some of those travelers will forge on, willing to pay the higher price to get to their dream destination. But with many Americans still unemployed or just recently having found new employment the high price of flying may cause them to consider vacations closer to home and send them in search of rental car discounts.

    Taking a regional road trip in a rental car doesn t have to break the bank, especially when compared with flying across the country. Instead of increasing your maintenance costs or worrying if your car can survive a road trip, you borrow the rental agency s car for a known cost and call it a day. If the car has maintenance problems that weren t caused by an accident, it s not your problem. They ll swap you out into a new car and get you going.

    Tips for Saving on Rental Cars

    Renting a car can also get pretty expensive, but not if you know how to look for the best deals. Use the following tips to maximize your savings on rental cars. I worked in the rental industry for about a year and this is how I would go about getting the best deal.

    Finding the Best Deal

    There is no one best way to find the best deal on rental cars, but knowledge is power. Things you need to know:

    What s the business model? Rental car agencies go after different types of business. Some focus on repair work while your car is in the shop. Others focus on business travelers and only have airport locations. Knowing the company s business model will help you determine their down times. You can get a better deal during slow periods when they have a lot of extra cars on hand.

    • For example, Enterprise has thousands of locations across the country. They focus on being in your neighborhood and deal with a lot of insurance and car repair rentals. That means their cars are in high demand Monday through Friday. On Friday the body shops finish up, and the agency has extra inventory over the weekend. You can get amazing deals on the weekend. More on this in a moment.

    What s in demand? During the summer months the most in demand vehicles are SUVs and minivans. This is especially true around holidays like Memorial Day or the 4th of July. You ll need to book well in advance or risk missing out.

    Know the car sizes. Check out the company s website and be familiar with their car classes. Booking a smaller vehicle will save you money, but don t be surprised if it is really small.

    Check Online Specials First

    The internet is one of the best places to find widely advertised deals on rental cars. Check all of the popular agency s websites first. You know these deals are legitimate because it is coming straight from the source. Follow that up with a check of large travel aggregation websites like Kayak. They ll be able to spot some of the secret or less advertised deals that you can t find without a lot of extra work.

    For example, say Enterprise has their $9.99 weekend special going. You can pay as little as $10 per day for three days, and get 300 total miles to use on your rental for a compact size car. That s a 60% discount off the regular rental price of $24.99 in my area. A full size car can be had for $19.99 per day that s 43% off the regular price of $34.99.

    Budget has a similar deal. They offer $5 off for every weekend day you have a rental. A 3 day rental (Friday to Monday) would have $15 knocked off the final price. How can they afford to do this? Again, they have a lot of inventory on the weekends. Having vehicles on the road for as little as $30 in revenue is better than having the cars sit on the lot for $0 in revenue.

    One way to make the deal even sweeter is to use a rental car credit card that offers rewards or discounts when you reserve your car online. Just be aware that not all deals can be combined so you might not be able to use the credit card discount along with an advertised special.

    Pick Up the Phone

    Pick up the phone and call your local branch. Have their website pulled up and know what discounts they are currently offering. Let them know of your plans, and have them walk you through the best deal they can offer. When they re done telling you the price, tell them that s not low enough or ask if there is anything they can do to get you to reserve the car today. They may be able to find a discount to put on your rental to drop the price down a bit. Talking to a live human being that works at your local branch gives you an advantage over computer systems.

    Book with Travel Partners

    You can also try booking with travel partners. If you re booking a hotel room you may be able to get a package deal with one of their preferred car rental agencies.

    Negotiate at the Counter

    You have negotiating leverage. Unlike hotel reservations, many rental agencies do not charge you for not showing up for your reservation. Once you are there they want to make sure you leave happy. You can book a lower class vehicle and try to negotiate your way into a larger vehicle at a discounted price.

    In fact, the representative behind the counter may try to do convince you first. Many companies will run up-sell competitions and rewards their reps for selling you from a smaller vehicle class into something bigger, even if it isn t at full price. They re getting more revenue for having your reservation out on the road. You can also try asking for discounts based on:

    • The rate your insurance company gets (which is much, much cheaper than retail). You likely won t get the full discount, but they may knock the price off a bit.
    • Memberships you have (AAA, AARP, etc.)
    • Your company s corporate discount

    Granted, this only works when the company has a lot of excess inventory sitting on the car lot. You won t find much negotiating room if you re renting their next to last car. If they don t rent to you they ll find another customer to put into that car.

    Consider Gas Mileage

    With gas nearing or over $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, be sure to check on gas mileage first. Taking 4 friends on a road trip to the beach? Riding in style in a massive SUV may seem great, but you ll be guzzling gas the whole way (along with paying higher rental costs in the first place). Those 4 people would easily fit into a standard or full size car, saving you money on gas and rental charges.

    Document the Car s Condition

    Make sure you document the car s condition very well. Renting cars happens very fast. There is important paperwork you sign, including an agreed upon condition of the car. If you don t mark any of the current damage (knicks, dings, dents) on the contract you may be held liable for them when you return the vehicle. Read the fine print on the rental car insurance and make sure you understand what s covered and what s not. In this technology covered age I would recommend taking photos or a video of the walk around on the car on your smartphone or camera. It will help defuse any situations that pop up when you return the car.

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    The Ebola Outbreak: Is It Still Safe To Go To Africa?

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    The Ebola Outbreak: Is It Still Safe To Go To Africa?

    Over the last few weeks there has been extensive and often terrifying coverage of the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa, and our thoughts are with all those fighting this dreadful disease.

    Whilst the coverage has highlighted that the disease is not airborne and can only be contracted by contact with body fluids from an infected person, we have had a number of people asking if it is safe to travel to South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and other destinations in Eastern and Southern Africa.

    The short answer is ‘yes – you can still safely travel to Africa’, however given the seriousness of the situation in West Africa we feel it is worth expanding on this. There are two key points to consider:

    Africa is big – really. really big.

    One thing that many people not involved with the travel industry are not aware of is just how huge Africa is. for example, the outbreak in West Africa is over 3500 miles away from Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, and over 3,000 miles from Botswana and Namibia. To put this into context, London is about 3000 miles from the affected area, so many of these places are further from the centre of the outbreak than the UK is.

    You can get an idea of the sheer scale of Africa from this fascinating map from the Economist:

    Most of Africa has not had an outbreak of Ebola since records began in 1976

    It is also worth noting that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there have been no reported cases of Ebola since records began in 1976 for Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe amongst others. The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that South Africa was missing from that list: well, the only case in South Africa since records began in 1976 was a medical professional who travelled from Gabon to Johannesburg, after having treated Ebola virus-infected patients and thus having been exposed to the virus there. You can see a full history of outbreaks since 1976 here:

    In conclusion

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all those currently fighting the the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, however the safari and beach destinations of Southern and Eastern Africa are unaffected at present, and history suggests that they may well remain unaffected througout this outbreak.

    Tour operators and airlines will continue to monitor the situation and the FCO travel advice, and if it is considered unsafe for travel by the FCO then people who have booked an ATOL protected package will be entitled to alternative travel arrangements or a refund.

    We believe that you can still book with confidence and travel safely to Africa, and we look forward to showing you and your clients around this huge, spectacular and diverse continent.

    About the author: Paul Campbell is a member of the SATOA Committee and Managing Director of Travel Butlers Ltd .


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    The cheapest way from London to Paris #israel #travel

    #travel to paris

    Which is the cheapest way to get from London to Paris – car, Eurostar, coach or plane?


    There are many different ways to get to Paris. Today, we did a spot check comparison on as many of them as possible, including rail fares, plane tickets, car – including options by ferry or by Eurotunnel – and by coach.

    We should sound a note of caution in that some tickets are for travelling on a Friday (see methodology below), often the most expensive day to travel, which will distort the results somewhat. But they give a sound indication of how budget-conscious travellers should plan their journey to the French capital, whether travelling in the short-term or several months down the line.


    Prices checked are for a single adult, with no discount cards

    Prices were checked on the morning of Friday September 4, for full adult fare, both single and return journey (four days after outbound trip). Airfares are hand-luggage only.

    We have not included the cost of airport transfers for Easyjet and Ryanair. But a return train ticket from Charles de Gaulle to Gare du Nord will cost about 20, and from central London to London Gatwick is at least £10, and likely to cost more, unless booked in advance.

