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Ten great jobs in travel and tourism

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

Vacations are one of the best things in the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Amusement and recreation attendant

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

Salary*: $7.83/hour

2. Concierge

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

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

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

3. Cruise ship director

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

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

4. Curator

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

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

Salary: $50,040/year

5. Gaming dealers

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

Salary: $14,730/year

6. Lifeguard

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

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

7. Information clerk

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

Salary: $18,460/year.

8. Recreation worker

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

Salary: $20,470/year

9. Taxi driver or chauffeur

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

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

10. Tour and travel guide

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

Salary: $21,137/year

*Salaries provided by BLS and SalaryExpert.com.

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Top Ten Peru Travel Tips (spoiler: bring your own t. p.

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Top Ten Peru Travel Tips (spoiler: bring your own t.p.)

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Historically, the times that I ve actually known what I was talking about have been few and far between. This is particularly true when it comes to travel, or geography, or really, facts of any kind.

Once, when we were in downtown Seattle, a middle-aged couple stopped Rand and me and asked where they could find a liquor store (at 2pm on a Saturday. I suppose they were putting the magic back in their relationship). I gave them very specific directions that, had the couple followed them to the letter, would have led them not only the wrong way down a one-way street, but nowhere near a liquor store. Rand looked on, in awe he would later tell me that I spoke to the couple with such confidence that, against his better judgement, he didn t question it.

I have no idea what became of that couple. Odds are, they probably gave up, headed home, and promptly divorced. But some small part of me is convinced that they are circling those blocks down which I sent them, doomed to spend an eternity yelling to each other, It must be here. She said it was here. And she sounded so confident.

The lesson is a simple one: asking me for advice is a terrible idea and it will ruin your marriage if not your life. And yet, on a nearly-daily basis, some poor misguided soul sends me an email, asking me what they should do in x country, and where they should stay. My response is usually, HOW THE HELL SHOULD I KNOW? GO ASK THE INTERNET.

And then I realize with no small measure of horror, some people have already done that and ended up on my site. To them, I am  the internet. I am filled with curse words and rude comments and things you weren t looking for.

And on very rare occasions, just like the internet, I have an answer. Like when blog-reader and certified chicken hawk wrangler (I totally made one of those up) Janine mentioned that she was going to be traveling to Peru. Janine sent me a message on Facebook (because she liked the Everywhereist fan page. Hint-hint) and I was quick to reply with some actual useful information, which I ve shared below. Hopefully, I ll was slightly more helpful to Janine than I was to that poor couple looking for liquor. Funny thing, too, because god knows they needed a drink after what I put them through.

  1. Instead of a visa, you will get an Andean Migration Card a little white slip of paper that will be handed to you, rather nonchalantly, at the airport. Like your virginity, no one will impress upon you the importance of it until it is lost. That slip of paper is as important as a visa you will need it when you check into hotels and when you leave the country. So don t get drunk and hand it over to the next guy who comes along.
  2. The sun in Peru is intense, even when it is cloudy. Be sure to wear sunscreen. We all got scorched in Machu Picchu, but that might be because we re pasty Seattlites. Ever lift up a rock and see the bugs underneath writhe around in a panic? That s us on a sunny day.

We expose ourselves to melanoma while enjoying the scenery.

  • Watch your bag. Hold it on your lap in restaurants, and not, say, over the back of a chair. Even though Peru is relatively safe, it s still a good idea to this. Fortunately, my bag weighs roughly the same as a medium-sized anvil, so I would love to see someone try and take it, then throw out their back in the process.
  • Nearly every place accepts either soles or U.S. dollars. So don t panic if you only have American currency it s actually worth something in Peru (and no where else. Seriously. Stupid euro.)
  • If you go to Machu Picchu, you must bring your passport to get in (having dragged it all that way, you can also get a novelty passport stamp from Machu Picchu. I did this, but kind of regretted it the stamp is about the size of a child s foot and takes up valuable real-estate)
  • If you are desperate for food, there are a few chains in Peru that are great one is Pardo s chicken. which is surprisingly authentic and yummy, and the other is Bembo s. which is less fantastic but not bad in a pinch. We had dinner at the former, and dessert at the former and the latter (What? This is me we re talking about).

    Dessert at Bembo s. I was very happy. Rand was very dorky.

  • Haggle like crazy. Really, you shouldn t be paying more than a few dollars American for hats or scarves, depending on the quality. There are lots of little artisan markets in Peru you might want to walk around a couple and see the different prices and compare (in one place, scarves were 10 soles before we even started negotiating in another they were 20 for the exact same scarf. Guess how much I paid for mine? That s right! 25 soles.)
  • Carry tissues with you, and hand sanitizer or wet wipes, if you can get some. A lot of more rural places don t have t.p. and don t have running water or soap to wash your hands. Oh, and did I mention lots of meals are communal? So yeah.
  • In many villages, bakeries are denoted by these hanging baskets. Obviously, this is the most important thing you will need to know when traveling in Peru.

    They also had a bunch of guinea pigs in a pen.

  • Usually your hotel can help set up a tour for you if you want to see stuff in neighboring towns. This is usually incredibly affordable. We spent a day traveling to Moray and Pisac from Cuzco, and they served us a snack and gave us an elaborate tour for $30 U.S. a person. The market at Pisac was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it.

    Rand with Nicolas, our totally awesome tour guide who spoke English, Spanish, Quechuan, and Japanese.

    So there you go proof that I m not entirely worthless when it comes to giving advice. Unless it involves finding liquor stores in my hometown. Then you re on your own.





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    Top Ten Cheap Hotels in London #travel #mexico

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    Top 10 Cheap London Hotels

    By Laura Porter. London Travel Expert

    Laura Porter has lived in the London area all her life and can’t imagine ever wanting to live elsewhere. London is her ‘specialist subject’ and she has written the About.com London Travel site since it started in 2006.

