The – Ultimate – website for Military Travel! Military Only Travel

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The Ultimate website for Military Travel!

And the largest database of travel companies offering Military Discounts.

This website and service is dedicated to the men and women of the finest military in the world!

For Space-A Travel select U.S. Directory or Overseas Directory on the menu to get started.

                 

The Purple Heart Cruise for Wounded Heroes

Nominate a wounded hero for our May 2016 Cruise

Scroll to the bottom for August ‘Lost Traveler’ Contest!

Featured Military Travel Specials!

DISNEY SALUTE IS BACK! THRU MAY 2016  (some blackout dates)

We are excited to offer a special Military ticket that is exclusively for military members.  This ticket will only be available through ITT and Leisure Travel Offices including Shades of Green.  It will not be available at the gate or online.

·         Offer:  3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket   $147 for adults and $142 for children (3-9)

·         Offer Dates:  Purchase now through May  18, 2016 and completely use by May 31, 2016; no blackout dates apply

·         Eligibility: U.S. Active Duty, Retirees, DoD Civilians (Foreign Affiliates and Contractors not eligible)

·         Tickets must be ACTIVATED at any Universal Pass Sales window with a valid ID presented by the military member or military spouse; military member or spouse MUST accompany the party to the Pass Sales window for first activation of the tickets and use one of the tickets.  DEPENDENT CHILDREN CANNOT activate tickets on their own.

Or Call Sue Short, Dobbins ITT, 678-655-4797

Military Only Travel and Auto Europe have teamed up to offer a Military Discount which offers an additional 5% off on all online rentals.  Use code: 99912002. This number can also be used when you call  Auto Europe  (1-888-223-5555) but you must request the discount and provide the code.

Free  Annual Pass for U.S. Military at U.S. National Parks

  • Available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.
  • Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

With presentation of valid identification, Active and Retired U. S. Military will receive:

General Admission: Free for Military and spouse; Half-price for up to 4 guests in same vehicle per day (Guests include, but are not limited to, dependents, extended family and friends)

New Military Friends Family Annual Pass Price

We are pleased to now offer Military families the opportunity to purchase an Annual Pass at half-price.  A Military Friends Family Annual Pass will allow the passholder and up to five additional guests per day in the Gardens for free on General Admission days and half-price on Special Events* days for one calendar year as well as a host of additional benefits.  For more information, visit  www.callawaygardens.com/annualpass.

Military are defined as those in a branch of U. S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.  U.S. Military ID required for purchase and admission. Military member or spouse must be in attendance.  This does not apply to Dependents, Department of Defense employees or foreign military.

New Special Admission Price for Veterans

Also, we are pleased to now offer half-price admission, versus full-price, for U. S. Military Veterans.  With proof of service, such as a state issued Veterans Drivers License, VA card, American Legion card or proper paperwork, Veterans will receive:

•    General Admission:  Half-price for Veteran; Guests full-price

•    Special Event* Admission:  Half-price for Veteran and up to 5 guests in same vehicle per day

Overnight Visits

•  Patriot Package. $99** rate in the Mountain Creek Inn

•   Patriot Package with Golf. $139** for lodging in the Mountain Creek Inn and round of golf on our Lake View Course

•   10% discount** on Best Available Rate in our Southern Pine Cottages and Mountain Creek Villas

Make reservations online with the links above or call 1.800.CALLAWAY (225.5292) and mention Patriot Package.

Recreation:   Golf 40% off a round of golf,  Tennis 40% off court fees and equipment rental at the Mountain Creek Tennis Center,  Fishing and Boating 25% off boat and tackle rental at Kingfisher Outfitters

CruisinBob . a veteran-owned travel agency, specializing in cruises offers the best reviews, insights, and planning to maximize your cruising experience.  Ask him for your Military Discount on these Cruise Lines.

    

World Wrestling Entertainment is offering all U.S. military personnel free tickets to its Live Events worldwide as another way for the company to show its gratitude for their service to their country.  U.S. military personnel from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard can claim a free ticket to any WWE RAW or SmackDown Live Event in their local area — excluding WrestleMania — by going to their local arena box office with a military ID the day of the WWE Live Event. Tickets are available the day of the event while supplies last.

Lost Traveler Contest! We have a winner .

Photo for JULY contest. We have a winner! Walter F. of Kapolei, HI, AZ correctly identified the location as Makapuu Beach with Rabbit Island in the background.

Where is our Lost Traveler . Make a guess Win a Hawaiian print T-shirt.   Contact Us and submit your guess/answer, or go to our Face Book page and submit your guess there.

To submit your answer, send us an email !

Previous winners:  Location Identified.

