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10 Best Value Travel Destinations

The new year has just started and most of us are already musing about where we want to travel in the upcoming months. Annual prognostications by several travel agencies predict that tourists will flock to destinations across the world. However, in a barely recovering economy, money may still be tight for many of us. This doesn’t mean you can’t explore the world, though. If your travel budget is small, but your wanderlust is big, check out the ten best value travel destinations.

Here are the 10 Best Value Travel Destinations:

India

Greece

Palm Springs

Ecuador

Nicaragua

The Jersey Shore

Bulgaria

Portugal

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is THE top travel destination in the Philippines. Crystal-clear water, endless beaches, jungle rivers, and limestone cliffs make this tropical spot one of a kind. The Philippines are a generally pretty affordable country for travelers, making Palawan a fantastic great-value pick for Asia aficionados. The island offers stunning attractions like the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and the Bacuit Archipelago. You may also venture to the Calamian Islands, which inspired Alex Garland to write The Beach. However, avoid the monsoon season from May to October.

Ethiopia

Our last pick is Ethiopia, located in the Horn of Africa. This is a particularly attractive destination for the history-inclined. If you follow the country’s Historic Route, you get to see the Lake Tana monasteries. the Blue Nile Falls, the rock-hewn wonders of Lalibela, among other landmarks. While lodging and food in Ethiopia are inexpensive, transportation can be pricey, especially if you rent a vehicle / hire a driver or join an organized tour (which you will need to do in order to explore the country). Still, this will be one of your most rewarding travel experiences.

Think ahead about which month and week(s) would work best with your schedule and start your planning for your travel destinations. Use one of the many online travel websites or go to the individual countries or cities websites for travel ideas. With so many interesting, affordable options, you can take advantage of the best value travel destinations and enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

Author Sandra Mills is a freelance health, career, and travel writer. She enjoys writing articles that help people live better and happier lives. You can follow her on Google+ . 





07/01/2018

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10 Best Places to Visit in Turkey – Touropia Travel Experts

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10 Best Places to Visit in Turkey

Last updated on September 28, 2015 in Turkey 18 Comments

Perched on a strategic hilltop overlooking the plains of Mesopotamia in southeastern Turkey, Mardin is the capital of the Mardin Province. One of the oldest settlements in the region, Mardin is best known for its cultural diversity and Old City of sandstone buildings that cascade down the hill. Mardin’s Old City is easily toured by walking. The maze of meandering streets leads visitors along terraced houses and popular sites like Deyrü’z-Zafaran Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, and the Sultan Isa Medresesi, a medieval monument that once served as an astronomical observatory.

One of the oldest cities in the world and best known for its remarkable Seljuk architecture and Whirling Dervishes, Konya is a large city in Turkey s Central Anatolia Region. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Konya prospered as a capital city under the rule of the Seljuk Dynasty. Today, buildings from that era can still be admired such as the Alaeddin Mosque and the ruins of the Seljuk Palace. Konya was also the home of the Persian theologian and Sufi mystic, Rumi. His mausoleum is a must-see site in Konya. Rumi’s followers founded the Mevlevi Order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their religious ceremonies in which they spin around and around on the left foot while wearing white, billowing gowns.

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Natalie says

Wey. I have done all of them apart from Ankara and looking to do that this winter

Harry says

I visited Turkey last year and i must say i was impressed greatly! If you want a bit of everything on a trip then dont miss this place.

John says

Michael says

Dr Hafsah says

If you have 5 days in Istanbul. thats just nice to see it alone. Stay near the Grand Bazaar entrance, which is very near to the tram station of Beyjezit. you can walk to the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace. and Citedel Basalica. Take a tram to Eminonu. where the Spice market and famous Fish restaurants, and then take the Bosphorus Cruise from there. On the third day take a City bus ride to see the outskirts of Istanbul. On 4th day you can go back to see more of what you havent covered the first three days.

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deshgooni says

I like Uzungol, Sultan Murat Sekarsu nice climate, nature at Iis best

Anna says

I can t believe you missed out Pamukkale! That place looks incredible! Other than that, great list! I can t wait to explore more of Turkey.

Mirzohid says

Ahmed AL-EMAD says

i m planning to visit Turky soon ,because it is amazing

Aysun says

I cannot believe that you mentioned Ankara in the list. There should be Bursa which has 7 sites (5 Ottoman sultan complexes, Ottoman bazaar and Cumalıkızık Ottoman Village) in Unesco World Heritage list. The city is only 90 minutes by ferry from Istanbul. I highly recommend.

mesut says

Don t make a mistake and never go to Ankara. One of the worst cities in Turkey. I know because I live in Turkey and I lived in Ankara.

Bodrum, Istanbul, Ephesus, Kapadokya, Mardin (security is important), Side, Fethiye (dead sea), Datca and Cunda. These are the best i think

mesut says

in addition to: For the ones who are interested in history, Edirne is wonderful to see.

Armghan says

Turkey rocks. Its an amazing destination with a lot of beautiful n mesmerizing sights. Pammukale, Izmir, Uzungöl n safran bolu, Amasra, çanakale should b added to this list if u have time. Moreover u can skip Ankara.

Orkun says

Antalya is definitely one of the best places. When I was a kid, I went there with my family for three days, the beach was sooo awesome!

Mary Jane says

I like Ankara, Istanbul, and Antalya. But I really love Ephesus because I really like Greek mythology and historical cities.





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Ditch the Hotel: 10 Cheaper Ways to Stay

Travelers can find cozy, convenient lodging for $50, $20 or even free in virtually every destination — as long as they know where to look.

Aside from airfare, lodging is typically the expense that takes the biggest bite out of a vacation budget. But there’s no need to rack up hotel stays for $100 – $200 a night or more. Creative travelers who are willing to consider alternatives to hotels could pay a fraction of that price — or nothing at all.

Below, we review 10 options and evaluate the pros and cons of each. Read on to see if these affordable alternatives to hotels are something you’ll dig or want to dump.

Short-Term Room Rentals

This is a popular and ever-growing trend in the travel world — a cross between vacation rentals and homestays. Using websites like Airbnb.com and 9flats.com, travelers can rent a room in someone’s house, a cottage or a private studio apartment for low nightly rates (it’s not uncommon to see prices under $50 per night). It’s a way for hosts to open up their homes and make a little extra money, while giving travelers a great deal and a local’s-eye view of a destination.

Do you love a chance to meet people, see how they live, maybe play a midnight game of Scrabble or Call of Duty? Although you may score a cottage all by yourself, it’s more likely you’ll get a small bedroom and share a bath. If that’s cool with you, a short-term room rental is your thing.

If uncertainly keeps you awake at night, you may sleep better at a chain hotel.

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27/12/2017

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Cheap airfare deals: The 10 best ways to get a cheap flight

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Nov 29 2015 at 12:15 AM

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MAKING THE UPGRADE

Upgrades usually come at a stiff price but Optiontown sells unsold business class seats aboard Air Asia and several other international carriers at a huge discount. Individual bookings are more likely to succeed than a group or family, and you might have to wait until you’re in the queue at the check-in desk to receive confirmation. See optiontown.com

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FLY ON THE QUIET

Blue Zone seating aboard Air Asia.

Demand for seats fluctuates, and you can use this cycle to buy yourself a cheaper seat. Between cities with healthy business traffic, midweek flights in the middle of the day are usually the cheapest. Use a flight search engine such as Momondo that gives you day-by-day prices, or Kayak, which sends you an alert if the price changes. See momondo.com.au ; kayak.com.au

BOOK YOURSELF A BARGAIN

Most airlines release seats and open their bookings 11 months before flight time and the cheapest “earlybird” seats are the first to go. Book well in advance and you’ll save, airlines have become experts at filling their planes. The days when you could count on a late-breaking, red-hot deal are well and truly over. If the Aussie dollar continues its downward trajectory, an early booking may give you more reasons to cheer.

Air Asia Sydney to Kuala Lumpur.

STRETCH OUT FOR LESS

Singapore Airlines’ economy class preferred seats come with many centimetres of extra leg-stretch room and they’re some of the cheapest exit row seats around. The airline charges $US40 ($55) for a preferred seat on a Singapore-Australia flight, $US60 will get you the same from Singapore all the way to Europe. Book online. See singaporeair.com

Singapore’s Changi Airport is not only a place to shop or eat between flights, but also a comfortable place to catch 40 winks.

Flying long haul? It can be cheaper to book sector-by-sector rather than a single ticket that takes you all the way through, for example one ticket from Melbourne to Hong Kong and another from Hong Kong to your final destination. Remember though, you might have to pass through customs and immigration, collect your bags from one flight and check in on another. If so, leave plenty of time between connecting flights.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Budget airlines make much of their revenue from travellers who show up at the check-in desk with baggage and carry-ons in excess of the allowance. They rigidly enforce their limits and if you pay for any extra baggage allowance you may need when you make your booking you’ll save. Wait until you get to the airport and if you’re over, the penalties might end up costing more than your air ticket.

Denver airport, pitched like a row of teepees against the Rocky Mountains.

THE RUB ON HUBS

Competition between airlines is fierce at busy airport hubs, and that keeps prices lower than at smaller airports that are served by just a few airlines. In Europe and the US especially, if you bus or train to the nearest major airport rather than flying out of a regional airport you should be able to travel at a much cheaper price.

THE LOWDOWN ON LOW FARES

Although it lacks the bells and whistles of some airfare search engines, ITA Matrix Airfare Search is the go-to fare search engine for many travel professionals. Type in your route, the extreme ends of the dates for your outward and return flights, check the “see calendar of lowest fares” box and back comes a graphic with the cheapest fares available on every day within your time frame. See matrix.itasoftware.com

SNOOZE CONTROL

The Guide to Sleeping in Airports website is a must-read for anyone facing a long airport stopover and looking to inject some comfort into the ordeal without busting the budget. Best seats, quiet zones, free internet, tips from other passengers – this is a goldmine for the cost-conscious traveller. Singapore’s Changi Airport consistently ranks in pole position for travellers looking to sack out between flights. See sleepinginairports.net .

LOCK AND LOAD

Lock in the price of your air ticket with STA Travel’s Airfare Deposit Program. Pay a non-refundable deposit of $300 and you can pay the balance just seven days before flight time. Qantas offers Book Now, Pay Later. Pay a $25 holding deposit and your seat is secured, but the deal does not apply to all seats on all flights, and the final price may change if taxes, fees and Qantas’ charges rise. See statravel.com ; qantas.com.au





24/12/2017

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Budget Travel Vacation Ideas: 10 Best Budget Destinations for 2015 #portugal

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Where to Go in 2015!

Research suggests that 40 percent of American don’t take all their vacation days. We’re here to change all that! We’ve rounded up 10 brag-worthy places that are affordable and having their moment in 2015—the year we hope you’ll take ALL your vacation days. Not sure which of these 10 amazing destinations is right for you? Take our QUIZ to find out!

1. Northern Italy

Best for: Big-city culture and natural beauty

Why 2015. If you’ve always wanted to go to Italy, this is the year to do it. Expo Milano (expo2015.org ), a World’s Fair event expected to bring in more than 20 million visitors, starts May 1 and runs through Oct. 31. The theme is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life and so far more than 130 countries are participating in this global effort to promote a healthier lifestyle and sustainability worldwide.

What to do. There’s so much more to Milan than shopping. Stroll the easy-to-navigate streets of Milan’s historic city center and visit the Duomo, one of Italy’s most spectacular churches—the view from the top is well worth the $15 price of admission. Craving the countryside? Don’t miss Lake Como, a beautiful natural haven home to George Clooney and hundreds of tiny picturesque towns like Gravedona, Bellagio, Brunate, and Como that are begging to be explored. For a little adventure along the Italian Riviera, try Portofino, a beautiful seaside resort town just a two-hour drive from Milan—you can also get there by taking the train from Milan to Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, or Genoa and connecting to Portofino by boat, bus, or taxi.

Where to stay. Hotels in Milan can be expensive, especially when conventions are going on. For a unique, authentic Italian experience, try staying in a local neighborhood rather than a pricey chain hotel—Airbnb has a number of options all over town starting at just $75 a night for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center. In Como, stay at Hotel Barchetta Excelsior for great views of the lake, the perfect spot to serve as your base for exploring the rest of the area by boat or funicular (hotelbarchetta.it . from $159). Stay at B B Tre Mari Portofino for beautiful views of the Piazzetta and the Ligurian Sea below (bebtremariportofino.it . from $122).

2. BALI

Best for: Dreamy beaches and romance

Why 2015. If you’ve considered this Pacific paradise off-limits financially, this may be your year. Hotel prices on the Island of the Gods—the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia—are down 12 percent, according to the Hotel Price Index.

What to do. Take your pick: Relax on a distinctive black-sand beach (the color comes from iron, titanium, and other minerals deposited by Bali’s once-active volcanoes), get in the water for world-class surfing and diving (if you’re so inclined), explore the island’s jungle interior with its volcanoes and 10,000 temples (including the popular hillside temple Pura Luhur Batukau), or just hang by a hotel pool in one of the friendliest, gentlest environments on earth. When you’re ready for the Balinese version of a bustling metropolis, Ubud will delight you with its stunning royal palace and traditional market. (And you shouldn’t miss a chance to hear the island’s unique gamelan music, played primarily on traditional percussion instruments.) Whether you plant yourself on a beach or in the heart of Ubud, remember that you’ve come to Bali to be soothed into a state of perfect relaxation by the natural beauty and unique music and cultural traditions of this perfect island.

Where to stay. The Indigo Tree, in Ubud, is a short distance from the major sites but feels like a comfy cocoon, with coconut trees, a pool whose turquoise hue rivals the ocean’s, and lovely views of the island’s jungles and rice terraces. Want home-cooked meals served poolside? Just ask (indigotreebali.com . from $70).

3. NASHVILLE

Best for: Music and hip neighborhoods

Why 2015. The buzz about Nashville has reached a fever pitch for 2015. No longer a sleepy country music mausoleum, the newly hip city has reported 48 straight months of growth. Go now, and you’ll be visiting the town at the height of its renaissance—but before everyone else is in on the secret.





23/12/2017

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The 10 Cheapest Places to Travel (with Pictures) #travel #discount #sites

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The 10 Cheapest Places to Travel

Yemen

Sana a, this Middle Eastern country s capital city, enjoys the lowest cost of living in the world, according to Xpatulator. Comprised mostly of desert scenery, Yemen enjoys a hot climate and is bordered by the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Eating out in restaurants, recreational activities and buying alcohol and tobacco are significantly cheaper than most other international destinations.

Portugal

One of Europe s cheaper destinations, Portugal is known for its Mediterranean climate, cheap food and the relaxed, unhurried manner of its locals. Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in the world for luxury accommodation; a five-star hotel room only costs around $150 per night. Lisbon is one of Europe s major airports, meaning it s straightforward to get to.

Texas, United States

While traveling to far-flung destinations may be an option if you re on a budget, you may prefer to stay closer to home and avoid long flights. Costs in Houston have recently been falling in comparison to other cities in the United States; the average cost of a meal in Houston is $32.50, which is more than $2.50 cheaper than the national average. Houston is also home to the biggest shopping mall in Texas, has thousands of acres of green space and the Houston CityPASS offers access to your choice of six Houston attractions for only $39, as of 2011.

Estonia

An emerging eastern European travel destination, travelers costs are much cheaper in Estonia than in some of the more established destinations in the region. Alcohol is very cheap too; a shot of Estonian vodka costs $1.75 and a bottle of local beer costs approximately $2.50. Capital city Tallinn is the 2011 European Capital of Culture and has numerous historical sites, museums and festivals for visitors to enjoy.

China

Shanghai is a particularly cheap destination in China. Home to the World Expo in 2010, the city had $45 billion of work done to it in preparation. Now that the demand for hotel rooms has fallen after the Expo, there are a number of cheap offers available. Shanghai also offers a high-speed train service for travelers to visit other parts of the country.





08/12/2017

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Car Rental Seattle

Are you planning a trip to Seattle in Washington state? Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, you will be able to enjoy more of this wonderful city if you rent a car in Seattle. And here is why.

Seattle is a big, vibrant city and it is packed with things to do and things to see. One of the first things you notice when you arrive is the famous Space Needle. Built in 1962, it contains an observation area as well as a restaurant. The city also is home to the Boeing Space and Flight Center. If you want to enjoy a day with the family consider a drive out to Lake Washington or over to the Mount Rainier National Park. With affordable car rentals in Seattle, you can do everything that you want to do, and do it on your own schedule.

Perhaps one of the most interesting places to visit is Pioneer Square which marks the city’s original downtown. The district is home to one of the nation’s best surviving Romanesque Revival architecture. The area also has art galleries, cafes, and the Seattle Underground Tour can be found there.

If you are concerned about costs, consider this: it is so easy today to find a discount car rental in Seattle that you can do it online. You can compare rates, plans, and programs from the comfort of your home and you can even book your car online, too! Enjoy all of Seattle and its unique attractions.

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02/12/2017

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Top 10 Cheap Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada – Book now

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Cheap Hotels in Las Vegas

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Enjoy Las Vegas on a Budget

If you’re travelling to Las Vegas on a tight budget whether on holiday or a quick city break, Hotels.com can help you get the lowest price hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Most importantly you can compare all hotels based up on price/ average nightly rate to get you the cheapest Las Vegas hotels. You can also check prices on all hotels outside of Las Vegas to help you get the best deal.

If you’re sightseeing, you may only be after a basic hotel in Las Vegas but its location will be crucial to you, Hotels.com gives you detailed maps of the Las Vegas area and each landmark and transport option to allow you to book the cheapest hotel in Las Vegas nearest the attractions. You can even search outside the Las Vegas and search for budget hotels across Nevada.

If you’re simply looking for the best deal on Las Vegas accommodation to get the most for your money, our budget Las Vegas hotels can also be filtered by amenity, star rating or by theme, so you can find anything from the ideal cheap Las Vegas business hotel Las Vegas or an economy hotel in Las Vegas with a swimming pool, gym or even a free breakfast.

To help you get the best out of our range of economy hotels in Las Vegas, we also provide a guest review score for each of our hotels based up on genuine customer reviews. We also provide the Expedia cheap Las Vegas hotel reviews on our site as well as displaying the review score from the TripAdvisor cheap hotels in Las Vegas. Along with our hotel photos and room descriptions, you can be sure exactly of what you’re getting for your money.

Why not sign up to Welcome Rewards program? It’s free to join and only takes 2 minutes to sign up and when you stay 10 nights in any participating hotel you receive 1 night free*. So next time you book a hotel with hotels.com you could get an even cheaper holiday when you redeem your free night.

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A trip to the City of Lights is all about indulgence, whether you’re storming the blackjack tables.

Las Vegas hotels light up when the sun goes down. Water shows, thrill rides, dancing and gambling -.

Once known for its all-you-can eat buffets and not much else, Las Vegas dining scene has become an.





29/11/2017

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Top 10 Car Rental Tips

08/28/2006 (updated 07/09/2009) – By Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor, Edmunds.com

Remember when people rented cars mainly for the purpose of vacation transportation? These days, things have changed. The car rental industry has grown by leaps and bounds; the most current estimates available (for 2008) put annual car rental revenue at a whopping $21.9 billion. Airport rentals have historically been the main revenue driver, but that segment has remained virtually flat over the past decade and a half; the industry’s growth is due almost entirely to the explosion of the “home-city” rental market renting from a neighborhood location.

Those renting from neighborhood locations do so for a host of reasons. Some need an extra-large truck for that move across town. Some need a comfy hauler for a cross-country family road trip or a weekend of furniture shopping. And others crave a glamorous high-end cruiser for a fun-filled night out.

Whether you’re an airport renter or a home-city renter, we’ve got a list of tips designed to help make your car-rental experience as pain-free as possible for your bank account.

1. Surf the Net.

As is the case with many purchases, you’ll usually find the best rates on the Internet. Shop around. Buying online will afford you the luxury of seeing what rates look like on any vehicle your heart desires, without the inconvenience of having a salesperson breathing down your neck. Also, many companies offer special discounts to people who rent online. Rates will obviously vary from company to company, depending on vehicle availability, location and other factors. But rates aren’t the only variable to consider. Consider hours of operation, for example; some companies may close earlier on weekends. Depending on your schedule, this might be a crucial issue for you.

2. Go weekend.

Rates are typically cheaper on weekends. At one company we surveyed, you could rent a subcompact on a weekday for $64.99. When we opted for a weekend rental, the figure plummeted to a far more reasonable $22.99. If you’ve got some flexibility with your rental arrangements, opt for weekend rental. Your pocketbook will be eternally grateful.

