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.

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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.

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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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Myanmar(Burma) Tour, Myanmar Trip – by a Myanmar Local Travel Agency

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Myanmar(Burma) Tour & Sample Itineraries

Myanmar (Burma) is quite unlike any place you know about, and remains a world apart. Turn back the clock with a trip to this time-warped country and discover this captivating, mysterious and compelling country. will organize you a wonderful trip to immerse yourself in its culture. Explore Burma’s diverse historic sites and landscapes, escorted by experienced tour guide and private vehicle. Our inside knowledge allows you to have an in-depth look at Myanmar and have a lifetime encounter with this compelling destination.

All Myanmar Tour Packages

Yangon – Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake – Mandelay – Amarapura – Mandalay

This is the classic tour in Myanmar. It is designed to highlight the must-see tourist destinations in Myanmar. On the 8-day classic.

Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake – Heho – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay

This is the highlights tour in Myanmar and suits the taste of cruise lovers. The 10-day trip combines the highlights of popular destina.

Yangon – Bagan – Mandelay – Amarapura – Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake – Heho – Thandwe – Ngapali – Thandwe – Yangon

This is the Myanmar classic tour with the relaxing tour at Ngapali Beach, designed especially for the sun and beach lovers. On the.

Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake – Samgar Village – Phaekon – Loikaw – Kalaw -Heho – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay

12 Days Myanmar Best Tour offers you the popular destinations in Myanmar to experience its history and culture, and the discovery trip.

Yanggon – Heho – Inle Lake – Kalaw – Pindaya – Taung Myint Gyi Village – Mwe-Taw Village – Ywar-Taw Village – Kalaw – Heho – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura

Myanmar Off the Beaten Track is a finely trekking itinerary in Myanmar, focusing as much on Myanmar’s lesser visited back-roads as.

Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake – Kalaw – Pindaya – Taung Myint Gyi Village – Mwe-Taw Village – Ywar-Taw Village – Kalaw – Heho – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura

This is the panorama adventure tour in Myanmar. You will fully enjoy all highlights: Yangon – the garden city and the main gateway.


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My Travel Guard is a made to order travel insurance plan

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My Travel Guard

We understand that your trip can take a year to save for, but only a second to ruin. While you can’t do anything to prevent an unexpected storm from closing the airport, you can do something to help cover your travel investment. The My Travel Guard plan may be purchased to do just that. For a complete Certificate of Insurance, please click here

  • 100% Trip Cost Trip Cancellation Trip Interruption

Reimburses nonrefundable, unused payments or deposits if you must cancel or interrupt your trip due to an illness, injury, or death of you, a family member, traveling companion or business partner or other covered reasons.

  • $1,000 Trip Interruption – Return Air Only
    Reimburses the additional airline transportation expenses incurred by you to reach the return destination for trip interruptions.
  • $500 Trip Delay
    Reimburses up to $100 per day/per person up to the Maximum Limit shown on the Schedule of Benefits for reasonable additional expenses if the insured is delayed for more than 12 consecutive hours due to a covered reason.
  • $500 Missed Connection
    Reimburses up to the Maximum Benefit shown on the Schedule of Benefits if Inclement Weather or Common Carrier causes cancellation or a delay of regularly scheduled airline flights for 3 or more hours to your point of departure.
  • $500 Baggage Personal Effects
    Reimburses you if your baggage or personal effects are lost, stolen or damaged while on your Trip, subject to the Maximum Benefit. $50 Deductible applies. This coverage is in excess of any other coverage or indemnity.
  • $100 Baggage Delay
    If your Baggage is delayed more than 12 hours, you can be reimbursed for the purchase of Necessary Personal Effects, subject to the Maximum Benefit.
  • $10,000 Accident Sickness Medical Expense
    Pays for medical expenses incurred while on a trip. $50 Deductible applies.
  • $100,000 Emergency Evacuation Repatriation of Remains

    Covers evacuation and transportation as directed by a Physician to the nearest adequate medical facility (home in the event of death or if medically required). Pays for special medical escort if recommended in writing by the attending Physician.

  • Optional Coverage*

    The following will be included if elected and appropriate costs have been paid.

    • Cancel for Any Reason

    You have the option to purchase a maximum limit of either 50% or 75% of Trip cost which provides reimbursement if you decide to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours prior to departure. (Must be purchased within 21 days of initial trip payment or by final trip payment.)

  • Medical Expense Upgrade
    Waives the $50 deductible and increases the Medical Expense limit of the base plan from $10,000 to either $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000. Also, offers a separate option to upgrade your Medical Expense benefit to Primary coverage.
  • “Hospital of Choice” Evacuation Upgrade
    For medical emergencies, includes evacuation to the adequate licensed medical facility of your choice or home. Base plan provides evacuation to the nearest adequate licensed medical facility. Maximum limit is increased to $1 million.
  • Baggage Upgrade
    Increases the Baggage and Personal Effects limit to $1,000, $1,500 or $2,500 and waives the $50 deductible. Increases the Baggage Delay limit to $200, $300, $400 or $500. Also, offers a separate option to upgrade your Baggage and Personal Effects benefit to Primary coverage.
  • Car Rental Collision Coverage
    You have the option to purchase a maximum limit of either $35,000 or $50,000 in primary coverage. Subject to a $250 deductible. Covers collision damage to a rental car for which the car rental contract would hold you responsible.
  • Accidental Death Dismemberment (Common Carrier Air Only)
    Amount Purchased (up to $500,000) Coverage for accidental death or dismemberment that occurs when traveling on a regularly scheduled flight or charter, subject to the Maximum shown in the Schedule.
  • Adventure Sports Coverage
    Provides Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Emergency Evacuation and Medical Expense coverage for losses caused by many adventure sports activities typically excluded in many travel insurance plans.
  • Accident, Interruption Delay Upgrade
    Increases the Trip Interruption benefit to 150% of Trip Cost; increases Trip Delay to $1,000 ($200 per day); increases Missed Connection to $1,000; and adds $50,000 Accidental Death Dismemberment coverage.
  • Additional Unforeseen Events Upgrade

    Includes Trip Cancellation/Interruption coverage due to Financial Default, Terrorist Incident and a waiver for pre-existing medical conditions. Also covers Trip Cancellation/Interruption due to involuntary job loss or layoff. For complete details of coverage refer to the Certificate of Insurance. (Must be purchased within 21 days of initial trip payment or by final payment.)

  • * Optional coverages cannot be purchased separately and may vary by state.

    Assistance Services**

    Assistance Services listed below are not insurance benefits and are not provided by the Company. Travel Guard provides assistance through coordination, negotiation, and consultation using an extensive network of worldwide partners. Expenses for goods and services provided by third parties are the responsibility of the traveler.

    • Travel Medical Assistance

    A menu of services available for emergency medical requests, including prescription replacement assistance, physician referrals, medical evacuations, and more.

  • Worldwide Travel Assistance
    Assistance with any travel emergency or request for general travel information, including lost, stolen or delayed baggage; replacing lost passport or travel documents; emergency cash transfers; pre-trip travel advice; inoculation information and more.
  • LiveTravel® Emergency Assistance
    24-hour hotline to make emergency travel changes, such as rebooking flights, hotel reservations, tracking lost luggage and more.
  • At Your Service

    Provides access to a world of conveniences that can help simplify and enrich your travel experience. Available 24/7, At Your Service can help get you into exclusive restaurants, concerts and other places you want to be during your travels!

  • To enroll in the My Travel Guard plan, pay the plan cost at any time up until 24 hours prior to departure. For a complete Certificate of Insurance please click here .

    **Non-insurance services provided by Travel Guard.


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    NACTA – The National Association of Career Travel Agents #travel #greece

    #independent travel agents

    Many Professional Travel Agents find that working with a “host” agency is the most desirable way to operate their independent travel business. Host agencies specialize in offering independents sophisticated services, overrides, automation, quality control and support. By aligning yourself with a quality host agency you can catapult your business into existence or take it to another level with great confidence that your clients will benefit.

    Finding a quality host agency is critical to your success as an independent travel agent. As you might expect, host agencies are all very different so spend some quality time researching which host makes sense for you. Here are a few things to look for in a host agency;

      They already work with successful independent agents

    They do not have any unresolved complaints against their agency

    They are committed to developing a professional independent agent network

    They do not have a “travel agent recruiting other travel agents” program.

    They do not tout “travel agent ID cards” to obtain travel discounts.

    They offer meaningful commissions and overrides

    They are active ASTA and NACTA members

    You understand what you are getting for your investment (if any)

    They offer ongoing support

    It really doesn’t matter where the host agency is located so don’t get locked into the idea that they have to be down the street from your operation. There are several solutions to the issues of access, communication and delivery that resolve the question of location. Most of all you should feel comfortable with your new host agency and their ability to fulfill your needs as your business grows.

    NACTA has a membership for host agencies and the minimum standards for a host agency to qualify for this program are as follows:

      Must have been in business as a host agency for at least one full year

    Must carry at least one million dollars in Errors and Omissions Insurance or require all independents to maintain their own current policies.

    Average sales volume per independent agent must exceed $10,000.00

    There are no unresolved complaints against Host agency

    Committed to the development of a professional independent travel agent network

    Registered to operate as a host agency with all local, state and federal governments as required

    Do not have a “recruitment program” whereby consumers recruit other consumers into the network as a higher priority than individual travel sales.

    Do not offer a “Travel Agent Photo ID Card” for the purpose of consumers to obtain travel professional benefits.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Host Agencies

    Why do I need a host agency?

    Most Independent Travel Agents find it necessary (and desirable) to associate with a host agency for the purpose of obtaining domestic airline tickets, override commissions, marketing support, expertise, automation, quality control, clout, operational support and many other reasons that may be a combination of the above.

    How do I know which host agency to choose?

    Long before you choose your host agency you should develop a business (and marketing) plan so that you understand the nature of the business you intend to develop. If you plan to specialize in selling cruises you will probably want to find a host agency that specializes in working with a cruise specialist. Conversely, if you plan to specialize in handling corporate accounts, you will want find a host agency with the expertise and support mechanism, to make you successful. It is highly unlikely that a cruise specialist can help you if you want to sell corporate accounts and vice versa.

    Why does one host agency charge $7,500.00 and the next charge $300.00?

    Host agencies are just like other businesses. One may specialize in recruiting brand new agents and have a heavy concentration on training and start up integration into their network. The very next may simply recruit experienced agents and offer no training or integration support whatsoever. Common sense should lead your way through this maze. If the host agency you are looking at is charging $7,500.00 and giving you nothing but simply paying for their marketing cost of finding new agents, then look somewhere else. But, If you can easily see the value in a host agency charging even say, $10,000.00, then that may be a wise decision to make concerning your future.

    What is the best computerized reservation system (CRS) or GDS to use?

    Many new agents think the sun rises and sets on access to the CRS in the travel industry. Their first concern is “what computer software do I need to book travel”. For the most part, CRS (Computerized Reservations System) or GDS access is not really necessary unless you are going to be booking a lot of domestic airline tickets. Many host agencies offer Internet access to their CRS or GDS and others may offer dial up access via modem. The decision on which host to pick should not be based on the type of CRS access they offer, but on the level of support and overrides they offer as it pertains to your business plan.

    What should I look for in a host agency?

    There are quite a few things to look for in terms of how a host agency pertains to your business plan. Generally, however, these are the things that NACTA looks at. How long have they been in business? Does the host agency carry Errors and Omissions Insurance? What is the average sales volume per independent agent? How many independent agents belong to the network? Are there any unresolved complaints against the agency with the Better Business Bureau, the State Attorney General’s Office, or the FTC? Agencies appearing on these links have all passed these standards.

    What about the $495 instant travel agency deals or Card Mill organizations?

    Think about it. If all anyone had to do was pay $495 and then fly first class, stay in suites for free, and take cruises for $10 per day, who would pay full fare? If you really believe you can do all of this for $495, then you probably deserve to lose the money anyway. The truth is that when these operations first started they were able to fool some of the suppliers with phony ID cards and receive travel discounts, but the industry is wise to them now and it is going to be difficult (if not impossible) to fool anyone into accepting phony ID cards. There are some host programs that do charge a start up fee of around the $495 amount but what they include or offer can be on the up and up. Check carefully. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!


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    Mexico Travel Deals Cheap Flights to Mexico #travelicity

    #deals travel


    Whether you’re looking for Margaritaville, an eco-adventure, or a chance to explore the ruins of ancient civilizations, an astonishing variety of vacation options await you in Mexico. We provide an abundant selection of Mexico vacation deals on flights, hotels, and all-inclusive travel packages to send you south of the border with some pesos still in your pockets.

    Cancun Cozumel

    One of the World’s great playgrounds – Cancun & neighboring Cozumel are for good reason one of the most sought after vacation hot spots. Vacation activities abound: golf, tennis, scuba diving, kite surfing. and when you’re ready to escape the constant fiesta, jungle hikes and over 1200 archaeological sites are scattered within a few hour’s drive.

    Puerto Vallarta

    Famous for its spectacular sunsets, ideal weather, and spouting whales, this charming town nestled between rolling mountains on the Pacific coast offers a perfect place for sun, sand, and relaxation. Traditional cobblestone streets and graceful churches provide the city center old world charm, and is home to some of the best dining experiences in all of Mexico.

    Los Cabos

    At the end of the majestic Baja peninsula lies this once quaint fishing village which is now a tourist destination offering world class sportfishing, along with all of the vacation amenities you’ve come to expect in a Mexican vacation destination. Despite its status as a major destination, Los Cabos still welcomes you with small town charm.


