What Are the Best Cheap Travel Sites? #no #1 #travel

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Best Cheap Travel Sites

Cheap Travel Sites Buying Guide

There are hundreds of travel websites offering the “cheapest” prices on airfare, hotels, and car rentals for any destination you choose. Navigating them all is no easy task, however, especially given how much of your hard-earned cash is on the line.

Consumers will find themselves wooed by online travel agencies and meta-search engines, eBay-style bidding and/or opaque bookings, hot deals, top-secret deals, and even deals on deals .

Meta-search engines are especially useful for searching many travel websites at one go, but you’ll also have success with other tools. Our picks for best, good, and don’t bother travel sites represent a variety of search models and are based on factors such as policies, customer support, and whether the site actually delivers low-cost travel. The results of our research show that Hotwire.com and Bing.com/travel are best travel deal sites; Priceline and Kayak are good cheap travel websites; and Orbitz is one you can afford to ignore.

For the third consecutive year, a 2008 study by J.D. Power and Associates named Hotwire.com the highest rated travel site in terms of customer satisfaction, with Priceline.com close behind. Despite the high rating, our research found that these travel sites attract a large share of user complaints, most of which stem from miscommunication between airlines or hotels and the travel website. User reviews of discount travel websites note the difficulty of holding these third-party intermediaries responsible for errors in an itinerary and stress that you must be very persistent when seeking to correct mistakes. Travelocity.com and Expedia.com, two well-known travel deals sites, garner lower customer satisfaction ratings in the J.D. Power survey, which the survey suggests may reflect fees imposed by airlines rather than disappointment with the sites themselves. We do not include these two sites on our list of best and good cheap travel websites because the information they provide is available through meta-search travel sites like Bing.com/travel and Kayak.com, which we found to be more useful.

According to Forrester Research. Americans spend $86 billion a year booking flights, hotels, and car rentals using travel websites. Major players like Orbitz.com, Travelocity.com, Expedia.com, Hotwire.com, and Priceline.com find low rates on airfare, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages by having you input your travel information and then searching data supplied by travel providers for the best rates. Some cheap travel websites let you search multiple days in a single search so you can compare prices and then pick the deal that suits your schedule and budget.

To a certain extent, travel deal sites function as an extension of an airline’s, hotel’s, or car rental agency’s website. For example: On a recent search for a flight from Chicago to New York, one budget travel site quoted a $228 round trip; going directly to the carrier’s website generated the exact same price. This doesn’t mean that cheap travel websites are without benefits. Using a discount travel site lets you search for better deals by, say, flying one airline to your destination and another one back home — with a carrier’s website you can’t do that. Travel deals sites also let you make arrangements for lodging and car rentals, giving you the potential for more savings.

Whether you book with a travel deals site or through the provider directly there are several things you should be mindful of. Some flights and hotels might look like a bargain but when taxes and fees are added in, the price might not be so cheap. And airlines have recently started charging extra for carry-on baggage, in-flight meals, extra foot room, and blankets and pillows. Always read all the fine print before booking: it could mean the difference between an OK deal and a great deal.


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What Are The Best New Travel-Booking Sites? #disney #travel

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What Are The Best New Travel-Booking Sites?

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Take a trip around the web and check out alternative online travel agents. : Bet_Noire/ThinkStock

The Internet should make booking a trip easier. If only. Let s not forget that today s web is first and foremost a marketplace and the market for travel-booking and search sites is crowded, which can make planning your next journey a little daunting.

On one side, you have online travel agencies such as Priceline and Expedia. on the other mega-search engines such as Google and Bing offering their own flight and hotel search options. In the middle, aggregators such as Kayak ostensibly allow users to compare everyone else s screamin deals (I say ostensibly because many of these aggregators are now owned by the agencies, making things a little, you know, conflict-y).

Mercifully, a new wave of travel sites has popped up to try to muffle (and compete with) some of this noise, each appealing to a specific stripe of traveler or trip.

Rather than just find the cheapest seats a la Priceline and Expedia, Routehappy s database can search by roomiest seat, in-seat power and best IFE. Such amenities may drive up ticket prices a bit, but the site is banking on the fact that some fliers will pay more for a more civilized flight.

Like Routehappy, this aggregator sells saner travel, sorting flights by shortest length, fewest layovers and lowest price. You can also search for hotels by ecstasy ranking, not to mention track your site history, so you can access it later. Throw in a killer interface and Hipmunk gets my vote for one of the finest travel sites around.


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World s Best Cities #newmont #travel

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World’s Best Cities

Sep 21, 2011 | Updated Nov 20, 2011

Travel and Leisure asked readers to vote in its 16th annual World’s Best survey, rating worldwide cities in categories such as attractions, arts and culture, food, shopping, and value. The result is a global guide to the cities not to miss this year.

Despite the challenging economy, travel is up, with more than 270 million travelers hitting the road this year, according to the Airports Council International. More travel means more insights into what makes a city great — whether it’s efficient transportation, affordable dining, or youthful energy — and how cities compare on a global basis. After all, the thrill of a country is most often reflected in its city life. “Cities absolutely dominate over countryside experiences for travelers,” says Travel and Leisure A-List super agent Priscilla Alexander of Protravel International. “You won’t have someone going to France and not going to Paris.”

But increased tourism doesn’t necessarily equate to bigger crowds or higher prices. Carriers such as United Airlines and Delta Airways are adding more flights to cities like Buenos Aires (No. 11) to accommodate the growing demand. Nor do you have to leave the US to experience a world-class city. Charleston (up to No. 13 from a No. 18 ranking in 2010) is on the radar of a growing number of travelers — and Southwest’s new service makes it easier to visit than ever.

Then there are the iconic cities that inspire you to visit, no matter how complicated the journey. Take Siem Reap (No. 7): While it’s famous as the gateway to the 12th-century ruins of Angkor Wat, the city itself offers a lot to discover — it’s a full-fledged destination with luxurious boutique hotels and an artisans’ collective that’s revitalizing Khmer traditions.

Marguerite A. Suozzi


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Arthur Frommer – s ten best travel websites for 2012 #amigo

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From hotel deals to vacation rentals and more, how to surf the web for top holiday bargains

How many websites attempt to help you make the right choice among travel products? The answer is: tens of thousands. But as I prepare for my own vacation trips, or respond to inquiries from friends, relatives or readers, I find myself returning again and again to just 10 of that mammoth array. They are set forth below:

I have deliberately excluded websites prepared by me or with which I am associated – like Frommers.com, my own daily blog or my daughter’s daily blog. My favourites include:

1 For finding hotel rooms in the U.S. Getaroom.com. Though only a fraction of the size of its larger rivals (it accesses hotels in more than 200 cities, but concentrates on bargains in the 57 most heavily visited ones), GetARoom claims to supply unique room rates, and actually encourages you to phone them for even better unpublished rates.

2 For finding hotel rooms in Europe: Venere.com. From its headquarters in Rome, Venere accesses more than 50,000 hotels all over the world, but does best – and offers special bargain rates – in European cities, for which you should primarily use it.

3 For finding low-cost overnights in private homes worldwide: Airbnb.com. After only three years in existence, this San Francisco outfit is handling tens of thousands of bookings in private apartments and homes all over the world. Usually, the owner remains in residence while you occupy a guest bed or room.

4 For snaring a free overnight in the home or apartment of gracious, generous people worldwide: Couchsurfing.org. It reveals an awesome number of people who will put you up as a free guest. A runner-up in this field: GlobalFreeLoaders.com.

5 For vacation homes or rental apartments: VRBO.com. Its initials standing for “vacation rental by owner,” it eliminates the middleman, puts you in direct touch with the landlord, but therefore requires that you carefully check references. If you do, you’ll often obtain remarkable values for your next vacation stay.

6 For unbeatable airfares both here and overseas: Momondo.com. This Danish-based “aggregator” of flights, operated by a handful of people aided by what apparently is a remarkable computer program, has frequently provided me with airfare bargains that no other website revealed.

7 For sharp discounts on your next cruise: Vacationstogo.com. Though more than a dozen cruise brokers compete for your business (CruisesOnly.com, iCruise.com, OnlineVacationCenter.com, CruiseCompete.com, TravelThemesAndDreams.com and many more), this one presents its offerings in such clear, understandable fashion as to win my vote.

8 For discounted prices on your next auto rental: Autoslash.com. In addition to revealing low rates, it also draws your attention to special coupon offers that can reduce your costs even more. It’s in heavy competition with the longer-established BreezeNet.com, which also should be consulted.

9 For lower-cost shore excursions on your next cruise: Shoretrips.com. In addition to offering lower rates in nearly every major port at which the big cruise ships stop, it also places you in

12-passenger vans instead of the 45-passenger motorcoaches used by the cruise lines themselves.


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Best New Online Travel Sites #seychelles #travel

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3 Online Travel Sites You Shouldn t Miss

With so many travel booking websites out there, it’s sometimes hard to know which one to use. While many of us are familiar with larger, established sites like Expedia, Travelocity, and Kayak, there are a number of up and coming travel sites you may not be as familiar with.

Updated (9/15/2011):

One of the newest flight search engines to hit the radar is Google Flights . Launched in September, 2011, it hasn’t reached our favorites list yet, but it does look quite promising.

Google Flights is powered by technology Google acquired earlier in the year when it finalized the purchase of Cambridge, Mass. based ITA Software. While not substantially different from other sites that let you search for flights, it is one of the fastest we’ve used. The site uses location information from your computer to anticipate your departure airport and it pre-fills this info into the flight search form. (The site correctly guessed our airport when using a desktop computer near Washington, D.C. but oddly thought we’d be departing from New York when using an Android smartphone with GPS enabled at the same desk.) Start the search by entering a destination city (or choosing one from the list of popular destinations) and a list of flights is immediately displayed based on a 5-day trip beginning about 2 weeks from today. A clever calendar view displays a bar graph of prices by date and a scatter graph lets you move sliders to find the best balance of price and flying time. Clever, albeit a bit complicated.

Once you’ve found the flight you want, the site takes you to the website of your chosen airline and pre-fills the info about your selected flight to help speed your purchase — though this feature didn’t work for some airlines. As with most Google products, expect a series of rapid improvements and enhancements in the near future as the product matures.

And now, for our current favorite travel booking websites:

This “hip” site has a clean, intuitive design which makes it a breeze to search for a flight or hotel. A simple form on the homepage lets you enter your desired flight or hotel information, while the HipMunk mascot, a travel-ready chipmunk, smiles at you. Results are displayed chronologically in a novel Gantt-chart format that makes it easy to zero in on the departure and arrival times. (You can also sort by price, stops, departure time, arrival time, or duration.) Our favorite sorting criteria, which is also the default, is the “Agony” option—which combines price, duration and number of stops into a single criteria.

A tab at the bottom right, which also appears on the home page, offers the option of live help. The hotel search on HipMunk gives you the option to select a hotel based on what you want near you—whether that be shopping, food or nightlife. The results are displayed on a map with each hotel represented by a dot, so you can easily see which hotels are nearest your chosen activity.

Momondo is another easy new way to start your travel plans. Taking a slightly different approach, Momondo searches 800+ travel sites to help you find and compare flights, hotels, and car rentals. Choose your best option and get linked to the airline or travel agency that offers that deal.  Enter your preferred dates right on the homepage, and a list of flight options shows up very quickly.

You can narrow your results by the number of stops, preferred airlines, layover cities or price. The beauty of Momondo is how deep it goes pulling the best deals for you—ones you may have spent hours looking for and still not found. Its search engine moves fast, and moves through it all, to find you your best travel options.

Matrix is a refreshing take on the travel booking site. Its Spartan design may be a turn-off for some but we like that the site is uncluttered and free of advertisements. (Matrix is the software that powers many of the larger travel sites including CheapTickets and Orbitz.) In lieu of fancy design, the folks at Matrix have clearly spent their time refining the ways to shop for your travel plans. Complete your initial search, which requires a bit more information than HipMunk and Momondo, such as the option to choose which cabin you prefer, and your search results appear.

The results promise the best deals, but the real fun begins once you choose an option that may work. Click on your chosen option, and it takes you to another page where you can view events and tours that are happening during your trip.

The Bottom Line

Despite different features these sites offer, many of us still use travel sites primarily to search for the lowest price. To see how these sites stacked up against each other and the competition, we priced three sample trips: Raleigh-Durham to Las Vegas, Denver to Orlando, and Phoenix to Chicago.

For all three trips, the prices were the same across all the sites—including Expedia and Travelocity. We also like that the airfare on these three sites included all the fees and tariffs in the total so you see the price you’ll actually pay.


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Best Black Friday Travel Deals 2015 – Wild Junket #travel #cuba

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G Adventures

G Adventures  offers amazing and adventurous tour and travel packages. Right now, they are offering 15-35% off select tours and up to 45% off South American cruises! If you have a lot of flexibility, you can even score last minute tour deals at hundreds of dollars off the original package price. If you book from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, you can save €100 on any G Adventures tour over €1,000. Use promo code 16GA100ADV12  when you book, and check their site on Monday for exclusive deals.

Friendly Planet

Tour operator Friendly Planet Planet is giving $500 off all tours booked on Cyber Monday. With over 40 countries to choose from, and destinations including Cuba, the Galapagos, Nepal, and more, you re sure to find something that fits your fancy! Further details will appear on Friendly Planet s Cyber Monday page soon .

