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11/11/2017

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Top European train trips #south #hall #travels

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Top European train trips

By Joe Minihane, for CNN Travel – 11 February, 2013

There’s something magical about boarding from a rail platform in London and disembarking in Paris, or breaking out a bottle of wine on an overnight train for a romantic weekend in St. Petersburg.

Glacier trains, lake views and mountain passes … Europe’s best train journeys second as destinations unto themselves.

Tell us about your favorite European train trips in the comments section.

London to Avignon

London’s Eurostar connection has made hopping on the train to the continent a far more enjoyable alternative than venturing out to the city’s crowded, retail-obsessed airports.

This gorgeous, long-distance route to southern France’s former papal seat can be done direct in the summer in less than six hours, with service every Saturday.

Non-direct journeys involve a swift change in Lille, adding just half an hour to the journey time.

A stretch through the Kent countryside gives you a brief glimpse of one of England’s prettiest counties before the train rolls on at 300 kph through eastern France, with beautiful views of vineyards and ancient towns.

Take the early train and you’ll be there in time for a leisurely glass of Chateauneuf.

From £264 (US$399) round-trip; uk.eurostar.com

Geneva to Milan

For the majority of this four-hour trip you’ll be looking out at spectacular views of Lake Geneva before racing across alpine meadows bordered by colossal snow-topped mountains.

The train passes through the towns of Lausanne and Brig, where you can jump off and take the stunning Glacier Express, which takes seven and a half hours to chug along endless switchbacks to the ski resort of St. Moritz.

No worries about tight schedules: Swiss railways are among the most punctual in the world.

From CHF181 (US$195) round-trip; www.sbb.ch

Le Train Jaune, Pyrenees

You can lean from the open windows to feel the breeze.

Resembling the sort of toy train you’d find in a model village,  Le Train Jaune, the “yellow train,” is a century-old institution that offers spectacular views of the Pyrenees.

It’s also an ideal way for skiers in this corner of France to reach the area’s excellent resorts.

Running between the mountain villages of Villefranche de Conflent and Latour de Carol, the train creeps up to a height of 1,600 meters above sea level during its three-hour ascent, crossing original suspension bridges and forts that helped defend this border region long ago.

From €34 (US$42) round-trip; discovergirona.net

Berlin to Moscow

A classic route between two of eastern Europe’s most powerful and beguiling cities.

This day-long trip strikes east to the nearby Polish border, through the Polish cities of Poznan and Warsaw before traversing Belarus via Minsk and entering Russia.

Vast, snowy winter landscapes are what really make this a must-do in the frigid months of the year. Second-class private berths are snug, with two bunks and a fold-down chair, while swankier first-class berths come with a TV and wine.

Note: You’ll need a transit visa for getting through Belarus.

Zurich Airport to Arosa

Rightly billed as the world’s most beautiful airport transfer, this route, via a quick change to a smaller regional service in the town of Chur, is the perfect introduction to Switzerland.

The journey from Chur passes through the town’s postcard outskirts before heaving itself up impossibly steep hairpins.

The views are top notch, with mountain passes and snowy forests in every direction.

The real highlight comes when the train glides across the Langwieser Viadukt, 60 meters above the thundering River Plessure.  The world’s first reinforced concrete viaduct, it’s a marvel of Swiss engineering.

There’s simply no better way to ease into a week on the slopes.

From CHF23 (US$25) round-trip; www.sbb.ch

Sofia to Belgrade

You won’t want to sleep through one of the continent’s most fascinating train rides.

You can grab a bunk and take a sleeper on this jaunt through the Balkans, but you’d be missing out on one of the continent’s most fascinating views.

Starting in Bulgaria’s increasingly popular capital, the eight-hour day train offers a fascinating glimpse into how this recently troubled part of Europe still has one foot in the past.

The rolling stock is Communist-era vintage and some of the guards still wear Yugoslavian uniforms, while the views range from  idiosyncratic Orthodox churches to the kind of Old World agricultural landscapes you probably thought had died out in Europe some time in the mid-20th century.

From 26 BGN Lev (US$18) one-way with Interrail pass; www.countryconnect.co.uk

Helsinki to St. Petersburg

This seriously swift route cuts through evergreen forests with views across arctic lakes in the summer.

This snappy route used to take five and a half hours on creaking Soviet-era carriages before new Allegro high-speed trains slashed journey times by two hours in 2010.

There’s a proper restaurant car for indulging that “high roller traveling through eastern Europe” vibe, while the service is as good as you’ll find on any train on the continent.

Currently there are four trains a day, with plans to get the overall ride down to just three hours total in the next few years.

From €144 (US$194) round-trip; www.vr.fi





10/11/2017

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Tax Help For Business and Pleasure Trips #travel #republi

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Tax help for business, pleasure trips

By Kay Bell • Bankrate.com

You really need a break, but it’s been a tough year for your business and you’re not comfortable spending money on vacation travel. Let Uncle Sam help pay for your business trip. When you tack on personal vacation days to the beginning or end of a business trip, your out-of-pocket costs could be minimal since much of the business portion of your travel could be tax-deductible.

The pairing of corporate and vacation travel is easier for self-employed business owners. But employees also can take advantage of combined personal-business trips.

The key, as with anything tax-related, is substantiating that you followed IRS rules.

Ordinary, necessary expenses

The IRS has no problem with business owners deducting legitimate expenses. As long as the travel benefits or advances your business, you can write off ordinary and necessary expenses.

What’s considered ordinary and necessary? That depends, says the IRS, on the facts and your circumstances. In general, an ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business.

Under these standards, deductible travel expenses typically include hotels, meals, entertainment and round-trip travel to meet with existing or potential out-of-town clients.

Convention and seminar costs also could be deductible as long as the conferences specifically relate to your business or profession or help improve your career skills. That’s why so many professional groups hold conventions in vacation spots like Orlando, Florida, or Las Vegas.

Getting there

Traveling to a business meeting obviously is work-related and the IRS doesn’t really care whether you get there a few days early or hang around for a bit after your business is concluded.

Since you had to travel anyway, you can deduct the cost of your transportation as a business expense when you file your company’s taxes. This applies to auto travel as well as airfare.

“If the primary purpose is business, you don’t have to apportion it even if you spend some personal time,” says Barbara Weltman, tax attorney and author of “J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes 2015.”

In fact, when you fly for business purposes and extend your stay to get a reduced fare by, for example, spending a Saturday night at your destination, the associated stay-over costs usually are deductible, too, even though you have no business meetings that extra day.

The cost of travel by bus, train or auto, either your own car or one you rent, also is deductible. But don’t try to slip in the price of airfare if you got your ticket via frequent flier miles.

Timing is everything

Many people set up out-of-town meetings for late one week and early the next. “That basically requires you be in town, but you have the weekend to yourself,” says Mercedes Infante, an enrolled agent and CPA with BDO USA’s Orlando, Florida, office.

Be sure, though, that you don’t extend your personal stay too long. In order to deduct your transportation costs, your trip must be primarily for business. You do get to count your travel days as business, but carefully calculate the overall work-to-pleasure ratio.

If you spend 3 days getting to and meeting with clients, but bookend the travel with 5 extra days for sightseeing, the IRS will consider your trip more for fun and disallow your travel deductions.

Lodging costs

Your hotel costs while conducting business also are deductible. Here, too, you need to differentiate between the portion of your stay that was personal.

For the extra days you stay to enjoy a location’s recreational offerings, you cannot deduct those hotel charges.





10/11/2017

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Spring Break Cheap Trips in the Caribbean: Budget Travel. #online #travel

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Budget Spring Break Travel in the Caribbean

A growing number of cheap resorts, many of them all-inclusive, are cropping up throughout the Caribbean’s emerald waters — additionally, expanding flight routes from low-cost carriers like JetBlue help make paradise a budget trip away.

The Bahamas

Comprising more than 700 islands, the Bahamas is just off the Florida shore, consistently making it one of the most popular warm-weather vacation spots for Americans. Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and Nassau on New Providence Island are the most happening spots with lazy beach-side bars and all-night clubs. If you’d rather travel via water than air, opt for the Student City’s Bahama Party Cruise. complete with an onboard pool, casino and bar; the boat transports you from Fort Lauderdale right to your hotel. Freeport cruises are just an afternoon’s ride away, and you’ll enjoy 4 nights on Grand Bahama Island before making the journey back. If Nassau is your final destination, you’ll stay overnight on the ship each way, with 2 nights on the island.

Like elsewhere in the Caribbean. snorkeling and scuba diving are favorite pastimes, as the crystal-clear water makes for excellent visibility. Parasailing and windsurfing are other spring break musts if you have a few extra dollars to spare. If you’d rather save your funds for nights on the town, there are plenty of reefs and local settlements that you can explore for free. Bring your own snorkel and head out to Rose Island Reef or Booby Rock Channel on New Providence or Theo’s Wreck and Lucayan National Park ‘s Gold Rock Beach on Grand Bahama. For budget spring break trips, check you local STA office for special promotions.





09/11/2017

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Ski Packages, Snow Ski Vacation Trips & Deals, 2015 #travel #to

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A Day In The Life Of Ski School

Compare The Latest Ski Packages.

Deals On Ski Trip Vacation Packages.

Compare hundreds and hundreds of the latest ski packages from the best ski vacation travel companies, right here, all in one place.

We’ve also picked out what we think are the best ski vacation packages of the bunch. To be in this select list of “Bob’s Best”, the package needs a published price. The per person nightly rate should be around $100, and there needs to be more than one component to the package. Usually they will include lodging and lift tickets. Maybe airport transfers. Maybe meals or coupons. High end luxury or low end lodging will not make the list. Check out the list here and let us know what you think.

By mid September we start getting lots of holiday deals for Christmas and New Years’. These go very fast. The closer you get to the holidays the less availability there is and the more these deals cost.

Then by late November and early December we start getting Presidents’ Day and Spring Break ski package deals. In May we start getting South American ski and stay deals for resorts in Argentina and Chile.

Some “ski and stay packages” are all-inclusive, and include lodging, lift tickets, airfare, car rentals or airport transfers. Other deals have great discounts on just one element of a ski or snowboard vacation like “ski-in/ski-out”. condominium, hotel or lodging accommodations.

Ski Resort Lodging Maps.

Ski Resort Lodging Maps.

Find out where your lodging is located before you book your ski vacation. Before you get to the ski resort.

Is the lodging really ski-in/ski-out? Or is it a 3 blister ski-boot walk to the lift? Is the view from the TheBestSkiLodgeEver of a parking lot or the mountain? How far is that Hotel from the lifts?

Access lodging photos, priceing info, floor plans, virtual tours and availability from these maps.





08/11/2017

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Find Travel Partners for Group Trips #economy #travel

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Let’s climb Kilimanjaro!

I haven’t plan this trip much, all I know is that I really want to climb Kilimanjaro and I don’t want to do it alone. I’m still in college so. read more

Why A Trip To Kas In Turkey Is Well Worth Considering For Your Holiday This Year 7 May 2015

Pronounced “Kash”, Kas in Turkey is a truly unspoilt, charming and friendly Turkish resort, which was once a busy and thriving Fishing town, but is now a popular, yet quiet, tourist destination for those looking for s. read more

Siracusa: Nature, Culture and Stunning Seafront Villas 23 Apr 2015

If you want a busy holiday full of beautiful landscapes and rich culture, Sicily is the place for you! Specifically, the area around Siracusa is a must if you plan to enjoy Sicily’s beaches. An unmissable place. read more





22/09/2017

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Cheap Trips is a Scam, Review 5376 #europe #train #travel

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Cheap Trips is a Scam!

You’re not the only idiot. Not only did I buy a membership, I also fell for the misrepresented ‘Vacation Club’ package. I on the other hand cannot reach them by phone because they’re toll free numbers are not available in my area (Canada), which makes it impossible for me to book they’re services by phone.

Following is they’re refund policy.

My complaint with cheaptrips is this, for over a week I have received numerous phone calls asking for someone named Cherise. After the first couple of calls I politely told the man on the phone he had the wrong number, AGAIN, and I wanted to stop receiving calls for this unknown Cherise. He assured me my number would be removed from his list.

I thought it must be a credit company trying to hound this woman. I also thought that would be the end of it.

However the number of calls has increased. I tell every caller they have the wrong number. I don’t know Cherise. She cannot be reached at my number.

Earlier today I got another call, this time identifying the caller as being from CheapTrip. I didn’t even bother to speak, just hung up.

A few minutes ago the phone rang again and a man again asked for Cherise. I asked him who he represented and he said CheapTrip. I explained that I had been receiving calls for this Cherise person for at least a week and I was tired of it. I wanted them to stop calling my number.

The man then proceeded to argue with me that I was wrong, that it must be someone else who has been calling for Cherise, and that CheapTrip had never called my number. As though Cherise is such a common name that he and ALL the other callers, unconnected with Cheaptrip according to him, had coincidentally called MY number looking for someone with her name. Yea, right.

What I want to do now is to contact someone in their corporate office, if there is such a thing, so that I can register a complaint about this particular salesman. You don’t call total strangers and then accuse them of lying because they ask you not to call their number again. I’m fed up with trying to be polite with these people. I want to know how to get my number off their stupid list AND who I can complain to about this .

Can anyone help me with the current address/phone number. Or better yet is there an agency that handles consumer complaints like this?





19/09/2017

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Australia Student Travel Trips #japan #travel #guide

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Australia Expedition

With roughly the population of metropolitan New York City and the landmass of the continental United States, Australia is the most sparsely populated continent on the planet after Antarctica. Its isolation for millennia allowed unique ecosystems and cultures to thrive. Explore rain forests, deserts, and the world’s largest coral reef, observing and documenting fascinating wildlife along the way. Meet members of the Aboriginal community— the world’s oldest living culture—which settled here more than 50,000 years ago. Experience Australia through the lens of your On Assignment project: Photography or Wildlife Biodiversity.

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Sydney

The expedition begins with an orientation in the vibrant coastal city of Sydney. Break into teams to begin working on your On Assignment project. Browse a photo exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales, explore the lively Rocks district, and take in spectacular views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Attend a game of rugby or Australian rules football, or go surfing at Manly Beach. Meet your first koalas and kangaroos at the famous Taronga Zoo, or visit the Sydney Aquarium to get acquainted with the marine life you will encounter on the Great Barrier Reef.

Uluru and the Outback

Days 6-10

Fly from Sydney to Alice Springs and begin your journey through the Outback towards the largest monolith on Earth, Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). Steeped in mythology, this colossal piece of sandstone rises abruptly from the desert plain. Trek between the giant rounded domes of the adjacent Kata Tjuta on the lookout for bright green ring-necked parrots. Visit an Aboriginal community at Wallace Rockhole for a guided tour through ancestral lands, and learn about the traditional craft of dot painting before trying your hand at the art form. Plunge into the cool and refreshing waters of the Ellery Big Hole, examine ancient rock art and medicinal plants, and listen to Dreamtime stories told by our Aboriginal guides. Through the lens of your camera, use the barren landscape to practice working with depth of field, and spotting dingoes, red kangaroos, and majestic wedge- tailed eagles that inhabit this otherwise still scene. Set up camp in the bush, help collect firewood and prepare dinner, and sleep under the stars. Spot the Southern Cross and Scorpio, and learn a whole new set of Southern Hemisphere constellations.

Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef

Days 11-20

I loved visiting such a wide variety of environments—from the outback to Sydney to the reef to the rain forest— and had such unique experiences in each one.

Heather M. Australia, 2015

Fly to the northern Queensland city of Cairns, and transfer to Port Douglas, our hub for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Set out on a private boat for a two-day snorkeling adventure with marine biologists. Anchor at the outer reef and snorkel along brilliant fields of coral. Spot sea turtles, giant parrotfish, harmless reef sharks, and maybe even a migrating humpback whale. Gain insights about the reef from the marine biologists on board, and learn about the threats to this unique ecosystem and the efforts being made to protect it.

Back on land, head north into the 125 million-year-old Daintree Rainforest. Hike through the lush vegetation to see cassowaries, crocodiles, tree kangaroos, and other endemic wildlife. Spend the night in a jungle lodge and encounter the native species of the surrounding rain forest, wetlands, and reef.