July Pat B. of Huntsville, AL  (Nellis AFB, NV)

August Sharyn H. of Marietta, GA  (NAS Pensacola, FL)

September Dave B. of San Francisco, CA  (AT T Park, San Francisco, CA)

October Linda D. of Tavares, FL  (Navy Yard, Washington, DC)

November Alan R. of Lihue, Kauai, HI  (Big Bear Recreational Facility, CA)

December Stephen G. of Camp Lejeune, SC  (US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD)

January Harry D. of Jackson, TN  (Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, CA)

February Mike D. of Red Bluff, CA  (Moody AFB, GA)

March Jesse G. of Fort Hood, TX (Robins AFB, GA)

April Stephen D. of Redstone Arsenal, AL (Fort Huachuca, AZ)

May Eugene S. of Honolulu, HI (MCB Hawaii)

June Thomas B. of Yuba City, CA ( Las Vegas, NV)

July Brian M. of Phoenix, AZ (Luke AFB, AZ)

August Thomas O. of Concord, CA (Fort Bliss, TX)

September Bryant V. of Marion, TX (NAS Corpus Christi, TX)





30/11/2017

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Ultimate luxury travel experiences. #travel #books

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The hottest luxury travel experiences on the planet right now

(CNN) Private islands in perfect turquoise waters, hotels so exclusive they don’t bother with star ratings and choppers that’ll whisk you far above mere mortals.

Nothing was too grand for the recent Shanghai International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), where the biggest and most exclusive names in hospitality battled for a slice of the lucrative and growing Chinese outbound travel pie.

Necker Belle (Caribbean)

Virgin boss Richard Branson’s Necker Island is already famed for being one of the world’s most spectacular private retreats.

But he also likes to get his feet wet on the Necker Belle, a 105-foot catamaran that he calls “a mobile version of Necker Island.”

Guests can design their own Caribbean itinerary, during which they’ll spend the days scuba diving, fishing, sunbathing, enjoying water sports, eating and drinking with up to 12 of their luckiest friends.

At night, a screen and projector is set up on deck for movies under the stars.

Priced from $110,000 per week, more info at: Virginlimitededition.com

Hotel President Wilson (Geneva, Switzerland)

Bill Gates, Matt Damon, Rihanna and Mikhail Gorbachev make an unlikely quartet.

The common thread?

They’ve all stayed in the Royal Penthouse suite in Geneva’s Hotel President Wilson.

Overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps, it features 12 bedrooms over 18,000 square feet — all for a cool 75,000 Swiss francs, or $80,000 per night.

Guests don’t even have to slum it in the gym as it’s got its own fitness area and spa.

Bulletproof glass, a private elevator and a helicopter pad all ensure it’s the safest spot in town.

Hotel President Wilson . 47 Quai Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland; +41 22 906 66 66

Private helicopter tour (Queenstown, New Zealand)

Few landscapes are as dramatic as the south island of New Zealand.

For those short on time, veteran pilot Louisa “Choppy” Patterson offers helicopter day trips that take in everything from Queenstown to Stewart Island.

A payment of $12,000 secures exclusive use of a Eurocopter, including an hour’s flight to isolated Stewart Island, where the nation’s flightless kiwi bird is said to outnumber humans.

Once on land, an expert guide takes guests hiking, kayaking, fishing and bird watching.

Over The Top . Blue Hangar, Tex Smith Lane, Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, New Zealand; +64 3 442 2233

Your private bird awaits.

Belmond Napoleon barge (Provence, France)

River cruises are one of the hottest trends in travel right now and the super luxury market is no exception.

One of the swankiest tours on offer is a six-night cruise on the Belmond Napoleon barge, which floats down Provence’s Rhone River, from Arles to Tain l’Hermitage.

Guests enjoy candlelit al fresco dinners and soaks in the outdoor jacuzzi at night and visit some of France’s most famous wine chateaux during the day.

High season rates to book the entire barge, which has six cabins and holds up to 12 passengers, start at $76,100.

More info at Belmond.com

Private jet tour (Australia)

Bill Peach Journeys has 30 years of experience creating private jet luxury tours in Australia and New Zealand.

Its most recent bespoke trip came in at a cool $27,000 per person for a family of five.

All travel was by Cessna Citation and included stops in Sydney, the Outback and Uluru, the Northern Territories and the Great Barrier Reef.

All accommodation during any of Bill Peach Journeys’ trips is, unsurprisingly, five-star.

More info at Billpeachjourneys.com or +61 2 9693 2233

Singita Serengeti (Tanzania)

For safari enthusiasts, Singita offers the ultimate in African wildlife encounters.

This includes the private four-suite Singita Serengeti House villa at Sasakwa Hill, which costs $84,500 per week during high season.

That elephantine price tag buys prime game watching in the heart of the private 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti game reserve, which sits on the western flank of the Serengeti.

A lap pool, private chef, horseback riding, mountain biking and archery are all available.

All meals, drinks, guides and a private Land Rover are inclusive.

Booking info at Singita.com or +27 21 683 3424

South America cruise, Seven Seas Mariner

Booking the 2,000-square-foot master suite on the Seven Seas Mariner’s South America cruise costs $120,000 per person — not terribly outrageous given you’ll be spending 72 days at sea.

Starting and finishing in Miami, passengers take in destinations like Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and much of the Caribbean along the way.

As the ship caters to only 700 guests, the staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6 means a gin and tonics are never far away.

More info at Rssc.com or +1 844 473 4368

Iceland

The land of fire and ice has no shortage of thrilling scenery, landing it on plenty of “places to go in 2015 ” lists.

One of the more luxurious Iceland tours comes via high-end travel specialists Ker Downey.

Their 10-day bespoke tour takes in geological wonders including the Godafoss waterfall, Krafla volcano, Skutustadagígar craters and Dimmuborgir lava pillars.

