6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids #cheap

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6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

Train travel in Europe is almost always affordable, comfortable, and safe, making it the ideal way to get around Europe with kids. Given the choice, I ll opt to sit back and relax instead of attempting to navigate by car in a foreign country any day, and my kids would thank me for it. On trains, kids are not confined full time to seats like in cars or on planes and the scenery is much easier to see out the window. All this said, traveling by rail in Europe can be confusing. Here s what you need to know when planning to travel in Europe by rail with kids. Here are some ideas for finding a baby sitter while traveling

6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

1. You can travel by train in Europe with rail passes or specific destination tickets. Which to buy? It can depend. In rural areas and small towns, often non-reservable, or open destination tickets are the only option. If nothing else, plan for these accordingly. For some high speed trains, even families with applicable rail passes must purchase reservable tickets. Generally speak, however, if you re traveling from city to city or country to country, you re almost always better off with a rail pass. Note: France is an exception. Learn more about rail travel in France .

2. Plan your itinerary before purchasing tickets. This seems like a no-brainer, but with rail passes, it s possible to purchase Global or Select country passes, then decide where to go later. While spontaneity still has a place in travel with kids, you can t compare ticket pricing options effectively if you don t know where you re going. Start at country rail travel sites like TrenItalia for Italy, and add up the price of your tickets a la carte. Then head to Eurail and see if a Global, Select. or Country pass will save you money (and allow for some spontaneity). Or, you can let Rail Europe do the work for you: you put in your itinerary, and they decide which rail options suit you best. Rail Europe is generally trusted among travelers to provide competitive pricing, so this is a viable option. When mapping out your itinerary and selecting your rail pass, keep in mind that you ll need to pay even for countries you re only passing through, not stopping in.

3. Decide whether to travel first class or second class. Second class is fine (think airline coach), but first class is not much extra per ticket and includes various perks such as wifi or light meals, depending on the train. Often, only first class tickets are reservable, worth the extra price for the peace of mind alone. However: if you have teens, you may be forced to travel second class or pay extra for adult passes. Why? Youth ages 13-25 are eligible for discounted pass prices with Eurail (approximately 35% less than adult), but only on second class tickets. If your family will be traveling first class, teens will need adult tickets (or you could make them sit alone in second class, I suppose, which might be warranted… kidding, of course). The good news: children ages 4-12 are always 50% discounted, no matter the class, and children under age 4 are always free.

4. Decide on your number of travel days. When selecting which Eurail pass is right for you, you ll need to select between a number of travel days. Bear in mind: these days do not refer to the number of days you re on vacation, but the number of actual rail travel days. You can save considerably by traveling by rail only once every 3-4 days instead of every day, and your kids will feel more rested as well.

5. Bring snacks, toys, and games for train travel. A train day can be a day to rest and recoup after busy travel and sightseeing days. Let kids spread out with games and books, or use the electronic plug-ins you ll have at your disposal in first class. Bringing food on the train is always cheaper than purchasing on-board, and the luggage and carry-on allowances are much less strict than during air travel, making packing a meal easy.

6. Know the difference between sleep compartments. Overnight trains are a great way to save daylight for sightseeing, and are a great adventure for kids. However, it s helpful to know what to expect. In second class, you usually have the choice between sleeping compartments (small compartments of bunks that are gender specific) or couchettes, which are cabins with 4-6 beds that are non-gender specific (perfect for families). In first class, you ll almost always encounter single or double sleeping compartments, which means more room, but the necessity for families to split up for children to be accompanied by adults.

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07/01/2018

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier. If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier.

Lowest prices by time of year

If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

The prices that Google shows will appear in gray and green (green for lowest).

When you click on the day you want to travel, Google will list the flights for that date in order of cost, grouping together all the times when you can fly at the lowest price.

Chart tools created to monitor yearly trends

If you re curious about what time of the year flights between two cities are the lowest, Google Flights can show you a bar chart that will give you a glimpse of the best prices throughout the year.

Google Maps with flight prices

Maybe you know when you want to fly, but you re not sure where to go? Google Flights has an interactive map that will show you prices for destinations around the world.

I m feeling lucky

You can also search for generic terms, such as flights to Europe or flights to Mexico. Google Flights also has an I m feeling lucky button that will suggest popular destinations and other locations based on your search history.

Don t know where to go?

Google said it found that 54% of people don t know where they want to travel when they decide to plan their vacations.

What Google doesn t show is whether prices will drop in the near future. Microsoft Bing and Kayak provide services that predict when prices are expected to rise or fall.

But Google said those tools aren t typically very helpful.

Don t know when to go?

Though it s sometimes hard to pull the trigger because you re afraid the price will drop tomorrow (or next Tuesday, maybe?), our experience shows it s usually best to book right away, said Eric Zimmerman, Google Flights product manager, in a blog post.

A nifty trick is to save your flight booking on Google Flights and use the Google Now app to receive updates if the price drops substantially.  Although there are not guarantees when it comes to the price of airfare, if you re unsure that s a great way to be able to jump on the discount, if it happens.

In 2011, Google purchased a company called ITA, which provides flight information to websites, such as Expedia, Kayak, Hipmunk and Priceline. The data Google controls includes flight times, availability and prices.

Competitors Kayak and Expedia initially opposed the deal before the Department of Justice forced Google to promise that it would continue to promote competition.

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21/12/2017

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U. S. #travel #itinerary

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U.S.

Midwest Northeast

Cities Served: 50+

Everything about Megabus is mega. The British brand’s blue double-decker fleet (each emblazoned with a smiling cartoon of a driver) now serves over 50 cities in the United States and Canada, making it the biggest player on the block.

Northeast

Cities Served: 8

BoltBus is operated jointly by old-school Greyhound and Peter Pan, but it’s much hipper than its parents. For example, send a complaint via Twitter, and the issue will often be addressed by the techie team before you step off the bus.

