5 Cheap Flights to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) from $515 #travel #spot

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The Bangkok International Airport: A class apart

While planning a trip to Southeast Asia, Bangkok is a destination that ranks at the top of the list. With the availability of cheap flights to Bangkok, it is no wonder that it has become such a popular destination. There are several flights to Bangkok that operate daily from many countries, and Bangkok flights are available with all leading airlines. Reasonable airfare deals to Bangkok are being grabbed up by flyers. The renovated airport – the Suvarnabhumi Airport – is a landmark. The terminal is the third largest and one of the busiest. The baggage check facilities and other airport services are top class.

Once you land at the airport, you can hire from any of the large number of transport facilities. The rail link is an inexpensive service with two stops, at Makkasan and Phaya Thai. The link remains open from 6 am to midnight daily. You may choose from the regional train line or the shuttle buses from the airport to Hua Takhe. There are also four AC buses available, departing from the first floor of Suvarnabhumi terminal. There are an additional twelve bus services to other destinations in Bangkok. Cars, taxis and limousines too are comfortable transport alternatives from the airport.

The cheap flights to Bangkok are in huge demand, and for very good reason. The flights to Bangkok lead straight to such attractions as the Chao Phraya river, ancient temples, Bangkae Park, Dusit Zoo, Lumpini park, The Grand Palace, the Reclining Buddha, Chinatown and Suan Pakkard. The list continues with the various cruises, boat rides, puppet shows, Thai dance shows, and more. Even the Bangkok streets are an attraction for visitors to enjoy. No wonder the Bangkok flights are usually packed. Airfare to Bangkok is very affordable, so book your flight today.

Shopping and Bangkok go hand in hand. The airport duty free shops offer a plethora of perfumes, jewelry, clothes and many knick-knacks. Bangkok is known for its malls and flea markets. Find Tommy Hilfiger copies at the markets or the originals at the malls. From electronics to branded clothes, everything is available in Bangkok. Siam Paragon and the Central World are a must visit for shoppers. Enjoy spicy Thai cuisine or continental spreads at the many food stalls dotting the city. Plush restaurants like Zanotti, Bo Ian, Le Noramandie and the Erawan are very popular. The city has a large number of discos and the party scene is wild. The Thai Bargirls and DJs are world-renowned. There are numerous clubs and cocktail lounges that are among the best in Asia.





07/01/2018

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5 Games for the Road: How to Pass the Time With Nothing But Your Fellow Travelers for Entertainment

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Bus and train trips, flights, delays in airports and train stations, hostels without TV or much light; the list of situations where a traveler has time to kill is long. That’s right — travel is not always exciting. There will be dull downtimes, and you may not always be able to read a good book. play road trip bingo, do crossword puzzles, or doodle in your journal .

That’s when you need a good repertoire of games to spontaneously play with your fellow travelers. Some will be popular games that you can find online and long-forgotten games from your childhood, and you might be surprised just how necessary they’ll be — and how much fun you’ll have — when you want to fill some of those inevitably empty hours on the road.

A quick confession: I’m a bit of a game geek anyway, and an English teacher to boot, so I’ve been known to start these games even at parties. But I promise that they have all been road tested on a real road, somewhere in Tunisia, Finland, Canada or Germany or any place where I was bored and without a book.

#1 I Spy

You’ve probably all played I Spy a long time ago, but I recommend dredging it back up from your long-term memory. If you can’t, it starts off like this: “I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with A”, and the other players have to guess what object you can see. I’ve played this in hostels (especially those hostel living rooms that have trinkets from all over the world gathering dust there), on train rides and in planes, but it didn’t work too well in the desert. “I spy sand.”

How to play: I like to limit each person to three or four guesses. Otherwise, they’ll exhaust every item in the room that starts with “B” and you’ll soon run out of objects to use. I also like the jet lag variation — play it in a dark room at night when you can’t sleep because your body’s on some other clock, and see if you can actually remember what’s in the room around you.

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#2 Donna’s Alphabet Game

This is not the official name, but it’s the way I like to remember it after my old school friend Donna got a car load of us playing this on a stop-start motorway in southwest England. It’s simple, as long as you’re traveling on a road with signs (and even better, advertising) and these signs use our alphabet. Don’t try it in the western provinces of China, for example.

How to play: Logically, Donna’s Alphabet Game starts with A. Be the first person to spot the letter “A” in a sign and yell out the word: “A is in motorwAy!” Continue with B and get right through to Z. It sounds easy, but there will be a few tricky letters, and if you’re playing in a non-English speaking country then pronouncing the words will be a lot of fun, too. The way we play, there’s no winner — anybody can scream out the next letter when they see it — but natural competitiveness spurs everybody on anyway.

#3 Stadt, Land, Fluss: City, Country, River

This game has a German name because my German friends taught it to me — which is also perhaps why it always strikes me as being a bit intellectual, but still a lot of fun. It’s also a highly appropriate game for travelers to play because their geographical knowledge should be a bit better than average.

How to play: Choose three or four categories like the names of a city, country, river or lake. To be honest, I’m terrible with rivers so I always change the river category to something completely different — often food, because I like to talk about food. Take it in turns to challenge another player to think of a city, country and river all starting with a particular letter. If your friend challenges you with “D”, for example, you can win by getting out Dubai, Denmark and Danube in under sixty seconds — or whatever time limit you and your bored mates decide on.

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#4 Twenty Questions

An oldie but a goodie, and you can make it topical by restricting the choice of “What am I?” to be something related to the region in which you’re traveling. I did have a friend, though, who would choose objects like “pyramid” while traveling through Egypt or “chocolate” in Switzerland, and then we could have made it just two questions rather than twenty.

How to play: Someone chooses an object, and everyone else asks them questions about it, but the only permitted answers are “Yes” or “No”. (Or in my rules, “irrelevant”, if I think saying yes or no will send the guessers along a completely wrong path I like to play fair!). If you’re playing with a group, whoever guesses the item correctly can choose the next word.

#5 For RTW Trippers: Kalgoorlie, Balladonia

I think it was my father who started this game when our family took a driving holiday across Australia. We were gone about two months and my sister and I, being about ten and twelve years old, needed a lot of entertainment.

How to play: This game only works with your traveling companions, and only on long trips. It’s more of a challenge than a game, but it always works for me. Simply start with the name of the town you stayed in first. On our trans-Australia trip, it was the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie. You then try to name every other town you’ve stayed in, in chronological order. My sister and I were experts at this all those years ago, but today I can only remember the first and second stops.

There are tons of other word and guessing games you can play in those bored moments of travel, and you can adapt these games with endless variations, too. And while it might seem like just a way to kill time, playing games like these is something I really love about traveling. It’s almost as if we don’t give ourselves permission to have that kind of fun if we’re at home in our “real lives”.

Anyway, I’m very keen to learn some new games, too, so leave your favorite travel game tips in the comments. I promise to road test them soon.





07/01/2018

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Cuba Travel: 5 Things to Know If You – re Thinking

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Yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. will loosen restrictions on visiting Cuba has some travelers in tizzy. By all means, pack your bags—but read this first.

Did you hear that noise yesterday afternoon? It was the collective squeal of travelers around the country, upon learning that President Obama had announced the resumption of U.S diplomatic relations with Cuba. For many American vacationers, Cuba with its classic cars, mojitos, and fine cigars is a dream destination, but one that rigid travel restrictions have made difficult to visit. Yesterday s announcement didn t remove those strictures, but it did promise to relax them.

Ready to go? Here s what you should know.

1. Don t expect anything to change overnight

While the new policy won t allow unrestricted tourism to Cuba (which would require an act of Congress), it will loosen restrictions on certain types of trips, according to a White House statement. So what exactly does that mean? There s plenty of speculation, but no one really knows the details just yet. On Wednesday afternoon, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), part of the Department of the Treasury, announced that it expects to issue its revised travel rules in the coming weeks. No changes will take effect until those new rules are released.

Currently, U.S. citizens who want to visit Cuba have a few options. Cuban-Americans with close family in the country can visit as often as they like, while other people may be permitted to go for professional, religious, or educational purposes. However, for the typical traveler, the most viable option is a people-to-people trip. These are super-regulated group tours, which must focus on educational and cultural interactions with Cubans. Many industry experts expect that the new rules will focus on loosening the restrictions around these existing forms of travel.

2. Some prices may fall

According to Collin Laverty, president of trip provider Cuba Educational Travel. the typical cost of a group tour to Cuba is around $4,000 to $5,000. One reason prices are so steep, he explains, is that people-to-people trips must be highly scheduled, meaning they include all meals, guides, transportation, activities, and more. Plus, tour providers must stay on top of their permits and licensing, which requires manpower and lawyers fees. (Katharine Bonner, who oversees travel to Cuba for Tauck. says it took six months for the company to get its paperwork renewed.) Tom Popper, president of operator insightCuba. adds that Cuban travel suppliers tend to charge American firms a premium, which drives up the price of the tour.

If the new rules allow less rigorously structured tours, prices are expected to come down. And, should they allow for independent travel to the country, vacationers will likely be able to choose their lodging and itinerary, giving them more control over what they pay.

3. but demand is likely to pick up quickly.

Travel to Cuba is already pretty popular. According to the Associated Press. 170,000 Americans visited the country legally last year, while Quartz report s that the island was the second most popular Caribbean destination for international travelers during the first nine months of 2014. As U.S. travel restrictions ease, trip providers say they expect demand to surge. For people who ve always wanted to go but never managed to pull the trigger, the idea that massive cruise lines could soon be adding Cuba to their itineraries may be what it takes to get them to book. People want to go before it changes, says Popper. The collective travel consciousness says this isn t going to last forever.

4. The infrastructure isn t there yet.

For Canadians and other international travelers, Cuba is often seen as a sun-and-sand getaway rather than a cultural destination, says Laverty. As a result, there are a sufficient amount of hotels by the beaches, but once you get into Havana, there aren t enough rooms, he says. Until the country s tourism infrastructure has a chance to catch up, Americans looking to stay in the cities or countryside may have a tough time finding accommodations. Flights are also tricky. Right now, the only domestic commercial options are charters, all of which fly out of Florida.

5. New options are coming.

Under the current system, travel companies that are licensed to take Americans to Cuba have something of a monopoly, says Laverty. While the new rules are unlikely to completely erode that advantage, they should make the industry more competitive and fuel new options for travelers. In the case of Cuba Educational Travel, that may mean adding some more independent, less full-service options. Says Laverty: We re ready to help people navigate these uncharted waters.





27/12/2017

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Top 5 travel destinations

I was having problems with DK Eyewitness best sellers, as they don t have Top lists on their site, so checked best sellers in Travel Reference Guidebooks on Amazon. But because Amazon has regional web site it is difficult to see global best sellers list, as the list on amazon.com will be different comparing to amazon.ca or amazon.co.uk . So I think because I was checking  amazon.com is the reason why there is no USA on the list.

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Wow I love the article discussing some primary tourists spots in this universe. I personally, suggest that you guys travel in the Philippines. It s one huge archipelago enough to satisfy your adventure desires.





03/12/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





30/11/2017

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Top 5 Travel Friendly BCDs #gta #travel

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Top 5 Travel Friendly BCDs

With airline regulations on baggage weight restrictions getting more and more stringent, the need for easy to carry light weight scuba diving equipment becomes the need of the hour.  Perhaps the bulkiest piece of Scuba Diving equipment is your BCD which can sometimes take up half your luggage space as well as half your weight limit. Manufacturers now aware of the demand for a lightweight, compact and easy to carry BCD for air travelers have started offering a number of lightweight streamlined options for the dive traveler.

A good travel BCD should weigh less than 3.5-4 Kg or about 7.7 -8 lbs, and should be easy to fold or pack in a suitcase without being bulky. Here are out top picks for Travel friendly BCDs:

Zeagle Scout BC

The Scout is Zeagle’s lightest and most compact BC, and is ideal for a basic travel system with minimum weight and bulk.  Reasonably lightweight weighing in at 6.7 lbs (2.9kgs) dry. the Scout can be stowed easily inside a suitcase with ease. Features include 4 stainless steel D-rings, two zippered pockets, and integrated rear mount weight system with release feature. The Zeagle Scout is a top pick for anyone looking for a travel friendly BCD.

Seaquest Zuma

Perhaps the most Ideal Travel BCD, the SeaQuest Zuma weighs less than 2 kg (4.4 lbs). This ultra-light, weight-integrated, back inflation BC is perfect for those divers tired of paying excess baggage fees. The manufacturers have really designed this product for travelers, and it can be rolled up or flat packed into any suitcase or duffel bag with ease. The Zuma also features 4 D-rings and a dive knife grommet, padded spine and lumbar support.

Zeagle Stiletto BCD

While the Stiletto may not be their lightest BCD in Zeagles’s product line, it is ideal for the diver who wants a lightweight but rugged system, for both travel and local diving that doesn t compromise on features. The Stiletto weights just 7.4 lbs (3.3 Kgs) but has a 35-lb (16kg) lift capacity owing to its heavy duty low profile retracting bladder. Other features include two zippered utility pockets and  5 Stainless Steel D-ringsallowing you to clip anything you need on to it. Most importantly the Zeagle Stilletto has been raved about by customers for being one of the most comfortable BCD’s and having  great freedom of movement.

The Seaquest Passport BC  is  the lightest in the range of SeaQuest s weighing only. 2.62kg or 5.12 lbs and comes with an integrated storage mesh bag that stays folded into the lower back pad providing lumbar support. Equipped with two side pockets and 4 plastic D-rings the Passport provides just about enough storage. The quick-release integrated weight system holds up to 20 pounds of weight  and the overall dimensions make the Passport easy to store and perfect for travel .

A jacket Style BCD from Cressi that has been designed for air travelers to reduce bulk and weight. The Travelight can be folded up in just a few seconds and fastened with a special retractable strap so that it can be stowed easily in its own carrying bag, which has a shoulder strap.  Weighing just 2.6 kgs (5.7 lbs), the Travelight features two front pockets and two weight pocket in the rear, as well as 4 lightweight alloy d-rings. With the ability to bundle up this BCD into a compact mass, the Cressi Travelight is a perfect travelers BCD that doesn’t compromise on features.





29/11/2017

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ABC Travel Guides for Kids names TOP 5 US Family East

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ABC Travel Guides for Kids names TOP 5 US Family East Coast Beach Destinations for 2014

PHILADELPHIA. May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Atlantic City rolls out the red carpet for families and takes our top spot.

1. Atlantic City, New Jersey AC is within a day’s drive of 1/3 of the country’s population. AC’s unique attractions include a Surf School and the country’s third tallest lighthouse. Even transportation is unique: Jitneys and Rolling Chairs. More adventurous? Consider a Helicopter or Parasailing adventure. But this resort city offers so much more: Joe Holiday’s magic show, Steel Pier, Ripley’s Odditorium, a White House (famous for submarines), Tony’s and Gilchrist for breakfast. Ready for the original salt water taffy and fudge? It started here with Steel’s, James and Fralinger’s. The Caesars Pier water show, Boardwalk Hall light show and the Waterfront Sculpture Walk are hidden treasures. The AC Sheraton’s location (near the Tanger Outlets) is the perfect launching pad to DO AC.

2. Miami Beach, Florida We love Miami in the summer because the water is so warm. Miami is about great food and diverse culture. Start with a Grace Della food tour to learn about Miami’s culinary history. The Seaquarium and Jungle Island shows are exceptional, as is the new PAMM . Don’t miss the attractions of the Historic Redland Trail . For food we love The Pub, Big Pink and Casola’s for pizza. The place to stay in Miami Beach is The Palms Hotel Spa .

3. Cape Ann, MA An hour north of Boston. Cape Ann has two of our favorite beaches, Good Harbor and Wingaersheek. Gloucester is a hard working fishing port that blends incredible food, art, shopping and culture into everything it does. Tour Beauport and Hammond Castle. then take a harbor cruise. Eat at The Gloucester House, Woodman’s and the Clam Box. Neighboring Rockport and Bearskin Neck have been hot spots for years. Rockport Inn Suites is a great spot to stay.

4. Rehoboth Beach, DE The bandstand and boardwalk are loaded with fun family shops, restaurants and more. After the beach head to Funland then Nicola Pizza . We also love Thrashers Fries, Capriotti’s, and the Ice Cream Store. Rent a house and bikes or consider one of the great lodging choices in the area.

5. Outer Banks, North Carolina It’s all here from Spooky Blackbeard pirate stores on Okracoke Island. to Orville and Wilbur Wright in Kitty Hawk . Ferry rides and jumping around from town to town provides adventure. Wildlife and sports enthusiasts will enjoy fishing, birding, kiteboarding, wind surfing (no place beats this place), wild horses, lighthouses and more. Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar in Kill Devil Hills is a family friendly dining option but OBX has many great options.

ABC Travel Guides for Kids is the premier producer and publisher of all-in-one alphabet, activity and souvenir guides specifically designed for kids.

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23/11/2017

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5 Cheap Flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) from $58 #travel #agent

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Arriving On Flights to Atlanta

Purchase cheap flights to Atlanta and arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports. The airport offers a variety of ground transportation services, including car rental, taxis and shuttle bus services. This makes it easy to get to your accommodation after your flight to Atlanta. The airport is home to several good restaurants and cafes, some with live music. A range of stores with a variety of goods from clothing to newspapers and magazines is also available. You certainly won’t be bored when your Atlanta flights land.