3. Weekly does it.

Weekend rates are great, but weekly rates are usually the best of all. At one company we surveyed, a subcompact went for a weekday rate of $56.99. That same car could be rented on a weekly basis for just $252.99, a savings of more than 30 percent if you used the vehicle for all seven days, and more than 10 percent if you returned it after five days. If you plan on using the vehicle for five days or more, choose the weekly rate.

  • 4. Think twice about insurance.

    When renting a car, you’ll be offered a collision damage waiver (CDW) and a loss damage waiver (LDW). The first covers you in the event of a collision, while the second covers any loss to the rental company. Both kinds of coverage are a good idea, but not if they duplicate coverage already included in your own insurance policy. Most insurance policies offer liability coverage to protect you if you injure someone in an accident; some also cover rental-car damage via comprehensive and collision coverage. Check your policy or call your insurance agent to verify coverage before signing up for a vehicle. If you’re renting the car with a credit card, your card provider may pay for vehicle damages associated with an accident. Check with your card company ahead of time to make sure.

    There’s one caveat. The collision damage waiver covers “loss of use,” the charge levied by the rental car company to cover its lost income when the vehicle is out of service. In most states, auto insurance policies don’t cover this loss, so if you have an accident, you may wind up having to pay this charge out of your own pocket. As such, getting the collision damage waiver may be a good idea.

    5. Book early.

    It’s not just a clich ; the early bird really does get the worm, and he usually gets it much cheaper than everyone else. Rates depend on how many vehicles the company has on the lot at the time the rental is made, so sooner is better. Reserve your car at least a week in advance.

  • 6. Think twice about prepaid gas.

    Typically, renters have two choices when it comes to fuel: You can pay for a full tank of gas in advance and bring the vehicle back empty (or less than full), or you can opt to refuel it yourself just before returning it. Rental car companies suggest that paying in advance will add convenience and that the low rates offered will save you money. Well, they’re right on the first part but wrong on the second. Paying in advance is an added convenience; if you want to save yourself the hassle of a trip to the gas station or avoid a last-minute rush when you’re trying to make a plane, pay away. But unless you plan on using the entire tank of gas, prepaying will cause you to pay for more fuel than you’ve actually consumed. From a financial standpoint, prepaying is a bad idea unless you’re absolutely certain that you’ll use the full tank.

  • 7. Be careful of upgrades to larger vehicles.

    Sometimes, rental car companies will offer free upgrades to larger vehicles. They do this mainly because compacts tend to be in high demand. This sort of upgrade may seem like a great deal for you, the renter. If having a larger vehicle will genuinely enhance your rental experience, then take the upgrade. But if you have no real need for the extra space, it’s cheaper to decline. Larger vehicles burn more gas, so that “free” upgrade isn’t really free you’ll wind up paying for it at the pump.

    8. Steer clear of airport pickups.

    Picking up a rental car at the airport can be more expensive due to taxes and fees. Try looking at nearby neighborhood locations to save money. A recent Travelocity study showed that renting at an airport costs more than 11.5 percent more on average than renting at a neighborhood location. Texas airports were the chief offenders, but airports in states like Arizona, Ohio, Maryland, Missouri and New Mexico also cost renters more in taxes and fees.

  • 9. Got kids? Seat ’em yourself.

    If you’re traveling with a little one, you can save yourself some coin by bringing your own child safety seat. One rental company we surveyed charged almost $10 per day for child safety seat rental. Obviously, this can tack a significant amount onto your car rental expenses, so if you’re able to, bring your own child safety seat. If you’re renting a minivan, though, know that some rental minivans include integrated child safety seats at no extra cost.

    10. Join the club.

    Many of the larger companies offer club membership in which members pay a yearly fee in exchange for certain perks and privileges. These clubs can save you money with benefits like free rental days and airline miles, but you’ll likely only see savings if you’re a frequent renter. If you fall into this category and use rental vehicles more than occasionally, go clubbing.





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    Top 10 Solo Travel Vacations #cheap #train #travel

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    Top 10 Solo Travel Vacations – Overall

    There is a tour for doing almost anything for solo travelers. You can bike, hike, fish, bird watch, dance, drink, play music, meditate, lose weight, fall in love, or just get some time to yourself. As traveling solo tends to be more expensive than traveling in a group, most solo travelers tend to stick to third world or cheaper destinations. Whether they are there to meet people or just get away from them, an entire world of options awaits.

    Good infrastructure, a wide variety of tours, loads of other travelers make this once in a lifetime sight one of the easiest for solo travelers to see on the entire continent.

    Make some friends at your hostel at Kings Cross, then go out to explore the beaches, nightlife, Macquarie Street, and the Opera House together.

    It’s hard not to meet people in South America’s traveler epicenter. From the peace and tranquility of the Andes, to the vibrant bars and clubs surrounding the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco is everything a solo traveler could want.

  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    If paradise is your first thought when planning a solo vacation, look no further than Bora Bora. Just a few tiny strips of land surrounding a stunning lagoon that is more tranquil than the beaches of Fiji and more pristine than those of Tahiti.

    With more language schools per capita than anywhere else in the world, it’s no wonder Antigua is a favorite stop on the gringo trail for solo travelers. When not studying, you and your classmates will climb volcanoes, hike, go drinking, and visit with the remnants of the Mayan culture.

    Whether you’re here to climb Mount Everest, hike the Anapurna Circuit, or drink beer from the world’s highest brewery you will be in the company of many others. Katmandu, deep in the Himalayas, has one of the world’s most international tourist atmospheres.

    Whether you want complete relaxation in a pristine natural setting or the opportunity to meet a vibrant assortment of travelers from all over the world, Hawaii’s most populated island has you covered.

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  • Travel Search Engines – Top 10 Travel Search Sites 2014 #pet

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    Best Travel Search Engines

    This is a comprehensive list of search engines that give users the ability to book cruises, flights, train tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and entire vacation packages online.

    Most of the web sites listed here allow travelers to compare pricing, read reviews and provide feedback on each of the major traveling agencies. Some of them aggregate listing from various other Internet booking sites, while others get the data directly from the servicing businesses.

    Top 10 Travel Search Engines

    *Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2014.

    Summaries

    TripAdvisor.com Founded in 2001 by Stephen Kaufe, TripAdvisor is one of many popular industry websites operated by Expedia, Inc. It prides itself on providing unbiased reviews, a travel guide, and features advice on flights, resorts, hotels, vacation packages and rentals. Their on-click price comparison tool allows you to compare prices from multiple reservations websites.

    Expedia.com Originally founded in 1995 as a division of Microsoft, Expedia is probably the most well-know Internet-based travel reservation websites. You can use their tools to plan your trip, buy airline tickets, read reviews, reserve a hotel and find deals on vacation packages.

    Hotels.com The site which began in 2002 is yet another Expedia, Inc web property. This one is dedicated to helping people who need to stay in a hotel, but also assists travelers with finding deals on complete vacation packages, including rental cars and airline flights. Use it to pick from thousands of luxury, cheap, bread and breakfast, and 5 star hotels by reading their reviews, detailed descriptions and price comparisons. It integrates a map, and provides access to high-quality photos online. They also currently offer a Price Match Guarantee.

    Priceline.com Founded in 1998 by Jay S. Walker; Priceline helps travelers get deep discounts on hotels, flights, rental cars, vacations and cruises. It also offers exclusive deals that can t be found anywhere else.

    KAYAK.com Created by the Cofounders of Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz in 2004, KAYAK gives travelers with multiple choices of where to book their airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals. The site helps you find the cheapest deals by comparing hundreds of web sites all at once. They also offer an itinerary management tool, flight status updates and price alerts.

    Travelocity.com Started in 1996 at Tulsa International Airport as a subsidiary of Sabre Holdings which is a subsidiary of American Airlines it claims to be the the six-largest travel agency in the United States. You can use it to book vacations, and find specials to get cheap airfare and stay fees.

    Orbitz.com Originally formed by several major airlines in 1999, they aimed to compete in the fast growing online travel industry. The Orbitz website, which officially launched in 2001, allows deal seekers to book cheap airline tickets, make hotel reservations, rent cars, plan entire vacations and find the best promotions. Orbitz Price Assurance guarantees customers a cash refund if they don t get their cheapest airfare and hotel deal for your destination.

    LonelyPlanet.com There s over 30 years industry experience going into their guides and tips regarding popular destination. They help you shop rooms and other deals.

    Hotwire.com Created in 2000 by several individuals and United States airline companies, Hotwire is yet another industry related property now operated by Expedia, Inc. It negotiates deep discounts from its suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, save on motels and get cheap auto rentals, with significant price savings.

    TravalZoo.com Founded in 1998 by Ralph Bartel, it works with over 2000 companies world-wide to help people find the best offers on individual seats, lodging, automobiles, cruises and entire trips.

    Keep in mind this top ten list of travel search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user s perspective. If you d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.

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    Traveling the World for 9 Months on Under $10, 000 #travel

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    Traveling the World for 9 Months on Under $10,000

    Written by Wilson Cusack

    Last January I was in my senior year of high school and, after finishing my college applications, decided to begin exploring alternative options for the next year. I had a desire to see and understand the world’s problems for myself, and a deeper religious obligation to be a part of the solutions. That, set alongside the realization that the people and organizations I wanted to work with were only an email away, was enough to get me searching.

    After looking at different options, I was accepted to a fellowship that would facilitate an entire gap-year for me. I was excited about it, but it seemed to be sort of a backwards fellowship, one in which I had to pay them: to the tune of around $20,000.

    After several conversations I came to the realization that I could put together my own “gap-year”, work with people and organizations whom I personally chose, and do it all for much cheaper than $20,000. It’s that effort that I’m now trying to chronicle, to encourage and counsel the other people thinking about taking on the great unknown of opportunity.

    To keep it as true to what as you might expect on your own trip, I’ve included almost all of the total costs of the trip: all the groceries, restaurants, random charges I can’t remember, metro cards, leisure travel; almost everything. I figure if you do your own gap year, you’ll end up pursuing as many random adventures as I did and so I want to keep the figures as realistic as possible. The only things I’ve not included are things that were particular to me, such as costs of camera equipment I needed to pick-up for work along the way and gifts for friends back home.

    I began the trip in Guatemala, working in the communities around the garbage dump in Guatemala City with Potter’s House. an indigenous partner of a US based organization, endPoverty.

    I was connected to endPoverty through a friend who recommended and introduced me to them. At first they were very hesitant, to say the least. They’d never taken anyone straight out of high school, and I’d be the first volunteer they’d ever sent to their partner in Guatemala. But after several interviews, both over the phone and in person, they agreed to take me on.

    Before moving to Guatemala City, though, I wanted to brush up on my Spanish, as I’d only taken it for two years in high school and had forgotten most of it (thinking, “When am I ever going to use this?” Oops). So I first spent two weeks in Antigua, Guatemala studying Spanish six hours a day, five days a week at a language school there.

    Once in Guatemala City with Potter’s House, I spent one day a week working with the micro-finance team, three days a week working with the international marketing team, and one day teaching English to sixth graders.

    August – November, Guatemala





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    10 Best Travel Photography Websites #airline #tickets #cheapest

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    10 Best Travel Photography Websites

    by Heather on August 19, 2010

    by Heather | August 19th, 2010

    Best travel photography websites . Sounds simple, right? Well, simple in the fact that there are a lot of travel photography websites out there. However, it s challenging today to find quality, ah-inspiring photos. When it comes to photography the amount of interest about images documenting the daily life of people from around the world has exploded. Tweet this, post that, you name it, and I ve taken a photo of it. Technology has made it easier, and faster to spread our experiences through photo-sharing websites, making the internet photography world an imagery haven.

    With all of this in mind the search has become just that more tantalizing.  It’s somewhat of a treasure hunt for me, and I believe for others too that are looking for unique, high quality photographs. As a person in a typical town with a typical job, the world all of a sudden seems much more exciting, and available to explore when you’ve seen images of another place or culture. I believe these photos keep alive the faith that the journey to experience these places are attainable when at times it seems impossible.

    1. Tom Robinson Photography : Tom is an English photographer who finds himself most at home while traveling the world. His website highlights his work in Central South America, South East Asia, and New Zealand. His photographs are absolutely breath taking. Lots of character  is captivated through his images of the countries he has visited. If you have a great love for Latin American or Asian cultures you will truly enjoy his images.

    2. Art Wolfe : A Northwest native, and avid traveler. Art s collection is very extensive. His work is often updated on the website, and among having great photography: he is awesome with posting where he is, and what he is doing. He loves to share tips, and tricks of the trade. Art s career as a photographer extends over 30 years, which makes him a great resource.

    3. Mitchell Kanashkevich : Mitchell has a documentary style that is really appealing to many. It gives you the sense of being right in the mix of it all. His passion lies  in photographing disappearing cultures. The flavor of life is captivating, and makes his photographs some of the best to browse through. Mitchell also holds workshops around the world, and has publications documenting his work. Really inspiring stuff!

    4. Wendy Connett Photography : She is probably one of my all time favorites. Love her work, and she has a wide range of travel photographs from all around the world. From the US to Morocco there are lots to get lost in. Wendy lives in New York, and is published in more than 25 countries.

    5. The Digital Trekker : This website is run by Matt Brandon, and features a number of images tools for all. Most of his photos are from India, Malayasia and Egypt. He updates his blog weekly, and always has inspiring images to share in his blog posts. I personally find his website very helpful in seeing through his images the how to s .

    6. WhyGo : WhyGo is a great travel photography website for daily photos. This site has photos submitted 24/7 from all around the world from us the traveling readers. It s a great way to share your experiences with the community, and get involved. You can be the one to inspire more people to travel. I check it out everyday! Like I said earlier it s like a treasure hunt. Some days there is a phenomenal picture posted, and makes the wait worth it.

    7. National Geographic : I know I m stating the obvious here, but I have to say that this website is for sure the best free resource for travel photography. The catalog of locations, and images can keep me busy for hours. They have country, theme, park, people, etc. categories that speak to all. Plus, the pictures are a collaboration of the best of the best in the world, and if you are looking for a quick inspiration fix. There is no other photography site like it: we are lucky to have it right at our finger tips.

    8. Nomadic Vision : The beautiful photos showcased on this website are captured by John and Tina Reid. The photographs are displayed creatively, and stand out for a number of reasons.  Their photographs range from nature, cities and people. The most intriguing part about their photographs is the commentary on each of the photos. I find that a lot of sites show pictures, but there is no information about them. The story behind the picture is just as compelling to me as the photograph: even if it is only one sentence. They also have a blog that gives you a bigger glimpse into their world.

    9. Pictory : I m a huge fan of this website. I can t say enough good things about it. It s only been out for a short while, but has made big waves. The site focuses on showcasing your best photo stories . It only has three photo story cities listed (New York, San Francisco and London), but I believe their are more to come. The site only has a few travel destinations, but the photo story listed about each of the cities are unique. What intrigues me the most is that the photos display a side of the city that otherwise gets overlooked. Outside the travel world, the other photo series on the site are excellent. They spark a lot of feeling in the life s of others, the content is well thought out, and changing on a regular bases. Plus, it s nice to have a website with some local US travel destinations. Two thumbs up!

    10. The Big Picture : Like I said, heavy hitters. The Boston Globe s news in photograph series is a great one stop shop photography site of pictures from all over the world. A small number of photographs published are from private photographers, but a majority of their photographs posted come from such licensed sources as AP, and Getty images. What I love most about this site, is that you can browse pictures from all walks of life. The selection of pictures most always tell an interesting story, and are thought provoking. In their about page, Alan Taylor (who runs the blog) states that The Big Picture. is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.

    In my many hours of perusing photographs: the mainstream has fueled my desire to find the rather off-beat, and possibly a tad more unusual in content travel photography websites. Don t get me wrong: I do have a great appreciation for the heavy hitters too, there are a couple of them on the list to prove it is so. I will surely admit there are definitely more than 10 travel photography websites out there that are very noteworthy. But these are my ‘top’ travel photography websites right now that I frequent for inspiration.

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    10 Japanese Travel Tips for Visiting America #flight #hotel #car

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    With the help of Google Translate (and an ability to interpret completely random sentence structure), an American can find out what kind of advice the Japanese give to their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture. Here are some things to look out for if you are visiting America from Japan.

    1. There is a thing called “Dinner Plates.” And what goes on them is a mighty disappointment.

    In Japan, each person eating gets as many individual dishes as needed for the meal. Sometimes more than 10 dishes per person are used. In America, there is a method where a large bowl or dish is placed in the middle of the table, and you take as much as you like from there, and put it on a big dish said to be a “dinner plate.”

    In Japan, meals at home are for eating, because your stomach is vacant. At an American’s dinner, there is food, decorations on the table and tableware, and music to produce a fun atmosphere. It is a time for maintaining rich human relationships. Therefore, the meal is as long as 40 minutes. In addition, often the decorative tableware has been handed down mother to daughter, two generations, three generations. In addition, there are even more valuable dishes used for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

    American food is flat to the taste, indifferent in the subtle difference of taste. There is no such thing there as a little “secret ingredient.” Sugar, salt, pepper, oils, and routine spices are used for family meals. There is no such thing as purely U.S. cuisine, except the hamburger, which isn’t made at home so much. There is almost nothing special to eat based on the different seasons of the year. Basically, they like sweet, high fat, high calories things.

    2. Beware Rough Areas Where the Clothes Demand Attention

    In Japan, hip hop clothes are considered stylish. But in the United States, it is wise to avoid them, as you might be mistaken for a member of a street gang.

    The entire United States does not have good security, unfortunately. However, the difference between a place with good regional security and a “rough area” is clear. People walk less, there is a lot of graffiti, windows and doors are strictly fitted with bars. And young people are dressed in hip hop clothes that say “I want you to pay attention to me!”

    3. But You’ll be Pleasantly Surprised by American Traffic Patterns.

    Manners with cars in America are really damn good. Japanese people should be embarrassed when they look at how good car manners are in America. You must wait whenever you cross an intersection for the traffic light. People don’t get pushy to go first. Except for some people, everyone keeps exactly to the speed limit. America is a car society, but their damn good manners are not limited to cars.

    4. Nobody is impressed by how much you can drink. In fact, shame on you.

    In the U.S. they do not have a sense of superiority if they are able to drink a large amount. Rather, if you drink a lot, there is a sense that you cannot manage yourself. There is something close to contempt toward someone who must drink a lot to be drunk. To drink alcohol habitually is to have alcoholism. Alcoholics are weak people mentally, to be one means you have spanned the label of social outcasts that can’t self-manage.

    Non-smokers are more important than smokers in the US. Smokers capture the concept that they are not able to control themselves, and are the owners of weak character.

    5. They Have Free Time All Week Long!

    In America, whether you are a student, working person, or housewife, you carefully make room for leisure time, weekdays and weekends. Most people are ensured free time, always. During the week they use it for walking, jogging, bicycling, tennis, racquetball, bowling, watching movies, reading, and volunteering. On the weekend, they enjoy even more freedom, and take liberal arts courses and have sporting leisures.

    In Japan we believe that there is no free time during the weekday. Only the weekend. We spend the weekend watching TV, hanging around home, working, studying, and shopping, or listening to music.

    6. Knowing how to use sarcasm is a must to communicate with an American.

    If you put your bent middle and index fingers of both hands in the air, you are making finger quotation marks. It means you do not believe what you are saying. You can also say, “or so called.”

    7. They tend to horse laugh, even the women. It’s how they show they’re honest.

    In Japan, when a woman laughs, she places her hand so it does not show her mouth. It is disgraceful to laugh by loudly opening the mouth. Adult males do not laugh much. There is the saying, “Man, do not laugh so much that you show your teeth.”

    In America, when men or women laugh, they do not turn away. They face front, open the mouth, and laugh in a loud voice. This is because in America if you muffle your laugh or turn away while laughing, you give the impression that you are talking about a secret or name-calling. It is nasty.

    8. You won’t be getting your groceries anytime soon, so checkout lines are a great place to make friends.

    Cashiers are slow. Abysmally slow compared to Japan. I get frustrated when I’m in a hurry. Americans wait leisurely even if you’re in the special checkout for buying just a little something. I thought Americans were going to be quite impatient, but in reality they are extremely laid back. I thought about what I should do with my time while waiting in the grocery matrix, and began to speak at length with other guests.

    9. Their vending machines are ridiculously limited and dishonest.

    Vending machines in the United States just give carbonated beverages. Coke particularly. If you try to buy the juice from a vending machine when you’re thirsty, it’s just all carbonate. I pressed the button and thought it would be a nice orange juice, but carbonate came out. I love carbonated, but there are times when it will make you sick indeed.

    In Japan, there is great fear of failure and mistakes in front of other people. It is better to do nothing and avoid being criticized than to taste the humiliation of failure. As a result, there are things we wanted to do, but did not, and often regret.