    What we have learned (or confirmed)

    On the launch of its international routes three years ago, Megabus ( ) carved a reputation for value with its headline £1 fares. However, when we carried out this same research last year, we found that the cheapest coach to Paris was run by iDBUS (now rebranded as OUIBUS; ). But wait, there’s more: for 2015, Megabus has reclaimed its throne, again providing the cheapest route on wheels to the French capital.

    Both budget coach companies trump the National Express arm, Eurolines ( )

    It’s also worth noting that travel company’s websites have become pretty good at pointing you in the direction of the cheapest fare, so it’s no longer necessary to be suspicious they’re hiding the best value.

    For Eurostar ( ), Friday is an expensive time to travel: the cheapest fare available was often £30 more expensive than the same for the previous or following day (a Thursday or Saturday). This is particularly true when booking in advance.

    The same goes for Eurotunnel ( ), only to a lesser extent, with only a couple of pounds variation between the cheapest ticket available for next Thursday (£76) and Friday (£78). As per usual, the most anti-social travel times wins you the best deals.

    P O Ferries ( ) is marginally more expensive than Eurotunnel in our study.

    The cliffs of Normandy await ferry passengers Photo: Fotolia/AP

    Eurostar booked well in advance is still very competitive – only £33.50 more than the cheapest return by coach. Plus, the coach services we surveyed had an erratic approach to advance bookings, with no clear timeline available, where Eurostar allows bookings 180 days in advance.

    Obtaining one of the limited number of cheap seats on the Eurostar plays a large part in determining the size of your final bill (fail to book a discount seat on Eurostar and the prices rise steeply).

    However, it costs similar to easyJet and becomes a much better deal once you take into account transfers to the airport.

    For drivers, Viamichelin is a terrific website. As well as the route, it calculates your likely fuel costs, and tells you how much to expect to pay for tolls. Impressive.

    Travel times vary for coaches surprisingly widely (up to two hours), and consider just how much you fancy eight hours in a coach before being lured by the prices.

    Group travel can be an advantage. OUIBUS, for example, offers discounts for groups of more than 10. And as for travelling by car, if several (paying) people are in the same vehicle, it is almost without question the best deal of all no matter when you travel (without taking into account any additional fees for travel insurance/ roadside assistance).

    Note too that the Man in Seat Sixty-One has an interesting option if you wish to travel by train, ferry, then train again. Surprisingly it s not the shorter route via Calais that is cheapest, but a longer way, via Newhaven to Dieppe. Read full details of his suggested train-ferry-train combination here

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    The Best Travel Deals for Federal Government Employees. #travel #insurance #reviews

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    The Best Travel Deals for Federal Government Employees

    Representing 2.8% of the US GDP, travel and tourism is becoming more expensive for consumers each year. If you work for the federal government, you most likely travel more often than the average American between a combination of business and leisure trips. As summer approaches, it’s a good time to start planning a family vacation. To keep your piggybank intact during this season of fun, review the following travel deals and tips meant specifically for government employees.

    3 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Travel Experience

    These tips, combined with available discounts, will help book a memorable vacation at a reasonable cost.

    • Ask for discounts As a government employee, always ask if there are government discounts available with any vendor. Many national and international hospitality providers offer government discounts, but do not often advertise this benefit. When it comes to getting the most out of your travel experience, it never hurts to ask if there is a discount available before booking.
    • Do research – On average, the cost to travel domestically is over $200 per day, per person. That amount can sharply increase for those traveling internationally. Despite access to the internet, statistics show less than 30% of travelers are using websites and social media to find vacation deals. Performing thorough research on the best deals by using internet search and travel sites and asking friends for referrals is often an effective method of finding travel deals.
    • Stay plugged in – Travel websites for government employees, like, distribute newsletters with travel deals and discounts. Staying tuned in to these special offers simplifies the planning process while saving money on travel expenses.

    By staying up-to-date on the latest vacation deals, federal government employees can reduce the amount spent on lodging, airfare and transportation as well as the cost of accessing the world’s most often-visited destinations.

    Discount Vacation Packages

    One-stop resources for vacation packages are an easy way to complete travel planning and booking. When looking for the best deal on complete vacations, three websites emerge as the best resource for government employees.

    • Government Employees Travel Opportunities – When planning a complete vacation, this website is where to go first. It provides deep discounts on resort getaways. top vacation destinations and all-inclusive packages only for government employees and their families.
    • Government and Armed Forces Travel Cooperative – From airfare and hotels to car rentals and destination-specific activities, the Government and Armed Forces Travel Cooperative features discounts specifically for government employees. With destinations both domestic and abroad, “Gov Arm” can offer many ways to save on travel.
    • FedSave – Though not a vacation package provider, FedSave keeps a comprehensive list of travel coupons and discounts available for government employees.

    Reviewing these resources before finalizing a trip can save time and money, as each website is designed to make the planning process easy.

    With the cost of airfare for one person averaging $400. finding discounts on air travel is a top priority when planning any trip. As a federal government employee, most major airlines have special discounts available to you. Depending on your destination, choose an airline that offers specific government discounts, like one of the following.

    • JetBlue – With their government employees discount program. JetBlue offers fully refundable tickets complete with lower fares and no penalty for cancellation.
    • Southwest – Deep airfare discounts for government personnel are available when booking with Southwest. but only by contacting the airline directly.
    • American Airlines – By contacting American Airlines, most government employees are eligible to receive discounts to select cities in the United States .

    For even more information, provides a search tool for government employees that can find airfare, hotels, car rentals and rail transportation appropriate for your travel plans.

    Generally the most expensive aspect of travel, lodging accounts for over $155 billion in sales each year, according to the American Hotel Lodging Association. With most families spending at least $100 per night on hotels, a week-long vacation can add up quickly. Fortunately, government employees can receive deep discounts from some of the top hotel chains and resorts around the world.

    • FedRooms – A fantastic resource for travel planning, FedRooms allows government employees to shop for lodging at deep discounts below per diem rates. Lodging booked through FedRooms has no hidden fees, usually includes a late checkout and saves time when planning a vacation.
    • Airbnb Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries. Government employees receive a $25 Airbnb credit .
    • Marriott – One of the largest hotel chains in the world, Marriott offers discounts at booking for verified government employees for any of their over 4,000 locations.
    • Hyatt – Federal government employees are eligible for discounted rates from Hyatt toward the booking of one room. With hotels located in the US and abroad, Hyatt’s discounts can greatly reduce lodging expenses during travel.
    • La Quinta – At La Quinta, government employees can book rooms online and receive immediate discounts for any of the chain’s 800 locations.
    • Gaylord Palms Resort – A premier resort in Orlando, Florida, Gaylord Palms is a top destination when planning to visit any of the area’s world-renowned attractions. Offering steep discounts for government employees. the resort is a great place to entertain the whole family on vacation. An extension of Marriott, Gaylord Palms is less than 10 minutes from Disney, Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

    Wherever you plan to stay, discounts are available specifically for government employees from the best hotels and resorts in the world.


    Transportation can represent over one-third of  total travel expenses. Whether arriving, exploring or leaving a destination, transportation costs will factor in to the overall expense of travel. Many top rental car companies offer government discounts, including the five listed below.

    • Hertz – For both official business and leisure use, Hertz offers discounted car rental fares for government employees. Benefits of choosing Hertz include lower rates, no-cost upgrades and free membership in Hertz’ reward program.
    • Dollar – Another national car rental company, Dollar offers rate discounts and membership in their rewards program for government employees. Dollar does not charge government employees a fee for underage drivers or additional drivers.
    • Alamo – Between a free one-day car rental and rate reductions. Alamo’s government employee discount can reduce transportation expenses whether traveling for business or leisure.
    • Avis – Regardless of the reason for travel, Avis Car Rental offers rate discounts for federal government employees. If traveling on official business, Avis provides free unlimited mileage, free insurance and competitive rates.
    • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – At over 200 locations, Enterprise Rent-A-Car provides government employees with rate discounts for business and leisure .

    With thousands of locations combined, these car rental companies go above and beyond to save money for government employees and their families.

    Save-As-You-Go Travel for Government Employees

    Saving money on travel expenses for a single trip is one thing, but is it possible to accrue discounts over time? That’s exactly what Gov Vacation Rewards offers government employees. Designed only for government employees and military personnel, participation in Government Vacation Rewards offers discounts on cruises, vacation destinations, lodging and more. As a free service for government employees, Government Vacation Rewards pays for itself quickly with up-to-date access to the latest deals, specials and discounts. Discounted vacation packages include beachfront resorts, Disney World, Las Vegas and a variety of cruise destinations.