L.A. San Diego Vegas

Cities Served: 4

Sure, Lux Bus offers door-to-door service between Southern California hotels. But the line’s bread and butter is its cushy L.A.–Vegas route: leather seats, free snacks, and free beer and wine so you can start the sin before you hit Sin City.

Northeast

Cities Served: 4

With service between New York and the D.C. metro area, Vamoose has options for any capital commuter. Senators can choose the $50-each-way Gold Bus (which has added legroom), while interns can pay with campus cash from local colleges.

Northeast

Cities Served: 3

Tripper Bus, which runs between New York and the D.C. area, values loyalty: after buying 8 one-way trips, you’ll pick up a one-way for free. In addition, each ride includes one $1, one $5, and one $10 ticket—a steal for frequent buyers.





16/11/2017

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Ireland, Air, Car, Castle Hotels, 6 Nights, From $999 #global #travel

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Ireland, Air, Car, Castle Hotels, 6 Nights, From $999

You don’t have to be a member of the royal family to vacation like one. This package will have you sleeping in a castle, exploring the Irish countryside, and saving money all at the same time.

Get to know your Irish castles with this travel package fit for royalty.

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from New York City to Dublin on Aer Lingus, one night at Cabra Castle in Kingscourt, one night in Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa in Roscommon, two nights at Kinnitty Castle Hotel in Kinnitty, two nights at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dublin, a standard manual car rental throughout, a Chic Outlet Shopping VIP Discount Pass to Kildare Village, from $999 per person—including all taxes and fees.

When Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, 25, 26, Mar. 2, 3, 17, 25, Apr. 4-6, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 28-31, May 1, 11, 12, 14, 26, 27, 2012 ($999).

Gateways New York City ($999); add $20 for Boston; add $70 for Orlando; add $90 for Chicago.

The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Additional restrictions and baggage charges may also apply. Based on select Monday and Tuesday deartures. Other weekdays may cost from $15 more. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $202. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Why It’s a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare from New York City to Dublin starts from $482 in late March (Swiss Air). Add to that $74 per person including taxes for one night at Cabra Castle, $72 per person including taxes for one night in Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, $105 per person for two nights at Kinnitty Castle Hotel, and $143 per person for two nights at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, and you’re spending $876 on airfare and accommodation alone. For just $123 more, this package gives you airfare, six nights in four Irish cities, car rental throughout your trip, a discount shopping pass, and all taxes and fees.

More Upgrade your vehicle to an automatic car for from $50 more per person—for from $75 more per person in May. For $99 more per person, add five traditional Irish breakfasts, a nine-hole round of golf at Cabra Castle, a thermal spa experience, and tours of Kinnity Castle, Waterford Crystal, and executive rooms at Fitzpatrick’s Castle. Add an extra day of car rental with an extra night at Kilronan Castle for $75 more per person, or add an extra night at Cabra Castle to that package—with an extra day of car rental—for $150 more per person.

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





21/09/2017

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier. If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier.

Lowest prices by time of year

If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

The prices that Google shows will appear in gray and green (green for lowest).

When you click on the day you want to travel, Google will list the flights for that date in order of cost, grouping together all the times when you can fly at the lowest price.

Chart tools created to monitor yearly trends

If you re curious about what time of the year flights between two cities are the lowest, Google Flights can show you a bar chart that will give you a glimpse of the best prices throughout the year.

Google Maps with flight prices

Maybe you know when you want to fly, but you re not sure where to go? Google Flights has an interactive map that will show you prices for destinations around the world.

I m feeling lucky

You can also search for generic terms, such as flights to Europe or flights to Mexico. Google Flights also has an I m feeling lucky button that will suggest popular destinations and other locations based on your search history.

Don t know where to go?

Google said it found that 54% of people don t know where they want to travel when they decide to plan their vacations.

What Google doesn t show is whether prices will drop in the near future. Microsoft Bing and Kayak provide services that predict when prices are expected to rise or fall.

But Google said those tools aren t typically very helpful.

Don t know when to go?

Though it s sometimes hard to pull the trigger because you re afraid the price will drop tomorrow (or next Tuesday, maybe?), our experience shows it s usually best to book right away, said Eric Zimmerman, Google Flights product manager, in a blog post.

A nifty trick is to save your flight booking on Google Flights and use the Google Now app to receive updates if the price drops substantially.  Although there are not guarantees when it comes to the price of airfare, if you re unsure that s a great way to be able to jump on the discount, if it happens.

In 2011, Google purchased a company called ITA, which provides flight information to websites, such as Expedia, Kayak, Hipmunk and Priceline. The data Google controls includes flight times, availability and prices.

Competitors Kayak and Expedia initially opposed the deal before the Department of Justice forced Google to promise that it would continue to promote competition.

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29/08/2017

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Shopping Cart Hero 6 #shopping #cart #hero, #shopping #cart #hero #2,


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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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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U. S. #travel #tours

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U.S.

Midwest Northeast

Cities Served: 50+

Everything about Megabus is mega. The British brand’s blue double-decker fleet (each emblazoned with a smiling cartoon of a driver) now serves over 50 cities in the United States and Canada, making it the biggest player on the block.

Northeast

Cities Served: 8

BoltBus is operated jointly by old-school Greyhound and Peter Pan, but it’s much hipper than its parents. For example, send a complaint via Twitter, and the issue will often be addressed by the techie team before you step off the bus.

L.A. San Diego Vegas

Cities Served: 4

Sure, Lux Bus offers door-to-door service between Southern California hotels. But the line’s bread and butter is its cushy L.A.–Vegas route: leather seats, free snacks, and free beer and wine so you can start the sin before you hit Sin City.

Northeast

Cities Served: 4

With service between New York and the D.C. metro area, Vamoose has options for any capital commuter. Senators can choose the $50-each-way Gold Bus (which has added legroom), while interns can pay with campus cash from local colleges.