    In America, you can make mistakes, fail, and it doesn’t matter. It is a fundamental feeling that to sometimes be incorrect is natural. In addition, rather than thinking about mistakes and failures, American’s have curiosity and say, “Let’s try anyway!”





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    10 travel websites that can save you money #tibet #travel

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    10 travel websites that can save you money

    Ever heard of Breezenet.com or Couchsurfing.org? Travel icon Arthur Frommer tells you that you should.

    Travel websites come and go—hundreds of new ones emerge each year—but 10 remain unchallenged, in my view, for their ability to save you large sums of money on nearly any vacation trip:

    1. Momondo.com for the lowest air fares: Created by Danish techies and headquartered in Copenhagen, of all places, it has an uncanny ability to find better rates for your next flight, even for purely local trips within North America. That’s because, it’s claimed, its program surveys all sources of airfares—some 800 of them, even those that pay no commission to Momondo for getting them a customer. Next time you book a flight to anywhere, give these enterprising Danes a look.

    2. Breezenet.com for discount car rentals: A remarkable source of car rentals costing substantially less than normal levels. By surveying the daily offerings of some 14 large companies and countless mom-and-pop firms, it nearly always finds a reduced rate from a rental company hungry for business on a particular day.

    3. Hotelscombined.com for reduced hotel rates: Here’s a site that scans dozens of other hotel websites around the world and then produces the best rates for particular dates. If there’s a sale going on, or a hotel slashing rates temporarily, Hotelscombined.com will find the bargain, saving you a great deal of money. GetaRoom.com is among its competitors, but it finds hotels in only a handful of heavily visited cities.

    4. Homeexchange.com for swapping apartments and homes: It apparently has become the most widely used service for vacation exchanges, as a result of its prominent mention in a recent Hollywood film. Its tens of thousands of home or apartment listings enable you to quickly and effectively find a person eager to exchange his or her home or apartment for yours during the time of your respective vacations, enabling both of you to enjoy free lodgings.

    5. Homeaway.com for renting vacation homes and apartments: After acquiring several smaller home-rental companies, Homeaway has become the largest source of such rentals, and appears to operate efficiently and reliably. Numerous travelers currently are substituting homes or apartments for hotel rooms, spending less and enjoying more spacious accommodations than a hotel would provide. (Rentalo.com, specializing in apartments, is among its competitors.)

    6. Cruisesonly.com (whose main competitors are VacationsToGo.com and OnlineVacationCenter.com) will snare discount rates for most sailings of most major cruise ships. Nearly every cruise line discounts the rates appearing in its catalogues and brochures, and the smart cruise passenger always seeks out these reductions in price.

    7. Xe.com for currency-exchange rates: This strange, two-letter website supplies you with up-to-the-minute exchange rates for all the world’s currencies, enabling you to know the dollar equivalent of foreign prices. (Smart travelers obtain their foreign currencies from the ATM machines in all foreign cities of any size; they do much better at ATM machines than from exchange kiosks and counters.)

    8. Hostelz.com for low-cost hostels throughout the world. For the most cost-conscious of all travelers (seeking to pay no more than $25 a night), Hostelz provides you with photographs and texts describing many thousands of hostels offering low-cost beds to people of all ages, sometimes in hotels that were recently converted into hostels by ambitious entrepreneurs.

    9. Couchsurfing.org for young people seeking free hospitality and Servas.org for older ones. Both organizations maintain massive lists of generous people around the world who are willing to put up guests in their homes free of charge for short stays (usually two or three nights). Servas has been in existence since 1948 and has a mainly mature membership; the more-recently founded Couchsurfing caters to a more youthful set.

    10. Airbnb.com for those occasions when all hotels in a particular city are sold out because of large conventions or trade shows. For numerous cities in the U.S. and Canada, Airbnb.com lists and rents moderately priced rooms in private homes for special use at the time of political conventions or like events.

    Runners-up to the Top 10: Though they don’t deserve the supreme accolade, a number of other websites are helpful in a broad number of instances:

    •  Privatemotorhomerental.com for renting an RV directly from its owner, at a considerable savings.

    •  Biketoursdirect.com for its listings of inexpensive group bicycle tours departing from throughout North America and abroad on numerous dates

    •  Womenwelcomewomen.org.uk for providing hospitality to female travelers, ranging from a spare cot or room to simply meeting them for a drink.

    •  Viamigo.com or Rentalocalfriend.com for acquiring a local guide in various out-of-town or foreign cities.

    •  Theatermania.com. Stubhub.com or Ticketsnow.com for obtaining discount theatre tickets in numerous cities.

    •  Shoretrips.com for inexpensive port visits on cruises, in small-van groups.

    Arthur Frommer is the pioneering founder of the Frommer’s Travel Guide book series. He co-hosts the radio program, The Travel Show, with his travel correspondent daughter Pauline Frommer. Find more destinations online and read Arthur Frommer’s blog at

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    10 Las Vegas Travel Tips #isles #of #scilly #travel

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    10 Las Vegas Travel Tips

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    Whatever happens in Vegas certainly doesn’t need to stay in Vegas. We’ve collected some of our Deal Experts’ favorite tips and memories for traveling to the ultimate adult playground that is the Las Vegas Strip and beyond. More itinerary suggestions — and exclusive deals — can be found within Travelzoo’s Las Vegas destination page.

    Take advantage of the world-class spas: I think the great thing about spas in Vegas is they have the full facilities like steam rooms, whirlpools, saunas, and they give you snacks! It’s the perfect way to detox after a fun night out. Vegas is my favorite place to hit up the spa. Every single spa at every high-end hotel is just amazing. – Lily Fu, producer, travel

    Find deals for spa days. dining and activities in Vegas.

    Skip the taxi from the airport: For parties of two or less, it’s more economical to arrange roundtrip airport shuttle service. While The Strip looks close, traffic can be terrible and the taxi meter just keeps running — plus drivers have a tendency to take the longest route if you don’t instruct them. – William Brown, associate publisher, travel

    Some of the best entertainment can be found in the off nights: Imagine our delight to discover a packed piano bar downtown full of singers and performers from The Strip on their off night taking turns at the keys! What followed was countless Lady Gaga covers, and flowing vodka sodas was the best break from The Strip. – Hilary Solan, editor, travel

    Need a Vegas show deal? Check out these offers for Vegas entertainment .

    Say Prost: Head off strip for a taste of Munich with a trip to the traditional beer hall Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas for polka music and a stein of Bavarian beer. – Blaire Constantinou, senior associate producer, travel

    Travel midweek or in the summer: There no question that Vegas runs full throttle on the weekends, but don’t discount the idea of staying midweek – when hotels and shows offer their best deals. Let’s face it, there’s not really a dull night in Sin City, plus you’ll find a little elbow room at the tables and a bigger budget for blackjack. And no matter how hot it gets in the summer, remember that it’s always 65 degrees in the casino. – Andrew Young, editor

    The vibrant art scene is worth a look: Las Vegas is finally getting a downtown that’s worth the effort to go to. The Arts District is south of Fremont. Head over on the first Friday of every month when dozens of shops and galleries stay open late and scores of vendors come in for a party into the night. On another night, check out Bar+Bistro, an Italian tapas restaurant with fantastic bartenders. – Ben Jennings, executive producer, travel

    Not all memorable meals are dinners: The best breakfast in town and my favorite memory of Vegas: Hash House a Go Go. – Barrie Kosberg, senior producer, travel

    Remember to cool off and cool down: When I need a break from the flashing lights and dinging slot machines in town, I’ll head out to Lake Mead for a day. If it’s really hot — anytime between July and October –nothing feels better than splashing around outside in this man-made lake that powers the Hoover Dam. Lots of companies rent boats, jet skis and kayaks by the hour or the day, and the natural beauty of the Mojave Desert makes for some truly scenic shoreline. Don’t forget the sunscreen! – Kevin Kitchen, senior associate producer, local deals

    Nab big savings off The Strip: Look for hotels off The Strip. Sometimes rates will be lower, and most of the hotels and resorts have free shuttle service to the airport and The Strip. For a change of pace, tack on a day or two at Lake Las Vegas for a little desert resort R





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    10 Sites For The Best Airfare Deals #find #cheap #airline #tickets

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    Score the Best Flight Deals on These 10 Sites

    By Dani Fankhauser 2013-04-30 14:03:53 UTC

    There’s not much that can evoke thoughts of both work and play like buying airfare. You’re either trying to find a last-minute ticket to make it in time for a meeting, or hoping to get to a remote island as cheaply as possible.

    Some trips are regular, essential and planned far in advance, like visiting the family for Christmas; while other trips — spending time with that long-distance significant other — are flexible on dates, but can break your wallet if not purchased strategically.

    For whatever your airfare needs may be, there is a growing corral of consumer portals for searching available flights and getting deals. Some make the experience less stress-inducing; others make it feel like a game. Search giants Google and Bing are both on the scene amongst scrappy startups with pithy names. No matter where you’re going, the best flight at the best price is at your fingertips.

    What site do you use to find the perfect flight price? Let us know in the comments.

    1. GetGoing

    You might have used Hotwire to book a room at a mystery hotel in your destination, but now GetGoing raises the stakes and applies the psychology to flights — except this time, you pick not one but two locations. The service boasts 40% discounts on airfare and is designed for cost-conscious travelers who are flexible with their destination — worth a shot for your next island escape or ski trip.

    2. Flightfox

    Did you dream of becoming a travel agent when you grew up, only to find the algorithms had taken over? Fear not; there are some problems that only human curators can solve. Flightfox allows you to post your more complex travel plans and other Flightfox users will compete to track down the cheapest or best route. You’ll pay an upfront fee of $24 (or more, depending on the challenge) and the winning user will take home 75%. If you’ve ever felt like there was a secret to finding good travel deals — there probably is, but Flightfox will connect you with the people in the know.

    3. FlyinAway

    We usually assume flights are priced by supply and demand but sometimes it seems there’s a complex coefficient in there somewhere. FlyinAway is a new site that puts pricing directly into the hands of the traveler — and the other travelers interested in the same flight. That’s right, you’ll have to outbid other travelers to get a deal; however, things are complicated as the auction will not open unless enough users have expressed interest in that route (a la Groupon’s group buying).

    4. Hipmunk

    Hipmunk animation video via Flickr, brownpau

    The Y-Combinator darling from Reddit’s Steve Huffman (with a cuddly mascot you wish you could take with you on the plane) popularized the idea of searching for flights by “agony,” to optimize your flight for price, length and layovers. The site design is among the best, and along with hotel search, Hipmunk recently added flight deal alerts and the ability to track an airfare by email (if you’re up to holding out on your purchase to see if the price drops).

    5. Geneo

    A mobile app brought to you by the makers of CheapOair, Geneo is a mobile-only experience perfect for someone who frequently needs to book flights on-the-go. The iOS app will keep track of your search history and home airport.

    6. Momondo

    A colorful site that sticks to the basics, Momondo actually crawls or scrapes airfare sites rather than plugging into a third party aggregator. It’s possible the site will recommend a different airline for your trip out and back, but if this turns out to be cheaper, why not? Many people mix and match airlines themselves and Momondo does the work for you. There’s also a handy calendar so if pushing your trip back a day will save you some dough, you can easily navigate to it.

    7. Bing Travel

    Bing is a step into the future — literally. What makes the site stand out is one simple line, Bing’s “tip,” which will tell you to buy or to wait. For example, on a search today for a flight from New York to San Diego, Bing says fares will rise $50 or more and has 80% confidence. You can also filter by airline, specific airports, duration and “flight quality” — to avoid red eyes, for example.

    8. Google Flights

    Google bought flight software ITA (used by other consumer searches including Hipmunk) and the result of the purchase is Google’s own flight search. The site works best on domestic flights in the U.S. (although it services some international flights, it doesn’t include all airlines in the search results). A map view allows you to drag and drop your route to another location to see the price changes, while a bar graph view visualizes how fares change over time (changing trip duration by a day or two can cut down on cost as well).

    9. Yapta

    If you’re a big shopper you know how frustrating it is when something you just bought goes on sale — unless you’re lucky enough that the store will give you a refund equal to the discount. Yapta wants to do the same for your airfares, depending on each airline’s policy. If it’s possible to get some money back, Yapta will tell you.

    10. Adioso

    Also accelerated in Y Combinator. Adioso similarly is built for cost-conscious travelers with a flexible itinerary. What stands out is the search function, which behaves a little more like your brain — an example search might be “New York to Southeast Asia in mid-July for 10 days.” Your results will give you a good idea of where you can get and for how cheap — and if nothing meets your requirements, you can set up email alerts to see if the price drops. If your goal is to go somewhere cool, rather than stick to a specific vacation plan, you might have some luck with a deal via Adioso.





    16/11/2017

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    10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #book #airline

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    A Few More Tips

    Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

    Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

    Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

    Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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    –written by Erin Gifford





    16/11/2017

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    10 Best Hotel Websites – Touropia Travel Experts #travel #clubs

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    10 Best Hotel Websites

    If you are looking for a place to stay on your vacation or business trip the options on offer can be overwhelming. A hotel search tool allows you to instantly search and compare room availability and prices from sites like Expedia, Hotels.com, Venere, Laterooms, Agoda (and many more) all in one single set of search results. You could never cover the vast choice of hotel booking sites yourself, and so would more than likely miss out on the best deals. A great way to save time and money .

    However, if you’re looking for a specific travel deal (hotel + flight for example) or a different type of accommodation (hostel or vacation rental) the following 10 best hotel websites have proven the most consistently useful for finding accommodation when traveling.

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    Expedia.com one of the largest web travel booking agency offering a variety of services include airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises and vacation package deals. You can save money by booking your hotel and flight together. It is based in the US with localized sites for 20 countries.

    Agoda.com great for deals in Asia but is also one of the fastest-growing platforms worldwide. You can earn points worth 4 -7% of the room price and apply these points towards your next booking.

    Priceline.com – helps you haggle for the best bargains on hotel bookings (plus flight and car rental for that matter) in a casino-style way. Select the minimum star class, date of stay and preferred neighborhood, and then name your price. Certainly, deals aren t guaranteed but you can save up to 60% off published rates. The catch: Priceline doesn t tell you the exact hotel you re booking until after you pay, so you won’t be sure exactly where you’ll end up.

    Booking.com the web most popular hotel reservation service attracting more than 30 million unique visitors each month from both leisure and business markets worldwide. It offers various accommodations types from small independent hotels to five star luxury resorts, with over 135,000 properties across 101 countries. Along with Agoda it is part of Priceline.com.

    TripAdvisor.com – the most popular hotel review site on the web, They offer more than 45 million reviews of hotels around the globe. Ignore reviews on either extreme and just focus on the ratings in the middle to get a good sense about a hotel. The comments are not always reliable and the sources are not always credible. But you can find patterns in the comments that focus on quality, cleanliness and safety worldwide.

    Hostelz.com – although probably associated with a bunk-bed lifestyle, many hostels offer more private, hotel-like accommodations these days. If you’re traveling alone you can save a great deal by staying at a hostel Hostelz.com compares all the hostel booking systems at once, including hostelbookers.com and Hostelworld.

    LateRooms.com – as you may know, many hotels drop their prices at the last minute. It s better for them to fill their rooms at a discount rate than have them unoccupied. LateRooms.com is one of the main outlets that hotels (as well as B Bs and guest-houses) use to try to fill their empty rooms. Thy offer around 37,000 properties and promises discounts of up to 70%.

    Hotwire.com One of the best hotel websites for discount travel. Hotwire offers low prices on airfare, hotel, rental cars and vacation packages by selling off unsold travel inventory at discounted prices.

    HomeAway.com the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals. with websites representing more than 625,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout more than 145 countries. They offer short term home rentals as an alternative to hotels when traveling, an option which has seen rapid popularity growth in recent years. Home rentals are often cheaper than hotels and have more space but you have to do without a cleaning service or hotel amenities.

    BedandBreakfast.com perhaps the biggest bed and breakfast booking site on the web. Bedandbreakfast.com offers thousands of bed and breakfasts, inns and homestays lodges, cabins, historic hotels, small resorts and guest ranches worldwide.





    16/11/2017

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    10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights – Johnny Jet #travel

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    10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

    All my friends keep asking me how they can find cheap Thanksgiving flights. I feel like saying, don’t you remember what I told you last year and the year before? Hello. Strategies don’t change that much just the dates. Instead of losing my voice and mind, I created this guide so I can just send them the link.

    For starters, the airlines are expecting to have full planes over the 12-day holiday period. But don’t sweat if you haven’t bought your tickets yet you will be happy to know that I haven’t either. And I’m not that worried because I always have a few tricks up my sleeve on how to save money.

    10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

    1. Be flexible

    The key to finding cheap Thanksgiving flights is to be flexible with your days. If you aren’t flexible, then you aren’t going to get a deal and you can stop reading right now. It’s not that difficult to figure out that the most expensive time to fly is when everyone else is too. For example, everyone and their brother wants to leave the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and return on the Sunday or Monday after. I see you agreeing but guess what? You aren’t going to get a deal on those days so just stop trying.

    That means the deals are going to be either the week before or the Sunday or Monday before (depending on the destination), Thanksgiving Day and returning on Friday or the following Tuesday or better yet Wednesday after turkey day. To prove my point I ran a flexible search on ITA Software (below) for round-trip non-stop flights from Miami to New York for a four night stay and you can see which days are the cheapest to travel.

    Keep in mind the airlines are expecting the busiest days to be Sunday, December 1, and Monday, December 2. The best day to fly will be Thanksgiving Day (November 28).

    2. Consider the time of day

    Everyone wants to leave after work and school so when doing your flight search don’t put a specific time. Generally, the most expensive times to fly are peak business travel hours (8 to 10 am and 5 to 7 pm). Cheaper seats tend to depart early in the morning (5 to 7 am) or late in the evening (after 8 pm). NOTE: By leaving early in the morning you have the best chance of not getting delayed.

    3. Alternate airports

    Not only do you want to be flexible with dates and times but be flexible with airports too. For example, rather than flying into (or out of) Miami when going to South Florida, check out Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) it s 25 miles north and usually much cheaper. You can also check out West Palm Beach, which is another 49 miles away. To help you with all the major U.S. alternative airports (by actual driving miles), I created a website called AlternateAirports.com. To see what I m talking about, see the flexible search for flights from NYC to FLL below.

    4. Consider making a stop

    Sometimes booking a flight that has a connection as opposed to flying nonstop can save you money. But you have to ask yourself if it s really worth it. If it’s hundreds of dollars then yes, but if it’s just $20 do you really want to increase your chances of getting delayed or stuck? And be sure to avoid making connections in airports that have a terrible on-time track record like San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare or all of New York’s airports. Here’s a link to an airport and airline scorecard to help you make a good decision.

    5. Search tools

    Everyone knows there’s not one website out there that has the absolute cheapest price for airfares, hotels, car rentals, cruises and package deals so the trick is to do your research and check them all to see who has the best deal at that moment in time. That’s one of the reasons why I created JohnnyJet.com to begin with.

    We now have a new search engine  (below) where all you have to do is input your city pairs and dates and click check rates. Six windows will open up as they simultaneously search a variety of travel websites like Expedia, Priceline and TripAdvisor. It not only saves you time but money. Check it out for yourself!

    7. Speak to a human

    You never know if an airline representative can find a better deal but in my experience, it’s usually only worth it (most charge a $25 fee) when booking a mileage award ticket since they can check partner airlines and alternate cities much quicker. To get in touch with your airline I created AirlineNumbers.com that lists all of the airline’s phone numbers and websites. To bypass the airlines annoying and time consuming automated prompts, log on to GetHuman.com .

    8. Use frequent flier miles

    It’s almost impossible to use your frequent flier miles during the holidays unless you are flexible with dates or are willing to use double or triple the usual amount. I don’t recommend the latter but last year I used 12,500 American miles to fly from Toronto to Los Angeles the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If I left Sunday or Monday before it was double.

    9. Hidden cities

    This hidden city trick is against airline policy so you didn t learn it from me. But once I needed to get to Cleveland from L.A. and a nonstop one-way ticket was $600. I took my own advice and searched alternate airports and when I found a ticket to Buffalo for only $230 I noticed the flight first stops in Cleveland ON THAT SAME EXACT $600 flight. I know it makes no sense since Buffalo is farther from Cleveland and you have to take two flights instead of one but that’s the airlines for you.

    If I wanted to break airline policy I could ve just gotten off in Cleveland and let my connecting ticket to BUF go to waste. But if I did that I would ve bought a one-way ticket, made sure not to check bags or put in my mileage account number. Remember I’m not recommending this and if you do it a lot you WILL get caught.