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    Most Helpful Travel Sites for Booking Hotels – Flights #cheap #airline

    #travel sites for flights

    Most Helpful Travel Sites for Booking Hotels & Flights

    by Elizabeth Harper on March 20, 2014

    If you’re planning a family vacation or romantic getaway, you’re probably aware of the huge number of ways to search for the right flights and hotels. And while all of these search services work hard to show you the lowest prices, a lot of them miss the mark where it comes to helping you find the best trip.

    For example, would you pay $10 more for a flight without a lengthy layover (or without a layover at all)? Even penny-pinchers might find spending that much money to be a worthwhile investment. And what about extra legroom, Wi-Fi access or the best hotel pool? We might consider these must-haves for a happy vacation, but budget-minded search sites can make these amenities harder to hunt down in an effort to save you a buck or two.

    A new crop of travel sites is focusing less on cost and more on happiness to help you find not the lowest price tag without impacting your enjoyment on your trip. We’ll walk you through the most helpful sites to help book your perfect vacation.

    Find the best flights

    We’re big fans of Routehappy. which literally ranks flights based on, yes, happiness. Routehappy tries to find the right balance between a pleasant flying experience and the lowest price.

    The search is simple: Enter your starting point, your destination and your travel dates, and Routehappy sets out to find the happiest flights. Sort options by happiest, cheapest, fastest or departure or arrival times, and filter for nonstop, happy and cheap options, nicer planes, roomier seats, high ratings, Wi-Fi, entertainment options and at-seat power in addition to standard options for time and airline. Though it doesn’t show information on extra fees on the search page, clicking on any flight on Routehappy provides extra info about bag fees; it would be nice if this were shown on the main page for more accurate cost calculations, but it’s not a deal-breaker.

    The downside to Routehappy is that it doesn’t offer a lot of flight flexibility. You can’t book multi-leg trips or use flexible dates. For that, we like Hipmunk. which offers similar search features with even more options. Search Hipmunk for one-way, round-trip or multi-city flights by entering your starting point, destination and travel dates. Then Hipmunk brings up a list of flights sorted by the lowest agony level, which is a combination of price, duration and number of stops.

    Though Hipmunk doesn’t offer the amenity details Routehappy focuses on, it definitely helps find the flight options that are least likely to start your vacation off with frustration. Hipmunk lets you sort results by agony, price, duration and departure or arrival times, as well as filter by airlines, number of stops and nonstops.

    To put these sites through their paces, we went shopping for a trip from Austin, Texas, to Los Angeles, California, at the end of May. Routehappy suggested a nonstop JetBlue flight with a happiness rating of 8.7 for $375 round trip with a free checked bag. The next flight, with Alaska Airlines, rated 7.8 on happiness but only cost $355 for a round-trip, nonstop flight but with fees for checked baggage, it could be just as pricey as JetBlue for a less happy flight unless you’re going with a carry-on bag only.

    Hipmunk guided us towards cheaper flights, suggesting a nonstop flight from United for $355 round trip. However, we found little information on the flight’s amenities just an icon showing whether or not the flight had Wi-Fi and the only warning about baggage fees comes before you pay, when an additional baggage fees may apply warning pops up. Still, with baggage fees to be expected on most airlines, we don’t think this is a deal-breaker either, especially when Hipmunk does such a good job of directing you to low-pain flights.

    Find the perfect hotel

    With so many hotel options available, finding the perfect place to stay can be even more of a hassle than choosing the right flight. For general hotel searches, we turn to Hipmunk again. Much as it does with flights, Hipmunk rates hotels on their ecstasy level, which is a combination of price, rating and location.

    Enter a location and your check-in and check-out dates, and Hipmunk offers an array of hotels with photos, ratings and TripAdvisor ratings (when available). You can sort by ecstasy, price, stars and reviews as well as filtering by business, kid-friendly, luxury or romantic getaway.You can also narrow your search by property type, amenities and specific chains you might be interested in staying in.

    Hipmunk is unusual amongst hotel search engines in that it includes Airbnb’s unique properties as results in your search. If a conventional hotel stay isn’t what you want, though, you’ll probably want to visit Airbnb directly. Airbnb offers unique rentals ranging from single rooms to entire houses to truly unique experiences like a stay in a treehouse or a train caboose.

    Enter your location and trip dates, and you’ll get a range of options with photos and reviews. Sorting options are limited to location, price, property type (private room, shared room, etc.) and a few basic amenities, but that’s still more than enough to find some truly individual vacation experiences.

    If you want the most search options possible, you’ll want to try Though it’s a pretty conventional travel search engine, it offers the most options to filter your results to find the exact property you want. In addition to standard filters for price, location, property type, amenities, and ratings, also lets you easily narrow your options by distance to specific attractions or landmarks, by accessibility features for disadvantaged travelers, and by more themes than other searches offer including beach, boutique, business, casino, family-friendly, golf, historic, LGBT-welcoming, luxury, romantic, shopping and spa trips. On the downside, because it’s such a general search, it probably won’t hit the perfect hotel until you configure all of the filters.

    We gave all three of these searches a test run looking for a hotel for our imagined Los Angeles trip. Without any filtering, Hipmunk suggested a $119-a-night stay at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, which ranks three stars or three and a half stars on TripAdvisor, followed by a loft listing from Airbnb and then by more reasonably priced and reasonably rated but not necessarily stand-out hotels.

    Airbnb immediately impressed, with the first result featuring splashing photos of a waterfront suite in Marina del Rey for $130 a night. Other options included a historic home in Venice, a guest house in Manhattan Beach, and a kitschy, 60s-style trailer just blocks from the beach.’s listings were by far the most conventional, suggesting big brands like Marriott (a top-of-the-page sponsored listing for $1,295 a night) and Loews Hollywood (for $229 a night). However, it just takes a few seconds to apply filters to get highly rated hotels more in our price range, like the Millennium Biltmore that Hipmunk recommended.

    Whatever your travel situation, you can’t go wrong with one of these travel searches. All of these will help you narrow your vacation searches to find ideal flights and hotels that will transport you to vacation bliss.

    [woman and dog by beach via Shutterstock ]


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    Midwest travel: Start the holidays with the Art Institute #tibet #travel

    #travel start

    Midwest travel: Start the holidays with the Art Institute

    The Art Institute of Chicago heralds the holidays with arty events and programs, music and mistletoe beginning Friday, Nov. 27.

    Park Grill Millennium Park holds a sweet, family-friendly Gingerbread House Decorating Party on Dec. 6.

    Gingerbread house party

    Enjoy a memorable holiday activity in the heart of Millennium Park when Park Grill holds a family-friendly Gingerbread House Decorating Party. Allow your inner designer to emerge and decorate a gingerbread house with candy, icing and other holiday treats. Couple that with ice skating on The Plaza at Park Grill’s outdoor rink, touring the window scenes on nearby State Street, or shopping Christkindlmarket, and you’ve fashioned a wonderful winter day in the city. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Park Grill at Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago. The fee is $50 per individual house or $85 per family house (maximum four people), which includes all materials as well as a gourmet hot chocolate bar. or (312) 521-7275.

    Shop ’til you hop back on

    If the thought of trudging through a mall to see the same old stuff is tiresome, get to West Town WinterFest on Small Business Saturday. Expect great local shopping and dining as dozens of West Town businesses on Division, Chicago and Grand are connected via Jolly Trolley Tours so you’re chauffeured in style. Multiple Jolly Trolleys will run continuously throughout the weekend with curated three-hour shopping tours, each featuring six stops at different retail businesses and one stop at a local restaurant or bar mid-tour to sample holiday treats and drinks. If you purchase a shopping tour, you get a $30 Shop West Town gift certificate to use in January or February. Or, attend West Town WinterFest for free on your own to visit participating locations, which are planning special sales. Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Tours run between noon and 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. WinterFest headquarters is at 2145 W. Grand Ave. Chicago. Tickets cost $15 for the trolley.

    Get this arty started

    The Art Institute of Chicago heralds the holidays with new additions to the museum, arty events and programs, music, miniatures and photos under the mistletoe ball on the grand staircase. It launches with the 24th annual Wreathing of the Lions the day after Thanksgiving with complimentary hot chocolate. The first 50 people in line after the event get free admission to the museum at 10:30 a.m. Families can visit the Ryan Education Center to create wreaths of their own. Don’t miss a look at the intricate mid-18th-century Neapolitan cr che with more than 200 figures staged in a spectacular Baroque cabinet. In coming weeks, there will be joyous choir performances; a performance by members of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center; holiday-themed art lectures; the 34th Annual Treasure Hunt and Tea Party; a Build Your Own Gingerbread House workshop; and the 12 miniature Thorne Rooms decorated for the holidays. 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, through Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago. (312) 443-3600 or for fees and an event schedule.


    I saw Mommy kissing Sinterklaas

    It might be “Santa” here, but in Pella, Iowa, it’s “Sinterklaas.” And during Sinterklaas Day, the man in the red suit arrives in a wooden ship, wears a bishop’s miter, and has a Moorish servant as helper. Watch the parade of Christmas characters, decorated Dutch peddler carts, and caroling bands march past downtown Pella’s Dutch buildings to the Tulip Toren. At the end of the procession looms a large ship carrying Sinterklaas and his helper Piets. An annual Sinterklaas party at the Pella Opera House follows the parade when Sinterklaas reads from his book of good children (who get Dutch chocolate). Then it’s time for holiday songs, stories and visits with Sinterklaas. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, in downtown Pella and at the Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin St. Pella, Iowa. Admission for the breakfast is $10; the parade is free. or (641) 628-4311.

    A horse of a different color

    Holiday road

    Grumpy drivers honking in the mall parking lot does not a Currier and Ives card make. The Abbey Resort may offer an antidote with its 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, including cocoa, candy canes, Christmas music from the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra Ensemble, festive refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. If you can’t make it the day after Thanksgiving, the four weekends leading up to Christmas offer holiday activities such as: Christmas movies in the on-site theater; Santa’s Workshop crafts for all ages; A Holly Jolly Christmas Carnival of games, activities and crafts including cookie and gingerbread house decorating; Yuletide Bonfires with s’mores and cider; and a Brunch with Santa offered every Sunday. Tree lighting is 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. or (800) 709-1323.


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    Mexico Vacations, Mexico Hotels, Mexico Resorts, Mexico Travel, Mexico Vacation Packages

    #vacation packages

    Mexico Vacations

    Use the quote box at left to price Mexico hotels.

    Mexico draws millions of visitors each year with its warm, sunny weather, spectacular beaches and low prices. We offer hotels and resorts in three main areas—the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico’s Pacific Coast and Central Mexico.

    The Yucatan includes the bustling resort city of Cancun. To the south is Playa del Carmen, another hot spot for Mexico vacations, with amazing beaches and a relaxed ambiance. Many divers favor Cozumel, one of the world’s top picks for underwater exploration.

    On the country’s Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta is home to beautiful resorts, art galleries and boutiques. Los Cabos, noted for its “El Arco,” a rock formation that serves as a gateway from the ecologically rich Sea of Cortes to the vast Pacific Ocean, brims with opportunities to golf, fish, shop and dine.

    Central Mexico vacations can highlight colonial towns like Guadalajara, or more cosmopolitan Mexico City. Mexico City boasts many restaurants, shops and bars, along with museums and other cultural attractions, while Guadalajara offers important historical sites and large city parks.

    The Mexico hotels and resorts on this page have been divided into two groups. Immediately below are the all-inclusive Mexico resorts, where lodging, meals, activities and more are rolled into one price. Farther down on this page, traditional hotels and resorts are listed.


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    Mexico canadian travel advisory this real? Cancun Forum #travel #new #zealand

    #travel advisory canada

    Mexico canadian travel advisory. is this real ?

    I believe Cancun was in Mexico

    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

    Last Updated: April 4, 2012 8:57 EDT

    Still Valid: April 13, 2012 23:50 EDT


    It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. All countries or regions have special requirements for persons intending to reside for extended periods (usually more than 90 days) or who plan to work, study, or engage in non-tourist activities. To obtain information on specific entry requirements, contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) to be visited. Violations of entry and exit requirements may result in serious penalties.

    The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Mexican authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveller’s responsibility to check with the Embassy of the United Mexican States or its consulates for up-to-date information.

    Canadian citizens, including those with dual citizenship, are required to present a valid passport in order to enter and exit Mexico. Canadians without a valid passport will be refused entry and returned to Canada.

    Canadians with a criminal record might be refused entry and returned to Canada on the next available flight. Canadians in this situation should contact the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa prior to making travel arrangements.

    Permanent residents and landed immigrants of Canada should check for specific entry requirements with Mexico’s immigration authorities (Instituto Nacional de Migración, or INAMI).

    Persons seeking to enter Mexico for purposes other than tourism are required to have a proper visa. Foreigners involved in unauthorized activities will be expelled. Special and diplomatic passport holders require a visa to visit Mexico. Consult the Embassy of Mexico in Canada or its consulates for more information.


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    Medical travel insurance #mexico #travel

    #medical travel insurance


    Travel with more complete protection. Travel with coverage for your health conditions.

    If you have health conditions or have had them in the past, finding travel insurance that includes coverage for those conditions can be difficult. Many plan designs don’t cover pre-existing medical conditions. Other plans limit coverage. As a result, some people contemplate taking the huge financial risk of travelling without insurance, or without complete coverage. It’s a serious risk that could lead to significant out-of-pocket expenses should an accident or illness occur.