    This site was included in the “Top 50 Travel Websites ” in The Independent where Laura was described as a “mastermind” as “she has a knack for seeking out the unusual as well as providing plenty of practical tips”.

    The About.com London Travel site will help you plan a trip or enjoy armchair travel. It includes luxury and budget, the top attractions and the little known quirks that made the city so special.

    London hotel prices stop many travelers from coming to this great city so I ve put together this list of London hotels that offer exceptional value for money. Back in 2007, the average London hotel room rose to £119 per night but I want to be able to prove you can still stay in the world s most cosmopolitan city for less than that, so all of these hotels are under £100 a night and some are well below that rate. Also see: Best Youth Hostels in London .

    If you don t have a specific hotel in mind, I find the best London hotel rates are usually with Travelocity (Buy Direct ) or Superbreak.com (Buy Direct ). I can also strongly recommend the Hotwire Secret Hot Rate as a way to get a real bargain.





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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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    Top Ten Cheap Family Vacations #travel #blog

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    Top Ten Budget-Friendly Vacations for Families

    I traveled the world as a writer and climber before I had children, never realizing how inexpensive it was going solo. Now, with a family of five, even the thought of taking everyone out for dinner makes me cringe. Contemplating airfare and several nights of lodging? Forget about it! But, as my children frequently remind me, family vacations are important. There’s the quality time spent together away from offices, phones, email, and daily chores; the wonderful memories; and, of course, the laughter and fun.

    To help you connect with those all-important familial things, we profile ten locations for family vacations that won’t break the bank. A priority is age-appropriate activities that aren’t mind-numbing for adults or boring for kids, and we also try to mix in a blend of physical activity, education, and sightseeing opportunities. National parks like Yellowstone are always good choices, but don’t ignore urban areas with eye-opening sights and stimulating museums. Affordable accommodations are important, as is accessibility. Australia is wonderful, but plane tickets are generally not cheap. And of course, safety is key even families who desire something exotic don’t need the added stress of an impending coup or temperamental volcano.

    A few ways to stretch your vacation dollar:

    Although rising gas and airfare prices make everything more expensive, there are still deals on transportation. Some hubs, like Miami, Los Angeles, and Seattle, always seem to attract sale-priced tickets. And sometimes you can get deals on local attractions and lodging with airline promotions. Flying alternative routes, having a flexible schedule, or adding a stopover can keep ticket prices down.

    Getting the most bang for your buck can be as simple as a close-to-home destination, which will reduce a significant portion of your travel expenses. Driving can be cheaper than flying even at today’s prices, as the minivan doesn’t charge by passenger.

    When you make reservations for restaurants and lodging, always say, “I’m looking for budget-conscious deals for a family vacation do you offer group discounts?” Families are an important demographic in the tourism industry, and more organizations realize that being family-friendly pays. And when booking reservations, don’t forget discounts provided by membership organizations (AAA and AARP are obvious, but many other groups, from bike clubs to schools to small-business organizations often qualify for discounted rates).

    Also be sure to look for lodging where kids stay free. Many tour companies offer per-person discounts if you share your room with kids. Some hotels charge a nominal fee for a folding cot, but you can buy lightweight, highly packable sleeping bags for a fraction of the cost of a second room and put kids on the floor. To cut down on food costs, seek restaurants with kid’s menus. Some restaurants, especially those in family-friendly resorts, let young children eat for free. Get a room with a refrigerator by preparing some meals yourself, restaurant tabs won’t be so high. And hotels with free breakfast buffets offer no-cost access to the most important meal of the day.

    When you reach your destination, consider transportation options. Good mass transit can save big dollars on rental car costs. Consider renting bikes, mopeds, or even golf carts (local traffic permitting). And don’t rule out boats, trains, or even walking!

    Published: 23 May 2012 | Last Updated: 21 Dec 2012

    Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication





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    Top Ten Cheap Beach Vacations #travel.com #flights

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    Top Ten Budget Beach Vacations

    Experienced world travelers will no doubt point out that I didn’t pick the cheapest of the cheap beach locales for this compilation of top budget beach vacations. After all, why not include Goa, India; Mombasa, Kenya; Lombok, Indonesia; Koh Phi Phi, Thailand; or Nha Trang, Vietnam? I agree, you can usually find a hut on the beach at those destinations for less than ten bucks a day; however, take into account the cost of a long flight and the luxury of time that most travelers don’t have and it turns into a much pricier endeavor. So, for practical purposes, I’ve limited my choices to the best budget beach vacations in North and Central America, with a special shout-out to Brazil. Now you have no excuse not to lather on the lotion and throw down your beach towel.

    10. Destin, Florida

    The Florida Panhandle is a coveted place that Southerners would prefer to keep to themselves. With a 100-mile stretch of sugary sand that fronts the Gulf of Mexico, and a fair share of golf and tennis, who can blame them? In Destin, the heart of the Panhandle, wake up early in the morning and take a stroll with the pelicans and sandpipers on the beach just as the fishing boats head out to sea. Feel free to join them and drop your own line to catch snapper and grouper. Later, discuss your day’s adventure at one of Destin’s dockside caf s. The blues and country music is always live and the fish and oysters always fresh. Stay at the Wingate. where room prices, with continental breakfast, start in the double digits in the off-season.

    9. Outer Banks, North Carolina

    Lining the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks consists of barriers of sand 150 miles long and never more than a few miles wide. These islands serve as welcome mats to the Atlantic and all her treasures. Forage the sea for a bounty of bluefish, flounder, and drum, or walk the wild dunes, a naturalist’s playground. Close to 400 species of birds, from native Carolina wrens to wintering bald eagles, can be found here, along with otters and sea turtle colonies. Add five lighthouses and you have yourself a seaworthy destination that even a pirate like Blackbeard (a former resident) could call home. Landlubbers will want to visit Kitty Hawk, the site where Orville and Wilbur Wright learned how to fly, and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. For clean, affordable lodging close to the beach, you can do no better than the Driftwood Motel on Cedar Island, where rooms start at $65 a night.