    15/11/2017

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    Top 10 Travel Essentials #conti #travels

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    Top 10 Travel Essentials

    By Nancy Parode. Senior Travel Expert

    Nancy Parode’s travel and cultural articles have appeared in print magazines, such as Military Spouse and Northern Virginia. and on several websites, including Sixty and Me, IntoWine.com, The World I Online and NotForTourists.com. Nancy also blogged about military life for HometownAnnapolis.com, the website of Annapolis, Maryland’s The Capital newspaper. Tripping.com named Nancy’s Senior Travel blog here at About.com a Top Travel Blog in the Senior Travel category, and About.com’s Senior Travel website made Discover Corps ‘ list of Best Baby Boomer Travel Sites for 2105.

    Nancy has been featured on NPR affiliate WRVO Public Media’s “Take Care” radio show and BlogTalkRadio’s “Transformed Travel” show. She has been interviewed by The New York Times’ Frugal Travel writer Seth Kugel, SixtyandMe.com’s Margaret Manning, The Amateur Traveler’s Chris Christensen and consumer advocate Christopher Elliott.

    Packing is part of any travel experience. Whether you’re headed to a beach condo or an Alaskan cruise, you’ll need to bring appropriate clothing and travel gear. Here are 10 travel essentials to include on any trip, regardless of destination.





    10/11/2017

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    Win X Menu Editor for Windows 10 and Windows 8 #win+x


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    Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 10 and Windows 8

    One of the new features of Windows 8 is Win+X “Start” menu. It is non-customizable part of the operating system. Win+X Menu Editor is my latest work and it serves to provide you a simple and useful way to edit Win+X menu without system file modification. It keeps your system integrity untouched.



    Latest version is 2.7.0.0. it supports Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
    Read the rest to learn more and see change log and the demo video

    Change log

    3.0.0.0
    Now compatible with Windows 10 version 1703 “Creators Update”.
    No more separate builds for x86 and x64 Windows releases. The single binary works in both versions.
    2.7.0.0
    Fixed “move to group” behavior: first item in the group was not visible until you restart the app.
    Minor changes for better support of Windows 10.
    2.6.0.0
    New feature – “Add an Administrative Tools item” allows you to add any Administrative Tools item quickly and easy.

    2.5.0.2
    Workaround with Program Files(x86) folder. Now shortcuts to that folder will be displayed properly in Win+X menu.
    2.5.0.1
    Bug fixed: if you try to add a shortcut which is already in Win+X menu folder, then application will show you .NET framework error.
    2.5.0.0

    • New feature – “Add a Control Panel item” allows you to add any control panel applet including hidden like “Network Connections” or “All Tasks(God Mode)”.
    • Improved icons resolving for Win+X menu items
    • “Add a program” now not a button but drop-down menu.
    • Some very minor non-critical bugs are fixed

    2.0.0.1
    Fixed a bug with built-in items renaming
    2.0

    • hashlnk is not required anymore, all its functions are ported into the Win+X Menu Editor source code
    • Numerous bugs are fixed, such as sorting bug or crash on empty Win+X menu
    • Improved “add a program” feature
    • New clean and useful UI with hotkeys, new icons
    • The ability to move shortcuts between groups
    • New feature – “Presets”, which allows you to add various commands in Win+X menu, such as shutdown options, calculator and so on.

    1.0.0.3
    Fixed a bug with Windows 8 RTM.
    1.0.0.2
    Improved *.lnk file handling. You need no rename Win+X menu items anymore, it uses file display name instead of lnk target.
    1.0.0.1
    Added support to Windows 8 Release Preview
    1.0
    Initial release

    Here is the demo video of Win+X Menu Editor

    With Win+X Menu Editor you are able:

    • to add new items.
    • to remove any item of Win+X menu.
    • to change display name of any item of Win+X menu.
    • to reorder Win+X menu items.

    An addition information

    Win+X Menu Editor is based on the hashlink (http://www.withinwindows.com/2012/04/04/windows-8-secrets-the-winx-menu-and-its-hashing-algorithm/) source code by Rafael Rivera. Please respect him.

    Main icon is daKirby309’s ” Desktop (http://dakirby309.deviantart.com/) ” icon + mspaint.exe

    The Win+X Menu Editor is available in two editions – x86 and x64. Don’t use x86 version on Windows x64.
    Starting with version 3.0, I eliminated separate versions for x64 and x86 Windows. From now, a single executable file can be used in both x64 and x86 editions.

    Nice Tweak. But everytime I press apply all icons on the desktop are mixed together!

    everytime I click apply:

    my “fingerprint” programm (virtual airprint server from collobos) gives up, disappears from the taskbar, the fingerprint-service is also corrupted. I have to restart the service and kill the fingerprint task and start again.
    Pretty much work. sad!unsure

    everytime I click apply:

    my “fingerprint” programm (virtual airprint server from collobos) gives up, disappears from the taskbar, the fingerprint-service is also corrupted. I have to restart the service and kill the fingerprint task and start again.
    Pretty much work.

    Have been using a few weeks now. Thank you.
    Excellent program. Mine has the bare essentials:

    Shutdown Link to shutdown VBScript File

    Control Panel Link to Control Panel

    File explorer Link to Computer Explorer
    ——————–
    User folders Link to my pictures, videos, documents, etc.

    Program Apps Link to C: ProgramData Microsoft Windows
    Start Menu Programs (was hidden)
    Desktop Link to Desktop

    I created a shortcut for the Windows Update but it doesn’t add to the menu. It’s strange because it worked for everything else I tried.

    Can you share your shortcut?

    I right clicked the control panel icon in the “system and security” to create a shortcut. The shortcut has target “Control Panel System and Security Windows Update”.

    i will try to fix this issue in upcoming version 2.0

    i just can’t add any of my applications to the menu, except those presets.
    im using the latest version of your program in the environment of win8 rtm

    hmm
    How I can reproduce the issue?
    Your Windows 8 is x86 or x64?

    Hi. Great program. I have the same issue as ZZZ, in that I created a shortcut to Network Connections and then added it to the editor. It shows in the editor but doesn’t appear in the Win + X Menu. Shortcuts created to ordinary programs works fine, so it must be Control Panel shortcuts it has a problem with.

    Is this fixable, or is there a workaround/different method we can use?

    this is NOT fixable, but we can use a different method
    We can use shell commands for that purposes. I will publish all of them so you can easily create the required shortcut.
    Also I will add such option to next version. I think I will do it today or tomorrow.
    Right now you can create shortcut using

    as shortcut target

    ZZZ, for “Control Panel System and Security Windows Update” you can use
    explorer.exe shell. <36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8>

    Perfect – thanks very much.

    The Network and Sharing Center shortcut worked for me, the only that didn’t work was the Windows Update.

    I’ll try the shell command. Thx.

    Only presets working. Unable to add to menu any .exe that I’ve tried.
    They appear on Win+X Menu Editor interface, but never shows on Win+X menu.

    Win 8 Pro 64-bit retail here (build 9200).

    Kudos for the app, anyways, B’dozer.

    Guys, please, if you have issues with this software, tell me more details
    Which app you tried to add?
    Please specify the full path to exe file.

    I have no ideas how I can reproduce the bug without that information.
    I will try to fix a bug once I repeat it.

    I tried to add Firefox, and MS Office’s Outlook.

    As I said, I’m running Win 8 Pro 64-bit retail (build 9200).
    So I ran Win+X Menu Editor (64-bit version), clicked on ‘Add Program’ button, navigated to ‘C: Program Files (x86) Mozilla Firefox’, and choose firefox.exe.
    When asked “Please enter new name”, I simply put Firefox (with a capital F), and OK.
    Firefox showed up at the top of Group 3, then I clicked “Restart Explorer”.

    Firefox didn’t appear in Win+X menu. I closed the app, ran it again (as Administrator), repeated the same steps, same result. Again with Outlook (C: Program Files (x86) Microsoft Office Office14 Outlook.exe), with same result.

    Interesting, I tried then to add Group 4 and move Firefox to it. When I restarted explorer, The Win+x menu showed up with a division line ABOVE ‘Programs and Features’ (which is the top App for Group 3), but with nothing above that line.
    I added presets then, to Group 4 (Notepad and Paint). Restarted explorer and both presets showed up ok on Win+X menu.

    Sorry for the english. Regards..

    Thanks you very much for this report.
    Fixed. Please re-download.
    I will do more workarounds for x86 resources in Windows x64 in near future.

    Thanks a lot for this very nice piece of software.
    The latest version 2.5.0.2 works absolutely perfectly on my Win 8 Pro x64.

    add feature to add item+icon at the win-x menu.


    12/10/2017

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    10 Tips: Should you buy travel insurance? Money – 10 Tips.

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    In rare instances it s a good deal, but it often duplicates existing coverage

    Planning to go trekking in the Himalayas? Or maybe take a little cruise down to Mexico? Before you head for the hills, it’s a good idea to make sure you have enough insurance coverage.

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    Clinton said she is inspired to keep working to ensure that Charlotte and her generation are provided equal opportunities.

    Travel insurance is becoming increasingly popular, but in many cases it simply duplicates coverage you already have.

    The following tips can help you determine what kind of travel coverage, if any, is right for you.

    1. Familiarize yourself with what’s out there. Travel insurance can include trip cancellation, trip interruption, accidental death or dismemberment, medical and dental care, transportation to medical facilities, loss of luggage or personal possessions and protection against the bankruptcy or default of your cruise line or tour operator.

    2. Determine whether you’re already covered. Many homeowners’ and renters’ policies provide coverage for theft and other losses away from home. Your medical and auto insurance may be valid in other countries. Your life insurance policy should cover you and your family while you travel. And airlines must reimburse you if they lose your bags.

    3. Remember your credit cards and auto club membership. Check to see what travel protection you have from those little plastic cards in your wallet. The American Express Platinum Card is especially good about giving generous accidental death and dismemberment coverage, insurance for car rental loss and damage, and extra lost baggage protection.

    4. Buy through a third-party insurer. Travel agents, tour operators and cruise lines sell travel insurance, but your safest bet is to obtain coverage through an established insurance company. This way your coverage won’t go up in smoke if your travel company goes bankrupt. You can compare rates at InsureMyTrip.com.





    07/09/2017

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    Employees Pick the Top 10 Travel Companies – The Motley Fool

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    Employees Pick the Top 10 Travel Companies

    Orbitz, Southwest, and HomeAway earn top scores from employees for perks, CEO performance, and business outlook.

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:55AM

    Hotels, booking and review sites, and a lone airline made the list of top travel-sector employers in the 2014 Glassdoor  Travel Industry Report Card. The career site compiled its list based on verified employee reviews submitted over the past 12 months, along with employee ratings of their companies’ CEOs and their opinions on whether business will improve, decline, or hold steady for the next six months.

    Top travel-workplace cultures

    Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW ) tops this year’s list. The travel-planning and booking site earned high ratings from its employees for CEO performance and a supportive, perk-heavy work environment — including, unsurprisingly, “a very liberal vacation policy.”

    Next on the list is Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV ). the only airline to place among the top 10. Along with Orbitz, Southwest also recently earned a spot on Glassdoor’s 2014 Best Places to Work, a list that includes companies from all sectors. One employee praised the “freedom to grow and develop as an individual.” And Southwest has a reputation for encouraging its employees to be creative.

    The hottest hotel brands for workers

    Four hotel brands made this year’s top 10. Privately held Omni Hotels rated fourth   and had the most positive business outlook ratings of the group — 88% of employees said they expect business to get better in the coming half-year.

    The other hotels on the list are Marriott International ‘s (NASDAQ:MAR ) Ritz-Carlton chain, and Canadian chains Fairmont Hotels Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels. Four Seasons has a long reputation for employee satisfaction, with a low turnover rate and 17 years on Fortune ‘s list of Best Companies to Work For.

    Vacation-rental company HomeAway (NASDAQ:AWAY ) surpassed rival Airbnb, which didn’t make the list, but it’s facing brand-new competition in the luxury segment from Four Seasons. The hotel chain announced its new Four Seasons Vacation Rental site this week, with a portfolio of upscale properties from the Gulf Coast to the Indian Ocean.

    The rest of the best

    Rounding out this year’s top travel companies to work for are timeshare operator Marriott Vacation Club, TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP ). a travel review and research company, and SeaWorld Entertainment   (NYSE:SEAS ) .

    SeaWorld has faced questions about its animal handling policies and employee safety practices since the release of the documentary film “Blackfish” in 2013. Despite protests by animal-welfare groups, an attempt in the California legislature to ban orca shows, and proposed legislation in the U.S. House to update marine-mammal standards of care, CEO Jim Atchison received the highest employee rating on the list.

    Source: glassdoor.com.

    Top-rated employers in a thriving industry

    These companies stand out not just for their reputation among their employees but for doing well despite a slow overall recovery. Travel and tourism is one of the brightest spots in the economy, with more than 19,200 jobs added in May alone.

    “Since losing nearly half a million jobs during the Great Recession, the travel industry has added 749,000 jobs and has outpaced job creation in the rest of the economy by 49%,” said David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, after the release of May job numbers. That’s good news for investors in the travel sector, and good news for workers who are looking for stability — especially if it comes with lots of vacation time.

    Warren Buffett’s biggest fear is about to come true

    Warren Buffett just called this emerging technology a “real threat” to his biggest cash-cow. While Buffett shakes in his billionaire-boots, only a few investors are embracing this new market which experts say will be worth over $2 trillion. It won’t be long before everyone on Wall Street wises up, that’s why The Motley Fool is releasing this timely investor alert. Click here  to learn more about what’s keeping Buffett up at night and the one public company we’re calling the “brains behind” the technology.





    06/09/2017

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    10-Eye-Opening Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger #10,opening,quotes,planned #parenthood,founder,margaret #sanger


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    Read on to learn why Planned Parenthood hides behind a false memory of Sanger, and why, despite her extraordinarily prolific writing career, one rarely sees her quoted by Planned Parenthood leaders and apologists.

    The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.

    Woman and the New Race . ch. 6: “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families.” Here, Sanger argues that, because the conditions of large families tend to involve poverty and illness, it is better for everyone involved if a child’s life is snuffed out before he or she has a chance to pose difficulties to its family.

    [We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.

    “Plan for Peace ” from Birth Control Review (April 1932, pp. 107-108)

    Article 1. The purpose of the American Baby Code shall be to provide for a better distribution of babies… and to protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.
    Article 4. No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit…
    Article 6. No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth.

    Give dysgenic groups [people with bad genes ] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization.

    Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.

    Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

    We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.

    A woman’s duty: To look the whole world in the face with a go-to-hell look in the eyes… to speak and act in defiance of convention.

    The Woman Rebel. Volume I, Number 1

    [The most penetrating thinkers] are coming to see that a qualitative factor as opposed to a quantitative one is of primary importance in dealing with the great masses of humanity.

    Pivot of Civilization. 1922. Here, Margaret Sanger speaks on her eugenic philosophy – that only the types of “quality” people she and her peers viewed as worthy of life should be allowed to live.

    Such parents swell the pathetic ranks of the unemployed. Feeble-mindedness perpetuates itself from the ranks of those who are blandly indifferent to their racial responsibilities. And it is largely this type of humanity we are now drawing upon to populate our world for the generations to come. In this orgy of multiplying and replenishing the earth, this type is pari passu multiplying and perpetuating those direst evils in which we must, if civilization is to survive, extirpate by the very roots.

    Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion.

    LifeNews Note: Lauren is a Legislative Associate for Texas Right to Life and a graduate of Ave Maria University. This post originally appeared at Live Action News and is reprinted with permission.

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    Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore San Juan dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don’t have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our San Juan Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can’t miss.

    Carli Café Concierto

    This dark, sophisticated spot in the baroque Banco Popular also offers a terrace with great views of the ships in the harbor. Black and white dominate in a bistro space accented with marble tables and a Steinway grand piano. Owner Carli Mu oz used to play with the Beach Boys (among many other groups) and entertains nightly at the caf . The menu is a continental tour that includes seared loin of lamb and duck rissol .

    This dark, sophisticated spot in the baroque Banco Popular also offers a terrace with great views of the ships in the harbor. Black and white dominate in a bistro space accented with marble tables and a Steinway grand piano. Owner Carli. Read More

    Dragonfly

    Asian-fusion dining meets Greenwich Village NYC attitude and settles in Old San Juan. From the front door, which is guarded by a beautiful hostess, to the dark red, ultra chic, dimly lit interior complete with fabulous drapes and lamps, this is one of the places to be seen in Old San Juan. If you dare, try the drink of the house called “Dragon Punch.” Bar snacks include the unexpected surprise of root vegetable chips and the seafood ceviche. Crab cakes, grilled meats and a heavy emphasis on yucca, pumpkin, squash and other indigenous vegetables are a hallmark of the menu.

    Asian-fusion dining meets Greenwich Village NYC attitude and settles in Old San Juan. From the front door, which is guarded by a beautiful hostess, to the dark red, ultra chic, dimly lit interior complete with fabulous drapes and lamps, this is. Read More

    La Casita Blanca

    The name means small white house. And it’s just that simple character that makes La Casita Blanca such a great spot. Locals love La Casita because of the generous portions of Puerto Rican fare. Favorites include the veal fricassee and pastelon de amarillos in a genuine fonda. The grilled shrimp is also popular. Fried plantains, rice and beans come with your meal.

    The name means small white house. And it’s just that simple character that makes La Casita Blanca such a great spot. Locals love La Casita because of the generous portions of Puerto Rican fare. Favorites include the veal fricassee and pastelon. Read More

    Aguaviva

    If you and you’re main squeeze want to drink and dine at the same time, head to Aguaviva. When first stepping inside, an über-cool ceviche bar welcomes you with fresh oysters and a variety of ceviche plates to order while the main menu awaits to delight you later. Mahi-mahi in guava balsamic syrup and fried red snapper with lobster in plantain mash and butter are just part of their seafood extravaganza. As for drinks, pineapple mojito and watermelon sangria are a must-try. Once cited amongst the best new restaurants in the world, Aguaviva is surely an exciting choice for couples in Puerto Rico’s historic Old San Juan.

    If you and you’re main squeeze want to drink and dine at the same time, head to Aguaviva. When first stepping inside, an über-cool ceviche bar welcomes you with fresh oysters and a variety of ceviche plates to order while the main menu awaits. Read More

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    La Casona Restaurant

    Owner Manolo Caamaño has been serving authentic Spanish cuisine since 1972 in this renovated European mansion. Enter through the arched doorways and feel welcomed into the heart of the home. Paella studded with seafood, grouper prepared in Basque-style, and hand-crafted desserts will please the palate as the strolling guitar player provides the background music.

    Owner Manolo Caamaño has been serving authentic Spanish cuisine since 1972 in this renovated European mansion. Enter through the arched doorways and feel welcomed into the heart of the home. Paella studded with seafood, grouper prepared in. Read More

    La Mallorquina

    What better place to enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican meal than at the city’s oldest restaurant? Established in 1848 this spot has been lovingly run by the Rojos family since 1900. The house special is asopao, a thick stew made with rice and chicken, lobster or shrimp. Sample fresh gazpacho for a starter and save room for some flan for dessert.

    What better place to enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican meal than at the city’s oldest restaurant? Established in 1848 this spot has been lovingly run by the Rojos family since 1900. The house special is asopao, a thick stew made with rice and. Read More

    311 Trois Cent Onze

    Casablanca, Paris and Provence via Puerto Rico. Such is the experience upon entering the heavy wooden doors that conceal this former cinema warehouse from the bustle of SoFo. Limoges china and crystal hold the chef’s creations which are steeped in fine French tradition with touches of the island. You’ll find escargot and sole meuniere in addition to spicy sausage and salmon carpaccio with citrus.

    Casablanca, Paris and Provence via Puerto Rico. Such is the experience upon entering the heavy wooden doors that conceal this former cinema warehouse from the bustle of SoFo. Limoges china and crystal hold the chef’s creations which are steeped. Read More

    Yamato

    Under the spreading canopy of the city’s oldest banyan tree, steps away from the lovliest beach on the island, resides what some consider the finest Asian restaurant in San Juan. Chefs slice, dice and juggle ingredients and condiments with aplomb. If you prefer sushi, the locals rave about the selection here.

    Under the spreading canopy of the city’s oldest banyan tree, steps away from the lovliest beach on the island, resides what some consider the finest Asian restaurant in San Juan. Chefs slice, dice and juggle ingredients and condiments with. Read More

    Cielito Lindo

    Right on Magdalena street, in the Condado area, Cielito Lindo makes you believe you have arrived in Mexico with its décor and authentic Mexican flair. Homemade mole and freshly chopped ingredients for its ‘Super Nachos’, burritos, fajitas and their tasty tequila are just some of the main positives. Cielito lindo opens Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is a great alternative to visit with the family.