Gate 1 Travel

Gate 1 Travel s sixth annual Black Friday sale includes several promo codes. $50 off when you spend $500 or more with promo code BLKFRDY50. $100 off when you spend $1,000 or more with promo code BLKFRDY100. $250 off when you spend $2,000 or more with promo code BLKFRDY250, $500 off when you spend $4,000 or more with promo code BLKFRDY500, and $1,000 off when you spend $10,000 or more with promo code BLKFRDY1000. Sale is online only on Nov. 26th.


While REI will be closed on Black Friday, REI Adventures. the tour operator division, is taking $600 off the Loire Valley Cycling Trip  when booked between Thanksgiving and December 6, 2015, and $500 off San Juan Islands Multisport Trip  booked between Cyber Monday and December 6 2015. (UPDATE:  REI Adventures is no longer offering discounts on their Loire Valley Cycling Trip, but they are continuing to offer $500 off their San Juan Multisport adventure .)

Abercrombie Kent

The luxury adventure travel company will be offering a massive sale from Cyber Monday through December 4. Privately-guided tours to the world s most sought after destinations will be offered at up to 50% off. with savings up to $3000 (including Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Petra, Masai Mara, and Angkor Wat). Book on the website or call (800) 554-7094.

andBeyond Game Reserve

Dreaming of an African animal encounter? It doesn t get any better than this! Get up close and personal with conservationists and animals, as you watch either rhinos or elephants be found, followed, and tranquilized to gather important conservation data. The Rhino Notching or Elephant Coloring during a lodge stay in andBeyond’s Phinda Private Game Reserve  is 50% when booked on Cyber Monday for any stay between January 10 and December 20 2016.



Expedia is offering a special Black Friday discount coupon on the Expedia app. You can get up to 75% offer on select hotels. The sale starts November 27 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. Get an extra 10% or more off on select hotels for member pricing.


Hotels.com is running a deal now through Black Friday, with 50% off select destinations including New York, San Francisco, Orlando, San Diego, Miami, and other US Destinations.


Save $100 this Cyber Monday when you book select hotel rooms over $100 on Orbitz using the Visa Checkout option. Look out for hotels that say Promo Code Eligible (not all major hotel chains are included in this deal) and use promo code VISACHECKOUT when you book online. Reservations must be made on Nov. 30 for travel thru Jun. 30, 2016.

Seven Stars Resort

Dreaming of a warm weather retreat? Black Friday is the day to buy it! The Seven Stars Resort on Providenciales of Turks and Caicos is offering 50% off all rooms booked from Black Friday until November 30, for stays between April 16 and August 12, 2016.

Rancho Bernardo Inn

For a sunny escape a bit closer to home, the Rancho Bernardo Inn of San Diego is offering 50% off all rooms booked on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, for stays through January 7, 2016.

Naples Grande Beach Resort

From 6-7 a.m. Eastern time on Cyber Monday, Naples Grande Beach Resort is selling 100 rooms for $100. This is one of the best hotels in Florida and rooms usually go for at least US$215 per night. Book directly from their website for the quick deal.

The Lodge at Vail, RockResort, Austria Haus

Ski lovers aren t left out of the Black Friday deals, as these three fabulous Vail hotels are offering up to a 50% discount for purchases made between November 25 and December 1, for stays during this ski season. Deals can be found on Snow.com .

Morgans Hotel Group

Book on Black Friday for 41% off specific dates on stays at hotels under the Morgans Hotel Group. a high-end hotel chain with a variety of design hotels to more tranquil retreats. The chain has branches in London, Miami Beach, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Istanbul, and soon in Doha.

Barceló Hotels Resorts

Save up to 55% on stays at Barceló Hotels Resorts  when you book anytime from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Get an extra 5% off using the promo code BBLACKFRIDAY. The hotel chain has over 100 hotels and resorts in Spain, Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico.

Omni Hotels Resorts

Omni Hotels Resorts is offering attractive hotel rates during its annual Season of Savings. Just book between now and Dec. 1 and traveling by Jan. 31, 2016. The hotel chain has hotels all over North America, and a few branches in Canada and Mexico. Some of the best promos include stays at the Omni Homestead Resort and the Omni Bedford Springs Resort from $119 per night.


Airfare bookings sites are staying suspiciously quiet this year about their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals but they re also typically revealed last minute.

Mark your calendar, and be sure to check plane ticket giants like Kayak. Skyscanner. and Vayama for great deals on the day of. Last year s deals were so good that four times the usual number of flights were booked worldwide!


Eurail Train Pass

This Black Friday, $100 off certain Eurail passes will be available through Rail Europe. including 30% off Eurostar Standard Premium tickets, $100 off bookings on certain passes (code EURAILCYBER100), and an extra $30 if you buy a $300 Rail Europe gift card.


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Best home-rent vacation sites #boston #travel

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The lure of holidaying in someone else’s home

In the last week Airbnb — the online accommodation matchmaker — sailed past 10 million bookings. That’s 8 million more than this time last year.

With travelers now making one booking on the site every two seconds, it’s the kind of growth that suggests sleeping in someone else’s home is not just acceptable to travelers, it’s something they actively want to do.

“As long as the world’s economy is still floundering,” says Thomas Lam, research head of property analysts Knight Frank, “travelers will look for cheap accommodation.”

Sites such as Airbnb, Roomorama and Great Space provide that option. They connect travelers with homeowners who are willing to rent out their rooms for a few days, and guesthouses and budget hotel businesses will feel the pinch in the long run, Lam said.

“While it can be cheaper to stay in hostels, even if you’re a solo traveler, renting an apartment can be a nice change from the hotel circuit and a comfortable way to feel at home far away,” says Jodi Ettenberg, author of travel blog Legal Nomads .

But which are the best, and what are their differences?

Here are some popular home-rent sites you could consider before your next trip.


Cheaper than hotels. in some cases.

Best for. Anyone hoping to avoid a hotel.

Price per night. From US$10 for an attic room in Italy to US$4,000 for a luxury home in Los Angeles.

When I took a month-long stay at an Airbnb host’s apartment in Hong Kong, it amounted to approximately US$2,315. Not cheap, but significantly less than any hotel offering the same amenities.

San Francisco-based Airbnb now markets around 200,000 bookable properties worldwide, everything from small single rooms to villas and castles.

Half are in Europe, around 55,000 in North America, 20,000 in Latin America and the remainder spread around Asia, Africa and Australia.

Guests can leave comments about their accommodation after staying, and hosts can leave comments about their guests, informing future hosts if there were any problems.

Airbnb also provides a US$1,000,000 “host guarantee ” policy to cover damage up to that amount. However this has come in for some criticism as a somewhat empty promise .

Searching is easy, and guests and hosts communicate via a site-based form. The only problem here is that both parties need to be responsive if a booking is going to go through. Not all hosts are as business-oriented as the hotel chains who have been doing this for decades.

Earlier this year Airbnb bought Crashpadder, a British-based site with around 7,000 spare rooms, not entire homes, in approximately 2,000 cities, including far-flung destinations like Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Dubai and Aruba.

That will help with the Olympics coming up, as Crashpadder had launched a new feature — London Olympic 2012 zone — to help people find accommodation close to the sporting events.

“Because we offer spare bedrooms in people’s homes, our hosts care a great deal about the experience their guests have,” said Crashpadder’s founder, Stephen Rapoport, before the acquisition.

“It also means you have a friendly local expert on hand to help you get the most out of a new city, recommend the best local restaurants, help you understand public transport, plan your itinerary and more.”


40,000 offices away from home.

Best for. Business travelers with a little extra to spend.

Price per night. From US$70 for a bedroom in Singapore to US$420 for an apartment in Greece.

Roomorama caters to travelers with mid- to high-end budgets. Visitors can choose from more than 40,000 properties worldwide.

According to Jia En Teo, co-founder of Roomorama, popular destinations include New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. Travelers are mainly from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy and Singapore.

Teo says the business focus is on obtaining high-quality properties that are “professionally managed.”

“Most of the properties on our site are owned by the hosts or managed by agents, but 80 or 90 percent of Roomorama properties are owned by hosts who have bought properties to rent out.”

The site is also targeted at business travelers, with the intention of being more cost-efficient than regular hotels. “Most apartments will be equipped with free Wi-Fi, washer, dryer and some even come with free parking — when you add up the cost savings that come from these extras, they can be rather significant,” says Teo.

A mobile application and instant booking services are pending features.

Great Space Inc.

Embrace the unexpected, head to Australia.

Best for. Travelers to Australia.

Price per night. US$17 for a studio apartment in Victoria to US$10,500 for a luxury home in Sydney.

With more than 1,000 listings, Great Space Inc. is a relative newcomer to the home rental industry and offers customers “experiential mobility,” as co-founder and CEO James Edwards puts it.

“We encourage people to embrace the unexpected, get outside their comfort zone, meet real people and expand their worlds,” says Edwards. “Throw away your guidebook and go with the flow, locally.”

The company’s main focus is the Asia-Pacific region, where people in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong use their services most frequently. Mobile applications are planned for later in the year.

Homeowners do take a risk when leasing their premises to strangers. According to Edwards, his company minimizes this issue by deploying a safety team to monitor the website and make physical checks on properties.


It’s big, and it’s coming your way.

Best for. Travelers to the United States.

Price per night. US$50 for a villa in Florida to US$750 for a beachfront home in California.

With 300,000 properties on its books, HomeAway claims to be the world’s biggest vacation rental site. And it’s likely to get bigger.

It has been on an expansion spree this year, buying a small stake in Tijua.com, a vacation rental site for China, and Toprural.com, a similar site for countryside accommodations in Southern Europe.

But it’s in the United States where it’s strongest, with thousands of homes in every state available for rent, including a luxurious condo in Hawaii for US$160 a night, one of its recent highlights.

“A family that stays together in one hotel room, with mom and teenaged Sally in one double bed and snoring dad and baby Johnny in the other, is, well, anything but relaxed,” the company states on its site.

“The multiple bedrooms and additional living space found in vacation rentals on HomeAway.com means the whole family can rest easy while on vacation. Many owners designate their houses ‘pet-friendly’ too, meaning even the furriest family member can have a little R R.”


Where to meet other cheapos.

Best for. Backpackers and other paupers.

Price per night. Free.

Lastly, CouchSurfing deserves a mention because its services have fostered a sense of community among global travelers.

Potential “couchsurfers” contact registered hosts with a spare bed (or couch) on the site, or even if they just to socialize with people when visiting a new city.

Elaine Ho, a teacher from Singapore, has couchsurfed in Paris and Kolkata.

“One thing about couchsurfing is that we find like-minded folks online and connect that way — if you’ve seen the online profiles, you get a sense of the person you’re going to meet,” she says.

“It’s a quick snapshot, which gives you an idea of whether you’d like the person. At best, you find best friends. At worst, you find a host you don’t really click with, but at least you get shown around a little.

“It’s like a global community just waiting to connect with you out there,” she adds.


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Best Family Travel Websites and Blogs #student #travel #agency

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Best Family Travel and Culture Websites and Blogs

Family Travel Forum. www.familytravelforum.com. Membership organization publishes newsletter and website on global family travel including destinations, health and parenting tips, travel deals, family tour operators and provides customized travel information.

The Family Travel Logue is written by an experienced traveler and mother of two.

Fun Time Family Trave l, www.funtimefamilytravel.com. This website specializes in families traveling with preschoolers; they offer a collection of family-friendly sites with specifics about amenities for little ones, from baby-sitters to high chairs.

Have Children Will Travel. Online family newsletter of travel resources and tips.

www.kinderstart.com. Search engine offering a wonderful listing of family-friendly accommodations, travel tips, and tours all over the world.

Littletravelers. Littletravellers.com. is a family travel site researched and run by parents for parents, provides you with unbiased advice and tips on family holidays, child-friendly accommodations, and things to do with children.

www.thefamilytravelfiles.com. An uneven mix of good links and reader contributions some areas are thin but others have good resources.

Travel for Kids. www.travelforkids.com. This website combines fun things to do with practical tips, as well as family travel restaurant guides. We especially like the recommendations for children s books about destinations worldwide.

www.travelwithyourkids.com. Features tips from real parents on how to travel internationally (or just long distances) with children. Topics covered include: getting kids ready to travel, health and safety, getting passports and visas, sections on traveling while pregnant, international adoptions, and a special section on moving and living abroad.


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Best Travel Websites for Booking Cheap Flights #travel #guides

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The 10 Best Websites To Help You Book Cheap Flights

This is the time of year when my friends and family start to ask me What s the best website to book a cheap flight? . With 2015 finally upon us, everyone is getting excited about using that new batch of vacation days they got when the clock struck midnight.

Booking a cheap flight and the best flight are not always the same thing. Sometimes you have to spend a little more to have a better experience but ultimately the decision is yours. We re here to show you the best tools available online, no matter what your goal is when booking a flight.

If you still use Expedia to search for flights we have some important news for you. Stop. Stop it right now. Delete it from your bookmarks. Done? Okay, good.

Whether you want someone to do all the work for you (FlightFox) or wanted a detailed analysis of your trip (Momondo) we ve got options for everyone. We actually highly recommend you use 3 or 4 of these sites at one time to find the best price and flight for your vacation.


What is it? Adioso takes the guessing games out of when to fly, for how long and where to.

Who is it for? Travelers with flexible schedules who want to quickly find the best flights for their trips.

Adioso is amazing. If you’ve never used it, your life is about to change. Not sure where and when you want to go? Enter a general timeline for when (June) and where (Europe) and Adioso will give you the best cities to visit at the best prices. What’s even more incredible is their natural language search engine. It let’s you input searches like “NYC to South America in July for 12 days” and out comes the perfect results for your dream trip.