It is possible to explore some parts of Atlanta on foot, especially the downtown area. The majority of tourists on flights to Atlanta rent a car to travel around the city. This is often the most convenient way to discover Atlanta’s unique districts, including the Hotel District, Castleberry Hill and Midtown. Try to avoid the early morning and late evening rush hour. Use of the MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) bus and rail network is highly recommended for those arriving on a daytime flight to Atlanta. Atlanta is served by a network of both rail and bus services. Taxis are also readily available.

Atlanta is home to an eclectic mix of attractions and their wide appeal is a prime reason why many people choose to purchase airfare to Atlanta. Hop aboard Atlanta flights and a great adventure awaits you. The World of Coca-Cola is the perfect place for fans of the brand. Here, you can try beverages from around the world and discover the history of this beverage manufacturer. The Georgia Aquarium is popular with children and adults, as is the CNN Center and Studio Tour. Learn about ancient history at the Fernback Museum of Natural History or visit Zoo Atlanta if you’re looking for all day entertainment in the city.

Atlanta is home to many celebrity chefs and an array of dining establishments serving outstanding international cuisine to residents and tourists who have arrived on Atlanta flights. Visit Spice Market, the restaurant of world-renowned chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, for the best in Asian-infused cuisine. Try Bacchanalia for contemporary Southern cuisine or visit Arby’s for fast food on a budget. While you may have found the luggage allowance on your cheap flights to Atlanta sufficient, you may require a greater allowance on your return trip if you have visited Atlanta’s retail stores. Buckhead is home to over 1,400 fine retail stores, so be prepared to set aside some of your budget for shopping. For unique entertainment, visit Opera Nightclub or Magic City. Why not book your Atlanta trip today?





16/11/2017

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5 international destinations where strong dollars mean cheap vacations #cheapest #travel

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5 sweet international destinations where strong dollars mean cheaper vacations

A swanky room overlooking a sunny piazza in Rome costs a lot less this year. So does sipping espresso, nibbling on croissants, and dinning on steak frites in Parisian cafes.

Favorable currency exchange rates are making overseas travel far more affordable for Americans. Depending on the country, hotels, restaurants and shopping may be anywhere from 15% to 50% cheaper now than this time last year.

You can thank sputtering overseas economies for the more tourist-friendly prices. In the ever-changing currency markets, the U.S. dollar is once again in demand.

Of course, it s welcome news for anyone who is planning an overseas trip. Some people who ve been unable to afford international travel may finally be able take that dream vacation.

It definitely has an impact, and yes, it does encourage people who are on the fence, said Andi McClure-Mysza, co-president of Montrose Travel, a travel agency in Montrose, Calif. near Los Angeles, that books more than $280 million in travel annually.

Customers routinely bring up exchange rates in planning their trips and deciding where to go, she said. Getting a $5,000 vacation for $4,000, when taking into account potential savings, can be a powerful lure. Currency rates don t affect airline ticket prices, which happen to be relatively high at the moment. But they can mean savings on what visitors spend their money on after arriving.

Keep in mind that package tours don t necessarily take fluctuations in currencies into account. It depends on the operator and the contracts it cuts with hotel, restaurants and ground transportation suppliers.

Through the first 10 months of 2014, U.S. citizens made 57 million international trips, or 9.6% more than during the same period a year earlier. A buzzing U.S. economy and those exchange rates means more growth is likely in 2015.

Here are a few destinations where exchange rates will make your dollars stretch a lot further.





16/11/2017

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5 Rules To Finding Cheap Airline Flight Tickets #william #shatner #travel

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5 Rules To Finding Cheap Airline Flight Tickets

Sick and tired of paying a fortune for air travel? The easiest solution would be to skip the plane and take a road trip instead, but many of us don’t have the time or energy to do that. Plus, with gas prices on the rise, the road trip might end up costing more than air fare. And that’s assuming you aren’t traveling across an ocean in the first place.

Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks you can make use of in order to maximize your savings when purchasing airline tickets — in fact, you might even be able to save a few hundred dollars per ticket in some cases. That’s a lot of extra spending money you can use while away from home!

The next time you’re planning a flight, keep the following guidelines in mind.

The Right Time to Buy

Did you know that there’s a right time to make your ticket purchases? It’s hard to pinpoint an exact rule of thumb since the industry is always adapting to variations in demand, but there are two important factors always in play.

Don’t buy too late. If you’re flying out next week and you don’t have a ticket yet, then you’re out of luck. The unfortunate truth is that you aren’t the only one who needs a ticket and airlines know this. With so little time flexibility, airlines know that they can raise the price and you pretty much have no choice but to buy the ticket. Thus, don’t wait too long before you secure your flight.

Yet, paradoxically, last minute flights are another matter altogether. Prices will actually drop for last minute tickets! Airlines hate empty seats because empty seats don’t earn them money, so it’s better to have the seat filled cheaply. Use this to your advantage when you can, but don’t rely on it since there’s no way to guarantee that a flight will have last minute spots available.

Don’t buy too early, either. You might think that prices would be dirt cheap if you purchased your tickets 6 months in advance, but that’s unfortunately not how it works. The optimal time to buy a ticket, then, is between 3 and 12 weeks before the flight.

Also, consider using Bing’s Price Predictor. Bing might still be lagging behind Google in the field of search, but they have some cool tools that come in handy every once in a while. The Price Predictor is one of them.

The Right Time to Fly

Not only does it matter when you click the “Buy” button, it also matters when the flight departs. If you pick a time when everyone else wants to fly — for example, during the Christmas holidays — then you’ll be competing with a lot of people for limited seats, which ultimately raises the price.

Fly during off-peak seasons. Throughout the year, there are five periods when people tend not to fly that often. These “dead zones” are:

  • January, after the 7th
  • February, excluding Valentine’s Day
  • September
  • November, first two weeks
  • December, first two weeks

Fly middle of the week. The actual day of your flight can influence the price greatly. Most people tend to travel on the weekends with a tendency to fly out on Friday and fly back home on Sunday, making those two days the most expensive. Tuesday and Wednesday, on the other hand, tend to be the least expensive days.

Fly early in the day. Have you ever flown at 4am? It’s a miserable experience and most people will actively avoid flying at such times, which means there’s less demand for those flights and, consequently, lower prices.

Always Compare Prices

There are many websites that offer the lowest airline prices and there are even search engines for cheap flights. The best thing you can do is visit all of them and compare carefully. Will it take a lot of time? It might. The decision is yours whether the savings in price is worth that extra effort.

First, check all available airports. You might be lucky and have a big airport near you with a few smaller ones scattered about. The bigger ones tend to be cheaper but not always, so check the other ones and compare.

Then, check all available airlines. Some airlines are naturally cheaper than others. Keep in mind that you’ll definitely notice the difference in price when it comes to seat comfort, flight attendant service, accommodations, etc. But depending on how long the flight is, the price cut may be worth it.

Lastly, check all available routes. Direct flights between point A and B are fast and convenient, but you might be able to find cheaper prices if you can stomach the hassle of a layover and connected flights. With the latest rulings, at least you’ll be able to use electronics on these flights .

Note that some airfare websites employ price discrimination based on your browser activity and search history. When comparing prices, always use your browser’s private browsing mode to avoid this practice.

Split Groups Into Separate Purchases

Even on the same flight, different seats will often have different costs. For example, back seats near the plane’s engine can be uncomfortable and distracting, thus resulting in a lower seat price. While it’s nice that some seats are cheaper, this can prove troublesome when buying tickets as a group.

Let’s say a particular flight has 3 seats available for $100 and you’re traveling as a family of 5. If you search as a group of 5, you’ll never see the $100 seats because airlines typically show you the lowest priced tickets available to the whole group. In this case, the flight might have enough $200 seats for 5 people, thus you’d see the lowest price as $200.

Here’s how you get around that.

First, search as a full group to find all of the flights that have enough total seats to accommodate your whole group. Once you have a list of these flights, go back and search through them for one ticket at a time. Instead of being stuck with 5 $200 tickets, you could end up buying 3 $100 tickets and 2 $200 tickets.

Research Those Sneaky Fees

Most air fares will include all taxes and fees in the ticket price, but the included fees are only those that are directly related to flight. There are plenty of other services that may incur hidden charges. The most common fees relate to checked bags, seat selection, snacks, blankets, and other on-board services.

Research ahead of time and avoid these pesky fees as best as you can.

Conclusion

Do you fly a lot? What sorts of tips and tricks have you picked up to maximize your airline savings? Share them with us in the comments!





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5 Best Websites for Booking Caribbean Travel Deals Reviews #best #airfare

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Arranging a trip to the Caribbean online? There are lots of general travel websites—Travelocity. Expedia and Funjet Vacations among them—that cover the Caribbean along with the rest of the planet. But many of the best deals, and much of the most useful planning information, are found on websites that specialize in the Caribbean. Here are our countdown review of the five best:

#5 Caribbean Way

Caribbean Way lists private homes and multi-bedroom villas available for rent. Think of it as a combination of VRBO and BedandBreakfast.com. but focused exclusively on luxury properties. Along with your rental your get access to a concierge who can cook for you, pre-stock your villa, pick you up at the airport or arrange for tours and activities.

Don t miss: The selection of private islands. Note that if you rent Necker Island you are required to invite the Spot Cool Stuff staff to come along.

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#4 Cruise Direct

You can use Cruise Direct to book cruises all over the world, but the site has an especially large selection of Caribbean sailings. In addition to offering discount prices and not charging a booking fee, every reservation comes with a bonus—an on-board credit or extra discount or the like.

Don t miss: The cabin and deck floor plans.

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#3 Island Routes

Booking websites are usually about arranging the logistics of travel. But actual travel—the reason why you go and what you ll remember long after you get back is—is about getting to know your destination and having fun while there. That s why we love Island Routes . The website finds cool activities in seven Caribbean countries and then offers them at discount prices. Swim with the Dolphins in Jamaica. embark on a seaside scavenger hunt around Turks Caicos or dive in a submarine off Barbados. (Yes, the sub does have windows.) The activity options on Island Routes are almost universally interesting and less expensive when booked on the website than in-person at your destination.

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#2 Sandals Beaches

Sandals and Beaches are each a group of Caribbean resorts owned by the same company. Sandals is for adults only. Beaches is for families with children. Both claim to be luxury included. That is, not only is food and lodging included in your rate but also drinks, activities and airport transportation.

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Don t miss: The deals! A stay at a Sandals or Beaches resort is a high-end experience and comes with a correspondingly high-end price. But both brands—especially Sandals—seem to always have special offers, many of which can be combined. Deals include discounts, free nights and/or airfare credits. At the time of writing, Sandals was offering a Companion Flies Free promotion on their US/international website and 35% off plus upgrade promotions on their UK/Europe site.

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#1 Cheap Caribbean

Caribbean Travel Deals” title=”Best Website Award by Spot Cool Stuff” width=”260″ height=”216″ class=”alignright size-full wp-image-2001″ /> Cheap Caribbean is the single best website for finding Caribbean travel deals. Even if you don t plan to book your trip online, the website is well worth a visit for the resort reviews and destination information. But it is the discounted prices on hotels, cruises, vacation packages and all-inclusive resorts that will keep you coming back to the site. All their prices are guaranteed to be the lowest publicly available—find a better one and Cheap Caribbean will match it plus give you a $150 credit.

If your travel plans are flexible, definitely check out Cheap Caribbean s hot deals page. If it s your first time booking on the site don t forget to claim your $50 newbie booking bonus .

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses #hotel #and #flight

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses

Are you shocked when seeing your household expenditures every month? The expenses seem to increase every month. If you are in this situation, try these 5 recommendations before your extra paid money will accumulate to a significant amount!

1. Recycle those junk letters. Each month, you will probably received a dozen or more letters from direct mailing companies in your mailbox. Some of these letters are printed on one side only. Collect these letters and combined them into a writing pad. You can also used them to print draft documents. Besides saving money, you are also saving a lot of trees.

2. Install water saving kit in your toilet cistern. When flushing the toilet, the amount of water used is usually more than is required. By installing a water saving kit in the cistern, the amount of water saved can be as much as three gallons per month.

3. Use the fan Whenever possible, use the fan. The air conditioner is a major contributor to your utility bill. By using the fan, not only are you saving on your utility bill, you are also building up your body’s tolerance to heat. Your chances of getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke during the hot summer season are greatly reduced.

4. Do not throw away that old bar of soap yet. As your wash your hands with soap on a daily basis, the bar will become smaller and smaller until it is almost unusable. Instead of throwing it away, simply stick the old bar of soap onto the new one. Just make sure both of them are wet when sticking them together.

5. Cut the tube of toothpaste into half. When you can no longer squeeze out any toothpaste from the tube, just cut it in-half. There is some more toothpaste left that can last you for a couple of days if you have a large family. If you live alone or with your spouse only, the extra toothpaste can last up to five days or even more.

Start cultivating these useful habits today and make them a part of your daily life. You will be pleasantly pleased when you notice your household expense start to decline bit by bit as time goes on.





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5 Cheap Flights to Houston, Texas (HOU) from $58 #travel #guru

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Arriving at the Houston Airport

Houston, the largest city in Texas, is home to two different airports. It makes finding cheap flights to Houston a cinch, both for travelers from the United States and from other countries. George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves as Houston’s primary airport. William P. Hobby Airport is the city’s secondary airport, but a good choice for easier access to downtown.

Art lovers will find plenty to love in the five terminals that serve air travelers in the Bush Intercontinental Airport. Terminal A houses a multicolored glass sculpture suspended below a skylight in its north concourse. The corridor leading to Terminal B features a mosaic glass mural depicting Houston area wetlands and bayous.

Getting Around

Many carriers provide regular shuttle service from the airport to different city locales including Reliant Stadium, Downtown, Greenway Plaza and the Texas Medical Center. This service can be included in your airfare to Houston. If not, there are several additional transportation options.

Many Houston area hotels and motels will send courtesy vans to the Bush Intercontinental Airport to pick up travelers. You can use airport courtesy phones to call the hotels or motels offering this service. METRO buses run routes from the south side of Terminal C into downtown Houston. Taxis can also be hailed through the ground transportation employees working outside each terminal.

Main Attractions

Flights to Houston introduce travelers to a city filled with sights and activities that appeal to virtually anyone. Sports fans can take in their choice of a basketball game at the Toyota Center, a football game at Reliant Stadium or a baseball game in Minute Maid Park.

Patrons of the arts will love spending time in the theater district, where they will find professional performing arts companies in all the major disciplines, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, and The Alley Theatre.

With a flight to Houston, visitors can explore the famous Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, headquarters for all NASA space flight activities.

Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife

Houston flights are not complete without taking advantage of incredible downtown shopping opportunities. The Galleria offers visitors the perfect mall experience. 375 stores can be found in the largest mall in Texas, including upscale favorites like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s.

Dining in style is easy if you take a trip over to the Bayou Place, located in the heart of the theater district. The Bayou Place offers a wide selection of restaurants from Italian food at Minaglone’s to Samba Grille, a Brazilan steakhouse. It also offers a good taste of Houston nightlife. One good option is ROCBAR, a rock-and-roll bar with a stage and 20 foot video screen for live events.

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5 Cheap International Holiday Destinations – Frugal Travel #cheap #t?ckets

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5 Cheap International Holiday Destinations

We all love going on holiday, but spending thousands of dollars on a trip to a popular international destination may not always be achievable. It is possible, however, to have a great international holiday which fits within your budget if you choose your destination carefully. Read on to find out about some of the best budget destinations worldwide.

Beijing, China

Last week, I headed to Beijing. I got myself a really decently priced flight for just over $300 from London with Aeroflot, packed my bags and headed off. Accommodation in the capital is reasonably priced, but its in your day-to-day activities that you’ll see the most savings. On a budget of $80 per day for 2 people, we managed to see all the sites, dine out in exclusive restaurants and have enough left over for shopping. A 15 minute taxi ride in Beijing costs you about $2.5 – unheard of in the west – and a meal for 2 in a western chain about $15. A 3 course dinner in a fancy Persian restaurant in vibrant Sanlitun came to just $30, and a Mojito in cool Hou Hai bar area is $3. Entrance into many attractions is either free (for example the great Military Museum) or very cheap – the most expensive we found was the CCTV tower which came to about $10 each. With these sorts of cheap living costs you’ll have plenty of money to head to the famous Silk Street market to pick up all sorts of bargains on clothes and fabrics.

Eastern Europe

It’s not as cheap as it once was, but it’s still possible to do Eastern Europe on a budget. While some destinations like Krakow and Prague are begining to catch on that there is money to be made from tourists – I paid $12 for coffee and a croissant in the Market Square in Krakow –  there are gems to be found even further east. Sarajevo and Belgrade are two excellent locations with low prices for accommodation and dining out and a raw history ready to be explored. The cheap flights to Eastern Europe offered by many budget carriers have been a blessing, so head further east to Bosnia, Serbia, Romania and the Ukraine to get the best of the bargains before they go the way of Poland, Czech Republic and the Baltics by raising their prices to reflect the growing tourist industry.

Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Tunisia

If you’re not fussed on accommodation, location, dates and culture then you can get some of the cheapest and best deals online. With a little flexibility, I’ve managed a week in the Algarve for a stunning $120, and 5 days north of Barcelona for $160. I’ve taken a deal to Agadir in Morocco for $250, ditched the hotel after a few days and headed on the bus to Marrakech for half the cost of a normal flight. This idea isn’t for everyone, as these deals are based on limited flight choices, out of the way resorts and normally 2 or 3* accommodation. But if you’re looking at a week in the sun and live near a major airport this is a great way to get a last minute deal. Try icelolly.com for the best cheap deals, and remember not to expect too much accommodation wise, and be prepared to be slightly out of the way from the main tourist attractions.

Thailand

A long term favourite, Thailand offers great savings in some of the cheaper resorts. Local transport costs next to nothing, food is delicious and cheap, and the services provided are second to none. Get yourself a massage for $5, and dine out on local specialities for under $10. A major benefit is the bed and breakfasts or guest houses in the country where you can still find rooms for as little as $10 for a decent room. Local sightseeing can be pricey in some of the tourist areas, but off the track you’ll find fantastic savings, souvenirs and friendly locals.





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5 Cheap Flights to Costa Rica from $127 #travel #loge

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Arriving at the Destination

When searching for cheap flights to Costa Rica, there are four international airports to consider. The Juan Santamaria International Airport is the top airport in the country. It was recently ranked as the third top airport—and the most improved airport—within the entire Latin America and Caribbean region.

At the Juan Santamaria Airport, tourists can definitely expect to experience spacious and state-of-the-art facilities. Although the other international airports are less modern than Juan Santamaria, security will be a priority at each one. Many Costa Rica flights can be found that land at each airport, so pick whatever will be the most convenient destination.

Getting Around

When traveling to virtually any region in the country, the best place to start is San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, and the heart of the country’s public transportation. When looking for the best flights to Costa Rica, starting your journey in San Jose is definitely a plus. Generally you will need to return to San Jose from another region before traveling to another tourist spot. From San Jose you can get a bus to virtually any cities throughout Costa Rica.

As a word of caution, the buses usually depart like clockwork. Thus, it is crucial to arrive punctually at the bus terminal. When there is no bus route to a particular location in Costa Rica, a good alternative is to rent a car. Take advantage of Costa Rica’s transportation, much of which is as convenient as airfare to Costa Rica.

Main Attractions

If you enjoy natural wonders, then you will definitely be pleased after choosing among the available Costa Rica flights. Consider visiting the various national parks. There is Tortuguero National Park, which means “Full of Turtles.” There is also Corcovado National Park where each of the four monkey species indigenous to Costa Rica are located. Another natural wonder is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which includes approximately 2,000 species of plants. There are also numerous species of birds and mammals on the reserve.

Costa Rica also contains several quality beaches. They include Corcovado, Manuel Antonio, Montezuma, and South of Limon. Some of the beaches accommodate activities such as scuba-diving and horseback-riding. The natural wonders are awaiting those who take cheap flights to Costa Rica.

Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife

During the past decade or so, several shopping malls have been built in the country. Some of the top shopping malls include Multiplaza del Este, Multiplaza Oeste, Outlet Mall, and Paseo de las Flores Mall. You can also find several quality boutiques in San Jose. Cheap flights to Costa Rica ensures you can enjoy yourself shopping.

When dining out in Costa Rica, you have many choices. Costa Rica is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan in its selection of restaurants. With airfare to Costa Rica, you can dine at King’s Garden, Sancho Panza Spanish Restaurant, or the Machu Picchu Restaurant.

If you want to enjoy night life after comparing airfare to Costa Rica, then you should certainly check out San Jose. You can find a wide range of cafes, bars, nightclubs, and so on. Flights to Costa Rica will get you started on an amazing trip.

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media #costa #mar

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media

By Erica Swallow 2012-02-07 08:49:57 UTC

Finding travel deals on the Internet seems to get easier and more fun each year.

It used to be that you’d have to book directly through airlines and hotels, and then came the aggregators. Sites like Orbitz and Priceline made prices more transparent — and deal seekers rejoiced.

Now, there are tons of web and mobile applications that specialize in travel, and social media is making easier than ever for travelers to plan, book and share details about their travel itineraries.

The world of social media travel deals is ever-changing, so we’re glad to present you with the latest information on how to find travel deals using social media. Read on for five hot tips, and let us know your deal seeking strategies in the comments below.

1. Stay on Top of Twitter Deals

Finding travel deals on Twitter is all about following the right accounts, utilizing search and acting fast when the right deal pops up.

For starters, follow — or make a Twitter list of — the airlines you often fly and the hotels you often book. Wanderlisting is a great resource for finding not only airlines and hotels on Twitter, but also travel bloggers, publications and tips. Just a heads-up, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic are known to tweet out some pretty sweet deals, too.

But you don’t always have to be on Twitter to reap the rewards of its service. FareCompare.com enables users to receive real-time tweets when airfare prices drop from their home airport — or you can simply browse its web app for deals.

If following isn’t working out for you, try searching Twitter. A quick search for “NYC travel deals,” for example, yields a number of relevant tweets, including one from Travelzoo. promoting NYC hotel deals, and another from the L.A. Times promoting a Valentine’s Day dinner deal in New York.

If you’re really not sure where you’d like to go, the hashtag #traveldeals is always a good fallback.

2. Use Facebook for Loyalty Reward Programs

While you could follow airlines, hotels and deal sites on Facebook. we don’t recommend clogging up your stream with travel deals. The occasional “like” for your favorite travel companies is enough.

In general, Facebook doesn’t offer many good experiences for finding deals and booking travel. While a number of airlines — including Alaska Airlines and Malaysia Airlines — have Facebook apps that help you book flights, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re searching just one airline.

If serendipity presents you with a great deal, that’s wonderful. Otherwise, keep your Facebook travel deal searching to a minimum. You’re better off using the usual web apps of choice — Kayak. Orbitz. Hipmunk and Airbnb. among others.

That being said, Facebook does come in handy when you’re a member of a hotel or airline’s loyalty membership program. If you are a Hilton HHonors member or Starwood Preferred Guest. for example, it’s a great idea to “like” the program’s Facebook Page and sit back while offers roll in.

If you’re seriously addicted to Facebook, though, you should try out Airbnb’s Facebook app. which enables users to find and rent homes around the world.

3. Get Social Recommendations

There are a number of apps — such as Gogobot — that enable users to pull travel advice from their social graphs.

Check out the latest on the block, Trippy. It lets you get your friends’ recommendations for places to visit and things to do when you’re planning a trip. After all, it’s great to get a recommendation from a friend who has already traveled the road you’re about to take. Once a trip is planned, the user can even check rates or book the trip right from Trippy’s platform.

This strategy should be used in tandem with other deal searches, though — while it could lead to finding the best recommendations from your friends, they may not be the cheapest.

4. Forums Still Count

While you don’t hear about forums much anymore — mostly due to the fact that they’re horribly designed and difficult to navigate — they can still be useful, especially for the travel-deal hunter.

For all the latest news and gossip regarding loyalty reward programs and travel deals, check out FlyerTalk. which deems itself “the world’s most popular frequent flyer community.” This savvy group of travelers will have you snatching up great deals in no time.

5. Last-Minute Lodging Deals

If you fly by the seat of your pants and have arrived in your destination city without a place to stay, there are a number of options for booking last-minute lodging. For starters, check out HotelTonight. an app that enables you to book a room at discounts of up to 70%.

Likewise, you could try using Airbnb’s iPhone app. which has a button appropriately labeled “Help! I need a place tonight!” You could also try the standby feature if you can’t find an Airbnb spot — this prompts local homeowners to send offers your way, usually at lower rates than they usually charge.

And lastly, don’t forget Foursquare. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find discounted hotel prices, you could discover some other sweet perks. I did a quick search for on Foursquare for hotels within 10 miles, and I found a special for 1,000 Priority Club Rewards Bonus Points for checking in three times at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square. For the right person, loyalty points could be a better deal than a discounted bill. Not too shabby, right?

Your Tips

What’s your strategy for finding travel deals using social media? Let us know your best tips in the comments below.

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5 reasons Bhutan is worth the US$250 daily fee #globus #travel

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5 reasons Bhutan is worth the US$250 daily fee

Bhutan’s strategy of “low volume, high quality” tourism has made it a highly regarded destination among discerning travelers.

It costs an official US$250 per day per person to sample the charms of this isolated Himalayan kingdom. an amount that includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service.

While it’s not quite an arm and a leg, the cost does seem restrictive for some. It’s the government’s way of keeping the country from being overrun by mass tourism, while at the same time ensuring its preferred visitors get the most value out of their trips.

So is it really worth the money? These five experiences have convinced us it is.

1. Bhutanese lifestyle

The word “authentic” is more overused than the word “sorry” in tourism, but Bhutan is a place that can remind us of the true meaning of cultural authenticity.

Tourism got here less than four decades ago. The hermit kingdom has preserved its rich cultural identity throughout years of isolation .

On the streets, traditional dress remains the preferred attire  and local languages Dzongka and Sharchop can be heard.  Native Dzongka-style architectural features still grace every building and Buddhism colors just about every aspect of life.

But change is in the air. The arrival of TV and the Internet in 1999 has brought the outside world into Bhutanese homes, with mostly positive reactions from the locals.

“I appreciate the technology and the progressive attitude of the so-called ‘modern world.’ This can help us improve farming techniques or use better medical facilities,” reflects Kinley Tenzing, a car salesman from the capital of Thimphu.

“We just need to manage foreign influence s o that we don’t lose our cultural identity”.

Bhutanese kids in your average, non-traditional play-wear — shorts and tees.

Concerns about the erosion of Bhutanese values have led to a government-imposed dress code for working attire. Only the male gho and female kira dresses are allowed for official duties. There’s also a ban on non-traditional forms of architecture.

Despite this, one can occasionally glimpse T-shirts and jeans worn by young Bhutanese on weekends.

And an escalator-equipped shopping mall now stands proudly in the middle of Thimphu.

Starbucks and McDonald’s have yet to appear. They probably won’t open shop anytime soon.

2. Bhuddist peace

Outdoor enthusiast or not, no visitor leaves Bhutan without making the trek to the Taktsang Palphug, aka the Tiger’s Nest. See the gallery above.

Situated on the edge of a cliff, some 900 meters above the rice fields of Paro, this 320-year-old monastery is considered one of the kingdom’s most sacred religious sites.

Legend has it Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated for years inside a cave that now lies at the heart of the temple. The Tiger’s Nest is now a revered Buddhist meditation site and tourist attraction.

To get here, you’ll need to trek 90n minutes, breathing thin mountain air.

The trail winds through pine forests, past ancient Buddhist shrines adorned with endless lines of prayer flags. Smiling pilgrims and stunning landscape views accompany every step.

The hike takes effort, but simply walking these revered slopes is enough to induce a meditative mood.

3. Spicy food

The Bhutanese aren’t kidding when they say that chillies are their favorite vegetables.

Proof is their fondness for emma datshi, an insanely hot delicacy of boiled chillies and native cheese. It’s their de facto national dish, a source of cultural pride and a mainstay in every meal.

The first taste is always fiery, but get past the spice and it becomes easy to appreciate the creamy, salty, somewhat fruity flavor.

Paired with native red rice, emma datshi becomes a satisfying meal.

If you worry this dish will be too hot, fear not: local chefs usually tone it down for foreign diners.

4. Unexpected attractions

While phallic murals like this one cause non-Bhutanese to blush, they’re commonplace, sacred images for locals. The town of Punakha is home to one of the most unusual shrines in Buddhism.

The Chimi Lhakhang is dedicated to Drukpa Kunley, a tantric Buddhist saint known for his unconventional approach to religion.

You’ll know what this means when you see the murals and carvings depicting the male phallus. Sex was Drukpa Kunley’s way of blessing devotees. It’s claimed he made love to more than 5,000 women in his lifetime and it’s believed the sex act helped devotees on the path to enlightenment.

The Chimi Lhakhang is more than just a village shrine. It’s a fertility pilgrimage site for those wishing to bear children.

Households around the shrine hang wooden phalluses to bless the home and promote harmony among family members.

5. Nightlife, Bhutan-style

Evening entertainment in Bhutan is rather tame. What it lacks in variety, however, it makes up for with distinctly Bhutanese character.

To see what we mean, visit a drayang in any of the bigger towns and cities. These homegrown nightclubs come complete with disco balls and flickering lights set amid simple wooden interiors.

The entertainment centers on singing. Patrons choose from a stable of in-house talent and pay them to perform onstage. The going rate is BTN 30 (around US$0.60) per tune.

Bhutanese performers belt out requests in Dzongkha and Hindi while customers kick back with Red Panda beers.

Never mind if the lyrics are indecipherable. The voices are shrill and the moves truly traditional. It’s a fun, fascinating night out.

Recommended is Lha-Yul Drayang in Paro Town, but try not to arrive too late -– the place closes at 11 p.m.

How to Get There: Drukair is the national carrier of Bhutan and is the only one that flies to the international airport in Paro. The airline has hubs at Singapore ‘s Changi Airport, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport .

With the exception of Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals, independent travelers must plan a trip through an authorized travel agency such as Druk Asia (+65 6338 9909 www.drukasia.com ).

Travel packages cost US$250 per day (US$200 for low season), but includes guide, land transport, meals and three-star accommodation.





16/11/2017

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5 Easy Travel Hair Styles for Your Next Trip! #travel #inn

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5 Easy Travel Hair Styles for Your Next Trip!

Taming and styling your locks takes a little extra effort when you re on a trip, but these easy travel hair styles, will help make it a breeze. While a travel sized hair styling tool is okay for vacations and holidays, it’s nice to have a minimalist travel style while you’re on the road, especially for longer trips such as Round-the-World trips .

Hair Accessories Needed

Black Headband Leatherette / Styling Mesh Chignon Bun Maker / Scunci Flexible No Damage Headband / Floral Chain Elastic Fashion Headband / Braided Non-Slip Headband / Gold Tone Floral Chain Elastic Fashion Headband / Grip Oval Top Jaw Clips / Silly yogi cotton batik headband / Grip Beautiful Blends Bobby Pins

5 Easy Travel Hair Styles for Your Next Trip!

➊ Simple and Sophisticated

A writer for top women’s magazines in the US, Joanna Goddard, knows a thing or two about beauty. Joanna specializes in simple buns and up dos which is great because its especially challenging to rock a cute hair style in 40 degree heat. Check out her blog and her 14 incredible hair tutorials giving you super easy and chic hair styles for your travels.

➋ Twists And Braids

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A professional hair stylist and make up artist from Utah, Steph gives you incredible looks for home and on the road on her website Hair and Makeup by Steph. With these easy styles, Steph shows you 15 ways you can pull back your bangs (fringe) for a perfectly pretty look. I found this tutorial and other cool tutorials on Six Sisters Stuff.

Don’t know how to braid hair? Get this ebook on DIY Braids !

➌ Hair Wraps

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A great way to hide bad hair days and give yourself a bit of glamour, Keiko Lynn, shares her tutorial and hair wrapping expertise. Yet another great use for scarves.

Not good with wrapping scarves? Fake the look with these cute head wraps !

➍ The Famous Sock Bun

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Elegant and simple, the sock bun is the perfect solution for hot weather and bad hair days. As an added bonus, the sock bun creates two looks in one – an up do when rolled up, beautiful curls when rolled down! Watch the above tutorial on Makeup by TiffanyD .

Instead of a sock, I travel with a couple of these hair bun donuts !

➎ No Heat Curls Video Tutorial

This is my personal favorite hair tutorial! I actually have curly hair (and hate it) but with this easy styling strategy, beautiful curls are easy and possible for all girls! It’s a lengthy tutorial (skip to 1:45) but very thorough. Follow her easy steps and get incredible curls without the need for a curling iron! Just click on the image and it will link to her youtube hair tutorial .

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07/09/2017

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Best Cheap Rental Car Deals – 5 Dealer Tricks to Avoid

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5 Dealer Tricks to Avoid for Car Rentals Best Cheap Rental Car Deals

By Heather Levin

Last week I had to rent a car for a long trip. And if I hadn t done my research beforehand, the car rental clerk would have scammed and sweet-talked me into spending a lot more than I needed to.

In fact, she was using such hard-sell tactics that, at times, I felt like I was buying the darn thing.

Car rental companies frequently advertise rock-bottom rates on sites like Expedia and Hotwire. But when you go in to pick up your car and finalize your reservation, they have a whole magic bag of tricks they use to scare you, and lull you, into spending more.

Here are 5 tricks to watch out for:

1. Upselling the Car Model

When you walk in, chances are the car rental clerk is going to try to get you into a more expensive vehicle. And they ll try several different tactics to get you there.

My own clerk said this: I see you re driving from Michigan to Louisiana. That s a long way. I think the Nissan Versa would make your journey a lot more comfortable. There s more room for you and your luggage, and it gets better gas mileage than the Focus you have reserved. Do you want to upgrade for an additional $3 per day?

The Ford Focus I d already rented got 40 mpg; I later researched that the Versa only got 34 mpg. Plus, the two cars were almost identical in size. But the Versa was $3 extra per day for a slightly nicer ride. Doesn t sound like a lot of extra money, but considering I was renting for 22 days, that would have added up to $66 plus the extra gas.

They might also try to tell you that your car isn t powerful enough to go over mountains (if that s where you re going) or on long journeys, and therefore you ll need a car with a bigger engine. Most of the time, any of their cars will do just fine. The only instance where you might need a bigger car is for driving in the snow.