    Thankfully, TravelEase is the travel insurance plan that is specially designed to provide more complete emergency medical coverage for people with health conditions past or present. No matter what your age, TravelEase offers up to $5,000,000 CAD of emergency medical travel insurance that includes coverage for most health conditions.

    For more information or to apply, give us a call toll-free at 1-855-583-7239. We’re available from 8:30 am – 8 pm EST, Monday to Friday, and 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday.

    One of our experienced customer service representatives will lead you through the application process over the phone. They can also give you just a quote. They help make it easier, asking only questions that are related to you, your health and your unique medical history. So have details like prescription names, dosage and physician contact information ready when you call.

    It is important that you share with us the full and complete details of your current health status and any medical conditions, past or present, to ensure your TravelEase coverage will provide the protection you want and need. It is also important that you understand your coverage, so we encourage you to ask questions when you call and to read your TravelEase policy when you receive it before you travel.

    TravelEase. Protection when you’re away from home.

    Key Benefits

    TravelEase is designed to protect you from unexpected emergency healthcare costs when you are travelling. It offers coverage for most fully disclosed pre-existing conditions so protection may be available even if you have health conditions, have had medical treatment or recent changes in your medication.

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    Comprehensive coverage*

    TravelEase is a single trip travel insurance plan that covers you for up to $5,000,000 CAD in emergency medical care including:

    • Emergency medical attention or services received from a physician or at a hospital
    • ambulance transportation
    • semi-private hospital accommodation
    • prescription drugs
    • diagnostic tests
    • emergency treatment by registered specialists/therapists such as chiropractors and physiotherapists
    • emergency dental treatment
    • bringing someone to your bedside if you’re travelling alone and need hospitalization
    • transporting you, your children, your travel companion home
    • returning your vehicle
    • repatriation

    * Certain conditions, exclusions and limitations apply.

    Additional coverage when you are travelling in the United States

    If you have the protection offered by TravelEase and you are travelling in the United States, Medical Concierge Services are also available to you to make navigating the US healthcare system easier.

    Coverage for fully disclosed health conditions

    TravelEase travel insurance offers coverage for many pre-existing conditions that other plans don’t or won’t. Best of all, your premiums will be priced on your own health and medical history, so you won’t have to risk travelling under-insured or put unnecessary restrictions on your travel plans.

    Coverage for trips both short and long

    TravelEase offers you comprehensive coverage for single trips as short as a few days or extended trips that are much longer, up to 365 days with your government health insurance plan approval.

    Coverage for travellers of all ages

    With TravelEase travel insurance there are no age maximums, so you can apply no matter what your age.

    Competitive rates

    The premium you pay for TravelEase coverage will be based on your health and your own unique, individual medical history as well as the length of your trip.

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    If you are faced with an emergency, our Assistance Centre is available to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call toll-free from the United States or Canada, or call collect from anywhere in the world and we’ll be happy to help you.

    If you are a resident of Canada you are eligible to apply

    TravelEase offers comprehensive coverage to financially protect you against unexpected medical expenses when travelling. To apply for coverage, you must be a resident of Canada and covered under a government health insurance plan. (Quebec residents must have RAMQ prescription drug coverage.)

    Applying is easy

    Apply in the comfort of your own home or wherever it’s convenient for you. Just give us a call toll-free at 1-855-583-7239. We’re available from 8:30 am – 8 pm EST, Monday to Friday and from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday. One of our experienced customer service representatives will be happy help. They will make applying for TravelEase easy by asking only the questions that pertain to you and your health.

    From a company you can trust

    TravelEase is a special emergency medical travel insurance plan within the CoverMe Travel insurance family. It is offered through The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife Financial), one of Canada’s oldest and largest insurance providers.


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    Mauritius Travel Guide #chinese #travel #agency

    #mauritius travel

    Mauritius Travel Guide

    With its clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and tropical climate, Mauritius is often a go-to destination for honeymooners and affluent jet setters looking to unwind. But don’t let the sparkling ocean and island vibes fool you, there is more to this tropical paradise than coconuts and days upon days of snorkeling. With plenty of history, culture and buzzing nightlife, those who travel to Mauritius will find there’s more to do than while away the days on a sunbed. Consult our Mauritius travel guide for the best of island luxury.

    Mauritius was made for those who simply want to lie on the beach all day, but if you feel the need to venture beyond the luxury of a resort, here are a few attractions worth seeking out when you visit Mauritius.

    Things Not to Miss in Mauritius

    • Port Louis – the Island’s capital is the wealthiest city in Africa.

    • Markets – the clothing stalls in Quatre Bornes, a small town in the center of the island, are a visual treat while Mahebourg market is the most traditional bazaar.

    • Golfing – Mauritius is home to a number of top tier golf courses including the Ernie Els designed “Anahita” course.

    • Chamarel Waterfall – the highest waterfall in Mauritius plunges 85 meters down against a backdrop of forest and mountains.

    • Eureka – this plantation mansion turned museum offers visitors a historic look at the island’s colonial past.

    When to Go to Mauritius

    Just 20 degrees south of the equator, Mauritius travel offers tropical sunshine throughout the year. The summer (October – March) is wetter than the winter months with temperatures around 85 degrees. December through March is the best time of year for scuba diving and deep-sea fishing.


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    Marlin travel #colombia #travel

    #marlin travel



    Quick Information

    This RepRap firmware is a mashup between Sprinter, Grbl and many original parts.

    Derived from Sprinter and Grbl by Erik van der Zalm. Sprinter’s lead developers are Kliment and caru. Grbl’s lead developer is Simen Svale Skogsrud. Sonney Jeon (Chamnit) improved some parts of Grbl. A fork by bkubicek for the Ultimaker was merged, and further development was aided by him. Some features have been added by: Lampmaker, Bradley Feldman, and others.


    • Interrupt based movement with real linear acceleration.
    • High steprate.
    • Look ahead (Keep the speed high when possible. High cornering speed).
    • Interrupt based temperature protection.
    • preliminary support for Matthew Roberts advance algorithm For more info see: .
    • Full endstop support.
    • SD Card support.
    • SD Card folders (works in Pronterface).
    • LCD support (ideally 20×4 or 128×64).
    • LCD menu system for autonomous SD card printing, controlled by an click-encoder.
    • EEPROM storage of e.g. max-velocity, max-acceleration, and similar variables.
    • many small but handy things originating from bkubicek’s fork.
    • Arc support.
    • Temperature oversampling.
    • Dynamic Temperature setpointing aka “AutoTemp”.
    • Support for QTMarlin, a very beta GUI for PID-tuning and velocity-acceleration testing.
    • Endstop trigger reporting to the host software.
    • Updated sdcardlib.
    • Heater power reporting. Useful for PID monitoring.
    • CoreXY kinematics ( ).
    • Delta kinematics.
    • SCARA kinematics.
    • Auto bed leveling (actually auto bed compensation) support has been added.
    • Firmware binary size between around 50kB and 100kB, depending on options.

    The default baudrate is 250000. Because this baudrate is directly derived from the usual 16MHz clock of the Arduino MCU, it has less jitter and hence errors than the usual 115200 baud, but 250000 baud is less supported by drivers and host-environments.

    Differences from and additions to the already good Sprinter firmware


    Marlin has jerk-type look-ahead. Whithout it, it would brake to a stop and re-accelerate at each corner. Lookahead will only decelerate and accelerate to some non-zero velocity, so that the change in vectorial velocity magnitude is less than the xy_jerk_velocity. This is only possible, if some future moves are already processed, hence the name look-ahead. It leads to less over-deposition of material at corners, especially at flat angles.

    Slic3r can find curves that, although broken into segments, were meant to describe an arc. Marlin is able to print those arcs. The advantage is that the firmware can choose the resolution, and can perform the arc with nearly constant velocity, resulting in a nice finish. Also, less serial communication is needed.

    To reduce noise and make the PID-differential term more useful, 16 ADC conversion results are averaged.

    If your gcode contains a wide spread of extruder velocities, or you realtime change the building speed, the temperature should be changed accordingly. Usually, higher speed requires higher temperature. This can now be performed by the AutoTemp function. Enable AutoTemp mode with M109 S T F and disable it with M109 (without any F value). When active, the maximal extruder stepper rate of all buffered moves is calculated and named “maxerate” [steps/sec]. The desired temperature is then set to t=tempmin+factor*maxerate, constrained between tempmin and tempmax. If the target temperature is set manually or by GCode to a value less then tempmin, it will be kept without change. Ideally, your GCode can be completely free of temperature controls, apart from a M109 S T F in the start.gcode, and a M109 S0 in the end.gcode.

    If you have established known working PID constants, acceleration, and max-velocity settings for your own machine, you can set them, then store them in the EEPROM. On each boot-up, Marlin will automatically load these values from EEPROM, independent of what your compiled Configuration.h says.

    If your hardware supports it, you can build a LCD-CardReader+Click+encoder combination. This will allow you to adjust temperatures, accelerations, velocities, and flow rates in realtime (while printing). It also provides the ability to select and print files directly from the SD card, preheat the extruder, disable the stepper motors, and do other interesting things. One working hardware configuration is documented here: If you have at least a 20×4 or 16×2 display, useful data is shown.

    If you have an SD card reader attached to your controller, folders are supported to a depth of 10 levels. Listing files in Pronterface shows “/path/subpath/file.g”. You can write to files in subfolders by including the path (in lowercase). (Hidden files, backup files, and non-GCode files are not included in file listings.)

    Endstop trigger reporting

    If an endstop is hit while moving towards the endstop, the location at which the firmware thinks the endstop was triggered is output to the serial port. This is useful because the user gets a warning message. Tools like QTMarlin can use this to find acceptable combinations of velocity+acceleration.

    Coding paradigm

    Not relevant from the user perspective, but Marlin is split into thematic chunks, and has tried to partially enforce private variables. This is intended to make interactions between modules clearer, and leads to a higher level of encapsulation. We think this will be useful as a preliminary step for porting to other platforms, such as ARM. Lots of RAM (with enabled LCD

    2200 bytes) was saved by storing character strings in Program Memory. In the serial communication, a #define-based level of abstraction was enforced, so transfer of information is clear (usually beginning with “echo:”), an error “error:”, or just normal protocol, necessary for backwards compatibility.

    Interrupt based temperature measurements

    An interrupt is used to manage ADC conversions, and enforce checking for critical temperatures. This leads to less blocking in the heater management routine.


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    Business Trip in Your Future? These Tips Help You Pack with Confidence

    Most of us have experience packing for vacations and other pleasure trips: Throw a few items of comfortable clothes in a suitcase, toss in a few toiletries and we’re done. But packing for business requires more thought and planning with an aim not necessarily of being comfortable, but of looking polished and professional throughout your trip.

    To make sure you always look your best, here are a few tips to make packing for your next business trip a breeze:

    Planning Basics

    • Know your itinerary. Will you be spending all your time in an office or other indoor venue, or will there be outings like dinner meetings or other social occasions? A lot of business travel offers the opportunity to network outside of the normal business setting, so you want to include those when planning your packing list as well.
    • Have a single folder or pocket for tickets and car and hotel reservation information as well as a list of phone numbers and addresses for business contacts and meetings. Yes, having them stored in your phone or other device is great, but having printed backups is important in case you find yourself in an area where online connections aren’t possible.
    • If you’ll need a coat at your destination, be sure to carry it on when you board.

    Packing your suitcase

    • Keep bags light by investing in travel-size toiletries, bearing in mind current airline size and weight restrictions. Don’t forget to pack a power adapter for foreign travel.
    • In general, pack a pair of socks and underwear for each day you’ll be travelling.
    • Include two pairs of shoes: One for business and one for more casual wear; pack one and wear the other on the plane.
    • Choose neutral pieces that coordinate for ease of mix-and-match dressing. That goes for business as well as casual items.
    • Include a laundry bag for soiled items; a waterproof bag can safely stow wet swimsuits and damp gym clothes.

    Packing your briefcase

    • Carry your work materials and your itinerary in your briefcase or carry-on bag.
    • Make sure electronics are well padded, even when carrying them with you.
    • Consider including a digital camera for impromptu pictures at the airport or on your way to your hotel or meeting.
    • Pack a book or other reading material or download a movie or book to your laptop, tablet or phone before departure. Don’t forget reading glasses – pack a spare pair in your suitcase n case of loss or breakage.
    • Always carry medications in your briefcase – never in your checked luggage, which can be lost.

    Packing for business trips doesn’t need to be complicated or difficult; following these tips will help ensure you and  your clothes are ready for any occasion.


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    Marlin Travel – Website Review #travel #europe #packages

    #marlin travel

    Marlin Travel – Website Review

    Marlin Travel is the largest travel retail chain in Canada. They have several travel ideas for you to take, and to any part of the world. You can find the best places to visit, the preferred hotels to stay in, the cheapest airline fares, and all the travel information you want. You can make your travel booking online or visit their agency offices, and they are in many places throughout Canada. You can book extensive travel packages with them and at competitive prices.

    Are you trying to book a last minute flight, and you are having hard time doing this? With Marlin Travel you can do this, and they can also help you plan your vacation in advance. Do you want a dream cruise vacation? There are cruise specials you can find and with very competitive prices .

    You can also book group travel with Marlin Travel and this can be for safaris or land or sea expeditions. With other people who have the same passion as you have, you can organize this group travel or join a group. This is also a travel agency that offers an exclusive destination weddings or honeymoon to couples. They can only place a booking and they can have their vacation holidays or wedding destinations they like.