    8. Huntington Beach, California

    Most folks equate Orange County, California, with chi-chi Laguna Beach and all the celebs and young retirees who reside here. Yet just a wee bit north of Laguna is the far more affordable Huntington Beach, popular with the surfer crowd. Make the International Surfing Museum your first stop and then see if any hot-doggers are doing their stuff over by the pier. It won’t be hard to find your own slice of paradise since Huntington Beach boasts eight miles of uninterrupted waterfront. Stay across from the beach, on the Pacific Coast Highway, at the Sun n’ Sands Motel. where rooms start at $129 a night and the restaurants in town are just a short walk away.

    7. Cape Ann, Massachusetts

    Wise-faced fishermen sew their nets in the early hours of the morning on the docks of America’s oldest fishing port, Gloucester. In nearby Manchester-by-the-Sea, couples and families stake their claim to exquisite Singing Beach, tucked away in a cove and backed by cliffs and precariously perched mansions. Welcome to Massachusetts’s lesser known cape, the one locals don’t want you to know about, Cape Ann. Forty miles north of Boston (reachable by commuter rail), Cape Ann beckons sun worshippers to its long stretches of sand. When you tire of the sun, head to the village of Rockport, known for its shops, galleries, and restaurants. Or try a famous lobster-in-the-rough joint, Woodman’s in Essex, the seafood shack that created the fried clam on July 3, 1916. Stay at the Wingaersheek Motel. which has discount beach passes to nearby Wingaersheek Beach, a family favorite. Rooms start at $100 a night in summer.

    6. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    Let the affluent spend gobs of money on the Pacific coast at familiar resorts like the Marriott and Four Seasons while travelers in the know follow the surfers to the Caribbean coast of this Central American country. At Puerto Viejo, you can walk on deserted beaches all the way south to Panama. The town has a laid-back, international appeal, with top-notch South American, Costa Rican, and Italian food. South of town, there are a number of bungalow-laden lodgings within easy walking distance of the beach, where rooms rarely exceed $85 a night. Check out La Costa de Papito or Playa Chiquita Lodge .





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    Top 10 Autoresponders and Email Marketing Tools, top ten email marketing.#Top


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    Top 10 Autoresponders and Email Marketing Tools

    One of the first questions new (and even experienced) marketers often ask is: “What’s the best autoresponder service or email marketing tool?” Autoresponders and email marketing tools are some of the most important parts of your business. You use it to follow-up with customers. To keep people coming back to your site. To build loyalty. To make sales. Yet the answer is often not so clear cut. Do you want the highest deliverability possible? Do you want to import offline contacts? Do you want to integrate your list management with a shopping cart? Do you want to spend $20 a month or $500 a month? The answer to these questions all yield very different answers. Here are the top 10 autoresponder tools on the market, along with who they’re for and what they’re capable of.

    Tool #1: Aweber

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    If you’re managing a list in the hundreds, thousands or low tens of thousands and you only collect leads through the internet, then there’s no better service than Aweber. Aweber doesn’t really allow you to add leads from offline sources. However, for online lists, Aweber sports the best deliverability ratings on the market. If you’re primarily using online opt-in forms, use Aweber. Your emails will get delivered, opened and clicked on.

    Tool #2: MailChimp

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    MailChimp is a fantastic place for beginning marketers to get started. Their “forever free” plan allows you to create a list on MailChimp for free as long as your list is under 500 users. When you’re just starting out, that’s more than enough. If you don’t want to start paying for autoresponders yet, go ahead and give MailChimp a shot, it is a great first step as an email marketing tool.

    Tool #3: iContact

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    iContact is a great choice for small to medium sized marketers who do want to import outside lists. iContact allows you to add people to your list manually or through import.

    Tool #4: Constant Contact

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    If you’re a fan of HTML or graphical emails, Constant Contact can be great choice as an email marketing tool. Again, they’re geared primarily for marketers who have lists in the hundreds, thousands or low to mid tens of thousands.

    Tool #5: InfusionSoft

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    Top ten email marketing

    InfusionSoft is the tool of choice for serious marketers. If you run a six figure online business or have a list larger 50,000 subscribers, this may be the tool for you. InfusionSoft combines your shopping cart with email marketing, so you can do complex things like segregate your buyers from your subscribers or mail specific sequences to specific people. You can also send physical postcards from InfusionSoft. InfusionSoft isn’t cheap. The monthly subscription is in the hundreds, and there’s a four figure setup fee. It’s geared towards companies that are already successful and need powerful solutions, rather than startups.

    Tool #6: GetResponse

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    GetResponse is a solid autoresponder choice for small businesses. It’s also geared primarily towards list sizes of mid tens of thousands or fewer. They have a strong reputation in the industry and offer a wide variety of features.

    Tool #7: 1ShoppingCart

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    If you want to integrate your email with your shopping cart but don’t quite want to spring for InfusionSoft, 1ShoppingCart could be your answer. 1ShoppingCart is a one stop solution for payment processing and email marketing. It allows you to segregate lists and mail only buyers or your entire list. It’s one of the more reputable shopping cart services on the net.

    Be warned however, their deliverability rates simply aren’t as high as a dedicated email marketing service. You save time and money by just having one shopping cart rather than a shopping cart and an autoresponder, but it’s not without tradeoffs.

    Tool #8: Autoresponse Plus (ARP Reach)

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    Autoresponse Plus, also known as ARP Reach, is the autoresponder of choice for doing co-registration. You can certainly use the software to do standard email marketing as well. However, if you’re buying leads and need those fresh leads to be mailed instantly, Autoresponse Plus has one of the most solid reputations in the industry.

    Tool #9: Campaign Monitor

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    Campaign Monitor is email marketing built for the data driven business. All your data, including open rates and clicks, can be tracked using a Google Analytics-like interface.

    If you want to split test emails or carefully track what topics do better than others, give Campaign Monitor a spin.