    Right on Magdalena street, in the Condado area, Cielito Lindo makes you believe you have arrived in Mexico with its décor and authentic Mexican flair. Homemade mole and freshly chopped ingredients for its ‘Super Nachos’, burritos, fajitas and. Read More

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    31/08/2017

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    Best Cheap Trips – Top 10 Cheap Vacation Spots #gullivers #travel

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    The best cheap trips could fill an endless list that covers the entire planet. Which are the best for you depends only on your interests, budget, and the amount of time you have. In fact, if you’re looking for the top 10 cheap vacation spots in the world, you are more apt to find a list of the top 1,000, maybe even the top 1,000 per country or region—that’s plenty for planning amazing cheap vacations .

    Cheap US vacation destinations top the list of the most economical for residents of the United States, especially if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway. Many of these will be found very close to your home, no matter where you live. Leaf peeping during the fall foliage season in New Hampshire or Vermont can be done on a shoestring budget with expenses for gas and food as the most costly items, if you have a recreational vehicle or camping gear. You can travel to fabulous beaches on the Great Lakes for very little money. If you live in landlocked Wausau Wisconsin or Columbus Ohio, go whitewater rafting on the Russian River or travel through the magnificent California sequoia forests in a weekend. Or you might spend days in the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, D.C. and never pay an entry fee.

    High on the list of cheap US vacation destinations are the country’s many national and state parks and its historic landmarks. The most visited national park is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. Here you will find more than 800 miles of hiking trails, numerous campgrounds, cabin rentals, and rustic lodges. Next on the list is the magnificent Grand Canyon, followed by equaling breathtaking Yosemite and Yellowstone—all with inexpensive lodging options. Florida and Hawaii top the list of cheap US vacation destinations for beaches, and both offer plenty of other attractions from championship golf courses and beautiful rainforests to Disneyworld and the Everglades. And, of course, there are cheap Las Vegas vacations. where even the finest hotels offer discounted rooms.

    To find the best cheap trips elsewhere in the world, you want to look for places where your dollar goes the furthest. These places are usually developing countries, although Spain, Portugal, and Greece in Europe have historically been relatively inexpensive places to travel. An emerging market here can be found in the countries that were once behind the Iron Curtain, including Croatia and Slovenia, which both have lovely Adriatic beaches and rich historic heritages. Also in the top 10 cheap vacation spots in Europe are the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Poland. These countries have huge tracts of wilderness areas preserved because the former communist countries kept locals and visitors away from the forested areas along the borders with Western Europe.

    A list of the top 10 cheap vacation spots in developing countries might begin with Turkey, a country in both Europe and Asia. Exotic Istanbul is a thriving metropolis full of magnificent Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, including Topkapi Palace and the sublime Hagia Sophia. In the Asia part of Turkey are some of the most important ancient ruins in the world, including Ephesus and the Temple of Aphrodite. The country’s beautiful Mediterranean Turquoise Coast offers some of the best scuba diving and sailing in the region, and all of this at very cheap prices.

    More of the best cheap trips in the developing world can be found in Mexico. Central America. and South America. Although the Argentina economy is on the recovery since its 2001 devaluation, there are still fire sale bargains available in this sophisticated country. Honduras and Belize are both emerging destinations in Central America, and Mexico remains a great bargain if you stay away from the most popular resort areas of Cancun, Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta. Try the scenic Copper Canyon rail trip and the charming colonial towns in the interior, instead. You can also head for Morocco in North Africa with its exotic markets, Moorish fortresses, and often nearly deserted Mediterranean beaches. And finally, Thailand remains on the list of cheap exotic vacation spots, where it has had a place since the 1960s.

    No matter where in the world you want to go, you can find a way to get away for cheap, whether this means looking into a vacation package. going to a country where prices are low, or just taking a drive to an interesting destination close to home.





    30/08/2017

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    The 10 Cheapest Places to Travel

    Yemen

    Sana a, this Middle Eastern country s capital city, enjoys the lowest cost of living in the world, according to Xpatulator. Comprised mostly of desert scenery, Yemen enjoys a hot climate and is bordered by the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Eating out in restaurants, recreational activities and buying alcohol and tobacco are significantly cheaper than most other international destinations.

    Portugal

    One of Europe s cheaper destinations, Portugal is known for its Mediterranean climate, cheap food and the relaxed, unhurried manner of its locals. Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in the world for luxury accommodation; a five-star hotel room only costs around $150 per night. Lisbon is one of Europe s major airports, meaning it s straightforward to get to.

    Texas, United States

    While traveling to far-flung destinations may be an option if you re on a budget, you may prefer to stay closer to home and avoid long flights. Costs in Houston have recently been falling in comparison to other cities in the United States; the average cost of a meal in Houston is $32.50, which is more than $2.50 cheaper than the national average. Houston is also home to the biggest shopping mall in Texas, has thousands of acres of green space and the Houston CityPASS offers access to your choice of six Houston attractions for only $39, as of 2011.

    Estonia

    An emerging eastern European travel destination, travelers costs are much cheaper in Estonia than in some of the more established destinations in the region. Alcohol is very cheap too; a shot of Estonian vodka costs $1.75 and a bottle of local beer costs approximately $2.50. Capital city Tallinn is the 2011 European Capital of Culture and has numerous historical sites, museums and festivals for visitors to enjoy.

    China

    Shanghai is a particularly cheap destination in China. Home to the World Expo in 2010, the city had $45 billion of work done to it in preparation. Now that the demand for hotel rooms has fallen after the Expo, there are a number of cheap offers available. Shanghai also offers a high-speed train service for travelers to visit other parts of the country.





    26/08/2017

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    Hotel Booking Services: What to Look For

    The best online booking services provide lots of honest information about the hotels, regardless of their star rating. Sorting features and accessible support give you the most valuable information about a room before you book it. Among this information, look for plenty of customer reviews and images on the hotel profiles. Pictures of the hotels should include shot of multiple rooms, lobbies, the front of the hotel, as well as any special features like pools or casinos associated with it. Regardless of price, the best hotels will have many reviews with high scores.

    Sorting Features

    When looking for a hotel, you need to ask hard-hitting questions like, where is the pool? The more people staying with you, the more features you will need in a hotel room. The best booking services online can help you sort through hundreds of thousands of hotels based on these individual needs. You can sort by amenities like swimming pools, childcare or accessibility features. Prices, star ratings and location are also common sorting features. By using these sorting features, the hotel booking site will filter out hotels missing your favorite amenities, so you can find the best fit for your stay.

    Hotel Details

    To ensure you don’t accidentally book a five-star roach palace, you’ll want to find a booking service that provides plenty of information about the hotel. The most valuable information includes images of the hotel and assorted rooms in the building, amenities and other features.

    Location information and hotel policies can also make a huge difference in your comfort level. Chances are you won’t find a five-star hotel in a bad neighborhood, but that charming bed and breakfast may be twenty miles away from your real destination, so look for readily available maps on the hotel’s profile. Other features like guest reviews, especially from trusted sites like TripAdvisor, give you the inside scoop on the hotel from people who have had first-hand experiences with the facility.





    23/08/2017

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    Seattle Car Rental from $10 #travel #net

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    Are you planning a trip to Seattle in Washington state? Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, you will be able to enjoy more of this wonderful city if you rent a car in Seattle. And here is why.

    Seattle is a big, vibrant city and it is packed with things to do and things to see. One of the first things you notice when you arrive is the famous Space Needle. Built in 1962, it contains an observation area as well as a restaurant. The city also is home to the Boeing Space and Flight Center. If you want to enjoy a day with the family consider a drive out to Lake Washington or over to the Mount Rainier National Park. With affordable car rentals in Seattle, you can do everything that you want to do, and do it on your own schedule.

    Perhaps one of the most interesting places to visit is Pioneer Square which marks the city’s original downtown. The district is home to one of the nation’s best surviving Romanesque Revival architecture. The area also has art galleries, cafes, and the Seattle Underground Tour can be found there.

    If you are concerned about costs, consider this: it is so easy today to find a discount car rental in Seattle that you can do it online. You can compare rates, plans, and programs from the comfort of your home and you can even book your car online, too! Enjoy all of Seattle and its unique attractions.

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    22/08/2017

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    The World s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Travel #travel

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    The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Travel

    These companies are changing the industry as we know it.

    For making the most of its hosts. By this summer, Airbnb will usurp the InterContinental Hotels Group and Hilton Worldwide as the world’s largest hotel chain—without owning a single hotel. The startup, which allows users to rent out their spare rooms or vacant homes to strangers, surpassed 10 million stays on its platform last year, doubled its listings to 550,000 (in 192 countries), and, according to a source familiar with the company’s business, tripled revenue to an estimated $250 million. Befitting its growing might, last fall CEO Brian Chesky poached boutique-hotel pioneer Chip Conley to be its head of global hospitality. Already, Conley has created a baseline nine standards of care for Airbnb hosts to follow as part of a bigger revamp of its mobile tools. Up next, the company is doing a massive rethink on every aspect of the trip experience. “Our goal,” Chesky says, “is to teach a million people hospitality.” Read more

    For obliterating the major barrier to wider adoption of electric vehicles. Sure, Tesla has carved out an undisputed lead in the electric-car industry with its revolutionary Model S. But the unveiling of the company’s charging stations were equally noteworthy and less heralded. Billed as “the fastest charging station on the planet”—because it is—the Tesla Supercharger can fuel up a Model S in as little as 40 minutes, removing the so-called range anxiety that has been the biggest bugaboo of EV doubters. But in January, Tesla took another leap: It expanded its rapid-charging station route to more than 70 locations, letting Model S owners drive coast-to-coast for the first time. Read more

    For solidifying its place as the world’s travel agent. It’s only a testament to Google’s unmatched ambition that it dominates so many other fields—search, mobile, consumer electronics—and still manages to be the quintessential travel company. The Google Maps mobile app, which it revamped last year, is currently (and unsurprisingly) the most-used app in the world. After the upgrade, each user’s map is personalized with venue suggestions from his search history, and thanks to Google’s $1 billion acquisition of travel startup Waze, users also get real-time traffic and accident updates, which the app will help them navigate via automatic rerouting. Even Google Now, the company’s intelligent predictive assistant, is somewhat of a travel agent, suggesting flights, rental cars, and hotel reservations based on the busy traveler’s time and location. When paired with Google Glass, it becomes the ultimate tool for users to explore the world around them. Read more

    For pedal-powering urban transportation networks. The private Portland, Oregon–based company designs and operates bike-sharing systems, which are helping cities of all sizes ease traffic, improve commuting options, and promote convenient exercise. Bike sharing seems self-governing, but behind the scenes, Alta uses vans to shuttle bikes among stations to ensure availability. Using this and other clever techniques, it manages systems in New York, Boston, and Chicago, as well as in Columbus, Ohio, and Chattanooga, Tennessee—two of its newest installations. Plans for 2014 include adding four new programs and expanding the two largest, in New York and Chicago. Read more

    For taking China’s surging middle class on luxe travel tours. When Mei Zhang started Wild China 13 years ago, she introduced international jet-setters to China—but the idea was always to serve Chinese clients traveling abroad. Now that China’s emerging middle class is booming—from 4% of the population in 2000 to 66% in 2012—they’re her fastest-growing clientele group. Zhang, who has lived in China and the United States, can offer a sensibility other traditional tour groups cannot, from journeys through the Tibetan Kingdom of Bhutan to canoeing and halibut fishing in Alaska. “We can educate,” Zhang says. “The essence of travel is to understand and live the life of the destination area.” Read more

    For going the extra mile for its constituents. With its quirky, pink-mustachioed community of drivers—there is one with a Ghostbusters-themed car and another who holds cookie-baking contests—Lyft has managed to avoid much of the public criticism that its rival Uber has allowed itself to become mired in. Lyft’s services let ordinary people become drivers and then matches them with passengers who request rides through its mobile app. The company has surpassed 1 million rides (it averages 30,000 per week), expanded to a total of 19 cities, and secured $60 million in funding from renowned venture firm Andreessen Horowitz. The resources will be put to good use: Lyft recently announced a $1 million personal insurance policy for drivers, only one example of Lyft’s determination to keep its community—and regulators—happy.

    For riding out the storms with its users. There are thousands of weather apps—maybe even 100 good ones—but WeatherSphere puts them all to shame when it comes to travel. The company, founded by ex-eBayer Raghav Gupta, already had a suite of weather apps (including the No. 1 paid weather app, NOAA Hi-Def Radar) when it added to the mix TurnCast, a navigation app that uses a combination of satellite radar and mathematical algorithms to allow users to navigate around inclement weather. Like other up-and-coming weather products, WeatherSphere’s apps also employ “nowcasting,” a feature that informs users the exact time a storm will hit and how long it will last. While TurnCast only hit app stores several months ago, WeatherSphere has amassed 1.7 million paid users, which is a feat in such a crowded field.

    For putting a tour guide in customers’ phones. Ruzwana Bashir’s travel-experience site is often described as “beautiful” and “magazinelike” for the way it uses photography and big-name testimonials to help curate trips and events for vacationers. But Peek, which takes a 15% to 30% commission from the event tickets it sells—Disneyland passes, wine-blending lessons in Napa—also stands out among the travel-startup crowd because of its growth. The company has been around for a little more than a year and has already expanded to 19 cities, including London and Paris. In December, Peek made a play for travelers’ pockets with a mobile app that curates local activities for instant purchase.

    For introducing us to the virtual flight-assistant future. Over the past couple of years, strange new airline employees have been popping up in airports—they’re polite, knowledgeable, and actually helpful. Perhaps it’s because they’re actually holograms, made by the New York-based developer of airport tech, Tensator. Lauded by some as the employee of the future—and not just at airports—Tensator’s holograms are projected in HD, speak in multiple languages, and answer passengers’ questions about security, flight and gate locations, and airport navigation. The holograms, which sport such cute names as Carla and Paige, are currently located at Dubai International, Washington Dulles, and Boston’s Logan International airports.

    For checking in with users to fuel its international expansion. The app that lets users find cheap hotel rooms at the last minute is now available at 250 destinations in 17 countries, expanding its service further into Europe with the additions of Germany and Switzerland last year. The company also added a couple of innovative features: Users can now “gift” a room to someone else, and “Snap Your Stay” encourages users to snap, edit, and upload shots of their hotel rooms to receive credits ranging from $5 to $10. It’s a smart move on HotelTonight’s part. Instead of hiring professional photographers to get in on the visual shift (like Airbnb does), it crowdsources photos from social media addict customers. The company recently reached another milestone by signing agreements with major hotel brands—including Hyatt and Best Western—to make it easier to negotiate lower reservation rates for guests.

    Correction: Tensator is based in New York, not Florida. The entry has been updated and we regret the error.





    21/08/2017

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    Top 10 Best Hotel Booking Websites in the World #travel #clubs

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    Top 10 Best Hotel Booking Websites in the World

    by Ashima Gupta

    For the people who travel a lot, this article would be very helpful as it discusses the top 10 Hotel booking websites in the world. It means that you need not worry about your staying at the place where you are travelling. Also, you need not wander all through the internet and still not get a proper Hotel booking website. All the sites discussed here in this article are trusted by numerous users. Even those people who do not travel much can make use of these websites and book Hotel tickets as and when they plan to travel.

    10. Booking.com

    There are some people who do not go for online Hotel booking because they find it difficult to understand the details of the procedure through all those advertisements and scattered information here and there on the website. If you are one among such people, Booking.com is something that would come to your rescue. Not only the layout of this website is very nice, but you would also find all the information about a particular hotel in a very systematic manner. You can search the Hotel that you want to stay and book tickets very easily. Flash deals are also provided by this website to its subscribers.

    9. Hotels Combined

    There would hardly be any Hotel in the entire world that is not included in the list of this website. This website has an exclusive feature that you would find reviews about all the hotels and these reviews are given by the customers themselves, who have stayed there previously. So, it would be very easy for the first time travellers to know where they could stay and where they could not. Also, there is an option to compare the prices of different Hotel tickets. So, you can manage according to your budget which Hotel can provide you maximum comfort.

    This is one of the best Hotels booking websites in the world. People who regularly use online booking websites to book Hotel tickets across the world must be familiar with this website. Not only Hotels, other accommodation types have also been included by this website in its listing. If you are looking for some Hotel deals, then also, this website would be the best place to search for as it is updated regularly. The search for the Hotels becomes very easy when you are using Venere because the search is map based and even the maps are not like dull, black and white types, rather, they are colourful ones.

    Roomkey is yet another Hotel booking website that has attracted many customers from the last few years. The Roomkey itself is the result of the collaboration of 6 great Hotel companies of this world- Marriott International, InterContinental Hotels Group, Choice Hotels International, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Hilton Worldwide and the Wyndham Hotel Group. All the customers associated with this website have always provided a positive feedback about this website, which in itself, is a great thing to achieve for a website. The information provided by this website about the Hotels around the world is the most accurate one. The interface of this website is yet another thing which you are going to love.

    Not many Indians would be familiar with this website as this is Europe specific one. But still, almost all the Hotels in the world have been covered by this website. This is one of those websites which can provide you the maximum profits by granting special offers. To avail all these discounts, you need to be very regular with it.

    More than a Hotel booking search engine and website, people know Hotwire as a discount providing website. This is one of the best discounts providing websites in the world and I promise you would get the best deals if you opt for this one. One of the exclusive features of this website is its Tripwatcher tool. This is a tool by which you can come to know if the prices are going to drop in the near future and then you can plan your trip to some place according to the deals. Planning your trip was never so easier. The planning tools section of this website that would come to a great help for you when you still want to plan your trip to some place.

    I guess Hotels.com is one of the most popular websites for the people who travel almost every month. This website claims that around 1, 40,000 Hotels have been covered by it. No matter what type of Hotel you want, you would definitely get a solution once you associate yourself with this website. Precise information about all the Hotels is available in the records of this website. Also, various rewards and discounts are provided by this website. One of the best thing about this website that I like the most is they would provide you cheapest prices for a particular Hotel booking and in case some other website is providing you the same Hotel at an even cheaper rate, this website goes down to match that one.

    If you do not want to go for less known Hotel booking websites, Tripadvisor is a nice option to choose. This is a well known website. Generally, the popularity of a website decides how many customers are associated with it. This website would provide you the perfect Hotel for your stay and would definitely make your trip awesome. While searching for the perfect Hotel for you, there is an option to filter out the Hotels according to various amenities.

    Not all the people in the world know that there exist some special websites to book the Hotel tickets only. For such people, regular search engines should have to do all the work. Bing Travel is a website for such people. The major point of success behind Bing Travel is the rate indicator associated with this website. You can get to know which Hotel is good and which Hotel is extracting out a lot of money from you. So, you can always choose according to your budget and still get a very comfortable Hotel.

    1. Google Hotel Finder

    Perhaps Google is not happy with all those Hotel booking websites coming over. And since every person who knows computer and internet also knows about Google, we have placed the Google Hotel Finder on the top of our list of the top position in our list of the top 10 Hotel booking websites in the world. Prices of various Hotels can also be compared by this website. Google Hotel Finder would provide you the best deals and the best discounts.





    20/08/2017

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    Top 10 Travel Writing Jobs #jabbar #travels

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    Top 10 Travel Writing Jobs

    Would you like to get paid to travel the globe? How about a stay in a luxury hotel? Do you prefer to backpack? Is cruising more your style? Does the unknown captivate you? If you answered yes to any of these questions then travel writing is for you!

    Checkout Craigslist for job postings for any of the following jobs. Also, you could put an ad on Craigslist offering your travel writing services. To put yourself in different markets, change your ad because you cannot post the same ad twice.

    1. Freelance Travel Writer. Learn everything you need to know to start writing about travel (and getting paid for it) and so much more. Bring your travel experiences to life and share them with readers around the world!
    2. Freelance Editor. Do you have a great eye for detail? Are you an experienced researcher? Are your organization skills impeccable? Put your strong editing and proofreading skills to work. Gather your materials (dictionary, laptop, PC, and style manuals) and start editing your way to a new career!
    3. Freelance Magazine Writer. Many freelance magazine writers write for various magazines, not just one. The key to writing for magazines and selling what you write is knowing your market.
    4. Travel Author. Are you writing a memoir about your travel adventures? Start marketing your book to traditional or small publishing companies, or self-publish through a reputable company like Outskirts Press. which lets you keep 100% of your royalties.
    5. Guidebook Author. Do you have expert knowledge about a city, country, or region? Learn how to write your own guidebook The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book. then get it published and start selling it!

    The alternative is to update an existing guidebook. Lonely Planet Guidebooks is a great place to start.