They’ll also help with the pronunciation.

Add in puffin and whale watching in Husavík’s Skjalfandi Bay, the famous Golden Circle tour and an extended stay in Reykjavik for their “culture night” festival and you’re looking at a price of about $23,325 per person.

More info at K erdowney.com or +1 800 423 4236

Chris Dwyer is a Hong Kong-based communications consultant and food writer. His restaurant reviews, chef interviews and more canbe found at finefooddude.com .





25/11/2017

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Travel Nursing, RN Jobs, and Nursing Forums at Ultimate Nurse #switzerland

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Featured Nursing Articles

In 1955, blues and jazz legend Alberta Hunter decided to begin a second career as a nurse after reaching the pinnacle of a music and theater career spanning more than 4 decades.  Yet, she was turned down when she first applied to the School of Practical Nursing at the Young Women s Christian Association branch in Harlem.   The director of the school told her that she was simply too old to become a nurse.  Undaunted, she applied again, this time.

As 2013 began, some experts declared that not only was the nursing shortage over but that it was a myth (See our February 2013 article: Is the nursing shortage a myth? ) and a number of news outlets began reporting on just how difficult it was becoming for new nursing school graduates to find a job. However, as we enter 2014, it is clear that there is still a shortage of experienced nurses in some regions, that the demand for nurses.

NursingJobs.us recently announced its Real Nurse Photo Contest: Are you a nurse? We are offering $100 in our nurse photo contest! Real portrayals of the nursing profession are few and far between and instead of settling for buying fake-looking models posing in Halloween nurse costumes for our stock photographs we at NursingJobs.us figured that we might as well try asking the many nurses who use our nursing job board to send us their own, real, photos and let us use them.

Home of NASA’s Mission Control Center, Houston is also home to some of the best hospitals in the country. Some of the best nursing jobs in Houston can be found at the Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial-Hermann Texas Medical Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann, which are all well-rated by  US News and World Report, and all have high-ranking specialties. Many Houston nursing jobs are in hospitals located on Portsmouth Street.

Reports and surveys by the American Nurses Association, the Emergency Nurses Association and the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that workplace violence is widespread in the healthcare sector.   In an attempt to address the problem, thirty-eight state legislatures have enacted laws that enhance criminal charges and penalties for those who assault nurses and other healthcare workers.   These are similar to the criminal statutes that exist in nearly every state that provide for enhanced penalties for those who assault.





13/11/2017

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How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions – The Muse #the #ultimate


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How to Answer Tell Me About a Time When. Interview Questions

You’ve reviewed your resume. practiced your elevator pitch. checked out common behavioral interview questions. and reviewed a few stories you can share during the interview. All is well, and you’re feeling confident. And when the interviewer says, “Tell me about a time you disagreed with your supervisor,” you are ready to go and launch straight into a story about that one time you bravely confronted the director of marketing at your previous company about a new campaign you had a bad feeling about.

OK, so maybe that doesn’t sound like you—yet. Let’s take a step back and talk about how you can get there.

Pick the Right Story

All these “Tell me about a time when…” questions require stories. As a hiring manager, it’s incredibly unsatisfying to interview someone who has no stories to share. After all, how can someone know what you can do if you can’t talk about what you’ve done? Don’t be that job candidate.

So, how do you find the right stories to share? Go through the job description and highlight all the soft skills that are featured. You’ll likely find things like “ability to work on a team and independently,” “comfort with multitasking,” or “strong communication skills.” Then, come up with an example of a time you demonstrated each of these traits—though keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need a different example for each. In fact, it’s better to come up with stories that are flexible, since you’ll likely have to adapt them to the exact questions anyway.

There are, of course, a few things that interviewers frequently like to ask about that will not be on the job descriptions. Be prepared for “negative” questions, like “Tell me about a time you had to deal with a conflict on your team” or “Tell me about a time you failed.” It’s not that interviewers are out to get you—how you handle conflict and failure are good things to know—it’s just not the best idea to put “must deal with frequent team conflict” in a job description.

Finally, brainstorm a few more questions that could potentially come up based on the position you’re applying for and your particular situation. For example, if you have a big gap on your resume, you’ll want to be prepared to talk about why you’re no longer at your previous job (more on that here ), or if you’re coming into a newly merged department, you should be prepared to discuss a time you’ve been part of a big change.

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Make a Statement

Once you have your stories, it’s time to think a little deeper about why these questions are asked in the first place. What does the interviewer actually want to know?

Take a few seconds to think about this before you start answering the question—even if you have the perfect story prepared—so that you can make an appropriate introductory statement about essentially what the moral of your story is going to be. The reason for this is that even though the interviewer is specifically asking you to tell a story, the idea is that he or she will learn something about the way you do things. The problem with this is that what the interviewer gleans from your story could be very different from what you were hoping to share.

For example, say you tell that story about standing up to the director of marketing when asked to talk about conflict with a previous supervisor. You eloquently move through the story about how you shared your hesitation about the new marketing campaign to no avail, but once the initial numbers came in, it was clear that you were right. You triumphantly showed the performance to the director, and she agreed to scrap the campaign. While this story is definitely suitable, there are actually a few different ways it could be taken the wrong way. The interviewer could hone in on the fact that you really didn’t do anything until it was too late or that you were unpersuasive or a poor communicator the first time you raised concerns about the campaign.