    Europe can be a good destination for a vacation holiday but finding a good travel package can be quite disheartening. Book with Marlin Travel and you will find this quite easy. This is not hard to do because they have several travel agency offices scattered throughout Canada. They are the professionals who can help plan an exclusive vacation holiday for you, one that you will find hard to forget. Probably what they just need is offering special vacation tour packages at large discounts, but only to a select few, with promo discounts offered by the travel agency.

    Click here to go to the Marlin website

    Let us know what you think about your experience with Marlin Travel

    Have you ever booked a trip with Marlin Travel? How was the service? How were the prices? Was there anything that was great or not so great? Share it!

    (If you have an ongoing issue this is not the place to get help – you must contact the company directly – we cannot help you fix problems)

    Please review our Online Review Guidelines before posting.


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    Luxury Singles Travel #cheap #flight #and #hotel #deals

    #single travel groups

    Luxury Singles Travel

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    Общие сведения

    Welcome to Luxury Singles Travel!

    Worldwide Luxury Group Cruises and Group Travel for Singles!

    The first singles travel company to specialize in worldwide singles luxury group cruises, tours, trips and/or weekend vacations!

    This is a travel company for professional upscale Singles, Single Parents, Catholic Singles, Christian Singles, Jewish Singles, Jewish Senior Singles, Military Singles, Senior Singles, Fraternity and Sorority, Students and Staff, Special Theme Singles, and Women, as well as, Individuals, Families, Couples, and Honeymooners.

    We offer Adventure, Adventure Singles, Custom Designed, Group, Fraternity and Sorority, Students and Staff, Military, Special Theme, and Weekend Trips.

    Experience Luxury Travel for Singles to some of the most Scenic and Spectacular destinations worldwide!

    * Trips book fairly quickly be sure to reserve early

    – many of our trips are all inclusive and custom designed *


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    Lonely Planet Travel Guides and Travel Information #car #rental #cheap

    #peregrine travel

    Warning about Peregrine tours to Mexico

    Thu, 13 Mar 2008 09:17:03 +0000

    A friend and I participated in a tour offered by Peregrine Adventures called “Mexico in Depth” from 19 November – 2 December 2007. It was our understanding that the Peregrine tour was more sophisticated than the less expensive “Gecko’s” tour, also offered by Peregrine Adventures (the parent company). Indeed, each member of the tour group paid more than $1000 more than they would have paid had they selected the equivalent Gecko’s tour. We assumed that this meant that we would be staying in pleasant and comfortable accommodation throughout Mexico.

    We were disappointed by the vast majority of hotels selected for us by Peregrine. In particular, we were extremely dissatisfied with the hotels selected for us in Campeche and Playa del Carmen.

    In Campeche, we stayed at place called “Hotel Debliz”. It was appalling – run down and dirty to the point where my friend found stains on her bedsheets! Also, it was miles away from the centre of town which was particularly inconvenient when we were only in Campeche for one night.

    Playa del Carmen was the last stop on our tour. We expected to stay in the nicest hotel of all at this stage given that it was the last stop and that it and Cancun are areas containing some of the most pleasant hotels in all of Mexico. On the assumption that Peregrine would have selected a nice hotel for us, some members of our tour group had booked extra nights at Hotel Fiesta Banana (accommodation chosen for us by Peregrine) beyond the end of the tour. We arrived at this hotel at about 4:45pm on a Friday evening. As we walked into the reception area we saw the swimming pool which was no bigger than a children’s wading pond. No adult could have swum in such a ‘pool’. Then when we were shown to our rooms, we saw that none of them contained a television. They were smelly and contained curtains that were torn. In one room there was exposed wiring and repairs and in another, the toilet did not flush!

    We all left our rooms at the same time after having the same reaction. When we told our local tour leader that we would not stay in such a disgusting hotel, he called Peregrine in Mexico City. When he got off the phone, he explained that they had told him that our dissatisfaction was his problem and that they would not help us to find alternative accommodation. Not wanting to spend the last two nights of our expensive holiday in Mexico in such a terrible place, we had to make alternative arrangements ourselves. This meant that one member of our tour group who had a mobile telephone spent two hours calling other hotels in Playa del Carmen to see if we could find something else.

    At that time on a Friday night, most hotels in both Playa del Carmen and Cancun were booked out. Eventually, we were able to find rooms at a 5-star hotel. We all paid for this alternative accommodation ourselves ON TOP of what we had already paid for the accommodation that Peregrine had selected. We also paid for the local tour leader to stay with us at the 5-star hotel. None of us had expected to be staying in a 5-star hotel and so ended up spending more money than we had intended – all because Peregrine had not done its research before booking Hotel Fiesta Banana.

    Since we have been back in Australia, we have spoken with various people at Peregrine in Melbourne. We have asked Peregrine to refund the cost of the nights we paid for at Hotel Debliz and Hotel Fiesta Banana as well as at least the difference between the cost of staying at the 5-star hotel and the cost of staying at the other sub-standard hotels. Peregrine has offered to refund us only the cost of the sub-standard hotels they chose for us at a cost of $40 per night. Our tour group wonders why only $40 per night was spent on our accommodation at Playa del Carmen when we paid more than $1000 more per person to be on the Peregrine tour than we would have paid had we chosen the Gecko’s tour. Does this mean that Peregrine would have spent even less than $40 per night on our hotel if we had been on the Gecko’s tour? We shudder to think of the level of accommodation people on the Gecko’s tour would be subjected to. We think that the reason why Peregrine charged us more than it would have had we chosen the Gecko’s tour was not so that it could ensure that we had a more comfortable holiday but so that it could make a greater profit out of us.

    We are EXTREMELY disappointed in Peregrine. None of us will ever go on a Peregrine (or Gecko’s) tour again and we would not recommend these tours to any of our friends or family. We are planning to make a formal complaint about Gecko’s to Consumer Affairs Victoria and then start legal action.

    I post this message to warn all fellow travellers to Mexico about travelling with Peregrine Adventures. I wouldn’t waste my money on such a tour. If you want to be part of an organised tour, chose one provided by another tour company that does a better job of researching hotels than Peregrine and that has a better manner of dealing with customers.

    I hope your trip to Mexico is better than ours was!


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    Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show #travel #vouchers

    #times travel

    The most stunning

    TRAVEL SHOW in the West.

    Bigger. Better. Be There.

    Go to the 2010 Los Angeles Times Travel Adventure Show

    AT THE LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER! It s the West’s largest travel event!

    Get SHOW ONLY specials and giveaways on travel you won t find anywhere else! Click here for a complete list of specials you ll only find at the Travel Adventure Show!

    From safaris to scuba diving, wind surfing to wine tours, archeology excursions to relaxing on a pristine beach, here’s where you ll discover amazing travel destinations, attractions, activities, resorts, products, luxury goods and services and so much more!

    More than 500 exhibitors. Trip giveaways. Cultural entertainment. And travel experts Rick Steves, Arthur and Pauline Frommer and more. It s everything you need to get far away from the every day.

    Travel & Adventure Show at a Glance

    February 13 – 14, 2010

    Los Angeles Convention Center

    Travel Trade: Saturday 8 10 am


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    LuLu Hypermarket – Dubai Travel Guide and City Information #travel #to

    #travel hypermarket

    LuLu Hypermarket

    LuLu Hypermarket, the retail division of the multi- dimensional and also world-wide LuLu Group International is famous as an innovator of the retail industry in the area.

    In the present day, LuLu represents superior standards in retailing with 118 stores and is hugely popular with the discerning shoppers across the Gulf region.

    LuLu Centre can be visited right next to Mall of the Emirates, as well as Mirdif, Karama and Al Qusais, LuLu is a popular supermarket if shoppers are on a budget. The marketing area also serves fresh food counters, salad bars. The fishmongers are particularly good value along with the assorted fruit and vegetable section. LuLu is also famous for a varied selection of home appliances and ethnic food.

    LuLu Hypermarkets are spread across the cities of the UAE and have become the most ideal shopping destinations in Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India.

    The management is trying to become a truly global retail brand by retaining the top position in the organized retail sector of the regions. They operate in and strive to be the most preferred employer for their very own and future multi-ethnic employees.

    With its pleasing and innovative variation from the usual supermarkets, LuLu offers an ultra-modern shopping ambience by incorporating all imaginable requirements of the consumers under one roof. LuLu Hypermarkets have comprehensively laid out counters and extensive parking spaces.

    The reputed chain of shopping markets have allocated play areas for children, offer attractive shopping deals, money exchange and bank counters besides a range of international and regional brands appropriately justifying its tagline, LuLu, where the world comes to shop .

    Lulu Hypermarket

    Umm Suqeim Street

    Al Barsha 1

    Dubai United Arab Emirates.

    Tel. +971 4 341 8888


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    Low-Cost Travel and Guide to Inexpensive Vacations #south #hall #travel

    #low cost travel

    Discover how to arrange a fabulous overseas vacation without depleting all your savings. This tutorial provides useful tips and tricks that will help you achieve your travel dreams on a shoestring budget.

    A number of European airlines now offer flights between European cities for less than $20! Discover how the no-frills airline companies that have revolutionize travel in Europe and around the world.

    Discover the economy hotel and motel chains that provide safe, clean and reliable accommodation at bargain prices. You can even book online and be guaranteed of getting a hotel room.

    Paris, London, Barcelona are fabulous cities to visit but can be very expensive to visit. Find out to how to keep costs down and discover some less-known travel destinations that offer the excellent value for your money.

    Cruise vacations don’t have to be expensive, particularly if you can take advantage or a re-positioning cruises or a discounted last-minute cruise. Discover some of the most popular ports-of-call in Europe and North Africa that you can visit on a European cruise holiday.

    Use our convenient search tools, site map and other utilities to find the information that you need for your low-cost overseas vacation.


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    Limerick travel guide #complete #travel #solutions

    #limerick travel

    Understand [ edit ]

    Riverside City [ edit ]

    Limerick is a riverside city of modest size, and is Ireland’s third most populated city. Limerick is situated in the heart of Ireland’s beautiful Shannon Region. The city overlooks the majestic and historic King John’s Castle which is perched on its Shannon river bank. A city of many contrasts, it has managed to successfully blend the modern with the historic. It offers many cultural attractions, including cinema, theatre, museums, concerts, walking tours, boat rides and a wide variety of sports amenities. There is the lively atmosphere in traditional pubs, discos and restaurants. Being centrally located between the major attractions of Cork and Galway it is not as popular with tourists in the region.

    History [ edit ]

    The city was founded by the Vikings in 922 AD. The Vikings thrived in the village but they were overthrown in 968 AD. The Vikings fought the city back again in 969 AD. It wasn’t until the 1020 AD, that native Limerick folk again recaptured and claimed their town. From that time period, the Vikings became part of the fabric of the town and integrated into the Irish society. Limerick of today benefits from their artistry, technological skills and seamanship.

    The Treaty Stone perched on Thomond Bridge

    During the 80’s, the Potato Market. and the Milk Market were refurbished, the Milk Market will have another upgrade in 2010. The old Bishops Palace ,was totally rebuilt to its former glory. In 1991, a new tourist information office was commissioned and tied in nicely with a new visitors centre to showcase King John’s Castle. 1994 saw Kings Island refurbished. Steamboat Quay was refurbished and a new hotel and apartments were built in the region. In 1999, the new Abbey Bridge opened to the public. 1999 saw the opening of the Georgian House in Pery Square region of the city. The stunning Living Bridge was contructed in 2007 by the Eiffel Engineering of Paris, (the team behind the the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty), it’s an iconic 350m long footbridge over the River Shannon at the University of Limerick. Presently, it is planned to refurbish and renew the Park Canal and upgrade all amenities on the Shannon river. A €350m 40-unit shopping mecca, the Opera centre. named in honour of Limerick’s famous 18th century soprano singer Catherine Hayes is scheduled for completion in 2012.

    Limerick has spawned many great writers and poets. Among those were Michael Hogan, the Bard of Thomond to Jim Kemmy and Maureen Sparling to the late and great writer Frank McCourt whose pulitzer prize winning Angela’s Ashes. ‘Tis and Teacher man were huge international bestsellers.

    Limerick has a very active music scene, which has produced such popular bands/musicians from as Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries and Noel Hogans’ MonoBand. The Hitchers. world-renowned electronic musician Richard D. James, known as Aphex Twin. It is also home to comedians D’Unbelievables (Pat Shortt Jon Kenny) which entertained with many TV shows and Christmas specials, other famous personalities include the Hollywood actor Richard Harris and TV presenter Terry Wogan.

    A number of films and movies have been produced and recorded in the city including the Alan Parker’s Hollywood adaptation of Angela’s Ashes starring Robert Carlyle and Emily Watson. It is the setting for the contemporary coming-of-age drama Cowboys Angels and Robert Cunningham’s gritty Somebody’s Daughter.


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    LeSportsac appoint JLM International to expand Travel Retail presence

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    LeSportsac appoint JLM International exclusive Travel Retail Agency to manage the Travel Retail business in Oceania. LeSportsac iconic New York handbag brand has universal appeal.

    Since its founding in 1974, LeSportsac, a leading manufacturer of functional and chic handbags, has become an American icon sold in countries around the world. The Classic and Designer Collections (designed by trendsetters Stella McCartney, Jonathan Adler, Diane von Furstenberg, tokidoki and Gwen Stefani) have established LeSportsac as the leading American brand of casual nylon bags in the U.S. Mexico, Asia and Europe. The Collection s trademarks are sporty American styling, a wide color and print assortment and lightweight functionality with high performance fabrics and hardware.