So, do your homework before you go. Don t let them scare you into renting a bigger or more expensive car. And, don t let them tell you how uncomfortable your current rental is. Really, what car is uncomfortable these days? And if it s so bad, why do they carry that model in the first place?

And watch out for trigger words designed to lull you in. My own clerk used the words uncomfortable, stretch out, more room, and more fun when talking to me. These words spark an emotional reaction in us. Don t let them snag you with these trigger words!

Tip: Learn how to get a cheap discount rental car for more ways to save money on your rental. And don t forget, take advantage of your AAA membership discounts to get additional savings!

2. Upselling You Insurance

Car rental companies always try to sell you their rental car insurance coverage. And this stuff is expensive. usually $30-$40 per day.

Yikes!

Do you need it? Probably not.

First, call your current insurance company and see what your policy covers. And, look at your credit cards; many will cover damages to your car if you use that particular card to pay for it.

Additionally, make sure you and the clerk both go over the car with a fine-toothed comb before you drive it off the lot. Any dents or scratches are your responsibility once you re gone if not noted ahead of time.

3. Know Your Taxes

By the time they add all those taxes and surcharges onto your bill, it ends up being way more expensive than you originally thought.

My own bill last week was almost 25% higher than what I thought it was going to be, thanks in large part to the airport surcharge I didn t even know existed.

It s important to compare prices. Airport car rentals are usually cheaper because they handle a much greater volume, but then airports tack on a hefty surcharge, which is usually 10% or more, to your bill. And some airports charge much more than this, so call the rental company beforehand to know what you ll be paying.

4. Fill It Up Yourself

Car rental companies charge you an arm and a leg for gas if you bring it back with anything less than a full tank.

How much? One rental car company I did business with this summer charged you $10 per gallon for fill-ups. The one I rented from last week charged $4 per gallon, plus a convenience charge.

Your car s gas tank gauge needs to be right on the F. A hair less than that, and they can sock you with refilling fees. Fill it up right before you drop it off, and make sure you keep your receipt.

5. Know Your Rates

Car rental companies are so tricky when it comes to your rate.

For instance, say you decide to come home two days early from your trip. You show up with your car, expecting to pay for 2 days less than what you d planned for. Makes total sense, right?

Nope. The car rental company can actually charge you more for this. By turning it in early, they say, you changed your rate code. Sometimes, this little tactic can add hundreds of dollars to your bill.

Yeah, this happened to me once. I was livid!

Apparently, though, this is not against the law. But it s something you have to watch out for. If your flight is delayed, or you decide to come home early, call the car rental company to find out what this might do to your rental rate.

Have any of you ever been scammed or taken by a car rental agency? I d love to hear your story! I m sure the more we bring these issues to light, the more people we can help avoid them in the future.





30/08/2017

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How the 5 biggest online travel agencies are expanding beyond mobile

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How the 5 biggest online travel agencies are expanding beyond mobile bookings

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Kayak’s mobile app

The next generation of mobile innovation for online travel agencies is moving away from transactions to influencing all parts of the travel experience, including loyalty programs, personalized messages and real-world sales.

Mobile Marketer looked at the mobile offerings from five online travel brands: Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, Orbitz and Priceline. Although streamlining the mobile commerce experience is still a big priority for many, brands are also looking at how to leverage other mediums to gain market share.

“We re actively thinking about ways to use mobile devices in the future of hotel travel,” said John Caine, chief product officer at Priceline, Norwalk, CT.

“Can a phone unlock a door?” he said. “Do you need a concierge? One of the most exciting things about our space is the rapid pace of technical innovation. Every new technology brings an opportunity to innovate.”

Here is a look at how all five brands are taking their mobile strategies to the next level, in alphabetical order.

Similar to Starbucks and Sephora, Expedia is playing up content instead of commerce in its newest application revamp.

Earlier this month, Expedia rolled out a new feature called Media Lounge within its app that recommends other travel-themed apps. Media Lounge is aimed at increasing app retention with more than aggressive mobile-only offers, which is a common tactic for most online travel marketers (see story ).

The updated app

The brand s iPhone and Android app is also set up so that consumers can view and share itineraries and opt-in for notifications specific to a trip, such as gate changes or delays.

Moreover, Expedia has pulled its Expedia Rewards loyalty program into the app so that travelers can redeem points for making mobile bookings.

Expedia s mobile Web site is more geared towards spurring quick transactions, but the site does include the itinerary features. There is also a mobile Web feature called Scratchpad that syncs up cross-screen searches so that consumers can save hotels and flights that can then be accessed on any device.

Expedia is among a growing group of online travel brands that are leveraging Big Data to rethink the mobile and tablet traveling experiences. For instance, the company analyzes booking patterns to match travelers up to the best hotels and flights (see story ).

Priceline acquired Kayak at the end of 2013 for $1.8 billion, which could reflect other consolidations to come as mobile becomes a bigger focus in the online travel space.

Kayak continues to operate as an independent company, with iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Kindle Fire apps as well as a mobile site.

Similar to Expedia, Kayak also offers additional app features including flight trackers and a tool to manage itineraries.

However, Kayak s app also pulls in some other interesting information into the app, such as baggage fees, weather and images of destinations. The paid version also includes maps of airport terminals.

Kayak’s mobile app

Kayak s mobile site is a streamlined version of the app, with the features primarily tailored towards consumers looking for flight, hotel or car information.

We see heavy usage at home, suggesting mobile devices are replacing desktops and laptops roles in booking and planning travel, said Giorgos Zacharia, chief technology officer at Kayak, Stamford, CT.

We re also seeing travelers use mobile devices more for last-minute bookings, one-way flights, short-haul flights and same-day hotel bookings, he said.

With mobile becoming the primary way that some online travel agencies generate last-minute sales, it seems that many brands in this vertical are pouring significantly larger amounts of money into apps versus mobile sites as a way to bolster loyalty and retention.

Kayak also recently launched a tablet Web site for a cleaner and more streamlined experience.

Orbitz is aiming to differentiate its mobile services with a loyalty program that went into place last year. The Orbitz Rewards program places a bigger emphasis on mobile bookings than desktop by awarding consumers with additional points for booking from a smartphone or tablet.

Additionally, members can view hotels in search results with their points already applied (see story ).

When the program launched, a feature called Zap that Bag let consumers earn $25 in bonus points for sending in a mobile photo of a checked bag receipt.

The Orbitz mobile app

Similar to Expedia, Orbitz is also testing a set of tools that harnesses big data to improve mobile bookings. This set of tools includes heat maps and historical data.

Orbitz has also put a team together that specifically looks at the mobile journey of travelers. This group is responsible for developing some of the non-commerce parts of travel, such as itinerary lookup, updates and alerts.

We re looking at other opportunities to engage with consumers in-trip, starting with ignition around the actual flight experience, said Chris Brown, group vice president of mobile at Orbitz, Chicago.

Priceline is betting more on connected devices and real-world transactions than other brands when it comes to differentiating its mobile strategy.

Most recently, Priceline rolled out a partnership with Routehappy scores that pulls together different pieces of personal criteria to help consumers find the best flight (see story ).

“In our quest to go where the customers are, we re heading into some pretty interesting new territory, including priceline.com s recently-announced debut on the GM in-dash console,” Mr. Caine said. “What s next? The wristwatch? The TV?”

RouteHappy within the Priceline app

Brett Keller, chief marketing officer at Priceline, Norwalk, CT, also sees a bigger opportunity for Priceline to influence real-world transactions, including on-site transactions at hotel check-ins (see story ).

Priceline launched an in-car app with General Motors Chevrolet earlier this year. The app relies on voice recognition to walk consumers through the process of booking a hotel or flight (see story ).

As marketers increasingly look to move towards more connected digital experiences, mobile plays a crucial role in how marketers will connect the real world to digital.

Travelocity s mobile app and site are still largely focused on transactions, but also includes a few of the same features that the online travel agents do, such as travel planning and management.

Additionally, the app includes a built-in camera that recognizes a credit card to speed up the transaction process and mobile-only deals.

Travelocity’s mobile site

Travelocity has also worked with responsive design quite a bit.

In fact, the online travel agency claims that the bulk of mobile conversions have switched from iOS to Android as a result of going responsive (see story ).

Final Take:

Lauren Johnson is associate reporter at Mobile Marketer, New York

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28/08/2017

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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.





23/08/2017

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Top 5 destinations for incentive travel in 2015 #travel #new #york

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Top 5 destinations for incentive travel in 2015

by AYMTM

Planning an incentive trip? Here are our top 5 destinations  for 2015.

Based on enquiries we have received, the places we have visited recently and where we are taking clients to in the coming months, we have compiled our top 5 en vogue destinations for incentive travel in 2015, including our tips for where to stay, where to eat and what to do while you are there.

There are trends in just about everything, from baby names to what people are searching for on the internet this week. Incentive travel  is no different. These trends come from the most visited incentive destinations, new destinations emerging, or a previously popular destination becoming a bit of a has-been!

1. Cape Town

Cape Town consistently rates as one of the perennial favourites for savvy incentive buyers. It has the favourable rand, new hotels, fantastic restaurants and all the classic ingredients, such as an epic coastline and awesome scenery, to make it our top selling long haul destination. Night flights and minimal time change make it perfect for avoiding jet lag. British Airways offer daily non-stop flights from London Heathrow.

Stay: One Only Resorts 

For luxury and style in Cape Town, our favourite hotel is the One Only Resort. Two restaurants, run by acclaimed chefs -Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and local celebrity chef Reuben Riffel are connected by a bar and lounge, all with incredible views of Table Mountain.

The hotel is central to just about everything, making it easy to experience the wildlife safaris and wine country excursions that Cape Town has to offer, along with Robben Island and so much more. After all those excursions, you’ll probably want a bit of calm, so we recommend you try the hotel spa, situated on its very own private island and offering every treatment you could possible want, and a few you may not have thought of!

Eat: The Test Kitchen

For a top dining experience (the best in South Africa, let alone Cape Town!) The Test Kitchen is definitely the place to go. Chef and owner, Luke Dale-Roberts, has been called ‘a truly fantastic chef’ by Heston Blumenthal, which we think is quite a good recommendation!

British chef Luke trained in Europe and has launched restaurants all around Asia. These influences are very apparent on his delectable menu, and the high quality wine list complements perfectly!

If your last supper was eaten at The Test Kitchen, you’d die happy!

Do: Beach BBQ

There are so many wonderful things to do in Cape Town, but one party we took to Cape Town was very happy with the beach BBQ we organised near the spectacular Cape Point, where surprise kayaks turned up to transport guests to speedboats for a riveting speed ride around the ‘tip of Africa’.

Combine Cape Town with a safari!





23/08/2017

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The 5 cheapest travel destinations right now

Get revenge on the global recession by taking these countries for less than they’re worth.

Signs of global economic recovery are glimmering, but are they enough to justify taking a major vacation?

Well, it depends on where you live. Not everyone is recovering, making now the ideal time for those who are to visit some traditionally expensive or even off-limits countries.

Staying atop current trends in the travel industry, combined with knowing its jargon, can put a once-elusive holiday within reach.

For instance, look for words like “cost structure” (i.e. insultingly cheap local labor) during research, as well as “distressed inventory” (i.e. time’s running out on these flights and hotel rooms).

For the value-hunting traveler, we’ve assembled some travel ideas with the help of professionals and economists who know what’s trending.

While there may be other, more affordable destinations overall, these five are the best values in travel right now.

Mexico

Besides the prices, there’s also the advantage of more beach space per vacationer.

Advance bookings to Mexico for the Legacy Travel  agency are their strongest in 15 years, according to its Vice President, Catherine Banks.

“Cost structure is different than most other places,” says Banks, meaning Mexico is inherently cheap.

But combine that with the negative publicity of widespread drug violence (hundreds of kilometers from its most popular tourist spots) and a weak European economy that’s starving Mexico of its customary visitor base, and this country’s ready to make a deal.

According to Banks, “In Cancun and Riviera Maya, there are more five-star resorts than the Caribbean and Hawaii combined, and the price isn’t close to the same.”

And now they’re sitting empty.

Currency conditions: The peso’s been weaker and inflation low in recent months, according to Forex.com Senior Currency Strategist Eric Viloria. So your money should stretch out quite a bit.

Thailand

There are enough statues in Bangkok for everyone, as long as photographers take turns.

Eager to regain tourism lost to the political unrest and flooding of 2011, Thailand is closing itself out at rock-bottom prices.

“Summer shoulder season (the narrow window between the low and high seasons) seems to be slower than usual,” says  Tony Cardoza, President of  Cardoza-Bungey Travel.

” As a result, we see very good four- and five-star hotels and resorts offering deals.”

That means even cheaper accommodations at the lower ends.

Currency conditions: The Australian dollar goes over 100 percent further in Thailand than at home, according to The Economist’s Big Mac index , and the euro and U.S. dollar rate almost as favorably.

Myanmar (Burma) 

Politically unrestful but restful for the traveler.

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar could have picked a more profitable time in world economic history to open itself to outsiders, but its delayed departure from despotism is the traveler’s gain.

“Burma today is similar to Southeast Asia of 20 years ago,” says Steven Larkin, President of Intrepid Travel. North America.

But the plan going forward may be to go a higher-end route in the development of tourism than neighboring Thailand, so the time is now for a cheap, ethical trip, before even the first Starbucks moves in.

This is the cheapest Myanmar will ever be.

Currency conditions: Burma restructured its currency in early April, turning a fixed rate of 6.4 kyat per U.S. dollar to a floating rate of over 800 kyat per U.S. dollar. This should make exchange rates more reliable, but make sure to bring lots of paper money: Myanmar is still largely cash-only.

Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh is as relaxing as it ever was. And now it will also be less stressful for your wallet.

Here’s that distressed inventory we talked about. Tasteless as it may sound, the Arab Spring may have enabled your spring break, driving down demand and prices right along with it.

“The overall sentiment is that resort areas like Sharm El Sheik are very safe,” says a spokesperson for Hotwire.com. “but most vacationers appear to prefer traveling to Turkey and other destinations that haven’t seen as much civil unrest.”

That preference has made Egypt a buyer’s market. The drop in demand has another benefit: smaller crowds.

“Clients going now have been able to get pictures of themselves in front of the pyramids with no other tourists blocking the view,” says Cardoza.

Your window may be closing, though; presidential elections are looming.

Currency conditions: The Egyptian pound is sinking like a stone in recent futures trading, foreshadowing a devaluation of up to 50 percent or more. While that benefits foreign currency holders, it can also lead to inflation, making travel plans to Egypt even more urgent.

Greece

Honestly though — how could a place like this ever be less in demand?

All of the turmoil in Greece has weakened tourist demand and, in turn, prices — for the present — but it’s uncertainty about the future that’s really driving down travel costs.

Right now, many travelers are betting that already low rates will drop further should Greece fall out of the euro, so they’re delaying plans to visit there. This self-perpetuating drop in demand will depress prices even more in the meantime.

As for the drawbacks, Hotwire’s spokesperson says flying through Athens is a bit risky in terms of service reliability. However, there has been an increase in air service directly to many of the larger island destinations, which are free of the unrest and demonstrations of the mainland, according to John Clifford of InternationalTravelManagement.com . Just make sure you hurry, while they still have roads and stuff.

Currency conditions: The euro fell to a 16-month low against the US dollar earlier this year, a trend that Viloria sees continuing as debt concerns mount.

Bonus destination: Spain

It’s win-win: Spain gets your travel dollars and you get a great value holiday.





21/08/2017

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Shopping Cart Hero is a popular flash game that is played by pushing a shopping cart down the hill so as to gain momentum and soar up in the air. To become a hero in this game, you need to constantly upgrade your cart with an array of tools including rocket and wheels. You also need to use trick combos, find all the hidden tricks and fight the bosses in order to save the world. The upgrades and stunts on this game are all designed to make it more fun. On the other hand, the essence of this game is to see how long you can last at the grocery store without dying. The original version of this flash game was released in 2009. The game is presented in a very simple format, starting with the play character, all the way to the objects. This minimalist game from Monkey Want Banana also features simplistic sound and color setup. Monkey Want Banana games are designed to accommodate players of all age worldwide. You can access, download and play this game in a number of platforms including instant flash, Android Google Play, iPhone and iPod Touch App Store and Windows Phone 8.

Shopping Cart Hero Controls

To make a run in every round of this game, the player must select and fulfill all the required instructions. The buttons used in play include; Up-arrow to get into the cart, Right arrow to begin a run and the Left and Right keys to balance and control the cart. The other controls in this game include Superman and Handstand. Players who control the game effectively are well placed to travel a long distance with the cart. Players get points based on factors such as the distance traveled and the level of aptitude they are able to attain. You can use your accumulated points to upgrade your cart and acquire more tricks to help you improve your score sheet.

Shopping Cart Hero Game versions

There are several version of this game including the original standard version. One of the recent versions of this game is Shopping Cart Hero 3. In this game, players are allowed to choose the strategy and skills they need for the game. Case in point, a player can come up with a strategy to get new stuff from the market and expand the shopping cart options. The interesting thing about this game is the fact that it takes adventure to a whole new level. Some of the new abilities and tricks a player can use to defeat the bosses include:
• Option of three highly captivating world’s
• Downhill trick battles
• Flying and swimming capabilities
• New upgrades
• Jump to fame and fortune

Play Shopping Cart Hero

Shopping Cart Hero version 6 is a newly released flash game in the long series. You can use the cart on this highly addictive game to jump and collect coins as well as exchange money with new skills and other things at the local shop. To become a stunt master in this game, you must earn both fame and fortune.