To make sure your stories are as effective as possible, make a statement before you start telling the story. In this particular example, it might be something like this, “I learned early on in my professional career that it’s fine to disagree if you can back up your hunches with data.” Now, when you tell your story, it’s not about the various ways you could have approached the situation better, but about how you learned from that experience and how you use it to inform future disagreements.

Finish Strong

So, when it comes to these behavioral interview questions. have some stories prepared and then practice framing them based on the question you’re asked. Practice, practice, practice, and you’ll sound like a natural in no time. The final piece of the puzzle is wrapping up your answers well. You don’t want to ruin your perfect frame and story by ending your response with, “And… yeah.”

Instead, try connecting the story back to the company or position. Quickly explaining how your experience would be useful in the position you’re interviewing for is always a strong way to wrap up. Another way to finish up a response is to give the “in short” version of the answer. For example, “In short, it’s not that I’m an amazing multitasker—I just set and review my priorities frequently.” Wrapping up an interview answer (see more in-depth tips here ) is such a commonly neglected area of preparation, but it can really help you nail the “strong communicator” impression, so don’t disregard it when you’re practicing.

The thing people assume about these questions is that they’re all about the story. And, yes, that is a critical component. But even if your story isn’t exactly what the interview question asked for, if it’s framed well and you go the extra mile to tell the interviewer what he or she should take away from it, you’ll actually end up making a stronger impression.

So, don’t stress too much about having the perfect stories lined up or the exact relevant experience. Instead, focus on the messages you’re trying to communicate to the hiring manager, and back them up with the stories that you have.


02/10/2017

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The – Ultimate – website for Military Travel! Military Only Travel

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The Ultimate website for Military Travel!

And the largest database of travel companies offering Military Discounts.

This website and service is dedicated to the men and women of the finest military in the world!

For Space-A Travel select U.S. Directory or Overseas Directory on the menu to get started.

                 

The Purple Heart Cruise for Wounded Heroes

Nominate a wounded hero for our May 2016 Cruise

Scroll to the bottom for August ‘Lost Traveler’ Contest!

Featured Military Travel Specials!

DISNEY SALUTE IS BACK! THRU MAY 2016  (some blackout dates)

We are excited to offer a special Military ticket that is exclusively for military members.  This ticket will only be available through ITT and Leisure Travel Offices including Shades of Green.  It will not be available at the gate or online.

·         Offer:  3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket   $147 for adults and $142 for children (3-9)

·         Offer Dates:  Purchase now through May  18, 2016 and completely use by May 31, 2016; no blackout dates apply

·         Eligibility: U.S. Active Duty, Retirees, DoD Civilians (Foreign Affiliates and Contractors not eligible)

·         Tickets must be ACTIVATED at any Universal Pass Sales window with a valid ID presented by the military member or military spouse; military member or spouse MUST accompany the party to the Pass Sales window for first activation of the tickets and use one of the tickets.  DEPENDENT CHILDREN CANNOT activate tickets on their own.

Or Call Sue Short, Dobbins ITT, 678-655-4797

Military Only Travel and Auto Europe have teamed up to offer a Military Discount which offers an additional 5% off on all online rentals.  Use code: 99912002. This number can also be used when you call  Auto Europe  (1-888-223-5555) but you must request the discount and provide the code.

Free  Annual Pass for U.S. Military at U.S. National Parks

  • Available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.
  • Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

With presentation of valid identification, Active and Retired U. S. Military will receive:

General Admission: Free for Military and spouse; Half-price for up to 4 guests in same vehicle per day (Guests include, but are not limited to, dependents, extended family and friends)

New Military Friends Family Annual Pass Price

We are pleased to now offer Military families the opportunity to purchase an Annual Pass at half-price.  A Military Friends Family Annual Pass will allow the passholder and up to five additional guests per day in the Gardens for free on General Admission days and half-price on Special Events* days for one calendar year as well as a host of additional benefits.  For more information, visit  www.callawaygardens.com/annualpass.

Military are defined as those in a branch of U. S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.  U.S. Military ID required for purchase and admission. Military member or spouse must be in attendance.  This does not apply to Dependents, Department of Defense employees or foreign military.

New Special Admission Price for Veterans

Also, we are pleased to now offer half-price admission, versus full-price, for U. S. Military Veterans.  With proof of service, such as a state issued Veterans Drivers License, VA card, American Legion card or proper paperwork, Veterans will receive:

•    General Admission:  Half-price for Veteran; Guests full-price

•    Special Event* Admission:  Half-price for Veteran and up to 5 guests in same vehicle per day

Overnight Visits

•  Patriot Package. $99** rate in the Mountain Creek Inn

•   Patriot Package with Golf. $139** for lodging in the Mountain Creek Inn and round of golf on our Lake View Course

•   10% discount** on Best Available Rate in our Southern Pine Cottages and Mountain Creek Villas

Make reservations online with the links above or call 1.800.CALLAWAY (225.5292) and mention Patriot Package.