Wind down on the coastal side of the park on the white-sand beaches of Cape Tribulation. Explore a mangrove habitat where the jungle meets the ocean and kayak along the reef. Trek out to the farthest point of the cape in search of whales and other marine life passing by. Return to Cairns for the final night and present your On Assignment project to the rest of the group. Celebrate your adventure with your fellow participants before flying home.





09/09/2017

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College Visits and Tours for Families #planning #college #visits, #personal #assistant,


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The professionals at Custom College Visits have the in-depth knowledge and experience to create amazing college road trip experiences for your family.

Each custom designed itinerary includes all on-campus meetings and activities, as well as coordination of travel and hotel logistics.

Itineraries are designed based on colleges that interest your teen and each trip is scheduled according to your preferred travel dates.

Not sure what type of college will be the best fit for your teen?

We will plan a multi-campus itinerary that will let you and your teen explore different types of colleges and universities all based on your teen’s specific educational interests and lifestyle preferences.

Since 2009, Custom College Visits has been privileged to assist teens and families from around the world with their college tours.

Summer college tours can be particularly challenging for parents or teens to organize.

Call us +1 (650) 931-4515 or (800) 930-1701 for a free consultation.

Please scroll down to read what parents say about our college road trip itineraries.

“A friend who is a maven in finding outstanding resources, recommended Janice and Custom College Visits as we began the daunting college selection process. We worked with Janice on two fronts; to help create a list of colleges and to set-up meaningful colleges visits. The college visits were also a lot of fun for us as a family and very informative on so many levels. More importantly Janice helped make the college selection process manageable, not so daunting after all, and we felt no stone was left unturned in this important decision.

Tracy P. Parent of a New York City high school Senior

Thank you so much for planning such a wondrous experience for our son. The careful attention to detail was evident at every turn. Custom College Visits planning effort provided an appropriate path of discovery for our son and for us.

Michael C. New Jersey parent of a high school Junior

Hi Janice, Our trip was a thoroughly enjoyable family adventure! Thank you so much for the unique opportunities that you created for our daughter at each college. Meeting with a student at Harvard, was probably the most informative way to start the entire trip. She devoted a lot of time (in the rain) providing real college life details. She swiped us into dining halls, dorms & buildings that we might not have seen otherwise. The sophomore session at Princeton was wonderful! Thank you so much for everything that you did! We really were able to get the most out of each campus visit! Best, Julie

Julie, Parent of a high school Junior in Southern California

I found working with Custom College Visits a very positive experience. They were able to pinpoint colleges that were best suited for my daughter and the travel plans were well organized. In addition, they were able to set up an interview with a member of a college color guard, as my daughter had expressed interest in going to a school that had a color guard. I am very pleased with my experience with Custom College Visits, and would recommend them highly.

Mark L. Parent of high school junior in Northern California

Lili got accepted into her first choice school today (early decision): Boston University! She is thrilled beyond belief and relieved as well. We could not have done it without your help, it was invaluable. I think the High School Honors program she did there was probably very helpful and we would not have know about it without your forwarding the information to us. You rock! So, I am tipping my hat today to both you and Lili!

Kim T. Parent of high school senior in Kansas

I am happy to tell you that Nivi has been accepted early decision to Brown University. She is the first ivy leaguer in our family and we couldn’t be more proud! Her decision to apply was made easier because of the excellent experience she had during her customized tour via your company so thank you so much! We will be sure to recommend you to our friends here..

Gayathri S. Parent of high school senior Chennai, India

Thank you again for being so good at what you do. Our trip to the US was a huge success. I was on the verge of cancelling the trip but knew I couldn’t let my son down. That I even found you on the internet was a direct answer to my prayer for a miracle. The itinerary worked very well. I knew I was in good hands even before I boarded the plane to the U.S. and your attention to detail far exceeded my expectation.

Egbe O. Parent of international high school student

We had a wonderful trip to Philadelphia and Boston thanks to Janice Caine of Custom College Visits. She worked out an itinerary from start to finish. We visited 9 schools and it was as smooth as possible. Janice worked out tours and information sessions as well as meetings with tennis coaches.We have boy/girl twins and both were happy which is not an easy achievement. Not only did Janice work out the schedule but she recommended great schools in both towns. We would highly recommend her.

Phil S. Parent of high school students SF Bay Area

“Thank you SO MUCH for your involvement in the Splash Parents’ Program this weekend! I am just reviewing the feedback forms, and your presentation received rave reviews across the board; many parents cited it as the highlight of the program for them! Some verbatim quotes include: ‘The Planning and Preparing for College Visits was a great eye opener;’ Thank you for all the effort, energy, and enthusiasm you put into making the event such a success.”

Marisa M. Coordinator, Splash Parents’ Program Stanford University

Our college process was two-fold. It began with getting a jump start on the standardized testing, and not waiting until spring of junior year to focus. I believe our outcome was successful because we had a well-managed plan helped along by an expert, Janice Caine, of Custom College Visits.

Lisa L. Parent of high school students SF Bay Area

Happy New Year! Wanted to let you know that Charlie was accepted to Johns Hopkins Early Decision! Great news and very exciting all around. Thank you for all your help.

Beth A. Parent of a high school senior. Massachusetts


09/09/2017

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Brazil Travel, Trips and Tours: Chimu Adventures #bing #travel #flights

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Places to Visit

Need more information about the travel options within Brazil? Click on the below links to find out more about the major destinations to consider when planning your trip to Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro holds some of the country s best-known and iconic tourist attractions, including Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue.

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Rio de Janeiro

For many travellers, the first port of entry in Brazil will be Rio de Janeiro.  Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa , or Marvellous City, Rio never fails to amaze with its sandy beaches, carefree lifestyle and unparalleled natural beauty.  As the capital of Brazil until 1960, Rio is today one of the most culturally and economically prominent cities in the country, and receives more tourists than any other part of Brazil.  Rio de Janeiro holds some of the country s best-known and iconic tourist attractions, including Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer Statue and the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.  Rio is a lively, vibrant city, and its inhabitants (known as Cariocas ) are full of energy and always ready for a good time.  This is no more obvious than during Carnaval, when the city comes alive with the beats of Samba for a 5 day non-stop party.

Buzios, Ilha Grande and Paraty – Rio State

For those looking for a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the nearby fishing village of Buzios is a short 3 hour drive to the North, while to the South the pristine Ilha Grande island and colonial town of Paraty offer quieter but no less idyllic alternatives.

When to Visit Rio and Rio State

Rio is warm year-round and rain can occur at any time of year, but it tends to rain a lot more in the summer (Dec March) meaning that days can get very hot and humid at this time of year. If you have the choice it s preferable to travel outside this time, as the days will be more pleasant with more chance of sun and less chance of rain between April and November.

Considered Brazil s most culturally enriched cities, Salvador has a lively art scene and it colourful streets are filled with dance and music all year round.

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Over 1600km to the North-East of Rio lies Salvador, capital of Bahia State and long considered the birthplace of Brazilian culture.  The oldest city in Brazil and its first capital, Salvador was a major post for the slave trade and is now a thriving centre of Afro-Brazilian life. The local cuisine, music, dance and vibrant visual arts are all testaments to this pervasive African influence. Considered Brazil s most culturally enriched cities, Salvador has a lively art scene and its colourful streets are filled with dance and music all year round.

As one of Brazil s greatest historical destinations, the city is filled with colonial churches, houses and forts that reflect stunning Portuguese architecture from the Baroque period. The historical centre of Pelourinho was declared a World Cultural Centre by UNESCO in 1985. Hundreds of old buildings were restored. It s a real must-do : a compulsory addition to every Brazilian travel itinerary!

Praia do Forte and Morro de Sao Paulo Bahia State

Outside the city of Salvador lie some of North-Eastern Brazil s most pristine beaches, including the renowned Praia do Forte and Costa do Sau pe.

Just a short catamaran ride away from Salvador lies the idyllic tropical island of Morro de Sao Paulo, where the only thing you ll have to think about will be which beach to visit during the day and which fruit cocktail to order at night

When to visit Salvador and Bahia State

With its situation being very close to the equator, the year-round temperature varies very little in Bahia. You re pretty much guaranteed of warm days and lots of sun all year round! The only thing that varies in Bahia is rain-fall. Most of Bahia s rainfall occurs during the winter months of July and August. However it s rare that it would rain non-stop during these months. In fact, it s quite likely that you will experience a week of sun during this time, so don t let this affect your travel plans. Any time of year is a great time in Bahia.

For those who wish to see some South American wildlife and get close to nature, a trip to Brazil would not be complete without a stay in the Pantanal.

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For those who wish to see some South American wildlife and get close to nature, a trip to Brazil would not be complete without a stay in the Pantanal.  As the largest tropical wetland area in the world, the Pantanal is sprawled over an area of nearly 200,000 square kilometres, and extends into neighbouring Paraguay and Bolivia.  During the wet season, around 80% of the floodplains become submerged, attracting a biologically diverse range of plant and animal species.

The Pantanal is actually considered to be the world s densest flora and fauna ecosystem.  The delta s wide open wetland spaces make animal spotting a lot easier than in the neighbouring Amazon, offering great photographic opportunities.  Additionally, the Pantanal is thought to be home to up to 1000 bird species, creating a paradise for bird watchers.

When to Visit the Pantanal

The Pantanal can be visited year-round, however seasonal variations are extreme.  The wet season generally runs from November until March, with monsoonal rainfall causing extensive flooding. This can cause some roads to be impassable, however most Pantanal lodges stay option year-round despite this. These lodges provide suitable transfer vehicles that can deal with the terrain.

February is the height of the rainy season. The best time for spotting wildlife is during the dry season (Apr-Oct), with bird watching at its best between July and September, and chances of spotting a jaguar highest in September-October.

Approximately 60% of the Amazon rainforest is contained within Brazil, guaranteeing accessibility for even the least adventurous of travellers.

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The Amazon

Representing more than half of the world s remaining rainforest, the Amazon is home to the most species-rich wildlife tract of tropical rainforest on the planet, and at its heart is the Amazon River, extending over 6000km and carrying the greatest volume of water of any river on earth.

Approximately 60% of the Amazon rainforest is contained within Brazil, guaranteeing accessibility for even the least adventurous of travellers.  The capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Manaus, offers the easiest gateway to the Amazon, with regular flights from major Brazilian cities.  A number of jungle lodges are located within close proximity to Manaus, and offer a range of activities such as spotting caimans and pink freshwater dolphins; piranha fishing, nature hikes and wildlife watching.

Manaus is also the starting point for the highly popular Amazon River cruises, giving passengers the opportunity to discover the Amazon rainforest in comfort and style.  The majority of cruises and jungle lodge packages also include a day trip to the Meeting of the Waters, a remarkable phenomenon where the dark, tea-coloured waters of the Rio Negro merge with the lighter, muddier waters of the Amazon mainstream.

When to Visit the Amazon

Like the Pantanal to the South, the Amazon can be visited all year round.  The tropical climate is consistently warm regardless of the time of year, with both the wet and dry seasons providing different options for travellers.  The dry season (June-November), with limited rainfall and low water levels, is generally better for land-based activities such as hiking and spotting wildlife by the river. The wet season (December-May) brings flooding to the areas around the rivers, making it possible to enter otherwise impenetrable jungle by boat in search of wildlife.

Igua u Falls, located in the southern State of Parana, is one of the most famous attractions in all of South America.

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Igua u Falls, located in the southern State of Parana, is one of the most famous attractions in all of South America.  Named as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2007, the number of separate waterfalls range from 150 to 300 depending on the water level, with nearly half the Iguacu river s water falling from 82m high into a 150m wide chasm called the Devil s Throat.

The waterfalls are divided between Argentina and Brazil and provide vastly different views and experiences depending on which side they are viewed from.  80% of the falls are situated on the Argentinean side, so this is the side for getting right up close to them, where as Brazil is the side for getting that incredible overall view that will leave you awe-struck.

In addition to the falls, the surrounding city of Foz do Igua u makes a great base to discover the numerous other attractions in the region.  Visitors can revel in the splendour of the natural forests, rivers and lakes, as well as the world s largest hydroelectric power plant, the Itaipu Dam.  Travellers also have the opportunity to take advantage of the Tres Fronteras (three borders) and experience the attractions of Puerto Iguazu (on the Argentinean side) and Ciudad del Este (in Paraguay).

When to Visit Igua u Falls

Whilst accessible all year round, the best times for viewing the falls are generally spring and autumn.  Summer (December-March) tends to be very hot and humid, while the water level can drop significantly in the winter (June-August).





31/08/2017

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Best Cheap Trips – Top 10 Cheap Vacation Spots #gullivers #travel

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The best cheap trips could fill an endless list that covers the entire planet. Which are the best for you depends only on your interests, budget, and the amount of time you have. In fact, if you’re looking for the top 10 cheap vacation spots in the world, you are more apt to find a list of the top 1,000, maybe even the top 1,000 per country or region—that’s plenty for planning amazing cheap vacations .

Cheap US vacation destinations top the list of the most economical for residents of the United States, especially if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway. Many of these will be found very close to your home, no matter where you live. Leaf peeping during the fall foliage season in New Hampshire or Vermont can be done on a shoestring budget with expenses for gas and food as the most costly items, if you have a recreational vehicle or camping gear. You can travel to fabulous beaches on the Great Lakes for very little money. If you live in landlocked Wausau Wisconsin or Columbus Ohio, go whitewater rafting on the Russian River or travel through the magnificent California sequoia forests in a weekend. Or you might spend days in the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, D.C. and never pay an entry fee.

High on the list of cheap US vacation destinations are the country’s many national and state parks and its historic landmarks. The most visited national park is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. Here you will find more than 800 miles of hiking trails, numerous campgrounds, cabin rentals, and rustic lodges. Next on the list is the magnificent Grand Canyon, followed by equaling breathtaking Yosemite and Yellowstone—all with inexpensive lodging options. Florida and Hawaii top the list of cheap US vacation destinations for beaches, and both offer plenty of other attractions from championship golf courses and beautiful rainforests to Disneyworld and the Everglades. And, of course, there are cheap Las Vegas vacations. where even the finest hotels offer discounted rooms.

To find the best cheap trips elsewhere in the world, you want to look for places where your dollar goes the furthest. These places are usually developing countries, although Spain, Portugal, and Greece in Europe have historically been relatively inexpensive places to travel. An emerging market here can be found in the countries that were once behind the Iron Curtain, including Croatia and Slovenia, which both have lovely Adriatic beaches and rich historic heritages. Also in the top 10 cheap vacation spots in Europe are the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Poland. These countries have huge tracts of wilderness areas preserved because the former communist countries kept locals and visitors away from the forested areas along the borders with Western Europe.

A list of the top 10 cheap vacation spots in developing countries might begin with Turkey, a country in both Europe and Asia. Exotic Istanbul is a thriving metropolis full of magnificent Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, including Topkapi Palace and the sublime Hagia Sophia. In the Asia part of Turkey are some of the most important ancient ruins in the world, including Ephesus and the Temple of Aphrodite. The country’s beautiful Mediterranean Turquoise Coast offers some of the best scuba diving and sailing in the region, and all of this at very cheap prices.

More of the best cheap trips in the developing world can be found in Mexico. Central America. and South America. Although the Argentina economy is on the recovery since its 2001 devaluation, there are still fire sale bargains available in this sophisticated country. Honduras and Belize are both emerging destinations in Central America, and Mexico remains a great bargain if you stay away from the most popular resort areas of Cancun, Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta. Try the scenic Copper Canyon rail trip and the charming colonial towns in the interior, instead. You can also head for Morocco in North Africa with its exotic markets, Moorish fortresses, and often nearly deserted Mediterranean beaches. And finally, Thailand remains on the list of cheap exotic vacation spots, where it has had a place since the 1960s.

No matter where in the world you want to go, you can find a way to get away for cheap, whether this means looking into a vacation package. going to a country where prices are low, or just taking a drive to an interesting destination close to home.