    Given the abundance of travel deals available to government employees, there is never a reason to pay full price for a great vacation.

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    The Colombia Travel Guide

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    By See Colombia Travel

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    Welcome to The Colombia Travel Guide. Snow-capped peaks, wild jungles, acres of beautiful coastlines, bustling cities, dizzying nights of salsa and an unforgettable culture t ravel to Colombia is all this and more. This is a country of such staggering beauty you ll wonder just how you re one of the pioneering travellers here. But you are. You are the explorer. and Colombia is waiting.

    The Colombia Travel Guide by the See Colombia Travel Community is your one-stop source for information about travel to Colombia. We have a team of international travel writers scouring the country looking for the most up-to-date, accurate information. We also welcome our readers to contribute to our collaborative guide in order to help fellow travellers in their adventures around the country enjoy their trip to the fullest. Welcome to Colombia s number one travel guide. Welcome to Colombia .

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    The Best Times to Travel to South America and Central America

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    The Best Times to Travel to South America and Central America

    Skip summer in Rio — December through February — when temperatures soar over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo: Images )

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    The prospect of sun, summer temperatures and sandy beaches over below freezing temperatures and snow-filled streets draw Americans to Central and South America in droves during North America’s dreary winter months. In the Southern Hemisphere, South America benefits from the exact reverse seasonal calendar as the north, and equatorial Central America also has its dry season during the North American winter. Just skip the the holiday season from Christmas through New Year’s and around Easter — crowded times when regional residents head out on vacation.

    Central America

    While Central America benefits from a tropical climate year-round, the dry season is the most pleasant time to visit the region. The main part of dry season runs from January to March, with the shoulder months December and April varying in weather quality from country to country. At the beginning of dry season, prepare for cool evening and morning weather. In Belize and Panama, the season begins later — in February — but Nicaragua and Honduras have a longer dry season, beginning in December. Outside the dry season, in addition to humidity, travelers face oppressive mosquitos, heavy rain, tropical storms and the possibility of hurricanes.

    Northern South America


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    The Freedom to Travel Language Series #argentina #travel

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    Peace of Mind for Gluten Free Travelers

    Rx: The Freedom to Travel Language Series for Travelers with Health Conditions

    This exclusive new audio series puts key words and phrases you need for nutrition, access, or medical assistance in easy reach so you can go where YOU want to go with confidence. Each instructional CD and phrase book is packed with entertaining lessons and practical terms you can use in any away-from-home situation.*

    Where would you go if you knew you could ask for the TLC you deserve? Don t let migraines, food allergies, diabetes, or mobility issues hold you back from the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are waiting for you on the road. Take back your freedom to travel with Rx: The Freedom to Travel Language Series!

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    The Gateway Travel Team – Gateway Travel Pro #cheap #flight #and

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    The Gateway Travel Team


    Owner and Operator of Gateway Travel

    Gateway Travel opened in 1976, right at the same location where our office still is today. I entered the picture when Gateway hired me in 1985, after having worked for 4 years with Madera Travel.

    The Gateway team focused on improving what is still the core of our business: matching travelers’ budgets with their dreams. I know how important and heartfelt those dreams can be, as I had wanted to travel a great deal during the first few years of my career, but family and other obligations made that impossible at the time. Since those early years, I have had the opportunity to visit Fiji, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, and New Zealand, as well as Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica and the US Virgin Islands (Obviously, my favorite travel destinations are anywhere that has a beach and a view of the ocean!)

    The thrill and satisfaction of being able to fulfill my fantasies of travel gave me an even greater drive and desire to make our business something truly great and magical. In 2008, I became the owner of Gateway Travel, and haven’t lost any of my drive since then.


    Mia joined the family in 2003 as a part-time agent, and transitioned to working with us full-time a couple of years later. She constantly goes above and beyond the call of duty in order to fulfill the desires and hopes of our customers. Despite having been with us for more than ten years, her passion has not diminished in the least. As she puts it, “I love working with people and making their dream vacations come true. Experiencing new destinations of all types is my passion.” Her desire to serve extends outside of the workplace, as she volunteers her time organizing mission trips abroad for her church. This November, they will be heading to England.

    She has had the opportunity to visit Chile, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Mazatlan, Canada, and many U.S destinations such as Hawaii, Puerto Rico, New York, Chicago, and Vermont. Mia also LOVES Disneyland and is happy to send her clients to the happiest place on earth.


    I have worked in the travel industry for 25 years. I love to travel and experience new cultures and destinations.  I’m always up for any new adventure.  I’ve escorted and organized many cruise groups. I love working with people to make their travel dreams a reality.

    Destination Weddings is a specialty of mine. I love working with the bride and groom to find the perfect destination for their special day!  You would be amazed at how affordable a Destination Wedding can be in comparison to a traditional wedding.  Whether it s an intimate celebration for just the two of you, or a grand ceremony and reception for 150 of your family and friends, I can help you find your perfect destination. Planning a destination wedding on your own can be frustrating and stressful.  However, with me as your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist, I will eliminate the worry and stress for you and your guest.

    Places I’ve traveled include Africa, Austria, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cancun, Cozumel, Dominican Republic, Riviera Maya, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Hawaii, Jamaica, Scotland, Alaska, Vancouver and numerous U.S. cities. I’ve also sailed with several different cruise lines.


    I have been a travel agent for 25 years and started with Gateway Travel in 1980.  After moving to Kern County in 1991, I continued my travel career until 2005.  In 2014, I was able to return to Gateway Travel where it all began and am an Independent Consultant for the company.  Helping others achieve their travel goals is what motivates me.  I love creating new and exciting itineraries for my valued clientele.  As your agent, I will run weekly checks on your vacation to make sure that you are always receiving the best price and promotions.  I will be with you from start to finish, making sure that your holiday will be the experience of a lifetime!  I specialize in group travel arrangements and vacations to any where in the world.   My favorite destination to travel to is Hawaii.  There is nothing more pleasing than to disembark from an airplane and smell the sweet scent of plumeria in the air.  I became a Certified Hawaiian Specialist in 1999 and have grown quite knowledgeable of what the islands have to offer.  Cruising is another favorite of mine.  I earned my Master Cruise Counselor Certification at the CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Institute in Miami, Florida in 1996 and have been fortunate enough to cruise some of the most exciting waters in the world!  Weather it be Destination Weddings, Sports Events or those Quirky little getaways, I can get the job done!  I look forward to meeting you soon to discuss your travel needs.


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    The Magical Day to Buy Airline Tickets #travel #conditions

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    The Magical Day to Buy Airline Tickets

    Date 24 Nov 2015 | Posted by Linda Paul

    Life keeps becoming more complicated when our wishes and limited resources clash against each other. Among them is the dream to trot around the globe. Since the airfares remain sky high, we often find ourselves struggling with our dream like plans.

    The cost of flying is certainly high and you’ll witness the web brimming with expert opinions of how to get access to cheap airfares. Booking early, traveling on the holiday itself, and making use of the mileage program of an airline are some of the advices that you must have come across while booking yourself a flight.

    Since there are so many of them, we can end up in a confused state of mind because implementation of all of them can be a task!

    Among them is the famous debate of which day you should opt for to buy airline tickets.

    Yes, this is quite confusing! Since it is one of the most frequently asked questions of shoppers hoping to book a cheap airfare, it is worth finding out. Let’s see what wins for being the most hit day for booking a flight.


    You might consider it a myth until it magically starts working for you. Tuesday has become the recent talk of the town to book cheap air tickets. No, it’s not an arbitrarily chosen time of the week.

    But why Tuesday?

    Since most of the airlines start to launch their amazing sales in the closing hours on Monday or during the early part of Tuesday, you can get a fine chance of getting hold of these appealing deals. Since the aviation market has become increasingly competitive, all other airlines get into the rat race to offer even more competitive fares for their valued customers. No airline would wish to land on the fourth or later page of the web search and would happily lower their fares. The buying window for these sales is only up for a limited time and only the smarter ones will be able to access them.

    Why wouldn’t you want to avail that chance?

    Remember, Tuesday around 3 PM, ET!


    Couldn’t look for the deal you’ve been anxiously looking for on Tuesday?

    Fret not! Sunday is also a great time to buy airline tickets as claimed by many of the recent studies on this matter.

    Sunday, really. This idea was brought forward through the famous report released by Texas A M University. The report claimed that the airline fares are likely to become 5% cheaper when booked on a weekend, especially Sunday.