Recreation:   Golf 40% off a round of golf,  Tennis 40% off court fees and equipment rental at the Mountain Creek Tennis Center,  Fishing and Boating 25% off boat and tackle rental at Kingfisher Outfitters

CruisinBob . a veteran-owned travel agency, specializing in cruises offers the best reviews, insights, and planning to maximize your cruising experience.  Ask him for your Military Discount on these Cruise Lines.

    

World Wrestling Entertainment is offering all U.S. military personnel free tickets to its Live Events worldwide as another way for the company to show its gratitude for their service to their country.  U.S. military personnel from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard can claim a free ticket to any WWE RAW or SmackDown Live Event in their local area — excluding WrestleMania — by going to their local arena box office with a military ID the day of the WWE Live Event. Tickets are available the day of the event while supplies last.

Lost Traveler Contest! We have a winner .

Photo for JULY contest. We have a winner! Walter F. of Kapolei, HI, AZ correctly identified the location as Makapuu Beach with Rabbit Island in the background.

Where is our Lost Traveler . Make a guess Win a Hawaiian print T-shirt.   Contact Us and submit your guess/answer, or go to our Face Book page and submit your guess there.

To submit your answer, send us an email !

Previous winners:  Location Identified.

July Pat B. of Huntsville, AL  (Nellis AFB, NV)

August Sharyn H. of Marietta, GA  (NAS Pensacola, FL)

September Dave B. of San Francisco, CA  (AT T Park, San Francisco, CA)

October Linda D. of Tavares, FL  (Navy Yard, Washington, DC)

November Alan R. of Lihue, Kauai, HI  (Big Bear Recreational Facility, CA)

December Stephen G. of Camp Lejeune, SC  (US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD)

January Harry D. of Jackson, TN  (Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, CA)

February Mike D. of Red Bluff, CA  (Moody AFB, GA)

March Jesse G. of Fort Hood, TX (Robins AFB, GA)

April Stephen D. of Redstone Arsenal, AL (Fort Huachuca, AZ)

May Eugene S. of Honolulu, HI (MCB Hawaii)

June Thomas B. of Yuba City, CA ( Las Vegas, NV)

July Brian M. of Phoenix, AZ (Luke AFB, AZ)

August Thomas O. of Concord, CA (Fort Bliss, TX)

September Bryant V. of Marion, TX (NAS Corpus Christi, TX)





21/08/2017

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The hottest luxury travel experiences on the planet right now

(CNN) Private islands in perfect turquoise waters, hotels so exclusive they don’t bother with star ratings and choppers that’ll whisk you far above mere mortals.

Nothing was too grand for the recent Shanghai International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), where the biggest and most exclusive names in hospitality battled for a slice of the lucrative and growing Chinese outbound travel pie.

Necker Belle (Caribbean)

Virgin boss Richard Branson’s Necker Island is already famed for being one of the world’s most spectacular private retreats.

But he also likes to get his feet wet on the Necker Belle, a 105-foot catamaran that he calls “a mobile version of Necker Island.”

Guests can design their own Caribbean itinerary, during which they’ll spend the days scuba diving, fishing, sunbathing, enjoying water sports, eating and drinking with up to 12 of their luckiest friends.

At night, a screen and projector is set up on deck for movies under the stars.

Priced from $110,000 per week, more info at: Virginlimitededition.com

Hotel President Wilson (Geneva, Switzerland)

Bill Gates, Matt Damon, Rihanna and Mikhail Gorbachev make an unlikely quartet.

The common thread?

They’ve all stayed in the Royal Penthouse suite in Geneva’s Hotel President Wilson.

Overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps, it features 12 bedrooms over 18,000 square feet — all for a cool 75,000 Swiss francs, or $80,000 per night.

Guests don’t even have to slum it in the gym as it’s got its own fitness area and spa.

Bulletproof glass, a private elevator and a helicopter pad all ensure it’s the safest spot in town.

Hotel President Wilson . 47 Quai Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland; +41 22 906 66 66

Private helicopter tour (Queenstown, New Zealand)

Few landscapes are as dramatic as the south island of New Zealand.

For those short on time, veteran pilot Louisa “Choppy” Patterson offers helicopter day trips that take in everything from Queenstown to Stewart Island.

A payment of $12,000 secures exclusive use of a Eurocopter, including an hour’s flight to isolated Stewart Island, where the nation’s flightless kiwi bird is said to outnumber humans.

Once on land, an expert guide takes guests hiking, kayaking, fishing and bird watching.

Over The Top . Blue Hangar, Tex Smith Lane, Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, New Zealand; +64 3 442 2233

Your private bird awaits.

Belmond Napoleon barge (Provence, France)

River cruises are one of the hottest trends in travel right now and the super luxury market is no exception.

One of the swankiest tours on offer is a six-night cruise on the Belmond Napoleon barge, which floats down Provence’s Rhone River, from Arles to Tain l’Hermitage.

Guests enjoy candlelit al fresco dinners and soaks in the outdoor jacuzzi at night and visit some of France’s most famous wine chateaux during the day.

High season rates to book the entire barge, which has six cabins and holds up to 12 passengers, start at $76,100.

More info at Belmond.com

Private jet tour (Australia)

Bill Peach Journeys has 30 years of experience creating private jet luxury tours in Australia and New Zealand.

Its most recent bespoke trip came in at a cool $27,000 per person for a family of five.