    Tool #10: Office AutoPilot

    Office Autopilot is a tool that adds a layer of sophistication to the standard autoresponder service. You can almost “program” Office Autopilot to do various different tasks with their if-then rules.

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    Essentially, you can tell Office Autopilot what to do if certain things occur. For example, if a customer places an order, you can send an order to your fulfillment house to fulfill that order. Or if a customer leaves, you can send them a last minute special offer. Just select the trigger for the action, then select what list it applies to then select what to do when that action is trigger.

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    Office Autopilot plans all start at above $200 a month. These are the top 10 autoresponder and email marketing tools on the market today. You have options all the way from free to several hundred dollars a month, from basic functionality to complex analytics and shopping cart integration. The one you pick depends entirely on where your business is and what it needs.

    Bonus Tool: AddressTwo.com

    This is our preferred tool. Not only an email marketing tool, but a sales customer relationship manager. A simple CRMsoftware for managing the important relationships in your small business. With the easy-to-use toolset, you ll be amazed at how relationships seem to grow automatically.

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

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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.





    15/08/2017

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    Ten tips for New York tourists. #portugal #travel

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    Don’t be intimidated by the big crowds and bigger buildings. New York can be a friendly and manageable city for visitors if you heed some of this time-tested advice.

    1. Don’t be afraid to wander. Start spreading the news: New York is the safest big city in the United States. Gone are the days when people were warned not to venture into Alphabet City or the Lower East Side. Pretty much nowhere in Manhattan is off-limits though it’s still an urban area, so do use your common sense (for instance, you may not want to walk around at 3 a.m. by your lonesome). Most of Manhattan, with the exception of a few downtown neighborhoods like the West Village, the Lower East Side and Battery Park, is laid out on a grid system with very few hills, making it extremely easy to find your way around. In fact, a highlight of your trip will likely be strolling the streets gazing at the fascinating people, buildings and sights that pop up on every corner.

    2. Take the ‘A’ (and the ‘B’ and the ‘C’ ) train. Though the New York subway system is ancient the first underground line started running in 1904 the trains are well-marked and surprisingly fast, often a better bet than cabs if you’re trying to cross the city from east to west or vice versa, or traveling during the morning or evening rush hours. The subways do run 24 hours a day, but if you’re alone, you may feel more comfortable taking a taxi after midnight, though you’ll find many people still riding the rails. Try HopStop.com to figure out which subway line will help you reach your destination fastest, but keep in mind that there can be a lot of routes re-routed or closed for maintenance, especially on weekends, so also check the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s website for the latest subway route updates. Tip: The 7-day unlimited ride MetroCard is usually a good deal so you don’t spend $2 on MetroCards each time you hop on the train.

    3. Eat dinner early or late. When New Yorkers eat out, they like to take their dinner between 8 and 10 p.m. If you want to eat at the same places they do, it’s best to make a reservation in advance at least a week ahead of time for most places and a full month ahead for perpetually booked favorites such as Daniel, Babbo and Le Bernardin and to go for an evening between Sunday and Wednesday rather than the always-crowded Thursday through Saturday. But if you’ve left things till the last minute, try calling a day or two ahead and reserving a table either for before 7 p.m. or after 10:30 p.m. which exponentially increases your chances of getting seated, even at the hottest spots in town. Of course, this tactic won’t work at the handful of trendy restaurants that don’t take reservations in advance, like Momofuku, Boqueria and Bar Jamon. There, you’ll have to queue up with the rest of the ravenous foodie masses.

    4. The world on a menu. New York City houses so much diversity of cuisines that it’s a shame to stick to tourist neighborhoods or chain restaurants you probably have at home. Travel to some of the city’s ethnic enclaves to sample delicious, cheap and authentic fare. In Queens, an easy subway or cab ride from Manhattan, there’s renowned Indian food in Jackson Heights (the area’s Jackson Diner is regularly rated some of the best Indian food in NYC) and hard-to-find Egyptian cuisine in the “Little Cairo” neighborhood of Astoria. Astoria is also home to many old-time Greek restaurants, primarily situated on Broadway or Ditmars Blvd. You can have a more authentic Italian meal on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx than in the tourist-clogged streets of Manhattan’s Little Italy, and it’s hard to beat the soul food found in Harlem, including the famed, family-run Sylvia’s. Consider expanding your boundaries with a guided neighborhood food tour, such as one offered by Savory Sojourns and run by Addie Tomei, mother of Marissa.

    5. Scout out the smaller shops. It’s nearly impossible to visit one of the fashion capitals of the world and not drop some dough on clothes, shoes and other goodies (unless you have a lot of willpower!). But don’t just confine yourself to the shopping meccas of SoHo and Fifth Avenue, though each does have its own New York charm SoHo for its beautiful 19th-century cast iron buildings and Fifth Avenue for its elegant department stores and proximity to Central Park. Head to the Lower East Side to check out intimate boutiques that feature local designers as well as trendy new and vintage pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll also find special shops sprinkled throughout the downtown neighborhoods of the West Village, the East Village and Nolita, as well as across the East River in artsy Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

    6. Buy-buy Broadway. With the opening of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein last year, the top price of a Broadway ticket reached $450 for the first time ever. Though this is an extreme case, it’s difficult to find a seat at a popular Broadway show for less than $100 nowadays. A couple of options can save you money: Sign up for the free discount ticket listings at www.theatermania.com and www.playbill.com. which offer savings on advance ticket purchases for select Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Or get in line at a TKTS Discount Booth on the day you want to see a performance to save up to 50% on a variety of plays. (Tip: The South St. Seaport location is usually a lot less busy than the Times Square one, and only there can you purchase tickets the day before for matinees.) That said, if there’s a particular Broadway show you’ve set your heart on, buy tickets as far in advance as possible (and be prepared to spend top-dollar). If your show’s sold out, check out the online ticket brokers such as www.stubhub.com or www.razorgator.com. where people sell extra seats or re-sell ones they won’t be using.