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    Why Go to Costa Rica

    To many, Costa Rica’s charm lies in its lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches and abundance of wildlife. With breathtaking landscapes and a myriad of creatures from toucans to monkeys to jaguars it’s easy to see why. Where else can you hike active volcanoes, zip line through cloud-covered rainforests and surf warm turquoise waters within the span of just a few days? In this compact but diverse tropical paradise, exhilarating outdoor activities are abundant. Nature-seekers will roam thick jungles while beachgoers will sprawl across the powdery sands. It’s hard not to admire all the splendors this “Rich Coast” has to offer.

    However, for others, this small Latin American country has a different appeal: it’s a relaxed way of life. Residents known as Ticos often recite the catchphrase “pura vida ” (or “pure life”). This guiding philosophy can be observed from Costa Rica’s central cosmopolitan capital of San Jos all the way to the sandy Atlantic and Pacific coasts. To truly immerse yourself in the good life, kick-back and admire the awe-inspiring scenery. Surround yourself with graceful butterflies at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. hike along the monumental Arenal Volcano. mingle with locals at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. or simply sit in a hammock under a palm tree along the Nicoya Peninsula. We have a strong feeling you’ll discover the pure life, too.



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    • Pack an umbrella Even if you’re planning to visit during Costa Rica’s dry season, don’t count on continuous sunshine. Showers can occur year-round.
    • Bring small bills The U.S. dollar (USD) is widely accepted in Costa Rica. It’s to your advantage to bring American money, particularly small bills for purchasing souvenirs and tipping.
    • Look out for “Golden Beans” Costa Rica has perfected a cup of java. Coffee enthusiasts can get their fix and learn about the planting and growing process at a variety of plantations across the country.

    How to Save Money in Costa Rica

    • Don’t rent a car at the airport Most car rental companies at Costa Rica’s airports add a 12 percent charge to their rates. It’s best to reserve a car ahead of time from a company located in the heart of town rather than the airport.
    • For better rates, exchange at the airport The exchange rate is generally better in Costa Rica for American dollars (USD). While you’ll want to bring a few Costa Rican col ns (CRC) with you for small purchases upon arrival, exchange the bulk of your cash once you’re in the country.
    • Make sure the meter is running Taxi drivers have a reputation for charging extra by not switching the meter on. As soon as you step into a taxi, either check that the meter is running or negotiate a flat rate with the driver to avoid a scam.

    Culture Customs

    Costa Rican residents (los Costarricenses or “Ticos “) are known for their pleasant and easygoing nature. Always warm, welcoming and living life to the fullest, Ticos often greet each other with a hearty “Pura Vida! ” (meaning “pure life”). Don’t be alarmed by their benevolence and eagerness to please guests. To blend in, just reciprocate with kindness and embrace their positive philosophy.

    The official language here is Spanish; however, you’ll find English-speakers in popular tourist areas. But using some key phrases, such as “por favor ” (“please”) and “gracias ” (“thank you”), is a polite gesture that goes a long way.

    Dressing in casual clothing coincides with the laid-back Costa Rican lifestyle. You’ll want to pack loose fitting clothing and sturdy hiking shoes if you’re planning to explore the country’s rustic wildlife reserves, volcanoes and parks. You’ll also want to lather up with sunscreen and insect repellent, as mosquitoes and other critters swarm Costa Rica’s damp rainforests.

    Coffee beans are commonly associated with the “Gold Coast.” You’re also likely to spot coffee plantations in the Central Plains; many travelers enjoy taking tours here. However, high-end coffee beans are hard to come by since they are commonly exported rather than sold locally.

    Costa Rica’s official currency is the Costa Rica Col n (CRC). Since the CRC to U.S. dollar exchange rate fluctuates, be sure to check what the exchange rate is before you go. Major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops.

    As far as dining goes, travelers should note that restaurants add gratuity onto the bill. However, tipping extra is not uncommon; if the service is stellar, leave an additional tip. For tour guides and drivers, plan to dole out about $10 USD per day.

    Costa Rica’s official religion is Catholicism. More than 90 percent of Costa Rica’s population identifies as Catholic; however, the Catholic Church’s presence is not readily visible to the unsuspecting traveler, except during patron saint celebrations when locals flock to the streets outside churches for dancing, music and scrumptious cuisine.

    In Costa Rica, you’ll face few safety concerns. However, in congested San Jos . you’ll want to keep an eye on your belongings and your rental car. Pickpocketing and car theft are common in heavily trafficked tourist areas.

    Getting Around Costa Rica

    The best way to get around Costa Rica is by bus, which is reliable, navigable, inexpensive and frequently runs through San Jos . Driving on your own is not highly recommended as some roads are tricky (speckled with potholes and ambiguously marked intersections). A better alternative to renting your own set of wheels is hiring a car-and-driver service recommended from your hotel. so you can enjoy the country’s gorgeous scenery without having to tackle challenging roads with confusing signage. For a hassle-free means of getting to downtown San Jos from the Juan Santamar a International Airport (SJO), you’ll want to flag a taxi. If you’re planning to explore Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwest part of Costa Rica, you can easily hail a taxi from the Daniel Oduber Quir s International Airport (LIR).

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    U.S. citizens traveling to Costa Rica will need a passport that is valid for the length of their stay in Costa Rica. Many airlines also require travelers to have a round-trip ticket before boarding flights to Costa Rica to ward off fines imposed by Costa Rican Immigration. Travelers should expect to pay a $29 USD airport departure tax. Visitors can pay the fee upon arrival in Costa Rica or before departure at the Bancr dito counter in the airport. However, it is highly recommended to pay in advance as lines can get long at the airport. If you’re planning to stay longer than 90 days, you are required to apply for an extension to the Office of Temporary Permits. To learn more, visit the U.S. State Department website .

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    For other places with the same name, see Jordan (disambiguation) .

    Jordan (الأردنّ al-Urdunn ) is a country in the Middle East that is almost land-locked save for a small 28km outlet on the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba and a frontage on the Dead Sea ). It’s bordered by Israel and the West Bank (Palestinian Territories ) to the west, by Syria to the north, by Iraq to the east and by Saudi Arabia to the south.

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    For most of its history since independence from British administration in 1946, Jordan was ruled by King Hussein (1953-99). A pragmatic ruler, he successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers of the US, USSR and UK, various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population, through several wars and coup attempts. In 1989 he resumed parliamentary elections and gradually permitted political liberalization; in 1994 a formal peace treaty was signed with Israel. King Abdullah II – the eldest son of King Hussein and Princess Muna – assumed the throne following his father’s death in February 1999. Since then, he has consolidated his power and established his domestic priorities, including an aggressive economic reform program. Jordan acceded to the World Trade Organization in January 2000, and signed free trade agreements with the United States in 2000, and with the European Free Trade Association in 2001. There is no hostility between Muslims and Christians, and Jordan is one of the friendliest, most modern and liberal nations in the region yet, at the same time, it has maintained an authentic feel of being in the heart of the Middle East.

    Jordanian culture is fairly homogeneous, but you will probably notice a fairly distinct social difference between the Bedouin areas, particularly in the South and urban West Ammanites, for example.


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    In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the United States in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1933 Japan occupied Manchuria and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 – triggering America’s entry into World War II – and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In 2005, Japan began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. To be updated


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    Western travellers have been exploring the Middle East for well over a century, but Jordan is a relative newcomer to tourism, welcoming only a fraction of the numbers who visit neighbouring Egypt and Israel. Its popular image abroad encompasses not much more than camels and deserts, yet this is a country of mountains, beaches, castles and ancient churches, with an urbane people and a rich culture. It is safe, comfortable and welcoming – and by far the region’s most rewarding destination.

    Jordan is about 85 percent desert. but this one plain word covers a multitude of scenes, from the dramatic red sands and towering cliffs of the far south to the vast stony plains of volcanic basalt in the east. The northern hills, rich with olive trees, teeter over the rift of the Jordan Valley. which in turn runs down to the Dead Sea. the lowest point on earth. The centre of the country is carpeted with tranquil fields of wheat, cut through by expansive canyons and bordered by arid, craggy mountains. At Jordan’s southernmost tip, beaches fringe the warm waters of the Red Sea. which harbours some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world.

    Jordan is part of the land bridge linking Europe, Africa and Asia, and has seen countless armies come and go. Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Christian Crusaders and more have left evidence of their conquests, and there are literally thousands of archeological sites from all periods in every corner of the country. In addition, Israel and Palestine, Jordan’s neighbours to the west, have no monopoly on biblical history. it was in Jordan that Lot sought refuge from the fire and brimstone of the Lord; Moses, Aaron and John the Baptist all died in Jordan; and Jesus was almost certainly baptized here. Even the Prophet Muhammad passed through.

    And yet the country is far from being stuck in the past. Amman is a thoroughly modern Arab capital, and poverty is the exception rather than the rule. The government, under head of state King Abdullah II. manages to be simultaneously pro-Western, pro-Arab, founded on a bedrock of Muslim authority and committed to peace with Israel. Women are better integrated into positions of power in government and business than almost anywhere else in the Middle East. Jordanians are also exceptionally highly educated: just over 2.5 percent of the total population is enrolled at university, a proportion comparable to the UK. Traditions of hospitality are ingrained, and taking up some of the many invitations you’ll get to tea or a meal will expose you to an outlook among local people that is often as cosmopolitan and world-aware as anything at home. Domestic extremism is virtually non-existent.

    Most people take great pride in their ancestry, whether they’re present or former desert-dwellers (bedouin ) or from a settled farming tradition (fellahin ). Across the desert areas, people still live and work on their tribal lands, whether together in villages or apart in individual family units. Many town-dwellers, including substantial numbers of Ammanis, also claim tribal identity. Belonging to a tribe (an honour conferred by birth) means respecting the authority of a communal leader, or sheikh, and living in a culture of shared history, values and principles that often crosses national boundaries. Notions of honour and mutual defence are strong. Tribes also wield a great deal of institutional power: most members of Jordan’s lower house of parliament are elected for their tribal, rather than political, affiliation. The king, as sheikh of sheikhs. commands heartfelt loyalty among many people and respect among most of the rest.

    National identity is a thorny issue in Jordan, which has taken in huge numbers of Palestinian refugees since the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948. Many people from tribes resident east of the River Jordan before 1948 resent this overbalancing of the country’s demography, as well as the fact that Palestinians, having developed an urbanized, entrepreneurial culture, dominate private-sector business. For their part, Jordanians of Palestinian origin – by some estimates comprising more than sixty percent of the population – often resent the “East Bank ” Jordanians’ grip on power in government and the public sector. All are Jordanian citizens, but citizenship tends to mean less to many of Palestinian origin than their national identity, and less to many East Bankers than their tribal affiliation. Recent influxes of refugees from Iraq and Syria, plus large numbers of long-stay guest workers from Egypt, muddy the issue still further. “Where are you from?” – a simple enough question in many countries – is in Jordan the cue for a life story.


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    I purchased a hotel reservation from Jetsetter a few days ago, and when I received confirmation, I realized that I had accidentally entered in the wrong date (or their system screwed it up. can t be sure).  I called them right back to fix the problem (this is less than 24 hours after the purchase).  When I speak with them, I am informed that my purchase is not refundable and that they can t change the dates.  Of course I am very upset by this information and request to speak with a manager.  Not surprisingly, the manager is busy and can t take my call, but would be happy to call me back later.  At this point, I am very stressed, as we had already booked our flight, and need to get our vacation figured out immediately.  I let them know this, and they assure me I will get a call back that day.  Stupidly, I believed them.

    The next day when I had still not received a call back, I called them again.  They gave me the same information as before, and said that the manager was busy again.  All the while the people I spoke with at this company were rude and disrespectful to me.  I let them know that if I don t get the situation resolved immediately, I will cancel the charges.  This got their attention, and they let me know that they would see what they can do.  A few hours later, I get an email letting me know that I can change the dates of my trip, but can t get a refund of the extra day that I had accidentally booked.

    This is still not good enough for me, and I am in the process of canceling the charges with my credit card company.  Apparently, Jetsetter has never learned that the customer is always right.  All they had to do was make a small change to my trip, and everything would have been fine.  Now I have lost many hours of my valuable time in dealing with this, and they have lost a customer.  Hopefully the Yelp community will be reading this as well, and also not patronize this horrible company.


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    Tuscany all inclusive Italy vacation package with air includes 6 nights hotel, roundtrip airfare to Italy and 7-day rental car to explore the Tuscan countryside and vineyards. This Tuscany all inclusive Italy vacation package in Montecatini is perfect for exploring Tuscany including famous Tuscan hill towns like San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra and Tuscany s coast like Lucca, Pisa, and Pietrasanta.  Or drive out to Panzano to visit the famous butcher of Panzano Dario Cecchini. Whatever you decide to do on your Tuscany Italy vacation package you will love the price of our all inclusive Tuscany Italy vacation packages with air. For dates and rates click All Inclusive Tuscany Italy Vacation package. To book call Italian Tourism 800.227.1577, email Italian Tourism, or fill out a Italy vacation request form to contact Italian Tourism to book your all inclusive Tuscany Italy vacation package with air.

    Amalfi Coast holiday includes Italy airfare to Naples, 6 nights at your choice of Amalfi Coast hotel, and car rental to explore the Amalfi Coast. This Amalfi Coast holiday Italy vacation package is the perfect way to explore the stunning Amalfi Coast on your own. Visit Pompeii, Capri, Positano, Ravello and the non-stop city of Naples on your Amalfi Coast vacation. For dates and rates click All Inclusive Amalfi Coast Holiday.  To book call Italian Tourism 800.227.1577, email Italian Tourism, or fill out a Italy vacation request form to contact Italian Tourism to book your Amalfi Coast holiday.