15/08/2017

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Cheap flights to Los Angeles, CA recently found by travelers

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Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport, fondly known as LAX is the main airport in the LA area of California. The busiest airport in the area, it serves over 3500 miles of the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The airport has nine terminals; constructed in the shape of a large U. Travel between the terminals is easily handled by airport buses. The airport is currently being remodeled to include more restaurants, baggage claim counters, security features and lounges. The increase in the number of cheap flights to Los Angeles has led authorities to restructure the check in facilities. Flights to Los Angeles are available on all leading airlines around the world. The number of Los Angeles flights operating has greatly increased as a result of heavy demand for tickets because of slashes in airfare to Los Angeles.

Once you deplane the Los Angeles flight, there are many excellent ground transportation options. The freeway and shuttle buses are very reliable, and you can choose from either local or express services. Private cars, cabs, the flyaway bus and the metro link are also convenient options for tourists. If your budget permits, limos and sedans too are at your service. All rates are based upon the distances traveled.

Of course Hollywood is synonymous with Los Angeles. The other attractions that tourists always enjoy are Beverley Hills, Venice Beach, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Los Angeles County museum of Art, Huntington Library and Madame Tussaud’s. A pleasant walk down the streets of LA opens new delights for a tourist. The popularity of the city among tourists indeed has brought an increase in the number of cheap flights to Los Angeles. A flights to Los Angeles is your passport to a great vacation. Book yourself on one of the Los Angeles flights since airfare to Los Angeles is now at an all time low.

LA is one of the leading hubs for fashion; therefore shopping here is a must. The top area for shopping is Beverley Hills with its assortment of big names at every corner. Third Street Promenade and the Grove are also delights for the shopaholic. Santa Monica, Downtown, Long Beach, Pasadena and Orange County are the places with big names you are sure to recognize. Nightlife in Los Angeles is as well known as its “star” quotient. The top five restaurants, with lavish and delicious spreads are the Spark Woodfire Grill, Drago Ristorante, Malverde, Firefly Bistro and the Ma’Kai. Later, burn off all the calories at one of the five most popular nightclubs in LA: Libertine, Boulevard3, Club Vanguard, Playhouse and Circle Bar.





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5 Cheap Flights to Chicago, Illinois (CHI) from $58 #travel #to

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Arriving at the Chicago Airport

Chicago, one of America’s largest cities, has two major airports: O’Hare and Midway. O’Hare is Chicago’s primary airport; however Chicago Midway International Airport is 10 miles closer to the Loop, one of Chicago’s biggest attractions. You can find cheap airfare to either of these locations. If you need wheelchair assistance or other special services, be sure to denote that when booking your flight to Chicago—Traveler’s Aid Chicago is an agency in O’Hare that can assist you with any additional needs. Whether you’re traveling within the U.S. or from abroad, it’s easy to find cheap flights to Chicago whenever you want to visit.

Your flight to Chicago has arrived, and now you need to get downtown. The quickest and most economical way to reach downtown is the Chicago Transit Authority elevated (L) trains. Limousines, taxis, and airport shuttle buses are always available, but may not be the most cost efficient method of transportation. If your airfare to Chicago includes a car rental, you may want to leave your car at the hotel and use public transportation to avoid the frustrations of hectic traffic and limited parking.

Main attractions In Chicago

Chicago can satisfy your interests, whatever they may be. A trip to the Chicago Cultural Center is a fun way to start your trip. Millennium Park is a popular destination for locals and visitors because it is filled with award-winning art and architecture in a setting the whole family can enjoy. If your flight to Chicago is during the summer, be sure to check out one of the numerous blues and jazz music festivals. The Air and Water Show and the Kite Festival are fun family-friendly events. At sunset, grab a drink at The Ledge at Chicago’s Skydeck, where you can watch Chicago light up at night from the best viewpoint in town.

Your flight to Chicago brought you to a shopping and fashion capital that caters to any shopper’s needs. Not only are all the major department stores and chic designer boutiques part of the vibrant retail landscape, but there are many Chicago-based fashion designers with id boutiques. With the money you have saved on your cheap airfare to Chicago, you can indulge in the city’s plentiful shops. Whether you took a flight to Chicago flight for business or pleasure, visitors must go out and enjoy the city’s wide variety of cuisine. Restaurants serve everything from Chicago-style hot dogs to gourmet cuisine, elegant desserts, or pierogies and pizza.

Take a cheap flight to Chicago and enjoy a fun weekend in a town with great nightlife. The Buddha Lounge offers is a great place to dance or just kick back and listen to DJs mixing world, electric, soul, funk, hip-hop, and more. A flight to Chicago is a great way to take a break from a busy schedule at any time during the year.





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5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare – Business Pundit

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5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare

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I can be a savvy, well-dressed business traveler when my company pays for it. But with my current small-business budget, I d rather cram myself into a budget airliner s T-row (you know, the one in front of the bathrooms) in livestock class than spend $20 extra on emergency row seating.

Even if you have a high discomfort tolerance like me, some airlines still get away with charging more than you need to pay for a flight. Over the years, I ve discovered a few tricks that have helped me minimize transportation costs, to the point where friends have expressed jealousy. Here s what I ve learned.

Tip #1: Cut out the cab

What s the point of getting super-cheap airfare if you re going to spend an extra $50 on a cab ride? If you can schedule in a little extra time, public transportation can be your friend. If you re gone long enough, it might even beat airport parking rates.

I recently took a road trip to Hood River, Oregon from Colorado, where I live. After a week in Hood River, I wanted to visit a friend in Ashland, Oregon, while the friend I drove with returned with the car to Colorado. This meant I was in Hood River without a car. I wanted to get to Ashland, spend a few days there, then go back to Denver.

My first challenge was to get from Hood River to Portland, OR, which is about an hour away. I had to leave on a Saturday, barring me from the one weekly shuttle that does the trip. A Craigslist s rideshare post didn t pan out. Taxi fare cost upwards of $65.

So, for $23, I took that eminent bastion of American luxury, the Greyhound bus. Then, for a little over $2, I took Portland s light rail all the way to the airport.

It wasn t a bad deal. And, aside from the obligatory Greyhound scents and walking a couple of blocks from the station to the light rail, it probably only took about 30 minutes more than a cab would have.

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Tip #2: Look Outside Airline Comparison Sites

Airline comparison sites don t include every airline out there. If you don t find a price you re comfortable with through a comparison site, try those unlisted airlines. Or you can try airline consolidators, which sell seats at near-wholesale prices. AirlineConsolidator.com is one such consolidator.

Next, I had to figure out how to get to Medford, OR. This would either take 6+ hours on the Hound or, for $13 more, less than an hour on an airplane. The flight would cost $70 each way. So, for $140, I could get back to Portland. What about flying back to Denver?

At the time I looked, a one-way flight from Portland to Denver cost $230. So my entire travel adventure would cost $370, way more than I wanted to spend.

I hovered over travel comparison sites for a week, waiting for the price to go down, but it never did. So I started visiting the websites of other airlines that weren t included in the travel sites I was using. These airlines included JetBlue, Southwest, and the dirt-cheap Allegiant Air, which doesn t seem to advertise at all.

Lo and behold, Southwest had the cheapest fare. But I still had one more thing to try.

Tip #3: Nearby airports can be your friend

Some airlines offer you cheaper prices for flying from small nearby airports. If you re near one such airport, it s worth looking into.

Oregon is a big state. I couldn t really believe that it only had one major airport. I started playing around with airline comparison site Sidestep.com. What if I flew directly from Ashland to Denver? Did airlines do that?

It turns out that southern Oregon does have another airport, near Ashland in the city of Medford. American Airlines flew out of Medford. And, oddly, it was $40 cheaper than flying from Portland to Denver on the cheapest airline, Southwest. I would actually save money by flying from a smaller, more convenient airport.

The trade-off, of course, was my time. I had to fly through LA, with a 3-hour layover. But as someone who works online, I didn t mind spending more time in transit, as long as I could get an Internet connection at the airport.

Tip #4: Booking early doesn t always give you the best deal

Sometimes you can get a cheaper flight by booking it later. It s worth checking out if you have flexibility.

If I d booked my flight three days before starting my trip, it would have cost $209, thanks to airlines weird price fluctuations. I ended up booking a flight for $160, four days before I had to take it. So much for booking two weeks ahead, or whatever that rule of thumb is.

Tip #5: Time Your Trip for Fare Sales

If you re a true cheap-flight junkie, you won t time your vacations around the time that everyone goes. Instead, you ll time them around fare sales.

I flew to Hawaii in April 2010 for around $700 round trip. At the beginning of August 2010, Alaska Air came up with a dirt-cheap fare sale to Hawaii. Round-trip fares between Portland and Honolulu, for example, added up about $318 with taxes. With a cheap round trip flight from Denver to Portland, I could get to Hawaii for about $450. That s much, much cheaper. Waiting for the off-season, or an airline promotion, pays.

If you want to stay afoot of such promotions, subscribe to an airline comparison website s automatic email updates. I use SideStep.com, which emails you when fares go below a fare that you set.

Honorable mention: Fly Mid-Week

In general, you can land a cheaper fare if you fly on an off-day, like Wednesday or Saturday morning, than if you fly when everyone else does.





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5 Best Websites for Booking Caribbean Travel Deals Reviews #best #travel

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Arranging a trip to the Caribbean online? There are lots of general travel websites—Travelocity. Expedia and Funjet Vacations among them—that cover the Caribbean along with the rest of the planet. But many of the best deals, and much of the most useful planning information, are found on websites that specialize in the Caribbean. Here are our countdown review of the five best:

#5 Caribbean Way

Caribbean Way lists private homes and multi-bedroom villas available for rent. Think of it as a combination of VRBO and BedandBreakfast.com. but focused exclusively on luxury properties. Along with your rental your get access to a concierge who can cook for you, pre-stock your villa, pick you up at the airport or arrange for tours and activities.

Don t miss: The selection of private islands. Note that if you rent Necker Island you are required to invite the Spot Cool Stuff staff to come along.

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#4 Cruise Direct

You can use Cruise Direct to book cruises all over the world, but the site has an especially large selection of Caribbean sailings. In addition to offering discount prices and not charging a booking fee, every reservation comes with a bonus—an on-board credit or extra discount or the like.

Don t miss: The cabin and deck floor plans.

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#3 Island Routes

Booking websites are usually about arranging the logistics of travel. But actual travel—the reason why you go and what you ll remember long after you get back is—is about getting to know your destination and having fun while there. That s why we love Island Routes . The website finds cool activities in seven Caribbean countries and then offers them at discount prices. Swim with the Dolphins in Jamaica. embark on a seaside scavenger hunt around Turks Caicos or dive in a submarine off Barbados. (Yes, the sub does have windows.) The activity options on Island Routes are almost universally interesting and less expensive when booked on the website than in-person at your destination.

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#2 Sandals Beaches

Sandals and Beaches are each a group of Caribbean resorts owned by the same company. Sandals is for adults only. Beaches is for families with children. Both claim to be luxury included. That is, not only is food and lodging included in your rate but also drinks, activities and airport transportation.

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Don t miss: The deals! A stay at a Sandals or Beaches resort is a high-end experience and comes with a correspondingly high-end price. But both brands—especially Sandals—seem to always have special offers, many of which can be combined. Deals include discounts, free nights and/or airfare credits. At the time of writing, Sandals was offering a Companion Flies Free promotion on their US/international website and 35% off plus upgrade promotions on their UK/Europe site.

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#1 Cheap Caribbean

Caribbean Travel Deals” title=”Best Website Award by Spot Cool Stuff” width=”260″ height=”216″ class=”alignright size-full wp-image-2001″ /> Cheap Caribbean is the single best website for finding Caribbean travel deals. Even if you don t plan to book your trip online, the website is well worth a visit for the resort reviews and destination information. But it is the discounted prices on hotels, cruises, vacation packages and all-inclusive resorts that will keep you coming back to the site. All their prices are guaranteed to be the lowest publicly available—find a better one and Cheap Caribbean will match it plus give you a $150 credit.

If your travel plans are flexible, definitely check out Cheap Caribbean s hot deals page. If it s your first time booking on the site don t forget to claim your $50 newbie booking bonus .

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5 Cheap Flights to Costa Rica from $127 #travel #buddy

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The top flight destination for Costa Rica is San Jose

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Arriving at the Destination

When searching for cheap flights to Costa Rica, there are four international airports to consider. The Juan Santamaria International Airport is the top airport in the country. It was recently ranked as the third top airport—and the most improved airport—within the entire Latin America and Caribbean region.

At the Juan Santamaria Airport, tourists can definitely expect to experience spacious and state-of-the-art facilities. Although the other international airports are less modern than Juan Santamaria, security will be a priority at each one. Many Costa Rica flights can be found that land at each airport, so pick whatever will be the most convenient destination.

Getting Around

When traveling to virtually any region in the country, the best place to start is San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, and the heart of the country’s public transportation. When looking for the best flights to Costa Rica, starting your journey in San Jose is definitely a plus. Generally you will need to return to San Jose from another region before traveling to another tourist spot. From San Jose you can get a bus to virtually any cities throughout Costa Rica.

As a word of caution, the buses usually depart like clockwork. Thus, it is crucial to arrive punctually at the bus terminal. When there is no bus route to a particular location in Costa Rica, a good alternative is to rent a car. Take advantage of Costa Rica’s transportation, much of which is as convenient as airfare to Costa Rica.

Main Attractions

If you enjoy natural wonders, then you will definitely be pleased after choosing among the available Costa Rica flights. Consider visiting the various national parks. There is Tortuguero National Park, which means “Full of Turtles.” There is also Corcovado National Park where each of the four monkey species indigenous to Costa Rica are located. Another natural wonder is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which includes approximately 2,000 species of plants. There are also numerous species of birds and mammals on the reserve.

Costa Rica also contains several quality beaches. They include Corcovado, Manuel Antonio, Montezuma, and South of Limon. Some of the beaches accommodate activities such as scuba-diving and horseback-riding. The natural wonders are awaiting those who take cheap flights to Costa Rica.

Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife

During the past decade or so, several shopping malls have been built in the country. Some of the top shopping malls include Multiplaza del Este, Multiplaza Oeste, Outlet Mall, and Paseo de las Flores Mall. You can also find several quality boutiques in San Jose. Cheap flights to Costa Rica ensures you can enjoy yourself shopping.

When dining out in Costa Rica, you have many choices. Costa Rica is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan in its selection of restaurants. With airfare to Costa Rica, you can dine at King’s Garden, Sancho Panza Spanish Restaurant, or the Machu Picchu Restaurant.

If you want to enjoy night life after comparing airfare to Costa Rica, then you should certainly check out San Jose. You can find a wide range of cafes, bars, nightclubs, and so on. Flights to Costa Rica will get you started on an amazing trip.

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5 tips for India first-timers – Lonely Planet #jamaica #travel

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5 tips for India first-timers

Chaotic, bamboozling, intoxicating, crazy, exasperating, squalid, daunting, overwhelming. India is all these things, and more. How can you possibly prepare yourself?

Start with our tips for taking the ultimate travel plunge: going to India for the first time.

1. Choose your route wisely

Think about what interests you, what you like doing, and tailor your trip accordingly. The itineraries section at the front of Lonely Planet India can be a great help here.

The most popular India tour is the all-time classic Golden Triangle. Clichéd, yes, but if time is short this is a fantastic introduction to three of India’s very best destinations. Start in Delhi (Hamayun’s Tomb, Old Fort) before hitting Agra (Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri) then Jaipur (Pink City, fort at Amber). Head back to Delhi’s wonderful bazaars for a final shopping spree before you fly home.

And if you have more specific interests:

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Tigers – Madhya Pradesh

Thrill-seekers – Manali

Religious fervour – Varanasi

2. Slow down

Too many people try to cram too much into a visit to India. Don’t be one of them. Seeing one place slowly is so much more rewarding than seeing many places in a flash. You’ll be less stressed, gain a deeper understanding of where you are and have more time to build relationships with the people you meet.

3. Avoid the crowds

One billion locals gets a bit too much for some travellers, but India also has plenty of quiet retreats. If you need to escape the crowds in the sprawling cities, consider heading south to the backwaters of Kerala. north to Tibetan-influenced mountainous regions such as Ladakh or paying a visit to one of India’s many hill stations.

4. Stay healthy

Avoid tap water, and any food that may have been washed in it, at all times. No ice, no salads and no fruit you haven’t just peeled yourself.

Many travellers go veggie whilst in India. It’s not a bad idea. A dodgy bit of meat will do you a lot more harm than slightly undercooked vegetables. Plus, many Indians are vegetarian, so there’s a fabulous choice of vegetarian food. If you do eat meat, make sure it’s well cooked. If in doubt, eat at a place that’s packed with locals.

Toilets are notoriously bad in India, but they don’t have to be health hazards. Consider using the left-hand-and-water-jug method preferred by many locals (it is, after all, so much more hygienic than using dry paper), but don’t forget to carry soap with you so you can wash your hands properly afterwards.