30/08/2017

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Last Minute Europe Vacations – Last Minute Trips to Europe #travel

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Last minute Europe vacations can be planned for relaxation, action, nature, and culture. They can also be planned with a mix of all of these. Planning last minute trips to Europe is an exciting venture into Europe’s top destinations. Experience top European destinations and world-class attractions in cities such as Paris and London. or a sense of adventure can take you to one or several points where adventure tours top the list of activities available. Slovak Republic is famous for the Tatra Mountains and a backdrop of pure beauty and fantastic scenery. Last minute European travel can mean good deals on accommodations and adventure and eco-tours by lakes and valleys within the mountains, or in the heart of the city. Best of all, the European Union and the UK allow visa-free travel for US citizens, allowing you to plan last minute vacations as long as you have a valid passport.

In the Czech Republic. Prague is a well-known vacation spot and a great place for a last minute escape. Within the city, prices have generally risen since the times when Prague was known as a really cheap city to visit. Still, with a lot of competition between hotels and guide companies, good prices are definitely still around. Explore rich history, spend time shopping, and dive into local culture. Or delve into what Prague is truly famous for—an incredible mix of neoclassical, baroque, renaissance, and art nouveau architecture in a diverse and cosmopolitan European capital.

Small in size yet monstrous in offerings, Latvia and Estonia are two more great destinations for last minute Europe vacations. Skiing, beaches, wildlife, outdoor activities, and many curious festivals, and events provide more than enough to do in any time frame and are all easy to plan. Skirting the Baltic Sea and the borders of Russia and Belarus. these two little gems offer visa-free travel for Canadians, Americans, Australians, and British citizens. making a last minute trip fairly easy to plan. Note that most countries do also require sufficient empty pages in your passport for stamps and tourist visas issued upon arrival.

There is no destination more famous in Europe than Italy. Home to the fascinating and ultra-storied city of Rome. world-class shopping in Milan. succulent dishes in all regions, and plenty of coastal beaches for some serious R R, Italy pleases even the most discerning last minute traveler. Last minute European travel to Italy is a great choice. Italy’s popularity is reflected in its attractive lodging, dining, and tour options. There are so many tourist amenities it would be nearly impossible to fill them all. A good last minute European travel deal is always on the horizon.

The most uncomplicated travel includes destinations not requiring much more from travelers except perhaps proof of an onward ticket. Last minute Europe vacations require little more than the proper travel documents. There are few to no countries that require vaccinations any more than the standard shots. Food is abundant and usually delicious, and lodging ranges from vacation rentals to beach houses to hotels and resorts, to quaint bed and breakfasts and guesthouses.

Airfare, car rentals, and accommodations can be easily purchased separately or through a vacation package in last minute trips to Europe, creating endless options and price ranges to choose from, including both last minute luxury trips and cheap last minute trips. In Spain, the incredible range of things to do is very appealing to all ages. Spain aligns with Italy in what it has to offer, and then some. The breathtaking Alhambra. Barcelona. and Madrid. as well as top-rate golf, are a few of the best things about Spain, not to mention the cache of historic buildings.

Whether last minute Europe vacations take you to the Greek Islands or London, England, be sure to prepare as well as possible as time ticks on. Emergency passports can be issued in most countries for an additional fee, so if your passport is expired, have no fear. Snatch up those jaw-dropping deals for last minute trips to Europe but be sure to purchase trip cancellation and medical insurance because losing a couple of hundred dollars versus a couple of thousand is quite a difference.





25/08/2017

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The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips: Money Smart Life

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The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips

August 3, 2011

Rental car deals are in high demand with many travelers expecting higher air fare costs this summer. Some of those travelers will forge on, willing to pay the higher price to get to their dream destination. But with many Americans still unemployed or just recently having found new employment the high price of flying may cause them to consider vacations closer to home and send them in search of rental car discounts.

Taking a regional road trip in a rental car doesn t have to break the bank, especially when compared with flying across the country. Instead of increasing your maintenance costs or worrying if your car can survive a road trip, you borrow the rental agency s car for a known cost and call it a day. If the car has maintenance problems that weren t caused by an accident, it s not your problem. They ll swap you out into a new car and get you going.

Tips for Saving on Rental Cars

Renting a car can also get pretty expensive, but not if you know how to look for the best deals. Use the following tips to maximize your savings on rental cars. I worked in the rental industry for about a year and this is how I would go about getting the best deal.

Finding the Best Deal

There is no one best way to find the best deal on rental cars, but knowledge is power. Things you need to know:

What s the business model? Rental car agencies go after different types of business. Some focus on repair work while your car is in the shop. Others focus on business travelers and only have airport locations. Knowing the company s business model will help you determine their down times. You can get a better deal during slow periods when they have a lot of extra cars on hand.

  • For example, Enterprise has thousands of locations across the country. They focus on being in your neighborhood and deal with a lot of insurance and car repair rentals. That means their cars are in high demand Monday through Friday. On Friday the body shops finish up, and the agency has extra inventory over the weekend. You can get amazing deals on the weekend. More on this in a moment.

What s in demand? During the summer months the most in demand vehicles are SUVs and minivans. This is especially true around holidays like Memorial Day or the 4th of July. You ll need to book well in advance or risk missing out.

Know the car sizes. Check out the company s website and be familiar with their car classes. Booking a smaller vehicle will save you money, but don t be surprised if it is really small.

Check Online Specials First

The internet is one of the best places to find widely advertised deals on rental cars. Check all of the popular agency s websites first. You know these deals are legitimate because it is coming straight from the source. Follow that up with a check of large travel aggregation websites like Kayak. They ll be able to spot some of the secret or less advertised deals that you can t find without a lot of extra work.

For example, say Enterprise has their $9.99 weekend special going. You can pay as little as $10 per day for three days, and get 300 total miles to use on your rental for a compact size car. That s a 60% discount off the regular rental price of $24.99 in my area. A full size car can be had for $19.99 per day that s 43% off the regular price of $34.99.

Budget has a similar deal. They offer $5 off for every weekend day you have a rental. A 3 day rental (Friday to Monday) would have $15 knocked off the final price. How can they afford to do this? Again, they have a lot of inventory on the weekends. Having vehicles on the road for as little as $30 in revenue is better than having the cars sit on the lot for $0 in revenue.

One way to make the deal even sweeter is to use a rental car credit card that offers rewards or discounts when you reserve your car online. Just be aware that not all deals can be combined so you might not be able to use the credit card discount along with an advertised special.

Pick Up the Phone

Pick up the phone and call your local branch. Have their website pulled up and know what discounts they are currently offering. Let them know of your plans, and have them walk you through the best deal they can offer. When they re done telling you the price, tell them that s not low enough or ask if there is anything they can do to get you to reserve the car today. They may be able to find a discount to put on your rental to drop the price down a bit. Talking to a live human being that works at your local branch gives you an advantage over computer systems.

Book with Travel Partners

You can also try booking with travel partners. If you re booking a hotel room you may be able to get a package deal with one of their preferred car rental agencies.

Negotiate at the Counter

You have negotiating leverage. Unlike hotel reservations, many rental agencies do not charge you for not showing up for your reservation. Once you are there they want to make sure you leave happy. You can book a lower class vehicle and try to negotiate your way into a larger vehicle at a discounted price.

In fact, the representative behind the counter may try to do convince you first. Many companies will run up-sell competitions and rewards their reps for selling you from a smaller vehicle class into something bigger, even if it isn t at full price. They re getting more revenue for having your reservation out on the road. You can also try asking for discounts based on:

  • The rate your insurance company gets (which is much, much cheaper than retail). You likely won t get the full discount, but they may knock the price off a bit.
  • Memberships you have (AAA, AARP, etc.)
  • Your company s corporate discount

Granted, this only works when the company has a lot of excess inventory sitting on the car lot. You won t find much negotiating room if you re renting their next to last car. If they don t rent to you they ll find another customer to put into that car.

Consider Gas Mileage

With gas nearing or over $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, be sure to check on gas mileage first. Taking 4 friends on a road trip to the beach? Riding in style in a massive SUV may seem great, but you ll be guzzling gas the whole way (along with paying higher rental costs in the first place). Those 4 people would easily fit into a standard or full size car, saving you money on gas and rental charges.

Document the Car s Condition

Make sure you document the car s condition very well. Renting cars happens very fast. There is important paperwork you sign, including an agreed upon condition of the car. If you don t mark any of the current damage (knicks, dings, dents) on the contract you may be held liable for them when you return the vehicle. Read the fine print on the rental car insurance and make sure you understand what s covered and what s not. In this technology covered age I would recommend taking photos or a video of the walk around on the car on your smartphone or camera. It will help defuse any situations that pop up when you return the car.

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21/08/2017

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Travel Auction Websites for Discount Trips – How to Bid at

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Online Travel Auctions

There are many ways to save money on domestic and international travel. One that is often overlooked: Travel Auctions.

If you re preparing to look into cheap airfares be sure to look beyond the airline websites and places like Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity.

Online travel auctions are often where you ll find the best airfare deals plus travel packages that include hotel and potentially other benefits.

eBay provides what might be the most popular travel auction on the Internet. Their travel auction page is a great place to bid on vacation packages, rental car deals, hotel discounts, vacation rentals, and other kinds of lodging deals (i.e. bed and breakfasts, timeshares, etc.). You can also bid on cruises! Become an eBay member for free by signing up on their site, then monitor the travel auction page for deals that interest you.

A high end travel auction to keep in your favorites folder is Luxury Link. where you need to become a member, for free, in order to bid. They offer single auctions, Dutch auctions, and what they call Best Shot auctions. In a single auction bidders are bidding on one travel package or item. The highest bidder wins when the travel auction closes. In a Dutch auction more than one of the same package or item is up for bid. If there are two items, then the two highest bidders win and each pay the lowest offered price. If the two bids were $2,000 and $1,800, then each person pays $1,800. In a Best Shot auction, one or more of the same items are up for bid. You submit what you re willing to pay, above the minimum and below the suggested retail price, and that s it. All winning bidders will pay the lowest winning price.

Generous Adventures Travel Auctions. based in Homer, Alaska, bills itself as an all-travel benefit auction. They auction primary donated travel items, from accommodations and unusual travel packages to whale watching trips, river rafting adventures, and eco-tours. It s very possible to get good deals, and everyone comes out a winner. Those donating travel items get good publicity, the beneficiaries get needed money, and you might get a great deal. Look at their list of travel auction beneficiaries. which changes all the time.

Of course, there are many other travel auction websites. Bidding for Good is similar to Generous Adventures, in that some monies from travel auctions goes to charitable causes. SkyAuction. Priceline. the list of travel auction sites is fairly lengthy.

A quick word of advice: check the fine print before purchasing items in a travel auction.

The deal of the century could turn out to be a bust if you re not careful.

Inquire about blackout dates and beware of various fees and added charges that could boost the cost of the deal well above your winning travel auction bid.

More advice? Before making a purchase on eBay or any other travel auction website you should check out prices elsewhere to ensure that you re actually getting a great deal. Price out airfare, hotel, and rental car separately and compare.

Whether you re new to travel bidding or a travel auction veteran, take a trip to the Better Bidding message board. Register for free, then get Priceline and Hotwire travel auction bidding best practices and lots of tips for getting great travel auction deals.





21/08/2017

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Travel to Antarctica, Trips and Tours #travel #bag

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It is a land like no other in the world…

There are many reasons why adventurers of all types travel to Antarctica. Most of us are inspired by the opportunity to experience unique wildlife—penguins, seals, whales—going about their lives in a pristine, natural setting far from civilization. Set against a backdrop of ethereal icescapes, towering mountains and calving glaciers, these species beckon visitors to the northward-jutting Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands – “ground zero” for Poseidon’s Antarctic expeditions.

Other travelers come to see this frozen land as the giant laboratory it’s become, where science and international cooperation have created a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science,” according to the Antarctic Treaty System that governs the continent. Changes in the global climate play out here in dramatic fashion, and an Antarctic tour provides a unique opportunity to learn first-hand the dynamics at work, and how they are affecting indigenous species and the complex food chain they depend on.

Firsthand discovery with naturalists and historians

On board Poseidon’s Antarctic expedition vessels, our international English-speaking staff provides a welcome, unpretentious environment, leaving you to set your own pace. Naturalists, historians and other experts—veterans of many Antarctic trips—will engage and entertain you by providing informal lectures and inviting your questions.

Using our fleet of rugged Zodiac landing craft, they’ll guide you ashore to secluded coves where colonies of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguin often dominate the landscape. Photograph whales, hear the bellows of unruly seals and the calls of seabirds overhead. Our aim is to provide you with an incredible wilderness experience, yet one that puts safety and environmental stewardship first and foremost.

Our Classic Antarctic and Holiday programs

On these 12 day/11 night Antarctic trips, you’ll embark/disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina, cross the Drake Passage and spend five days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. These expedition cruises are planned for the height of the Austral summer, when waterways are open to navigation and wildlife is at its most active. Numerous Zodiac landings are scheduled, but are determined by weather conditions and our experienced captain and expedition team.

Polar Circle program

Scheduled for February 2016, this 13 day/12 night Antarctica cruise provides an extra day of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, and takes you south of 66? 33’ 44”, the latitude of the Antarctic Circle. This puts you among a very elite group of adventurers ever to travel this far south.

Antarctic cruises including South Georgia and the Falklands/Malvinas Islands programs

These expedition cruises—ranging from 20 to 23 days in duration—include not only the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, but also visits to other storied Southern Ocean destinations. Isolated at the edge of the submarine Scotian Ridge, South Georgia is covered with jagged, glaciated peaks, and is home to a colony of more than 100,000 breeding pairs of King penguins. View whaling artifacts at the small settlement of Grytviken and walk to the nearby museum and cemetery where Sir Earnest Shackleton, the great English explorer, is buried.

Excursions and landings in the Falklands/Malvinas will include Stanley, a bit of Old England in the South Atlantic, with its fiercely independent spirit. Other calls here may include New Island and West Point Island where we’ll hope to spot Magellanic, Gentoo and Rockhopper penguins, as well as the Black-Browed Albatross.





18/08/2017

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7 New Travel Websites That Are Revolutionizing The Way We Book

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7 New Travel Websites That Are Revolutionizing The Way We Book Trips

The Flexible Finder

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Admit it: You type full-sentence questions into Google because it always seems to find the right answers. But up until Adioso hit the Web, there wasn’t a travel search engine where you could make a natural-language inquiry and get an instant response. Now, you can type in questions like, “what’s the cheapest flight to Vegas this weekend,” or simply, “take me somewhere warm tomorrow,” and wait for results. This revolutionary tool lets flexible travelers type in random prompts to find the best deals anywhere in the world any time. It thinks like you think, which is a refreshing change from the box-ticking nightmare of finding a good deal within a broad area on other sites.

The Matchmaker

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Behold the rise of the (bed)sharing economy! Easynest made headlines in July with its novel approach to penny-pincher accommodation: sleeping with strangers. Essentially, the San Francisco startup links single travelers with solo “hosts” to share a double or twin hotel room in select cities. Pairs typically examine each other’s profiles and message back and forth before agreeing to a night in close quarters, and the solo traveler must pay the host for a portion of the room before turning up at the hotel.

The Travel Planner

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Launched just a few weeks ago, Trekkel claims to be the first travel recommendation engine and personal itinerary planner to meld the best of crowd-sourced ratings, curated content and friends’ comments into one space. The site experienced a few kinks in the system at the start, but it is now functional for travel planning in 15 North American cities, with a goal of expanding into Europe in the coming months. All you need to do is pick your destination, rate the elements of travel you find most important and wait for Trekkel to do the elbow work.

The Happy Hunter

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Are you happy with your experience in the sky? Researchers at Euromonitor International said in a recent report that this question is of increasing importance to travelers who seek higher “happiness scores” on sites like Routehappy when booking a trip. The new startup helps passengers choose a flight based as much on its quality as its price by informing them of the airline and route that will best suit their specific needs. Happy scores go up with smile-inducing features like larger seats, nicer planes and better entertainment options.

The Last-Minute Savior

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Travel may just be the most unpredictable of activities, and there’s nothing vacationers hate worse than a bit of fine print that doesn’t read their way. That’s where Roomer  sweeps in to save the day. This new website acts as the “stub-hub” of the hotel industry, allowing travelers who are unable to use their hotel room to list the pad at a discounted price, thus giving spontaneous vacationers a chance to snag a last-minute deal. The site offers sellers a safe and effective solution that reduces the cost of canceling a room, while providing savvy travelers with steep discounts at some amazing properties. It’s a win-win all around.