    This may be because of a number of reasons. Credit needs to be given to social media because discounts can be updated to the passengers during any time of the week.

    You would certainly come across contradictions in these findings as there are many loopholes that are open to criticism. The truth is, there is no perfect answer.

    So do we really need to consider the best to buy airline tickets?

    Yes, the time and date certainly matters as the fares keep changing because of the ever rising competition in the market. It is worth keeping a watch!


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    The Official Tourism Website of the Caribbean #tickets #for #cheap

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    Princess Heights Condo Boutique Hotel

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    Black Friday deals for all 2016. Rates from $99 + Rental Car*! Promotion only. View More

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    Enjoy the panoramic Saint Lucia resort hideaway of Anse Chastanet and scuba dive with the Resort’s PADI 5* scuba centre Scuba St.Lucia! The Dive Deal includes 7 nights run of house accommodation as well as airport transfers, all meals, all tax/service, 12 beach or boat dives incl of tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel and fins St Lucia Scuba St Lucia Dive Deal Sell 2015-01-03 00:00:00 2015-12-19 00:00:00 2015-12-12 00:00:00

    Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour

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    5 Nights / 6 Days Stay five nights at Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour and receive a free center console sport boat for three days of your stay. Set out to discover the spectacular private beaches and historic settlements this unique part of the Bahamas has to offer as you cruise the breathtaking Sea of Abaco. Plus kids 12 years and under stay free! This offer includes: Oceanfront accommodations for five nights Center console boat rental for three days to cruise the Sea of Abaco From $909 per person based on double occupancy Bahamas FREE Boat Package Sell 2012-09-27 00:00:00

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    Email/Call us any day to book our tours! Book now and get 10% off! St Lucia Full Day, Half Day, Private & Sunset Cruises Sell 2015-06-23 00:00:00 2020-02-29 00:00:00

    Firefly Plantation Hotel Bequia

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    Tee off with complimentary greens when you stay at Dreams Puerto Aventuras. Every day throughout your stay you can enjoy one round of complimentary greens fees at Riviera Maya Golf Club. Enjoy luxury on the links at this beautiful course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Professional and amateur golfers alike will truly enjoy this spectacular course with amazing views of jungle and lakes. Riviera Maya Tee Off with Complimentary Greens Fees Sell 2013-05-22 00:00:00

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    Looking to get away with your group? We have the perfect deal for you! Book five rooms, receive the sixth room free! Plus, your group will receive a private check-in, 1 complimentary VIP room upgrade for every 10 room nights paid and $100 in resort coupons per person. Hurry this offer won’t last! Jamaica Groups, Gatherings & Getaways Sell 2013-05-15 00:00:00

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    The Real Cost of Travel in Thailand #uniglobe #travel

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    Tips From the Banker: The Real Cost of Travel in Thailand

    I spent two months traveling in Thailand, making it my longest-traveled country on my Southeast Asian itinerary.   During my three weeks in Laos and month in Cambodia. I found it possible to travel on an average of just USD$30 per day.  Once I got to Thailand, however, keeping costs low became difficult.  For some reason, I started spending Baht like it was monopoly money, especially in the islands.

    I had heard previously, and can now confirm, that the north of Thailand is easy on a tight budget.  As one moves south, costs for accommodation start to double, triple, and even quadruple.  Pricey accommodation accounted for my biggest expenditure, and drinks came in at a close second.

    However, when I considered my overall expenditure, I realized that the costs were still very reasonable, especially considering that I was in Thailand during high season, including Christmas and New Years.

    My average daily budget for Thailand ended up at $45/day.  Here is the breakdown:


    Back in Laos, I distinctly remember stressing about spending $6.25 per day on a private bungalow in 4000 Islands.  For the same accommodation in Bottle Beach on Koh Phangan, I was paying double.  The most I paid for a room in Thailand was $20, completely blowing my budget, considering I often found $2 accommodation in Cambodia.

    That said, I was able to find decent and cheap dorms in Chiang Mai and Pai in northern Thailand for a mere $3-$4 nightly.

    Check out my post on my favorite hostels in Thailand for great budget options.


    Busses and trains were completely reasonable in price, especially the non-VIP options, ranging from $3 to $9 for a bus journey.

    My main transport issue was tuk-tuks and cabs.  As a solo traveler, I often had to foot the entire bill.  I found that in Laos and Cambodia, tuk-tuks would haggle.  In Thailand, they preferred to wait until another tourist came along who would pay the asking price.  Given that they re trying to run a business themselves, I can t fault them for this.  However, it made it hard as a solo traveler to save my money.

    Tip: when possible, take motorbike taxis as they are the cheapest option.  Always at least try to haggle, and don t take a taxi that isn t in a queue.  If someone walks up to you, s/he is probably going to quote an outlandish rate.   

    When possible (which may only be in Bangkok) take taxis who agree to run their meters. 

    The food in Thailand is fantastic and very cheap.  One can easily eat at a night market, sampling several different eats, for just a few dollars.  Generally, prices are not negotiable and the asking price should be paid.  Prices run from around USD$1 for  a dish like vegetarian pad thai, to $3 for a soup with beverage and rice, or $6 for fresh fish.

    Where Thailand gets expensive is alcoholic beverages.  In Laos and Cambodia, beer runs about USD$1.  In Thailand, however, $3 and higher per drink is quite typical.  Cutting alcohol from your budget in Thailand could literally save hundreds.

    Cheap vs. Expensive Places in Thailand

    Chiang Mai, Pai. Chiang Rai. and other northern cities will tend to be very cheap, with costs increasing as one heads south, especially to the islands.

    Also consider time of year.  High season (December through March) means double the prices for accommodation in most places in Southeast Asia.  Thailand is no different.

    Other incidentals:

    SIM cards are very cheap in Thailand.  I paid only $20 (with DTAC a Thai carrier) for 3 gigs of 3G over the span of one month.  What s more, service was great.

    Massages are also cheap, generally costing around $6 for a full hour.

    In general, Thailand can be very cheap to visit, especially during low season and in the north of the country.  Even in the south, considering the beautiful beaches and truly delicious eats, Thailand is still a great budget destination.


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    Using Anti Snoring Mouthpiece

    The good news is that for most people, snoring is caused by a blocked passageway. Instead of a smooth breathing process, the air has trouble getting in and out of the throat, therefore causing the sound. Blockage can happen because the tongue is in the way or the throat muscles are weak and preventing proper airflow.

    If the problem is due to these two reasons, the use of an anti snoring mouthpiece is the best possible solution. The mouthpiece is worn during sleeping and positions the problematic body part properly so that it doesn’t block the air from passing in and out of the mouth.

    Today, there are two types of mouthpieces used for snoring.

    * Tongue Retaining – tongue retaining mouthpieces are small and placed only at the tip of the tongue. This pulls the tongue slightly forward, therefore preventing it from flopping around in the mouth, causing snoring. Comfortable and easy to use, tongue retaining mouthpieces are best used if you snore with your mouth closed. The Good Morning Snore Solution seems to the most popular tongue retaining device on the market.

    * Jaw Retaining – jaw retaining mouthpieces move the jaw slightly forward, tensing the throat muscles and preventing them from vibrating during sleeping. This type of mouthpiece is best used by individuals who snore with their mouth open, indicating that the problem is with their throat. Note that jaw retaining types can be uncomfortable at first and needs to be fitted in.

    Why Opt for Mouthpieces?

    The use of an anti snoring mouthpiece is best for backpackers because: (1) they are small and easy to bring with you, (2) they don’t need constant replacement, and (3) they can be easily cleaned.

    Of course, there are also other options today, but most of them aren’t ideal for the traveler lifestyle. Make sure to check with your doctor first before opting for the mouthpiece to make sure that this is the right solution for you.


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    The Travels of Ibn Battuta #tauck #travel

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    To the student:

    Welcome to this tour of Ibn Battuta’s medieval travels. You will be following in the footsteps of this famous 14th century Muslim traveler, exploring the places he visited and the people he encountered. To help you learn more about his adventures there will be images of the people and places he saw, information on the food he might have tasted, and side trips into the past and future.

    Ibn Battuta started on his travels when he was 20 years old in 1325. His main reason to travel was to go on a Hajj, or a Pilgrimage to Mecca, as all good Muslims want to do. But his traveling went on for about 29 years and he covered about 75,000 miles visiting the equivalent of 44 modern countries which were then mostly under the governments of Muslim leaders of the World of Islam, or Dar al-Islam . [See the map below.]