    7. Hear the music. It’s tough to claim boredom in New York. Every night of the week you can listen to world-class musicians of all types in venues across the city, from classic settings like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall to gritty downtown (or, increasingly, Brooklyn) rock clubs to traditional jazz bars (though the era of the traditional smoky bar is over, since smoking was banned at bars and clubs in 2003). You can find indie rock events listed at www.ohmyrockness.com. classical music events at www.classicaldomain.com and jazz at www.gothamjazz.com. Best of all, some of these concerts are free of charge, especially in the summer months.

    8. Pack your running shoes. On the weekends, Central Park closes to traffic and becomes a huge open-air running (and biking and inline skating) track. Enjoy the prime people-watching as you exercise, or opt for other scenic paths along Riverside Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, along the Hudson River heading downtown to Battery Park, on a trail next to the East River, or across the Brooklyn Bridge. Though it’s more comfortable to run in the spring or fall, you’ll find many hardy New Yorkers braving the extreme heat and humidity of summer or the bitter chill of winter for their outdoor fitness fix.

    9. Don’t crowd yourself out. A lot of tourists (and relatives visiting local family members) who come to NYC can’t get over how crowded the city is. The crazy secret about New York is that many locals can’t stand crowds which is why they stay away, at all costs, from Macy’s anytime except weekday evenings, holiday store windows and Rockefeller Center between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Times Square whenever humanly possible (except when they must venture over there to work or to catch a show). While you may want to see these iconic parts of New York City, consider planning your visit so that you’re not hitting the big department stores, say, the week before Christmas unless you think that braving hordes of pushy people is part of that old-fashioned New York City charm. (And it really isn’t!)

    10. Mind your city etiquette. Unfortunately, tourists have a reputation for doing a few things that drive New Yorkers crazy: taking up the entire sidewalk so that other walkers can’t pass; coming to a complete stop at the top or in the middle of the subway stairs, thus blocking the way down; looking over a shoulder or down at a guidebook while ambling straight ahead, thus sideswiping people walking toward them. New Yorkers like to walk quickly with a purposeful strut and are often in (or appear to be in) a hurry. Respect their sense of purpose and be mindful of the space around you and you’ll win renewed respect for tourists from the world over! On the other hand, if you need directions or if you drop something on the subway or sidewalk, New Yorkers will be the first to run after you, offering their assistance. They really are nice folk, after all.

    Liz Humphreys is the author of USATODAY.com’s New York City Guide .





    15/07/2017

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    Ten tips for New York tourists. #travel #rebublic

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    Don’t be intimidated by the big crowds and bigger buildings. New York can be a friendly and manageable city for visitors if you heed some of this time-tested advice.

    1. Don’t be afraid to wander. Start spreading the news: New York is the safest big city in the United States. Gone are the days when people were warned not to venture into Alphabet City or the Lower East Side. Pretty much nowhere in Manhattan is off-limits though it’s still an urban area, so do use your common sense (for instance, you may not want to walk around at 3 a.m. by your lonesome). Most of Manhattan, with the exception of a few downtown neighborhoods like the West Village, the Lower East Side and Battery Park, is laid out on a grid system with very few hills, making it extremely easy to find your way around. In fact, a highlight of your trip will likely be strolling the streets gazing at the fascinating people, buildings and sights that pop up on every corner.

    2. Take the ‘A’ (and the ‘B’ and the ‘C’ ) train. Though the New York subway system is ancient the first underground line started running in 1904 the trains are well-marked and surprisingly fast, often a better bet than cabs if you’re trying to cross the city from east to west or vice versa, or traveling during the morning or evening rush hours. The subways do run 24 hours a day, but if you’re alone, you may feel more comfortable taking a taxi after midnight, though you’ll find many people still riding the rails. Try HopStop.com to figure out which subway line will help you reach your destination fastest, but keep in mind that there can be a lot of routes re-routed or closed for maintenance, especially on weekends, so also check the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s website for the latest subway route updates. Tip: The 7-day unlimited ride MetroCard is usually a good deal so you don’t spend $2 on MetroCards each time you hop on the train.

    3. Eat dinner early or late. When New Yorkers eat out, they like to take their dinner between 8 and 10 p.m. If you want to eat at the same places they do, it’s best to make a reservation in advance at least a week ahead of time for most places and a full month ahead for perpetually booked favorites such as Daniel, Babbo and Le Bernardin and to go for an evening between Sunday and Wednesday rather than the always-crowded Thursday through Saturday. But if you’ve left things till the last minute, try calling a day or two ahead and reserving a table either for before 7 p.m. or after 10:30 p.m. which exponentially increases your chances of getting seated, even at the hottest spots in town. Of course, this tactic won’t work at the handful of trendy restaurants that don’t take reservations in advance, like Momofuku, Boqueria and Bar Jamon. There, you’ll have to queue up with the rest of the ravenous foodie masses.

    4. The world on a menu. New York City houses so much diversity of cuisines that it’s a shame to stick to tourist neighborhoods or chain restaurants you probably have at home. Travel to some of the city’s ethnic enclaves to sample delicious, cheap and authentic fare. In Queens, an easy subway or cab ride from Manhattan, there’s renowned Indian food in Jackson Heights (the area’s Jackson Diner is regularly rated some of the best Indian food in NYC) and hard-to-find Egyptian cuisine in the “Little Cairo” neighborhood of Astoria. Astoria is also home to many old-time Greek restaurants, primarily situated on Broadway or Ditmars Blvd. You can have a more authentic Italian meal on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx than in the tourist-clogged streets of Manhattan’s Little Italy, and it’s hard to beat the soul food found in Harlem, including the famed, family-run Sylvia’s. Consider expanding your boundaries with a guided neighborhood food tour, such as one offered by Savory Sojourns and run by Addie Tomei, mother of Marissa.