The Group Organizer

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Planning for a large group of people can be a nightmare no matter how you go about it, but the new website Flights With Friends hopes to make the process a touch less mind-boggling. Ideal for sporting events, family gatherings, student travel, conventions or weddings, groups can consolidate their “reply all” email chains, search more than 150 sites for airfares and hotels, graze the TripAdvisor reviews, chat, sort and vote on the best options before booking a trip with the Expedia Price Match Guarantee. For groups with different budgets and opinions, this is your go-to site to make order out of disorder.

The Hotel Time Machine

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Have you ever purchased a hotel room online and then found yourself playing the “what if” game? What if you purchased too soon? What if the price was about to go down? What if you had only waited one more week? Now, hotel search engine startup The Suitest has introduced a groundbreaking prediction feature that it’s calling a veritable “Hotel Time Machine.” Launched in August by a former quantitative finance analyst at Goldman Sachs, The Suitest uses the same event-modeling techniques that hedge funds use to determine whether a mortgage-backed security will default. The result is the type of complex price forecasting of hotels that travelers previously only found on airfare sites like Kayak or Bing Travel.





12/08/2017

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Travel Insurance For UK Trips #travel #lodges

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Cover for your staycation

Tourist boards across the UK are running a campaign to persuade us that ‘Holidays at Home are Great’

Staycations can prove cheaper than holidays abroad, so the campaign is likely to appeal to cash-strapped consumers, especially as a range of special deals is on offer.

But a cheap holiday in the UK can turn out to be expensive, unless you pack a travel insurance policy along with your umbrella.

Why do I need travel insurance for a UK holiday?

Many people assume that travel insurance is an unnecessary expense for a holiday in the UK. In fact, less than half of travellers bother to take out insurance for a staycation.

Of course, you won’t need insurance for medical treatment in the UK because you can rely on the NHS. So, if you have an accident or fall ill during your holiday, you don’t need to worry about a big bill.

But travel insurance is about more than medical cover. What happens if you fall ill before the date of departure and have to cancel your holiday?

Without insurance you could lose your deposit, or even the full cost of the trip. And what if your camera is stolen or you lose your favourite necklace while you are away?

What does UK travel insurance cover?

It’s important to read the details of any insurance carefully. Some UK travel policies are basic, perhaps covering only cancellation. Others might include a range of extras, such as breakdown cover, that you don’t really need.

Cancellation and curtailment

Most UK travel policies include cancellation and curtailment. In other words, if you have to cancel or cut short your holiday, perhaps due to illness or bereavement, the policy should cover your expenses. And the expenses can add up. Hotels in the UK can be just as pricey as abroad. The cost of a holiday cottage can also run into hundreds of pounds, especially during peak season. Don’t forget any pre-booked transport, such as train fares or even flights if you are travelling to a far flung corner of the country.

Missed or delayed departure

If you miss your flight, ferry or train due to circumstances beyond your control, you might be able to claim on your UK travel insurance. You might also be covered if your flight is delayed by more than 12 hours. But check the small print as some insurers do not cover internal flights.

Baggage and belongings

There are thieves in Great Britain just as there are thieves abroad, but a UK travel insurance policy will cover your baggage and personal possessions in case they are stolen. You should also be insured against loss or damage, although you will have to prove that you were not negligent with your belongings.

It’s worth checking your home contents insurance as it might cover your personal possessions when you take them out of the home. However, some people prefer not to claim on their home insurance in order to protect their no claims discount. You might also find that the contents policy does not include all your holiday equipment, such as a tent or diving kit, and that certain limits apply.

Hospital transfer

A UK travel insurance policy does not cover medical treatment, but it may pay for a transfer to a hospital near to your home. If you fall ill on holiday and need to go into hospital, you can then be sure that you will not be stuck in a remote or inaccessible part of the country, far away from friends and relatives.

Common exclusions

If you are planning a staycation, your policy might only cover your holiday if you are travelling a certain distance from home, usually at least 25 miles, though it can be more. The insurer might also insist on a minimum number of nights away. Also bear in mind that UK travel insurance usually only covers pre-paid accommodation and transport – and private medical treatment is not included.

How much does UK travel insurance cost?

Premiums vary according to the type of policy and level of cover. A family policy can often work out cheaper than individual cover for each family member. And if you are planning several UK holidays in a year, an annual policy could prove cost effective.

One of the best ways to cut the cost of UK travel insurance is to shop around. MoneySupermarket’s free independent comparison service is a quick and easy way to compare prices and save money.

Click on the link below to start comparing travel insurance for UK trips.





10/08/2017

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Surf – Surf Travel, Surf Trips and Surfing Vacations #travel #directions

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What is SurfTrips.com?

Surf Trips is an online surfing travel directory and full service surf travel agency that is here to help you plan your next surfing vacation.  Surf Trips is owned and operated by surf travelers for surf travelers.  Let us know where you want to go and we will provide you with the best surf travel information available online.

Which Locations Does Surf Trips Provide Travel Services?

At Surf Trips, we provide surf travel assistance and services to every major surfing destination, including, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil, Morocco, South Africa, Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico and many more surfing destinations around the globe.  If you want to go surfing on your next vacation than you need to talk to a surf travel agent at Surf Trips, because we choose the surfing locations and travel providers we use based on our experience.

Where Should I Go On My Next Surf Trip?

That depends on you, your budget, your surfing ability and how long you have to travel.  Some surfing locations are better suited for different people based on their individual needs and desires.  Let us know what you want to do on your  surf trip and we will give you the best advice you can get to help plan your next surfing vacation.

How Much Does a Surf Trip Cost?

Costs depend upon the services provided and prices range from $30.00 per day all the way up to $500.00 per day.  We have surf trips and vacation packages to fit everyone s budget.  Make sure to tell us what your budget is so that we can customize a surfing vacation package that works for you.

Why Should I Book My Surfing Vacation Through Surf Trips?

Surf Trips has been the leader in the surf travel industry, with over 10 years of experience providing surfers with travel services.  We ve been there and done that and we want to share our experience with you.  Let us help you plan your next surf vacation.

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09/08/2017

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07/08/2017

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04/08/2017

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Europe’s 12 best train trips: you’ve got to try at least

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Mark Smith’s Man in Seat 61 website (seat61.com ) is crammed with trip-planning advice. His roster of recommended routes starts in the U.K.

“I suggest London to Fort William by Caledonian Sleeper. travelling direct from the Big Smoke to the wonderful West Highlands of Scotland. With your own cozy bedroom, you’ll be breakfasting in the lounge car as deer bound away from the train the next morning,” he says.

Then there’s the continent. “Some say the Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano is the best train ride though the Swiss Alps; others say the famous Glacier Express pips it at the post. You’ll just have to do both,” he suggests, adding that Venice to Munich via the Brenner Pass. Zurich to Milan via the Gotthard Pass and Paris to Nice. with its rocky coastline finale, are also major routes with scenic swathes.

But don’t forget Eastern Europe. “Take the train from Belgrade to Bar or Podgorica in Montenegro. There’s breathtaking mountain scenery, including a precarious crossing of the world’s highest railway viaduct. It’s a daylong ride costing just €20 – buy your tickets at the station.”

Rail-specializing travel journalist Jools Stone (railwaystays.com ) also favours Scotland, recommending the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig for “spectacular glens, lochs and all that gorgeously desolate boggy Highlands landscape.” Hopping to the continent, he suggests Norway’s fjord-studded Flam Railway and Switzerland’s Jungfrau Railway. which scales the Eiger to Europe’s highest train station.

Looking for some vintage railway decadence? “The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is the ultimate luxe train. Food and service is unsurpassed but it’s the stunning interiors – the Poirot factor – that swings it,” says Stone, adding that Austria’s lesser-known Majestic Imperator train is an equally lavish but lower-cost alternative.

Once you’ve found your dream route, it’s time for ticketing. Smith offers some choice advice for keeping budgets on track.

“Don’t assume you need a rail pass. I often see Canadians taking €29 train journeys with $800 rail passes. Europe’s long-distance trains often operate like budget airlines, with cheap fares for prebooking on a no-refunds, no-changes basis,” he says, adding that buying tickets three months ahead is the way to go.

But where to book?

“There isn’t a single website selling all routes and services at the cheapest prices. The golden rule is to book online at the websites of relevant operators. If a service is run jointly by neighbouring countries – as many are – go to the website of the national rail operator for the country where your journey starts: You’ll pay cheap advance-purchase fares, usually without booking fees. Most offer print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets.”

For many North Americans, Smith adds, the ease of European long-distance train travel can be surprising. “There’s no check in – apart from on Eurostar. You just walk off the streets and onto the train. If you’re on board at departure time, you go with it – if not, you get left behind.”

And while luggage allowances are generally less draconian than flying, Stone adds it makes sense to prepare. “Space will be limited in all but the most lavish cars. Have one luggage rack-friendly case for day-to-day essentials: change of clothes, a good book, a trusty corkscrew and your camera are all you really need.”

It’s this kind of relaxed approach – the foundation of great train journeys – that should also apply during planning. “Be realistic about how much ground you’ll cover,” Stone says. “Resist the temptation to hit every capital. And remember that high-speed doesn’t always mean better – slower journeys are often the most scenic.”

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04/08/2017

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The JSOM Study Abroad Office enriches students educational experience by leading, facilitating, and organizing programs that give direct exposure to business in global context. Students are presented with opportunities to enhance their global awareness by visiting various international countries, international businesses and government entities through work and study abroad opportunities.

JSOM has conducted more than 35 faculty led international study trips in 16 countries for the past 15 years. These trips help students develop awareness and realize the importance and benefits of a global perspective by participating in cultural activities, seminars delivered by international corporations and visiting universities. JSOM is committed to providing leadership, collaborating with international organizations, exchanging ideas and establishing a network for mutual learning.

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The JSOM Study Abroad Office is committed to promoting and facilitating study abroad programs to all JSOM students. The office is responsible for informing students about the upcoming scheduled study abroad trips, international exchange and study abroad programs, including but not limited to internship and customized programs.

The appropriate staff and faculty members will also communicate with students about important deadlines related to study abroad programs and application for scholarship. While the basic objective of the program is to help students being exposed to international cultures and understanding of various international business environments, students will also be able to enrich their international language skills and professional careers by visiting various renowned universities, international institutions, business corporations and governments agencies.

Please visit the UT Dallas Education Abroad for more information.

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Application (two parts):

What are the different ways students can study abroad?

  • Exchange
  • International Internship
  • JGE (Jindal Global Experience) Course
  • Third Party Programs
  • Special UTD Programs: PPA Program in Marburg, DMHP trip to Prague and Budapest

Do Global Business students have to study abroad?

I’m not a Global Business student. Can I still study abroad?

Yes – they need to either have one semester-long exchange program, one international internship, or two JGE courses.

Can students complete their study abroad and their internship requirement at the same time?

Yes! International internships are encouraged!

What semester is the best to study abroad?

  • The ideal time to study abroad is Sophomore/Junior year. NO student (Undergraduate or Graduate) can participate in an exchange program or Third Party Program during their last two semesters at UTD.
  • Students can participate in JGE Courses and International Internships during their last two semesters, but it is not recommended.

What are the GPA requirements?

  • Exchange All students must have 3.0 minimum GPA.
  • International Internship, Third Party Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • JGE Courses Undergraduate students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. There is not a minimum GPA requirement for graduate students.

What other requirements are there?

  • JGE Courses – There are no minimum UTD credit hours to participate in a JGE Course.
  • Exchange, Third Party, International Internship:
    • Undergrad students must have a minimum 30 UTD credit hours
    • Graduate students must have a minimum 9 UTD credit hours
    • Freshman/Sophomore transfer students must have a minimum 30 UTD credit hours
    • Junior/Senior transfer students must have a minimum 15 UTD credit hours

I’ve applied online. Now what?

I’m a fast-track student. Are there any requirements I should know about?

Just like any other student, fast-track students cannot study abroad their last two semesters of their undergraduate careers. If students are going to fast track, they should consider doing an international internship or JGE Course.

I’m about to graduate! If a student only has 2 (or less) semesters left, but they need to complete a study abroad requirement, what should they do?

  • In this case, the student should consider doing two separate JGE courses.
  • If they have time, they could also consider doing an international internship.

Are there any specific UTD scholarships available?

  • Yes! JSOM students have two ways to apply for study abroad scholarships at UTD: The International Education Fund Scholarship (IEFS) and the JSOM Travel Scholarship. However, in order to be eligible for the JSOM Travel Scholarship, the student must first have applied for the IEFS.
    • JSOM Travel Scholarship – $200 a week for Exchange/Third Party/International Internships; $500 for a JGE

What other scholarships are available?

  • McDermott Terry Scholarships fully fund international internships.
  • National Merit Scholars get $6,000 grant for international travel.
  • Students receiving a Pell Grant are eligible for $5000 Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship.
  • The Davidson Management Honors Program has funding available for their students.

Will my scholarships such as the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) still apply even if I’m spending a semester abroad for an exchange program?

  • As long as the student still meeting the GPA requirements and enrolled in the required amount of hours, his/her scholarships such as AES will still apply.

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All-Inclusive Vacations and Resorts, Trips and Hotels #cheap #airline

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An all-inclusive vacation can be the answer to the modern traveler’s desire to relax without the worry of running up a bill, tipping for every little thing, or being gauged at. See More

An all-inclusive vacation can be the answer to the modern traveler’s desire to relax without the worry of running up a bill, tipping for every little thing, or being gauged at checkout. At all-inclusive resorts—where guests pay a single flat rate that usually includes accommodations, meals, and activities—there are no surprises when it comes to the bill. In today’s harried world, these kinds of trips are becoming more and more popular for a reason.

These types of vacation packages are especially popular with couples wanting an easy escape and with families. Imagine taking the kids to a sprawling beachside resort, where they can have the run of the place and you don’t have to worry about, say, a sky-high tab for virgin piñ a coladas at the poolside café? At these types of properties everything is included, from multi-course sit-down dinners to the use of snorkel gear.

While many all-inclusive resorts and hotels line the shores in popular beach destinations, there are all kinds of all-inclusive vacations—dude ranches, mountain lodges, remote resorts, escorted tours, etc.

No matter where in the world you are, it’s hard to argue with the no-fuss mantra of an all-inclusive vacation. Show Less





01/08/2017

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Our #1 Bestseller in Hawaii! Called ‘The Gathering Place’, Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island where you’ll find a beach for all tastes and interests. Learn to ride the waves in Waikiki – where surfing was born – or enjoy the giant waves in the more remote surf beaches of North Shore. Then fly to Maui . voted the ‘Best Island’ by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for 19 years. A beautiful and magical place with miles of perfect beaches. lush green valleys, and volcanic landscapes. Book your dream vacation now, and experience independent travel to Hawaii at its finest.

This is a flexible vacation package to Hawaii with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay. Pick your own flights, hotels and activities. Add, remove or reorder cities.

Plus a wide range of optional activities to add and book with instant confirmation like Pearl Harbour Excursion, Dinner Cruise, Luau Shows, and hiking Diamond Head Crater in Oahu; Snorkeling Adventure and Heleaka tour in Maui.

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  • 24/07/2017

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    The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips: Money Smart Life

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    The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips

    August 3, 2011

    Rental car deals are in high demand with many travelers expecting higher air fare costs this summer. Some of those travelers will forge on, willing to pay the higher price to get to their dream destination. But with many Americans still unemployed or just recently having found new employment the high price of flying may cause them to consider vacations closer to home and send them in search of rental car discounts.

    Taking a regional road trip in a rental car doesn t have to break the bank, especially when compared with flying across the country. Instead of increasing your maintenance costs or worrying if your car can survive a road trip, you borrow the rental agency s car for a known cost and call it a day. If the car has maintenance problems that weren t caused by an accident, it s not your problem. They ll swap you out into a new car and get you going.

    Tips for Saving on Rental Cars

    Renting a car can also get pretty expensive, but not if you know how to look for the best deals. Use the following tips to maximize your savings on rental cars. I worked in the rental industry for about a year and this is how I would go about getting the best deal.