5. Keep cool

India is renowned for its touts and scams, for its in-yer-face hassles and for being generally bloody hectic. There are various ways you can reduce the chances of being overcharged or just plain cheated (see scams in India ), but there’s no way you can avoid them altogether, so the single most important piece of advice for any India first-timer is to try to remain calm, no matter what. Frustrations boil over easily in India, and being able to control them, take a deep breath and move on, is key to enjoying your overall experience.





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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses #heena #tours #and

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses

Are you shocked when seeing your household expenditures every month? The expenses seem to increase every month. If you are in this situation, try these 5 recommendations before your extra paid money will accumulate to a significant amount!

1. Recycle those junk letters. Each month, you will probably received a dozen or more letters from direct mailing companies in your mailbox. Some of these letters are printed on one side only. Collect these letters and combined them into a writing pad. You can also used them to print draft documents. Besides saving money, you are also saving a lot of trees.

2. Install water saving kit in your toilet cistern. When flushing the toilet, the amount of water used is usually more than is required. By installing a water saving kit in the cistern, the amount of water saved can be as much as three gallons per month.

3. Use the fan Whenever possible, use the fan. The air conditioner is a major contributor to your utility bill. By using the fan, not only are you saving on your utility bill, you are also building up your body’s tolerance to heat. Your chances of getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke during the hot summer season are greatly reduced.

4. Do not throw away that old bar of soap yet. As your wash your hands with soap on a daily basis, the bar will become smaller and smaller until it is almost unusable. Instead of throwing it away, simply stick the old bar of soap onto the new one. Just make sure both of them are wet when sticking them together.

5. Cut the tube of toothpaste into half. When you can no longer squeeze out any toothpaste from the tube, just cut it in-half. There is some more toothpaste left that can last you for a couple of days if you have a large family. If you live alone or with your spouse only, the extra toothpaste can last up to five days or even more.

Start cultivating these useful habits today and make them a part of your daily life. You will be pleasantly pleased when you notice your household expense start to decline bit by bit as time goes on.





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Travelzest acquires for $51. 5 million #srm #travels

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On October 13, 2006, Travelzest plc, a British on-line travel group offering specialist travel programmes, completed its acquisition of 1360944 Ontario Inc. o/a iTravel2000.com, in an exchangeable share transaction valued at approximately $51.5 million.

itravel2000.com is a privately owned Canadian on-line travel agent specialising in the sale of travel and travel related products by Internet web sites and a customer call centre located in Mississauga, Ontario.

Consideration for the purchase of all of the outstanding shares of itravel2000.com consisted of a combination of cash and exchangeable shares of a wholly-owned British Columbia subsidiary of Travelzest. The exchangeable shares are exchangeable on a one-for-one basis with publicly traded Travelzest shares. Travelzest shares trade on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc. The acquisition was financed in part by way of a debt facility provided by Barclays Corporate Leverage Finance in an amount of approximately £11 million.

In Canada, Fasken Martineau acted for Travelzest with a team that included Alfred Apps, Lisa Marcuzzi, Kevin Clinton and Daniel Fabiano (corporate), Mitchell Thaw (tax), Ian Campbell (employment and labour), Bogdan Teofilovici (banking) and Gina Croce (corporate services).





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The Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel RewardsThe Points Guy #business

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The Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

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Since it s a new year, I ve already started to hear from a lot of friends and family that they are sick of seeing my amazing travels and not being able to go places themselves. So they re going to buckle down in 2014 and get into the points and miles game, starting with applying for the right credit cards to get their points portfolios in shape. If you ve got good credit and can pay off your bills in full every month, travel credit cards can be extremely lucrative and are the main way that I m able to fly first class internationally and stay at some of the nicest hotels in the world- often for less cash outlay than if I paid to fly coach or stay in a hostel.

I flew to Seoul in Singapore Air s first class cabin for just 74,375 KrisFlyer miles and $203.30 one way- not bad for a $5,500 seat.

For anyone else looking to get in the action, here are my picks the top five current credit card offers for beginners. I chose these because the sign-up bonuses are easy earn, the points or miles are easy to use, annual fees are reasonable and the cardholder benefits are valuable. It doesn t take a rocket scientist to use points or miles, the key is having those points or miles to use when you need them. For a full list of top deals, visit our TPG Top Deals page .

1. Chase Sapphire Preferred

Current Bonus: 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months, plus 5,000 points when you add an authorized users and make a purchase on the card within the first 3 months.

Spending Bonuses: 2 points per $1 on travel (which includes flights, hotels, car rentals, subway, parking, taxis, etc.) and restaurants (basically any food establishment and catering) with no maximum caps.

Benefits: Points are worth 1.25 cents when redeeming with pay-with-points for airfare, hotel, car rentals and cruises (that means the 40,000 sign-up bonus = $500 towards travel at the very minimum); no foreign transaction fees ; extra earning potential through the Ultimate Rewards earning mall; Ultimate Rewards Exclusives experience redemptions, Visa Signature perks and protections, no foreign transaction fees and chip signature technology

Transfer Partners: United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Priority Club, Amtrak.

Annual Fee: $95, waived the first year

Why get it? A lot of people ask me what is the one travel credit card they should get. and while it really depends on what you re hoping to use your points for, the core card I almost always recommend to friends and family is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. That s because of its powerful earning potential, the ease of transferring to great partners, benefits like no foreign transaction fees (super important if you travel or use your card for foreign purchases), and the fact that even if you don t use the transfer partners, that 40,000-point bonus is worth $500 in travel. But if you do maximize those travel partners, you can make out like a bandit. For example, I m writing this post from my room at the newly opened Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica. where rooms cost $600 a night or 22,000 Hyatt points (which transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio from Chase Ultimate Rewards). So once you spend the $3,000 and get the 40,000-point bonus, that would be enough for 2 free nights, or $1,200 in value- all from a single credit card sign-up on a card that even has the first year annual fee waived.

My 2014 began at the Andaz Papagayo, thanks to my Chase points transferred to Hyatt Gold Passport at an instant 1:1 ratio.

For more information, check out these posts:

Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

Top 10 Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

Current Bonus: 40,000 miles with $3,000 spend in the first 90 days

Benefits: Earn 2 miles per dollar spent on all purchases and receive 10% of your miles back when you redeem on travel. Receive a complimentary membership to TripIt Pro. No foreign transaction fees and EMV chip technology. For more information on this card, read my review here. and then check out this post for details on its Travel Bonus Category and Redemption Options. and this one for ideas on the Top 10 Ways To Maximize Barclaycard Arrival Miles .

Annual Fee: $89 waived the first year

Why get it? The sign-up bonus is worth $440 towards travel, simply put. Since there is no annual fee the first year, so it is literally like free money, which is great for covering costs like award ticket fees, train tickets, car rentals, and other expenses you can t usually use travel points for like b b s, Airbnb, car rentals and more.

Current Bonus:  Earn Two weekend night certificates, each good for one weekend night  (standard room, double occupancy) at most hotels and resorts within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, after $2,500 in eligible purchases within the first 4 months.

Category Spending Bonuses: 10 points for every $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio; 5 points for every $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases; 3 points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

Benefits: Automatic Hilton HHonors Gold status; Diamond status with $40,000 annual spend; no foreign transaction fees, SmartChip technology ; Visa Signature benefits; cardholders who spend $10,000 annually get an anniversary free weekend-night certificate as well that can be used at any property

Why get it? Those two free nights you get as a sign-up and spending bonus are good at ANY hilton in the world, which can be an amazing value if you redeem at Hilton s top properties where award nights can cost 95,000 points (for a standard room at the best rates), like I recently did at the Conrad Maldives. That equates to a 190,000-point bonus, or nearly $2,500 in value in my case.

I used my two free weekend nights to stay at the Conrad Maldives and then paid to upgrade to the overwater bungalow.

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Current Bonus:  Earn 25,000 points after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months.

Category Spending Bonuses: 2x points on Starwood purchases, 1x on other purchases.

Benefits: Get 5,000 bonus Starpoints when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints to a frequent flyer program with more than 30 airlines; 2 stays/5 nights credit toward elite status qualification.

Annual Fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

Why get it? This card is great for spend when you can t get a category spending bonus on other cards because Starpoints are one of the most valuable currencies out there. Plus, Amex has great purchase protections.

SPG points are great for airline transfers Alaska Airlines is one of my favorites, giving the ability to redeem for Emirates first class, which I recently flew on the A380.

For more information, check out these posts:

Current Bonus: Check the CardMatch tool   to see if you are targeted for a higher offer than the current public offer for 40,000 points   after you spend $3,000 in 3 months.

Benefits:  This card also comes with an array of valuable benefits, including a $200 annual airline rebate, access to Delta and Priority Pass lounges (as well as the Amex Centurion Lounges ), and a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application rebate (see posts below for more info).

Annual Fee:  $450





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The 5 Best Travel Credit Cards of 2015. #flights #and #car

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The 5 Best Travel Credit Cards

Latest Update November 11, 2015

Similar to the Hilton HHonors card, the Marriott Rewards® Premier card provides rewards to cardholders who stay at Marriott hotels. Someone with no interest in redeeming points for free stays at Marriott hotels should mark this card off their list. People who are regular Marriott customers will find this travel rewards credit card to be one of the best around. First, the sign-up bonus, at 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months, is one of the best of any card in the industry. New cardholders also get one free night stay at a Marriott hotel. For every dollar spent at over 3,600 Marriott locations, five points are earned. Airline tickets, restaurants, and car rentals will earn two points for every one dollar. Besides the specialized nature of the Marriott Rewards® card, the only other negative is the annual fee of $85, but the first year fee is waived.

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Winefest returns to Des Moines this Saturday

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  • 5 websites that take booking air travel to new heights #travel

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    5 websites that take booking air travel to new heights

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    Remember the days when you had to call a travel agent or dial a host of toll free numbers on your own to comparison shop for flights and hotels? Those days are long gone. Personal online travel planning is now the second largest e-commerce moneymaker, trailing only the adult entertainment industry.

    Last year Americans spent some $103 billion online on leisure and small business travel, and, according to Hudson Crossing, a travel consulting company, that figure is set to rise to over $110 billion next year as the economy continues to recover.

    Most of us are now our own travel agents, and there are scores of websites out there to help us do the job that professionals once dominated. We took five travel websites that are creating a buzz in the travel industry and put them to the test. All of them can help you make more informed airline ticket purchases on the Internet, but each have unique ways to book a flight that go beyond simply entering in your destination and dates.

    1. sun, history culture, or New York Times Top Places 2013.

    The site’s standard flight search tool offers a host of unusual ways to search that will appeal to travelers looking for ideas or just a great deal. Travelers can search for flights into a country or region, rather than a specific city, or they can search by the type of activity or holiday they are looking for, such as scuba diving, family friendly destinations, beer or wine tasting and so on.

    The obvious cons with the Pick 2, Get 1 deal is that you’re letting the site make the final call on where you wind up and you can’t select your preferred carrier. “If you’re a control freak, Get Going is not for you,” says Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst at Hudson Crossing.

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    5 Games for the Road: How to Pass the Time With Nothing But Your Fellow Travelers for Entertainment

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    Bus and train trips, flights, delays in airports and train stations, hostels without TV or much light; the list of situations where a traveler has time to kill is long. That’s right — travel is not always exciting. There will be dull downtimes, and you may not always be able to read a good book. play road trip bingo, do crossword puzzles, or doodle in your journal .

    That’s when you need a good repertoire of games to spontaneously play with your fellow travelers. Some will be popular games that you can find online and long-forgotten games from your childhood, and you might be surprised just how necessary they’ll be — and how much fun you’ll have — when you want to fill some of those inevitably empty hours on the road.

    A quick confession: I’m a bit of a game geek anyway, and an English teacher to boot, so I’ve been known to start these games even at parties. But I promise that they have all been road tested on a real road, somewhere in Tunisia, Finland, Canada or Germany or any place where I was bored and without a book.

    #1 I Spy

    You’ve probably all played I Spy a long time ago, but I recommend dredging it back up from your long-term memory. If you can’t, it starts off like this: “I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with A”, and the other players have to guess what object you can see. I’ve played this in hostels (especially those hostel living rooms that have trinkets from all over the world gathering dust there), on train rides and in planes, but it didn’t work too well in the desert. “I spy sand.”

    How to play: I like to limit each person to three or four guesses. Otherwise, they’ll exhaust every item in the room that starts with “B” and you’ll soon run out of objects to use. I also like the jet lag variation — play it in a dark room at night when you can’t sleep because your body’s on some other clock, and see if you can actually remember what’s in the room around you.

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    #2 Donna’s Alphabet Game

    This is not the official name, but it’s the way I like to remember it after my old school friend Donna got a car load of us playing this on a stop-start motorway in southwest England. It’s simple, as long as you’re traveling on a road with signs (and even better, advertising) and these signs use our alphabet. Don’t try it in the western provinces of China, for example.

    How to play: Logically, Donna’s Alphabet Game starts with A. Be the first person to spot the letter “A” in a sign and yell out the word: “A is in motorwAy!” Continue with B and get right through to Z. It sounds easy, but there will be a few tricky letters, and if you’re playing in a non-English speaking country then pronouncing the words will be a lot of fun, too. The way we play, there’s no winner — anybody can scream out the next letter when they see it — but natural competitiveness spurs everybody on anyway.

    #3 Stadt, Land, Fluss: City, Country, River

    This game has a German name because my German friends taught it to me — which is also perhaps why it always strikes me as being a bit intellectual, but still a lot of fun. It’s also a highly appropriate game for travelers to play because their geographical knowledge should be a bit better than average.

    How to play: Choose three or four categories like the names of a city, country, river or lake. To be honest, I’m terrible with rivers so I always change the river category to something completely different — often food, because I like to talk about food. Take it in turns to challenge another player to think of a city, country and river all starting with a particular letter. If your friend challenges you with “D”, for example, you can win by getting out Dubai, Denmark and Danube in under sixty seconds — or whatever time limit you and your bored mates decide on.

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    #4 Twenty Questions

    An oldie but a goodie, and you can make it topical by restricting the choice of “What am I?” to be something related to the region in which you’re traveling. I did have a friend, though, who would choose objects like “pyramid” while traveling through Egypt or “chocolate” in Switzerland, and then we could have made it just two questions rather than twenty.

    How to play: Someone chooses an object, and everyone else asks them questions about it, but the only permitted answers are “Yes” or “No”. (Or in my rules, “irrelevant”, if I think saying yes or no will send the guessers along a completely wrong path I like to play fair!). If you’re playing with a group, whoever guesses the item correctly can choose the next word.

    #5 For RTW Trippers: Kalgoorlie, Balladonia

    I think it was my father who started this game when our family took a driving holiday across Australia. We were gone about two months and my sister and I, being about ten and twelve years old, needed a lot of entertainment.

    How to play: This game only works with your traveling companions, and only on long trips. It’s more of a challenge than a game, but it always works for me. Simply start with the name of the town you stayed in first. On our trans-Australia trip, it was the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie. You then try to name every other town you’ve stayed in, in chronological order. My sister and I were experts at this all those years ago, but today I can only remember the first and second stops.

    There are tons of other word and guessing games you can play in those bored moments of travel, and you can adapt these games with endless variations, too. And while it might seem like just a way to kill time, playing games like these is something I really love about traveling. It’s almost as if we don’t give ourselves permission to have that kind of fun if we’re at home in our “real lives”.

    Anyway, I’m very keen to learn some new games, too, so leave your favorite travel game tips in the comments. I promise to road test them soon.





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    5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards #travel #in

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    5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards

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    There are few things as alluring as the promise of free travel to exotic destinations. The banks know this, and have long offered travel rewards to their customers for using their credit cards. In turn, savvy credit card users maximize their rewards to travel in comfort and style well beyond their means. (See also: How Travel Rewards Credit Cards Really Work )

    Recently, I was explaining this to an European executive sitting next to me in Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 business class while returning home from a vacation in Italy. I told him that my family and I could not possibly have paid for our three $7,000 tickets for this flight. But thanks to my travel rewards credit cards, my journey was all but free after some taxes and fees. Through careful selection and use of rewards, these kinds of trips have become an annual occurrence for my family. While there are innumerable ideas, tips, and tricks to be gleaned from endless hours of research, my mission is to do the work for you and deliver only the most valuable advice to busy people who lack the time and patience to discover and decipher these deals. (See also: Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Card for you )

    Choosing The 5 Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards

    It would be nice to pick the best travel reward cards in a purely empirical manner, the way one would choose a card with the lowest interest rate. Unfortunately, each travel rewards card offers a unique mix of benefits and drawbacks, and rarely is one card ideally suited for everyone’s travel aspirations. I have read thousands of blog and forum posts, written hundreds of credit card reviews, and personally held dozens of different travel rewards cards over the last twenty years. In the end, I judge these cards based on three criteria:

    • Value: The return in cents per dollar spent
    • Flexibility: Cards that offer the most opportunities for redemptions no blackout dates, a variety of partners, etc.
    • Costs And Fees: If fees are justified by its rewards and benefits

    Of all the travel rewards cards currently offered, these are the ones I find most rewarding.

    Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

    Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders are able to transfer their points to Chase travel partners at full value 1,000 Chase points equal 1,000 partner miles/points. For most cards, some value gets lost during the transfer. Or get 20% off travel booked through Chase’s site. Get double points for dining and travel transactions (1 point per $1 on other purchases). There are no foreign transaction fees. The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year.

    Sign up offer: Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.

    Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

    The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a simple travel rewards card that offers two miles per dollar spent on all purchases. Earn unlimited miles and redeem them for statement credit on travel purchases, allowing you to choose any airline or hotel, and earn miles on your travel rewards. There is no annual fee for the first year. It’s $59 thereafter.

    Sign up offer: Get 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $400 in travel.

    Click here to learn more and apply for the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

    BankAmericard Travel Rewards Credit Card

    The BankAmericard Travel Rewards credit card offers 1.5 points per $1 spent on every purchase, with no limit to the points you can earn and no expiration date on the points. If you’re a Bank of America customer, you get an additional 10% customer points bonus on every purchase when you have an active checking or savings account with Bank of America. Points can be redeemed as a statement credit to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, and more with no blackout dates and restrictions. This card has no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees.

    Online exclusive bonus offer. Get 20,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1000 in purchases in the first 90 days — redeemable for a $200 statement credit that you can put towards travel purchases. New cardmembers will get to enjoy a 0% introductory APR for 12 billing cycles on all their purchases, which then becomes a 14.99%-22.99% variable APR after the offer period.

    Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card

    The Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card offers unlimited 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase. While the rewards are lower, the APR range is also lower than most cards (0% intro APR on purchases until December 2016; 11.9%-21.9% variable APR after that. Capital One cards also offer their Credit Tracker tool which allows you to see your monthly credit score any time. There are no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee .

    Sign up bonus: 20,000 miles after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months equal to $200 in travel!

    Click here to learn more and apply for the VentureOne Rewards Card today!

    Discover it Miles – Double Miles your first year

    A new travel rewards card from Discover offers good rewards and flexibility in redemption. With Discover it Miles – Double Miles your first year. you earn 1.5x miles on every dollar spent on purchases. At the end of your first year, you’ll get a huge bonus Discover will double all the miles you’ve earned. Essentially, that’s 3x miles on all purchases for a whole year!

    Miles can then be redeemed for statement credit on travel expenses, or deposited as cash into an account you designate. As an additional benefit, you can get up to $30 a year of in-flight Wi-Fi fees credited back to your account. You’ll also get your recent FICO credit scores for free in a chart on your monthly statements and online. There are no foreign transaction fees, and there is no annual fee.

    Click here to learn more and apply for the Discover it Miles today!

    Conclusions

    No discussion of rewards credit cards is complete without the warning that these products are only best for those who always pay their balances in full and never incur interest. Everyone else should use the card with the lowest APR. That said, if you do pay your balance off every month, and you love to travel, then you have much to gain by applying for and using one of these top travel rewards cards. Join me in the exciting world of those who regularly travel for free.

    My wife and daughter on one of our trips earned through travel rewards cards :

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    5 Cheap Flights to Dubai (DXB) from $610 #sherman #s #travel

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    Recent flights forums

    Cheap flights to Dubai, United Arab Emirates recently found by travelers

    Enter your dates once and have TripAdvisor search multiple sites to find the best prices on Dubai flights.

    Arriving in Dubai

    Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, with its rapid growth and modern cosmopolitan character, is regarded as the Las Vegas of the Middle East. Its reputation to be one of the richest cities on the planet is amply complimented by its exotic natural beauty. This has made the city a much sought-after tourist destination in the middle-east.

    Catering to the growing demand, there are many international flights to Dubai. You can easily book a cheap flight to Dubai and enjoy the bounty of attractions this city has to offer. The Dubai International Airport is located in close proximity (only four kilometers) to the city. It is the main hub of the Emirates Airline and airfare to Dubai are plentiful. Check online for great rates on Dubai flights from any place in the world.

    Getting Around Dubai

    Car rental facilities are available for tourists to move around the city and nearby tourist attractions. Buses regularly commute within the city. Taxis are also easily available. But ‘Abra’, or the water taxi, is the favorite way to cross the Dubai River, especially for tourists.

    In recent years, the city of Dubai has witnessed the construction of many imposing structures, which include the Burj Al Arab Hotel, the seven-star hotels and BurjKhalifa, and the highest building in the world. Apart from these two hotels, many other star hotels with top-class amenities are available in Dubai.

    Main Attractions in Dubai

    But these are not the only things Dubai is famous for. Apart from the museums, theme parks, and water parks, the sea-beach is also a major attraction. The sparkling sand dunes, the palm trees and salty air is certainly any nature lover’s delight. The Wild Wadi Water Park and the Desert Safari are ideal destinations for people who desire to be amidst nature. You can go on a cruise at Dhow Cruise. You can also make trip to the The Dubai Palm Island and have a great time there.

    Shopping, Dining and Nightlife in Dubai

    The innumerable hotels and restaurants in Dubai offer a wide range of delectable dishes. Shopping forms one of the main attractions for tourists visiting Dubai. The Mall Emirates, apart from offering an exquisite range of items, also boasts an indoor ski resort. The ski resort is built over an area of 22,500 kilometers and is covered with real snow. The Mercato Mall is another that is thronged by tourists. The Deira’s Gold Souq is famous for its gold jewelry. People from various places come to Dubai during the Dubai Shopping Festival every year.

    Just by taking a cheap flight to Dubai, you are provided with a plethora of avenues that would surely make your time there enchanting.





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    Cheap michael kors 5 Cheap Flights to Italy from #maritime #travel

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    5 Cheap Flights to Italy from

    Italy flights primarily land at Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino International Airport in Rome and Malpensa International in Milan. Leonardo features three terminals, lies 16 miles southwest of Rome and is linked to the city by train and by road. While Malpensa has two terminals, located 24.83miles northwest of central Milan and connected to Milan by the Milano Varese highway as well as by the Malpensa Express train starting from the Milan Cadorna railway station. Both airports have similar amenities. Airports feature airline lounges; facilities for children, the disabled, and business; banking amenities; postal facilities; tourist centers; restaurants, bars, and shops (including duty free).

    After flights to Italy, you will need transportation. From Leonardo Airport, buses operate nearly 24 hours to Tiburtina. Rails run until late evening to Termini Station every hour, with the trip lasting 30 minutes. Rail lines to Turbtina Station operate until late at night and run every 20 minutes. A courtesy shuttles transports between terminals. Transport fares are generally under EUR 10. Taking a taxi is typically more expensive than other transport methods, except for rental cars.

    The Malpensa Shuttle bus runs every half hour to Milano Central Station. The bus ride is about one hour, and the Shuttle service is just under one hour. The Malpensa Express rail to Cadorna station runs every 20 minutes and takes 45 minutes to arrive. Taxi service takes one hour.

    In Italy, taxis and rental cars are more expensive than bus or train. Tourists can find train travel discounts with online ticket merchants. Transport is convenient and almost as easy as finding airfare to Italy.

    The Colosseum and Pompeii are ranked in the top 50 worldwide attractions. Annually, over 4 million and 2.5 million tourists respectively visit the Colosseum and Pompeii. Italy flights will take you to see these attractions along with many others.

    Tourists visit the Sistine Chapel in awe of Michelangelo s Renaissance artistry. The ancient Roman temple to the gods the Pantheon and the world s largest Baroque fountain Rome s Trevi Fountain are popular attractions. Cheap flights to Rome are taken every year by tourists who cannot wait to experience Rome s great ancient sights.

    Italian Shopping, Entertainment, and Nightlife

    Italy is world renowned for art, fashion, literature, music, vineyards, fresh food, and cuisine. Top travel websites feature directories of the best shopping, entertainment, and nightlife venues. These sites often provide assorted traveler tips on the best things to see and do after taking advantage of cheap flights to Italy. Club Goa, Al Vino al Vino, and Caff Canova Tadolini are among Rome s top clubs, wine bars, and restaurants. Osteria Francescana is Italy s top fine dining restaurant. Rome hosts top restaurants including Ambasciata di Capri, Da Giggetto al Portico di Ottavia, and Dataram.

    Travelers should search the internet to locate popular group based shopping and dining discount clubs. The fining in Italy is so fine that you will want airfare to Italy just to experience it.





    28/07/2017

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    GLO Airlines announces nonstop flights between Memphis, New Orle – WMC

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    GLO Airlines announces nonstop flights between Memphis, New Orleans

    (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) –

    New Orleans is the latest non-stop flight that will be leaving the Memphis International Airport.

    GLO Airlines has touched down in Memphis, starting nonstop daily flights between Memphis and New Orleans. The airport released preliminary details of the flights in September, but Monday GLO updated new details about the upcoming flights.

    I think it’s great, traveler Brent Fleetwood said. We need to add some more options to fly and New Orleans is a great place to do a direct flight.

    The flights are going to be just $99 until February 1.

    They will be the first flights between the two destinations since Delta left in December 2014.

    Tourists will not be the only ones benefiting.

    To add another market to what we have in Memphis makes it that much easier for us to recruit businesses to Memphis, Phil Trenary of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce said.

    That includes one business traveler who makes deliveries every December 25.

    I was just speaking with my niece this morning. She lives in Germantown. She was concerned that Santa would not be able to find his way to Memphis, traveler Amanda Bladt said. I think GLO will be a really good chance to keep all the kids happy this Christmas season.

    GLO is the eleventh carrier to fly out of Memphis International Airport.

    Copyright 2015 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.





    25/07/2017

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    Top 5 Travel Coupon Websites #travel #life #insurance

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    Top 5 Travel Coupon Websites

    With the most of the world s economy in recession, many people look for ways to save, if not cut their spending dramatically. So many products available that feasts the eyes, yet literally sucks your wallet dry. But it s not always bad news for consumers. There are still ways to help budget your needs. Continue reading and you ll see what we mean by the word savings . Scouring the web gives you many ideas how to save, some crazy, and too good to be true, but most are helpful to discerning consumers that want to make their wallet live longer.

    If you are a travel type of person, travel coupons does not ring the

    bell anymore, since the concept is already been around for quite

    some time. The discounts that this company offers may be old, but

    hey, we need all the money and savings that we can get, right? Now

    it s not clipping and cutting of those coupon anymore. Almost

    everything is virtual; all you need is patience and a little of

    resourcefulness.

    Here are some helpful websites that will save you time and money as well. Here at VroomVroomVroom.com we always see that our customers are pampered. We searched these sites for your convenience. You can also see this in Google. Anyway here are the top 5 travel coupon sites:

    RetailMeNot.com This is so far the largest website in terms of coupons offered. They claim to be the leader on this field, but we re not here to investigate that claim. But they are indeed giving multiple coupons for discounts at some of the major players in online travel in the likes of Expedia.com, Orbitz, Travelocity and Hotels.com. Coupons that include free rides in a bus company, car rental discount deals and a lot more. Some coupon even strips major percentage on saving for a hotel room.But what makes this website click is that they give warnings about their coupons; what actually works and what are unreliable.

    CouponCraze.com A major competitor of RetailMeNot.com,this site offers coupon not found on it s rival. A clever marketing strategy. But this site is kind of tricky. Just give a visit if you are looking for more coupons and you can t find it in RetailMeNot.com.

    RoomSaver.com  This is kind of traditional way. To make your coupon valid from this site, they want you to download it and actually present the hard copy to the front desk of the hotel. This only goes for hotels but mind you, they have connections on major hotel names and give you real savings.

    BroadwayBox.com This site gives you discounts on theatre tickets in places even outside Broadway. Theatres in Vegas, London, England, Orlando and even New York City. And they are also planning to widen the reach to several key cities where these tours go.

    Travelcouponguide.com You may think that this is a typical coupon offering site. But if you are resourceful enough, you will see that they have a unique way of giving out coupons: they let you choose a guide, from which state you re on! So wherever you may be, they have something for you. Go check it out!

    These are just examples dear customers. As we always say, if you can give more, we definitely love to hear from you!





    21/07/2017

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    The 5 cheapest travel destinations right now #hotels #for #cheap

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    The 5 cheapest travel destinations right now

    Get revenge on the global recession by taking these countries for less than they’re worth.

    Signs of global economic recovery are glimmering, but are they enough to justify taking a major vacation?

    Well, it depends on where you live. Not everyone is recovering, making now the ideal time for those who are to visit some traditionally expensive or even off-limits countries.

    Staying atop current trends in the travel industry, combined with knowing its jargon, can put a once-elusive holiday within reach.

    For instance, look for words like “cost structure” (i.e. insultingly cheap local labor) during research, as well as “distressed inventory” (i.e. time’s running out on these flights and hotel rooms).

    For the value-hunting traveler, we’ve assembled some travel ideas with the help of professionals and economists who know what’s trending.

    While there may be other, more affordable destinations overall, these five are the best values in travel right now.

    Mexico

    Besides the prices, there’s also the advantage of more beach space per vacationer.

    Advance bookings to Mexico for the Legacy Travel  agency are their strongest in 15 years, according to its Vice President, Catherine Banks.

    “Cost structure is different than most other places,” says Banks, meaning Mexico is inherently cheap.

    But combine that with the negative publicity of widespread drug violence (hundreds of kilometers from its most popular tourist spots) and a weak European economy that’s starving Mexico of its customary visitor base, and this country’s ready to make a deal.

    According to Banks, “In Cancun and Riviera Maya, there are more five-star resorts than the Caribbean and Hawaii combined, and the price isn’t close to the same.”

    And now they’re sitting empty.

    Currency conditions: The peso’s been weaker and inflation low in recent months, according to Forex.com Senior Currency Strategist Eric Viloria. So your money should stretch out quite a bit.

    Thailand

    There are enough statues in Bangkok for everyone, as long as photographers take turns.

    Eager to regain tourism lost to the political unrest and flooding of 2011, Thailand is closing itself out at rock-bottom prices.

    “Summer shoulder season (the narrow window between the low and high seasons) seems to be slower than usual,” says  Tony Cardoza, President of  Cardoza-Bungey Travel.

    ” As a result, we see very good four- and five-star hotels and resorts offering deals.”

    That means even cheaper accommodations at the lower ends.

    Currency conditions: The Australian dollar goes over 100 percent further in Thailand than at home, according to The Economist’s Big Mac index , and the euro and U.S. dollar rate almost as favorably.

    Myanmar (Burma) 

    Politically unrestful but restful for the traveler.

    The Republic of the Union of Myanmar could have picked a more profitable time in world economic history to open itself to outsiders, but its delayed departure from despotism is the traveler’s gain.

    “Burma today is similar to Southeast Asia of 20 years ago,” says Steven Larkin, President of Intrepid Travel. North America.

    But the plan going forward may be to go a higher-end route in the development of tourism than neighboring Thailand, so the time is now for a cheap, ethical trip, before even the first Starbucks moves in.

    This is the cheapest Myanmar will ever be.

    Currency conditions: Burma restructured its currency in early April, turning a fixed rate of 6.4 kyat per U.S. dollar to a floating rate of over 800 kyat per U.S. dollar. This should make exchange rates more reliable, but make sure to bring lots of paper money: Myanmar is still largely cash-only.

    Egypt

    Sharm El Sheikh is as relaxing as it ever was. And now it will also be less stressful for your wallet.

    Here’s that distressed inventory we talked about. Tasteless as it may sound, the Arab Spring may have enabled your spring break, driving down demand and prices right along with it.

    “The overall sentiment is that resort areas like Sharm El Sheik are very safe,” says a spokesperson for Hotwire.com. “but most vacationers appear to prefer traveling to Turkey and other destinations that haven’t seen as much civil unrest.”

    That preference has made Egypt a buyer’s market. The drop in demand has another benefit: smaller crowds.

    “Clients going now have been able to get pictures of themselves in front of the pyramids with no other tourists blocking the view,” says Cardoza.

    Your window may be closing, though; presidential elections are looming.

    Currency conditions: The Egyptian pound is sinking like a stone in recent futures trading, foreshadowing a devaluation of up to 50 percent or more. While that benefits foreign currency holders, it can also lead to inflation, making travel plans to Egypt even more urgent.

    Greece

    Honestly though — how could a place like this ever be less in demand?

    All of the turmoil in Greece has weakened tourist demand and, in turn, prices — for the present — but it’s uncertainty about the future that’s really driving down travel costs.

    Right now, many travelers are betting that already low rates will drop further should Greece fall out of the euro, so they’re delaying plans to visit there. This self-perpetuating drop in demand will depress prices even more in the meantime.

    As for the drawbacks, Hotwire’s spokesperson says flying through Athens is a bit risky in terms of service reliability. However, there has been an increase in air service directly to many of the larger island destinations, which are free of the unrest and demonstrations of the mainland, according to John Clifford of InternationalTravelManagement.com . Just make sure you hurry, while they still have roads and stuff.

    Currency conditions: The euro fell to a 16-month low against the US dollar earlier this year, a trend that Viloria sees continuing as debt concerns mount.

    Bonus destination: Spain

    It’s win-win: Spain gets your travel dollars and you get a great value holiday.





    14/07/2017

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    ABC Travel Guides for Kids names TOP 5 US Family East

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    ABC Travel Guides for Kids names TOP 5 US Family East Coast Beach Destinations for 2014

    PHILADELPHIA. May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Atlantic City rolls out the red carpet for families and takes our top spot.

    1. Atlantic City, New Jersey AC is within a day’s drive of 1/3 of the country’s population. AC’s unique attractions include a Surf School and the country’s third tallest lighthouse. Even transportation is unique: Jitneys and Rolling Chairs. More adventurous? Consider a Helicopter or Parasailing adventure. But this resort city offers so much more: Joe Holiday’s magic show, Steel Pier, Ripley’s Odditorium, a White House (famous for submarines), Tony’s and Gilchrist for breakfast. Ready for the original salt water taffy and fudge? It started here with Steel’s, James and Fralinger’s. The Caesars Pier water show, Boardwalk Hall light show and the Waterfront Sculpture Walk are hidden treasures. The AC Sheraton’s location (near the Tanger Outlets) is the perfect launching pad to DO AC.