    5. Scout out the smaller shops. It’s nearly impossible to visit one of the fashion capitals of the world and not drop some dough on clothes, shoes and other goodies (unless you have a lot of willpower!). But don’t just confine yourself to the shopping meccas of SoHo and Fifth Avenue, though each does have its own New York charm SoHo for its beautiful 19th-century cast iron buildings and Fifth Avenue for its elegant department stores and proximity to Central Park. Head to the Lower East Side to check out intimate boutiques that feature local designers as well as trendy new and vintage pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll also find special shops sprinkled throughout the downtown neighborhoods of the West Village, the East Village and Nolita, as well as across the East River in artsy Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

    6. Buy-buy Broadway. With the opening of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein last year, the top price of a Broadway ticket reached $450 for the first time ever. Though this is an extreme case, it’s difficult to find a seat at a popular Broadway show for less than $100 nowadays. A couple of options can save you money: Sign up for the free discount ticket listings at www.theatermania.com and www.playbill.com. which offer savings on advance ticket purchases for select Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Or get in line at a TKTS Discount Booth on the day you want to see a performance to save up to 50% on a variety of plays. (Tip: The South St. Seaport location is usually a lot less busy than the Times Square one, and only there can you purchase tickets the day before for matinees.) That said, if there’s a particular Broadway show you’ve set your heart on, buy tickets as far in advance as possible (and be prepared to spend top-dollar). If your show’s sold out, check out the online ticket brokers such as www.stubhub.com or www.razorgator.com. where people sell extra seats or re-sell ones they won’t be using.

    7. Hear the music. It’s tough to claim boredom in New York. Every night of the week you can listen to world-class musicians of all types in venues across the city, from classic settings like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall to gritty downtown (or, increasingly, Brooklyn) rock clubs to traditional jazz bars (though the era of the traditional smoky bar is over, since smoking was banned at bars and clubs in 2003). You can find indie rock events listed at www.ohmyrockness.com. classical music events at www.classicaldomain.com and jazz at www.gothamjazz.com. Best of all, some of these concerts are free of charge, especially in the summer months.

    8. Pack your running shoes. On the weekends, Central Park closes to traffic and becomes a huge open-air running (and biking and inline skating) track. Enjoy the prime people-watching as you exercise, or opt for other scenic paths along Riverside Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, along the Hudson River heading downtown to Battery Park, on a trail next to the East River, or across the Brooklyn Bridge. Though it’s more comfortable to run in the spring or fall, you’ll find many hardy New Yorkers braving the extreme heat and humidity of summer or the bitter chill of winter for their outdoor fitness fix.

    9. Don’t crowd yourself out. A lot of tourists (and relatives visiting local family members) who come to NYC can’t get over how crowded the city is. The crazy secret about New York is that many locals can’t stand crowds which is why they stay away, at all costs, from Macy’s anytime except weekday evenings, holiday store windows and Rockefeller Center between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Times Square whenever humanly possible (except when they must venture over there to work or to catch a show). While you may want to see these iconic parts of New York City, consider planning your visit so that you’re not hitting the big department stores, say, the week before Christmas unless you think that braving hordes of pushy people is part of that old-fashioned New York City charm. (And it really isn’t!)

    10. Mind your city etiquette. Unfortunately, tourists have a reputation for doing a few things that drive New Yorkers crazy: taking up the entire sidewalk so that other walkers can’t pass; coming to a complete stop at the top or in the middle of the subway stairs, thus blocking the way down; looking over a shoulder or down at a guidebook while ambling straight ahead, thus sideswiping people walking toward them. New Yorkers like to walk quickly with a purposeful strut and are often in (or appear to be in) a hurry. Respect their sense of purpose and be mindful of the space around you and you’ll win renewed respect for tourists from the world over! On the other hand, if you need directions or if you drop something on the subway or sidewalk, New Yorkers will be the first to run after you, offering their assistance. They really are nice folk, after all.

    Liz Humphreys is the author of USATODAY.com’s New York City Guide .





    25/05/2017

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    Top Ten Tips for European Train Travel #cheap #t?ckets

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    Top 10 Tips for European Train Travel

    By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

    James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

    You can learn about some of the other things I’m doing these days in his Google Profile James Martin .

    If you are more visually oriented, then our Rebel Mouse page called Europe Travel Tips and Ideas features many of our European destinations, events, apps, and other travel related news and pictures.

    Here s what you need to know about traveling Europe on the train–from planning your trip to buying tickets to getting the most for your travel dollar.

    European trains are fast, clean, convenient and take you from city center to city center. You might be amazed at all the places you can travel to, including the small cities and villages .

    Buying Train Tickets in Advance

    Buy Your Train Tickets with a Smartphone App. James Martin

    Lots of folks want to get their hands on tickets before they leave on vacation. You risk loosing them, of course. But today there are some fairly safe ways to purchase tickets in advance.

    DB Bahn also offers a variety of ways to use your smart phone to purchase tickets. You can either register with the site and get tickets to print out before you travel, or keep the tickets on your smart phone. As long as the battery is charged, you can show the conductor the phone with the bar code and that, plus your id card, is your ticket to ride.





    16/05/2017

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    Top Ten Cheap Beach Vacations #travel #auction #sites

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    Top Ten Budget Beach Vacations

    Experienced world travelers will no doubt point out that I didn’t pick the cheapest of the cheap beach locales for this compilation of top budget beach vacations. After all, why not include Goa, India; Mombasa, Kenya; Lombok, Indonesia; Koh Phi Phi, Thailand; or Nha Trang, Vietnam? I agree, you can usually find a hut on the beach at those destinations for less than ten bucks a day; however, take into account the cost of a long flight and the luxury of time that most travelers don’t have and it turns into a much pricier endeavor. So, for practical purposes, I’ve limited my choices to the best budget beach vacations in North and Central America, with a special shout-out to Brazil. Now you have no excuse not to lather on the lotion and throw down your beach towel.