    Finding the Best Deal

    There is no one best way to find the best deal on rental cars, but knowledge is power. Things you need to know:

    What s the business model? Rental car agencies go after different types of business. Some focus on repair work while your car is in the shop. Others focus on business travelers and only have airport locations. Knowing the company s business model will help you determine their down times. You can get a better deal during slow periods when they have a lot of extra cars on hand.

    • For example, Enterprise has thousands of locations across the country. They focus on being in your neighborhood and deal with a lot of insurance and car repair rentals. That means their cars are in high demand Monday through Friday. On Friday the body shops finish up, and the agency has extra inventory over the weekend. You can get amazing deals on the weekend. More on this in a moment.

    What s in demand? During the summer months the most in demand vehicles are SUVs and minivans. This is especially true around holidays like Memorial Day or the 4th of July. You ll need to book well in advance or risk missing out.

    Know the car sizes. Check out the company s website and be familiar with their car classes. Booking a smaller vehicle will save you money, but don t be surprised if it is really small.

    Check Online Specials First

    The internet is one of the best places to find widely advertised deals on rental cars. Check all of the popular agency s websites first. You know these deals are legitimate because it is coming straight from the source. Follow that up with a check of large travel aggregation websites like Kayak. They ll be able to spot some of the secret or less advertised deals that you can t find without a lot of extra work.

    For example, say Enterprise has their $9.99 weekend special going. You can pay as little as $10 per day for three days, and get 300 total miles to use on your rental for a compact size car. That s a 60% discount off the regular rental price of $24.99 in my area. A full size car can be had for $19.99 per day that s 43% off the regular price of $34.99.

    Budget has a similar deal. They offer $5 off for every weekend day you have a rental. A 3 day rental (Friday to Monday) would have $15 knocked off the final price. How can they afford to do this? Again, they have a lot of inventory on the weekends. Having vehicles on the road for as little as $30 in revenue is better than having the cars sit on the lot for $0 in revenue.

    One way to make the deal even sweeter is to use a rental car credit card that offers rewards or discounts when you reserve your car online. Just be aware that not all deals can be combined so you might not be able to use the credit card discount along with an advertised special.

    Pick Up the Phone

    Pick up the phone and call your local branch. Have their website pulled up and know what discounts they are currently offering. Let them know of your plans, and have them walk you through the best deal they can offer. When they re done telling you the price, tell them that s not low enough or ask if there is anything they can do to get you to reserve the car today. They may be able to find a discount to put on your rental to drop the price down a bit. Talking to a live human being that works at your local branch gives you an advantage over computer systems.

    Book with Travel Partners

    You can also try booking with travel partners. If you re booking a hotel room you may be able to get a package deal with one of their preferred car rental agencies.

    Negotiate at the Counter

    You have negotiating leverage. Unlike hotel reservations, many rental agencies do not charge you for not showing up for your reservation. Once you are there they want to make sure you leave happy. You can book a lower class vehicle and try to negotiate your way into a larger vehicle at a discounted price.

    In fact, the representative behind the counter may try to do convince you first. Many companies will run up-sell competitions and rewards their reps for selling you from a smaller vehicle class into something bigger, even if it isn t at full price. They re getting more revenue for having your reservation out on the road. You can also try asking for discounts based on:

    • The rate your insurance company gets (which is much, much cheaper than retail). You likely won t get the full discount, but they may knock the price off a bit.
    • Memberships you have (AAA, AARP, etc.)
    • Your company s corporate discount

    Granted, this only works when the company has a lot of excess inventory sitting on the car lot. You won t find much negotiating room if you re renting their next to last car. If they don t rent to you they ll find another customer to put into that car.

    Consider Gas Mileage

    With gas nearing or over $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, be sure to check on gas mileage first. Taking 4 friends on a road trip to the beach? Riding in style in a massive SUV may seem great, but you ll be guzzling gas the whole way (along with paying higher rental costs in the first place). Those 4 people would easily fit into a standard or full size car, saving you money on gas and rental charges.

    Document the Car s Condition

    Make sure you document the car s condition very well. Renting cars happens very fast. There is important paperwork you sign, including an agreed upon condition of the car. If you don t mark any of the current damage (knicks, dings, dents) on the contract you may be held liable for them when you return the vehicle. Read the fine print on the rental car insurance and make sure you understand what s covered and what s not. In this technology covered age I would recommend taking photos or a video of the walk around on the car on your smartphone or camera. It will help defuse any situations that pop up when you return the car.

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    14/07/2017

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    Los Angeles Fun Facts!

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    The City of Angels is one of the most famous in North America, well known for its weather and for being the centre of the film industry.

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    The Coolest Cemeteries in the World

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    Cemeteries play an important role in our culture and can offer amazing insight into our pasts. Check out some of the world’s coolest cemeteries!

    Paris Fun Facts!

    For hundreds of years, Paris has been a centre of fashion, art, and deep thinking. Read on Kidzworld to learn some fun facts about this wonderful c.

    Children’s Museums Around the World

    There are some amazing children’s museums all around the world. Whether you want to learn about science, art, or history, there’s something for eve.

    A World of Time Zones

    How can it be today here, and tomorrow there? The world is divided into standardized time zones. Read on to find out more on Kidzworld!

    Take a Staycation!

    Not going anywhere special this summer? Good news! You can make your staycation fabulous by following these tips!

    A World of Street Food

    Sure, you’ve tried a hot dog from a street vendor, but have you ever searched the city of Hong Kong for the perfect curried fish ball? Read on to f.

    Extraordinary Travel Destinations in the United States

    Understanding Islam

    Kidzworld is celebrating the month of Ramadan by taking a look at Islam — the second-largest religion in the world, after Christianity. Check it out!

    History of the Eiffel Tower

    You may know the Eiffel Tower as one of the most famous manmade monuments in the world, and you’d be absolutely right! Read on to learn about the h.

    Road Trip Checklist

    Road trips are a fun and exciting way to travel – you feel free as a bird, follow your own schedules, and stop at sights and restaurants whenever y.

    Must-See Sights in London

    One of the world’s most famous cities, London, England truly does have something for everyone. From the glam West End theaters to Buckingham Palace.

    Handy Traveling Phrases

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    Monuments in Europe

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    07/07/2017

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    Top Trips For Singles

    Tammy Weiler is no stranger to solo vacations. She took a number of them in her 20s and 30s, visiting museums in Paris, temples in Thailand, beaches in Brazil and historic sights throughout Spain.

    And she never had a problem entertaining herself on the road–until mealtime.

    “I was OK during the day,” says Weiler, a single 45-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla.,”but it was really hard during dinner because it was intimidating dining alone at nice restaurants.”

    Motivated by her experience, in 1993 Weiler started Singles Travel International, a company which offers upscale trips for those flying solo. It plans 30 yearly tours to spots such as Paris, the Caribbean and Africa. Each enrolls between 15 to 30 people and offers clients structured days with free time built in.

    On a trip to Italy this month, for example, clients will be able to tour St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in the morning and have the afternoon free to roam Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori and sample gelato at San Crispino. And solo meals need never be feared. That’s because dinners on these trips are group affairs. Those selecting the company’s annual African safari gather under an outdoor pavilion overlooking the bush in Kenya and enjoy hearty African meat stews and game such as ostrich or buffalo.





    05/07/2017

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    Top 10 European Train Trips – Travel – National Geographic #best

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    European Train Trips

    From the July/August 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler

    Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the Economist. But rail travel in the United Kingdom and on the Continent is also about experience: gaping out the window at Alpine glaciers, savoring gourmet cuisine in a restored last-century dining car. Accordingly, our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!

    Route: Montreux to Broc, Switzerland

    Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes, roundtrip

    This charming train running in summer and fall climbs from Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyères, population 1,600, home to the cheese of the same name. Tour the cheese factory and the local castle, have lunch, then reboard the train and continue on to Broc. There you’ll bus to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, tucked between Lake Gruyères and mountain peaks, for free samples, before making the return trip.

    Route: Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy

    Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

    This narrow-gauge, vertigo-inducing train takes on seven-percent inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges—reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. The word “express” refers to the availability of short-notice seat reservations, rather than the train’s velocity as it courses through the Alps south from Switzerland’s oldest town to a charming Italian town of just under 10,000 people. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Route: Paris to Madrid

    Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes

    Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the rails, and wake the next day as you arrive in Madrid, rested and ready to tour the third-most-populous city in the European Union. Grand class includes a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower.

    Route: Inverness, Scotland, to Gwynedd, Wales

    Duration: 15 days

    Discover the United Kingdom’s historic fortresses on this itinerary combining a two-week BritRail pass with the Great British Heritage pass. You’ll get entry to 580 attractions, as you hop off for local touring. Start in Inverness, Scotland, near Loch Ness, to tour Urquhart Castle. Continue south to Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace triumphed over the English in 1297, and on to Edinburgh Castle. English sights include Dover Castle, with its wartime tunnels. In Gwynedd, Wales, tour Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site where the investiture of Prince Charles was held.

    Duration: 19 days

    This fabled route, an icon of Russian culture, crosses eight time zones to connect the Russian capital with a port on the Pacific Ocean. On board, poor mingle with rich, young with old, foreigners with locals. Social barriers disappear as passengers share a unique rail experience—and shots of $3-a-liter vodka. You can book a private car via a tour operator for added comfort; schedule any number of side excursions from trekking and scuba diving to city tours.

    Route: Flam to Myrdal, Norway

    Duration: 1 hour

    A must-do on any tour of fjord country, the Flam Railway, rising from a village on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, mounts a steeper climb than any other non-cog, normal-gauge railroad in the world. In just 12 miles, the train climbs over 2,838 feet to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in under an hour. See the Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet, and the Kjosfossen waterfall, plunging 305 feet, where the train makes a photo stop during the summer.

    Route: Munich to Nuremberg, Germany

    Duration: 1 hour

    Want to go fast? This high-speed wonder zooms you between two historic Bavarian cities at speeds up to 199 miles an hour. “It’s amazing to watch the landscape change so quickly,” says Gillian Seely, a Boston resident who traveled widely by rail while living in Europe for 22 years. “The train is completely quiet inside,” she says. “Vibrations are barely enough to cause ripples in your strong German coffee.” In December, visit various German cities via the ICE rail network to take in traditional Christmas markets selling seasonal foods, handmade gifts, and gluhwein, a mulled spiced wine.

    Route: London to Venice

    Duration: Two days, one night

    Step aboard the VSOE, as the train is known, and the calendar turns back to the 1920s and ’30s, the golden age of rail on the Continent. The operator spent $16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication; passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner: at a minimum, suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women; black tie and gowns encouraged. Awake to the sight of the snowcapped Alps and learn the story behind each of the restored carriages.

    Route: Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro

    Duration: 10 hours, this leg

    Explore the heart of the former Yugoslavia via a Balkan Flexipass (which offers unlimited travel for five, ten, or 15 days through Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey). Start in Belgrade, with its glitzy all-night club scene, hop off at any of various stops to shop or overnight, then board a later train to continue on to sleepy Bar, an ancient town influenced by various conquering cultures on the sun-swathed Adriatic. “Relax, and budget extra time for the inevitable delays,” says Chris Deliso, a travel writer who lives in Macedonia. “The trains are run-down, and the local characters you meet are salt-of-the-earth types.”

    At the top of the food chain among European trains is the Danube Express, a private train with classical elegance, modern conveniences, and fine dining. On this route, which begins in Budapest after your flight from London, you penetrate the heart of Transylvania and enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town that was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Eventually you approach Istanbul along the Bosporus, where the Topkapi Palace marks the skyline.





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    Texas Trips, Texas Day Trips, Road Trips, Weekend Getaways, Hotels, and

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    World Heritage Sites in Texas:

    If you’re a fan of dog-trot houses–and know what they are–here is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. The SFA Gardens of Stephen F. Austin State University will host a tour of two historic Shelby County dog-trot homes.

  • In Plain Sight by Ken Yvonne Rudine 5-1-10
  • Mariscal Mine Photos courtesy Erik Whetstone

    “Deep inside” Big Bend National Park on Mariscal Mountain. A National Register Historic District.
    Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 59 in Polk County are often startled to see what appears to be flames pouring from the windows of old sawmill house.

  • The Chisholm Trail Rides Again by Clay Coppedge
    Anyone wanting to follow the Old Chisholm Trail through Bell County would find part of the quest relatively easy, at least as easy as driving on IH-35. The old trail roughly paralleled the Interstate from Salado to Belton. After that following the old trail might get a little trickier, though anyone who spends much time here passes or crosses it many more times than they could ever know.
  • The Runestone by Bob Bowman
    East Texans willing to take the time to drive about 100 miles into eastern Oklahoma will be rewarded with a centuries-old mystery.
  • Holiday Trail of Lights vby Bob Bowman

    Includes Kilgore, Marshall and Jefferson in East Texas

    and Natchitoches and Shreveport in Louisiana





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  • Ski Packages, Snow Ski Vacation Trips & Deals, 2015 #cheap #hotel

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    A Day In The Life Of Ski School

    Compare The Latest Ski Packages.

    Deals On Ski Trip Vacation Packages.

    Compare hundreds and hundreds of the latest ski packages from the best ski vacation travel companies, right here, all in one place.

    We’ve also picked out what we think are the best ski vacation packages of the bunch. To be in this select list of “Bob’s Best”, the package needs a published price. The per person nightly rate should be around $100, and there needs to be more than one component to the package. Usually they will include lodging and lift tickets. Maybe airport transfers. Maybe meals or coupons. High end luxury or low end lodging will not make the list. Check out the list here and let us know what you think.

    By mid September we start getting lots of holiday deals for Christmas and New Years’. These go very fast. The closer you get to the holidays the less availability there is and the more these deals cost.

    Then by late November and early December we start getting Presidents’ Day and Spring Break ski package deals. In May we start getting South American ski and stay deals for resorts in Argentina and Chile.

    Some “ski and stay packages” are all-inclusive, and include lodging, lift tickets, airfare, car rentals or airport transfers. Other deals have great discounts on just one element of a ski or snowboard vacation like “ski-in/ski-out”. condominium, hotel or lodging accommodations.

    Ski Resort Lodging Maps.

    Ski Resort Lodging Maps.

    Find out where your lodging is located before you book your ski vacation. Before you get to the ski resort.

    Is the lodging really ski-in/ski-out? Or is it a 3 blister ski-boot walk to the lift? Is the view from the TheBestSkiLodgeEver of a parking lot or the mountain? How far is that Hotel from the lifts?

    Access lodging photos, priceing info, floor plans, virtual tours and availability from these maps.





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    Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe #travel #republi

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    Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe

    Forget flying around Europe. At 30,000 feet it s impossible to truly experience the continent s remarkable landscapes. Rather than being shuttled around in a plane that only allows a birds-eye view, train trips immerse travelers in the terrain. There s a reason why trains are often thought of as the most romantic mode of transportation: riding the rails makes you feel more connected and in tune than air travel ever could. Instead of feeling like a chore, as flying often does, train travel can be an experience in itself. In fact, there are plenty of scenic train rides in Europe that are worth the trip just for the view. The following are top rated train trips, and from the rolling hills of England to the craggy Alps of Switzerland, each one offers travelers something different.

    6. United Kingdom

    The rolling, green hills and moors that are often associated with Yorkshire make this one of the most scenic train trips in Europe. When entering the northern parts of England. travelers will catch glimpses of the rugged coastline along the North Sea. During the 4 1/2-hour train ride, English speakers will notice a distinct difference in passenger accents as the train gets closer to Scotland. Although the common language is English, it can be hard to decipher as the Scottish brogue gets thicker and thicker.

    5. Holland

    Amsterdam to Groningen (best in April)





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    J – MB Travel – Coach Holidays, Coach Trips, Northamptonshire #columbus

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    J MB Travel Coach Holidays from Northamptonshire

    Thank you for visiting our website!

    Let us introduce ourselves: We are Jackie Mike Burton and we are the owners of J M B Travel. We have been organising coach holidays from Corby, Kettering other parts of Northamptonshire since 1992 although, as both sets of parents owned coach companies, we have had even more years working in the coach industry. Being based in Corby, we know the area well and can use our local knowledge to give you the service you deserve.