All travel was by Cessna Citation and included stops in Sydney, the Outback and Uluru, the Northern Territories and the Great Barrier Reef.

All accommodation during any of Bill Peach Journeys’ trips is, unsurprisingly, five-star.

More info at Billpeachjourneys.com or +61 2 9693 2233

Singita Serengeti (Tanzania)

For safari enthusiasts, Singita offers the ultimate in African wildlife encounters.

This includes the private four-suite Singita Serengeti House villa at Sasakwa Hill, which costs $84,500 per week during high season.

That elephantine price tag buys prime game watching in the heart of the private 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti game reserve, which sits on the western flank of the Serengeti.

A lap pool, private chef, horseback riding, mountain biking and archery are all available.

All meals, drinks, guides and a private Land Rover are inclusive.

Booking info at Singita.com or +27 21 683 3424

South America cruise, Seven Seas Mariner

Booking the 2,000-square-foot master suite on the Seven Seas Mariner’s South America cruise costs $120,000 per person — not terribly outrageous given you’ll be spending 72 days at sea.

Starting and finishing in Miami, passengers take in destinations like Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and much of the Caribbean along the way.

As the ship caters to only 700 guests, the staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6 means a gin and tonics are never far away.

More info at Rssc.com or +1 844 473 4368

Iceland

The land of fire and ice has no shortage of thrilling scenery, landing it on plenty of “places to go in 2015 ” lists.

One of the more luxurious Iceland tours comes via high-end travel specialists Ker Downey.

Their 10-day bespoke tour takes in geological wonders including the Godafoss waterfall, Krafla volcano, Skutustadagígar craters and Dimmuborgir lava pillars.

They’ll also help with the pronunciation.

Add in puffin and whale watching in Husavík’s Skjalfandi Bay, the famous Golden Circle tour and an extended stay in Reykjavik for their “culture night” festival and you’re looking at a price of about $23,325 per person.

More info at K erdowney.com or +1 800 423 4236

Chris Dwyer is a Hong Kong-based communications consultant and food writer. His restaurant reviews, chef interviews and more canbe found at finefooddude.com .





17/08/2017

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Ultimate Guide to European Rail Passes

Aug 20, 2014 | Updated Oct 20, 2014

Whether you’re a twenty-something backpacker or retirees who’ve finally made the time to see the world, traveling across Europe by rail is a right of passage. The major cities are home to romantic, grand stations while the countryside is dotted with charming little depots. Train travel has been a staple of extended European vacations for decades, as it is often the easiest way to navigate the continent and allow for plenty of flexibility in your itinerary. Depending on the kind of trip you’re taking, you’ll either want to buy a rail pass, which is valid for travel in several countries for a specific number of days, or point-to-point tickets. But how to decide? Here’s what you need to know to plan your rail excursion.

RAIL PASS TYPES There are many different types of rail passes that you can purchase, and you’ve probably heard about Eurail and its Global Pass, Select Pass, Regional Pass, and One Country Pass. The Eurail Global Pass allows continuous travel to 24 countries throughout Europe (although it doesn’t cover some regions like Great Britain or Poland, nor does it cover travel aboard Eurostar’s London to Paris/Brussels train or any Paris to Italy night trains.). You can buy a continuous pass for 15 or 21 days; one, two, or three months; or a flexipass version that’s good for 10 or 15 days of travel within a two-month period.

With the Select Pass you pick four bordering countries–some of which, like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) are grouped together and are considered one country for the sake of the pass–and you can travel for five, six, eight, or 10 days within a two-month window.

A variety of Regional Passes are available that offer train service between popular routes like France and Italy, the Benelux states, and Germany, as well as France and Spain. (See the full list of regional Eurail pass options. ) You can purchase four-to 10-day passes that can be used within a two-month window.

And, of course, you can purchase a One Country Pass for travel within one country, like Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden. Take a look at the list of One Country Passes .

FIRST AND SECOND CLASS TRAIN CARS European trains offer first- and second-class cars. First-class cars generally have roomier seats, wider aisles, and extras like air-conditioning. Business travelers or those hoping to catch a few winks tend to book first-class tickets. Second-class cars often cost up to a third less than first-class tickets and they are quite comfortable, although generally more crowded. Many rail passes force anyone over the age of 26 to purchase a first-class pass, while anyone under that age has the option to buy a pass for either class.

RESERVED SEATING: IS IT A MUST? Some popular routes–like Eurostar’s London to Paris/Brussels itinerary–do require that each passenger reserve a seat. That’s also often the case if you want to travel on a high-speed train. However, the vast majority of trains don’t require advance seat reservations. Visit the Deutsche Bahn online schedule to check to see whether or not a reservation is required for the trains you’re hoping to ride. Advance seating reservations can be free, a few dollars per person, or as much as $35. You can make your reservations at any train station in Europe or in advance through many U.S.-based train pass service agencies.

WHAT’S BETTER: A RAIL PASS OR POINT-TO-POINT TICKETS? If you’ve never traveled Europe by train, there’s a lot of information to process. It can be difficult to know if it’s a better deal to buy a rail pass or simply go for a series of point-to-point tickets. To decide, write a rough draft of your itinerary. Which countries will you visit and when? Which will you travel to by train? How many train trips do you expect to take? Visit sites like Eurail and Rail Europe that offer maps, schedules, and fares for more than 50 European train companies. Or, consult these country-specific train companies:

Generally speaking, a pass may be worth it if you plan to spend a lot of time on trains and are visiting many different countries. Remember, some countries have better train coverage than others. If you’re exploring Ireland or Greece, for example, a rail pass would probably do you no good since you likely won’t be able to get to all of your desired destinations by train.