    10. Destin, Florida

    The Florida Panhandle is a coveted place that Southerners would prefer to keep to themselves. With a 100-mile stretch of sugary sand that fronts the Gulf of Mexico, and a fair share of golf and tennis, who can blame them? In Destin, the heart of the Panhandle, wake up early in the morning and take a stroll with the pelicans and sandpipers on the beach just as the fishing boats head out to sea. Feel free to join them and drop your own line to catch snapper and grouper. Later, discuss your day’s adventure at one of Destin’s dockside caf s. The blues and country music is always live and the fish and oysters always fresh. Stay at the Wingate. where room prices, with continental breakfast, start in the double digits in the off-season.

    9. Outer Banks, North Carolina

    Lining the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks consists of barriers of sand 150 miles long and never more than a few miles wide. These islands serve as welcome mats to the Atlantic and all her treasures. Forage the sea for a bounty of bluefish, flounder, and drum, or walk the wild dunes, a naturalist’s playground. Close to 400 species of birds, from native Carolina wrens to wintering bald eagles, can be found here, along with otters and sea turtle colonies. Add five lighthouses and you have yourself a seaworthy destination that even a pirate like Blackbeard (a former resident) could call home. Landlubbers will want to visit Kitty Hawk, the site where Orville and Wilbur Wright learned how to fly, and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. For clean, affordable lodging close to the beach, you can do no better than the Driftwood Motel on Cedar Island, where rooms start at $65 a night.

    8. Huntington Beach, California

    Most folks equate Orange County, California, with chi-chi Laguna Beach and all the celebs and young retirees who reside here. Yet just a wee bit north of Laguna is the far more affordable Huntington Beach, popular with the surfer crowd. Make the International Surfing Museum your first stop and then see if any hot-doggers are doing their stuff over by the pier. It won’t be hard to find your own slice of paradise since Huntington Beach boasts eight miles of uninterrupted waterfront. Stay across from the beach, on the Pacific Coast Highway, at the Sun n’ Sands Motel. where rooms start at $129 a night and the restaurants in town are just a short walk away.

    7. Cape Ann, Massachusetts

    Wise-faced fishermen sew their nets in the early hours of the morning on the docks of America’s oldest fishing port, Gloucester. In nearby Manchester-by-the-Sea, couples and families stake their claim to exquisite Singing Beach, tucked away in a cove and backed by cliffs and precariously perched mansions. Welcome to Massachusetts’s lesser known cape, the one locals don’t want you to know about, Cape Ann. Forty miles north of Boston (reachable by commuter rail), Cape Ann beckons sun worshippers to its long stretches of sand. When you tire of the sun, head to the village of Rockport, known for its shops, galleries, and restaurants. Or try a famous lobster-in-the-rough joint, Woodman’s in Essex, the seafood shack that created the fried clam on July 3, 1916. Stay at the Wingaersheek Motel. which has discount beach passes to nearby Wingaersheek Beach, a family favorite. Rooms start at $100 a night in summer.

    6. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    Let the affluent spend gobs of money on the Pacific coast at familiar resorts like the Marriott and Four Seasons while travelers in the know follow the surfers to the Caribbean coast of this Central American country. At Puerto Viejo, you can walk on deserted beaches all the way south to Panama. The town has a laid-back, international appeal, with top-notch South American, Costa Rican, and Italian food. South of town, there are a number of bungalow-laden lodgings within easy walking distance of the beach, where rooms rarely exceed $85 a night. Check out La Costa de Papito or Playa Chiquita Lodge .





    16/05/2017

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    Top Ten Cheap Hotels in London #flights #cheap

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    Top 10 Cheap London Hotels

    By Laura Porter. London Travel Expert

    Laura Porter has lived in the London area all her life and can’t imagine ever wanting to live elsewhere. London is her ‘specialist subject’ and she has written the About.com London Travel site since it started in 2006.

    This site was included in the “Top 50 Travel Websites ” in The Independent where Laura was described as a “mastermind” as “she has a knack for seeking out the unusual as well as providing plenty of practical tips”.

    The About.com London Travel site will help you plan a trip or enjoy armchair travel. It includes luxury and budget, the top attractions and the little known quirks that made the city so special.

    London hotel prices stop many travelers from coming to this great city so I ve put together this list of London hotels that offer exceptional value for money. Back in 2007, the average London hotel room rose to £119 per night but I want to be able to prove you can still stay in the world s most cosmopolitan city for less than that, so all of these hotels are under £100 a night and some are well below that rate. Also see: Best Youth Hostels in London .

    If you don t have a specific hotel in mind, I find the best London hotel rates are usually with Travelocity (Buy Direct ) or Superbreak.com (Buy Direct ). I can also strongly recommend the Hotwire Secret Hot Rate as a way to get a real bargain.





    13/04/2017

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

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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.





    09/04/2017

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    Top Ten Cheap Beach Vacations #travel.state.gov

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    Top Ten Budget Beach Vacations

    Experienced world travelers will no doubt point out that I didn’t pick the cheapest of the cheap beach locales for this compilation of top budget beach vacations. After all, why not include Goa, India; Mombasa, Kenya; Lombok, Indonesia; Koh Phi Phi, Thailand; or Nha Trang, Vietnam? I agree, you can usually find a hut on the beach at those destinations for less than ten bucks a day; however, take into account the cost of a long flight and the luxury of time that most travelers don’t have and it turns into a much pricier endeavor. So, for practical purposes, I’ve limited my choices to the best budget beach vacations in North and Central America, with a special shout-out to Brazil. Now you have no excuse not to lather on the lotion and throw down your beach towel.

    10. Destin, Florida

    The Florida Panhandle is a coveted place that Southerners would prefer to keep to themselves. With a 100-mile stretch of sugary sand that fronts the Gulf of Mexico, and a fair share of golf and tennis, who can blame them? In Destin, the heart of the Panhandle, wake up early in the morning and take a stroll with the pelicans and sandpipers on the beach just as the fishing boats head out to sea. Feel free to join them and drop your own line to catch snapper and grouper. Later, discuss your day’s adventure at one of Destin’s dockside caf s. The blues and country music is always live and the fish and oysters always fresh. Stay at the Wingate. where room prices, with continental breakfast, start in the double digits in the off-season.