    Our ethos is the same now as it was in 1992: good service at a fair price and this has helped us build a large and loyal customer base.

    You can view our current list of holidays by visiting our Coach Holidays page and your nearest departure point is listed on our Departure page. Full details of all the holidays are available now to download or we can send you a printed copy.

    All of the holidays that we organise include a full English breakfast and 3 course evening meals with coffee and tea. Selected holidays also include lunches as well, so you really have nothing to worry about.

    We also have vehicles available for hire and further details can be found on our minibus hire page.

    Please contact us via the contact page or calling us FREE on 0500 321 700 .

    We look forward to hearing from you,

    Jackie Mike Burton

    British Coach Trips Corby Kettering

    Our coach trips all depart from Corby Kettering and pick up throughout Northamptonshire. They give you the opportunity to stay in the Great British holiday resorts, or enjoy beautiful scenic holidays in Wales and Scotland. To save you the worry of organising the entire holiday, we deal with all the hotels and do the driving, leaving you free to get excited about your coach trip!

    Our booking process is very simple. All you have to do is choose the trip, call us on 0500 321 700 to reserve your seats and then we will do the rest. We look forward to hearing from you





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    Educational Technology #engaging #activities,high #school #(grades: #9-12),language #arts,middle #school #(grades: #6-8),professional


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    CATEGORY: Educational Technology

    Posted May 2, 2017

    Sure, adolescents spend too much time “glued to their screens,” but why not turn that to your advantage — and theirs? Students love of technology can be a powerful force in language arts classrooms thanks to the possibilities of digital storytelling. Students’ beloved smartphones can be essential tools for sharing their unique thoughts and experiences

    Posted November 14, 2016

    Long gone are the days when high school seniors filled out individual applications online to each of their choice schools — and further gone are handwritten applications mailed out individually with enough time before the deadlines. For the past several years, prospective college students have been able to apply to their choice schools in a

    Posted October 31, 2016

    While PowerPoint remains an industry standard for creating effective and engaging presentations, several new and innovative options enable students and teachers alike to create presentations for in-person and virtual audiences. Presentation options used to be much more limited. Either we needed certain software or a specific computer type, or the cost was prohibitive. That’s all

    Posted September 13, 2016

    Today’s education models tend to focus on a child’s achievement deficits — if students aren’t reading at grade level, for instance, then teachers try to get them caught up. Mindprint Learning flips this model, using cognitive tests to identify children’s strengths and engage them in ways that compensate for their weaknesses. The goal: Let kids

    Posted April 6, 2016

    Stackup is a Chrome browser extension that measures students’ time learning on the Internet. “Teachers use Stackup to make free reading fun and accountable,“ said Nick Garvin, the company’s CEO. Browser extension measures the time students spend learning online by subject or website Students can use the browser extension to research subjects that interest them,

    Posted August 27, 2015

    Early childhood arts-based learning is suffering at many schools. Despite recognizing the benefits of art instruction, teachers have less time for creativity and fun during class time. School budgets for visiting artists are tight as well. Cutbacks appear to be nationwide and beyond. Canadian schools, for instance, are dealing with the same budgetary realities,” said

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math

    Posted September 2, 2014

    For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Now is a great time to be a social studies or government teacher, thanks in part to a multitude of technology resources that can help educators engage students, promote classroom deliberation and develop rich K-12 lesson plans. An excellent example of those resources is the website C-SPAN Classroom, which provides high-quality, up-to-date teaching materials for

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Studying historical facts and figures has been a mainstay in elementary and secondary schools for generations. That’s especially true in government and civics classes, where students learn about the U.S. presidents and their places in history. But memorizing this information can be a monotonous task for some students. Fortunately, technology can help make that job

    Posted August 11, 2014

    One of the best ways to engage students in learning is to include multimedia in lesson plans. Audio, video and interactivity in lessons tend to keep students interested and help them retain the material better. That’s the idea behind the popular BrainPOP collection of educational websites, programs and animated movies. Since 1999, BrainPOP curriculum-based content

    Posted August 6, 2014

    For generations of K-12 students, a paper notebook or three-ring binder was a necessity for classroom organization. But thanks to technology, today’s students can cast aside paper organizers in favor of mobile apps that take classroom organization to a whole new level. Mobile organization apps let students combine lecture notes, study materials and classroom resources

    Posted March 21, 2014

    When Rod Powell’s school went one-to-one, giving a computer to every student, he was thrilled with the opportunity for professional development offered by the North Carolina school district where he teaches history. But he knew he wanted to learn about more than the machine. Powell wanted to know how to bring technology into his students’

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Melissa Techman is a librarian who knows her tech. And she’s willing to share. The Broadus Wood Elementary School’s librarian expands her reach beyond her home district in Virginia. She is on Twitter, Diigo, Symbaloo and Pinterest as mtechman, sharing tech tips and tools for educators. Techman first used technology in her library when she

    Posted December 19, 2013

    With the days of dusty card catalogs long gone, school librarians are taking a leading role in bringing technology into K-12 education. Promoting the importance of technology in education is just one of librarians’ many roles in schools. By serving as role models for technology use and demonstrating how technological resources serve students’ learning aims,

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Some exciting education technology trends appear poised to influence the classroom in new ways. They could give teachers access to a broader range of education options while helping students better prepare for the world they will face. Mobile apps Veteran teachers, new teachers and those training to become teachers are probably all familiar with mobile apps .

    Posted November 1, 2013

    With the costs of education skyrocketing, students can t pass up a chance for a free online textbook. Whatever the subject matter, these textbooks allow teachers to pass the cost savings on to their students and parents. Textbooks can be found for elementary students just beginning their education as well as for college students in specialized

    Posted July 29, 2013

    If you really want to integrate technology into the classroom, asking which apps are best for math or science is the wrong question. “There’s tons of great math apps if you are trying to skill and drill , but there’s more to technology than that,” said Jon Samuelson, best known as iPadSammy from his blog of

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Education is continuously changing, and so are the techniques. The visual literacy classroom is becoming a priority to keep up with digital technology trends in learning. The capacity, comprehension and communication of current students differ considerably from the student of 10 and even five years ago. The classroom environment must adapt to the students learning

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Education technology is at the forefront of discussions about how education will look in the future. Gaming technology and digital badges may play a significant part of that process. While there seems to be a growing reluctance to keep score in youth sports, a new way of tracking wins and losses may just be what’s

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    Australia Student Travel Trips #travel #network

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    Australia Expedition

    With roughly the population of metropolitan New York City and the landmass of the continental United States, Australia is the most sparsely populated continent on the planet after Antarctica. Its isolation for millennia allowed unique ecosystems and cultures to thrive. Explore rain forests, deserts, and the world’s largest coral reef, observing and documenting fascinating wildlife along the way. Meet members of the Aboriginal community— the world’s oldest living culture—which settled here more than 50,000 years ago. Experience Australia through the lens of your On Assignment project: Photography or Wildlife Biodiversity.

    + CLICK TO MAP TO ENLARGE

    Sydney

    The expedition begins with an orientation in the vibrant coastal city of Sydney. Break into teams to begin working on your On Assignment project. Browse a photo exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales, explore the lively Rocks district, and take in spectacular views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Attend a game of rugby or Australian rules football, or go surfing at Manly Beach. Meet your first koalas and kangaroos at the famous Taronga Zoo, or visit the Sydney Aquarium to get acquainted with the marine life you will encounter on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Uluru and the Outback

    Days 6-10

    Fly from Sydney to Alice Springs and begin your journey through the Outback towards the largest monolith on Earth, Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). Steeped in mythology, this colossal piece of sandstone rises abruptly from the desert plain. Trek between the giant rounded domes of the adjacent Kata Tjuta on the lookout for bright green ring-necked parrots. Visit an Aboriginal community at Wallace Rockhole for a guided tour through ancestral lands, and learn about the traditional craft of dot painting before trying your hand at the art form. Plunge into the cool and refreshing waters of the Ellery Big Hole, examine ancient rock art and medicinal plants, and listen to Dreamtime stories told by our Aboriginal guides. Through the lens of your camera, use the barren landscape to practice working with depth of field, and spotting dingoes, red kangaroos, and majestic wedge- tailed eagles that inhabit this otherwise still scene. Set up camp in the bush, help collect firewood and prepare dinner, and sleep under the stars. Spot the Southern Cross and Scorpio, and learn a whole new set of Southern Hemisphere constellations.

    Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef

    Days 11-20

    I loved visiting such a wide variety of environments—from the outback to Sydney to the reef to the rain forest— and had such unique experiences in each one.

    Heather M. Australia, 2015

    Fly to the northern Queensland city of Cairns, and transfer to Port Douglas, our hub for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Set out on a private boat for a two-day snorkeling adventure with marine biologists. Anchor at the outer reef and snorkel along brilliant fields of coral. Spot sea turtles, giant parrotfish, harmless reef sharks, and maybe even a migrating humpback whale. Gain insights about the reef from the marine biologists on board, and learn about the threats to this unique ecosystem and the efforts being made to protect it.

    Back on land, head north into the 125 million-year-old Daintree Rainforest. Hike through the lush vegetation to see cassowaries, crocodiles, tree kangaroos, and other endemic wildlife. Spend the night in a jungle lodge and encounter the native species of the surrounding rain forest, wetlands, and reef.

    Wind down on the coastal side of the park on the white-sand beaches of Cape Tribulation. Explore a mangrove habitat where the jungle meets the ocean and kayak along the reef. Trek out to the farthest point of the cape in search of whales and other marine life passing by. Return to Cairns for the final night and present your On Assignment project to the rest of the group. Celebrate your adventure with your fellow participants before flying home.





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    The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips: Money Smart Life

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    The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips

    August 3, 2011

    Rental car deals are in high demand with many travelers expecting higher air fare costs this summer. Some of those travelers will forge on, willing to pay the higher price to get to their dream destination. But with many Americans still unemployed or just recently having found new employment the high price of flying may cause them to consider vacations closer to home and send them in search of rental car discounts.

    Taking a regional road trip in a rental car doesn t have to break the bank, especially when compared with flying across the country. Instead of increasing your maintenance costs or worrying if your car can survive a road trip, you borrow the rental agency s car for a known cost and call it a day. If the car has maintenance problems that weren t caused by an accident, it s not your problem. They ll swap you out into a new car and get you going.

    Tips for Saving on Rental Cars

    Renting a car can also get pretty expensive, but not if you know how to look for the best deals. Use the following tips to maximize your savings on rental cars. I worked in the rental industry for about a year and this is how I would go about getting the best deal.

    Finding the Best Deal

    There is no one best way to find the best deal on rental cars, but knowledge is power. Things you need to know:

    What s the business model? Rental car agencies go after different types of business. Some focus on repair work while your car is in the shop. Others focus on business travelers and only have airport locations. Knowing the company s business model will help you determine their down times. You can get a better deal during slow periods when they have a lot of extra cars on hand.

    • For example, Enterprise has thousands of locations across the country. They focus on being in your neighborhood and deal with a lot of insurance and car repair rentals. That means their cars are in high demand Monday through Friday. On Friday the body shops finish up, and the agency has extra inventory over the weekend. You can get amazing deals on the weekend. More on this in a moment.

    What s in demand? During the summer months the most in demand vehicles are SUVs and minivans. This is especially true around holidays like Memorial Day or the 4th of July. You ll need to book well in advance or risk missing out.

    Know the car sizes. Check out the company s website and be familiar with their car classes. Booking a smaller vehicle will save you money, but don t be surprised if it is really small.

    Check Online Specials First

    The internet is one of the best places to find widely advertised deals on rental cars. Check all of the popular agency s websites first. You know these deals are legitimate because it is coming straight from the source. Follow that up with a check of large travel aggregation websites like Kayak. They ll be able to spot some of the secret or less advertised deals that you can t find without a lot of extra work.

    For example, say Enterprise has their $9.99 weekend special going. You can pay as little as $10 per day for three days, and get 300 total miles to use on your rental for a compact size car. That s a 60% discount off the regular rental price of $24.99 in my area. A full size car can be had for $19.99 per day that s 43% off the regular price of $34.99.

    Budget has a similar deal. They offer $5 off for every weekend day you have a rental. A 3 day rental (Friday to Monday) would have $15 knocked off the final price. How can they afford to do this? Again, they have a lot of inventory on the weekends. Having vehicles on the road for as little as $30 in revenue is better than having the cars sit on the lot for $0 in revenue.

    One way to make the deal even sweeter is to use a rental car credit card that offers rewards or discounts when you reserve your car online. Just be aware that not all deals can be combined so you might not be able to use the credit card discount along with an advertised special.

    Pick Up the Phone

    Pick up the phone and call your local branch. Have their website pulled up and know what discounts they are currently offering. Let them know of your plans, and have them walk you through the best deal they can offer. When they re done telling you the price, tell them that s not low enough or ask if there is anything they can do to get you to reserve the car today. They may be able to find a discount to put on your rental to drop the price down a bit. Talking to a live human being that works at your local branch gives you an advantage over computer systems.

    Book with Travel Partners

    You can also try booking with travel partners. If you re booking a hotel room you may be able to get a package deal with one of their preferred car rental agencies.

    Negotiate at the Counter

    You have negotiating leverage. Unlike hotel reservations, many rental agencies do not charge you for not showing up for your reservation. Once you are there they want to make sure you leave happy. You can book a lower class vehicle and try to negotiate your way into a larger vehicle at a discounted price.

    In fact, the representative behind the counter may try to do convince you first. Many companies will run up-sell competitions and rewards their reps for selling you from a smaller vehicle class into something bigger, even if it isn t at full price. They re getting more revenue for having your reservation out on the road. You can also try asking for discounts based on:

    • The rate your insurance company gets (which is much, much cheaper than retail). You likely won t get the full discount, but they may knock the price off a bit.
    • Memberships you have (AAA, AARP, etc.)
    • Your company s corporate discount

    Granted, this only works when the company has a lot of excess inventory sitting on the car lot. You won t find much negotiating room if you re renting their next to last car. If they don t rent to you they ll find another customer to put into that car.

    Consider Gas Mileage

    With gas nearing or over $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, be sure to check on gas mileage first. Taking 4 friends on a road trip to the beach? Riding in style in a massive SUV may seem great, but you ll be guzzling gas the whole way (along with paying higher rental costs in the first place). Those 4 people would easily fit into a standard or full size car, saving you money on gas and rental charges.

    Document the Car s Condition

    Make sure you document the car s condition very well. Renting cars happens very fast. There is important paperwork you sign, including an agreed upon condition of the car. If you don t mark any of the current damage (knicks, dings, dents) on the contract you may be held liable for them when you return the vehicle. Read the fine print on the rental car insurance and make sure you understand what s covered and what s not. In this technology covered age I would recommend taking photos or a video of the walk around on the car on your smartphone or camera. It will help defuse any situations that pop up when you return the car.

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    Top Trips For Singles #europe #travel

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    Top Trips For Singles

    Tammy Weiler is no stranger to solo vacations. She took a number of them in her 20s and 30s, visiting museums in Paris, temples in Thailand, beaches in Brazil and historic sights throughout Spain.

    And she never had a problem entertaining herself on the road–until mealtime.

    “I was OK during the day,” says Weiler, a single 45-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla.,”but it was really hard during dinner because it was intimidating dining alone at nice restaurants.”

    Motivated by her experience, in 1993 Weiler started Singles Travel International, a company which offers upscale trips for those flying solo. It plans 30 yearly tours to spots such as Paris, the Caribbean and Africa. Each enrolls between 15 to 30 people and offers clients structured days with free time built in.

    On a trip to Italy this month, for example, clients will be able to tour St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in the morning and have the afternoon free to roam Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori and sample gelato at San Crispino. And solo meals need never be feared. That’s because dinners on these trips are group affairs. Those selecting the company’s annual African safari gather under an outdoor pavilion overlooking the bush in Kenya and enjoy hearty African meat stews and game such as ostrich or buffalo.





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    Europe’s 12 best train trips: you’ve got to try at least

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    Europe’s 12 best train trips: you’ve got to try at least one of these Add to.

    The Espace Vitalite Chenot spa is the only one outside of Europe. It uses an east-west mix of Chinese medicine and modern methods and is set in a luxe, traditional Turkish Hammam.