My favorite part of Adioso for the traveler who knows exactly what they want, is their “Smart View” flight finder. Simply put in your exact dates and location and out comes 3 options for your journey: the cheapest trip, the best overall trip and the shortest flight. It takes out all the hard work of looking through every flight to find your best options.


What is it? FlightFox is a marketplace of flight experts who find you the best flights.

FlightFox is perfect for the traveler who wants to save money but doesn’t want to do the hard work. It’s all the best parts about using a travel agency without having to actually leave your house. For a small fee of $49 you can have a team of 15 experts from FlightFox work to find you the best flights at the best prices. Simply sign up, submit your itinerary and trip goals (where, when, how long, to save money, flexibility, etc) and let the team of experts at FlightFox do all the hard work. Their customer feedback and satisfaction says a lot about how good they are. See for yourself.

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Google Flight

What is it? Google’s very own flight search engine that uses a powerful software to find routes/prices.

One of my favorite tools for finding the best time to fly is Google Flights. Google purchased the licensing rights to ITA Matrix in 2011 (a travel agents best friend) and now they use the software to power their flight engine searches. Google Flights offers a really great map view to help you drag and drop to different destinations. It also shows you each month at a glance so you can help figure out which days, weeks or months are cheaper to fly to your favorite destinations. We recommend using Google Flights as a tool to the start of your research before you move on to more detailed searches and bookings.



What is it? A flight search engine that rates your results based on various factors that impact your happiness.

Routehappy has one goal in mind: to give you the best price with the best experience. Each result from your search is graded out of 10 on their “Happiness Scale” based on 6 different factors like legroom, Wi-Fi, time traveled and more. You’ll find that a majority of the time flights rated with the highest happiness factor (8+) are also one of the cheapest available. RouteHappy also work with SkyScanner (mentioned previously) to make sure you’re seeing all the best flight options available. That’s a win win in our books.

The Flight Deal

What is it? Blog/Twitter account that posts only the best of the best flight deals and discounts available.


What is it? A search engine that offers detailed analysis and insights for your requested trip.

What impacts the price of flights from your local airport? What’s the cheapest time of the year to fly from JFK? What’s the best airline to fly with to your destination? Momondo answers all these questions and more. They set themselves apart from other airlines by offering you the same at a glance services on top of their incredibly detailed and thoughtful analysis. Seriously, the amount of information they gather and present about your trip is insane. Try a search for yourself and click on “Flight Insight” to see what we’re talking about.

Sometimes a computer just can’t do the trick no matter how many algorithms it wants to run. Use Momondo to analyze all the information they present and then decide for yourself what flight is right for you.


What is it? A flight search engine that factors in every aspect of your journey before showing you the best flight.

Hipmunk is a flight search engine with a personality and we love it. Hipmunk’s “Agony” search engine will present you with the best flights, at the best prices, that offer the most bang for your buck. They’ll show you what they consider the best airfare but it may be $100 more than other cheaper fares. When that flight is 5 hours faster, has 3 more inches of legroom (yes, please!) and no connections, you won’t be complaining about the price difference. Cheap doesn’t always mean it’s the best option.

Combine that with a beautiful website and interface and you’ve got one of our favorite flight search engines on the web.


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Travel website customer reviews, ratings, complaints and best rated travel sites list.The latest travel information, deals, guides and reviews from USA TODAY Travel.Forbes is a leading source for reliable news and updated analysis on Travel. Read the breaking Travel coverage and top headlines on Forbes.comCompare all the top travel sites in just one search to find the best hotel deals at HotelsCombined.com awarded world’s best hotel price comparison site.We award Booking.com with our pick for best travel site for their usabilty, variety of accomodations and secret deals like half-off hotels for short windows of time.Latest travel news and reviews on UK and world holidays, travel guides to global destinations, city breaks, hotels and restaurant information from the Guardian, the Just as you might let a chef like Joel Robuchon or Thomas Keller use their judgment in cooking you dinner, there is a piece of mind that comes from knowing Plan your travels with PlanetWare and our dedicated group of travel writers who offer their ideas on where to go, what to see, and tips for making the most of your trip.World s Largest Travel Site. 200 million+ unbiased traveler reviews. Search 200+ sites to find the best hotel prices.The Michelin Green Guide thousands of destinations worldwide, tourist sites, restaurants, hotels, useful information for organising your trips on Michelin Travel

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Cheap flights and how to outsmart airlines to get the best

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Buy your ticket eight weeks in advance, fly with different carriers or book a risky ‘hidden city’ fare: How to outsmart airlines and find the cheapest flights



Thanks to the internet it’s never been easier to book a dream getaway or tailor a trip to one’s desires, but high costs can keep holidaymakers’ travel plans grounded.

One of the most agonising experiences is missing a deal on a flight or booking a ticket and seeing a lower price just days later.

There are a few tricks or secrets people can tap into to secure the lowest possible fare – especially those who plan ahead, are flexible with their travel dates or are willing to take a risk.

Those who are flying to an international destination should book 150 to 225 days in advance, a study found

Book at least eight weeks in advance

For domestic routes, the lowest fares are usually found 50 to 100 days before departure, with the absolute lowest fares found about 57 days prior, according to a study by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC).

Those who are flying an international route should plan even farther in advance – between 150 and 225 days – with the best deals around the 171-day mark, the study found.

A similar study by CheapAir found that the best time to book a domestic flight falls between 29 and 104 days in advance.

Still, airlines have been known to offer deals on airfare just a couple weeks before departure to fill a plane.

Some website, such as Kayak, allow users to receive a price alert when a fare drops.

Research suggests the lowest possible fares are typically found on Sundays and Tuesdays

Book on a Sunday or Tuesday

Research from ARC suggests that the lowest fares are found on Sundays and Tuesdays, regardless of the domestic or international destination.

Smart travellers will check prices every day of the week, as prices tend to fluctuate.

Experienced travellers know the cheapest flights tend to be early in the morning or late at night

Fly on off-peak days or at off-peak times

Those who are looking to jet abroad for an extended weekend will find the greatest savings if they fly out on a Thursday and return on a Monday.

Alternatively, people who depart on a Saturday and return on a Tuesday can save up to 25 per cent compared with booking a more expensive Sunday return.

FareCompare.com analysed thousands of flights in the US and Canada and determined the cheapest day of the week to fly is Wednesday.

Early risers and those who can sleep on a plane have an advantage, as the cheapest flights tend to be early in the morning or late at night.

And travelling at low season usually guarantees a better deal.

‘Hidden city’ fares involve a passenger booking a flight with a stopover and skipping the connecting flight

Find ‘hidden city’ fares

So-called ‘hidden city’ fares offer big savings and were mostly a secret until the website Skiplagged was sued by United Airlines and Orbitz last year.

A judge threw out the case, arguing it was filed in the wrong court, allowing founder Aktarer Zaman to continue to operate Skiplagged out of a New York City apartment.

It works like this: A passenger books a flight from Point A to Point B with a stopover at their desired destination, and doesn’t bother to board the connecting flight to Point B.

For example, someone looking to travel from New York to St Louis could save more than $60 if they booked a flight from New York to Chicago with a stopover in St Louis, as opposed to a direct flight.


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Cheap Flights to Rome and grab the Best Deals on Online

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Also known as the Eternal City, Rome is famed for its beautiful plazas, romantic atmosphere and an excellent art scene. Home to more than 900 churches, several world class museums and ancient attractions, Rome has something for everyone. When vacationing in Rome, don’t miss classic attractions like St Peter s Basilica, Colosseum, the historic city center and the Museum of Roman Civilization. Make sure you are visiting the Pantheon and the Roman Forum.

Book Your Flight to Rome with CheapFares.Flights

Booking your flight with CheapFares.Flights helps ensure that you ll be getting the cheapest available tickets to Rome. With our Best Price Guarantee, you know that we can provide you with the fantastic low prices on flights to Rome, and with our 24/7 customer service you can always reach us during your trip

When to book your flight to Rome

Rome is great to visit between June to September, to acquire cheap tickets to Rome, consider traveling in the low travel months (October to March) of the year. During the off-season, Rome can be explored wonderfully. The streets are empty, attractions are less crowded and hotel offers slashed rates. April to May is another great time to visit Rome. This season offers lesser tourists and a great weather to explore the city.

Rome Airports

The major airports in Rome are the Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and the Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. FCO offers non-stop scheduled passenger flights to top destinations including Athens, Madrid, Vienna, Dhaka, Brussels and more. The airport offers auto, train, bus, taxi and public transport for you to have an easy exit from the airport. CIA serves as the secondary airport of Rome and serves Rome and Vatican City. Do remember to compare the airfares for both the airports to get the cheapest flights to Rome.


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Cheap Laptops In Uk Bank – Best Laptops 2015 #best #travel

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Travelzoo Picks Best Travel Deal Destinations for 2015 #travel #web

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Travelzoo Picks Best Travel Deal Destinations for 2015

Nov 03, 2014 | Updated Jan 03, 2015

Travelzoo A global Internet media company and trusted publisher of travel, entertainment and local deals

Travelzoo Deal Experts have combed the world over looking for destinations where U.S. travelers will get the biggest bang for their buck in 2015. We present the Wow Deal Destinations for 2015 . Brazil, Puerto Rico, Texas Hill Country, Cruising Asia and Dubai — based on travel trends, national events and our “deal expert” hunch.

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Travelzoo Picks 2015 Travel Deal Destinations

1. Brazil. Visit this South America hot spot during its “gap year” — between 2014’s FIFA World Cup and the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics. More than 111,000 soccer-loving Americans visited Brazil this past summer. To accommodate the influx of sporting tourism, the country plans to open more than 400 new hotels by 2016. The airlines aren’t far behind either, with carriers such as American Airlines adding new nonstop routes to its schedule. Wholesalers are quickly upping inventory as well with vacation deals saving up to $1000.

2. Puerto Rico. No U.S. passport required: enough said, right? Also, it’s never been easier to get to Puerto Rico as major airlines (JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines) launched new and/or increased services this past year. Combine that with the fact this Caribbean island is looking to add more than 5,000 hotel rooms by 2017, and you’ve set yourself up to grab deals that are up to 50% off.

3. Texas Hill Country. Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the deals. From San Antonio to Austin and the surrounding Hill Country, we found hotel deals aplenty, from $129 per night at 4-star resorts. With nearly a half-dozen new hotels opening in 2015, there’s plenty of places for every budget from boutique properties to sprawling, luxury resorts. Texas Hill Country is easy to navigate, just a three- to four-hour drive for Dallas and Houston residents. Flights are a breeze with two airports, Austin and San Antonio, serviced by low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

4. Cruising Asia. Cruise lines are expanding their fleets in Asia with new ship introductions and itinerary plans. Royal Caribbean International plans to move their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, to the Shanghai port; this large ocean liner allows for 4,190 more passengers to experience Asia by sea. Oceania Cruises alone has announced 12 new destinations for the upcoming 2015-’16 schedule focusing on longer, destination-intensive sailings to the likes of Jeju, South Korea, and Boracay Island, Philippines. As the itineraries multiply, so do the deals. Choose from large ocean liners or small, luxury ships with roundtrip air included.

5. Duba i: With 71 million annual passengers stepping foot in Dubai’s two airports, the city has positioned itself as a major player in global tourism. Travelers who visit now can take advantage of a building boom and early-bird deals ahead of the World Expo in 2020. A destination unto itself, Dubai is also a simple addition to international travel plans with direct flights from major cities including London and Bangkok. To ease the potential complexities of booking a trip we’ve secured vacation packages starting at $1999.

— Blaire Constantinou is a producer at Travelzoo based in Los Angeles. Travelzoo has 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.


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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.

Caribbean Travel Deals” title=”Best Websites for Booking Caribbean Travel Deals: Sandals and Beaches All-Inclusive Resorts” width=”310″ height=”375″ class=”alignright size-full wp-image-1922″ /> Spot Cool Stuff was dubious (to say the least) of the luxury included claim until we went and inspect several Beaches and Sandals properties for ourselves. They really do make it possible to enjoy a luxurious beach vacation without ever pulling out your wallet. Not only is food included but outstanding gourmet food. Lobster, anyone? Drinks are top shelf brands. Unlimited golfing is included on quality, professional courses. Unlimited scuba is included too. So are concerts, water sports (motorized and not) and excursions to private islands. So are all tips and taxes (which are not insubstantial in most Caribbean countries). For a chill, easy, romantic luxury vacation, there s no easier and higher-quality way.

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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10 Best Travel Photography Websites #airline #tickets #cheapest

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10 Best Travel Photography Websites

by Heather on August 19, 2010

by Heather | August 19th, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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7 Best Rental Cars For Summer Vacation #online #travel #agents

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7 best rental cars for summer vacation

Renting a car for a summer trip

Whether you don’t want to put a lot of miles on your family car or are flying and need transportation when you arrive, renting a car makes sense. In the spirit of family getaways as a warm-weather tradition, Bankrate assembled the seven best rental cars for summer vacation.

Because daily rental costs vary wildly based on the rental company, location and season of the year, rental rates didn’t factor into the picks. Bankrate advises shopping around among rental companies for the best deal. Each pick, though, received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest crash-test score of “good” in crash tests. All are also an IIHS “top safety pick.”

Comfort is a key requirement for any vacation vehicle. Each of these picks earned a rating of “good” or better from the testers at Consumer Reports for ride quality and interior noise, as well as front-seat and rear-seat comfort.