    This all inclusive Italy vacation package includes roundtrip Italy airfare from NYC, other departure cities available, a 7 day car rental from Rome to visit Umbria where you may stay in your choice of hotel for 6 nights. This Umbrian all inclusive Italy travel package is great way to explore the wine country of Tuscany as well as visit the hill towns of Umbria. For dates and rates click Umbria All Inclusive Italy Vacation package  To book call Italian Tourism 800.227.1577, email Italian Toursm, or fill out an Italy travel package request form to contact Italian Tourism to book your all inclusive Umbria Italy travel package with air.


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    JetLine Travel agents – Bargain Travel Forum #direct #traveller

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    JetLine Travel agents

    We have just booked a holiday to benidormin this october, we had paid 510 pound on the 18th aug to this company, and then because we had to change the dates due to work, they charged us another 250 pounds. We have just foned this number we had all the time, and they are saying they have no recollection of us paying any money. We are fuming, they have said now that there is no reference number to this number to this holiday.

    They re atrocious.

    Paid over 2K for 10 day holiday via Jetline in Ios, Greece. They didn t book the hotel! We turned up after a 14 hour journey to find this out.

    The hotel staff at Dionysos resort were excellent and sorted us out with alternative accommodation as best they could but it s not what they paid for. If it hadn t been for them we would have been really stuck.

    Took multiple emails to Jetline to get any response at all (they woke when we contacted them via Twitter Facebook). It was weeks afterwards we got some small amount of compensation, after rejecting a derisory first offer. We were to worn out by the constant uselessness of them to carry on fighting.

    Our experience was to be: a) ignored at first b) fobbed off for a while c) be offered a small amount of money (with a patronising note).

    To recap: Paid Jetline 2k. They didn t book the hotel. They did nothing to help sort out an alternative. Gave us a small amount of money back.

    Want this experience? No? Then I recommend giving Jetline a wide berth.


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    Italy Packages, Travel #search #airline #tickets

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    Packages for Italy Travel

    Rome (2 Nights) | Florence (2 Nights) | Venice (2 Nights) | 1 More.


    Paris (2 Nights) | Breda (2 Nights) | Heppenheim (1 Nights) | 2 More.


    Paris (2 Nights) | Breda (2 Nights) | Heppenheim (1 Nights) | 2 More.


    Paris (2 Nights) | Engelberg (2 Nights) | Salzburg (1 Nights) | 2 More.


    Paris (2 Nights) | Engelberg (3 Nights) | Innsbruck (2 Nights) | 2 More.


    Rome (2 Nights) | Venice (2 Nights) | Milan (1 Nights) | 2 More.


    Rome (1 Nights) | Pisa (1 Nights) | Padova (1 Nights) | 5 More.

    Italy Packages

    Italy Packages – Traveller Reviews

    Great Trip By ESSAM HAMID

    I felt that you had done a really great job with the Italy Trip. All the spots selected and places scheduled accordingly was just excellent. We had an awesome time there within the considerably short time frame we had requested you to plan. So i felt from your side you did very well.

    Anyways overall at the end of the day i would rate the trip a 9/10.

    Thanks a lot Nadya. I would surely route to you when another trip plan is on.


    Essam Hamid.


    It was a great trip. The Tour Manager, Ronnie Palia was excellent. He gave us a lot of insight before we visited the sites, gave tips regarding what to do and what not to do and generally took care of all of us quite well. It was a diverse group but we were in the groove from day one onwards, all the families/groups were disciplined and kept time.

    Food was great on all days The best was Hotel Terrace in Engelberg. They even served Idli Sambar and chutney for breakfast one day. My Madrasi palate was satisfied. We actually gorged on that day. The bus drive was good, and was not tiring.

    On the return journey, the connecting time was perfect, as was only 2 hours and before we knew, we were in Mumbai.

    So kudos to you.


    Shivaji Radhakrishnan

    Italy Travel Packages – Sightseeing / Activities / Places of Interest


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    Isles of Scilly Travel Information #travel #with #kids

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    Getting to Scilly

    Where your journey is part of the experience

    Whether you fly to the Isles of Scilly by small plane or arrive by sea on the Scillonian III passenger ferry or as part of a cruise, you know immediately that you’re heading for somewhere very special. Even seasoned travellers and returning residents feel their pulses quicken as they approach the island archipelago – so imagine what it must be like if you’ve never done it before! Getting to Scilly is an adventure. It’s unique. It’s part of your holiday experience.

    All scheduled travel to the islands is operated by Isles of Scilly Travel (part of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group). There are four departure points from the mainland: Exeter, Newquay and Lands End if you fly by Skybus, and Penzance if you take the boat – the Scillonian III passenger ferry. St. Mary’s is the main island on Scilly, and whichever way to you choose to arrive, this will be your first port of call.

    Of course, you can also choose to cruise here under your own steam – in a private plane or yacht. Both the St Mary’s Harbour Master’s Office and Isles of Scilly Airport welcome independent travellers to the islands and will assist you with your plans before you depart and also on your arrival.

    However you choose to travel to the Isles of Scilly, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views of England’s dramatic southwest coastline before the remote beauty of the islands unfolds.

    EXETER CONNECTIONS : Belfast- Dublin – Edinburgh – Glasgow – Guernsey – Jersey – Manchester

    NEWQUAY CONNECTIONS : London Gatwick – Manchester – Belfast – Birmingham – Edinburgh – Newcastle – London Southend


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    Italy Train Travel & Things to Do in Italy #cheap #flights

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    Train types in Italy

    A range of Italian trains will transport you across the whole of Italy and its islands, and to and from other European countries by day and night. The majority of the Italian network is operated by Trenitalia. Use the Eurail train timetable  or Trenitalia timetable to check times for trains in Italy.

    Regional trains in Italy

    Italy’s regional and InterCity trains operate frequent services across the whole of Italy, including routes through the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. It’s on these trains that you’ll meet Italians going about their daily lives.

    Regional trains in Italy:

    Trenord regionale trains cover the central northern region of Lombardy (Lombardia), which borders Switzerland.

    InterCity trains connect key cities like Rome, Milan, Venice and Florence. They are relatively fast and make fewer stops than regional trains.

    The Leonardo Express  is an airport express train that runs between Rome and Fiumicino Airport. This train has 1 st  class seats only, so to make use of it you need to travel with a 1 st  class Eurail pass.

    On the Eurail timetable InterCity trains are listed as “IC”, and Trenitalia regional trains as “R”. Trenord regional trains are only shown on the Trenitalia timetable and not on the Eurail timetable. They are named “Regionale”. Regional trains do not require seat reservations. Reservations are however mandatory for InterCity trains during high season (May – September) and public holidays.

    High-speed trains in Italy

    Le Frecce trains (formerly known as Eurostar Italia) are Trenitalia’s modern and comfortable high-speed trains that get you to all the popular Italian cities. All trains have: air-conditioning, large luggage racks, power sockets for electronic devices, plus refreshments and usually a restaurant car.


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    International Travel Nursing – Travel Nursing Central #bcd #travel

    #travel nursing

    International Travel Nursing

    International travel is the future of nursing, says Gary Fanger, founder and owner of an international travel nurse comapny. The nursing shortage is not expected to improve anytime soon. While bringing nurses to the United States from other countries is not the answer to the shortage, it can help while other solutions are put into place.

    Entering U.S. at port of Entry

    List of Volunteer Medical Mission Organizations to forgein countries

    Traveling outside of the United States

    Working outside of the United States is not usually a money making venture, except in the middle east. In general, nurses tend to make less money in other parts of the world. For example, the pay in the UK and Australia is approximately 27 to 36 thousand U.S. dollars a year. If you want to travel to another country, you may want to consider saving money and paying off bills before you go.

    Plan on spending 6 to 8 months in processing before being able to travel. The process of proving your credentials and obtaining a visa still takes awhile even though the United States nursing education is highly regarded in other countries.

    It can be difficult to find companies that send nurses to other countries because there is not much money to be made in doing so. Even more difficult is to find a company that sends nurses to a country that speaks a foreign language.

    If you are really serious about working outside of the U.S. you may want to apply for licensure in where you want to go. The licensure application is often the most difficult and tedious part of the process and staffing companies will take you more seriously. Below is a list of some foreign nursing boards.

    Australia Nursing Council, Inc.


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    International Flights – Cheap Flights Around the World – International Travel flights

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    For those travelers already thinking ahead to next year’s summer holidays they may want to consider the new year-round service that Air Canada will begin to offer at that time. Starting on June 16, 2016 the airline will offer direct flights between Trudeau airport and Lyon. Read More

    Hackers have been busy at work and as a result 10 LOT flights were forced to be grounded over this past weekend. Read More

    Allegiant Airlines suddenly canceled six flights on Thursday at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. A statement was released saying that there were �operational needs� in the system causing the cancelations. Read More

    The U.S. has been taking quite a bit of interest in the activities in the South China Sea and CNN just filmed a US surveillance plane that flew over the area of interest. Read More

    Anyone trying to flight through Mumbai’s domestic airport this past Friday likely ran into a whole lot of delays, which translated into a day of chaos at the airport. Read More

    It seems as though passengers will have to look forward to even more scrutiny regarding carry-on baggage when traveling with Air Canada. Read More

    It seems as though people are sharing plenty of opinions online, mainly in the form of negative comments, regarding the Canadian couple who recently gave birth to a baby while on an Air Canada flight to Japan. Read More

    Before heading out to the airport for your next flight you may first want to download the AirHelp app that is designed to inform travelers of flight delays, cancellations, and flights that have been over-booked. Read More

    Beginning in the summer Canadian North and First Air will start to codeshare some of their routes. This means they will sell both cargo space and passenger seats on each other’s flights. Read More

    In spite of a court ruling from 2014 that ordered that passengers who reach their destination more than three hours late can claim �448 (US$698) per person plus expenses if the delay falls within the airline�s control, passengers are still having their claims turned down or delayed. Read More

    Fiumicino airport in Rome, the largest airport in Italy based on passenger traffic, was re-opened on Thursday after a fire that occurred overnight. Read More

    Puerto Rico is preparing to offer direct flights to Mexico for the first time in 15 years. Read More

    The new ERAM system (En Route Automation Modernization) by the Department of Transportation will be able to track twice as many flights as once. Read More

    Calbuco, a volcano in Chile, erupted with no warning signs on Wednesday, April 22 and continued to throw out smoke and ash through the weekend, which led to more evacuations and flight cancelations. Read More

    The southern Chilean Volcano Calbuca erupted without warning on Wednesday and continues to pour ash into the sky on Thursday. Read More

    While snow isn’t often a factor in Istanbul it seems as though it was playing quite the devil’s advocate with flights and travel in general this week. Read More

    It seems as though it�s back to business as usual at St. Anthony Airport according to a spokesperson at Navigation Canada. Read More

    The FAA has made a proposal that will allow commercial drones permitted in U.S. airspace. Operators will have to pass a test on FAA rules to get a certificate for drone flying. Read More

    Instead of deciding you won’t be able to afford to go away on vacation this year why not take a look at when the best time is to buy your flight and save yourself some money. Read More

    The City of Toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert for Monday and over 120 flights were canceled at Billy Bishop and Toronto Pearson airports. Read More

    The Fredericton International Airport has temporarily lost its Sunwing flights to Cuba. This year, the airline will use the Saint John airport rather than the Fredericton airport. Read More

    In fewer than four months after flights to Newark were launched, the London International Airport in London, Ontario, Canada were canceled. Read More

    The storm that has been hitting the Southern Interior of the province of British Columbia for over 24 hours from Sunday to Monday caused cancelations and delays at Kelowna International Airport. Read More

    A snow storm in the Okanagan Sunday affected local airports. A spokesperson for Kelowna International Airport said there have been several delays and a few cancelations as a result. Read More

    SpiceJet has confirmed it will offer 230 flights every day in January 2015, denying the speculation of increased flight cancelations. Read More


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    IRCTC Autofill – Passenger Details and Plan My Travel #cheap #tickets

    #plan my travel

    IRCTC Autofill

    It is very difficult to book a ticket in during Tatkal time. Most of the time is spent to fill the forms(Plan My Travel, Passenger Details, Creditcard Details). Using the below forms you can create autofill for

    • Open this webpage before tatkal time.
    • Click “Plan My Travel”. Fill all the journey details and click on Create AutoFill.

    After this you will see a button Plan My Travel(DragMe to Toolbar). Drag this to your browser tool bar as shown in video.

  • Click “Passenger Details”. Fill all the passenger details and click on Create AutoFill.

    After this you will see a button Passenger Details(DragMe to Toolbar). Drag this to your browser tool bar as shown in video.

  • Login and Click on Plan My Travel button which is in browser toolbar.
  • Select your train and click on “Book Now”
  • Click on Passenger Details button which is in browser toolbar
  • Enter the captcha and make payment. That’s all.


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  • International Travel Medical Insurance #travel #organizer

    #travel medical insurance

    International Travel Medical Insurance

    The Atlas Travel plan provides international travel medical insurance coverage for those who are traveling, studying or living abroad around the world, outside of your home country. It offers core travel insurance benefits, with coverage from as little as 5 days. The plan is ideal for anyone, as long as you are outside your home country, but especially for:

    • Students needing travel insurance coverage,
    • Dependents who are not covered by their spouses plan,
    • or anyone that is looking for an affordable travel medical insurance plan.