    Mark Smith’s Man in Seat 61 website (seat61.com ) is crammed with trip-planning advice. His roster of recommended routes starts in the U.K.

    “I suggest London to Fort William by Caledonian Sleeper. travelling direct from the Big Smoke to the wonderful West Highlands of Scotland. With your own cozy bedroom, you’ll be breakfasting in the lounge car as deer bound away from the train the next morning,” he says.

    Then there’s the continent. “Some say the Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano is the best train ride though the Swiss Alps; others say the famous Glacier Express pips it at the post. You’ll just have to do both,” he suggests, adding that Venice to Munich via the Brenner Pass. Zurich to Milan via the Gotthard Pass and Paris to Nice. with its rocky coastline finale, are also major routes with scenic swathes.

    But don’t forget Eastern Europe. “Take the train from Belgrade to Bar or Podgorica in Montenegro. There’s breathtaking mountain scenery, including a precarious crossing of the world’s highest railway viaduct. It’s a daylong ride costing just €20 – buy your tickets at the station.”

    Rail-specializing travel journalist Jools Stone (railwaystays.com ) also favours Scotland, recommending the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig for “spectacular glens, lochs and all that gorgeously desolate boggy Highlands landscape.” Hopping to the continent, he suggests Norway’s fjord-studded Flam Railway and Switzerland’s Jungfrau Railway. which scales the Eiger to Europe’s highest train station.

    Looking for some vintage railway decadence? “The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is the ultimate luxe train. Food and service is unsurpassed but it’s the stunning interiors – the Poirot factor – that swings it,” says Stone, adding that Austria’s lesser-known Majestic Imperator train is an equally lavish but lower-cost alternative.

    Once you’ve found your dream route, it’s time for ticketing. Smith offers some choice advice for keeping budgets on track.

    “Don’t assume you need a rail pass. I often see Canadians taking €29 train journeys with $800 rail passes. Europe’s long-distance trains often operate like budget airlines, with cheap fares for prebooking on a no-refunds, no-changes basis,” he says, adding that buying tickets three months ahead is the way to go.

    But where to book?

    “There isn’t a single website selling all routes and services at the cheapest prices. The golden rule is to book online at the websites of relevant operators. If a service is run jointly by neighbouring countries – as many are – go to the website of the national rail operator for the country where your journey starts: You’ll pay cheap advance-purchase fares, usually without booking fees. Most offer print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets.”

    For many North Americans, Smith adds, the ease of European long-distance train travel can be surprising. “There’s no check in – apart from on Eurostar. You just walk off the streets and onto the train. If you’re on board at departure time, you go with it – if not, you get left behind.”

    And while luggage allowances are generally less draconian than flying, Stone adds it makes sense to prepare. “Space will be limited in all but the most lavish cars. Have one luggage rack-friendly case for day-to-day essentials: change of clothes, a good book, a trusty corkscrew and your camera are all you really need.”

    It’s this kind of relaxed approach – the foundation of great train journeys – that should also apply during planning. “Be realistic about how much ground you’ll cover,” Stone says. “Resist the temptation to hit every capital. And remember that high-speed doesn’t always mean better – slower journeys are often the most scenic.”

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    I haven’t plan this trip much, all I know is that I really want to climb Kilimanjaro and I don’t want to do it alone. I’m still in college so. read more

    Why A Trip To Kas In Turkey Is Well Worth Considering For Your Holiday This Year 7 May 2015

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    Siracusa: Nature, Culture and Stunning Seafront Villas 23 Apr 2015

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    04/05/2017

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    Best Cheap Trips – Top 10 Cheap Vacation Spots #price #airline

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    The best cheap trips could fill an endless list that covers the entire planet. Which are the best for you depends only on your interests, budget, and the amount of time you have. In fact, if you’re looking for the top 10 cheap vacation spots in the world, you are more apt to find a list of the top 1,000, maybe even the top 1,000 per country or region—that’s plenty for planning amazing cheap vacations .

    Cheap US vacation destinations top the list of the most economical for residents of the United States, especially if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway. Many of these will be found very close to your home, no matter where you live. Leaf peeping during the fall foliage season in New Hampshire or Vermont can be done on a shoestring budget with expenses for gas and food as the most costly items, if you have a recreational vehicle or camping gear. You can travel to fabulous beaches on the Great Lakes for very little money. If you live in landlocked Wausau Wisconsin or Columbus Ohio, go whitewater rafting on the Russian River or travel through the magnificent California sequoia forests in a weekend. Or you might spend days in the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, D.C. and never pay an entry fee.

    High on the list of cheap US vacation destinations are the country’s many national and state parks and its historic landmarks. The most visited national park is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. Here you will find more than 800 miles of hiking trails, numerous campgrounds, cabin rentals, and rustic lodges. Next on the list is the magnificent Grand Canyon, followed by equaling breathtaking Yosemite and Yellowstone—all with inexpensive lodging options. Florida and Hawaii top the list of cheap US vacation destinations for beaches, and both offer plenty of other attractions from championship golf courses and beautiful rainforests to Disneyworld and the Everglades. And, of course, there are cheap Las Vegas vacations. where even the finest hotels offer discounted rooms.

    To find the best cheap trips elsewhere in the world, you want to look for places where your dollar goes the furthest. These places are usually developing countries, although Spain, Portugal, and Greece in Europe have historically been relatively inexpensive places to travel. An emerging market here can be found in the countries that were once behind the Iron Curtain, including Croatia and Slovenia, which both have lovely Adriatic beaches and rich historic heritages. Also in the top 10 cheap vacation spots in Europe are the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Poland. These countries have huge tracts of wilderness areas preserved because the former communist countries kept locals and visitors away from the forested areas along the borders with Western Europe.

    A list of the top 10 cheap vacation spots in developing countries might begin with Turkey, a country in both Europe and Asia. Exotic Istanbul is a thriving metropolis full of magnificent Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, including Topkapi Palace and the sublime Hagia Sophia. In the Asia part of Turkey are some of the most important ancient ruins in the world, including Ephesus and the Temple of Aphrodite. The country’s beautiful Mediterranean Turquoise Coast offers some of the best scuba diving and sailing in the region, and all of this at very cheap prices.

    More of the best cheap trips in the developing world can be found in Mexico. Central America. and South America. Although the Argentina economy is on the recovery since its 2001 devaluation, there are still fire sale bargains available in this sophisticated country. Honduras and Belize are both emerging destinations in Central America, and Mexico remains a great bargain if you stay away from the most popular resort areas of Cancun, Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta. Try the scenic Copper Canyon rail trip and the charming colonial towns in the interior, instead. You can also head for Morocco in North Africa with its exotic markets, Moorish fortresses, and often nearly deserted Mediterranean beaches. And finally, Thailand remains on the list of cheap exotic vacation spots, where it has had a place since the 1960s.

    No matter where in the world you want to go, you can find a way to get away for cheap, whether this means looking into a vacation package. going to a country where prices are low, or just taking a drive to an interesting destination close to home.





    23/04/2017

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    Group Travel to Turkey, Custom Trips and Tours #travel #direct

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    Turkey Group Travel

    Are visions of the grandiose markets and delicious foods tempting you and some friends to make a visit to Turkey? Group Travel to Turkey is a great way to explore this amazing country, whether that’s hanging out in the country’s famous baths or swapping tips on haggling over a delicious meal and glass of wine. Straddling the continents of Asia and Europe, Turkey and its capital city of Istanbul are a swirl of culture, and visiting it with your best friends will be sure to be one of the memories of a lifetime.

    Turkey Group Trips and Tours

    Did you know that airlines, hotels, and other tourism providers can offer the organizer or host of a group complimentary travel or discounts on your trip? Depending on the size, you can definitely save by booking a group trip.

    Turkey is a busy place and has so many different cultural attractions, it can be hard to choose what to include on a group itinerary. Be sure to avoid a “one size fits all” approach, because some people will want to try out a Turkish bath and some won’t. Others will want to spend an hour or two in the bazaar, and others will want to spend all day. You want everyone to go home feeling like they had a good holiday, and a schedule that gives everyone some flexibility so that part of the time you’re enjoying structured, scheduled group appointments and that part of the time, everyone’s allowed some serendipity to go and find the things they’ll enjoy the most.

    Best of Turkey – 15 Days

    The exotic land of Turkey served as a gateway between eastern and western cultures and contained some of the most famous locations of the ancient world. Visit the structures of some of the world’s earliest civilized cultures including amphitheaters, temples and underground cities. Gain an understanding of the later Ottoman Empire through its mosques – spiritual symbols as well as places of great artistry. Sample modern day Turkish culture experienced through its bazaars and village life.

    Highlights

    • Tour the Blue Mosque, a landmark of the Byzantine and Ottoman cultures
    • See the site where Alexander the Great cut the Gordion Knot
    • Explore the fairy chimneys and rock-carved churches of Cappadocia
    • Visit the pottery center of Avanos
    • Visit the Temple of Artemis
    • Explore Ephesus one of the world’s finest archaeological sites
    • See the library containing 200,000 writings given to Cleopatra
    • Visit the legendary city of Troy

    Turkey – Istanbul & Cappadocia – 10 Days

    Explore the land where east meets west on this 10 day trip to Istanbul and the unusual landscape of the Cappadocia region. Explore bustling markets filled with exotic wares, beautiful mosques full of decorative tiles, Oriental carpets and other treasures. Enjoy boat journeys gliding past lovely countryside views and skylines filled with mansions and palaces. Partake in traditional Turkish culture at a folk evening filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of the country.

    • Tour the magnificent Blue Mosque
    • Shop the fabulous Grand Bazaar
    • Visit to the Egyptian Spice Market
    • Boat cruise between Europe and Asia viewing palaces, mansions and villas
    • Turkish Night experience of Turkish food, music and folk groups
    • Explore Derinkuyu, the underground city of Cappadocia
    • Visit the town of Avanos, famous for its earthenware pottery




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    Independent Travel to Hawaii, Flexible Multi-City Trips to Hawaii #cheap #flights

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    Oahu and Maui by air

    6 nights from $941 *

    Our #1 Bestseller in Hawaii! Called ‘The Gathering Place’, Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island where you’ll find a beach for all tastes and interests. Learn to ride the waves in Waikiki – where surfing was born – or enjoy the giant waves in the more remote surf beaches of North Shore. Then fly to Maui . voted the ‘Best Island’ by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for 19 years. A beautiful and magical place with miles of perfect beaches. lush green valleys, and volcanic landscapes. Book your dream vacation now, and experience independent travel to Hawaii at its finest.

    This is a flexible vacation package to Hawaii with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay. Pick your own flights, hotels and activities. Add, remove or reorder cities.

    Plus a wide range of optional activities to add and book with instant confirmation like Pearl Harbour Excursion, Dinner Cruise, Luau Shows, and hiking Diamond Head Crater in Oahu; Snorkeling Adventure and Heleaka tour in Maui.

  • Do not forget to arrange transfer to/from Airport or Rental Car service to have all services confirmed before traveling!





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    Travel to Antarctica, Trips and Tours #travel #insurance #comparisons

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    It is a land like no other in the world…

    There are many reasons why adventurers of all types travel to Antarctica. Most of us are inspired by the opportunity to experience unique wildlife—penguins, seals, whales—going about their lives in a pristine, natural setting far from civilization. Set against a backdrop of ethereal icescapes, towering mountains and calving glaciers, these species beckon visitors to the northward-jutting Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands – “ground zero” for Poseidon’s Antarctic expeditions.

    Other travelers come to see this frozen land as the giant laboratory it’s become, where science and international cooperation have created a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science,” according to the Antarctic Treaty System that governs the continent. Changes in the global climate play out here in dramatic fashion, and an Antarctic tour provides a unique opportunity to learn first-hand the dynamics at work, and how they are affecting indigenous species and the complex food chain they depend on.

    Firsthand discovery with naturalists and historians

    On board Poseidon’s Antarctic expedition vessels, our international English-speaking staff provides a welcome, unpretentious environment, leaving you to set your own pace. Naturalists, historians and other experts—veterans of many Antarctic trips—will engage and entertain you by providing informal lectures and inviting your questions.

    Using our fleet of rugged Zodiac landing craft, they’ll guide you ashore to secluded coves where colonies of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguin often dominate the landscape. Photograph whales, hear the bellows of unruly seals and the calls of seabirds overhead. Our aim is to provide you with an incredible wilderness experience, yet one that puts safety and environmental stewardship first and foremost.

    Our Classic Antarctic and Holiday programs

    On these 12 day/11 night Antarctic trips, you’ll embark/disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina, cross the Drake Passage and spend five days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. These expedition cruises are planned for the height of the Austral summer, when waterways are open to navigation and wildlife is at its most active. Numerous Zodiac landings are scheduled, but are determined by weather conditions and our experienced captain and expedition team.

    Polar Circle program

    Scheduled for February 2016, this 13 day/12 night Antarctica cruise provides an extra day of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, and takes you south of 66? 33’ 44”, the latitude of the Antarctic Circle. This puts you among a very elite group of adventurers ever to travel this far south.

    Antarctic cruises including South Georgia and the Falklands/Malvinas Islands programs

    These expedition cruises—ranging from 20 to 23 days in duration—include not only the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, but also visits to other storied Southern Ocean destinations. Isolated at the edge of the submarine Scotian Ridge, South Georgia is covered with jagged, glaciated peaks, and is home to a colony of more than 100,000 breeding pairs of King penguins. View whaling artifacts at the small settlement of Grytviken and walk to the nearby museum and cemetery where Sir Earnest Shackleton, the great English explorer, is buried.

    Excursions and landings in the Falklands/Malvinas will include Stanley, a bit of Old England in the South Atlantic, with its fiercely independent spirit. Other calls here may include New Island and West Point Island where we’ll hope to spot Magellanic, Gentoo and Rockhopper penguins, as well as the Black-Browed Albatross.





    12/04/2017

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    Top 10 European Train Trips – Travel – National Geographic #student

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    European Train Trips

    From the July/August 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler

    Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the Economist. But rail travel in the United Kingdom and on the Continent is also about experience: gaping out the window at Alpine glaciers, savoring gourmet cuisine in a restored last-century dining car. Accordingly, our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!

    Route: Montreux to Broc, Switzerland

    Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes, roundtrip

    This charming train running in summer and fall climbs from Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyères, population 1,600, home to the cheese of the same name. Tour the cheese factory and the local castle, have lunch, then reboard the train and continue on to Broc. There you’ll bus to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, tucked between Lake Gruyères and mountain peaks, for free samples, before making the return trip.

    Route: Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy

    Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

    This narrow-gauge, vertigo-inducing train takes on seven-percent inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges—reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. The word “express” refers to the availability of short-notice seat reservations, rather than the train’s velocity as it courses through the Alps south from Switzerland’s oldest town to a charming Italian town of just under 10,000 people. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Route: Paris to Madrid

    Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes

    Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the rails, and wake the next day as you arrive in Madrid, rested and ready to tour the third-most-populous city in the European Union. Grand class includes a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower.

    Route: Inverness, Scotland, to Gwynedd, Wales

    Duration: 15 days

    Discover the United Kingdom’s historic fortresses on this itinerary combining a two-week BritRail pass with the Great British Heritage pass. You’ll get entry to 580 attractions, as you hop off for local touring. Start in Inverness, Scotland, near Loch Ness, to tour Urquhart Castle. Continue south to Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace triumphed over the English in 1297, and on to Edinburgh Castle. English sights include Dover Castle, with its wartime tunnels. In Gwynedd, Wales, tour Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site where the investiture of Prince Charles was held.

    Duration: 19 days

    This fabled route, an icon of Russian culture, crosses eight time zones to connect the Russian capital with a port on the Pacific Ocean. On board, poor mingle with rich, young with old, foreigners with locals. Social barriers disappear as passengers share a unique rail experience—and shots of $3-a-liter vodka. You can book a private car via a tour operator for added comfort; schedule any number of side excursions from trekking and scuba diving to city tours.

    Route: Flam to Myrdal, Norway

    Duration: 1 hour

    A must-do on any tour of fjord country, the Flam Railway, rising from a village on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, mounts a steeper climb than any other non-cog, normal-gauge railroad in the world. In just 12 miles, the train climbs over 2,838 feet to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in under an hour. See the Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet, and the Kjosfossen waterfall, plunging 305 feet, where the train makes a photo stop during the summer.