Finally, Bankrate considered fuel economy as estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency. All provide very good mileage for their size. The EPA-estimated miles per gallon are based on 2013 models with automatic transmissions.

Rental car companies have their own methods for defining compact, midsize or large. Sometimes, this involves making customers think they are getting more car than they are. Bankrate used EPA classifications. Bankrate also included at least one rental company offering each car.


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

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Score the Best Flight Deals on These 10 Sites

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

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

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

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

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

1. GetGoing

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

2. Flightfox

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

3. FlyinAway

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

4. Hipmunk

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

5. Geneo

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

6. Momondo

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

7. Bing Travel

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

8. Google Flights

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

9. Yapta

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

10. Adioso

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


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

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10 Best Hotel Websites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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15 Best Travel Photo Blogs #book #airline #tickets

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15 Best Travel Photo Blogs

We all love to travel but when it s impossible or we are just waiting for the next flight, reading other blogs and looking at incredible travel photography is the next best thing. And it most often makes us want to travel even more.

The blog is run by Gary Arndt, who s been traveling around the world since March 2007. The blog is updated almost daily with interesting information and photos. There’s a daily photo section which is also available for those who check out his Facebook page .

2. Stuck in customs

It s the #1 Travel Photography Blog on the Internet and the author, Trey Ratcliff, has been featured on BBC and other shows. His life is not centered on photography but you cannot spot that in his blog, which is updated daily with stunning photos. The same photos can be found on his Flickr account

The blog is run by Herbert Wong, who’s been traveling to few places, mainly independently. The impressive photographs are updated regularly and there’s also the possibility to select them based on countries and other categories.

The author, Xander, currently lives in Cape Town and covers the life in the Southern Hemisphere. The blog is updated regularly with interesting photos and information about travel, food and style.

Yegor Korzh is a freelance travel photographer based in Sydney who publishes articles and photographs from Australia and overseas. Besides the possibility to read the blog posts, there’s also a large collection of photo albums which can be browsed.

The site is much more than a simple blog. There are plenty of photo galleries to browse and if you are interested in photography, the tutorial provided are excellent (whether you have any experience photographing or you don’t).

The blog is run by Eunice, who keeps a record of her travel experiences. The award-winning blog is updated almost on a daily basis with interesting information and great photos.

The interesting blog is filled with valuable information and super photography, covering various aspects of life, from food to architecture and culture. The author is currently embarking on a long trip (so the blog is not updated regularly at this point). However, you should follow him on Twitter to get the latest photos and details.

9. From the Faraway, Nearby

The blog is run by TR Ryan, who’s got a background in journalism. He is a traveler and photographer, sharing a photographing journal celebrating his native Oklahoma and the places he visits. Updated regularly, the posts are filled with super photos and interesting information.

It’s a different kind of travel photography blog…the kind which posts photos from the community and encourages anyone who has taken great photos to submit them. It definitely has the feel of a photo collection rather than a blog, but it’s incredible.

As the name suggests, this blog is filled with beautiful photography and interesting information about places in the United States.

The blog is run by Neil Wade, who’s a freelance photographer living in Taipei, Taiwan. The blog comprises photography, tips, inspiration and insight to the good life in Taiwan. There is also a gallery which comprises stunning photos, organized by location.

The blog is run by Kari who writes it in a journal form, filled with photos and stories. Right now she discovers (and re-discovers) Senegal but she plans to travel on the African continent.

This is the only blog in French from the list but a photo speaks a thousand words so you really don’t need to speak the language to be fascinated by the photos. Julien Minard presets the photos he has taken during the last years in India.

15. Budapest daily photo

The blog is three years old and let me tell you something: you really get addicted looking at the photos and reading the information. If you have been to Budapest (Hungary) this blog will spark memories and make you want to go back; if you haven’t, it will make you consider Budapest as your next travel destination.

We have to admit to being partial to this one because it s part of the BootsnAll Travel Network. It s not a blog in the traditional sense, but since 2005 it has featured one excellent travel photo each day, submitted by its readers. That means if you have a great travel shot yourself you can submit it and share it with the community. Have a look and you ll notice that it always features high quality photos, and you ll also be able to see what s happening with the WhyGo destination guides as well.

Bonus: Photo collections albums

The blogs are excellent when you are looking for the story behind the photo and usually end up following the writers on a daily basis. But there are also wonderful photo collections out there which are just great when you get dull of your desktop picture.

Northern Europe is very picturesque, no matter the season, although you probably won’t want to freeze your behind visiting the area in the middle of winter. You can admire numerous photos taken in Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden and Norway).

You can find photos from all over the world and upload your own.

I don’t know about you, but I’m hooked on European cities. It started slowly when I fell in love with Budapest and Vienna and now I just cannot stop checking out photos from all over Europe. If you visited Europe before, the site will spark memories; if you haven’t been to Europe yet, the site will make you want to pack your bags.

I might be biased but few countries are more beautiful than Greece (really, are they?). You can see for yourself what I m talking about as the site is filled with beautiful photos taken in Greece.

A fantastic collection of member-submitted photographs from around the world, handily categorized into such topics as Creepy Cave Tours, Towel Animals, and World s Best Toilets.


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24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2015 #book #flights #cheap

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24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2015

by Team Fathom

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This is what it looks like when we plan a trip at Fathom HQ.

When we compiled our original 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites. we thought we were creating an index that would be useful for readers and for ourselves. Little did we know it would become the most popular feature we’ve ever published.

Three years later, the web has evolved and new talent has emerged. After considering hundreds of sites (the internet: it likes to travel), we’re proud to announce the 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites of 2015 .

This year, we’re honing in on personal journeys and very specific lenses people use when traveling. You’ll find a blog that distills the world into 12-hour itineraries, a website that catalogs the world’s best reading nooks, an online compendium of weekend jaunts from NYC, and a guide to traveling in search of the best oysters. Happy exploring.



Fathom has three missions: To help you indulge your love of travel, whether you’re on the road or staying home. To narrow down endless options (hotels, sites, destinations) to those that are special. And to find the best travel stories.

These sites help us deliver all of the above, through their hotel intelligence, off-road adventures, great writing, and serious travel porn. We’ll be collecting stories and dispatches from these amazing travelers regularly throughout the year. We’re thrilled to get to know them better, and we hope you are, too.

WHY 24?

And not 10 or 25 or 100? You’ll see 24 a lot around Fathom. For a few reasons: We want to deliver a balanced but concise mix of options, and twenty sometimes isn’t enough. And mainly because it’s our lucky number.


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World s Best Hotels 2013 #direct #travel #insurance

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World s Best Hotels 2013

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Which hotels deliver the most extraordinary experiences? Check the results of Travel + Leisure ’s annual survey to find out.

Picture a cypress-lined road in Tuscany. Now picture yourself arriving at a 10th-century former castle on more than 4,000 acres of rolling hills. Welcome to Castello di Casole, a new 41-suite hotel that already ranks as No. 2 in the world.

We asked our readers to vote in the 18th annual World’s Best Awards for properties like Castello di Casole that have won them over—weighing in on categories such as rooms, location, service, food, and value. The resulting list is not only a go-to hotel resource for planning your next trip, but also reveals the destinations that are important now.

One of the most exciting trends is the desire to get off the grid. For the first time this year, Four Seasons Resort Bora-Bora and the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand (tied at No. 5) debuted among the top 10 hotels overall for their respective regions. And T+L readers crowned a new No. 1 hotel: Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp in Botswana.

Luckily, there are plenty of amazing places to stay closer to home. U.S. properties represent nearly 20 percent of the top 50 list, from Triple Creek Ranch (No. 13), with 23 intimate cabins with wood-burning fireplaces in western Montana to Elizabeth Pointe Lodge (No. 25) on Amelia Island, FL, with its turn-of-the-century-inspired décor and enormous marble soaking tubs.

Whether you’re ready for a nature retreat or eager to pound the pavement of Hong Kong, Berlin, or Beverly Hills, there’s a property for you among the World’s Best Hotel winners. Read on, and let the daydreaming begin.

—Jennifer Flowers


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Flying on a Dime: The 3 Best Websites To Find Cheap

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Flying on a Dime: The 3 Best Websites To Find Cheap Flights

The holiday season is upon us and many of us are planning trips. A question I get all the time is how can I find a cheap flight?  To answer that question, I will cover 3 cheap flight websites for your flying escapades – 2 of them have worked great for me flying from the United States to all over the world and the last one was suggested by the MakeUseOf founder Aibek Esengulov for being a great website for finding flights from Europe to elsewhere.

So hopefully we have got you covered with these 3 sites:

CheapFlights (US only) – CheapFlights is my first go-to cheap flight website to start looking for inexpensive flights. I have probably used them over 100 times in the last 5 or 6 years. I consistently find good deals and most of the time at the last minute.

Go ahead and fill out where you are coming from and going to select your flexibility and hit the find deals now button.

Once you hit that button, the site will do its magic searching like so:

You will see the dates are scattered over the next month or so – see if one floats your boat and click on it to go to the corresponding site and book it!

Next up is Cheapo Air. Cheapo Air has international flights both ways. When you get to their homepage it will look like every other major air flight finding service but it will find you some seriously cheap flights – there might be 2 or 3 stops or even a layover – but if cheap is your goal here you will find a flight.

You have to specify an exact date and time range to where you are going and it will find you the cheapest rates available.

Cheapo Air returned cheap flights as you can see below:

$219! That beats our original site by $70. For someone looking to to save some money, not bad! The trip includes 1 hour and 2 minutes of a layover in Atlanta and they switched my home airport from JFK to Newark, not bad!

Our last site is called SkyScanner which does United States flights as well as European flights. SkyScanner should be your site of choice for booking flights that start or end outside of the United States.

Fill out your information and let’s see what she returns”¦

So going from the United States to the Bahamas costs a lot more from here, but looking for airfares from the United Kingdom to New York we see some great deals:

They let you build your round trip by selecting one flight from the left and one from the right.

You can find some great deals from all three of these sites.  But I’m sure there are plenty of other sites where you get your cheap flights from. Feel free to share your favorite sites in the comments!


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The Best Time and Weather to Travel to the Caribbean #volunteer

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The Best Time and Weather to Travel to the Caribbean

The southeastern region of the Caribbean has the fewest hurricanes and is relatively safe for travel during hurricane season. (Photo: NA/Photos.com/Getty Images )

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The Caribbean includes more than 5,000 islands, reefs and cays. Among the most popular are Aruba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Barbados and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The average temperatures in this climate zone fluctuate, with lows in the low 70s Fahrenheit in winter and daytime highs in the mid-to-upper 80s in summer. The best time and weather to travel to the Caribbean largely depends on the traveler’s preference for weather and travel conditions.

Holiday and High Season

Winter is considered the high season for tourism to the Caribbean, largely because travelers want to escape the cold winter weather of the north. Tourism booms from mid-December through mid-April. The winter weather in the Caribbean features little rainfall and has average lows in the low 70s and average highs in the mid-80s. Northern Caribbean destinations’ lows are closer to the 60s, while southern islands’ lows are in the 70s. This is the perfect time to travel if you don’t mind large crowds and paying top dollar for accommodations, but reservations should be made months in advance because so many travelers prefer this time frame.


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The Best Online Travel Sites of 2016 #travel #super #market

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Online Travel Sites Review

by Amy Smith

The top performers in our review are Orbitz. the Gold Award winner; CheapTickets. the Silver Award winner; and Priceline. the Bronze Award winner. Here s more on choosing a site to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of the top 10 travel sites.

Travel can offer adventure, relaxation or access to vital business contacts, and even a perfect combination of all three, at times. The best online travel sites ensure you get as much as possible for each dollar in your travel budget. They also help you make the most of every minute of your time when you are in the market for a great vacation package. These sites make it easy to quickly organize every facet of your trip flights, lodging and any short trips in between. The best of them allow you to package different aspects of your trip for ease and savings.

Establishing a relationship with the right site can lead to many rewarding travel experiences over many years. Booking with the wrong site can lead to various frustrations related to limited selection, overly strict or impossible-to-find cancellation policies, hidden fees, high prices and low quality customer service.

As we began our online travel sites review, we wondered if there would be a best travel site for flights and a different one for car rentals and other aspects of a vacation. Happily we found quite a few travel sites that do a good job at multiple types of bookings, under various circumstances. This ability to multitask is one thing that sets travel sites apart from hotel booking sites, which are excellent for finding lodging. Zeroing in on the perfect hotel room, in the perfect area, for the perfect price is valuable, but some trips require planning help for all aspects of your journey. That’s when an online travel site is best. It can become a virtual travel agent that works with impressive speed to find deals and even steals for travel and lodging. For more information, check out our articles about online travel sites .


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The Best Time to Buy International Plane Tickets #interline #travel

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The Best Time to Buy International Plane Tickets

Buying international plane tickets mid-week could save you money. (Photo: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images )

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Flights can be one of the first things to consider if you’re planning an international trip. Although you might have hotels and transportation to plan, the price of your flight could dictate what destinations you choose based on cost. Flight prices can vary from day to day so checking price comparison websites can help you snag the best deal. However, other factors including the amount of time before you want to travel and the day of the week you book can also impact the final cost of your plane tickets.

Advance Booking

Booking tickets in advance can help get flights at a lower price. Rick Seaney, CEO of farecompare.com, recommends buying tickets around four months before you plan to travel. He says that airlines don’t usually release cheaper tickets before this time but, when released, reduced seats are likely to sell quickly. Therefore, you should start checking price comparison websites well before you want to leave.