Andrea M. Rotondo is a writer based in New York City. She covers cruise and luxury travel trends for Fodors.com, Condé Nast Traveler, Cruise Critic, and other websites and magazines. She also teaches travelers how to leverage their frequent flyer miles at FrequentFlyerToolkits.com.





12/08/2017

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The ultimate guide to long-haul travel with young children

Experts share their top tips for enjoying family getaways that deliver enjoyment for adults and offspring alike, and for coping with the inevitable incidents

The thought of faraway holidays with children can leave many parents feeling fatigued before the plane has even taken off. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Marianne Rogerson, a mother of two, was determined not to let being a parent curtail her spirit of adventure. Rogerson, who grew up in Hong Kong, has always harboured a passion for adventure travel, trekking up mountains in Peru, white water rafting in Costa Rica and hiking the rainforest in Borneo.

Having children means less of such adrenaline-fuelled fun. “Things have to be a little calmer with toddlers in tow,” Rogerson says – but her wanderlust has not waned. This year, the mumonthemove blogger took her daughter, four, and two-year-old son bamboo rafting in Guilin, southern China, and on a farming and fishing adventure in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Anders Bay Jenson describes his frequent trips around the globe with wife Alexandra and son Anton, five, on the blog threeonthego.com

He and his wife are firm believers that children are an asset to travel. “We refused to believe having a child should prevent us from travelling,” says Jenson. “The way in which we travel has changed. We travel slower but we see much more, and with completely different eyes; also through the eyes of our son.”

Still, for many families, travelling abroad is as much about mishaps as having fun – whether it’s temper tantrums, wetting themselves while asleep on your lap or spilling your red wine on the plane. So these are some of the factors to consider when planning the next family getaway.

Location, location, location

Booking hotels with child-friendly facilities can make life easier, especially for relaxing beach holidays. This also guarantees the presence of other families, so your kids won’t get disapproving looks for splashing in the pool.

The ethos of Intrepid Travel (intrepidtravel.com) is that families can have fun off the beaten track. It offers tailor-made trips for families in Africa, the Middle East, India and the Himalayas that feature a range of activities but build in flexible family time.

Finding a suitable destination is also a top priority: no one wants to drag their children to a city. Safedestinations.com is a great resource, packed full of tips on safe places to visit with the family. Hong Kong ranks 12th safest among 141 countries and territories listed on the website, with Finland, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates taking the top three spots.

Planning and packing

Engaging children in learning about the world can go a long way in pushing their boundaries. Subscribing to tools such as Little Passports (littlepassports.com) will give them an appetite for travel. Australian mumpacktravel.com blogger Evie Farrell and her daughter Emmie, five, gear up for adventures with a countdown on a blackboard, counting off each day until their departure.

Pre-booking a baby cot or rollaway bed at hotels and checking the availability of other amenities, such as a baby bath and steriliser, is recommended. This saves on suitcase space and lugging around excess luggage, says Sotheat Heng of Discover the Mekong, which organises tailor-made trips across Southeast Asia.

Nicola Burke, the author of award-winning family travel blog jetlagandmayhem.com, often packs travel blinds. “I’ve stayed in far too many hotels where rogue windows stream light in and wake my kids up early,” says the mother of two. Portable blackout blinds, such as the Gro Anywhere Blind or SnoozeShade, can be bought for cots, or you can make your own using black bin liners and Sellotape.

To avoid jet lag, adapt to the local schedule as soon as you can, and resist the urge to snooze the day away. Getting out into the daylight will help reset your body clock.

Get the gear

Investing in good equipment goes a long way: Rogerson often takes along a lightweight Maclaren stroller and ready bed – a blow-up mattress with a built-in sleeping bag – while Anders buys garments made of merino wool (such as those from New Zealand brand Icebreaker), which are easy to clean and don’t smell.

The Trunki – fun mini suitcases with wheels that young children can hitch a ride on – make walking long airport corridors fun for kids. The Maxi Micro Luggage Scooter is an alternative for older children. The 1stClassKid+ Travel Pillow is another worthwhile investment. Light to carry, it inflates to fit on the floor in between passenger seats so young children can spread out to sleep.

Up and away

The idea of keeping young children entertained during long hours in the air or waiting at airports during stopovers and because of delays sends chills down the spines of the most seasoned parents. Packing saviours such as snacks, colouring books and toys in hand luggage is essential, and downloading movies and games on the iPad is a must.

“People can be as disapproving as they like but the iPad is an absolute godsend,” says Rogerson.

She often books overnight flights for long-haul trips in the hope the children will fall asleep.

Infants under the age of two can fly free of charge if seated on an adult’s lap. On long-haul flights, most airlines offer bassinets that hook into the wall in front of bulkhead seats, so book early to reserve the right seat. Consult SeatGuru for the plane’s layout to find spots with the most leg room.