  • Self-Published Travel Author. A smart choice that is cost-effective, fast, pays better than a standard royalty contract, and you maintain control over the process.
  • Newspaper Travel Writer. Writing for a newspaper is an exciting experience! Whether it is weekly or daily, you will have an opportunity to meet new people (network ), learn about new places, and see your written work published! Is that local fame knocking on your door?
  • Magazine Travel Journalist. Travel to cover a story, research, compose, and type your article! Is National Geographic hiring? Find out.
  • Freelance Travel Journalist. What s your specialty? Whether it s art and culture, wildlife, or adventure travel, research, and write your article!
  • Broadcast Media Travel Journalist. Would you like a job like Samantha Brown s. Yes, who wouldn t! Grab your passport to finding a job in the field of broadcast media at Creative Media Careers. an online job networking site.




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    Top 10 Cheap International Travel Destinations in the World #best #places

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    Top 10 Cheap International Travel Destinations in the World

    By Hope Nardini

    I love to travel, but as a college student, jet-setting doesn t always fit my bank account. Weekend getaways. staycations. and last-minute discounts help me make the most of my travel budget, but what about budget travel to more exotic destinations?

    I ve found that visiting places with favorable exchange rates has worked out well for international destinations especially when I can also find the best airline ticket deals to get there. Some of the main factors I consider when evaluating a potential destination are: cost of living, visa fees, airfare, activities, culture, and safety. Using this strategy, I ve been able to travel to five South American countries in the past two years on a relatively tight budget.

    With all of this background in mind, here is my list of the top ten budget travel destinations, with the underlying theme being very favorable exchange rates and extremely low costs of living.

    Best Cheap Travel Destinations Around the World

    1. Uganda

    Kampala is one of the cheapest cities in the world, and Uganda, known as The Pearl of Africa, hosts Lake Victoria, which is the second largest lake in the world. The official language is Swahili, but English is widely spoken, especially among the staff at hotels and tour companies.

    Kampala is at the top of my travel bucket list because it s a hub for adventure activities such as whitewater rafting on the Nile River and bungee jumping. The city of Jinja also offers quad biking and river boarding (boogie boarding down the river).

    2. Jamaica

    Jamaica has plenty of luxury options, but thanks to the island s new international airport, deals on 3,000 new hotel rooms, and clean beaches, Budget Travel has rated Jamaica one of the top budget travel destinations for 2011 .

    International airfare has been pretty affordable lately. I checked Kayak.com and round-trip flights from the eastern U.S. are under $400, which is cheap enough for me to justify a visit to an affordable hotel for a long weekend. Homemade Jamaican jerk chicken is a great plus too!

    The only reason Jamaica isn t number one on this list is because I avoid hurricane season (July and August), but I d rather visit during the winter when I m craving some sunshine anyway.

    3. Bangladesh

    Bangladesh was rated Lonely Planet s number one value destination in 2011. According to Lonely Planet, you can buy meals for under a dollar and enjoy river cruises for rates lower than what you d spend in nearby India. Bangladesh may be a non-traditional travel destination, but don t overlook it.

    With the exchange rate, I ll be able to stretch my travel budget enough to sail by the Irrawaddy River Dolphins and see tigers in the Sunderbans National Park outside of Khulna. Bangladesh also has a wide range of handmade crafts such as coconut masks, bamboo sculptures, and folk dolls. Leatherwork and pearls are also popular exports.

    The U.S. State Department warns that tourist visas granted upon arrival are usually only valid for 15 days, so you shouldn t expect to have an extended stay without a fine or special permission.

    4. Hungary

    I m not sure exactly when Hungary came onto my travel radar. Budapest has gotten a lot of publicity lately for its beauty as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Fortunately, Hungary is also an affordable travel destination. You can get huge meals in markets for $5, public transportation via train for $1, and hotels for $20 a night.

    The city seems like a curious mixture of 14th century architecture and modernization. Highlights include the gorgeous architecture of the Fisherman s Bastion, the Buda Royal Palace, and the tranquil Margaret Island.

    5. Ecuador

    I spent an entire summer in Quito, and there s still so much I haven t seen. With just $3 for lunch, I bought soup, rice, chicken, juice, and Jell-O. A bus across the city cost 50 cents, and because Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar, I didn t even have to worry about losing money in the exchange. I wish I had time to explore beach towns like Montanita and cloud forests like Mindo.

    The beauty of Ecuador is that it has a rich natural ecosystem, from the Andes Mountains running through the country to the amazing coastal rain forest, yet you re also near incredible major cities like Quito and Guayaquil.

    6. Thailand

    I ve heard that the street food in Thailand is world-class. Blogger Richard Barrow tried a Thai Food Challenge and ate street food in Thailand for every meal for an entire month. His spending averaged less than $4 a day on food. At the end of the challenge, he had tried one hundred different meals. How can you beat the price, variety, and deliciousness?

    It s no surprise, then, that Thai cooking classes are so popular, but there are plenty of things to do for budget travelers as well: relax on the beaches, explore elegant Buddhist temples, shop at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and check out the busy colorful city of Bangkok.

    7. Peru

    Don t be misled by the prices at Machu Picchu; Peru is really a very affordable travel destination. I lived in the Ancash region, just north of Lima, for almost four months last fall. A typical three-course lunch was as low as $2 in the town of Huaraz. Hostels throughout the country are budget-friendly as well. A typical bed in a dorm room cost $8 to $10, which usually included a simple breakfast of juice, bread, and fruit.

    I also found public transportation to be affordable, although airfare within the country is expensive. For example, a bus from Cusco to Lima cost me $37, while the cheapest round trip plane ticket I found was $160.

    8. Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic is an attractive budget travel destination for baseball fans and suntanners alike. Santo Domingo, the capital city, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site because there are still colonial elements from Christopher Columbus s arrival in 1492. The island comes alive during Carnaval Dominicano in February and Semana Santa in April.

    The Dominican Republic is home to a wide range of lodging options to fit any budget, from luxury resorts to affordable hostels. Although it s not the cheapest country in the region, there is a good mix of sun, safety, and affordability.

    9. Croatia

    AskMen named Croatia one of its Top Ten Cheap Vacations. and they say hostels go for about $10 per night. I visited the city of Dubrovnik a few years ago, and I remember being able to see my toes while swimming in the crystal-clear water. I also remember seeing the bright orange roofs on buildings showing which of them were bombed in the Yugoslavian War from 1991 to 1995.

    While food and lodging were both relatively cheap in the Pearl of the Adriatic, I did have a problem finding shop owners and waiters who spoke English. I should have bought a Croatian phrase book.

    10. Argentina

    I took part in a college study abroad program in Buenos Aires. so Argentina holds a special place in my heart. The cost of living is cheaper than in similar cities in the United States, but inflation is an issue with prices rising for the past few years. For example, I noticed that groceries were cheaper when I was there in December 2009 than when I visited exactly one year later. A bottle of Coke cost 3.50 pesos then and rose to 6 pesos in 2010. However, public transportation remains affordable as does lodging.

    There are other equally exciting cities that are cheaper than Buenos Aires like Cordoba, Salta, and Jujuy.

    Final Word

    I m grateful that I can still fit international travel in my budget. When I save up for a trip, I plan my itinerary accordingly. Choosing destinations with a lower cost of living allows me to explore new destinations for a longer period of time.

    These are just the top 10 places on my list. How about you? Have you been to any of these countries? Are there any affordable places on your travel bucket list?





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    Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon – Lonely Planet #cheap

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    Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon

    One of the world’s great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighbourhoods, forest hikes and much more, Portland is the kind of city you visit for two days and then move to. Endlessly entertaining and intriguing, it’s easily walked and explored by bike and most locals will tell you the famous rain is merely a bonus. We’ve picked 10 reasons why you should already be planning your trip to Portland.

    Beer, beautiful beer

    At least 30 breweries dot Portland and they’re not turning out bland lagers. Rather the vast and funky range of brews is matched by the vast and funky range of breweries. You can quaff a Copacetic IPA in the minimalist surrounds of the fittingly named Amnesia Brewery (832 N Beech St) or a Rise Up Red Ale at Hopworks Urban Brewery. which nails two local priorities by serving organic beer and having a bar cyclists can ride up to. Better yet are purely neighbourhood bars, like LaurelThirst where you can try any of the many local brews.

    Pedal power

    Drivers in Portland often think the city puts bikes first and they’re right. Streets with wide bike lanes network across the city and a lack of major hills makes it easy for people of all ages to pedal their way around. You can join the thriving cycling scene by renting a bike at Portland Bicycle Tours .

    Food carts

    In a city renowned for its food, you can find some of Portland’s most inventive chefs clustered in pods, preparing meal magic in food carts that range from old vacation trailers to sheds where you’d store your lawnmower. A few faves: the amazing Mexican fare at La Jarochita (SW 5th Ave and SW Oak St, downtown), the garlicky porchetta sandwiches at Lardo and the perfect post-music-club Belgian fries at Potato Champion.

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    Pin this image Refuelling at a Portland food cart. Photo by Anthony Pidgeon (Lonely Planet Images).

    Saw it on Portlandia

    An outlandish yet humorously insightful look at all things Portland, this hit comedy series has defined the city with its iconic line about Portland being ‘where young people go to retire’. The Peabody Award-winning Portlandia skewers local pretensions and is a great introduction for those planning to visit.

    Weird on show

    ‘Keep Portland Weird’ is more than an overly used, clichéd bumper-sticker – it’s an ethos that ensures that a fully tattooed guy dressed as a transvestite clown riding a 10-foot-tall unicycle barely gets a second glance. Some places milk it, like the over-hyped Voodoo Donuts, which features weird names for weird doughnut combos, but the normalcy of the strange is endlessly fascinating.

    Funky hoods

    Downtown Portland is compact, historic, walkable and has a great riverfront park but the real fun is out in the compass-spanning neighbourhoods. Three winners: southeast’s Hawthorn Street, with its cool blend of shops, cafes and bars; the north’s Mississippi Avenue, which has an edgier, grittier mix plus a fab food cart pod; and northeast’s Alberta Street, featuring galleries, shops, great little cafes and bars plus a monthly street party called Last Thursday that’s pure Weird Portland.

    Pin this image Glass blower at Alberta Arts Last Thursday street festival. Photo by Anthony Pidgeon (Lonely Planet Images).

    Rain? Big deal!

    Okay, it often rains every day in January and it rains a lot nine months a year (summer is sunny and warm), but it rarely rains very hard and all that water keeps things really green – including the luxuriant moss that grows on everything. It also keeps people inside the bars listening to bands hoping to follow local greats The Decemberists, Modest Mouse et al.

    Experiencing nature

    Round a corner in Portland and you’ll likely be startled by the perfectly conical profile of Mt Hood, the 11,249-foot (3429m) volcano some 50 miles (80km) east of the city. On clear days its snow-capped summit looks startlingly close. Just west of downtown, Forest Park sprawls over 5100 acres in the hills; more than 70 miles (113km) of trails wander through dense forests of evergreens. Finally, see and smell the true meaning of Portland’s moniker ‘The city of roses’ at the spectacular International Rose Test Garden.

    Farmers markets

    In an episode of Portlandia, the solution to the city’s excessive produce bounty is ‘We can pickle that!’ But skip the screwtops and head to the farmers markets for famous berries, mushrooms from the rain-saturated forests, artisan-baked goods, ubiquitous food carts, prepared foods and a community vibe where love is celebrated amidst the tomatoes. Try the main Portland Farmers Market downtown or the buzzing neighbourhood version in Hollywood.

    Bang for your buck

    Pints of local beer are often under $4, Happy Hour food specials for under $5 are legion, food carts are bargains and all those underworked hipsters ensure that prices for almost everything else remain low (plenty of weekend hotel rooms are under $100, trams in the centre are free and cover charges are uncommon). Plus weirdness is always free.

    This article was originally published in April 2012. This article was refreshed in July 2012.





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    Travel insurance: 10 tips on finding the best deals #yearly #travel

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    Travel insurance: 10 tips on finding the best deals

    1. Never buy from a travel agent, tour operator or airline

    This will almost certainly cost you more.

    2. Decide on the cover you need before finding deals on comparison sites

    Taking your iPad with you on holiday? That 10 cheapo one-week cover is useless when you realise it has a 250 excess and a single item limit of 150, so it won’t cough up. Which? recommends travel policies should cover medical expenses of at least 2m (Europe) or 5m (worldwide); at least 3,000 for cancellation; and at least 1,500 for baggage and belongings cover.

    3. Be sensible about the excess

    That is the amount that you, the policyholder, has to pay towards any claim. If, for example, you claim for 600, and the excess is 150, the insurer pays out 450. If you set the excess high, the policy will be cheaper, but may not be worth having.

    Moneysupermarket.com, warns some policies charge an excess per benefit section . For example, if you were mugged, you could be charged 75 excess on the medical costs plus a 50 excess for loss of personal effects. Other policies charge just one excess per claim, which can work out much cheaper, it says.

    4. Check what is already covered by your home insurance policy or bank

    Home policies often include insurance for personal possessions when away from home, so you can opt out of having baggage cover and save money. You may also have a credit card or current account that includes travel insurance but check that the cover is sufficient for your needs – such free insurance can sometimes be very basic.

    5. Choose annual cover if you travel more than three times a year

    According to Moneysavingexpert.com, if you travel three times or more a year (or twice or more if one trip is to the US) then getting an annual policy that covers the entire year’s travel for one fee is likely to cost you less than buying separate single-trip policies. But note that annual policies won’t cover backpackers on extended trips: they usually cover trips up to a maximum of 31 days.

    6. Egypt is in Europe, but the US is not in the world

    You don’t need to buy a worldwide policy for much of north Africa: as Egypt, Morocco and Turkey come under Europe in most deals. But watch out, some worldwide policies exclude the US and Canada.

    7. Look out for age limits and medical exclusions

    Many policies, particularly the cheapest, will not insure anyone aged over 65, however fit and active. Most standard policies will also not cover any pre-existing conditions. So, for example, if you are asthmatic and suffer an attack on holiday that requires medical treatment, your policy will not pay out. Tell your insurer about any ongoing medical conditions and answer questions honestly. Some insurers may then agree to cover certain conditions for a small extra premium or, if your condition warrants it, refer you to a specialist insurer.

    8. Even horse riding is adventurous

    Many policies exclude risky activities , which can be horse riding, scuba diving, jet skiing or mountain climbing. If you are going on a skiing holiday make sure the policy includes comprehensive winter sports cover.

    9. Independent travellers should opt for scheduled airline failure cover

    If you tend to make your own flight and accommodation arrangements, rather than booking a package, it’s important your insurance includes scheduled airline and end-supplier failure cover, which protects you if an airline, villa company or ferry firm goes bust after you’ve booked your holiday. Note that even five-star policies may not cover airline failures.

    10. Get an EHIC card

    If you are heading to Europe, get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which gives you access to state-provided healthcare, at a reduced cost or sometimes free, when temporarily visiting an EU country, and also Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Some travel insurance policies will waive the excess for medical claims if you use your EHIC to get medical treatment while travelling in the EU. The easiest way to apply for, or renew, an EHIC – which is valid for up to five years – is at ehic.org.uk. Alternatively, you can call 0845 606 2030 or pick up an application form from the Post Office. You’ll need to supply the NHS or national insurance number, surname, forenames and date of birth of applicants.

    Best value travel insurance deals

    To give some idea of the best value travel policies on offer, we got quotes from Moneysupermarket.com for four scenarios: a family annual multi-trip policy for Europe; a family single trip policy for a fortnight in Corfu; an individual annual, multi-trip policy worldwide including the US and Canada; and an individual single-trip policy for a fortnight in Thailand. Each prompted quotes from dozens of insurers and the results can be found in the table below.

    We searched for the cheapest policy which provides at least 2m (Europe) or 5m (worldwide) medical expenses cover, 3,000 cancellation cover and 1,500 baggage cover. We also highlight our editor’s pick, the one we feel provides the best value in terms of comprehensive cover, range of benefits and low excesses.

    On the family annual multi-trip Europe policy, for example, Virgin Money’s Essentials policy, which insures people up to age 65, provides the cheapest premium at 42.57 for the minimum cover we requested. For those willing to pay a bit more for lower excesses and more extensive cover, including catastrophe cover, and scheduled airline cover of 1,500 each, Insurefor.com’s Premier late-booking policy, which caters for anyone up to age 74, offers what we think is the best value at 55.15.





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    Top 10 Web Development Apps for Android Devices #web #development #tools,android


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    Top 10 Web Development Apps for Android Devices

    As an avid Android device user with both an Android tablet and phone, of course I am always looking for apps that would be of use to web developers. After a bit of searching I was able to find apps for just about every aspect of web development, from the web server itself to an FTP client to move the files, to a source code viewer that let’s you view the source code on any web page, analytics tools to allow you to analyze your website, to custom apps for the major CMSes WordPress, Drupal and Joomla!.

    As an avid Android device user with both an Android tablet and phone, of course I am always looking for apps that would be of use to web developers. After a bit of searching I was able to find apps for just about every aspect of web development, from the web server itself to an FTP client to move the files, to a source code viewer that let’s you view the source code on any web page, analytics tools to allow you to analyze your website, to custom apps for the major CMSes WordPress, Drupal and Joomla!.

    Using the Android web development apps I found, I was able to create a web page from scratch, test it on a web server that is running on my Android device from anywhere on my local network, move the file over to my external web host using an FTP app so it’s live on the web, SSH to my external web server to work with the file live, and the page was ready for the masses, able to be viewed by anyone with an internet connection. My inner geek was smiling!

    Since I have several sites which run on the Joomla! and Drupal CMSes, I can now potentially create content and publish that content directly from my Android device using the Joomla! and Drupal Android apps.

    While the likelyhood that I would need to be able to create content or handle a “web emergency” while I was out on the go is not likely for me personally, I could easily see a blogger writing their latest work while actually on the scene of an event, and then using one of the tools we will discuss here, they would be able to instantly publish the blog to their website, complete with images. Yes, you could actually update your website while you’re sitting on the beach enjoying the breeze, or more likely, while you are on the scene of some major event, be it a trade conference or accident scene.

    Let’s get started, and take a look at some Android web development apps.

    AndFTP

    AndFTP is an FTP client app that allows you to transfer files to your web server via not only FTP, but also via SFTP, SCP and FTPS protocols. You can set up several different FTP servers using AndFTP, and it also comes with a device file browser and a FTP file browser (which means you can see the files both on your Android device as well as the remote server). Like a typical FTP client, you are able to rename, delete, copy, set permissions and create folders.

    JavaScript Reference

    The JavaScript Reference app is the only reference app I have mentioned here, not because there aren’t reference apps and cheat sheets for other web development languages (there are HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and many other cheat sheets apps available), but because this one is derived from the W3CSchool’s own documentation, and uses a clean, easy-to-use interface.

    Properties and methods of each object are detailed, along with examples for each. This is a great resource, and covers all built-in JavaScript objects, browser objects and HTML DOM objects.

    kWS – Android Web Server

    The kWS – Android Web Server is a very basic web server that runs on your Android device. It isn’t a surprise that a web server can run on an Android device–after all, Android is based on the Linux operating system. What is surprising is that it is so very lightweight and fast that if you are loading pages from it through your local wifi network, you won’t be able to notice a difference from any other web server that you access.

    The kWS web server implements HTTP-1.0 and is capable of hosting most file types, and works like a typical web server. You won’t be likely to be running your website off of this server permenantly, but for testing out a page, it comes in very handy.

    Analytix for Google Analytics

    If you are used to working with Google Analytics (GA) for your website, you will be very likely to want to install and use the Analytix app. It provides you with access to most of the details from your Google Analytics account–almost in real time. It provides hourly views and clean visualizations, which comes in very handy for SEO work.

    There are other GA apps out there for Android, but in my opinion, Analytix is the only one worth installing and working with.

    View Web Source

    Although it may seem that being able to view the source of a web page is something common to all web browsers, once you are using an Android device and the stock Android browser (and even other browsers on an Android device), you quickly realize that “View Source” is not a standard function on Android devices. Enter the View Web Source app, which works just as you would expect.

    All you have to do is to enter a URL, then you are presented with the page’s source code, which you can then copy to your device’s clipboard for use later.

    WordPress for Android

    If you are a typical developer, you have probably worked with at least one of the top open source content management systems (CMSes). I looked for Android apps which would allow me to work with each of them, and was able to find one or more apps for each CMS. We’ll start with the WordPress for Android app.

    WordPress for Android is, like WordPress itself, an open source app that allows you to create new posts, edit content, view stats and manage comments–and it comes with built-in notifications, so you’re kept up to date as you work.

    Drupal Editor

    Having a Drupal site myself, I definitely wanted to check out the Drupal Editor app.

    Like the other CMS apps, it allows you to create, post and edit articles on the site. The Blog API has to be enabled in order for the Drupal Editor app to work, but if you run a Drupal website, this is a simple tasks.