    The benefits offered on the Atlas Travel plan provide a range of high quality travel insurance benefits that are designed to cover you in the event of an unexpected accident or injury when you are abroad. This includes coverage for medical expenses, evacuation, repatriation, emergency reunion and other related benefits.

    Highlights of the plan include:

    • Up to $1 Million in Coverage
    • Hospitalization/ Doctors Visits
    • Prescription Medication
    • Evacuation/ Repatriation
    • Skiing / Snowboarding Included
    • Lost Luggage
    • Trip Interruption
    • Online Instant Application
    • Plan Management Online
    • and much more


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    International Medical and Travel Insurance Quotes #luxury #travel

    #travel insurance quotes

    International Insurance Options

    Travel Insurance and International Medical Insurance shopping is easier than ever! You can compare a huge list of plans to find the one that best fits your needs. Click the Insurance Quote! link above where you can now get iQuotes for International Health Insurance. Travel Medical plans. Trip Cancellation policies. US Visitor Immigrant coverage and Missionary Medical Plans. We also offer online quotes applications for International Life Insurance. International Student Insurance. and Schengen J-Visa Insurance. This system allows you to enter some simple details without entering any personally identifiable information. No names, no email addresses and no phone numbers needed to generate your iQuote!

    We understand that shopping for insurance can be a very confusing process. We take our job very seriously and do everything we can to be sure that you understand the plan that you purchase. We strive to be your agents forever, and promise to be there to offer our advice and insight. You can contact us at info [at] if you need more information or advice in choosing the right plan for you.

    International Health Insurance

    Are you looking for a permanent medical insurance plan that you can use worldwide? One that will still cover you if you live outside the US? We have put together a strong portfolio of plans from some of the top companies in the world! Choose from plans like the Global Medical Insurance plan and Global Missionary Medical Plans from IMG, and Reside Prime from SevenCorners (formerly Specialty Risk International – SRI ). We also offer the GeoBlue plans from HTH Worldwide.

    Travel Medical Insurance

    In many cases your domestic health insurance provides very little coverage for you when you leave your home country. Travel medical plans like the Atlas Series. Patriot Series. Liaison Majestic and Liaison International offer strong coverage for those unexpected illnesses and injuries when you are away from home. Plans include benefits like hazardous sport coverage, terrorism coverage, emergency medical evacuation and much more.

    US Visitor Medical Insurance

    When you or close family members are planning to come to the US for a short-term visit or are moving here permanently, they need some kind of health insurance coverage to protect them in case they have medical problems. These plans are a lower cost alternative to other Travel Health Insurance plans. Scheduled benefit plans like Visitor Secure. Inbound USA. and Visitor Care are a good choice for the cost conscious person.

    Annual Multi-Trip Insurance

    Do you take several trips outside of your Home Country every year? Are you tired of buying a new policy for every trip to provide you with medical and evacuation coverage while you travel? You should take a look at Wander sm Frequent Traveler. Patriot Multi-Trip and Atlas Multi-Trip. Each plan is different and will provide you with good choices for you and your family. Medjet is also a nice option if you are simply looking for a medical evacuation plan to return you back home in the event of a hospitalization overseas.

    International Military Student Insurance

    Students coming to the US to study at one of the many military schools must have insurance coverage that meets or exceeds the DSCA medical policy requirements, providing comprehensive coverage for officers/students and their dependents. InsuranceQuest offers an exclusive plan that satisfy the Department of Defense requirments:

    • International Military Student plan is available for up to one year and satisfies the minimum requirements set by the DoD. [more information ]

    Travel Visa Insurance

    There are many types of Visas that require medical coverage in order to qualify. Schengen Visa and J-1 Visas are a good example. Each visa has specific requirements for eligible plans that must be met prior to getting the visa issued. We have several plans that meet or exceed the requirements for each kind of visa. You can view the information on our Schengen Visa Insurance J-1/J-2 Visa Insurance pages. We provide full benefit schedules, list exclusions and offer online instant applications for each plan we represent. You are welcome to call or email us with any questions.

    Lower Cost US Immigrant Insurance

    When you or close family members are moving here permanently, they need some kind of medical coverage to protect them in case they have medical problems. In most cases immigrants are not immediately eligible for a local insurance plan, or if they are 65+ years old, they will not qualify for Medicare for 5 years. Scheduled benefit plans like Inbound USA. and Visitor Care are a good choice for the cost conscious person needing something short term until they qualify for a local health insurance plan. Inbound Immigrant is renewable for up to 5 years, so this plan is ideal for older immigrants needing coverage until they qualify for Medicare.

    Trip Cancellation Coverage

    RoundTrip from SevenCorners, Travel Basic. Travel Max or Travel Select from Travelex offer very strong trip cancellation policies that cover you for Trip Cancellations, Travel Delays, Baggage Loss or Baggage Delay, Rental Car Protection as well as a small benefit amount for health problems that occur while on your trip. If you are a Canadian needing trip cancellation coverage, you might look at Trip Protection Elite which is available to anyone around the world.

    Medical Evacuation

    Receive quotes and apply online for a Medical Evacuation program from Medjet Assist. This program can be purchased to supplement an existing Travel policy, or as a stand alone product. Being evacuated to a more suitable facility can be very expensive. This plan gives you the peace of mind to assure that you can get to adequate facilities when you most need it. You are covered any time you are away from your home more than 150 miles.

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    International Insurance Comparison Quoting

    InsuranceQuest now has one of the most comprehensive and easy to use quoting systems for Travel Insurance and International Medical Insurance. On the left side of this page you will see the quoting interface for the system. In less than a minute, you can enter some simple details about your needs and the system will present you with the plan options that meet your requirements. There are trip cancellation, travel health, US Visitor and international health insurance plans available. Your trip can be as short as 3 days, or you could be living outside of the US permanently!

    Below are links to the Comprehensive Travel Medical Insurance plans we offer. You can find information about the rates, benefits, exclusions and online applications [more info ].

    Below are links to International Medical Insurance plans that we offer. Choose from either Comprehensive Benefit plans or Scheduled Benefit plans [more info ].

    Below are links to the Visitor Medical plans that we offer. These plans are Scheduled Benefit indemnity plans designed to be lower priced and still provide some coverage [more info ].

    Below are links to the Trip Cancellation plans that we offer. It is a good selection of lower priced to more comprehensive coverage plans [more info ].

    Below are links to plans that don’t really fall into a specific category. From International life, to multi-trip plans, student exchange coverage to a medical evacuation plan. We offer a wide range of coverage options!

    Trip Cancellation

    Below are links to the Trip Cancellation plans that we offer. It is a good selection of lower priced to more comprehensive coverage plans [more info ].

    Other International Plans


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    India Travel Guide – Cheap Flights, Travel Tips India – Southall

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    India Travel Guide and Tips

    Dec 19 2012


    Priding itself on its rich heritage, India is a captivating kaleidoscope of experiences that never fails to enthral its visitors. As one tours the country from North to South from East to West, one finds that India is blessed with scenic natural beauty, refreshing landscapes, heritage attractions, lovely beaches backwaters making it a paradise for tourists who come to explore this mystical land.

    Tourists can witness awe-inspiring valleys, ravines, fresh water tributaries, snow-capped mountain peaks undulating meadows in the incredibly romantic states of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Travelling south-west one enters the desert state of Rajasthan that is dotted with age-old historical monuments which provide interesting insights into India’s medieval past. In Central India, the temple town of Khajuraho mesmerizes tourists with its erotic stone sculptures that signify cosmic unity through the gratification of earthly desires.

    Moving further south along the west coast, one finds the beach paradise of Goa that offers the perfect blend of sun, sand and serenity that tourists desire on their holidays to India. A trip to Kerala is a must for those looking for spiritual bliss in the lap of nature. Do include the alluring archipelago of the Andaman and Nicobar islands and the Lakshwadeep islands in your itinerary which are famous the world over for their turtle-nesting beaches, turquoise blue waters, abundant marine life and scenic natural beauty. With its awe-inspiring natural beauty warm friendly people, India is a land which draws millions of tourists to its shores each year and pampers them with its legendary hospitality; offering those memories that last a lifetime.

    Read this India travel guide to find some important travel information before you board your flights.

    Important Tourist Destinations in India

    Delhi Agra Fatehpur Sikri Jaipur Ajmer Udaipur Chennai Mahabalipuram Tanjore Trichy Madurai Thekkady Kumarakom Cochin Mysore Bangalore Goa Mumbai.

    Visa information

    For information on visa procedures and regulations for British nationals, visit Other travellers must check the visa guidelines from the relevant embassy/ consulate or consult their travel agent.

    Indian Culture Lifestyle

    India presents a fascinating kaleidoscope of cultures, lifestyles, traditions, languages, festivals and beliefs. The highly multicultural society with a number of religions which observe vivid festivities and traditions make India a country with a rare amalgam of people and cultures not seen anywhere else. Blessed with rich heritage, splendid natural grandeur, a strong economic system and replete with resources of all kinds, the country has made great strides in the field of medicine, information and technology. India also boasts the largest and the fastest growing middle class in the world with its people popular for their warm, caring and hospitable attitude. Royal forts and palaces, castles, monuments, temples, golden sandy beaches, snow-clad and sky-piercing Himalayas, meandering rivers and sprawling ocean form some of the best tourist attractions in India.

    Best Time to Visit India

    Being a tropical country, India experiences a fairly hot humid climate and one encounters the following seasons in a year.

    • Summers [April, May, June],
    • Monsoon [July, August],
    • Autumn [September, October]
    • Winters [Nov, Dec, Jan]
    • Spring [Feb, March]

    January and February experience a cold climate characterized by chilly cold mornings and evenings and mostly sunny days. Between March and June. most parts of India experience dry, dusty and unpleasant weather which is followed by monsoons that begin in June and lasts upto September. The autumn season begins in October followed by the onset of winters November. Being a large country, there are certain climatic variations which exist between different regions which are elucidated below. Tourists are advised to plan their itinerary to India keeping in mind these pointers.

    Northern Plains: April to mid-June experience a hot climate while it is almost freezing in winters between November and February. It rains heavily between June and September in this region.

    Central India: Owing to its unique topography, Central India escapes the full brunt of the scorching summer heat but it rains heavily between July and September. Temperatures fall sharply in the evening during winters.

    Western India: Being close to the sea, Western India experiences a moderate climate but the humidity is quite high in summers while winters are pleasant as compared to the North. Proximity to the sea, results in frequent rainfall all throughout the year.

    South-West : Humidity is quite high in South-West India during summers and the region experiences monsoons between April and July. The most pleasant weather is between November to March.

    South-East: States like Tamil Nadu experiences the retreating monsoon season between October and November. Overall the temperature and humidity remains high all throughout the year in this region.

    North-East: Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the North-Eastern States, experience heavy rains all year long as the rain –bearing clouds from the Bay of Bengal collide with the imposing Himalayan mountain ranges resulting in moderate to heavy rainfall from January to December.

    Cheap Flights to India

    Find the latest airfares and discounted offers on flights to India operating from UK.

    Preferred Airlines to India from UK

    Jet Airways | Air India | British Airways | Emirates | Lufthansa | Etihad Airways | Qatar Airways | Gulf Air | Oman Air | Virgin Atlantic | Kuwait Airways

    Travel Tips for holidays in India

    • Many parts of the country experience extreme weather conditions both in summers as well as winters. Research the internet before booking flights to India.
    • Although the country is largely considered to be safe for tourists, travellers should exercise caution before venturing into places which have for long been marred by the unrest, riots, terrorist attacks and insurgency. Check out the FCO’s advice with respect to the same.
    • Consult your GP and get all the important immunizations and vaccinations couple of months before you travel. Many parts of the country including the cities of tourist interest are known to have standards for hygiene and food far less than those observed in the western countries.
    • The country has not been able to free itself from the clutches of Malaria, so carry the necessary medication along.
    • Getting hospitalised in India is one thing no tourist would want. However, in case you do land up in one, ensure that its one of the renowned hospitals.
    • Hotels in India offer a wide range of choice. Check the details of the hotel on the internet or ask for advice before booking a cheap hotel in a remote area.
    • While at the destination, leave your important and valuable belongings at the place of stay if you feel it is safe to do so. Most tourist spots in India witness incidents of pick pocketing and snatching.
    • Always carry a copy of your passport or any other form of identification proof while travelling in India or any other foreign destination.
    • For more travel tips on travelling in India or India travel advice, check out the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website’s following link:

    India: A Brief Etiquette Guide

    India being a culturally conservative country, expects its visitors to adhere to certain established cultural code of conduct. Though it is not possible to list out all the norms and etiquettes that a guest is expected to follow, as a foreigner you can find your way through by observing the habits and mannerisms followed by others.

    Indians are, in general, very warm and friendly towards foreigners and even if you err in your social interactions, it will be ignored with a smile. However, keep the following things in mind, once you land in India:-

    • ‘Namaste’ or ‘Namaskar’ is the most common greeting and is said with joined palms held near the heart and a slight bow of head.
    • Shaking hands is a common way of greeting in India, but keep in mind that Indian women do not always prefer to shake hands with men. Wait for them to extend their hand.
    • In most households, you will have to take off your shoes before entering the house. This practice is strictly followed in all the places of worships such as temples, mosques and gurudwaras across the country.
    • In India, hierarchy is most important so, greet the eldest or the senior most person first.
    • Most Indian food is eaten by hands, for some dishes you would require a tablespoon and fork.
    • Food is often served in a particular order with the guest of honour being served first. Women typically serve the men and eat later.
    • In any lunch or dinner you attend, leave a small amount of food on your plate which indicates that you are satisfied. Finishing all your food means that you are still hungry.