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The Best Travel Credit Card of 2015: Chase Sapphire Preferred #airline

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But apart from the Ultimate Rewards program, how did we come to the conclusion that the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card provides the best overall value for everyday finances as well as travel redemption? We asked and answered the following questions:

1. How many redemption options are available with the points?

The Sapphire Preferred has two different types of redemption options available. The first and best value can be achieved by using any of Chase’s transfer partners. There are 11 airline, hotel and rail travel partners for which points can be transferred at a ratio of 1:1. When a transfer is complete, the points immediately appear in the destination partner account no waiting required.

  • Airline transfer partners: British Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Hotel transfer partners: Hyatt, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriott and Ritz Carlton
  • Amtrak is also a transfer partner, allowing redemptions on any of their routes across the country

An alternative use of the points is to book travel directly through Chase’s portal. Redeemed points can be cashed in at a rate of 1.25 cents per point, so 10,000 points would equate to $125 in travel.

2. Are the points transferrable to my spouse, significant other or family?

Points earned with the Sapphire Preferred, known as Ultimate Rewards, can be transferred freely to a spouse or significant other’s account for free. This ability to combine points across accounts adds significant value to the program as there is never a need to worry about errant points.

3. How many points are awarded as a sign-up bonus?

There is a $4,000 minimum spending requirement to be met within the first three months of the card opening, and then 50,000 bonus points are awarded to the user. Add another authorized user to the account (and ensure they make a purchase within that same three-month period) and you’ll be awarded an additional 5,000 points!

4. How many points are earned for everyday spend?

The Sapphire Preferred card earns one point per dollar on everyday spending.


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The 4 Best Travel Medical Insurance Companies of 2015. #travel #rep

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The 4 Best Travel Medical Insurance Companies

Latest Update November 11, 2015

Like MH Ross, CSA Travel Protection insures you for up to $250,000 of emergency medical costs resulting from treatment you receive during your trip. This includes coverage for any surgeries, medications, and doctor visits you need. You also receive $1,000,000 of emergency medical transportation coverage. Not only does this cover things like ambulance transportation, but also the return of remains and bedside visits. If you’re traveling with young children and end up in the hospital, CSA Travel Protection also helps make sure your children get home safely. Pre-existing conditions are only covered under the Custom Luxe plan, however, so keep this in mind if you’re considering CSA Travel Protection.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by our advertisers. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by our advertisers. Reasonable efforts are made to present accurate info, however all information is presented without warranty. Consult our advertiser’s page for terms & conditions.


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The 35 Best Travel Sites #travel #health #insurance

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The 35 Best Travel Sites

Type travel into Google, and you get 172,000,000 results. Here are T+L’s annual picks of the sites you should bookmark now.

Five on-line travel agencies—Cendant, Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, and Travelocity—now control nearly half of the Web-based travel industry in the United States, and the proliferation of Internet travel bookings is outpacing the growth of the industry overall. With so many sites to choose from, though, which ones will best prepare you for your next trip?We’ve highlighted the top links for each category from airlines to weather.

AIRLINES Seats, airport lounges, airline services, and flights are all rated by visitors to www.airlinequality.com. a site created by international aviation consultants Skytrax, who also run Flatseats.com. the definitive guide to first and business class on more than 60 airlines.

AIRPORTS Click on any of the 56 worldwide airports on Airwise.com to get the latest terminal news, plus shop and restaurant directories and ground transportation options.

AUCTION SITE On Luxurylink.com you can bid on resort stays and packaged luxury vacations at discounted rates.

BLOG Virtualtourist.com has an astounding number of posts from 400,000 members in 200 countries, on subjects ranging from diving in Oman to bird-watching in Mauritania.

CRUISES Cruisesonly.com has photos, tours, and last-minute deals on 124 ships; try Cruisecritic.com for very candid reviews from die-hard cruisers.

CURRENCY Xe.com ‘s universal currency converter calculates foreign exchange rates for 184 currencies.

DIALING CODES Find international dialing codes, search a worldwide database of country and city codes, or reverse-search an international number on Kropla.com .

ECO-TRAVEL A carefully vetted collection of trips, activities, and 170 tour operators that benefit the environment and local communities can be found at www.responsibletravel.com .

ELECTRIC Kropla.com will also help you figure out which electrical system your destination uses and which plugs to pack.

FOOD Chowhound.com is rolling out sections on specific countries for its international posts. However, you still need patience to filter through the endless messages by foodies.

HEALTH CLUBS Find 5,600 gyms around the world (maps and driving directions included) at Healthclubs.com .

HEALTH SITE The travel section of the Centers for Disease Control’s www.cdc.gov/travel has been revamped. In addition to giving health updates by regions, it now organizes advisories into four levels of importance.

INSURANCE COMPARISON Insuremytrip.com provides quotes from its 14 travel insurance partners in an easy-to-read format.

INTERNET ACCESS www.geektools.com/geektels is a searchable database of more than 4,300 hotels worldwide that have wireless and wired high-speed Internet access.

LANGUAGE At times laughably literal, Altavista’s Babel Fish translation site, world.altavista.com. is helpful in a pinch. Translate a block of 150 words between 37 language pairs.

LAST-MINUTE SITE Smarterliving.com will e-mail you airfare deals once a week. TravelZoo.com ‘s weekly top 20 deals can be either last minute or advance sale; either way, they sell out fast.

LOYALTY PROGRAMS Webflyer.com will manage your mileage programs and keep you abreast of the latest air, hotel, and car-rental programs. It also has a mileage tool to help you consolidate points.

MAPS Search by address, business, or airport name at Mapquest.com. You can also get point-to-point driving directions.

PET Petswelcome.com is a searchable database of 25,000 pet-friendly hotels, B $339 a night at the W Los Angeles Westwood

Best New Feature Its package section has a calculator, so you can figure out how much more you’d be spending if you bought all the components separately

Flexible Searches Only for most popular domestic flights. But there’s a flexible hotel search option and a calendar showing the range of prices for specific dates

Car Rentals Following Travelocity’s lead, Expedia has rolled out “total pricing” (i.e. the price includes taxes and fees)


Price Test $202 for a round-trip flight from JFK to LAX Oct. 8-17; $284 a night at the W Los Angeles Westwood

Best New Feature Following a redesign, the site now lets you search for your return flight first, but will still show you round-trip fares to help you keep the price low

Flexible Searches For weekend trips (all weekends in a given month), flexible stays (by number of days), and bonus days (up to three days on either side of your chosen dates)

Car Rentals Orbitz, too, offers “total pricing.” The site searches 22 car-rental companies worldwide; Travelocity and Expedia offer 11 each


Price Test $203 for a round-trip flight from JFK to LAX Oct. 8-17; $288 a night at the W Los Angeles Westwood

Best New Feature When booking a cruise and flight together, you can choose from the site’s regular flight options rather than having to buy a pre-selected flight

Flexible Searches For both domestic and international flights, by the lowest prices first, but you must click through multiple windows to see all your options

Car Rentals The first of the three to introduce “total pricing.” Search for a rental location by address, zip code, or local attraction


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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

The provisions of this Catalog are not an irrevocable contract between the student and the University of Houston-Downtown. The University of Houston-Downtown reserves the right to change any provision or requirement of this Catalog at any time, including but not limited to degree requirements, course offerings, fees and listings in the calendar as necessitated by university or legislative action.

All universities establish academic requirements for granting degrees. Advisors, program coordinators and other university officials are available to assist students in planning how to satisfy these requirements, but students themselves are responsible for fulfilling them.

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In accordance with the amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965, known as the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, information regarding graduation rates may be found in Student Services and Enrollment Management (Room 380-South, 713-221-8100), and information on crime statistics may be found in the University Police Office (Suite 118-North, 713-221-8065).

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13 Types of Social Media Platforms and Counting – Decidedly Social


13 Types of Social Media Platforms and Counting

When I talk to people about social media marketing, the overwhelming majority of people only think about Facebook. They think social media equals Facebook. Although that makes sense given the ubiquity and widespread adoption of this social network, it is NOT the only lemonade stand on the block! Social media has proliferated and evolved into many new shapes and forms and there might be some hidden gems waiting for you and your business.

So what is social media?

Since the term “social media” was first introduced into our lexicon in 2004, the rapid changes in technologies and fragmentation into various forms of social media has been beyond belief. This evolution makes defining social media a bit slippery. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of social media is “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content”. Alright, that makes sense so let’s take a look at all of the different types of social media platforms that fit this definition.

List of social media platforms

  1. Social networking sites Facebook, Google Plus, CafeMom, Gather, Fitsugar
  • Micro-blogging sites Twitter, Tumblr, Posterous
  • Publishing tools WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace
  • Collaboration tools Wikipedia, WikiTravel, WikiBooks
  • Rating/Review sites Amazon ratings, Angie’s List
  • Photo sharing sites Flikr, Instagram, Pinterest
  • Video sharing sites YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler
  • Personal broadcasting tools Blog Talk radio, Ustream, Livestream
  • Virtual worlds Second Life, World of Warcraft, Farmville
  • Location based services Check-ins, Facebook Places, Foursquare, Yelp
  • Widgets Profile badges, Like buttons
  • Social bookmarking and news aggregation Digg, Delicious
  • Group buying Groupon, Living Social, Crowdsavings
  • Consider social media tools for business

    As a small business owner you may feel overwhelmed with all of the options. Take a deep breath…and know that you should NOT be active in all of these social media platforms for your business. Consider your business objectives and develop a targeted social media marketing strategy while being realistic about the time and energy you are willing to expend in your social media efforts.

    The main message is that there might be social media marketing alternatives to Facebook and other social networking sites that could give you a considerable business advantage. With Facebook moving to the Facebook Timeline format for all business pages (which many consider a disadvantage for small businesses ) looking at alternative social media marketing platforms may be more important than ever. Before you launch your presence on any platform consider the options and what works best for your unique business. Remember, strategy before technology!

    Can you think of any social media platforms that I ve missed? Thanks for commenting!


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    Beste broker vinden – Brokers Vergelijken #the #best #online #broker


    Beste online broker kiezen mijnbroker.nl

    Klik hier om direct alle online brokers te vergelijken

    Welkom op onze website. Als u iemand bent die geïnteresseerd is in het online beleggen maar nog niet goed weet welke broker u moet kiezen uit de vele keuzes dan bent u hier aan het goede adres! Op deze website kunt u namelijk brokers vergelijken en uitgebreid lezen over de verschillende online brokers en de verschillen die er deze tussen zijn. Op die manier vind je snel de beste online broker!

    Beste online broker vinden

    Wanneer je brokers vergelijkt kan het een uitdaging zijn om de beste broker te vinden. Dit is niet zo gek wanneer je bedenkt dat iedereen op zoek is naar iets anders bij een broker. Toch is het mogelijk om brokers op objectieve wijze met elkaar te vergelijken; je kijkt dan bijvoorbeeld welke broker het meest gebruiksvriendelijk of het voordeligst is. Door voor jezelf te bepalen wat je belangrijk vindt bij een broker kan je de juiste keuze maken.

    Meest gebruiksvriendelijk Plus 500

    Plus 500 is één van de meest populaire brokers voor de beginnende belegger. Dit kan dan ook gezien worden als één van de beste brokers voor beleggers die op zoek zijn naar gebruiksvriendelijke software om mee te handelen. De software is namelijk erg gebruiksvriendelijk en alle bekende Nederlandse aandelen zijn er te verhandelen. Wat ook interessant is, is het feit dat deze broker een demo verstrekt aan nieuwe leden van €20.000; op die manier kan je de mogelijkheden zonder risico uitproberen!

    Meest uitgebreid Markets.com

    Wanneer je uitgebreide analyses wilt doen is Markets.com handig. Binnen de broker software van Markets.com kan je namelijk eenvoudig technische analyse toepassen. Het is bijvoorbeeld mogelijk om door middel van horizontale niveaus aan te geven waar de prijs vaak blijft hangen. Deze mogelijkheden maken Markets.com de beste broker voor de gevorderde belegger; en het mooie is dat je gratis €50,00 ontvangt als nieuwe klant. Open een account bij Markets.com

    Populair IG Markets

    De laatste broker in het lijstje met beste online brokers is IG Markets. IG Markets staat vooral bekend om de uitgebreide mogelijkheden en de Nederlandstalige ondersteuning. Wel is de broker alleen geschikt voor mensen die met een groter bedrag gaan beleggen, aangezien de transactiekosten voor kleinere transacties te hoog zijn. Lees hier meer over IG Markets

    Op deze website

    Een voordeel voor u is dat deze website geen belang heeft bij wie u uiteindelijk kiest als broker, daardoor kunnen wij alles objectief zien en zo vertalen wij dat ook naar u toe. Op deze website kunt u onder meer lezen over wat aandelen nou precies zijn, wat kunt u ermee etc.

    Verder kunt u uitgebreid lezen over de AEX index. Tevens vind u op deze website een uitgebreid overzicht van wat een online broker nou precies is, doormiddel van dit overzicht zullen de vragen die u mogelijk nog heeft snel verdwijnen, alles komt voor u op een rijtje te staan van voordelen tot nadelen.

    Brokers vergelijken

    Er kunnen natuurlijk veel verschillen zitten tussen de online brokers, hier zult u dan ook echt alle voordelen van een online broker tegen komen maar door onze objectiviteit zult u zeker ook minpunten te lezen krijgen als deze aanwezig zijn. Op deze website vind u de volgende online brokers: Binck Bank . Alex . Lynx . Today s Brokers . IG Markets . Traders Only . Keytrade Bank en Saxo Bank . Op deze website zullen alle online brokers stuk voor stuk inhoudelijk worden behandeld, hier kunt u dan informatie vinden over de broker en een net overzicht van de voor en nadelen van die bepaalde broker.