    Joooid 1.1 Joomla! Editor

    Since I also have several Joomla! websites, I was eager to try out the Joooid 1.1 Editor app. It allows you to publish articles that include HTML text, images, galleries and maps which include the GPS-determined position where the article was published.

    Like the others, I installed the Joooid 1.1 app to my tablet, installed the plug-in which went with it on my Joomla! website, and tried it out. Nada–several error messages later and some Google searching and I found out that the version of Joomla! I was running (version 1.6), was not compatible with Jooid 1.1, but that Joooid 1.2 beta would indeed do the job.

    I downloaded and installed the beta plugin and Joooid 1.2 beta Joomla! Editor. following the installation instructions on their website, and within 10 minutes I was creating content and working with my Joomla! website–through my Android device.

    Webmaster’s HTML Editor Lite

    Sure, Android devices come with a rudamentary text editor, but it’s not really made with the intention of people using it for editing web pages. That’s where Webmaster’s HTML Editor Lite comes to mind. It not only allows you to edit HTML, it also enables you to edit and work with CSS, PHP and JavaScript, and features syntax highlighting and code completion.

    ConnectBot SSH Client

    While you may not have a reason to use an SSH or telnet client often, when you need one, nothing else will do. I found the ConnectBot SSH Client app to be the full-featured SSH client I was looking for.

    ConnectBot is a Secure Shell client that allows you to connect to your web server, so you are able to transfer files back and forth, make edits and run commands on your remote web host, directly from your Android device.

    Conclusion

    We’ve pointed out some web development apps for Android devices that can save you time and provide you with a way to let your inner geek shine–because it’s just too much fun to be able to create, develop and deploy websites–using your smartphone or tablet. And we only scratched the surface–there are countless other web development reference apps, knowledge testing apps, cheat code apps and more for the Android-loving web developer.


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    10 Places to Get a Free Business Education Online #small #business


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    10 Places to Get a Free Business Education Online

    Getting a business education doesn’t have to be expensive. An increasing number of colleges, universities and even nonprofit organizations offer free business courses online. Find out how you can sign up for these courses and what you can get from them.

    Online Business Courses for Credit

    Online business courses that don’t require students to register or pay tuition are plentiful, but these courses don’t lead to college credit. Students who would rather earn credit for the courses they take online might want to consider resources that charge a fee in exchange for access to online course materials.Study.com offers this form of distance learning through its quick and informative video lessons and corresponding self-assessment quizzes. Students also have access to free transcripts for the video lessons.

    Students can start with Business 101: Principles of Management which include chapters like:

    • Management Basics – Study different managers’ roles and examine the four functions of management.
    • Leading in Organizations – This chapter explores the difference between leadership and management and how the two work together. Various leadership styles are also covered.
    • Marketing Philosophies and Ethics – Learn about marketing versus sales, corporate responsibility and cause-related marketing.
    • Consumer Decision Making – Topics include consumer behavior theory, the purchase process, cognitive dissonance and consumer buying influences.
    • Network Systems Technology – Examine client/server systems, network operating systems and wireless computing devices in this chapter.
    • Systems Development – Subjects include life cycles, graphical user interfaces, application development processes and project management tools.

    Free Online Non-Credit Business Courses

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    MIT OpenCourseWare might be the next best thing to getting an MIT education for free. Through these free online publication, students can find bachelor-level and master-level courses business courses offered by MIT’s Sloan School of Management

    • Undergraduate and Graduate Business Courses include online lecture notes, videos, labs demonstrations and more. No registration is required and more than 150 courses are available.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration

    The Small Business Administration has one of the best selections of business courses on the web. Topics include everything from starting a business and business management to government contracting and international trade. Most courses take only 30 minutes to complete.

    • Financing Options for Small Businesses centers around determining financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and more.
    • Strategic Planning looks at the significance of strategic planning while breaking down the steps of the process.

    Free Management Library

    • The Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA(SM) Program is a great resource for students wishing to learn more about nonprofit management. Completion of this program will not result in an MBA degree, but enrollment is free. The amount of time it takes to complete the program will depend on how fast you learn, but you may expect to spend at least 200 hours on coursework.

    University of California Irvine

    The University of California Irvine offers several free business courses in English and Spanish through their OpenCourseWare site. Courses are broken down into lessons, and include optional reading lists for students who want to dig deeper into the course subjects.

    • Fundamentals of Business Analysis focuses on the function of a business analyst within the operating of an organization.
    • Training and Human Resource Development breaks down the information and experience needed to pick out an organization’s training and development needs while looking into the related processes.

    Financial Management Training Center Courses

    The Financial Management Training Center provides 20 free downloadable business courses for people who need to learn the finer points of financial management. All courses can be taken online. They include full exams as well as evaluation forms for people seeking Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

    • The Management of Capital provides a basic overview of navigating a company’s financial structure.
    • Creating Value through Financial Management serves as an introduction to concepts related to Value Based Finance.
    • Project Management introduces the concept and components of project management.

    Kutztown University – Small Business Development Center

    • Strategic Planning and Execution Course presents strategies for crafting and executing business visions, mission statements and goals. The SBDC also provides strategic planning software free to all course participants.

    University of California Berkeley

    The University of California Berkeley offers a new selection of business courses each semester. Courses are lecture-based and typically include either audio or video or both.

    • Business Administration Videos are uploaded to the school’s YouTube page often. Videos are presented by leading business experts such and cover topics like leadership, investment strategies and behavioral economics.
    • Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business teaches students about descriptive statistics, probability models, confidence intervals, controlled experiments vs. observational studies, tests of significance, correlation and regression.

    The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

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    10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #travel #bags

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    A Few More Tips

    Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

    Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

    Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

    Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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    10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belize #travel #watchdog

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    10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belize

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    Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco tourism destinations in Central America for the intrepid traveler.

    Lush tropical rain forests, pristine beaches, ancient Maya cities, diverse flora and fauna, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere are just a few of the many natural attractions that allure the adventure traveler to visit.

    Here are 10 reasons why you should travel to Belize now:

    1.) Belize is the only English Speaking Country in Central America

    Belize is a diverse society with many cultures and languages (Creole and Spanish are widely spoken) however English is the official language, making it easy for travelers to get around.

    2.) Belizean food is tasty and succulent

    The food in Belize is as diverse as its population and consists of a vast array of elements from the different ethnic groups like the Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian and Creole. Some of the top must eats are: Rice and Beans, Fry Jacks, Johnny Cakes, Stew Chicken, Gibnut, Escabeche, Tamales, Hudut, and Fish Sere.

    3.) The weather in Belize is warm and comfortable all year round

    The average yearly temperature is 84° F (29°C), which means that it is pretty much near perfect all year round. In addition the intact jungle and rain forests provide relief in the hot summer months, while winter can be cool but never very cold.

    4.) Belize has a potpourri of wonderful islands

    There are more than 200 islands in Belize that are known as cayes (pronounced “keys”) that are easy accessible and can serve as ideal bases for fishing, snorkeling and diving. Some of the top islands to explore are: Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, South Water Caye, Silk Caye, St George’s Caye, Laughing Bird Caye and Tobacco Caye.

    5.) Belize is the epicenter of the ancient Maya world

    Archaeologists estimate that more than one million Maya lived in present day Belize and flourished during the Classic Period from 300 to 900 AD. Maya temple sites like Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech and Lamanai are just a few of the spectacular sites that can be discovered in Belize.

    6.) Belize is home to the world renowned Blue Hole

    The gigantic underwater Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is believed to be the world’s largest hole measuring 1000 ft across and 412 ft deep. It offers divers the ideal opportunity to see geological wonders like giant stalactites, dripstone sheets and amazing marine life such as nurse sharks, groupers and a vast array of fishes and Caribbean sharks.

    The Blue Hole was made famous in 1971 by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French Explorer in the television series – The Undersea world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau .

    7.) Belize is a nature lovers paradise

    Belize has some of the most intriguing and fascinating wildlife in Central America. In fact 40 percent of the land is classified as protected and is habitat to a variety of species of plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine life.

    8.) Snorkeling in Belize is one of a kind

    Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world and snorkeling in its turquoise and clear Caribbean water is a wonderful place to discover the kaleidoscope of colors of corals, sponges and a range of fish and marine life.

    9.) Belize has one of the most intricate cave systems in Central America Caves were used extensively by the ancient Maya to conduct their sacred rituals and ceremonies and today a plethora of impressive caves can be discovered throughout Belize. The Chiquibul Cave System for example is nearly 540,000 square foot long and is the longest in Central America and offers a treasure trove of geological and archaeological wonders.

    Some of the top caves to explore are: Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Cave and Caves Branch and the Chiquibul Cave System.

    10) Belize is the only country in the world that has a jaguar preserve

    Established in 1984, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is world renowned for being the only protected preserve for Jaguars. The reserve is also home to all five of Belize cats: Jaguar, Puma, Margay, Jaguarundi and Ocelot.





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    10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights – Johnny Jet #cheapest

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    10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

    All my friends keep asking me how they can find cheap Thanksgiving flights. I feel like saying, don’t you remember what I told you last year and the year before? Hello. Strategies don’t change that much just the dates. Instead of losing my voice and mind, I created this guide so I can just send them the link.

    For starters, the airlines are expecting to have full planes over the 12-day holiday period. But don’t sweat if you haven’t bought your tickets yet you will be happy to know that I haven’t either. And I’m not that worried because I always have a few tricks up my sleeve on how to save money.

    10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

    1. Be flexible

    The key to finding cheap Thanksgiving flights is to be flexible with your days. If you aren’t flexible, then you aren’t going to get a deal and you can stop reading right now. It’s not that difficult to figure out that the most expensive time to fly is when everyone else is too. For example, everyone and their brother wants to leave the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and return on the Sunday or Monday after. I see you agreeing but guess what? You aren’t going to get a deal on those days so just stop trying.

    That means the deals are going to be either the week before or the Sunday or Monday before (depending on the destination), Thanksgiving Day and returning on Friday or the following Tuesday or better yet Wednesday after turkey day. To prove my point I ran a flexible search on ITA Software (below) for round-trip non-stop flights from Miami to New York for a four night stay and you can see which days are the cheapest to travel.

    Keep in mind the airlines are expecting the busiest days to be Sunday, December 1, and Monday, December 2. The best day to fly will be Thanksgiving Day (November 28).

    2. Consider the time of day

    Everyone wants to leave after work and school so when doing your flight search don’t put a specific time. Generally, the most expensive times to fly are peak business travel hours (8 to 10 am and 5 to 7 pm). Cheaper seats tend to depart early in the morning (5 to 7 am) or late in the evening (after 8 pm). NOTE: By leaving early in the morning you have the best chance of not getting delayed.

    3. Alternate airports

    Not only do you want to be flexible with dates and times but be flexible with airports too. For example, rather than flying into (or out of) Miami when going to South Florida, check out Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) it s 25 miles north and usually much cheaper. You can also check out West Palm Beach, which is another 49 miles away. To help you with all the major U.S. alternative airports (by actual driving miles), I created a website called AlternateAirports.com. To see what I m talking about, see the flexible search for flights from NYC to FLL below.

    4. Consider making a stop

    Sometimes booking a flight that has a connection as opposed to flying nonstop can save you money. But you have to ask yourself if it s really worth it. If it’s hundreds of dollars then yes, but if it’s just $20 do you really want to increase your chances of getting delayed or stuck? And be sure to avoid making connections in airports that have a terrible on-time track record like San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare or all of New York’s airports. Here’s a link to an airport and airline scorecard to help you make a good decision.

    5. Search tools

    Everyone knows there’s not one website out there that has the absolute cheapest price for airfares, hotels, car rentals, cruises and package deals so the trick is to do your research and check them all to see who has the best deal at that moment in time. That’s one of the reasons why I created JohnnyJet.com to begin with.

    We now have a new search engine  (below) where all you have to do is input your city pairs and dates and click check rates. Six windows will open up as they simultaneously search a variety of travel websites like Expedia, Priceline and TripAdvisor. It not only saves you time but money. Check it out for yourself!

    7. Speak to a human

    You never know if an airline representative can find a better deal but in my experience, it’s usually only worth it (most charge a $25 fee) when booking a mileage award ticket since they can check partner airlines and alternate cities much quicker. To get in touch with your airline I created AirlineNumbers.com that lists all of the airline’s phone numbers and websites. To bypass the airlines annoying and time consuming automated prompts, log on to GetHuman.com .

    8. Use frequent flier miles

    It’s almost impossible to use your frequent flier miles during the holidays unless you are flexible with dates or are willing to use double or triple the usual amount. I don’t recommend the latter but last year I used 12,500 American miles to fly from Toronto to Los Angeles the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If I left Sunday or Monday before it was double.

    9. Hidden cities

    This hidden city trick is against airline policy so you didn t learn it from me. But once I needed to get to Cleveland from L.A. and a nonstop one-way ticket was $600. I took my own advice and searched alternate airports and when I found a ticket to Buffalo for only $230 I noticed the flight first stops in Cleveland ON THAT SAME EXACT $600 flight. I know it makes no sense since Buffalo is farther from Cleveland and you have to take two flights instead of one but that’s the airlines for you.

    If I wanted to break airline policy I could ve just gotten off in Cleveland and let my connecting ticket to BUF go to waste. But if I did that I would ve bought a one-way ticket, made sure not to check bags or put in my mileage account number. Remember I’m not recommending this and if you do it a lot you WILL get caught.





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    Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA #wholesale

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    Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA

    Planning a trip to the United States? You ll have a much better time and eliminate travel hassles if you remember to adjust to some of the peculiar American quirks. Here are the 10 key issues we advise looking out for.

    The United States is one of the most popular travel destinations for Australians: more than 863,000 trips were made there in 2012, ranking it as our third-most popular destination (after New Zealand and Indonesia). US culture often seems familiar to us after a lifetime of imported TV, music, movies and games, but there are some peculiar quirks of travelling to the States which aren t always so apparent.

    I ve been thinking about these issues in the run-up to our World Of Servers visit to TechEd North America these are problems that our winning bloggers are going to have to bear in mind. However, they re equally applicable to anyone travelling to the US. We ran a more basic version of this list back in 2010. but given the many changes since then an update seemed wise.

    10. You ll pay more than the listed price

    Despite Australia s proximity to China, many items are still cheaper stateside (clothes being one obvious example). The ongoing near-parity between the Australian and US dollar also makes shopping sprees very tempting. Have at it by all means, but remember one crucial point: unlike Australia, the price tags you see won t include sales tax. That will vary from state to state, with the typical rate hovering between 4 and 6 per cent. I usually assume a 10 per cent markup that s almost always an exaggeration, but it s an easy mental calculation and makes it simple to assess if a bargain is still a bargain post-tax. Picture: Douglas Muth

    9. Don t make jokes to airport security

    Yes, this rule applies in any airport, but the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be particularly humourless. The process is annoying (you always have to remove your belt and shoes), but we have some sympathy here. People make jokes on an astonishingly regular basis about having bombs , something we highlighted by putting all the reported comments on a map. Having to deal with people carrying loaded firearms in hand luggage is also a daily occurrence. Tamp down your inner comedian and put up with life in the queue; it will be easier for everyone in the long run.

    8. Stock up on dollar bills for tipping

    I m not a fan of having to give dollar bills to shuttle bus drivers and add 15 per cent to every restaurant bill, but tipping is an inescapable fact of life in the US. Many minimum-wage jobs presume that tips will form a large proportion of overall income. In theory, that should lead to better service; in practice, that varies widely. But tipping is expected, and stocking up on dollar bills (the US has dollar coins as well but they re much rarer) is the easiest way to handle tipping the doorman who gets you a taxi. Note: some restaurants will automatically add a gratuity to your bill to make sure you pay it. Check that before adding anything extra yourself. Dollar bills picture from Shutterstock

    7. International transit is not a thing

    The US sometimes pops up as a transit stop en route to other countries (particularly Canada and South America). The bad news: if this happens, you will still have to clear US customs, even if you re immediately heading to another flight and your baggage is already tagged to your final destination. It s a nuisance and something that happens almost nowhere else in the world, but US airport design means it s never going to change. If you do book a trip with transit via the US, allow yourself an absolute minimum of two hours between flights, and make sure your bookings are connected, so that the airlines involved will be looking out for you. Departures picture from Shutterstock

    6. Know your body scanner rules

    Both Australia and the US now use body scanners to check passengers for banned items, but there are some key differences. In Australia, the scanners are currently only used for international flights and aren t used on every passenger, but you can t opt out ; refusing to be scanned will see you kicked out of the airport for 24 hours.

    In the US, scanners are used for domestic and international flights, and everyone passing through the airport is subjected to them. However, you do have the option of asking for a pat-down scan instead. Personally I wouldn t bother the body scan is much quicker but the choice is there if you have health or privacy concerns. Picture: Getty

    5. You won t hear airport-wide flight announcements

    Australian airports are small enough that airport-wide boarding calls are usually made for every flight. That isn t the case at US airports: the only announcements that are made are at the gate itself, so you won t hear them if you re lurking in the shops or at a bar. Take note of the boarding time on your card and make sure you re at the gate on time. US flights are often overbooked, so you risk getting booted if you don t show up, especially if you don t have checked baggage.

    Again, this isn t unique to the US, but it s worth noting. If you have access to an airport lounge, note that they typically don t make flight announcements for domestic flights either; international flights are often called, and some lounges will highlight boarding flights on a separate screen (as in the picture), but this depends on the airport and airline.

    4. Your accent may be a problem

    Americans are friendly folks, but many of them haven t travelled, and their only routine exposure to other accents is via South America. I might have an exaggerated view of this because I speak far too quickly at the best of times, but I ve often found it easier when ordering coffee or a meal to simply drop into an American accent rather than being repeatedly questioned. The mere process of having to remember to do the accent slows me down.

    3. If you must lock your bag, use TSA locks

    As well as scanning your body on the way in, the TSA also often inspects luggage after it has been checked in. If this happens, you ll find a note in your bag to that effect. However, if you have locked your bag, you ll know well before that, because the lock will have been broken open.

    The only way to work around the lock ban is to use one of the TSA-approved locks. which can be opened with a master key. That means baggage screeners can inspect your baggage if it does set off security processes, but it will remain impervious to other outsiders. I m cynical about the usefulness of this there must be a lot of master keys around but if you like locking your luggage, it s the only way to do it.

    2. Be sparing when using your phone

    The US is no exception to the rule that mobile phone roaming rates will bleed you dry. Check out our top 10 tips to avoid roaming rorts for specific advice on how to minimise this problem. Free Wi-Fi is definitely your friend; it s increasingly common in US hotels, but check carefully as some hotels will charge a resort fee to cover it. If you want to acquire a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot for data access in the States, we ve rounded up some of the better options. Hotspot picture from Shutterstock

    1. Make sure you apply for an ESTA

    Most Australians don t need a specific visa to travel to the US for holiday or business trips lasting less than 90 days. However, you do need to apply online via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization for electronic approval prior to your trip.

    The process is relatively speedy and can be done entirely online, but it isn t free; you have to pay $US14, and payment via credit card is the only option. This may seem fiddly, but there is one advantage: if you have an ESTA, you only have to fill in customs paperwork on board your flight, rather than separate customs and immigration forms.

    Apply for an ESTA well in advance of your trip; if you arrive at the airport and don t have an ESTA (or a visa), you won t be able to board your flight. An ESTA remains valid for two years. The official minimum time period is 72 hours.

    Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman often feels he knows Las Vegas better than Brisbane, which is a worry. His Road Worrier column, looking at technology and organising tips for travellers, appears regularly on Lifehacker.





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    Recovery Partition After Upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 #recovery


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    Recovery Partition After Upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8

    First I want to say how much I appreciate your partition manager. I have used many other software to try to move partitions around and they never quite work for me.

    I have been trying to think of a way to thank you for this beautiful, simple and affordable product that saved my day. Again, your product is top notch.

    Using Partition Assistant Server, I was able to repair the problem via Remote Desktop and a Cisco IPSec VPN. I will definitely use this product again it will always be highly recommended to my colleagues. Thanks you again.

    The Recovery Partition After Upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8

    What Is Recovery Partition?

    Recovery partition is a small partition on your hard drive that can help you restore your Windows or troubleshoot system issues. There are two kinds of recovery partitions you may see in Windows 10/8/7.

    Windows recovery partition

    When installing a Windows operating system (OS) on a hard drive, and if you use Windows Setup to create new partition on an MBR disk, Windows will create a system reserved partition, and if it is a GPT disk, then Windows will create a recovery partition and a EFI system partition without drive letter. The recovery partition on Windows 10 consumes about 450MB, Windows 8/8.1 200MB, and Windows 7 100MB.