Northeast

Cities Served: 3

Tripper Bus, which runs between New York and the D.C. area, values loyalty: after buying 8 one-way trips, you’ll pick up a one-way for free. In addition, each ride includes one $1, one $5, and one $10 ticket—a steal for frequent buyers.





12/08/2017

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6 Best Rugged Smartphones By Verizon – Insider Monkey #6 #best


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If you are planning to buy a new smartphone, our list of 5 Best Rugged Smartphones by Verizon will help you make the right decision. Buying a phone is not easy these days as you have so many options to chosse from. These options include the brand name, phone functionality and durability. For an average user comparing the phones and then selecting the best can be tough but a little research can save the day.

Smartphones are taking over the world and it is predicted that there will be around 2 billion users in 2016. The reason for this rapid growth is the fact that a smartphone offers way more than an ordinary phone. In fact calling someone or sending a text message is just one of the many functions of a smartphone. It is a personal communication and entertainment device and we are not making it up, it is just called that with its abbreviation being PCED. It has helped people to stay connected in such a way that its benefits can be seen in every sector including business or personal. Remember the days when we have to listen to that annoying modem sound as we try and dial up to a sluggish internet connection? Now we never miss an email thanks to smartphones and of course faster Internet.

Coming back to buying the smartphone, most users tend to fall into a trap. They go for looks and often overlook other features like durability and user friendliness, ending up looking for a new phone weeks later. If you want to save yourself some time and money, then you re just at the right place. All you have to do is read on, and don t miss our similar post 6 Best Rugged Smartphones of 2015 .


10/08/2017

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10/08/2017

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U. S. #shermans #travel

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U.S.

Midwest Northeast

Cities Served: 50+

Everything about Megabus is mega. The British brand’s blue double-decker fleet (each emblazoned with a smiling cartoon of a driver) now serves over 50 cities in the United States and Canada, making it the biggest player on the block.

Northeast

Cities Served: 8

BoltBus is operated jointly by old-school Greyhound and Peter Pan, but it’s much hipper than its parents. For example, send a complaint via Twitter, and the issue will often be addressed by the techie team before you step off the bus.

L.A. San Diego Vegas

Cities Served: 4

Sure, Lux Bus offers door-to-door service between Southern California hotels. But the line’s bread and butter is its cushy L.A.–Vegas route: leather seats, free snacks, and free beer and wine so you can start the sin before you hit Sin City.

Northeast

Cities Served: 4

With service between New York and the D.C. metro area, Vamoose has options for any capital commuter. Senators can choose the $50-each-way Gold Bus (which has added legroom), while interns can pay with campus cash from local colleges.

Northeast

Cities Served: 3

Tripper Bus, which runs between New York and the D.C. area, values loyalty: after buying 8 one-way trips, you’ll pick up a one-way for free. In addition, each ride includes one $1, one $5, and one $10 ticket—a steal for frequent buyers.





08/07/2017

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier. If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier.

Lowest prices by time of year

If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

The prices that Google shows will appear in gray and green (green for lowest).

When you click on the day you want to travel, Google will list the flights for that date in order of cost, grouping together all the times when you can fly at the lowest price.

Chart tools created to monitor yearly trends

If you re curious about what time of the year flights between two cities are the lowest, Google Flights can show you a bar chart that will give you a glimpse of the best prices throughout the year.

Google Maps with flight prices

Maybe you know when you want to fly, but you re not sure where to go? Google Flights has an interactive map that will show you prices for destinations around the world.

I m feeling lucky

You can also search for generic terms, such as flights to Europe or flights to Mexico. Google Flights also has an I m feeling lucky button that will suggest popular destinations and other locations based on your search history.

Don t know where to go?

Google said it found that 54% of people don t know where they want to travel when they decide to plan their vacations.

What Google doesn t show is whether prices will drop in the near future. Microsoft Bing and Kayak provide services that predict when prices are expected to rise or fall.

But Google said those tools aren t typically very helpful.

Don t know when to go?

Though it s sometimes hard to pull the trigger because you re afraid the price will drop tomorrow (or next Tuesday, maybe?), our experience shows it s usually best to book right away, said Eric Zimmerman, Google Flights product manager, in a blog post.

A nifty trick is to save your flight booking on Google Flights and use the Google Now app to receive updates if the price drops substantially.  Although there are not guarantees when it comes to the price of airfare, if you re unsure that s a great way to be able to jump on the discount, if it happens.

In 2011, Google purchased a company called ITA, which provides flight information to websites, such as Expedia, Kayak, Hipmunk and Priceline. The data Google controls includes flight times, availability and prices.

Competitors Kayak and Expedia initially opposed the deal before the Department of Justice forced Google to promise that it would continue to promote competition.

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30/05/2017

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6 Tips for Buying Plane Tickets #air #travel #india

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6 Tips for Buying Plane Tickets

Airfares are lower than ever these days, but you still have to be savvy to get the best deal. In addition to the basics—here are six secrets to winning the increasingly opaque airfare game.

1. Search at the Right Time

Try hunting for fares after midnight; that’s when many airlines reload their computers with the deeply discounted fares that people reserved but didn’t pay for. If you’re only seeking last-minute Web fares, look on airline sites, major booking sites, and aggregator sites (search engines that scour on-line suppliers, consolidators, and booking sites) between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning for tickets for the coming weekend. Such fares usually require that you leave on a Saturday and return on Monday or Tuesday, but some airlines offer Friday departures and Sunday returns.

2. Check a Broad Range of Dates

Travelocity and Orbitz have the most flexible search functions of any of the major booking sites. Travelocity will allow you to search for the lowest round-trip or one-way domestic or international fare within a range of months, which it shows as green dates on a calendar. Even if you are just using Travelocity’s calendar for research, click all the way through an available date; the site frequently shows dates as available when they’re actually sold out. Orbitz will let you search for the lowest price over a weekend you designate; search up to three days before and after your dates; or look for the lowest published fare within a 30-day period. The site recently extended its flexible search option to include international flights, though at press time, it still indicated that the destination airport “must be within 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Canada.” Expedia’s flexible search provides a pull-down list of 50 popular U.S. destinations only.