    India Travel Guide and Tips was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by Southall Travel – Travel News


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    Air ambulance lands on M56 following three-vehicle crash – Chester Chronicle


    Air ambulance lands on M56 following three-vehicle crash

    The air ambulance landed on the M56 near Chester where the carriageway was blocked in both directions following an accident.

    Cheshire Police said initial reports indicated a collision involving three vehicles including a motorcyclist on the eastbound carriageway between J14 A5117 (Hapsford) and J12 A557 (Runcorn).

    The accident was reported around 5pm. The condition of any casualties is not known at this time.

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    There was queueing traffic and the carriageway was blocked with congestion back to J15 at the intersection with the M53.

    Travel website Inrix said traffic was temporarily held westbound to allow the air ambulance to land.

    However, all lanes of the carriageway had been reopened to traffic by 6.30pm.

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    INCOME FROM HOME-BASED TRAVEL AGENCY – Travel Agent Jobs #travel #tips

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    Athena in Fairfield, California

    48 months ago

    VOA in Ottawa, Ontario said: PLEASE CAN SOMEONE IN CANADA OR the U.S. PLEASE TELL ME APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH ONE CAN MAKE AS HOME-BASED TRAVEL AGENT? PLEASEEEEEE HELP! I really interested in this but I would like to know if it is worth it. I like traveling myself.

    Hey, I see no one has responded to you, which is wrong. I went to college and earned 3 certificates in Travel in 2008. I started a home-based business through a host agency for a brief time. If you have a good host agency that is legit, and that pays a good commission split (with low fees), and that has good training and a good reputation, you could do o.k. But, you have to hustle to find your business, and you are in competition with the internet. None of these agencies give you leads, the only one I know is American Express, and you have to have sold approx. $100,000 dollars worth of travel in order to work with them. However, if you find a niche, and a good agency, it is worthwhile because you can travel with FAM trips, and get diccounted travel.

    Look on NACTA to find a certified, bonified host agency. Check everything out to see which one suits you, and call them to see how they represent themselves on the phone.

    Blessings, keep me posted; happy holidays.


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    Indochina travel Booking – APT Travel Asia #price #airline #tickets

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    Indochina Travel Booking

    Indochina or Indo-China is a peninsula in Southeast Asia lying roughly southwest of China, and east of India. The name has its origins in the French Indochine as a combination of the names of “India” and “China”, referring to the location of the territory between those two countries, though the majority of people in the region are neither Chinese nor Indian. The term may also be used in biogeography for the “Indochinese Region”, a major biogeographical region within the Indomalaya ecozone.

    The countries of mainland Southeast Asia received cultural influence from both India and China to varying degrees. Some cultures, such as those of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand are influenced mainly by India with a smaller influence from China. Others, such as Vietnam, are more heavily influenced by Chinese culture with only minor cultural influences from India, largely via the Champa civilization that Vietnam conquered during its southward expansion.

    The historical term French Indochina was a federation of French colonies and protectorates, that France named Cochinchina, Tonkin, Annam, Laos and Cambodia. France had an imperial presence in the region between 1884 and 1954. France withdrew from southeast Asia following the loss of the Indochina War.

    Indochina had boundaries imposed by France as a result of military conquests in the region, encompassing areas that are now modern Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The subjects of the colony were not homogenous; rather, Indochina was a “separate entity, it was largely unrelated to the cultural, geographical, and racial elements which shaped the people and governments of its constituent parts”. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


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    I2000 travel #best #travel #deals

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    Experiencing Splendid Sound Performance

    A class-leading traditional Stereo Pre-main Amplifier

    TEAC s AI-2000 is a member of TEAC s exclusive Distinction series of integrated amplifiers. It uses true discrete analog circuits and multiple analog inputs for versatile audio system planning. A high-quality sculpted aluminum front panel and volume knob exudes quality, and the interior is filled with electronic components of equal caliber.

    The AI-2000 drives 180W per channel into one of two sets of speakers, switchable from the front panel and terminated with binding posts. It has a balanced analog input in addition to the five standard analog inputs, including a phono input stage. A preamp out is also included for use with a recorder or to send to a subwoofer. A stereo headphone output is also provided for private listening. TEAC s AI-2000 is the rare component built for discerning audio quality without the stratospheric price tag to match. The AI-2000 is available in black or silver.

    TEAC s Distinction series is a new line of high-end products for listeners looking for exquisite sound quality from their components. Engineers from Esoteric, our exclusive audiophile brand, were involved in the voicing phase of their product development.


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    How to Travel in Europe for Cheap #cheap #flights #and #rental

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    No one is ever going to claim that travel in Europe is cheap. Between taxes, higher prices and exchange rates, you could easily spend more than the cost of your ticket in a week just on housing, local transportation and food. This expense definitely does not have to be the case. With a lot of planning and some practical ideas, you can travel in Europe on a tight budget and explore the continent without breaking the bank.

    Step 1

    Plan everything. If you want to keep your costs down while traveling in Europe, leave nothing to chance. Build an itinerary to follow, noting how many nights you plan to stay in each place. This schedule will help you book your travel arrangements and accommodations in advance. Develop your itinerary carefully, however, as once it is in place, you will need to stick to it to keep your costs low.

    Step 2

    Book early, and book online. Although a standard rail pass and airfare are basically fixed costs, most other transportation is significantly cheaper if you can book it more than a month in advance. This tactic includes bus transport and trains between cities, as opposed to those covered by a national pass. Buying in advance, particularly when compared to buying tickets the day of your journey, can lead to substantial savings.

    Step 3

    Join This website is dedicated to helping international travelers find free accommodations. It costs a donation to verify your bank account and thereby your legitimacy, but after that, the service is free. It is based on a social media platform, similar to Facebook, where you can make friends and lists, but the basic mechanic allows you to find people to stay with wherever you happen to be traveling. You can also offer to host travelers yourself. Accommodations vary dramatically, with some people offering couches or air mattresses and others offering rooms or suites that you may use. Hosts specify how long you can stay, which can vary from just one night to more than a week. With even a hostel bed costing at least $20 a night, this resource is well worth exploring to keep your European travel costs down.

    Spend cash. Withdrawing money from an ATM may include small fees, for currency exchange or withdrawal, but they are less than the fees a money changer will charge you or that your credit card company will charge you for the same service. For large purchases, some merchants may even offer cash discounts. Keep your cash in a safe place, such as a money belt, but in general, spending cash will save you money. The euro is accepted in most European countries and is therefore the recommended currency to carry.

    Eat like a local. Backpackers save money by purchasing sandwich fixings and picnicking across Europe rather than eating in restaurants. If you do eat in restaurants, look for tourist menus, which offer fixed-price meals that often include beverages. Otherwise, avoid the restaurants near the tourist attractions, and look for those frequented by locals. The cost will always be lower than those restaurants serving visitors and tourists, and the cuisine will often be more authentic for the area.


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    How to pick the Right Travel Insurance in Singapore #travel #china

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    How to pick the Right Travel Insurance



    To travel worry-free, it is best to buy a travel insurance before you hop onto a plane. But sourcing for an affordable policy can be time consuming especially when you need to compare the benefit limits of each travel insurance. Singapore has many travel insurance plans, thus this makes the comparison even more tedious.

    3 Factors to Decide on the Right Travel Insurance Plan

    So, I always adhere to the following three principles to decide the best insurance for my travel plans:

    1) Destinations that are expensive, thus, medical costs is deemed to be expensive too when I require any medical assistance there. A good example will be Japan and USA.

    2) Destinations that I am likely to be involved in some active activities like hiking, white-water rafting and etc, having a travel insurance plan will definitely help to ease some unnecessary worries.

    3) Destinations that are highly probable of losing or delaying baggage or theft, a travel insurance that compensates for losing of personal belongings definitely helps to melt off some annoyance when such nasty thing happens.

    Travel Insurance Companies in Singapore

    When it is decided that I need a travel insurance plan, to maximize every dollar, I will do what most travellers would do google for the cheapest travel insurance deals online. There are many travel insurance companies in town such as:

    When picking the right travel insurance for myself, I pay more attention on the benefits coverage/limits on flight delay, trip postponement, trip cancellation, as these are most likely reasons to make a claim .


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    Iceland Travel Deals: Holiday & Vacation packages to Iceland: Trips, tours

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    Best selling tours

    Just as the name indicates, this popular journey takes you the full circle around Iceland’s scenic “Ring Road”, along with a detour to the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Along the way, you have the chance to visit some of the country’s most spectacular natural attractions, including Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss and Goðafoss waterfalls and the moonlike surroundings of Lake Mývatn.

    Season: 1 May – 30 Sep Departures: Daily Type of tour: Self Drive Price p.p. from: 181753 ISK


    Enjoy the stunning and diverse landscapes of south Iceland, including Þingvellir National Park, the great Geysir area, Skaftafell National Park, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and much more. You have the option of staying in cottages, driving distances per day are moderate and leisurely activities can be found all along the way, making this tour suitable for families.

    Season: 1 May – 30 Sep Departures: Daily Type of tour: Self Drive Price p.p. from: 130101 ISK


    This guided small group tour takes you on a classic route around the island, with an emphasis on Icelandic nature. Each day of this journey offers unique insights into the culture, new adventures and a fascinating diversity of landscapes. Starting from Reykjavik, an experienced local guide will take you to Iceland’s most talked about attractions along with some hidden gems you may not find in the guidebooks!

    Season: 23 May – 19 Sep Departures: Saturdays Type of tour: Guided Small Groups Price p.p. from: 349900 ISK


    Enjoy a fun-filled winter break in Reykjavík, Iceland’s lively capital city! Wintertime in Iceland is perfect for seeing the natural wonders surrounding the city in their dazzling winter coats and for soaking in the warm geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. This short trip also gives you an opportunity to view the northern lights, an incredible natural phenomenon.

    Season: 1 Oct – 31 Mar Departures: Daily Type of tour: Northern Lights Price p.p. from: 76661 ISK


    This self-drive package gives you the complete tour around Iceland, all the way from the capital city to the more remote reaches of the country. The route combines the popular attractions along the famous “Ring Road”, like waterfalls, glaciers and volcanic formations, as well as the lesser-known gems of the West Fjords. Accommodations are included in Reykjavik and in numerous rural areas around Iceland.


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    How to Travel to Bath, England #travel #centre

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    How to Travel to Bath, England

    The Roman baths in Bath, England, are a major tourist destination. (Photo: Davis McCardle/Digital Vision/Getty Images )

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    Bath is a small city about 115 miles west of London. The town sits over natural mineral springs, which have been a destination for health and relaxation since the time of the Roman occupation of England. Roman ruins surround one of the hot springs in the city center, and are open to the public as a museum and educational center. Today the city is full of beautiful period architecture and remains a major tourist destination in England. Traveling there is relatively easy, as the city is not far from a major motorway and has regular train service from London.

    Step 1

    Take the train. Bath is only about 10 miles east of Bristol, a larger city and a major train stop. Numerous trains from all directions stop in Bath, including regular trains from London. Trains from London depart Paddington Station for Bath every half-hour during the day. Trips from London take about 90 minutes, and from Bristol about 15 minutes.

    Step 2

    Drive to Bath. From London, the trip to Bath is about a two-hour drive. Bath is just south of the east-west running M4 motorway. Additionally, it’s only about 15 miles east of the M5 motorway, which runs into Birmingham, 100 miles to the north.

    Fly into Bristol. Bristol’s airport is about 20 miles west of Bath. The airport accepts flights from most major cities in Europe, a few in North Africa and, as of 2011, one flight from the United States. Regular connecting flights from London make it easily accessible from all over the world. Taxis and buses are available for transportation from the airport to Bath, and the Bristol rail station is only eight miles away from the airport.

    Ride the bus. National Express buses depart Victoria Station in London for Bath every 90 minutes. The trip via coach takes just under four hours. Additionally, buses leave from Bristol regularly and take about 40 minutes to get to Bath. Travelers from other parts of the U.K. can transfer to a Bath-bound bus in either London or Bristol.


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    I-95 MD Travel Plazas #vacation #packages

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    Maryland I-95 Travel Plazas

    Maryland House Travel Plaza on I-95

    The new $30 million Maryland House Travel Plaza along I-95 in Harford County opened to the public on January 16, 2014.

    The new 42,000 square-footfacility features food from Wendy’s, Phillips Seafood, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jerry’s Subs Pizza, Currito, Nathan’s Famous, Auntie Anne’s and Carvel. The new 5,700 square-foot A Plus convenience store at the Sunoco high-speed fueling station features food from Elevation Burger.

    Maryland House Amenities:

    • Contemporary design and natural lighting;
    • Bus parking and indoor/outdoor seating;
    • Free Wi-Fi;
    • Modern restroom facilities and equipment;
    • Building with “green ” features – LEED certified silver;
    • Staffed Welcome Center; and
    • Kids Korner seating area.

    Maryland House Location:

    I-95 at mile marker 82 between Exit 80 (MD 543) and Exit 85 (MD 22)

    GPS Coordinates: 39.496640, -76.233187

    Chesapeake House Travel Plaza on I-95

    The new Chesapeake House Travel Plaza along I-95 in Cecil County opened to the public on August 5, 2014.

    The new 30,000 square-foot facility features food from Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Auntie Anne’s. The new 4,300 square-foot A Plus convenience store at the Sunoco high-speed fueling station features custom crafted food and drinks.


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