    He met many dangers and had many adventures along the way. He was attacked by bandits, almost drowned in a sinking ship, was almost beheaded by a tyrant ruler, and had a few marriages and lovers and fathered several children on his travels!

    Near the end of Ibn Battuta’s own life, the Sultan of Morocco insisted that Ibn Battuta dictate the story of his travels to a scholar and today we can read translations of that story called Rihla – My Travels.

    This is a map of the Muslim World about 1300. Ibn Battuta mainly traveled to countries with Muslim governments in the areas inside the black border marking the Dar al-Islam. Beyond that, Muslim traders had already ventured out into China, Indonesia and further, and had established small Muslim communities in many regions of the world. Ibn Battuta would seldom be far from fellow Muslims on his travels, and he would greatly benefit from the charity and hospitality offered to Muslim travelers and pilgrims.

    Dar al-Islam (the Muslim World) in the 13th century.

    Link here for student activities that can accompany the tour of Ibn Battuta’s travels.


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    The Travel Mosquito Net #flight #hotel

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    The Travel Mosquito Net

    These are typical mosquito nets you’ll find in most tropical climates (Photo: Anne Sterck)

    A mosquito net also keeps other critters out, like creepy crawlies or falling geckoes.

    I wouldn’t dream of traveling without one when heading for any warm, humid places.

    It’s especially important if you’re traveling on a budget. Air conditioning helps keep mosquitoes at bay but I often stay in huts or out of doors – and there’s nothing to protect you then.

    To be effective a mosquito net should have a close mesh – about 120-200 holes per square inch or 1.2 mm x 1.2 mm is considered the best.

    While cotton may seem more natural, it collects dampness and weighs more than a synthetic fiber so I’d opt for the polyester type nets.

    Mosquito net versus mosquito net tent

    There are two types of insect net: one with a frame, and one without. Lets start with the standard travel mosquito net – without a frame.

    The typical insect nets are squares or rectangles of insect netting with a ring (or two) that you attach to a wall or ceiling. It should be wide enough to be tucked under the mattress without touching you. If it touches your skin, the mosquito can simply land on it and bite you!

    The advantage of this type of net is that it’s light to carry in your pack and takes up little room. You can easily wash it and hang it out to dry.

    There’s also a disadvantage: you actually need something to hang it on. Many rooms in developing countries have nails or hooks on which you can fasten a net – but not always (although these days there are new, nylon mounts that fasten themselves to the wall without damaging it). It’s disconcerting to walk into a room net in hand to find no hook. You’re not going to start hammering a hook into someone else’s wall, are you.

    So that’s where mosquito net tents come in. I have not one, but two of these, just in case I lose one. That’s how important it is to me!

    The mosquito net tent has two advantages. First, it’s free-standing, which means no worries about nails or hooks. And second, it’s properly sealed, which means mosquitoes can’t get in under or around it.

    This is the tent – a brilliant invention and far better than a simple net.

    Actually, there’s a third advantage: if you’re traveling really cheaply, most net tents have a plastic base, which’ll keep out any additional critters that might have found a home on the bed.

    Treated mosquito net or not?

    The other major question about choosing a travel mosquito net is whether to go for one with a permethrin treatment or whether to opt for a simple untreated net.

    The advantage of permethrin, a strong synthetic chemical, is its effectiveness. Most mosquitoes won’t survive contact with it so you’ll have fewer chances of being bitten. Permethrin treatment isn’t permanent – you’ll have to retreat the net (and your clothes, if you spray them) every so often.

    While it’s not known to be toxic to humans (keep it away from your pets – it can kill them), many people abhor chemicals and simply refuse to use them if at all avoidable.

    I wouldn’t dream of heading to the tropics without my travel mosquito net. These tents are easy to find online. For those who have been writing and asking about my net, the model I’ve been using for years is the Longroads Travel Tent. Other popular models with travelers include the Eco-Keeper Bed Bug Tent , Atwater Carey Tropic Screen II Mosquito Net and Kamp-Rite Insect Protection System .

    Even if at times rooms have their own mosquito nets, check them carefully. Years of wear and tear may have left holes in the net – and if mosquitoes can get in, the net will be useless.

    Remember, avoiding malaria and dengue fever should be right at the top of your travel health list!

    It’s not just about us, either. Malaria is Africa’s biggest killer: a child dies of it every minute, deaths that are preventable. While we sleep comfortably under our nets, millions of people, especially the poorest, can’t afford them. Nothing But Nets is a great grassroots campaign that raises money for bed nets. To keep up with developments, read up at Roll Back Malaria. the global partnership that fights the disease.


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    The Top Online Travel Booking Sites for January 2014 – Skift

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    The Top Online Travel Booking Sites for January 2014

    2014 will be an interesting year to watch from traffic perspective. While Priceline Group has a huge lead, Expedia and Tripadvisor family will continue to duke it out.

    Rafat Ali

    Editor s Note: Late last year we started a once-a-quarter feature on top trafficked sites in various sectors in travel, using monthly data from SimilarWeb . We have found SimilarWeb’s traffic stats to be a relatively good barometer of web activity and much more accurate than other traffic comparison sites at least as far as proportional comparison goes.

    We re starting 2014 by looking at the top online booking sites in travel. Keep in mind this does not account for direct sites of travel brands (airlines/hotels) themselves, which we have done in separate lists previously. Also, our threshold is roughly 5 million visits per month, and does not count any app activity, hence sites like HotelsCombined, Hipmunk and others don t show up.

    Some observations on the list below:

    • Compared to our first look for October data last year. we re now grouping country sites of same brand together, to get a better sense of the scale.
    • is still the king in travel, by a large margin over Expedia and TripAdvisor.
    • Adding up s sister sites, Agoda, and Kayak, the Priceline family is the Sinaloa cartel of travel to use a timely phrase.
    • is still bigger than on a standalone basis, but Expedia s family of sites, including and brings it neck and neck with the TripAdvisor family of sites.
    •, the Brazilian hotel booking site, continues to be among the top sites in travel, though we understand a lot of that is traffic it is buying from various sources.
    • Orbitz and Travelocity are not among the top ten booking sites in travel anymore, and will likely to have tough road going ahead.
    • is among the top ten, but we understand a lot of its traffic is marketing-spend dependent.
    • Indian sites MakeMyTrip, Yatra, and Cleartrip continue to impress, and clearly show the long term potential of Indian sites.
    • Airbnb is now among the top 15 travel booking sites on the planet, a huge feat for a company that created a whole new market.
    • and, part of the HomeAway family, are the largest alternative accommodation sites on the planet.
    • Skyscanner s network is among the top 20, but still has a long way to go if it wants to get up to the next run of top ten.
    • ThomasCook and (part of TUI) are among the only traditional travel agencies showing up in the ranks both of them are European strong.
    • The big omission is Trivago, which has lots of country sites, each with lower than 5 million threshold we re using for rankings. Hence their overall absence from this list.
    • Any other insights based on this data below? Any other big names we re missing? Post in comments below.


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    The World Outdoors – Hiking and Multisport Adventures #travel #to #europe

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    Find A Trip

    Stimulate your senses. Challenge yourself physically. Make new friends. Connect with nature. Experience the scenic beauty, wildlife, cuisine, culture and history of a new land. Our mission is to make your travel experience with us extraordinary. Join us for an unforgettable hiking or multisport adventure and discover for yourself the fun, friendship, and personalized services that defines The World Outdoors!

    The World Outdoors is your US National Park Expert. We’ve been specializing in small group and customized trips in our iconic National Parks since 1988 including: The Grand Canyon. Rocky Mountain National Park. Arches Canyonlands. Bryce Zion. Yellowstone. Yosemite. Glacier and more. We also offer unique backcountry hut-to-hut experiences in the Colorado high country and throughout the Canadian Rockies that will take your breath away.

    Our Trips are great for solo travelers, couples, families and groups, and can accommodate a wide variety of interests and abilities. Looking for a private or custom adventure? Contact one of our Trip Consultants to find out more about our exclusive departures or to build a customized truly one-of-a-kind experience.

    Read what our guests have to say.


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    Tibet Travel – Mysterious Land with amazing landscapes #boston #travel #guide

    #travel to tibet

    Tibet Travel Guide

    Why Does Tibet Attract Visitors?

    To most people, Tibet is mysterious and magnificent. It offers breathtaking views of the highest mountains in the world, holy monasteries. and spectacular turquoise lake. and attracts people from both home and abroad. Every visitor will get an unforgettable experience when visiting there as Tibet is absolutely the most uniquely spiritual place in the world.