3. Use Aggregator Sites

Once you’ve figured out which dates will yield you the best fares, search one of the Web’s “meta” travel agents. Mobissimo searches 85 U.S. and international sources and converts foreign currencies to U.S. dollars. Kayak, which at press time was still being tested, searches 60 sites and allows you to sort airfare results by departure or arrival time. Qixo is a good source for deals from small charter companies and discount airline agencies, as well as major carriers—28 in all. Cheapflights lets you search flexible dates and, like Travelocity, offers a calendar with a range of available dates. Here, too, you should click through the green (available) dates to ensure that the fare you want isn’t sold out. Aggregator sites don’t charge fees themselves, but they might direct you to a site that does.

4. Book Award Tickets Early—and On-line

Since airlines allocate only a small percentage of their seats for award travel, it’s smart to book months in advance. Just to be safe, book 330 days in advance—when most airlines load award fares. Also, reserve those seats on-line: American, Northwest, and Continental all charge $5 for booking award travel over the phone and $10 for doing it in person—but nothing for on-line reservations. (United charges more to book award travel by phone than to book paid tickets by phone: $15 versus $5.) If you do get lucky and are able to reserve an award seat only a week or two before you travel, unfortunately you could get slapped with a high “expediting fee.” For instance, Delta charges $50 within two weeks of travel; Continental charges non-elite frequent fliers $75 for booking within three days of flying (elites pay $50).

5. Book Through an Airline’s Web Site

If you’ve found the same low fare on an on-line booking agent like Orbitz and an airline’s own Web site, it makes more sense to reserve on the latter to avoid paying the $10 or so service fee booking sites now charge. By booking on an airline’s site, you’ll also avoid the service fees the airlines themselves have begun to charge: $5 for booking over the phone, and $5 to $10 for booking at ticket offices and airport counters.

6. Don’t Pay Too Much for Change Fees

If there’s a chance that you’ll need to change your flight, book directly with the airline. Orbitz and Travelocity (but not Expedia) charge a $30 fee to change a flight, which is on top of the $100 change fee the airlines assess. Low-cost airlines have much lower change fees. JetBlue charges $20 ($25 on the phone) plus the fare difference, Song charges $25 plus the fare difference, and Southwest has never had a fee—it charges only the difference in fare. But there’s some good news from the major airlines: in January, Delta decreased its change fee to $50 from $100. And though the other major airlines hadn’t followed suit when this went to press, we expect they will.

According to the Air Transport Association, a $200 domestic round-trip ticket could include as much as $50 in fees and taxes. This amount comprises the government’s 7.5 percent passenger-ticket tax, a segment fee of $3.20 for each leg of a flight (from the Federal Aviation Administration), a $4.50 passenger facility charge at each stop, and a security service fee capped at $10 per round-trip (from the Transportation Security Administration).





18/05/2017

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Ireland, Air, Car, Castle Hotels, 6 Nights, From $999 #airline #flights

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Ireland, Air, Car, Castle Hotels, 6 Nights, From $999

You don’t have to be a member of the royal family to vacation like one. This package will have you sleeping in a castle, exploring the Irish countryside, and saving money all at the same time.

Get to know your Irish castles with this travel package fit for royalty.

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from New York City to Dublin on Aer Lingus, one night at Cabra Castle in Kingscourt, one night in Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa in Roscommon, two nights at Kinnitty Castle Hotel in Kinnitty, two nights at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dublin, a standard manual car rental throughout, a Chic Outlet Shopping VIP Discount Pass to Kildare Village, from $999 per person—including all taxes and fees.

When Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, 25, 26, Mar. 2, 3, 17, 25, Apr. 4-6, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 28-31, May 1, 11, 12, 14, 26, 27, 2012 ($999).

Gateways New York City ($999); add $20 for Boston; add $70 for Orlando; add $90 for Chicago.

The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Additional restrictions and baggage charges may also apply. Based on select Monday and Tuesday deartures. Other weekdays may cost from $15 more. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $202. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Why It’s a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare from New York City to Dublin starts from $482 in late March (Swiss Air). Add to that $74 per person including taxes for one night at Cabra Castle, $72 per person including taxes for one night in Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, $105 per person for two nights at Kinnitty Castle Hotel, and $143 per person for two nights at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, and you’re spending $876 on airfare and accommodation alone. For just $123 more, this package gives you airfare, six nights in four Irish cities, car rental throughout your trip, a discount shopping pass, and all taxes and fees.

More Upgrade your vehicle to an automatic car for from $50 more per person—for from $75 more per person in May. For $99 more per person, add five traditional Irish breakfasts, a nine-hole round of golf at Cabra Castle, a thermal spa experience, and tours of Kinnity Castle, Waterford Crystal, and executive rooms at Fitzpatrick’s Castle. Add an extra day of car rental with an extra night at Kilronan Castle for $75 more per person, or add an extra night at Cabra Castle to that package—with an extra day of car rental—for $150 more per person.

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





03/05/2017

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier. If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier.

Lowest prices by time of year

If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

The prices that Google shows will appear in gray and green (green for lowest).

When you click on the day you want to travel, Google will list the flights for that date in order of cost, grouping together all the times when you can fly at the lowest price.

Chart tools created to monitor yearly trends

If you re curious about what time of the year flights between two cities are the lowest, Google Flights can show you a bar chart that will give you a glimpse of the best prices throughout the year.

Google Maps with flight prices

Maybe you know when you want to fly, but you re not sure where to go? Google Flights has an interactive map that will show you prices for destinations around the world.