    Route: Munich to Nuremberg, Germany

    Duration: 1 hour

    Want to go fast? This high-speed wonder zooms you between two historic Bavarian cities at speeds up to 199 miles an hour. “It’s amazing to watch the landscape change so quickly,” says Gillian Seely, a Boston resident who traveled widely by rail while living in Europe for 22 years. “The train is completely quiet inside,” she says. “Vibrations are barely enough to cause ripples in your strong German coffee.” In December, visit various German cities via the ICE rail network to take in traditional Christmas markets selling seasonal foods, handmade gifts, and gluhwein, a mulled spiced wine.

    Route: London to Venice

    Duration: Two days, one night

    Step aboard the VSOE, as the train is known, and the calendar turns back to the 1920s and ’30s, the golden age of rail on the Continent. The operator spent $16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication; passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner: at a minimum, suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women; black tie and gowns encouraged. Awake to the sight of the snowcapped Alps and learn the story behind each of the restored carriages.

    Route: Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro

    Duration: 10 hours, this leg

    Explore the heart of the former Yugoslavia via a Balkan Flexipass (which offers unlimited travel for five, ten, or 15 days through Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey). Start in Belgrade, with its glitzy all-night club scene, hop off at any of various stops to shop or overnight, then board a later train to continue on to sleepy Bar, an ancient town influenced by various conquering cultures on the sun-swathed Adriatic. “Relax, and budget extra time for the inevitable delays,” says Chris Deliso, a travel writer who lives in Macedonia. “The trains are run-down, and the local characters you meet are salt-of-the-earth types.”

    At the top of the food chain among European trains is the Danube Express, a private train with classical elegance, modern conveniences, and fine dining. On this route, which begins in Budapest after your flight from London, you penetrate the heart of Transylvania and enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town that was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Eventually you approach Istanbul along the Bosporus, where the Topkapi Palace marks the skyline.





    01/04/2017

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    Top European train trips #hotel #and #airfare #packages

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    Top European train trips

    By Joe Minihane, for CNN Travel – 11 February, 2013

    There’s something magical about boarding from a rail platform in London and disembarking in Paris, or breaking out a bottle of wine on an overnight train for a romantic weekend in St. Petersburg.

    Glacier trains, lake views and mountain passes … Europe’s best train journeys second as destinations unto themselves.

    Tell us about your favorite European train trips in the comments section.

    London to Avignon

    London’s Eurostar connection has made hopping on the train to the continent a far more enjoyable alternative than venturing out to the city’s crowded, retail-obsessed airports.

    This gorgeous, long-distance route to southern France’s former papal seat can be done direct in the summer in less than six hours, with service every Saturday.

    Non-direct journeys involve a swift change in Lille, adding just half an hour to the journey time.

    A stretch through the Kent countryside gives you a brief glimpse of one of England’s prettiest counties before the train rolls on at 300 kph through eastern France, with beautiful views of vineyards and ancient towns.

    Take the early train and you’ll be there in time for a leisurely glass of Chateauneuf.

    From £264 (US$399) round-trip; uk.eurostar.com

    Geneva to Milan

    For the majority of this four-hour trip you’ll be looking out at spectacular views of Lake Geneva before racing across alpine meadows bordered by colossal snow-topped mountains.

    The train passes through the towns of Lausanne and Brig, where you can jump off and take the stunning Glacier Express, which takes seven and a half hours to chug along endless switchbacks to the ski resort of St. Moritz.

    No worries about tight schedules: Swiss railways are among the most punctual in the world.

    From CHF181 (US$195) round-trip; www.sbb.ch

    Le Train Jaune, Pyrenees

    You can lean from the open windows to feel the breeze.

    Resembling the sort of toy train you’d find in a model village,  Le Train Jaune, the “yellow train,” is a century-old institution that offers spectacular views of the Pyrenees.

    It’s also an ideal way for skiers in this corner of France to reach the area’s excellent resorts.

    Running between the mountain villages of Villefranche de Conflent and Latour de Carol, the train creeps up to a height of 1,600 meters above sea level during its three-hour ascent, crossing original suspension bridges and forts that helped defend this border region long ago.

    From €34 (US$42) round-trip; discovergirona.net

    Berlin to Moscow

    A classic route between two of eastern Europe’s most powerful and beguiling cities.

    This day-long trip strikes east to the nearby Polish border, through the Polish cities of Poznan and Warsaw before traversing Belarus via Minsk and entering Russia.

    Vast, snowy winter landscapes are what really make this a must-do in the frigid months of the year. Second-class private berths are snug, with two bunks and a fold-down chair, while swankier first-class berths come with a TV and wine.

    Note: You’ll need a transit visa for getting through Belarus.

    Zurich Airport to Arosa

    Rightly billed as the world’s most beautiful airport transfer, this route, via a quick change to a smaller regional service in the town of Chur, is the perfect introduction to Switzerland.

    The journey from Chur passes through the town’s postcard outskirts before heaving itself up impossibly steep hairpins.

    The views are top notch, with mountain passes and snowy forests in every direction.

    The real highlight comes when the train glides across the Langwieser Viadukt, 60 meters above the thundering River Plessure.  The world’s first reinforced concrete viaduct, it’s a marvel of Swiss engineering.

    There’s simply no better way to ease into a week on the slopes.

    From CHF23 (US$25) round-trip; www.sbb.ch

    Sofia to Belgrade

    You won’t want to sleep through one of the continent’s most fascinating train rides.

    You can grab a bunk and take a sleeper on this jaunt through the Balkans, but you’d be missing out on one of the continent’s most fascinating views.

    Starting in Bulgaria’s increasingly popular capital, the eight-hour day train offers a fascinating glimpse into how this recently troubled part of Europe still has one foot in the past.

    The rolling stock is Communist-era vintage and some of the guards still wear Yugoslavian uniforms, while the views range from  idiosyncratic Orthodox churches to the kind of Old World agricultural landscapes you probably thought had died out in Europe some time in the mid-20th century.

    From 26 BGN Lev (US$18) one-way with Interrail pass; www.countryconnect.co.uk

    Helsinki to St. Petersburg

    This seriously swift route cuts through evergreen forests with views across arctic lakes in the summer.

    This snappy route used to take five and a half hours on creaking Soviet-era carriages before new Allegro high-speed trains slashed journey times by two hours in 2010.

    There’s a proper restaurant car for indulging that “high roller traveling through eastern Europe” vibe, while the service is as good as you’ll find on any train on the continent.

    Currently there are four trains a day, with plans to get the overall ride down to just three hours total in the next few years.

    From €144 (US$194) round-trip; www.vr.fi





    01/04/2017

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    The best travel tours, treks and trips in one place –

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    Essential gear for hiking and camping

    Lonely Planet’s guide to adventure and small group tours

    Feeling the urge for a high-adrenaline holiday or an exciting new destination? It’s never been simpler to book an adventure tour. With a huge range of adventure tours on the Lonely Planet site, you can make your travel plans a reality with a few clicks of your mouse. If you have a few days to enjoy a Vietnam tour or weeks to go trekking in Nepal. we’re sure you’ll find the perfect adventure holidays on our site.

    What should you look for in a tour operator?

    • Reliability: are they comfortable trekking in Morocco and do they know it like the back of their hand, and are they well prepared if the trip doesn’t go according to plan? When hiking, canoeing or mountaineering, you want to be sure you’re in expert hands so make sure you choose a highly recommended tour operator.
    • Expertise: the ideal tour guide has local insight, language skills and the enthusiasm to spice up and adventure holiday. With expert help you can find the craic in Ireland or scale the peaks safely on a Kilimanjaro climb .
    • Eco-friendly: a tour package should help you experience a destination while minimising any negative impact. A good tour operator will be hapy to answer your questions about environmental concerns and cultural sensitivity.

    Why book an adventure tour through Lonely Planet’s recommended partners?

    At Lonely Planet we live for travel and we only recommend tour operators we’d choose for ourselves.

    With more than 100 adventure tours, you’ll be spoilt for choice whether you want to tour America. explore India or complete the Inca Trail .

    Whatever time period you have free from a few days to explore Machu Picchu. a week for the highlights of Egypt or a month-long China tour there’s a tour package for you.

    Need inspiration for your next adventure travel?





    01/04/2017

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    Student Trips and Travel Arrangements from Super Holiday Tours #travel #essentials

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    Experienced Student Trip Experts

    Helping Marching Bands and Student Groups Travel the World since 1975.

    We will take you anywhere! No destination is too close or too distant for your students to discover. From the historical sites of Williamsburg, Gatlinburg, and Cincinnati, to the warm sands of Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, or Tampa, Super Holiday Tours can help you create lifelong memories for your student group.

    Imagine the thrill as your marching band marches down the city streets in the Florida Citrus Parade in a performance of a lifetime or the excitement of discovery as your senior class creates lifelong memories at Grad Bash in Universal Orlando Resort.

    At Super Holiday Tours, we make all school trips easy by taking care of all your travel arrangements! No matter what kind of student group you have, a marching band looking for a marching band competition, class trips in search of discovery, or high school senior trips looking for one final experience to mark the end of high school, Super Holiday Tours can help!

    Get started today with Super Holiday Tours! Let us take you where you want to go!

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    31/03/2017

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    Spring Break Cheap Trips in the Caribbean: Budget Travel. #how #to

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    Budget Spring Break Travel in the Caribbean

    A growing number of cheap resorts, many of them all-inclusive, are cropping up throughout the Caribbean’s emerald waters — additionally, expanding flight routes from low-cost carriers like JetBlue help make paradise a budget trip away.

    The Bahamas

    Comprising more than 700 islands, the Bahamas is just off the Florida shore, consistently making it one of the most popular warm-weather vacation spots for Americans. Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and Nassau on New Providence Island are the most happening spots with lazy beach-side bars and all-night clubs. If you’d rather travel via water than air, opt for the Student City’s Bahama Party Cruise. complete with an onboard pool, casino and bar; the boat transports you from Fort Lauderdale right to your hotel. Freeport cruises are just an afternoon’s ride away, and you’ll enjoy 4 nights on Grand Bahama Island before making the journey back. If Nassau is your final destination, you’ll stay overnight on the ship each way, with 2 nights on the island.

    Like elsewhere in the Caribbean. snorkeling and scuba diving are favorite pastimes, as the crystal-clear water makes for excellent visibility. Parasailing and windsurfing are other spring break musts if you have a few extra dollars to spare. If you’d rather save your funds for nights on the town, there are plenty of reefs and local settlements that you can explore for free. Bring your own snorkel and head out to Rose Island Reef or Booby Rock Channel on New Providence or Theo’s Wreck and Lucayan National Park ‘s Gold Rock Beach on Grand Bahama. For budget spring break trips, check you local STA office for special promotions.





    30/03/2017

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    Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe #worldwide #travel

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    Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe

    Forget flying around Europe. At 30,000 feet it s impossible to truly experience the continent s remarkable landscapes. Rather than being shuttled around in a plane that only allows a birds-eye view, train trips immerse travelers in the terrain. There s a reason why trains are often thought of as the most romantic mode of transportation: riding the rails makes you feel more connected and in tune than air travel ever could. Instead of feeling like a chore, as flying often does, train travel can be an experience in itself. In fact, there are plenty of scenic train rides in Europe that are worth the trip just for the view. The following are top rated train trips, and from the rolling hills of England to the craggy Alps of Switzerland, each one offers travelers something different.

    6. United Kingdom

    The rolling, green hills and moors that are often associated with Yorkshire make this one of the most scenic train trips in Europe. When entering the northern parts of England. travelers will catch glimpses of the rugged coastline along the North Sea. During the 4 1/2-hour train ride, English speakers will notice a distinct difference in passenger accents as the train gets closer to Scotland. Although the common language is English, it can be hard to decipher as the Scottish brogue gets thicker and thicker.

    5. Holland

    Amsterdam to Groningen (best in April)





    29/03/2017

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    O. A. R. S. Adventure Travel Company; Adventure Vacations; Rafting Tours,

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    About O.A.R.S.

    Our Company: O.A.R.S.

    According to George Wendt, O.A.R.S. Founder and President, “My first trip in the Grand Canyon introduced me to a world that I didn’t know existed.”

    That adventure trip for George, as one of the first 1200 people to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. fostered a dream of his to share such wild places, as well as preserve and protect them, for future generations. The dream later came to fruition, taking him from his life as a middle school math teacher and onto the world’s waterways—sharing those experiences, directly and indirectly, with nearly a half-million people to date.

    After his first Grand Canyon experience, George spent summers taking friends to various rivers in California and the Desert Southwest. Those friends invited other friends. It wasn’t long before strangers began contacting him with requests to join his expeditions. Those trips featured equal parts accessibility, fun rapids, stunning scenery, side canyons to explore and companions with an inquisitive nature. It became clear it was to be his calling to deliver people to the wilderness and to share with them the excitement experienced there.

    George’s dream of ‘officially’ taking people down river first came to fruition in 1969. With his friend Ed Gooch, George established Gooch-Wendt Expeditions, running professional trips on the Colorado River. Shortly thereafter, the company was selected as the first exclusively oar-powered rafting operator in Grand Canyon National Park, and was appropriately renamed O.A.R.S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists).

    In 1972, George and his wife Pam took over full operation of O.A.R.S. and chose to establish the company and their family in the small northern California community of Angels Camp in Calaveras County just miles away from the free-flowing Stanislaus River. Through the early 1980s this stunning Sierra Nevada river became the lifeblood of the newly-formed organization. At the time, O.A.R.S. consistently had passengers for two-day trips, seven days a week on what was then a family-friendly Class III river. However, as the business grew, the spectacular Stanislaus River canyon was lost to a dam. Rather than close the doors in Angels Camp and relocate, the loss of this great run was an impetus to look elsewhere and expand trip offerings.

    From early on, O.A.R.S. offered trips on other rivers in various regions throughout the U.S. West, including the Tuolumne. Merced. American and the Klamath rivers in California, the Rogue River in southern Oregon, the Salmon River in Idaho and the Colorado, Green and Yampa rivers in Utah and Colorado. Today, we offer more than 75 unique itineraries, including first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport trips, throughout Alaska. Arizona. California. Colorado. Idaho. Oregon. Utah. and Wyoming. as well as throughout western Canada. Fiji and Latin America.

    In 2006, George’s passion for running rivers, and his unquenchable drive to share the rivers of the world with other adventurers earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Adventure Travel Trade Association for his pioneering efforts in the realms of whitewater rafting, ecotourism, and adventure travel.

    Remaining true to George’s original dream, our company is professionally committed to the cultural and environmental well-being of the places we visit and operate. We follow expertly designed on-the-ground practices and seek to create inspirational experiences for guests and students. Our company supports a variety of institutions that further these ideals, including: the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, American Whitewater, Friends of the River, Environmental Defense Fund, Waterkeeper Alliance, the Grand Canyon Trust, Hells Canyon Preservation Council, Idaho Rivers United, Alaska Wilderness League, the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, the Outdoor Foundation, the International Ecotourism Society and Sustainable Travel International.

    In the four decades since O.A.R.S.’ inception, our company has contributed, along with our guests, more than $3 million toward the protection and preservation of the places and communities we visit. Our California headquarters and other operations warehouses run on solar power, and we utilize alternative energy sources such as bio-diesel along with fuel-efficient vehicles and support vessels whenever possible to reduce our carbon footprint.

    We are routinely recognized and rewarded throughout the industry for our integrity and ingenuity. National Geographic Adventure magazine recognized our company as “The Best River Sea Outfitter on Earth” multiple times based on education, sustainability, quality of service, spirit of adventure and references. More than 60% of passengers return for additional trips or are referred by past guests each year. National Geographic. Outside. Men’s Journal. Sunset and assorted other magazines routinely recognize O.A.R.S. as serving up some of the “Best Trips on the Planet,” as well as providing the best and friendliest guides and superior customer service.

    Although O.A.R.S. has grown to become the most successful and respected rafting and sea kayaking outfitter in North America, our ongoing mission has remained the same: to help people of all ages enjoy the best outdoor experience of their lives.





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