    Tibet is called as the Roof of the World. It is the highest and the most beautiful plateau on earth. You will go across huge plains dotted with yaks, see glittering holy lakes . visit several fabulous monasteries and count colorful prayer flags on Mt. Everest Base Camp. Although in Tibet you have many obstacles to overcome, you will still feel the peace and the scenery will still conquer you. This is what Tibet attracting people the most.

    Travel Restriction

    There are some travel restrictions when travel in Tibet, like visitors who want to get to Tibet have to get a Travel Permit and foreign travellers need to arrange a tour with a travel agency in advance for their time in Tibet.

    Highlights of Tibet

    • Feel the mysterious ancient religion, and marvel at the architectural essence at Potala Palace . Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Street in the holy city of Lhasa .
    • Take in resplendent hues of sunset or sunrise at Namtso Lake as the first or last ray of sunshine cast across the surface of the lake.
    • Behold the breath-taking natural scenery of vast grassland, snow-copped mountains, gorges, lakes by taking a overland trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Check out Tours from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
    • Obtain a glimpse into the local Tibetans lifestyle by paying a visit to a family in the countryside around Lhasa.

    About Altitude Sickness

    Visitors who take plane to Lhasa will have altitude problems after they stay in Lhasa for 12 to 14 hours. Visitors will feel dizzy, headache or nausea. It is recommended that visitors sleep for a while and sip some water. Do not run and walk slower than usual. So, it is recommended that visitors do not arrange tour on the 1st day in Lhasa.

    If you feel a little fever and heart beat faster than usual, you should tell yourself calm down. It is not a big deal. If you feel it is hard to yourself, you should see doctors.

    Best Time to Visit

    The best time for traveling in Tibet is May and the period from middle August to October. The rest of the year is not suitable for touring activities because of harsh weather condition.

    Things to Know

    1. You can have an individual travel in Tibet according to the latest news. But you need to book a tour operated by a legal Chinese travel agency in advance.

    2. You need to book all the tours in advance via a Chinese travel agency. Your whole tour in Tibet has to be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.

    3. The time to book a tour need to be at least 15 days in advance. Usually, it takes 2 to 3 days to confirm your tour details such as hotels. And the Tibet Entry Permit needs at least 10 days to apply. We need at least 15 days in advance to make sure your successful Tibet trips.

    4. All the hotels have to be booked before your trip. Not all hotels have rights to offer rooms for foreign customers. You need to book a hotel which is officially for foreign travelers.

    5. The documents to apply for a Tibet Entry Permit include a copy of your passport, Chinese tourist visa and personal information. The personal information consists of your formal name, gender, date of birth, passport number, nationality and occupation.

    6. Some areas in Tibet are still unavailable to foreign travelers without permits. But if you want to travel there, you can ask our travel guide to apply for the right documents for you.

    Tip: Travelers need to respect Tibetan unique custom and cultures, and avoid any political issues during your trips in Tibet.

    Where is Tibet?

    Tibet Autonomous Region lies in the southwest of China and in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is bounded to the north by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province. to the east by Sichuan Province. to the southeast by Yunnan Province, to the south and west by these countries: Burma, India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal.

    Tibet Autonomous Region is huge, covering an area of about 1.2 million square kilometers, which, by comparison, roughly equals the combined areas of France, Germany, the UK and Luxembourg. Tibet Autonomous Region is second only in size to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, among all the provinces of China.

    With an average altitude of above 4,000 meters. Tibet Autonomous Region has very complex topography and falls into three geographic parts: the west, the south and the east. The west part, known as the North-Tibet Plateau, lies between Kunlun Mountain and Kangdese Mountain, and Tonglha Mountain and Nyainqentanglha Mountain. This part takes up 2/3 of the total area of Tibet. Most of the north part is uninhabited. The south part of Tibet consists of valleys and lies between Kangdese Mountains and Himalayas. The east part is mainly made up of canyons and is marked by a gradual decline in altitude intercepted by small ranges called Henduan Ranges. Most of the tourism resources now opened to foreign tourist are in the east and west parts.

    Tibet Facts

    Population. 4.22 million

    Area. 7,266 sq km

    Climatic Features: subtropical humid monsoon climate with frost-free period of 245 days, 4 seasons clearly

    Average Temperature: 15.7℃ annually

    Products: paddy rice, wheat, legume, potato, cotton, flue-cured tobacco,


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    Travel Bidding Sites #cheapest #way #to #travel

    #travel auction sites

    Travel Bidding Sites

    How often do you get to name your own price? How often can you stay in a four-star hotel on a one-star budget, or get a luxury car for the price of a subcompact?

    Thanks to travel bidding sites like Priceline. you can select the general travel options you want — such as your location, length of stay and minimum star level. Then you name your price and put in your credit card number. If the computer finds a deal that matches what you’re looking for, you’re on your way.

    Here’s the catch — you’ll pretty much be flying blind. Sites like won’t tell you exactly which flight you’ll be on or what hotel you’ll be staying at until after you pay. That means you could wind up with a long layover in Minnesota on your way to Hawaii, or a hotel in a less-than-desirable neighborhood. Not knowing where you’re going before you pay can be a risky proposition, especially if you’re traveling to a city you’ve never visited. And once you’ve booked on a site like Priceline, your itinerary is binding and nonrefundable. But if you’re adventurous and flexible, you can enjoy the feeling of knowing that the guy in the room next to you probably paid double what you did. (Priceline also offers a traditional booking option to accommodate travelers who like to know exactly what they’re getting before they plug in their credit card numbers.)

    Other travel bidding sites follow the eBay auction model (and in fact, eBay has its own travel auction section), in which travelers vie against one another for the cheapest tickets. Skyauction lets consumers place bids on airline tickets, hotels and even all-inclusive vacation packages. The winner gets the trip. Sometimes bids start as low as $1. Auction travel sites give you more control, because you can see ahead of time what you’re buying. The downside is that you have to spend a lot of late nights watching the auction clock tick down and hoping you don’t lose out on that trip to Fiji to someone with faster fingers.


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    This Is How to Get the Cheapest Thanksgiving Flights #travel #to

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    The Secret to Getting a Ridiculously Cheap Thanksgiving Flight

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    Every travel agency is saying something different, but there are some tips that aren’t up for debate

    For years, travel search engines have scoured through their dense databases to determine the best day to book your Thanksgiving flights. This year, like every year, there s a lot of mixed messages on what to do if you ve procrastinated on booking tickets. Here s what the big players are advising for cheap domestic U.S. air tickets:

    • Kayak : Book in early November, about two to four weeks before Thanksgiving.
    • Skyscanner : Two weeks prior to Thanksgiving.
    • Orbitz . This Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday. If not then, then before Nov. 18.
    • Cheapair . It depends on way too many things.

    So what s the takeaway? It s better to be safe and book flights now, but you if you re a risk taker, you can wait until the beginning of November to book your flights. But try not to wait until the week of Thanksgiving. It s also important to weigh the risks of an unexpected fare hike in light of what your benefits of waiting actually are. These hyped savings are usually only about 5 to 10% less than the average fare, which amounts to $15 to $30 if your ticket costs $300.

    In fact, since airline fares are notoriously difficult to understand. often the better question to ask is what not to do when you re booking Thanksgiving flights.

    Here are a few tips that travel search engines all agree on:

    Don t book a departure flight on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), or a return flight on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30).

    Airfares increase as flights get fuller, and the Wednesday and Sunday flanking the Thanksgiving holiday are when the most people are traveling. A simple airfare search shows just how much more expensive it is to book travel on one of these days. In some cases, fares are up to twice as high.

    If you have to book for Wednesday or Sunday, then book your tickets as early as possible.

    If you re locked into a Wednesday departure flight, aim for a Friday or Tuesday return flight, which is around 25% cheaper than returning on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, according to an analysis by Cheapair.

    Booking a return flight on Sunday results in the most dramatic airfare spike, and there s not really much you can do to save money other than to book your departure flight on Thanksgiving Day. But the tradeoff of sacrificing a chunk of your holiday is a discount of only about 10%, so it may make more sense to pick a different day even if it s Wednesday. In general, having a Sunday return flight means you re stuck with a sky-high ticket price.

    Consider booking a departure flight or return flight on Thanksgiving Day or both.

    If you depart and return on Thanksgiving Day, your fare may be up to 30% cheaper than the average price, according to Kayak. And even if you only depart (and not return) on Thanksgiving, those savings are particularly meaningful when applied to longer, more expensive flights. For example, flying the JFK-LAX route departing on Thanksgiving instead of the day before can save you nearly $100.