    2. Miami Beach, Florida We love Miami in the summer because the water is so warm. Miami is about great food and diverse culture. Start with a Grace Della food tour to learn about Miami’s culinary history. The Seaquarium and Jungle Island shows are exceptional, as is the new PAMM . Don’t miss the attractions of the Historic Redland Trail . For food we love The Pub, Big Pink and Casola’s for pizza. The place to stay in Miami Beach is The Palms Hotel Spa .

    3. Cape Ann, MA An hour north of Boston. Cape Ann has two of our favorite beaches, Good Harbor and Wingaersheek. Gloucester is a hard working fishing port that blends incredible food, art, shopping and culture into everything it does. Tour Beauport and Hammond Castle. then take a harbor cruise. Eat at The Gloucester House, Woodman’s and the Clam Box. Neighboring Rockport and Bearskin Neck have been hot spots for years. Rockport Inn Suites is a great spot to stay.

    4. Rehoboth Beach, DE The bandstand and boardwalk are loaded with fun family shops, restaurants and more. After the beach head to Funland then Nicola Pizza . We also love Thrashers Fries, Capriotti’s, and the Ice Cream Store. Rent a house and bikes or consider one of the great lodging choices in the area.

    5. Outer Banks, North Carolina It’s all here from Spooky Blackbeard pirate stores on Okracoke Island. to Orville and Wilbur Wright in Kitty Hawk . Ferry rides and jumping around from town to town provides adventure. Wildlife and sports enthusiasts will enjoy fishing, birding, kiteboarding, wind surfing (no place beats this place), wild horses, lighthouses and more. Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar in Kill Devil Hills is a family friendly dining option but OBX has many great options.

    ABC Travel Guides for Kids is the premier producer and publisher of all-in-one alphabet, activity and souvenir guides specifically designed for kids.

    SOURCE ABC Travel Guides for Kids





    11/07/2017

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    5 Rules To Finding Cheap Airline Flight Tickets #graco #travel #system

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    5 Rules To Finding Cheap Airline Flight Tickets

    Sick and tired of paying a fortune for air travel? The easiest solution would be to skip the plane and take a road trip instead, but many of us don’t have the time or energy to do that. Plus, with gas prices on the rise, the road trip might end up costing more than air fare. And that’s assuming you aren’t traveling across an ocean in the first place.

    Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks you can make use of in order to maximize your savings when purchasing airline tickets — in fact, you might even be able to save a few hundred dollars per ticket in some cases. That’s a lot of extra spending money you can use while away from home!

    The next time you’re planning a flight, keep the following guidelines in mind.

    The Right Time to Buy

    Did you know that there’s a right time to make your ticket purchases? It’s hard to pinpoint an exact rule of thumb since the industry is always adapting to variations in demand, but there are two important factors always in play.

    Don’t buy too late. If you’re flying out next week and you don’t have a ticket yet, then you’re out of luck. The unfortunate truth is that you aren’t the only one who needs a ticket and airlines know this. With so little time flexibility, airlines know that they can raise the price and you pretty much have no choice but to buy the ticket. Thus, don’t wait too long before you secure your flight.

    Yet, paradoxically, last minute flights are another matter altogether. Prices will actually drop for last minute tickets! Airlines hate empty seats because empty seats don’t earn them money, so it’s better to have the seat filled cheaply. Use this to your advantage when you can, but don’t rely on it since there’s no way to guarantee that a flight will have last minute spots available.

    Don’t buy too early, either. You might think that prices would be dirt cheap if you purchased your tickets 6 months in advance, but that’s unfortunately not how it works. The optimal time to buy a ticket, then, is between 3 and 12 weeks before the flight.

    Also, consider using Bing’s Price Predictor. Bing might still be lagging behind Google in the field of search, but they have some cool tools that come in handy every once in a while. The Price Predictor is one of them.

    The Right Time to Fly

    Not only does it matter when you click the “Buy” button, it also matters when the flight departs. If you pick a time when everyone else wants to fly — for example, during the Christmas holidays — then you’ll be competing with a lot of people for limited seats, which ultimately raises the price.

    Fly during off-peak seasons. Throughout the year, there are five periods when people tend not to fly that often. These “dead zones” are:

    • January, after the 7th
    • February, excluding Valentine’s Day
    • September
    • November, first two weeks
    • December, first two weeks

    Fly middle of the week. The actual day of your flight can influence the price greatly. Most people tend to travel on the weekends with a tendency to fly out on Friday and fly back home on Sunday, making those two days the most expensive. Tuesday and Wednesday, on the other hand, tend to be the least expensive days.

    Fly early in the day. Have you ever flown at 4am? It’s a miserable experience and most people will actively avoid flying at such times, which means there’s less demand for those flights and, consequently, lower prices.

    Always Compare Prices

    There are many websites that offer the lowest airline prices and there are even search engines for cheap flights. The best thing you can do is visit all of them and compare carefully. Will it take a lot of time? It might. The decision is yours whether the savings in price is worth that extra effort.

    First, check all available airports. You might be lucky and have a big airport near you with a few smaller ones scattered about. The bigger ones tend to be cheaper but not always, so check the other ones and compare.

    Then, check all available airlines. Some airlines are naturally cheaper than others. Keep in mind that you’ll definitely notice the difference in price when it comes to seat comfort, flight attendant service, accommodations, etc. But depending on how long the flight is, the price cut may be worth it.

    Lastly, check all available routes. Direct flights between point A and B are fast and convenient, but you might be able to find cheaper prices if you can stomach the hassle of a layover and connected flights. With the latest rulings, at least you’ll be able to use electronics on these flights .

    Note that some airfare websites employ price discrimination based on your browser activity and search history. When comparing prices, always use your browser’s private browsing mode to avoid this practice.

    Split Groups Into Separate Purchases

    Even on the same flight, different seats will often have different costs. For example, back seats near the plane’s engine can be uncomfortable and distracting, thus resulting in a lower seat price. While it’s nice that some seats are cheaper, this can prove troublesome when buying tickets as a group.

    Let’s say a particular flight has 3 seats available for $100 and you’re traveling as a family of 5. If you search as a group of 5, you’ll never see the $100 seats because airlines typically show you the lowest priced tickets available to the whole group. In this case, the flight might have enough $200 seats for 5 people, thus you’d see the lowest price as $200.

    Here’s how you get around that.

    First, search as a full group to find all of the flights that have enough total seats to accommodate your whole group. Once you have a list of these flights, go back and search through them for one ticket at a time. Instead of being stuck with 5 $200 tickets, you could end up buying 3 $100 tickets and 2 $200 tickets.

    Research Those Sneaky Fees

    Most air fares will include all taxes and fees in the ticket price, but the included fees are only those that are directly related to flight. There are plenty of other services that may incur hidden charges. The most common fees relate to checked bags, seat selection, snacks, blankets, and other on-board services.

    Research ahead of time and avoid these pesky fees as best as you can.

    Conclusion

    Do you fly a lot? What sorts of tips and tricks have you picked up to maximize your airline savings? Share them with us in the comments!





    09/07/2017

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    5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare – Business Pundit

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    5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare

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    I can be a savvy, well-dressed business traveler when my company pays for it. But with my current small-business budget, I d rather cram myself into a budget airliner s T-row (you know, the one in front of the bathrooms) in livestock class than spend $20 extra on emergency row seating.

    Even if you have a high discomfort tolerance like me, some airlines still get away with charging more than you need to pay for a flight. Over the years, I ve discovered a few tricks that have helped me minimize transportation costs, to the point where friends have expressed jealousy. Here s what I ve learned.

    Tip #1: Cut out the cab

    What s the point of getting super-cheap airfare if you re going to spend an extra $50 on a cab ride? If you can schedule in a little extra time, public transportation can be your friend. If you re gone long enough, it might even beat airport parking rates.

    I recently took a road trip to Hood River, Oregon from Colorado, where I live. After a week in Hood River, I wanted to visit a friend in Ashland, Oregon, while the friend I drove with returned with the car to Colorado. This meant I was in Hood River without a car. I wanted to get to Ashland, spend a few days there, then go back to Denver.

    My first challenge was to get from Hood River to Portland, OR, which is about an hour away. I had to leave on a Saturday, barring me from the one weekly shuttle that does the trip. A Craigslist s rideshare post didn t pan out. Taxi fare cost upwards of $65.

    So, for $23, I took that eminent bastion of American luxury, the Greyhound bus. Then, for a little over $2, I took Portland s light rail all the way to the airport.

    It wasn t a bad deal. And, aside from the obligatory Greyhound scents and walking a couple of blocks from the station to the light rail, it probably only took about 30 minutes more than a cab would have.

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    Tip #2: Look Outside Airline Comparison Sites

    Airline comparison sites don t include every airline out there. If you don t find a price you re comfortable with through a comparison site, try those unlisted airlines. Or you can try airline consolidators, which sell seats at near-wholesale prices. AirlineConsolidator.com is one such consolidator.

    Next, I had to figure out how to get to Medford, OR. This would either take 6+ hours on the Hound or, for $13 more, less than an hour on an airplane. The flight would cost $70 each way. So, for $140, I could get back to Portland. What about flying back to Denver?

    At the time I looked, a one-way flight from Portland to Denver cost $230. So my entire travel adventure would cost $370, way more than I wanted to spend.

    I hovered over travel comparison sites for a week, waiting for the price to go down, but it never did. So I started visiting the websites of other airlines that weren t included in the travel sites I was using. These airlines included JetBlue, Southwest, and the dirt-cheap Allegiant Air, which doesn t seem to advertise at all.

    Lo and behold, Southwest had the cheapest fare. But I still had one more thing to try.

    Tip #3: Nearby airports can be your friend

    Some airlines offer you cheaper prices for flying from small nearby airports. If you re near one such airport, it s worth looking into.

    Oregon is a big state. I couldn t really believe that it only had one major airport. I started playing around with airline comparison site Sidestep.com. What if I flew directly from Ashland to Denver? Did airlines do that?

    It turns out that southern Oregon does have another airport, near Ashland in the city of Medford. American Airlines flew out of Medford. And, oddly, it was $40 cheaper than flying from Portland to Denver on the cheapest airline, Southwest. I would actually save money by flying from a smaller, more convenient airport.

    The trade-off, of course, was my time. I had to fly through LA, with a 3-hour layover. But as someone who works online, I didn t mind spending more time in transit, as long as I could get an Internet connection at the airport.

    Tip #4: Booking early doesn t always give you the best deal

    Sometimes you can get a cheaper flight by booking it later. It s worth checking out if you have flexibility.

    If I d booked my flight three days before starting my trip, it would have cost $209, thanks to airlines weird price fluctuations. I ended up booking a flight for $160, four days before I had to take it. So much for booking two weeks ahead, or whatever that rule of thumb is.

    Tip #5: Time Your Trip for Fare Sales

    If you re a true cheap-flight junkie, you won t time your vacations around the time that everyone goes. Instead, you ll time them around fare sales.

    I flew to Hawaii in April 2010 for around $700 round trip. At the beginning of August 2010, Alaska Air came up with a dirt-cheap fare sale to Hawaii. Round-trip fares between Portland and Honolulu, for example, added up about $318 with taxes. With a cheap round trip flight from Denver to Portland, I could get to Hawaii for about $450. That s much, much cheaper. Waiting for the off-season, or an airline promotion, pays.

    If you want to stay afoot of such promotions, subscribe to an airline comparison website s automatic email updates. I use SideStep.com, which emails you when fares go below a fare that you set.

    Honorable mention: Fly Mid-Week

    In general, you can land a cheaper fare if you fly on an off-day, like Wednesday or Saturday morning, than if you fly when everyone else does.





    09/07/2017

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    5 Cheap Flights to Chicago, Illinois (CHI) from $58 #travel #plans

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    Recent flights forums

    Cheap flights to Chicago, IL recently found by travelers

    Enter your dates once and have TripAdvisor search multiple sites to find the best prices on Chicago flights.

    Arriving at the Chicago Airport

    Chicago, one of America’s largest cities, has two major airports: O’Hare and Midway. O’Hare is Chicago’s primary airport; however Chicago Midway International Airport is 10 miles closer to the Loop, one of Chicago’s biggest attractions. You can find cheap airfare to either of these locations. If you need wheelchair assistance or other special services, be sure to denote that when booking your flight to Chicago—Traveler’s Aid Chicago is an agency in O’Hare that can assist you with any additional needs. Whether you’re traveling within the U.S. or from abroad, it’s easy to find cheap flights to Chicago whenever you want to visit.

    Your flight to Chicago has arrived, and now you need to get downtown. The quickest and most economical way to reach downtown is the Chicago Transit Authority elevated (L) trains. Limousines, taxis, and airport shuttle buses are always available, but may not be the most cost efficient method of transportation. If your airfare to Chicago includes a car rental, you may want to leave your car at the hotel and use public transportation to avoid the frustrations of hectic traffic and limited parking.

    Main attractions In Chicago

    Chicago can satisfy your interests, whatever they may be. A trip to the Chicago Cultural Center is a fun way to start your trip. Millennium Park is a popular destination for locals and visitors because it is filled with award-winning art and architecture in a setting the whole family can enjoy. If your flight to Chicago is during the summer, be sure to check out one of the numerous blues and jazz music festivals. The Air and Water Show and the Kite Festival are fun family-friendly events. At sunset, grab a drink at The Ledge at Chicago’s Skydeck, where you can watch Chicago light up at night from the best viewpoint in town.

    Your flight to Chicago brought you to a shopping and fashion capital that caters to any shopper’s needs. Not only are all the major department stores and chic designer boutiques part of the vibrant retail landscape, but there are many Chicago-based fashion designers with id boutiques. With the money you have saved on your cheap airfare to Chicago, you can indulge in the city’s plentiful shops. Whether you took a flight to Chicago flight for business or pleasure, visitors must go out and enjoy the city’s wide variety of cuisine. Restaurants serve everything from Chicago-style hot dogs to gourmet cuisine, elegant desserts, or pierogies and pizza.

    Take a cheap flight to Chicago and enjoy a fun weekend in a town with great nightlife. The Buddha Lounge offers is a great place to dance or just kick back and listen to DJs mixing world, electric, soul, funk, hip-hop, and more. A flight to Chicago is a great way to take a break from a busy schedule at any time during the year.





    09/07/2017

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    5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses #airline #tickets #prices

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    5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses

    Are you shocked when seeing your household expenditures every month? The expenses seem to increase every month. If you are in this situation, try these 5 recommendations before your extra paid money will accumulate to a significant amount!

    1. Recycle those junk letters. Each month, you will probably received a dozen or more letters from direct mailing companies in your mailbox. Some of these letters are printed on one side only. Collect these letters and combined them into a writing pad. You can also used them to print draft documents. Besides saving money, you are also saving a lot of trees.

    2. Install water saving kit in your toilet cistern. When flushing the toilet, the amount of water used is usually more than is required. By installing a water saving kit in the cistern, the amount of water saved can be as much as three gallons per month.

    3. Use the fan Whenever possible, use the fan. The air conditioner is a major contributor to your utility bill. By using the fan, not only are you saving on your utility bill, you are also building up your body’s tolerance to heat. Your chances of getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke during the hot summer season are greatly reduced.

    4. Do not throw away that old bar of soap yet. As your wash your hands with soap on a daily basis, the bar will become smaller and smaller until it is almost unusable. Instead of throwing it away, simply stick the old bar of soap onto the new one. Just make sure both of them are wet when sticking them together.

    5. Cut the tube of toothpaste into half. When you can no longer squeeze out any toothpaste from the tube, just cut it in-half. There is some more toothpaste left that can last you for a couple of days if you have a large family. If you live alone or with your spouse only, the extra toothpaste can last up to five days or even more.

    Start cultivating these useful habits today and make them a part of your daily life. You will be pleasantly pleased when you notice your household expense start to decline bit by bit as time goes on.





    08/07/2017

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    Travelzest acquires for $51. 5 million #cheap #travel #tickets

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    On October 13, 2006, Travelzest plc, a British on-line travel group offering specialist travel programmes, completed its acquisition of 1360944 Ontario Inc. o/a iTravel2000.com, in an exchangeable share transaction valued at approximately $51.5 million.

    itravel2000.com is a privately owned Canadian on-line travel agent specialising in the sale of travel and travel related products by Internet web sites and a customer call centre located in Mississauga, Ontario.

    Consideration for the purchase of all of the outstanding shares of itravel2000.com consisted of a combination of cash and exchangeable shares of a wholly-owned British Columbia subsidiary of Travelzest. The exchangeable shares are exchangeable on a one-for-one basis with publicly traded Travelzest shares. Travelzest shares trade on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc. The acquisition was financed in part by way of a debt facility provided by Barclays Corporate Leverage Finance in an amount of approximately £11 million.

    In Canada, Fasken Martineau acted for Travelzest with a team that included Alfred Apps, Lisa Marcuzzi, Kevin Clinton and Daniel Fabiano (corporate), Mitchell Thaw (tax), Ian Campbell (employment and labour), Bogdan Teofilovici (banking) and Gina Croce (corporate services).





    07/07/2017

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