I m feeling lucky

You can also search for generic terms, such as flights to Europe or flights to Mexico. Google Flights also has an I m feeling lucky button that will suggest popular destinations and other locations based on your search history.

Don t know where to go?

Google said it found that 54% of people don t know where they want to travel when they decide to plan their vacations.

What Google doesn t show is whether prices will drop in the near future. Microsoft Bing and Kayak provide services that predict when prices are expected to rise or fall.

But Google said those tools aren t typically very helpful.

Don t know when to go?

Though it s sometimes hard to pull the trigger because you re afraid the price will drop tomorrow (or next Tuesday, maybe?), our experience shows it s usually best to book right away, said Eric Zimmerman, Google Flights product manager, in a blog post.

A nifty trick is to save your flight booking on Google Flights and use the Google Now app to receive updates if the price drops substantially.  Although there are not guarantees when it comes to the price of airfare, if you re unsure that s a great way to be able to jump on the discount, if it happens.

In 2011, Google purchased a company called ITA, which provides flight information to websites, such as Expedia, Kayak, Hipmunk and Priceline. The data Google controls includes flight times, availability and prices.

Competitors Kayak and Expedia initially opposed the deal before the Department of Justice forced Google to promise that it would continue to promote competition.

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22/04/2017

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Cheap Flights to Australia from $6. #travel #to #germany

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Which airlines fly to Australia

Australia overview

When is the best time to fly to Australia?

An incredibly diverse country with so many attractions, visitors will need to take more flights to Australia than just one to see everything. Coastal cities and towns offer stunning beaches, rainforest and reefs, fascinating wildlife and a laid back culture, while the red desert centre attracts visitors from all over the world for its remote and alluring beauty. Generally, peak season in Australia is the lead up to Christmas and the New Year period, running from the beginning of December through to the end of January. This is when Aussies go on their summer holidays and discount flight tickets are rare. Avoid travelling on public and school holiday dates throughout the year if you can as this is also an expensive time for booking flight tickets, tours and accommodation. Schoolies celebrations take place during November all around Australia, and you can guaranteed popular beach holiday spots such as the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast will be booked out months in advance.

The Far North’s wet season runs from November through to April, heralded by heat, humidity and sub-tropical downpours. Roads can become inaccessible due to flooding and there is a possibility of cyclones. People booking flights to Australia wait until the dry season (May to October) if visiting this region. Avoid The Red Centre in summer (December to February) if you don’t like uncomfortably hot temperatures, this region has a semi-arid climate that can produce on occasion temperatures of around 45C.

When is the best time to book a flight to Australia?

Climate plays a significant part in booking a flight to Australia, and getting this wrong can make for an uncomfortable holiday. Generally the northern half (and hottest part) of the country is best visited between April and September, while the cooler southern states, including Tasmania, are pleasant to visit during the summer. Book flight tickets well in advance if you’re travelling during peak periods and sign up to email alerts to take advantage of the cheapest flights to Australia on offer. Alternatively hold out for last minute flights if you have flexible dates.

How long are flights within Australia?

Which airlines operate flights in Australia?

Australia’s main domestic airlines are: Qantas. Virgin Australia. Jetstar and Tiger Airways. These four service the main cities and larger towns of Australia so you can usually find low-cost flight tickets at any time of year. Virgin Australia has regular services along the east coast between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Cairns and the Gold Coast. It also flies to Adelaide, Perth, Broome and Darwin. Melbourne-based Jetstar flies to 14 destinations including Adelaide, Cairns, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth and the Sunshine Coast. Regional airline AirNorth operates flights in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, and Rex operates services to New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, North Queensland and Tasmania.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth offer airport rail or bus services to reach the city centre quickly and conveniently. Taxis are available outside the arrivals terminal and car rental centres can get you on your way if you prefer independent transport. Some towns in the Far North such as Cairns, have courtesy hotel shuttles from the airport, so it pays to check when you book your accommodation if this service is offered.

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08/04/2017

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6 top Thailand travel and food blogs #travel #city

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6 top Thailand travel and food blogs

Unlike Twitter and Facebook, which have become the top sites to announce that you just ate a big sandwich, the art and passion of blogging has never been more serious.

Thailand is blessed with an in-depth blogging scene covering all manner of topics relating to travel, from culture and food to partying. And, of course, the more risqué stuff we can’t cover here.

Here’s a selection of the top travel-themed blogs — in no particular order — with regular updates that give the inside track on Thailand.

1. Thai Travel News

One of Thailand’s “No See Evil” Buddhas, featured on a recent post by Richard Barrow. URL: Thaitravelblogs.com

This is the grand-daddy of Thailand travel blogs. Run by serial blogger Richard Barrow, as the name suggests it’s a collection of experiences taken from his travels as well as news and updates relating to tourism in Thailand.

Ranging from enviable Tourism Authority press junkets to visits to tourist hot spots and lesser known locations — or just advance news of an interesting event — this site has something for everyone, be they tourist, traveller, expat or local.

Highlight:  This list of tourist attractions affected by the ongoing floods is a valuable resource for tourists as the country battles rising water levels.

2. Bangkok Burger Blog

The Bangkok Burger Blog’s motto: Leave no bun unturned. URL: Bangkokburgerblog.wordpress.com

A burger blog? In Bangkok? Stay with me for a moment.

Yes, Thai food is wonderful. But sometimes you just need to knock back a big old greasy burger.

Thanks to the Bangkok Burger blogger’s hard graft tasting and ratings, you can forget calling Ronald McDonald (who craftily delivers to your door in Thailand) and instead grab a quality burger and fries.

Best of all, there are also regular free giveaways.

Highlight:  The coverage of Bangkok Burger Blog’s recent testing session at Bangkok Burger Company is almost not suitable for work.