    Online beleggen

    Online beleggen en aandelen kopen word de laatste jaren steeds populairder, dit omdat het erg gemakkelijk te doen is van uw computer. Wanneer u er niet voor kiest om te beleggen via bijvoorbeeld vastgoedfondsen of u uw vermogen niet wilt laten beheren door een vermogensbeheerder, dan kunt u zelf direct op de beurs beleggen. De broker is een tussenpersoon tussen de belegger en de markt, die als een soort makelaar aandelen van grote bedrijven koopt en verkoopt. Er zijn veel brokers, maar allemaal hebben ze beleggers en ook bedrijven in hun klanten lijst.

    Aandelen Kopen en Beleggen

    Het voordeel van alle online brokers is dat u zeer eenvoudig kunt beleggen zonder moeilijkheden. U neemt uw laptop bijvoorbeeld op schoot, en u kunt de beurs betreden. Winst maken met beleggen is dus veel toegankelijker geworden. En met de computerprogramma’s beperken ze zich niet tot bedrijven. U kunt namelijk ook beleggen in CFD . Forex . Opties en obligaties . Dankzij deze programma’s is beleggen niet alleen veel gemakkelijker geworden, het werkt ook gewoon heel prettig.

    Nadat u voor uw wensen de beste online broker heeft gevonden, kunt u beginnen met beleggen . Het enige wat u hiervoor hoeft te doen, is het downloaden van de gratis software die te vinden is op de website van de broker, die dan weer de schakel zal vormen tussen u en de beurs. Wanneer de software op uw computer staat, kunt u nog een keuze maken. U kunt namelijk in de werkelijke stand beleggen, maar ook in een stand met fictief geld.

    Beste online broker kiezen mijnbroker.nl


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    Washington Heights Locksmith # #washington #heights #ny #locksmith, #locksmith #company #in


    Washington Heights Locksmith Locksmith

    All Manhattan, NY locksmith needs are covered by Locksmith In Washington Heights Locksmith. Call us now at 877-800-9507 for the best Manhattan, NY locksmith services.

    Call us today: 212-710-2315

    We at Locksmith In Washington Heights Locksmith offer locksmith services for all your residential, commercial or automotive locksmith needs. We provide the fastest and most reliable work. With our 15 minute emergency response time, affordable rates, 24/7 availability and guaranteed professional assistance, Locksmith In Washington Heights Locksmith is your best bet in the whole Manhattan, NY area.

    All your locksmith concerns are taken care of reliably with Locksmith In Washington Heights Locksmith. We only have the best technicians for the job and we ensure you that no matter your locksmith problems, may it be residential, commercial or automotive, we will provide you the fastest, most affordable and most dependable service you can dream of. Wherever you are in town or any surrounding Manhattan NY area, we will respond to you a.s.a.p.

    Call us now and we?ll be there right away. We guarantee you our 15 minute emergency response time! Talk with our experts about your locksmith needs and they will answer you in no time. Here are some of the common services we provide:


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    • Master key system
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    • File cabinet locks concerns
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    • Door accessories installation and repairs
    • Electronic locks problems


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    • Key making or re-keying
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    Best Streaming Services – Get Rid of Cable – ALL YOU


    Best Streaming Services for Every Family

    If you have young children:

    Feeln . a division of Hallmark, has about 1,000 family-friendly movies. Think: Babe, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Footloose. The menu also includes more than 80 short films produced specifically for the service.

    What’s missing: Variety. This highly curated selection of titles is ideal for family movie night—not necessarily date night.

    Cost: $5 per month

    If your house is all sports, all the time:

    NBA /NHL /MLB streaming apps—for pro basketball, hockey and baseball—broadcast out-of-market contests: games played by out-of-state teams (some restrictions might apply).

    What’s missing: No home games. But if you’re willing to head to a bar or a pal’s house—or buy an antenna (most local games are broadcast on network TV)—you’re set.

    Cost per season. MLB.TV Premium, $130; NHL GameCenter Live, $170; NBA Game Time, $199. All together, that comes to about $42 per month.


    11 Ways to Find Hidden Cash

    If you’re already using Amazon.com for everything else:

    Amazon Instant Video gets you access to a huge selection of newer films, often the same day they’re released on DVD (such as Boyhood, Maleficent and Transformers: Age of Extinction). It’s free to sign up (you just need an amazon.com account), after which you purchase or rent movies and TV shows à la carte.

    What’s missing. For current TV shows, you’re probably better off with a Hulu Plus membership. That service has a huge inventory of current shows for a flat $8
    per month; one season of the same show on Amazon Instant Video would cost you $30.

    Cost: Two-day rentals start at $3.

    Amazon Prime (not to be confused with Amazon Instant Video) provides access to older HBO shows, like The Sopranos and The Wire, free two-day shipping on items ordered through amazon.com and free streaming of more than half a million books from the Kindle lending library (via the Amazon Instant Video app). Prime also offers exclusive series including Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor and Gaby Hoffmann.

    What’s missing: Brand-new movies and episodes of TV shows. The offerings can feel random. For instance, you can find Seasons 1 and 4 of Parenthood, but you have to pay for Seasons 2 and 3 on Amazon Instant Video.

    Cost: $9 per month


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    Best Android tablet apps of 2016 #best #tablet #apps, #best #apps


    Best Android tablet apps of 2016

    Best Android tablet app for photos: AR effect

    If you spend plenty of time admiring your holiday photos, Facebook photos, selfies, then you’ll want a photo suite that makes this pastime easier. For that, you’re going to need the best Android camera app and you should have some fun with it.

    AR effect (Augmented Reality) by Sony adds special effects to your photos and videos. It makes your reality even better. You can make virtual scenes with your photos. The preloaded choices of animations include masks, fairytales, underwater or dinosaurs. There are tons more you can download from Google Play.

    Creating your augmented reality scene is easy. You just choose your theme and the app automatically detects faces and surfaces and creates the scene around them. If you want to change something like a mask you just tap the face you want changed on your tablet.

    Best tablet app for gaming: Traffic Rider

    Traffic Rider is a first person, high-octane motorcycle game that’s best played on a tablet. The graphics are realistic and you feel like you’re moving through real traffic with the detailed circuit scenes.

    With Traffic Rider you are rewarded for taking more risks. Close collision calls are essential to a winning strategy on the game. So you get extra thrills by getting some near accidents. When you get close to hitting another driver, you are rewarded with extra time. Some of the modes require you get real close to other drivers.

    As you get better at the campaign mode you can unlock more motorcycles. There are 20 total bikes to unlock an each has its own handling, acceleration and braking. When you pass a circuit you get points that can buy more motorcycles or improve your abilities.

    Best tablet app for surfing the internet: Pushbullet

    Some of us use our tablets for hardcore productivity, but most of us use them for hardcore procrastination. I prefer to call it ”research” though. Whatever you call it, you can’t research much on a tablet without some great internet tools.

    We’re not just talking about Google Chrome (but feel free to check our best Android browsers list). Internet essentials such as Pushbullet make your browsing experience so much better.

    Best tablet app for exploring the world: NASA app

    Tablets have larger displays than phones so are great for visual content. When was the last time you explored the planet with Google Earth? Did you know you can even go underwater now and search for the Loch Ness Monster?

    The well the NASA app allows you to explore the entire world from a different perspective. It also lets you explore the entire universe.

    Best Android tablet app for kids: Marble Mixer

    If you’re not a kid (or act like a kid) yourself, you’ve probably bought a tablet primarily for your kids. Tablets are awesome for entertaining kids: they’re cheaper than consoles, with plenty of free games, educational potential and much less likely to end up with sticky goo clogging up the buttons.

    There are so many awesome apps in the Play Store for kids it’s not funny, but some of our favorites include Educational Games for Kids, or if you’re more into interactive music jams, Music Hero. But our favorite app for occupying kids of the big and small variety is Marble Mixer, a game simply too epic to be played on the small screen.

    Best Android tablet app for travel: Trip Advisor

    Tablets are great tools for travelers. Smaller, lighter and less expensive than a laptop, a tablet can be one of the greatest travel companions you have. The bonus is that booking flights, creating itineraries or generally organizing your trip can be just as simple with a tablet as it can be with a laptop.

    Before you even get started though, Trip Advisor is one app all globetrotters should have installed from the minute they step foot in the airport.

    Best Android tablet app for watching movies: VLC

    Watching movies is probably the single biggest reason most people buy a tablet. There’s no better way to pass a boring flight, train trip, or a lazy Sunday afternoon. But you need a solid movie player that’s up to the task, and they don’t come any more solid than VLC

    The PC user’s video player of choice, VLC, has been on Android for nearly two years. VLC is fantastic for playing back video in just about any format.

    Best Android tablet app for reading: Amazon Kindle

    One of a tablet’s biggest advantages over a smartphone is that you can spend hours reading on it without getting eye-strain. If you’ve got an endless library of classic ebooks clogging up your computer or gathering dust on your Kindle, then why not pop them on your new tablet so they’re always with you?

    They hardly take up any space either – that ‘1001 books you must read before you die’ list is going to need less memory than a Lady Gaga album.

    Any great apps or games missing from our lists? Tell us about them in the comments.

    Zinio SUCKS for Android tablets. It’s laggy, and it’s layout is not tablet friendly, compared to iPad version. They show your magazines in a LIST on a HUGE screen, where they should show as a GRID, just like on iPads. This will make the screen filled much more beautifully with contents, and it will actually look like tablet optimized. But they just did half-ass job, and say they optimized for tablets. Unfortunately, this is what many big companies do for Android tablet apps though. I really hope they step up their game.


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    Best Cheap Web Hosting #cheap #web #hosting, #cheap #hosting, #best #cheap


    Cheap Hosting – Best Cheap Website Hosting (2014)

    Cheap Hosting – Our Picks:

    If you’re looking for a cheap hosting alternative, there are only a couple of cheap hosting companies recommended by us. Although ipage.com is among the most affordable cheap website hosting companies, their #1 rank on our list is because of what they provide in their myriad of cheap hosting solutions. Just because webhostinghub.com offers some of the cheapest web hosting out there, that doesn’t suggest the service is subpar. Reliability is a large determining factor in our selection process for best cheap hosting companies. You might have noticed that nearly all website hosting companies boast 99% uptime. However, ipage.com distinguishes itself from the other cheap web hosts by using load balancing technology to effectively eliminate downtime.

    With load balancing, multiple servers are used to host your site. That way, your site is able to stay online on a different server even if another server goes down. Load balancing saves you time and helps prevent against the loss of sales if you have a commercial site. Please see our complete review for full details on why ipage.com is considered by us to be the best cheap web hosting company.

    Disclosure: We are a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review. We test each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

    Essential Information about Cheap Website Hosting.

    A few years ago, some of the cheapest web hosting companies cost around $10 or more each month. As more cheap hosting competitors cropped up, costs went down – substantially. Today, you can find cheap website hosting almost everywhere; after all, cheap web site hosting companies are a dime a dozen. However, not all cheap website hosts are the same. Below are key elements Web Hosting Report believes all the cheapest web hosting companies should offer for service and reliability:

    1. Reliability, Reliability, and Reliability: While nearly all of the cheapest web hosting companies promise 99.9% uptime, many of these cheap hosting companies fail to deliver on this promise. In compiling our rankings of all the best cheap web hosting companies, we spent more than three months gathering data from more than two years to see who offers the best affordable web hosting while still maintaining great uptime, customer service and reliability. As with any service, it s easy to find complaints. We compare the number of complaints with the number of positive comments to determine the reliability of all these cheap web site hosting companies.

    2. Customer Service: Web Hosting Report spent a good deal of time calling various cheap website hosting companies. With some of them, most of that time was spent on hold. With others, our time was spent speaking with competent and knowledgeable representatives. The cheap hosting companies at the top of our rankings provide quality web hosting support to webmasters of all skill levels. Customer support is very important because you never know when something can go wrong. When something does happen, you want to have confidence that the support will be there.

    3. Unlimited Bandwidth and Disk Space: Many of the cheapest . and some not so cheap website hosting companies, limit the amount of bandwidth and hosting space in your account. This was a major factor where we found variations in services from these cheap hosting providers. If your hosting space is very limited because you choose a cheap hosting service, than you may find that you could run out of space. If this happens, your choice to get cheap hosting could hurt you in the end. If you can’t store all your information, or your site is shut down due to not having enough bandwidth, then this could cause your site to go down or could even trigger hidden fees if you exceed your bandwidth quota.

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    Our rankings for the best affordable web hosting companies heavily weighs uptime reliability and customer service, as these are the most important elements of any cheap website hosting company . As far as we re concerned, everything else is a bonus. While it may be tempting to choose the cheapest web hosting service, the risk of downtime combined with lower quality service isn t worth the $10 or $15 a year you might save.


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    California Auto Insurance #best #motorcycle #insurance #in #california


    California Auto Insurance

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    Best Cooking Schools Around the World #best #culinary #schools #in #the


    Best Cooking Schools Around the World

    More than any historic home tour, the School of Artisan Food provides a true taste of Downton Abbey through classes in traditional English cookery: cider making, wild game butchery, and fruit preserves.

    It’s one example of the greater world of epicurean experiences that has opened up for travelers eager to pack their aprons and join immersion classes with local guides or expert cooks—whatever your time commitment, budget, and skill level.