    9. Outer Banks, North Carolina

    Lining the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks consists of barriers of sand 150 miles long and never more than a few miles wide. These islands serve as welcome mats to the Atlantic and all her treasures. Forage the sea for a bounty of bluefish, flounder, and drum, or walk the wild dunes, a naturalist’s playground. Close to 400 species of birds, from native Carolina wrens to wintering bald eagles, can be found here, along with otters and sea turtle colonies. Add five lighthouses and you have yourself a seaworthy destination that even a pirate like Blackbeard (a former resident) could call home. Landlubbers will want to visit Kitty Hawk, the site where Orville and Wilbur Wright learned how to fly, and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. For clean, affordable lodging close to the beach, you can do no better than the Driftwood Motel on Cedar Island, where rooms start at $65 a night.

    8. Huntington Beach, California

    Most folks equate Orange County, California, with chi-chi Laguna Beach and all the celebs and young retirees who reside here. Yet just a wee bit north of Laguna is the far more affordable Huntington Beach, popular with the surfer crowd. Make the International Surfing Museum your first stop and then see if any hot-doggers are doing their stuff over by the pier. It won’t be hard to find your own slice of paradise since Huntington Beach boasts eight miles of uninterrupted waterfront. Stay across from the beach, on the Pacific Coast Highway, at the Sun n’ Sands Motel. where rooms start at $129 a night and the restaurants in town are just a short walk away.

    7. Cape Ann, Massachusetts

    Wise-faced fishermen sew their nets in the early hours of the morning on the docks of America’s oldest fishing port, Gloucester. In nearby Manchester-by-the-Sea, couples and families stake their claim to exquisite Singing Beach, tucked away in a cove and backed by cliffs and precariously perched mansions. Welcome to Massachusetts’s lesser known cape, the one locals don’t want you to know about, Cape Ann. Forty miles north of Boston (reachable by commuter rail), Cape Ann beckons sun worshippers to its long stretches of sand. When you tire of the sun, head to the village of Rockport, known for its shops, galleries, and restaurants. Or try a famous lobster-in-the-rough joint, Woodman’s in Essex, the seafood shack that created the fried clam on July 3, 1916. Stay at the Wingaersheek Motel. which has discount beach passes to nearby Wingaersheek Beach, a family favorite. Rooms start at $100 a night in summer.

    6. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    Let the affluent spend gobs of money on the Pacific coast at familiar resorts like the Marriott and Four Seasons while travelers in the know follow the surfers to the Caribbean coast of this Central American country. At Puerto Viejo, you can walk on deserted beaches all the way south to Panama. The town has a laid-back, international appeal, with top-notch South American, Costa Rican, and Italian food. South of town, there are a number of bungalow-laden lodgings within easy walking distance of the beach, where rooms rarely exceed $85 a night. Check out La Costa de Papito or Playa Chiquita Lodge .





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    Top Ten Budget-Friendly Vacations for Families

    I traveled the world as a writer and climber before I had children, never realizing how inexpensive it was going solo. Now, with a family of five, even the thought of taking everyone out for dinner makes me cringe. Contemplating airfare and several nights of lodging? Forget about it! But, as my children frequently remind me, family vacations are important. There’s the quality time spent together away from offices, phones, email, and daily chores; the wonderful memories; and, of course, the laughter and fun.

    To help you connect with those all-important familial things, we profile ten locations for family vacations that won’t break the bank. A priority is age-appropriate activities that aren’t mind-numbing for adults or boring for kids, and we also try to mix in a blend of physical activity, education, and sightseeing opportunities. National parks like Yellowstone are always good choices, but don’t ignore urban areas with eye-opening sights and stimulating museums. Affordable accommodations are important, as is accessibility. Australia is wonderful, but plane tickets are generally not cheap. And of course, safety is key even families who desire something exotic don’t need the added stress of an impending coup or temperamental volcano.

    A few ways to stretch your vacation dollar:

    Although rising gas and airfare prices make everything more expensive, there are still deals on transportation. Some hubs, like Miami, Los Angeles, and Seattle, always seem to attract sale-priced tickets. And sometimes you can get deals on local attractions and lodging with airline promotions. Flying alternative routes, having a flexible schedule, or adding a stopover can keep ticket prices down.

    Getting the most bang for your buck can be as simple as a close-to-home destination, which will reduce a significant portion of your travel expenses. Driving can be cheaper than flying even at today’s prices, as the minivan doesn’t charge by passenger.

    When you make reservations for restaurants and lodging, always say, “I’m looking for budget-conscious deals for a family vacation do you offer group discounts?” Families are an important demographic in the tourism industry, and more organizations realize that being family-friendly pays. And when booking reservations, don’t forget discounts provided by membership organizations (AAA and AARP are obvious, but many other groups, from bike clubs to schools to small-business organizations often qualify for discounted rates).

    Also be sure to look for lodging where kids stay free. Many tour companies offer per-person discounts if you share your room with kids. Some hotels charge a nominal fee for a folding cot, but you can buy lightweight, highly packable sleeping bags for a fraction of the cost of a second room and put kids on the floor. To cut down on food costs, seek restaurants with kid’s menus. Some restaurants, especially those in family-friendly resorts, let young children eat for free. Get a room with a refrigerator by preparing some meals yourself, restaurant tabs won’t be so high. And hotels with free breakfast buffets offer no-cost access to the most important meal of the day.

    When you reach your destination, consider transportation options. Good mass transit can save big dollars on rental car costs. Consider renting bikes, mopeds, or even golf carts (local traffic permitting). And don’t rule out boats, trains, or even walking!

    Published: 23 May 2012 | Last Updated: 21 Dec 2012

    Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication





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