3. Still Life In Moving Vehicles

Dale Konstanz has been photographing Bangkok taxi interiors for more than four years. URL: Lifeinmovingvehicle.blogspot.com

Dale Konstanz’s “Still Life In Moving Vehicles” blog is made up of images taken inside Bangkok taxis over the last four years.

What is particularly noticeable are the cultural nuances that play out over the pictures and stories posted on the blog.

Be it the importance of amulets, obsession with pigs, bare-footedness of drivers or the emergence of GPS devices, the blog is a window into some of the lesser-known aspects of Thai culture.

4. Austin Bush Food Blog

Warning: a visit to Austin Bush’s Food Blog usually leads to immediate hunger pangs. URL: Austinbushphotography.com/category/foodblog

CNNGo contributor Austin Bush makes the cut for his delightful food blog. Hunger-inducing photos of local food are paired within details of authentic Thai recipes and descriptions of some of Thai cuisine’s most obscure and delicious concoctions.

Austin primarily covers Thailand but there’s the occasional exception when travel takes him elsewhere.

Highlight: Austin’s Thai Eats Google map makes it easier than ever to visit and sample his favorite Bangkok-based eateries.

5. Eating Thai Food

Day by day, the founders of Eatingthaifood.com are eating their way through the sois of Bangkok. URL: Eatingthaifood.com

Another quality food blog but with a twist. Eating Thai Food is dedicated to showcasing the tastiest dishes to be found in Thailand’s street restaurants.

Written with passion and illuminated by melt-in-your-mouth photography, site writers Mark Wiens and Dwight Turner take their food very seriously.

Whether your interest is exploring traditional favorites, trying out new ideas or just tasting Thai street food for the first time, this blog will be your shining light.

Highlight:  Have you ever heard of the peculiar egg yolk fruit (luk taw)?

6. Jamie’s Phuket

For all things Phuket, visit Jamie’s Phuket Blog. URL: Jamie-monk.blogspot.com

Jamie’s Phuket blog has been one of the most informative websites covering Phuket and the surrounding area since coming online in 2006.

That Jamie juggles the demands of the blog with a full-time job as a dive centre manager, makes the site –- which showcases “the real side of Phuket” –- all the more impressive.

His pages cover a range of activities and events from festivals, cultural events and things to do with kids, to hotels, beaches and of course diving.

Highlight: Jamie’s three-part series on the 2010 Phuket Vegetarian festival gives a fantastic insight into this traditional event.

Other great Thailand resources for travelers 

Jam-packed  Southeast Asia online travel guide Travelfish.org now has a section featuring daily blog updates from around the region, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

The Travelfish forum is equally useful, helping to answer questions and queries. There’s also lots of practical information to be found deep within, including this advice for avoiding scams .

Thonglor-Ekamai

The Thonglor-Ekamai website and map is the only resource out there devoted solely to Bangkok’s hippest neighborhood.

Covering everything in and around the conjoined Thonglor and Ekamai Roads, this hyper-local site has restaurant reviews, notable interviews, shopping highlights and nightlife features.

For daily updates on sales, happy hours and restaurant specials, click “like” on the Thonglor-Ekamai Facebook page.

Another site focused on Bangkok restaurant and bar reviews, attractions, events and shopping information.

The best thing about Kohspot.com is that its writer pulls no punches when it comes to his brutally honest reviews.

I Am Koh Chang

Dedicated to the popular tourist island, travel website I Am Koh Chang covers beaches, accommodation, transportation and local news.

The site is run by the folks in charge of the Baan Rim Nam Guesthouse, but they do include information, location and contact details for a vast number of guesthouses and hotels in the region.

Do you have a favorite blog that supplies you with a regular intake of Thai life that isn’t on this list? Let us know about it in the comments section.





07/04/2017

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U. S. #international #travel

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U.S.

Midwest Northeast

Cities Served: 50+

Everything about Megabus is mega. The British brand’s blue double-decker fleet (each emblazoned with a smiling cartoon of a driver) now serves over 50 cities in the United States and Canada, making it the biggest player on the block.

Northeast

Cities Served: 8

BoltBus is operated jointly by old-school Greyhound and Peter Pan, but it’s much hipper than its parents. For example, send a complaint via Twitter, and the issue will often be addressed by the techie team before you step off the bus.

L.A. San Diego Vegas

Cities Served: 4

Sure, Lux Bus offers door-to-door service between Southern California hotels. But the line’s bread and butter is its cushy L.A.–Vegas route: leather seats, free snacks, and free beer and wine so you can start the sin before you hit Sin City.

Northeast

Cities Served: 4

With service between New York and the D.C. metro area, Vamoose has options for any capital commuter. Senators can choose the $50-each-way Gold Bus (which has added legroom), while interns can pay with campus cash from local colleges.

Northeast

Cities Served: 3

Tripper Bus, which runs between New York and the D.C. area, values loyalty: after buying 8 one-way trips, you’ll pick up a one-way for free. In addition, each ride includes one $1, one $5, and one $10 ticket—a steal for frequent buyers.





07/04/2017

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Top 6 Private Sale Sites for the Best Travel Deals #euro

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Top 6 Private Sale Sites for the Best Travel Deals

By Erica Swallow 2011-01-09 18:09:58 UTC

Private sale sites are all the rage, and in the past year we’ve seen a rapid growth in sites that focus on travel deals.

There is, of course, the debate over whether these sites are actually “members only” when invites are usually a Google search or membership request away. We concede that the exclusivity gimmick is usually just a matter of an Internet user’s drive to type a few words into a search bar and copy and paste an invite code. (The cat’s out of the bag, private sale sites!)

And then, there’s the other debate over whether these sites actually provide real deals. We say, yes. You don’t have to take a site’s word for it when they quote a discount percentage; we recommend performing a quick scan of the web to size up deals on other sites just to make sure it’s the lowest price out there. Some sites, like Tablet, even guarantee the lowest price — if you find a better deal, they’ll refund the difference.