    We’ve done the dirty work to identify the best cooking programs around the globe, from a half-day course on chicken gumbo in New Orleans to a farm in the scenic backwaters of Kerala, India, where classes center on family recipes for chutney and curries. They share the ability to help travelers understand a local culture and to revisit a favorite destination with a fresh perspective. After all, it’s exhilarating to start the day at a local market then sit down to a meal of pasta with truffles, tom yum goong, or coquilles St. Jacques of your very own making.

    Students are typically teamed up with multilingual instructors versed in the cuisine of the region. You can expect to pick up new kitchen skills and recipes, and lessons are often augmented by exclusive encounters with purveyors and artisanal growers, wine pourings at vineyards, and dinners set in private homes or at top chef tables tucked in a corner of their kitchen domain, so that you can observe pros in the heat of the action.

    Some programs are suited to a weeklong vacation: kneading dough with a master pizzaiolo in Naples or cooking spice-infused tagines at a villa in the Palmeraie outside Marrakesh. Other daylong sessions cater to those who simply want to whet their appetites. Hotels and resorts are increasingly offering classes as well. Before booking, ask about class size, type of equipment (knives, stovetops) provided, and what meals and accommodation are included.

    Here are the latest programs for seasoned cooks as well as beginners ripe for discovery.

    1 of 25 Courtesy of Culinary Institute of America

    Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, CA

    The Culinary Institute of America (from $2,195) at Greystone, in Napa Valley, runs a Flavors of Wine Country “boot camp” for beginners. The five-day, hands-on course introduces you to northern Californian cuisine, paired with wines from the world-class vineyards that surround the campus.

    Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany, Italy

    At the 12th-century Castello di Vicarello (from $260; doubles from $530), hotelier and cookbook author Aurora Baccheschi Berti focuses on the rustic cuisine of Maremma, on Tuscany’s southwest coast.

    Top Dish: Tortelli with ricotta and spinach, which you’ll prepare using the estate’s own olive oil and produce from the kitchen garden.

    5 of 25 Courtesy of Pizza Consulting

    Pizza Consulting, Campania, Italy

    In Naples, owner and master pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia of the celebrated Pizzeria La Notizia holds weeklong classes through his Pizza Consulting (from $950). Learn the secrets behind Neapolitan pizza—from proofing doppio-zero -flour dough to firing wood-burning ovens.

    Don’t Miss: A visit to one of the regional olive and tomato producers that supply Coccia’s restaurant.


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    Health Insurance Requirements for J-1, best international medical insurance.#Best #international #medical


    Health Insurance Requirements for J-1/J-2 Visitors

    Whether you are a J-1 student or J-1 scholar at UC Berkeley, health insurance coverage for yourself and all of your accompanying J-2 dependents is required throughout the period of your stay. The required coverage and health insurance plan enrollment depends on both your affiliation at UC Berkeley and U.S. federal requirements (e.g. U.S. Department of State and the Affordable Care Act).

    Visiting Scholars and Visiting Student Researchers

    Visiting Scholars and Visiting Student Researchers’ health insurance benefits are provided through Garnett-Powers Associates (GPA). See the UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Benefits Program (UCB-VSBP) website for detailed plan and enrollment information.

    Postdoctoral Scholars:

    • Health insurance benefits provided through Garnett-Powers Associates
    • Contact: Robert Kilbourne at [email protected] or call 510-664-9355
    • Additional information available at the VSPA website

    Visiting Professors, Lecturers and Researchers

    Please check with your department administrator regarding any benefits offered to you and your family through your UC Berkeley employment. If you have an insurance plan that meets all of the UC Berkeley and U.S. Department of State requirements but does not include medical evacuation and repatriation of remains, you must purchase supplemental insurance to make sure you also have this requirement covered. One option for supplemental insurance for medical evacuation and repatriation of remains is BETA through BETINS: International Health and Travel Insurance.

    J-1 International Students (Enrolled UC Berkeley Students)

    A J-1 student is defined as a degree-seeking student who is enrolled in a UC Berkeley Bachelor’s, Masters, or Doctoral degree program or a student enrolled full time through the UCEAP Program and who has one of the following categories listed in Section 4 of the DS-2019: STUDENT-NON-DEGREE, STUDENT BACHELORS, STUDENT MASTERS OR STUDENT DOCTORATE. To find out more about J-1 Student and J-2 Student Dependent coverage, see J-1 Student Health Insurance.

    U.S. Dept. of State Required Health Insurance Coverage for J-1/J-2 Exchange Visitors

    J-1s and any J-2 accompanying spouse and dependent(s) may also be subject to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act [22 CFR 62.14(a)] . Be aware that the ACA requirements may exceed the U.S. Department of State requirements.

    • Covers pre-existing conditions after a reasonable waiting period
    • May include provisions for coinsurance under the terms of which the Exchange Visitor may be required to pay up to 25% of the covered benefits per accident or illness
    • Does not exclude benefits for perils inherent to the activities of the Exchange Visitor’s program
    • Any insurance plan must be:

    • Underwritten by an insurance corporation having an A.M. Best rating of ‘‘A-’’ or above; a McGraw Hill Financial/Standard Poor’s Claims paying Ability rating of ‘‘A-’’ or above; a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of ‘‘B+’’ or above; a Fitch Ratings, Inc. rating of ‘‘A-’’ or above; a Moody’s Investor Services rating of ‘‘A3’’ or above; or such other rating as the Department of State may from time to time specify;
    • OR backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor’s home country;
    • OR part of a health benefits program offered on a group basis to employees or enrolled students by a designated sponsor;
    • OR offered through or underwritten by a federally qualified Health Maintenance Organization or eligible Competitive Medical Plan as determined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Additional Health Insurance Information

    If you are not eligible for the health insurance benefit plans listed above, you must enroll in a plan that meets the Department of State requirements listed above. Options that meet the requirements are available through the Garnett and Powers website. Proof of insurance that meets the Department of State requirements must be provided by the international scholar upon request to ensure compliance with Federal Regulations governing the J-1 Exchange Visitor program.


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    The St. Augustine Florida Experience

    Our Saint Augustine bed and breakfast is on historic Charlotte Street, which puts the Florida city’s 500 years of history right outside your door. You are in the ideal location for discovering the city’s wonderful restaurants, shops, and attractions.

    The Castillo de San Marcos (our historic fort), the Bridge of Lions, romantic horse-drawn carriage tours, evening haunted ghost tours, the quaint shops of St. George Street with their southern charm, and many of Saint Augustine’s special events and attractions are all just a few steps away.

    If you need information about any of our services, please feel free to use our contact form, email us, or call us at 904-829-3819.

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    Festival Season Is Here

    When you are looking for something fun to do this Spring, come to the historic village of Saint Augustine and enjoy one of these fabulous festivals. These festivals are St Augustine traditions. click here for more

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    We ask each guest as they leave, how was your visit? and in the numerous answers, we always hear her say, It s so romantic, here in St Augustine. And she says it as if it s the best discovery since Florida was discovered. click here for more

    Travel Leisure selects St. Augustine!

    ABC’s Good Morning America named St. Augustine as their Number #1 selection of places Americans could go to feel as though they had jetted across the Atlantic without breaking the bank. Titled Exotic Vacations on the Cheap: No Passport Required, the nationally-broadcast news segment was featured July 2008 in cooperation with Travel + Leisure magazine

    designed to show Americans that they can experience European atmosphere without leaving the borders of the USA or spending a fortune.

    For a Spanish vacation without buying a plane ticket to Madrid, try St. Augustine, Florida, said ABC News. It s the nation s oldest city and is filled with Spanish-colonial architecture. It feels like Old World Spain complete with cobblestone streets, courtyards and an old colonial quarter.

    The Inn on Charlotte Bed Breakfast – Florida’s Perfect Getaway

    Let us give you the perfect bed-and-breakfast experience. Renew your mind and relax your soul. Come and find out for yourself why Ponce de Leon believed St. Augustine to be the source of the Fountain of Youth. A carefree vacation awaits.

    Situated on Northeastern Florida’s Atlantic Coast, you can also enjoy an afternoon of sailing, deep sea fishing, or just floating along on one of our relaxing scenic bay cruises. If you’d like to spend some time at the beach, you are just 3 miles from Anastasia State Park which boasts 7 miles of the Sunshine State’s finest beaches. The Inn on Charlotte also offers great Add-on packages for your stay in St Augustine Fla at this Florida bed and breakfast.


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    The 7 Best Hotel Rewards Programs for Frequent Travelers Video #best



    The 7 Best Hotel Rewards Programs for Frequent Travelers

    “Loyalty programs are free to join and let you earn points that you can redeem for free nights and, in some cases, award flights, too. Some hotels might offer perks to even nonelite members, such as free Wi-Fi or modest room upgrades,“ says Zach Honig, editor in chief of ThePointsGuy.com .

    Honig’s favorite hotel program is Starwood Preferred Guest or SPG, the loyalty program of Starwood Hotels, which includes Aloft, Sheraton, W, St. Regis and many other brands.

    “These points are incredibly valuable, both when redeeming for stays and when converting them into miles with your frequent flyer program,” Honig says. “Starwood Hotels can be expensive, though. If you’re looking for something a bit more entry-level, consider IHG (Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn), Wyndham, or Accor.“

    As for which program is best for you, well, that depends on your personal travel patterns.

    “If you are interested in family holidays and will generate your points with stays in smaller locations, then look at a program like Hilton. They have a huge number of hotels, the Hampton Inn part of the company is everywhere (and good value for family money) and they offer decent redemptions on smaller properties in less-popular destinations. (In other words, small towns where you might be headed for family get togethers.) IHG Rewards may also suit in this category,” says Joe Brancatelli, of the travel blog JoeSentMe.com .

    “But as with all frequency programs, the key is frequency. To really win at the programs, you need to concentrate your stays with that chain. That’s easier with hotels than airlines.”

    There are myriad hotel reward programs that let you earn free stays. But many of them do so much more, like provide discounts on car rentals, flights, and shopping. And membership comes with other perks, like special discounts to certain destinations. It can be a lot to take in.

    That’s why Yahoo Travel did the research for you to find seven of the very best rewards programs to look at as a business or leisure traveler.

    If you want discounts at Apple, Marriott can help. (Photo: Jake /Flickr)

    1. Marriott Rewards — These guys boast 250 ways to use your points, including discounts at major retailers like Apple, Michael Kors, Prada, Nikon, Canon. A basic membership gives you the fifth night of a stay free, but the more you stay, the better your benefits get. The Silver, Gold and Platinum (which requires 75 stays) Elite programs come with lots of extra perks, like free Wi-Fi and room upgrades. And Marriott has 3,700 hotels in over 70 countries, so you’re guaranteed to find a hotel no matter your destination.

    Free hotel Wi-Fi is like hitting the jackpot. (Photo: iStock)

    2. Hilton HHonors — With this program, it only takes 10 stays to achieve elite status, which gives you free Wi-Fi, late checkout, and free access to the fitness center, and you get to skip the double occupancy fees. They also allow you to choose between earning points or earning miles, and you can change your mind at any time. Earn 10 HHonors base points plus five bonus points per eligible U.S. dollar spent on your room. You can book a free night for as few as 5,000 HHonors points. There’s a nifty online calculator to help you figure out how to maximize your points. If you sign up now, you’ll earn double points through Aug. 31 so you can save on that last-minute final summer vacation.

    If you charge that piña colada to your room, you could be looking at some serious rewards. (Photo: Randy Robertson /Flickr)

    3. Club Carlson — With more than 1,000 participating hotels worldwide, Club Carlson lets you earn 20 Gold Points per U.S. dollar spent on eligible stays and on money spent on meals and beverages charged to your room. It takes 9,000 points for a free stay. You can also use your points for discounts at car rental agencies. If you book your stay at a Radisson or Radisson Blu hotel, you can earn 10,000 bonus Gold Points using the program’s Mega Points rate. Club Carlson also has destination-specific offers. Right now, you can earn double points for travel to Asia-Pacific. And if you’re planning an exotic vacation to the Middle East, Turkey, or sub-Saharan Africa, you can get 30 percent off your stay.

    Glum about getting older? Don’t be! All those extra candles could add up to major discounts! (Photo: Randy Robertson /Flickr)

    4. Starwood Preferred Guests — This program gives you a free weekend night for staying five nights at a Sheraton hotel through Sept. 30. The best part about it is that the nights don’t need to be consecutive. And for older guests, you can cash in on all those birthdays you’ve celebrated. Pay the full rate for the first night at any of 1,200 hotels worldwide, and then the second night, you pay a rate equal to the year you were born. So if you were born in 1968, you pay just $68. It might be time to take your grandparents on vacation.

    Free nights AND free magazine subscriptions? What more could you want? (Photo: Stuart Freedman/In Pictures/Corbis)

    5. Wyndham Rewards — This also includes Days Inn, Ramada, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, and Super 8 hotels. This program gives you a free night with 15,000 points. Or you can get a free night with 3,000 points, plus some cash. Members also can get 25 percent off on stays of two nights or more. This rewards program also allows you to redeem points for car rentals, flights, and magazine subscriptions. Every qualified stay earns you 10 points per U.S. dollar or 1,000 points, whichever is more.

    If you love your Frappuccino s, Best Western Rewards is for you. (Photo: Dorli Photography /Flickr)

    6. Best Western Rewards — The best thing about this program is that there are no blackout dates and points never expire. The program will match your elite status in any other hotel program free of charge. You can redeem points for free hotel stays at any of 4,000 hotels worldwide, but you can also use them at major retailers like Home Depot, Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks.