    Don t book flights in groups.

    If you re booking as a family and there are only a few flights left in the lowest fare category, it s possible the airline will bump the entire party up to the next fare category, according to Cheapair. That doesn t mean you can t travel as a family, though: you just might have to book each person s ticket individually.

    Check other smaller airports nearby.

    There s often regional and even international airports near the ORDs, JFKs and LAXs of major U.S. cities. If you re in Chicago, for example, consider Chicago Midway Airport instead of O Hare; if you re in Los Angeles, consider Long Beach Airport instead of LAX. Both are cheaper airports than their neighboring giants, according to, which ranked the nation s 101 most affordable airports.

    Check smaller airlines.

    The five biggest U.S. airlines American, United, Delta, Southwest and JetBlue all increased their base fares slightly despite lower fuel prices and a worldwide fear of Ebola. While the effect on consumers is not yet clear, it s also worth checking out smaller airlines like Spirit, Frontier and Virgin.


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    Tibet Tours, Tibet Tour Packages – Tibet Guru #mexico #travel #deals

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    What Make Us Defferierce

    Top online tour agency since 1998

    Tibet Native Agent and Guides

    We base in Guilin and set out our subsidiary office in Tibet, Our qualify local guides and experienced tour designers are true insiders who are commit to created a hassle-free tour for you.

    Tibet Travel Common FAQs

    When is the best time to visit Tibet?

    Tibet is one of the most dramatic climates places in china. Though cool in summer, it is extremely cold in the winter. The best time for your Tibet trip is from April to November, avoiding the cold and dry weather from December to February.

    How to get the Travel Permit to Tibet?

    Travel permit to Tibet is issued by Tibet Tourism Administration. To apply for it, the copy of your passport and Chinese visa, together with other information such as your occupation should be provided. Journalists and people that could be involved in political matters could be revoked. Your local travel agency can help; or, you are welcome to contact us.

    Could you give me some advice on how to avoid risking Cultural Shock when traveling Tibet?

    Tibet people are religious people and visitor may find their customs and practices are very different to that in the countries they come from. Although Tibet people are among the easiest to get along with in China but there are still some points you should be sensitive about when you travel there. 1. Do not photograph them without permission. 2. Do not talk the sensitive issues like politics


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    Tibet Tours – Tibet Tour, Tour of Tibet 2015-2016 #cheap #cars

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    Tours of Tibet 2015-2016-Available for Booking

    Tibet Ctrip Travel Service has designed the best private Tibet tours with authentic travel experiences that Tibet has to offer. With over 15 years personal Tibet tour itineraries design and operation, we have built our professionalism by running tours for more 500+ overseas visitors every year (except for the Tibet closure year of 2008), and all our private tours are results from accumulated working experiences and suggestions from our previous clients, expert Tibetan guides, drivers and mountain cooks, so our private Tibet tours can meet various interests and duration. These packages have different themes focus on Tibetan culture, Kailash Manasarovar pilgrimage, trekking adventures, family friendly tours and students budgets tours. You can select the best Tibet tours that meet your requirement, if not, please tell us your detailed requests in this form and lets design the right one meeting your unique requests.

    We have the best Private One-Day Tibet tours with authentic travel experiences that Tibet has to offer.Our private tours.

    Mt. Kailash is among the most sacred places on earth. It is the mother of all holy places, “Tirtha Sthaan”, for followers.

    Tibet cultural tours, Civilization travels,Tibet traditional festival trips. We are based in Lhasa and knows the real Tibetan.

    Tibet Family Tours packages 2014: Tibet local Travel Agent-TCTS specializes in family tours with young kids and old. We understand.

    To learn Tibet and be well informed with your eyes and ears, get the real scense of Tibet by seeing but not only by reading.

    We provide all overland trips to Tibet from Zhangmu,Nepal border or Chengdu, Shangri-la or Xi’ning or vice versa. These overland.

    Experts for Tibet trekking and Camping adventures:we provide all kinds of Trekking in Tibet.Our routes are tailormade according.

    Do you want to take a popular Tibet tour or trekking with famous attractions in Tibet? Here is a list of the Top Tibet tours.


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    Tibet Travels, Tibet Travel Guide, Trip to Tibet. #exodus #travel

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    Tibet travel

    Depicting splendour and grace in its every dimension, Tibet continues to flaunt the age-old city scenario and has religiously clunged onto its primeval culture. Visit Tibet Travel Tours offers you the once in lifetime opportunity of digging at the serene and scenic beauty of Tibet often referred to as the ‘Roof of the World’. Live the simple and earthern life of the jovial inhabitants, peep into the decades old culture and know Buddhism at its very depth that might have been restricted to only your books or stuff picturized on the social media. Lay awestruck at the mesmerizing landscapes and the far spread wildlife all canopied with a spectacular view of the majestic Mt. Everest. We’re sure its tempting. Without any further adieu book a 10 days overland tour with Visit Tibet Travel Tours that leads you right to the base camp of the towering snow-peaked Everest. There are a list of other tour plans as well that cater to all other diversities of the region, Come and join us on this amazing tour.

    Q: Why do foreigners need to get Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)?

    A: The Chinese Government requires that non-Chinese citizens (foreign tourists, Taiwan and overseas Chinese tourists except Hong Kong and Macao residents with Chinese SAR passports or Home Visit Permit), must get TTP issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) before entering Tibet due to :

    1. Tibet’s unique national traditions

    2. Requirement for ecological environment protection

    3. Limited traffic situation and reception capacity

    4. Tourism service facilities

    It is also stipulated that foreign journalists and diplomats may not enter Tibet as tourists. Application for TTP usually takes 3 working days.

    Non-Chinese citizen compatriots are required to join a guided trip, organized in advance by an authorized travel agency. They may not travel independently.

    Q: What’s the difference between “Tibet Travel Permit” and “Tibet Group VISA”

    A: Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) is the permission for foreign tourists to enter Tibet, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau.

    Tibet Group VISA is a special Chinese VISA only valid in Tibet. It is issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Tourists who want to enter Tibet from Kathmandu (Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) must apply for a Tibet Group Visa in Kathmandu even if already holding a Chinese VISA.

    Q: If I want to enter Tibet from China mainland, what should I be aware of when applying for the Chinese VISA?

    A: We recommend obtaining the visa before leaving the home country. When applying for the Chinese VISA, we advise NOT to mention Tibet in any way on the application form. It is advisable to refer to other places in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, etc. Chinese VISA officer may reject the application otherwise.

    Q: Do I need a double/multi-entry VISA if I go to Tibet from China mainland and return to China mainland after the trip?

    A: No. Tibet is part of China, Single-entry visa would be enough.

    Q: If we want to enter Tibet from Nepal, how to apply for Tibet Group VISA? Is it possible to obtain it before arriving in Kathmandu?

    A: It is only possible to apply for the Tibet Group VISA after arriving in Kathmandu. We would need the original passport to apply for the VISA on your behalf. A special VISA is required when entering from Nepal. The extra cost is currently USD 114 and USD 198 for American passport holders. It can only be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Nepal. Our agency can apply for it on your behalf once you are in Kathmandu. The Chinese Embassy in Katmandu is only open in the mornings Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please note, in this case, you don’t need to apply for the Chinese VISA from your own country in advance.

    Step 1: Book the tour with us (contact us ) and send us the scanned copy of your passport

    Step 2: We will apply for the ‘Visa Invitation Letter’ from Tibet Tourism Bureau and send it to our Nepal office before you arrival in Kathmandu

    Step 3: After your arrival in Katmandu, our Nepal colleagues will collect your original passport directly from your hotel and apply for the Chinese VISA. It usually takes us one day to complete the process.

    Q: Is the original permit required to travel?

    Entering by train: the original permit is not required. We will email you a scanned copy of the permit for you to print. Please bring the copy with you, it will be enough to board the train.

    Entering by plane: if you are traveling from a city in mainland China, we will send the original permit by express courier to your designated address (private residence, company address or hotel). If you are only stopping in mainland China for a flight connection, a member of our staff will hand you the permit in the airport.

    For travel details

    Q: Why some of your programs choose Nepal as the door for entering Tibet?

    Q: What currency is it in use in Tibet?

    A: The legal currency is the Chinese RMB (CNY). Foreign currencies may not be used directly in Tibet although they can be obviously converted into RMB at all banks in Tibet.