    This recovery partition is to hold the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), which can be explored if you manually assign a drive letter to it. If you delete this partition, you won’t be able to use Windows Recovery options. If you create Windows 10 recovery disk. Windows will give you an option to remove the recovery partition. With the recovery drive, you can still use Windows recovery options. Otherwise, if you install Windows on a hard drive containing multiple partitions, Windows will save the WinRE in a folder named Recovery in the root directory of your system drive (C: drive) without leaving a recovery partition.

    OEM recovery partition

    Apart from the recovery partition of Windows, there may be another recovery partition created by the computer manufacturer like Lenovo and Dell that has made their computer come with an OEM recovery partition consuming about 7 to 20 GB, which contains the WinRE and their factory installation files.

    On some computers, the WinRE and the factory installation are separately stored on two partitions, so you may see two OEM partitions on your computer. This OEM partition allows you to press a specified key to boot into Recovery Environment, so you can recover your OS to factory setting without a Windows installation disc. If you have a copy of Windows installation, you can delete this OEM partition to free up more disk space.

    Why An Extra Recovery Partition Created During Upgrade?

    Every time when you upgrade Windows to the next version, the upgrade program will create a recovery partition if it detects that there is no sufficient space on your recovery partition (GPT disk) or system reserved partition (MBR disk). There is no wonder that you have many recovery partitions after upgrading to Windows 10. If you don’t want Windows to create another recovery partition, you can increase the size of recovery partition or system reserved partition before upgrading to Windows 10.

    According to Microsoft, the previous Windows version recovery partition will be nonfunctional, so you can delete the previous recovery partition to free up some disk space. As you may know that Windows can only shrink a partition from its right side, so you can tell which recovery partition was new created by upgrading to Windows 10. For example, as the screenshot below, the 100MB recovery partition was created when installing Windows 7, the 200MB recovery partition was created when upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 8, the 500MB recovery partition was created when upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 10, and the OEM recovery partition created by PC manufacturer before shipping.

    As you see the new created Windows recovery partition stands in the way of extending system partition. If you do not want to delete the recovery partition, you can move Windows 10 recovery partition without data loss.

    How to Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 10?

    You cannot delete a recovery partition with Windows 10 Disk Management for it has crucial files, but you can use diskpart.exe to delete recovery partition. However, you still cannot extend the remaining partition with the new created unallocated space if the recovery partition appears before the C: drive. Hence, you need third party partition software to do this job. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, free partition software, can delete recovery partition and extend a partition as long as there is unallocated space on the disk.

    2. Right click the recovery partition you want to delete and select Delete Partition . Then you can see the recovery partition becomes an unallocated space. Actually no changes will be made until you confirm and click Apply.

    3. Click Merge Partitions . In the pop-out window, check the unallocated space and the partition you want to extend.

    4. Check the pending operations and click Apply to save the changes.

    This operation will complete under AOMEI PreOS mode, so do not be panic when your computer reboot.

    How to Create A Recovery Partition?

    Many users have met the problem that OEM partition won’t work after upgrading to Windows 10. What to do when you want to use recovery options only to find you have mistakenly delete the recovery partition? You can use AOMEI OneKey Recovery to create a recovery partition on Windows 10 to backup and restore your current system including all the programs installed on C: drive. It also allows you to press a specified key “F1” or “A” to boot into AOMEI OneKey Recovery environment when your computer starts.

    After creating the recovery partition, you can also keep the system backup image files in other locations besides the recovery partition, which means you can keep many system backups at same time. When system fails to work, you can just press the Specified key to boot into AOMEI OneKey Recovery and select the system backup to restore system .

    The recovery partition after upgrading to Windows 10 won’t consumes much space on your hard drive, so it is recommended to leave it be. If you really want to get rid of recovery partition, backup essential files before deleting.


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    How To Buy And Sell Domains For 10, 000% Profit -PT


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    How To Buy And Sell Domains For 10,000%+ Profit -PT 1

    by: Jonathan Street

    This truly is the business to get into in 2005. It’s a red hot opportunity that can make you anything from $150 to $3000+ a week part time. And this article will walk you step-by-step through the money-making process.

    There are a few ways you can make money buying domain names and selling them on for profit. And I mean PROFIT. You’ll see why people will be scratching at your door to buy off you in just a moment.

    But first let’s start with the basics.

    All domain names are only registered for a limited amount of time.Registrars can choose to use the name for a period of between 1-10 years. After this the rights to these domain names expire and the user has to renew the name again. If they don’t do this it will be placed on hold for a short time and then deleted. This means it is then availible for anyone who wants to buy it!

    This Is Where You Can Cash In!

    20,000 expired domain names are made availible each and every day. Some of them are very attractive and well-established names.

    The owners of many of these domain names will have accidently let them expire. But their carelessness is our gain.

    You see you can “grab” these domain names (a term used for purchasing an expired domain name) for around $10 and then sell them back to the old owner for hundreds of dollars!

    The owner will be willing to pay huge sums to you because they had built up qualified traffic over X amount of years and didn’t want to lose all the previous custom.

    It’s not just businesses that have carelessly let their domain name expire that will buy off of you. It’s other businesses too that will buy the name to get the old owners’ traffic. It’s a legitamate way of increasing your customer base.

    But is this a legitamate business? YOU BET! There’s nothing shady or untoward about this business in the slightest. That’s why entrepreneurs in the know are making money hand over fist.

    So let’s move on. There are two main reasons why people will be willing to pay YOU a couple of hundred dollars for a domain name.

    a) They carelessly let the domain name expire. That means that they will pay you to get the name back to ensure that they don’t lose their existing traffic that they may have built up over years and years.

    B) They are a business in the same field as the one that has let the name expire and therfore will pay you to secure the exisitng custom of a rival.

    Here’s step-by-step how you go about this fantastically profitable part time business.

    There are several sources of expired domain name information and reserach tools, some free and some that require a payment of a fee.

    www.wehavethem.com supplies lists of names due to be deleted. www.DeletedDomains.com allows you to do some searching free and more extensive searching for a $99 annual fee.You can search for names that are due to be deleted and also allows you to bid on newly deleted names that have already been grabbed by other ‘investors’.

    If you see a site that had tens of thousands of visitors in the last month GET IT. The likeliness is that the previous owners will be itching to get their name back off of you due to its obvious success.

    Also if you see a name with a large qualified traffic thats due to expire and has a high traffic volume use an automated grabbing system such as www.snapnames.com and www.pool.com. These will ensure the second they become availible you will have registered them. The cost is about $60 but only if they get the names for you. Definately worth it in my eyes.

    Remember you could easily sell the name for hundreds, maybe thousands.

    In part 2 we’ll take a look at how you go about selling the names once you have acquired them. But in the mean time here’s a few domain names which were up for sale at the time of writing this article. Now obviously not all names sell for this much, but it’s a very real possibility that you could stumble across a gem in your business.

    The profits in this business are like no other. Now it’s your turn to get your hands on your share in the billion dollar industry of buying and selling domain names.

    Until next time.

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    Are We There Yet? 10 Travel Activities for Kids #airline #travel

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    Everything in this slideshow

    Steven Vote

    Mark the Miles

    Before starting out on their first major expedition (an 18-hour drive to Florida from their home in Springfield, Ohio) with their 2-year-old and 4-year old, the Larsons hung little numbered tickets above each boy’s car seat, one for every hour of the trip. “They were redeemed for wrapped treats they could play with or eat along the journey,” says mom Therese. “They loved pulling down the ticket when I asked in my conductor voice: ‘Tickets, please!'”

    Easy Travel Toys

    -Pipe cleaners (shape them into toys and sculptures)

    -Aluminum foil (ditto)

    -Uninflated balloons (to blow up and bat around at airports and rest stops)

    -Glow-in-the-dark toys (when traveling at night)

    Packing Tips

    -Simplify hotel stops by packing everyone’s overnight gear in one bag.

    -Pack a bedtime car kit for days that run late, with jammies, toothbrushes, and blankets for each child.

    -Use resealable plastic bags to separate outfits, stash swim gear, and store laundry before washing.

    -Print a packing list for each child and put it in her suitcase so that she can use it to pack for the trip home.

    -Bring a collapsible cooler to fill with snacks and lunches on day trips.

    Originally published in the June/July 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.





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    10 Tips for Holiday Travel #find #airline #tickets

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    A Few Bonus Tips

    Be prepared for more than the usual slowdowns at security. Even though the TSA’s liquid and gel rules have been around for many years now, folks who fly very rarely may not be familiar with all the ins and outs — and the newer full body scanners could catch even frequent travelers off guard.

    Gas up the night before you travel; no one leaves enough time for buying gas on the way to the airport.

    Investigate your frequent flier options to get better (and better guaranteed) seats.

    Have phone numbers for everything: your hotel, your car rental agency, your airline, friends at your destination.

    Choose nonstop flights. The worst, most brutal delays occur in connecting airports, where you have no home, friends or family to retreat to.

    Don’t overpack even checked luggage; overstuffed bags that must be opened for a security check are much harder to repack.

    Do not wrap gifts, especially if you intend to carry them on the plane. Even in checked baggage, there is a strong chance they will be unwrapped for inspection by security personnel. Consider gift bags instead of wrapping paper this holiday season — you can easily remove the items from their bags if required, and you won’t have to do a last-minute wrapping job at your destination.

    Give your cell phone a full charge, and put your airline’s phone number in your contacts so you can call easily as your flight time approaches.

    If you’re leaving pets at home and you haven’t made kennel reservations, do so right away. If Fido is coming along, check out our article on Traveling with Pets .

    Put It All Together

    Travel during the holidays is the time to lay all your travel savvy on the line. For example, if you:

    – purchase a package deal in one click of the mouse

    – have your boarding pass sent to your phone

    – leave early enough not to sweat the small stuff

    – travel light enough not to have to check any bags





    31/07/2017

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    10 Best Car Games for Kids #travel #to #vietnam

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    Banish backseat boredom without spending a dime By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Road Trips

    Keep kids entertained with toys, games, and apps. (Flickr: jencu)

    What do parents dread most about family road trips . It’s not the cost of filling up the gas tank. It’s also not traffic or toll roads or Sunday drivers. It’s the thought of their own little cherubs stuck together in tight quarters for hours. Oh, the backseat squabbling. The poking. The whining. The impatient cries of “Are we there yet?” Just. make. it. stop.

    Luckily, there are lots of ways to keep kids happily entertained and enjoying each other’s company . And the best part? You can achieve it without spending a dime. Here are our picks for the 10 best free car games for kids:

    1. I Spy. “I spy with my little eye, something red.” This easy-to-learn game is perfect for preschoolers, and can keep them entertained for unbelievably long periods of time. The directions are simple: One person spies something and recites the line, ending in a clue. Everyone else takes turns trying to guess the mystery item.

    2. Road Trip Bingo . This fun game combines bingo with a scavenger hunt. Give each child a flat surface, such as a clipboard or hardcover book, to put on his or her lap. Each player gets a free printable bingo card and a zip-lock bag with 16 pennies. When a player spies an item on his card, he covers the picture with a penny. Just like in regular bingo, the first player to cover all the squares in a straight line wins.





    31/07/2017

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    Employees Pick the Top 10 Travel Companies – The Motley Fool

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    Employees Pick the Top 10 Travel Companies

    Orbitz, Southwest, and HomeAway earn top scores from employees for perks, CEO performance, and business outlook.

    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:55AM

    Hotels, booking and review sites, and a lone airline made the list of top travel-sector employers in the 2014 Glassdoor  Travel Industry Report Card. The career site compiled its list based on verified employee reviews submitted over the past 12 months, along with employee ratings of their companies’ CEOs and their opinions on whether business will improve, decline, or hold steady for the next six months.

    Top travel-workplace cultures

    Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW ) tops this year’s list. The travel-planning and booking site earned high ratings from its employees for CEO performance and a supportive, perk-heavy work environment — including, unsurprisingly, “a very liberal vacation policy.”

    Next on the list is Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV ). the only airline to place among the top 10. Along with Orbitz, Southwest also recently earned a spot on Glassdoor’s 2014 Best Places to Work, a list that includes companies from all sectors. One employee praised the “freedom to grow and develop as an individual.” And Southwest has a reputation for encouraging its employees to be creative.

    The hottest hotel brands for workers

    Four hotel brands made this year’s top 10. Privately held Omni Hotels rated fourth   and had the most positive business outlook ratings of the group — 88% of employees said they expect business to get better in the coming half-year.

    The other hotels on the list are Marriott International ‘s (NASDAQ:MAR ) Ritz-Carlton chain, and Canadian chains Fairmont Hotels Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels. Four Seasons has a long reputation for employee satisfaction, with a low turnover rate and 17 years on Fortune ‘s list of Best Companies to Work For.

    Vacation-rental company HomeAway (NASDAQ:AWAY ) surpassed rival Airbnb, which didn’t make the list, but it’s facing brand-new competition in the luxury segment from Four Seasons. The hotel chain announced its new Four Seasons Vacation Rental site this week, with a portfolio of upscale properties from the Gulf Coast to the Indian Ocean.

    The rest of the best

    Rounding out this year’s top travel companies to work for are timeshare operator Marriott Vacation Club, TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP ). a travel review and research company, and SeaWorld Entertainment   (NYSE:SEAS ) .

    SeaWorld has faced questions about its animal handling policies and employee safety practices since the release of the documentary film “Blackfish” in 2013. Despite protests by animal-welfare groups, an attempt in the California legislature to ban orca shows, and proposed legislation in the U.S. House to update marine-mammal standards of care, CEO Jim Atchison received the highest employee rating on the list.

    Source: glassdoor.com.

    Top-rated employers in a thriving industry

    These companies stand out not just for their reputation among their employees but for doing well despite a slow overall recovery. Travel and tourism is one of the brightest spots in the economy, with more than 19,200 jobs added in May alone.

    “Since losing nearly half a million jobs during the Great Recession, the travel industry has added 749,000 jobs and has outpaced job creation in the rest of the economy by 49%,” said David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, after the release of May job numbers. That’s good news for investors in the travel sector, and good news for workers who are looking for stability — especially if it comes with lots of vacation time.

    Warren Buffett’s biggest fear is about to come true

    Warren Buffett just called this emerging technology a “real threat” to his biggest cash-cow. While Buffett shakes in his billionaire-boots, only a few investors are embracing this new market which experts say will be worth over $2 trillion. It won’t be long before everyone on Wall Street wises up, that’s why The Motley Fool is releasing this timely investor alert. Click here  to learn more about what’s keeping Buffett up at night and the one public company we’re calling the “brains behind” the technology.





    29/07/2017

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    Our 10 Best Portland Travel Agents #travel #pack

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    Angie’s List helps you hire the best – and avoid the rest!

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    Ooh – BAD timing for travel to Hawaii – and if not booked by now you probably just about have to have a travel agent. Good thing this is just the honeymoon and not the wedding, if you are booking now – so an agent will be even more important to you in this case, though I guess you might get a decent deal with an airline-sponsored package deal for two as well, if any are still available.

    My experience – a good travel agent is worth their weight in gold – we give ours a thank-you gift each year. We have one that charges $35 a person fee for all but extensive foreign travel packages (they make most of their money off booking commissions). We use her for all travel except simple mileage-plan-paid there-and-back trips when there is no rental car or motel involved, because when she does the booking she generally saves us about $25-50/day just on rental car and hotel/motel. For instance, on one Disney World trip we were able to take the 4 in the family PLUS our kid’s two best friends for about 5 days there, staying on-property with preferred passes, for the same amount as just the normal two adult cost – a thousand plus in savings. We can go online and see zero mileage or discount seats available for an entire week – yet she is able to get us seats on the day we want in most cases, or at worst one day away, and almost always on mileage even though the airlines themselves say no mileage seats are available – including at high travel periods.

    Of course, you need a conscientious one with lots of experience who knows the system ins and outs, and preferably running on the Sabre reservation system because it shows a lot more than competing systems and makes finding alternative booking easier, as I understand it.

    Using a travel agency (preferably one with several people working there and 24-hour emergency service) also gives you a firm point of contact to solve any problems or rescheduling – we have had 10 minute rebooking several times when a flight was cancelled – generally before the airline even got around to starting to help passengers get on other flights, and an agent carries a LOT more weight with rental car agencies or hotels or airlines than you do if the reservation is screwed up by them. Oh, and our agent always gets us a free car upgrade too – typically jumped up 2 grades at no extra charge.

    Don’t leave it ALL to the agent – give a synopsis of what type of lodging and seating and such you want and things you want to visit, then let him/her come back with a concept plan for approval modification, then to a hold reservation for your approval – typically an agent can put a “hold” on reservations for 24-48 hours for your approval, though that does require you stay on top of your eMail to respond back with OK or not in time to allow cancelling or confirming the reservation within that timeframe.





    22/07/2017

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    The 10 Best Free International Travel Guide Websites #car #rentals #cheap

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    The 10 Best Free International Travel Guide Websites

    It’s said that there are no great adventures anymore. The spotlight of information and far reaching connectivity has left us with no strange places to discover. Or so the popular opinion goes. Travel guides and travel websites have brought some wondrous places close to us; either with their enticing photographs or with first hand traveler accounts. Today’s online international travel guides are also proving handy for the budget traveler who can plan for each dollar.

    In the years before the web spun the world around, travel tips came through word of mouth. Now, you can just log on and be a voyeur as travelers carry you along each step of their journey. Which are these websites that allow you to be your own traveling guide?

    Frommer’s Travel Guide

    The word this top travel website throws about is ‘candid’. That describes the travel tips they have collected over the years. If you can’t buy one of their travel guides, then this website is just as good a resource for getting to know any destination on the map. By the way, there is a large red map that you can navigate on the site. The articles on each location cover everything that you would care to know, from nightlife information to side trips. You can jump to the Frommer’s forums too and engage in a discussion with travelers. Short of travel ideas? Explore their inviting slideshows. Also look into the Trip Ideas section.

    Trip Advisor

    Trip Advisor is all about reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, flights, vacation rentals, vacation packages, travel guides etc. On each destination’s page you can check out information like top rated hotels, things to do, vacation rentals, restaurants etc along with videos and images. As it is a popular website, expect to read a lot of reviews on each aspect of your planned travel. Subscribe to the free newsletter which sends you the latest information on your chosen location. Traipse over to Advice from real travelers section for valuable tips. You can also download a free PDF city guide for the destinations.

    Virtual Tourist

    We covered this cool travel guide website which covers nearly 60,000 worldwide destinations just at the turn of last year, so I won’t go into too much detail here as Bakari has shown How To Use Virtual Tourist For Planning Your Next Trip .

    Let’s Go

    If there’s a domain name which eggs you on to catch the next flight out, this is it. The tips on the site are about traveling on a budget. The company has been known for its budget travel guides over the last 50 years. If you are searching for bargains on your sojourns, this site is worth a visit. The stories on destinations around the world make interesting reading and just might make you change a plan or two for the better.

    BootsnAll

    The “˜indie’ in their catchphrase is meant for the independent traveler. The site has a complete guide listing where you can browse to the destination of your choice. Also check out the Adventure Destination guides featured on the site. The site also has a pretty active forum for travel chit-chat.

    World Travel Guide

    Gets lots of free international travel guides to destinations around the world. The guide is available in English, German, French and Spanish. The site has a nice “˜Holiday Ideas’ section for some inspirational travel ideas. The homepage features a neat globe browser for pinpointing places worldwide. Catch the best deals and the latest events too on the dedicated pages for each location.

    Rough Guides

    The neatest feature on the site (apart from all the travel content) is the Rough Guide to The World picture mosaic map. There’s a movable “˜World Lens’ which you can hover on any location and check out the experiences as pictures. Also subscribe to the free Rough Guides Podcasts every month. Another useful audio download is the free phrasebook available for select languages. Or you can forget about all that and play the Rough Roads Game !

    ViaMichelin

    For international travelers coming to Europe, this site is a handy one-stop place for mapping, route plans, on-line hotel booking, Michelin Guide hotel, restaurant, tourist recommendations and weather and traffic reports. The site is brought to you by the renowned tire brand – Michelin. The route guides provided are the most informative you can find anywhere.

    Concierge

    If you frequent the web, then you will be familiar with the names of their network websites (Wired.com. Ars Technica, Epicurious, Reddit etc). The site has a large list of international travel guides covering all the hotspots around the world. You can browse them by name or click on the interactive map to start exploring with articles, pictures, and videos. Then there’s an established community too for sharing travel tips.

    Atlas Obscura

    If you are wondering why we left out a site like Lonely Planet, then worry not. The so well known international backpackers’ site as well as a few others has been covered in a previous article on The Best Free Online International Travel Guides. Just goes to show that we have your back covered when it comes to travel. hotels. and flights .





    14/07/2017

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