    Every dollar you spend could translate to loads of points. (Photo: Amy Covington/Stocksy)

    7. IHG Rewards Club — These guys bill themselves as the largest hotel rewards program with more than 4,700 hotels worldwide, so no matter where you’re traveling, there’s likely a participating hotel nearby. At most hotels, including the Holiday Inn, you earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar spent. IHG has regular specials for members, including an auction site where you can use your points to bid on items such as golf clubs and tickets to theme parks. This month, IHG is donating a portion of the winning auction bids to its “Shelter in a Storm” program, which helps those affected by disasters.

    Check out our original adventure travel series “A Broad Abroad .”


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    Best Free Music Notation Software #best #laptop #for #producing #music


    Best Free Music Notation Software


    Music notation software, like all other software, needs to be functional, practical, and also pleasing-to-use. The specialized function and complexity of music notation often contributes to the cost of notation programs. If you are like me, though, you like free stuff, especially if it works.

    Music notation software is designed to create printable sheet music for you. The alternative to using notation software is writing music by hand, which is demanded in certain situations, but is slightly less practical. A good notation program should allow you to create any kind of music notation you need. A notation program is exceptionally well-made if it automates tasks such as spacing out notes or inserting repeats, without preventing you from modifying anything that doesn’t fit your need. You should have the freedom to design your sheet music however you like it.

    There are many free music notation programs on the web, with some better than others. In addition, getting accustomed to the user interface of an individual program usually takes at least 30 minutes. Hopefully, these reviews will help you make informed decisions in your search for a notation program that’s a good match for you.

    Rated Products

    User-friendly in-program tutorial; easy and fast note entry with mouse, keyboard or MIDI; unlimited number of staves, integrated sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer, save as PDF or MIDI file, and more.

    Note selection is difficult to use.

    User-friendly in-program tutorial; easy and fast note entry with mouse, keyboard or MIDI; unlimited number of staves, integrated sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer, save as PDF or MIDI file, and more.

    Note selection is difficult to use.

    Software to Watch

    Musink Lite is my pick for software to watch in the future. Its unique feature is its “tuplet” system of notation, by which the program organizes notes in each measure. Basically, when you hover the mouse over a measure, the program momentarily shows the outlines of the notes that will fit time-wise into that measure. You insert notes by clicking on the positions where you need them, and Musink inserts rests to fill in the rest of the measure. While the concept is similar to what other notation programs do, Musink tells you explicitly where you are allowed to place notes and reduces the number of clicks or keypresses required to obtain the right note duration and location. Musink Lite’s other features are still limited, but the developer is actively working on the program.

    Other freeware to be reviewed :

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    This software category is maintained by volunteer editor Stafford Otter. Registered members can contact the editor with any comments or questions they might have by clicking here .


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    Rowing Machine Reviews 2017 – Rowing Machine Reviews and Buyers Guide


    Home Rowing Machine Reviews User Guide
    Find Your Best Rower From The Top 2017 Models Tested Here

    Our unbiased rowing machine reviews will help you find the best model for your needs and budget. There is a huge range of rowers available and you may find the choice a little confusing. The model you choose depends on your goals, the available room at home, and how often and for how long you intend to train. I hope you find this website useful.

    To save you a lot of time, if you have a budget of around a $1,000 you can’t go wrong buying one of the most popular rowing machines of all time – the Concept2 Model D. For $945 you’ll get a rower that will last for years. and years, and has some great features. Gymnasiums and rowing clubs love it, and so will you.

    Don’t be put off by the staggering choice of rowing machines out there. We can help you find the answers to all your questions, and ensure you get the best rowing machine that will get you into the shape of your life. We’re a group of personal trainers and ‘gym junkies’ who are fanatical about fitness and training. There is a massive range of home fitness equipment, you can spend anything from around $100 to well over $1,500 – so you can imagine the difference in quality and reliability.

    However, buying the most expensive machine doesn’t always guarantee you’ll get a better rowing machine. There’s no point buying a top of the range model, if you only plan on using it two or three times a week. Likewise, it’s false economy to buy a budget machine if you intend to row everyday for an hour!

    For more help on making the right decision see our guide to buying a rower , and also check out our advice for buying a used model .

    If it’s been a while since you’ve last been active, it’s advisable to ease yourself gently into physical exercise. For advice on the types of activity you can help get you started, please visit www.healthfinder.gov.

    Please note, we don’t receive any payment to test models and write up the review, we don’t sell rowing machines, and we don’t promote any particular brand. We’re only interested in finding good, reliable machines and the best prices and deals on the web. We use the income we earn through advertising and any commissions from retailers, to buy or hire models to test.

    How We Compile our Rowing Machine Reviews

    Our reviews are written by people who have spent at least a week using the machine or already own one and have had it for over a month. We rate each machine using the following criteria. We’ve recently changed the quick reference info-graphic which appear on each review page.

    We rate the build quality, features on the rowing machine and value for money and then give it an overall score out of one hundred..

    To read about the models we’ve tested to date, please see all our reviews . or use our comparison table to check the price verses features. We perform regular price checks, so we can recommend the best buys on the market. Our objective is to help you get the best rowing machine at a price you can afford.

    We also offer training tips on how to get the most from your rowing machine. For example, one of the best ways to get great results from your workouts are heart rate training programs and we recommend this great workout program with over 20 workouts.

    Choosing the right model for your needs and budget could make a huge difference to you health and well-being. We hope we can help you make it with this website.

    About Me
    Hi, I’m Roy Palmer and I love to row. I coordinate this website and test rowing machines and also use a number of rowers around the world to tell me what they think of their machines. I’m also an athletics coach and teacher of The Alexander Technique with over 25 years experience in competitive sport and coaching.

    If you can’t see a rowing machine you’d like us to review, please let me know .

    It has to be tried to be believed – check out the WaterRower Slider Dynamic .
    Looking for a water rowing machine? Can’t go far wrong with First Degree’s Apollo Pro
    Does it have to feel real to be beneficial? Latest blog item on full-motion rowers
    Conquer? Never heard of it? Well now’s you chance – Conquer Magnetic review.
    Should you go for Concept2’s Model D or Model E – check our guide here .
    The shame of ‘catching a crab’ in front of a worldwide TV audience – read more.
    Trouble with your heart rate monitor? Some very useful advice here.
    Found this fascinating website about the history of rowing .
    Visit Wikipedia for more history and info on rowing machines

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    “My best to you Roy and again thank you for taking the time to do your rowing machine reviews. They were a big help to me.” Skip Davis, San Diego.

    We hope you find our unbiased and honest rowing machine reviews help you make what can be a difficult choice much easier :0)

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    CRM FREE best free online CRM for small business #free #crm,


    CRM FREE is the best free web based contact management (CMP or CRM), address book, calendar, document storage and sales & event tracking solution for small businesses, independent contractors, sales persons, human resource departments and anyone else looking to be more organized. Keep and share all contacts, calendars, employees, leads, clients, sales opportunities, friends, family, appointments, tasks, projects, notes together in one easy to navigate place online. Never be lost again.

    Easy to learn and use. Get started for free and then decide if you want to upgrade to a paid version. CRM FREE is not filled with so many features you will never use that complicate learning and using it, rather the design is simple, allowing you to get going quickly. Enter a contact, add important dates, set a follow up for the next call or meeting on the calendar.
    Take a video tour of CRM FREE.

    Learn more and see screenshots of CRM FREE. Have questions on CRM-FREE or how it will work for you? Click the live support box to the right of the logo above and we will be happy to answer your questions.

    Simple, easy to use, it’s the best online CRM to fit any need, user or office. Signup and get started in just seconds – for free. No long term contracts or signup fees, just an inexpensive pay as you go service if you choose to upgrade. Your data is safe, secure and yours. Easily import csv files or vcards. Export data to csv files or vcards, get a backup of your data at any time. All connections are through a secure server (even the free accounts) giving you the confidence to enter personal data without worrying if someone is watching. CRM FREE is brought to you by MSCC Corp, a leader in web based crm solutions for over 10 years.
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    PSANJ: New Jersey Top Plastic Surgeons: Cosmetic Surgery New Brunswick, Princeton,

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    • Edison, NJ
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    New Brunswick Plastic Surgery: 78 Easton Avenue New Brunswick New Jersey 08901
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    If you re interested in aesthetic plastic surgery, our New Jersey offices are easily accessible from anywhere in the NY, NJ, CT tri-state area via car, bus, and train-lines. You can easily visit PSANJ from North Jersey, Central Jersey, South Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Staten Island or anywhere in the tri-state area and receive world-class care that only PSANJ can offer. With two convenient locations in New Brunswick and Princeton, NJ we welcome patients from all over the state including: Edison, East Brunswick, Manalapan, Marlboro, Piscataway, Somerset, and Flemington. Many patients have also come from Colts Neck, Freehold, Old Bridge, Sayreville, Hillsboro, Belle Mead, and more. No matter how you imagine yourself, or where you re coming from, Plastic Surgery Arts of New Jersey can help you reach your dreams.

    About Plastic Surgery Arts of New Jersey:

    PSANJ is one of New Jersey s leading cosmetic surgeon centers with two locations in New Brunswick, New Jersey and Princeton, New Jersey. Patients travel from all over the east coast to receive body contouring, breast enhancement surgery, facial aesthetic surgery, and men s cosmetic procedures at the hands of New Jersey s top surgeons.

    In addition to the breast and the body, we also specialize in facial plastic surgery. The many procedures available for facial cosmetic surgery at Plastic Surgery Arts of New Jersey include facelifts. brow lifts. eyelid lifts. nose job (rhinoplasty). lip injections. or laser skin rejuvenation. In recent years, requests for men s plastic surgery have increased. If you re a male interested in plastic surgery, we have developed a men s cosmetic surgery program that focuses on natural, conservative results with quick recovery times.

    For less invasive, non-surgical procedures we offer many non-surgical options to improve your appearance and youthful image with natural looking results. Plastic Surgery Arts of New Jersey offers BOTOX Cosmetic. dermal fillers Juvederm for lip enhancements or to smooth out wrinkles, chemical peels. HydraFacial/microdermabrasion. and Juv derm Voluma TM .

    Getting plastic surgery is a major decision that could have incredible life-changing results. We want you to look and feel your best, therefore we offer flexible financial options for patients that would like plastic surgery or a non-surgical skin care procedure. If you are interested in any of our services, please visit our before and after photo gallery or request a consultation today. Our New Brunswick office is located near Rutgers University or UMDNJ, with our second office located in the beautiful and historical Princeton, New Jersey. At PSANJ we are proud to be home to some of New Jersey s best plastic surgeons. We would love to see you at our offices in New Brunswick or Princeton, New Jersey. — Locations | Geo Sitemap

    Cosmetic surgery offers us the chance to perform life-changing procedures for our patients – from breast reconstruction to breast implants, to tummy tucks and more. We use minimally invasive techniques that speed along recovery times and offer natural-looking results. At Plastic Surgery Arts of New Jersey, we can help you imagine the possibilities. – Dr. Kevin Nini

    At Plastic Surgery Arts of New Jersey we value our patients’ personal goals when performing cosmetic procedures such as facelifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, mommy makeovers and more. Surgical artistry is all about precision and a commitment to perfecting the tiniest details. Visit us in New Brunswick or Princeton, New Jersey and experience our unparalleled results. – Dr. Philip Wey

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    Best 200 amp panel? Electrician Talk – Professional Electrical Contractors Forum


    ElectricianTalk.com – Are you a Professional Electrical Contractor? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it’s the leading place for electricians to meet online. No homeowners asking DIY questions. Just fellow tradesmen who enjoy talking about their business, their trade, and anything else that comes up. No matter what your specialty is you’ll find that ElectricianTalk.com is a great community to join. Best of all it’s totally free!

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    Originally Posted by TheElectricalGuru

    lol. shunk is a comedian at heart. lol. I would guess I am partial to Eaton� Products but I have no idea why

    No, I was dead serious. I feel the Pushmatic was the best resi panel ever made. Just hard for older folks to push in and out.

    Lacking that option now, I’m an Eaton man too. (Cutler-Hammer). Specificaly, the CH series. They plug on tighter than any residential panel on the market. They had a little manufacturing boo-boo for 6 months or so, but things are back in line again. Good thing. They’re my main panel.

    I would add that I don’t think there’s anything on the market right now that’s absolute junk. You’ll get pretty good service, no matter what you pick. My least favorite is probably GE, but I can’t really put my finger on why. Lots of little things, but not enough for me to not put one in if a customer specifically asked for one.

    One reason not to give DIY advice:
    Catch a man a fish and you can sell it to him.
    Teach a man to fish and you�ve ruined a good business opportunity.

    Pushmatic is in my opinion one of the best, with the excepton of the 2-poles which if I rememeber were complicated.

    I wouldn’t say that they were so much complicated as they were just weird. You had to bring one leg down the left side of the panel and the other leg down the right side of the panel. The 2 poles spanned side to side, as opposed to over/under like everything else.

    One reason not to give DIY advice:
    Catch a man a fish and you can sell it to him.
    Teach a man to fish and you�ve ruined a good business opportunity.

    My first pick is always Square D QO – however a little pricey, Then Murray, and then CH. Homeline seems a little ‘cheap’ and I agree with everyone about GE – Just dont like em.

    I can get the panels crazy cheap now, so I only install QO. here are some panels I upgraded recently.


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