With that, here are six private sale sites for travel (in alphabetical order) worth checking out. Let us know in the comments below which ones you use and recommend.

1. Jetsetter

Launched by luxury sample sale site Gilt Groupe in September 2009, Jetsetter is a luxury travel sale site offering trips to destinations all over the world at discounted prices. The site claims that its prices are generally “30-50% off the best available rates out there.” Among the growing number of travel private sale sites out there, Jetsetter offers some of the best variety.

While the site is invite-only, invitations are easy to come by with an easy Google search and membership requests can be made on the sign-in page. Furthermore, if you are a Gilt member, you are also a Jetsetter member (and vice versa). You can either access Jetsetter via the tab on Gilt.com or via Jetsetter.com, where all purchases ultimately take place.

Jetsetter sales last from five to seven days, or until sold out. To book a vacation, users can choose the destination, desired room or tour package and dates (these options usually accommodate multiple price points). A “Wait List” is also available, and users on the list are notified if additional rooms become available. For users on the fence about a particular deal, Jetsetter has a reservation feature that allows users to pay 10% of the trip’s cost to hold the reservation for 72 hours. If a user decides not to book a trip, the money is refunded as Jetsetter credit, good toward a future purchase. Once a trip is booked, though, cancellations, refunds, exchanges, or any date modifications are not permitted for any reason.

Like most private sale sites, Jetsetter offers referral credits: Users receive $25 in Jetsetter credit when an invitee makes his or her first purchase.

2. SniqueAway

Smarter Travel Media, a TripAdvisor Media Group company, launched SniqueAway in September 2010. The site showcases hotels in private sales that last seven days or until sold out. Invites are easily found on the web, but membership can also be requested on the sign-in page.

Choosing an “escape” entails selecting the trip, room type, check-in and check-out dates, and the number of rooms and travelers. Users have 15 minutes from the time they select the dates to book the trip before it is taken out of their shopping cart. Once purchased, cancellations are not available.

The selection on SniqueAway is usually limited to a handful of destinations across the world but the rates make checking in every once in a while worth it.

3. Tablet Hotels

Tablet Hotels is a site that focuses on curating a list of “hotels which have personality and obsess on the details.” How does it do that? It maintains a network of travel experts who anonymously review hotels — those reports are passed on to Tablet’s team who review them, pick out the best and showcase them on the site. Lastly, the site features a customer rating meter. If a hotel falls below an average of 15 points (out of 20) on customer ratings, the hotel is automatically removed from the site’s selection.

Tablet’s listings are discounted at up to 50% off, and users earn $10 with every booking and $25 when an invitee books for the first time.

Like the rest of them, Tablet claims that its sales are “only available to people who have either booked with us or have been invited in,” but as we have learned by now, the exclusivity behind most of these sites is usually a gimmick. I signed up and navigated to the “Private Sale” section without a hitch.

4. TripAlertz

TripAlertz offers 30 to 75% off premium hotels and distinguishes itself by offering prices that go down as the number of bookings go up. As more members book a deal, the price decreases, and everyone pays the same price once the deal ends.

The site offers more community features than others in the private sales industry. For example, once a deal is booked, users even have the option to meet and share advice on a private collaboration page with fellow travelers. In the end, 1% of each sale’s revenue is donated to the user’s choice of sustainable efforts. Furthermore, users can submit and vote on trip ideas. The ideas with the most votes ultimately become the deals offered, and the person who submits the idea with the highest booking volume for the month travels for free.

Also unlike other sites, TripAlertz users receive $5 in Trip Cash for each invited friend who signs up, no purchase necessary!

5. Vacationist

Presented by Luxury Link and Travel + Leisure. Vacationist features sales at up to 40% off on fine hotels around the world. Sales last between three to seven days, or until sold out.

Each sale showcases as resort or hotel, along with available dates and room types. Special to Vacationist is a “Hotel Report” from the editors of Travel + Leisure. which includes details like hotel features, awards, nearby airports and insider tips. The travel publication also weighs in on nearby attractions and seasonal adventures that can’t be missed. The buying process mirrors that of other sites, and cancellations are not permitted.

Members receive $25 in credit for each person they invite who joins and makes a purchase.

6. Voyage Privé

Voyage Privé, meaning “private travel” in French, offers high-end travel deals at prices of up to 75% off. The company offers 10 to 15 travel deals per week. Based in France, the site boasts more than 5 million members across five countries: France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. (Insider tip: Save yourself some noggin scratching — before logging in, make sure you choose the correct country. Your log-in information only works for the country chosen upon signing up.)

Each sale on Voyage Privé features a flip-through Flash brochure, complete with information on the hotel and destination, but most of those details can also be found on the sale page, saving the hassle of flipping through the feature. The sale page also includes a number of offers for various price points, usually ranging in the number of nights included.

If you need a little boost to get you started, you can be sure to collect a $25 travel credit when your invited friends buy their first deal.

BONUS: Travel Sections Within Larger Private Sale Sites

With the growing popularity of travel sites, existing private sale sites that traditionally focused on fashion, home or beauty have begun incorporating travel sections for discounted vacations and travel gear. Here are a few of our favorites:

Exclusively.In : Focusing on providing the best of India’s goods, Exclusively.In also offers Indian travel experiences at discounted prices.

Hautelook : Los Angeles-based online private sale site Hautelook recently acquired the travel site BonVoyou to form its Getaways section, which offers travel at up to 75% off.

ideeli : Private sample sale site ideeli introduced its travel section last September to accompany its offerings in fashion, home and beauty.

RueLaLa : After teaming up with luxury travel network Virtuoso in August, fashion-focused private sale site RueLaLa began offering cruise and resort vacation deals.

Your Picks

Which private sale travel sites do you use to book vacations (or just daydream about the many possibilities)? Let us know in the comments below.