    Q: How is the quality of accommodation in Tibet?

    A: Tourism in Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4-star hotels is quite limited. Newest hotels have been built away from city centers in order to protect historical city architectures and the environment.

    Quality standards of services and facilities may not be comparable to international hotel ratings. Our agency normally reserves 3-star hotels, but we can also reserve hotels of higher or lower ratings according to your request.

    Q: Is there internet access in Tibet?

    A: Yes. Internet cafes and some hotels provide access to the internet.

    Q: Is there anything I should bring according to Tibet’s special environment?

    Bags: a large backpack and a smaller one. The smaller one can be used for daily activities and can also be put into the big one when necessary.

    It is advisable to bring a waist pack to put personal properties and documents.

    Cold-proof clothes: Air temperature can swing dramatically on the altiplano. In northern Tibet, peak temperatures rarely exceed 4-5 degrees Celsius and snowfalls are not unusual even in summer months. As a reference, local people wear thick coats all year round.

    In Lhasa, temperatures in July swing from 30 degrees at daytime to 10 degrees at night. It might snow or sleet at night, making it advisable to take some down garments (those with hats would be best), woolen sweaters, warm gloves, warm and wind-proof shoes and socks. Wearing several layers of clothing that can be easily added or removed is usually the wisest choice since temperatures may vary greatly within a single day. A down coat is necessary for those who are traveling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse into more remote areas such as the Everest Camp. A windbreaker plus a sweater will work nicely for strolling around Lhasa in summer. During the peak touristic season, frequent rainfall makes waterproof clothing and rain gears an absolute necessity. Other essentials to pack include several pairs of cotton or woolen underwear, woolen socks, long sleeve cotton or lightweight wool shirts and T-shirts. Women should avoid skirts or dresses.

    Shoes: It is very important to have a strong and comfortable pair of boots. Lightweight boots could do, but Tibet can indeed become wet quickly and our trips involve extensive walking. It is therefore strongly advisable to double check shoes fit well and are suitable for cold and wet weather. It will be handy to carry a pair of comfortable and robust sandals.

    Protection against sunburn light: As solar light during sunshine is particularly intense, sunglasses, sunhat and suntan lotions are required.

    Ladies and people with sensitive skins are particularly advised to bring high SPF sun-creams.

    Medicine: it is advisable to bring an adequate supply of any prescription medication you may use regularly, including inhalers for asthma. Most over-the-counter medicines, such as aspirin and anti-diarrheal pills, are available in Lhasa, but are more difficult to obtain outside of urban areas. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to bring enough cleaning solution for the term of your stay, since this is hard to find, and noticeably expensive, in Tibet.

    Diamox pills are believed to prevent altitude sickness.

    Please always consult your doctor prior to traveling to Tibet.

    Trekking equipments: Some trekking supplies (down and fleece jackets, boots, bags, etc.) are available in Lhasa, but it is always best to source them before departing as supplies are unpredictable.

    Electrical current: The electrical current in Tibet is 220v, AC 50 Hz. There are numerous different plug types used in Tibet. so it might be easier to purchase an adapter upon arrival.

    Q: Can I have a Tibetan guide who speaks my language?

    A: Most guides of our agency are natural Tibetan; they are all holding qualified guide license and foreign language certificate.


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    Tips for Finding Cheap Flights to Asia #jamaica #travel

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    Cheap Flights to Asia

    By Greg Rodgers. Asia Travel Expert

    Greg Rodgers is an experienced travel writer, photographer, and world nomad. In 2005, Greg traded his corporate office for a backpack and set out to see the world; he never came back.

    Crossing the Pacific is simply daunting. Anyone who has flown to Hawaii knows the pain of that long flight, particularly those flying from eastern parts of the United States. Now, take that flight and double it — Hawaii is only roughly halfway to Asia!

    With cheap food and accommodation, Asia is a great budget destination; however, one dilemma exists: getting on the ground in the first place! Unfortunately, cheap flights to Asia can be difficult to find; the ticket price proves to be a barrier for many Americans who would otherwise love to visit Asia.

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    Fortunately, there are some tricks for getting better fares, or at least reducing the pain of ticket prices a little.

    Read about how to beat jet lag — you re going to need it — then use these tips for increasing your odds of finding cheap flights to Asia!

    Get Yourself to Los Angeles

    LAX tends to have a higher volume of flights to Asia than many other US cities. Good deals from other parts of the US to Los Angeles can be found from Delta, Southwest Airlines. JetBlue, and Allegiant Air .

    Consider actually breaking up your flight in Los Angeles. For example: Rather than booking a flight from Louisville straight to Bangkok, you may find a cheaper fare by booking a flight to LAX, then taking a different carrier later that evening from LAX to Bangkok.

    San Francisco (SFO) is another great option for finding cheap flights to Asia.

    Break Up Your Flights

    As mentioned above, sometimes one carrier can fly to Asia for cheaper than another because of volume. Try using a domestic airline to get to the west coast, then switch to one of the Asian airlines for crossing the Pacific.

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    Don t be hesitant about using Asia-based airlines; they often have better food and more legroom than our own airlines!

    These Asian airlines fly out of Los Angeles and often have cheap flights to Asia:

    • Korean Air
    • Air China
    • China Southern
    • Asiana Airlines
    • China Airlines
    • EVA Air
    • Japan Airlines
    • Thai Airways
    • China Eastern
    • Singapore Airlines
    • Cathay Pacific

    Learn to Love the Budget Airlines

    Although devoid of frills — at least free ones, anyway — Asia is blessed with excellent budget airlines. Tickets between countries can often be found for less than US $50. AirAsia — based at Malaysia s new KLIA2 terminal in Kuala Lumpur — is the largest budget airline in Asia; they are your best bet for finding a cheap hop between large cities.

    Finding cheap flights on budget airlines is usually done by booking well in advance. Otherwise, sign up for AirAsia s newsletter or follow them on Twitter to find out about last minute specials.

    Always Fly Into Big Cities

    Obviously, flying into Bangkok is going to be cheaper than flying into smaller airports such as Phuket or Chiang Mai. If you find a flight into a neighboring country for significantly cheaper than your planned destination, consider taking that flight, then making a hop using AirAsia or one of the other budget airlines that fly between capital cities in Asia.

    Here are a few cities that serve as major hubs in Asia:

    Consider Ground Transportation

    Once on the ground in your target country, you have a few more transportation options. If time is less of a factor, consider taking the train or even a bus from the capital city onward to your destination. For instance, flying into Bangkok and taking the overnight train to Laos is often cheaper than just flying into Vientiane, the capital city.

    Ground transportation prices in Asia are usually excellent deals; however, be prepared for crowded buses, bumpy roads, and delayed trains in developing countries.

    Do Not Assume That All Booking Sites Show the Best Deal

    Sometimes the large flight consolidators and booking sites do not have access to small budget airlines databases; you may or may not be finding the lowest fares available, despite whatever promises are made.

    Insider Tip: Sometimes booking sites use nefarious means to make you want to book a flight faster. They may show flights for days around the day you picked as more expensive, so that you assume prices are going up. Some sites will even save your previous flight searches — because they know you want a particular flight — then add an additional amount to that flight price when you return to the site. Try clearing the cookies on your browser each time to avoid these scams.

    Use Frequent Flier Programs

    Flying across the Pacific and missing nearly 10,000 frequent flier miles is a shame; two return trips to Asia could easily net you a free flight. Chances are that you ll be hooked on Asia the first time and will want to return — why not let those miles add up?

    These airlines offer cheap flights to Asia and participate in Delta s Skymiles program :

    • Aeroflot Russian Airlines
    • China Airlines
    • China Southern
    • China Eastern
    • Korean Air
    • Malaysia Airlines
    • Thai Air Asia
    • Vietnam Airlines


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    Tickets to Nigeria Lagos #flight #and #car #rental

    #get cheap airline tickets
    # is the right place for travelers who want to get cheap tickets to Nigeria for cheap flights to Nigeria (Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other cities in Nigeria) from United Kingdom.

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    Welcome to Tour Ireland. This year make Ireland your dream vacation destination! Explore the Wild Atlantic Way with its unbridled and breath-taking beauty! Tour our castles, coasts and cities and experience the magic of Ireland for yourself! We are the experts in creating tours of Ireland so whether it’s a self-drive, chauffeur or escorted tours of Ireland we will ensure that your Ireland vacation is packed full of treasured memories! Let your heart beat in time with the rhythm of Ireland and embrace your Celtic soul

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