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01/04/2017

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Comparing 6 Top NZ Travel Insurance Companies #best #cheap #vacations

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Comparing 6 Top NZ Travel Insurance Companies

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Do I need Travel Insurance?

Many of us consider going away overseas whether it be for a holiday or to work. There are many things to consider and one of these things is travel insurance.

Is Travel Insurance really necessary or can you travel without it?

To be frank there is no law that says you have to have travel insurance however you do take a big risk travelling without it. For example lost luggage or cancellation of flight can make a holiday memorable for all the wrong reasons. And of course you can always fall sick whilst your away and falling sick can be quite a big expense for you if you consider the costs of say having to be flown home for surgery or medical treatment. If you take precaution from the start and take out travel insurance it just means that you can relax more and be covered.

Many companies provide Travel Insurance and there are a lot of cheap deals out there?

There certainly are cheap deals and not many people know this but a lot of banks offer a credit card that provides Travel insurance. The way it works is that you purchase the tickets on your credit card so that the total cost or 75 percent of the cost of the ticket is through your card and automatically you are approved for travel insurance. The downside to this is the credit card fee you pay every year can be quite high. I think its $100 with Westpac gold card.

What’s important is that you actually do your research and check out what really is a good deal for you. You can do your research on the internet and read what other people have to say about the travel insurance company, compare the policies on offer and prices.

What about people with Pre-Existing Medical Problems?

Some policies don’t cover pre-existing medical conditions like World Nomads for instance, so if you do have a medical condition check your policy to make sure it actually covers your pre-existing medical condition.

What about things that cause inconvenience to you such as lost or stolen luggage?

This is a pretty common scenario and you ll find most policies will offer cover for that under personal baggage claim. what is imperative is that your most expensive items, such as your laptop, jewellery, camera, that you take with you. Therefore it is advised that you find out the level of cover that you have on your policy for those items incase you have to take out extra cover. Most importantly ALWAYS read the fine print especially looking at what the actual criteria is around the travel insurance paying out.

Claims Paying Ability

Insurance Companies (Ratings Inspections) Act 1994.

Does your insurance company have the financial strength to be able to pay out on any claims you might make? That s the question which big ratings firms like Standard Poor s or AM Best ask. Each of the six travel insurance companies reviewed here have been given a letter rating shown in the table above.

The rating scale is:

AAA Extremely Strong BB Marginal





18/03/2017

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6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids #cheap

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6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

Train travel in Europe is almost always affordable, comfortable, and safe, making it the ideal way to get around Europe with kids. Given the choice, I ll opt to sit back and relax instead of attempting to navigate by car in a foreign country any day, and my kids would thank me for it. On trains, kids are not confined full time to seats like in cars or on planes and the scenery is much easier to see out the window. All this said, traveling by rail in Europe can be confusing. Here s what you need to know when planning to travel in Europe by rail with kids. Here are some ideas for finding a baby sitter while traveling

6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

1. You can travel by train in Europe with rail passes or specific destination tickets. Which to buy? It can depend. In rural areas and small towns, often non-reservable, or open destination tickets are the only option. If nothing else, plan for these accordingly. For some high speed trains, even families with applicable rail passes must purchase reservable tickets. Generally speak, however, if you re traveling from city to city or country to country, you re almost always better off with a rail pass. Note: France is an exception. Learn more about rail travel in France .

2. Plan your itinerary before purchasing tickets. This seems like a no-brainer, but with rail passes, it s possible to purchase Global or Select country passes, then decide where to go later. While spontaneity still has a place in travel with kids, you can t compare ticket pricing options effectively if you don t know where you re going. Start at country rail travel sites like TrenItalia for Italy, and add up the price of your tickets a la carte. Then head to Eurail and see if a Global, Select. or Country pass will save you money (and allow for some spontaneity). Or, you can let Rail Europe do the work for you: you put in your itinerary, and they decide which rail options suit you best. Rail Europe is generally trusted among travelers to provide competitive pricing, so this is a viable option. When mapping out your itinerary and selecting your rail pass, keep in mind that you ll need to pay even for countries you re only passing through, not stopping in.

3. Decide whether to travel first class or second class. Second class is fine (think airline coach), but first class is not much extra per ticket and includes various perks such as wifi or light meals, depending on the train. Often, only first class tickets are reservable, worth the extra price for the peace of mind alone. However: if you have teens, you may be forced to travel second class or pay extra for adult passes. Why? Youth ages 13-25 are eligible for discounted pass prices with Eurail (approximately 35% less than adult), but only on second class tickets. If your family will be traveling first class, teens will need adult tickets (or you could make them sit alone in second class, I suppose, which might be warranted… kidding, of course). The good news: children ages 4-12 are always 50% discounted, no matter the class, and children under age 4 are always free.

4. Decide on your number of travel days. When selecting which Eurail pass is right for you, you ll need to select between a number of travel days. Bear in mind: these days do not refer to the number of days you re on vacation, but the number of actual rail travel days. You can save considerably by traveling by rail only once every 3-4 days instead of every day, and your kids will feel more rested as well.

5. Bring snacks, toys, and games for train travel. A train day can be a day to rest and recoup after busy travel and sightseeing days. Let kids spread out with games and books, or use the electronic plug-ins you ll have at your disposal in first class. Bringing food on the train is always cheaper than purchasing on-board, and the luggage and carry-on allowances are much less strict than during air travel, making packing a meal easy.

6. Know the difference between sleep compartments. Overnight trains are a great way to save daylight for sightseeing, and are a great adventure for kids. However, it s helpful to know what to expect. In second class, you usually have the choice between sleeping compartments (small compartments of bunks that are gender specific) or couchettes, which are cabins with 4-6 beds that are non-gender specific (perfect for families). In first class, you ll almost always encounter single or double sleeping compartments, which means more room, but the necessity for families to split up for children to be accompanied by adults.

Photo credit: German Saavedra R. and AroundTuscany.





12/02/2017

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