Shea Stanley, co-founder of parenting site Little Steps Asia, says bending the rules is a no-brainer. “While travelling, all traditional rules go out the window, including bribery. It works wonders on a flight,” says Stanley, who has two children.

She packs a bag of little surprises – one for every hour of the flight – and rewards her children for good behaviour and nap time. “It’s all about survival.”

Many parents dread the thought of flying with a baby who won’t stop crying, but Farrell believes such anxiety is unnecessary.

“People are generally understanding, and your priority is your baby and their comfort. If your baby cries, then comfort them as you would at home and try to enjoy the flight,” says Farrell, who is gearing up for a year backpacking across Southeast Asia with her daughter.

Out and about

Rogerson makes it a point to balance cultural excursions with a fun activity, such as the hotel pool or beach time. “Nothing ruins a sight-seeing day more than a whingeing child,”she says.

Long day trips can be broken up with snack breaks, games such as Eye Spy and scavenger-hunt-style activity sheets. Sotheat says: “There are lots of ideas online for games to keep children engaged.”

Many holiday destinations offer classic bus tours of major sites, which Jenson says is ideal for families.

“There’s a reason why the ‘classic bus tours’ have become classic,” he says. “They give you an easy overview of the place so you can easily pick “must sees” to look at afterwards.”

Older children can be kept occupied creating a scrap book. Pinterest is full of ideas – visit the Vacation Travel Scrapbooking board for inspiration. “Give them a cheap compact, digital camera to shoot and record their own memories. You’ll be surprised by what they see,” Jenson says.

Despite the extended pre-planning, tackling long-distance travel as a family is undoubtedly an enriching experience, he says. “Children are some of the best travel mates you will ever get.”

Flight essentials for babies

Nicola Burke, who blogs on jetlagandmayhem.com, lists five items she finds indispensable for infant comfort on long-haul flights.

  • A baby carrier, for example Ergo, which allows you to be hands-free and is also useful for jiggling a baby to sleep.
  • A black shawl to drape over airline bassinets to create blackout (be sure to leave a gap for ventilation, though).
  • Baby wipes.
  • A change of clothes for you and your baby.
  • Spare plastic bags to hold items from finished bottles to vomit-soiled clothes.




14/07/2017

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The Ultimate Gap Travel Resource Website from the gap year –

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GAP TRAVEL

The Ultimate Gap Travel Resource Website

In the past decade gap travel has grown faster than any other type of travel.

Whereas in 2001 there were just a handful of gap travel providers, now in 2011 there are getting on for 100 gap travel organisations, and many of these are handling thousands of travelling customers every year.

Gap Travel has grown because taking a gap year or gap break has become the norm for young people leaving school or university. Now, with tuition fees presenting a financial threat to potential university students, and with the current poor employment prospects, many young people are thinking that they may just as well take a gap trip.

Older people too are taking gap travel journeys. Most do not take a full year, and so the term gap year is being replaced by gap trip, or better…gap travel.

People who take gap travel journeys are often referred to as gappers or gap travellers.

Gap Travel can mean a journey lasting anything from a few weeks to a few years and there are many great  destinations available to people go on their gap travels, from Alaska to Zimbabwe. There are numerous possibilities of things to do and accomplish on a gap trip.

It is important that students who are planning to go to university, or find a job upon their return, do something worthwhile on their gap travels, such as volunteering or undertaking paid work, or learning new skills such as how to sail or how to speak a foreign language. A gap trip spent simply having fun will not impress the university  admissions people or the employers nearly as much as a well structured and useful gap travel journey..

Most people decide where to go on their gap travels first, then look at options for activities in the countries that they plan to visit, and there are lots of gap travel options, such as adventure travel, volunteering with local communities or with wildlife or conservation, paid work, learning new skills, learning a new language, taking tours and much more.

We hope that this website will give you ideas about where you can go and what you can go on your gap travel journey.





05/07/2017

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About Roadtrips, The Ultimate in Sports Travel #media #travel

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About Roadtrips, The Ultimate in Sports Travel

The Roadtrips Difference

  • Custom sports travel packages to the most popular sporting events since 1992
  • Preferred sports travel supplier to the American Express Platinum Destinations Vacations program
  • Travel + Leisure 2013 A-List Member on Staff; World s Best Advisor for International Sporting Events
  • Highly responsive and attentive service from time of booking through travel experience
  • Distinctive accommodations chosen for their excellent service, great value, amazing amenities, and convenient location
  • Preferred seating and unique VIP access for discerning sports travellers
  • Completely customizable to meet your expectations and budget

The Industry Leader

For more than 20 years, Roadtrips has been arranging amazing sports travel packages for discriminating fans to the world s most sought-after sporting events. We offer customized travel and a consultative approach to create your perfect trip. Packages are built to your specifications and include preferred seating (even to ‘sold out’ events), distinctive accommodations, expert travel and concierge services, and a long list of other possibilities that cater to even the most discerning traveler. No matter which world-class sporting event you choose, we take care of all the arrangements to provide you with an extraordinary sports travel experience that you will never forget.

Passion for Guests Experiences

You will be hard-pressed to find a collection of people with more expertise and passion for sports and luxury travel than our staff. Everyone at Roadtrips treasures the opportunity to share our passion with our guests. We love what we do and it shows. It is the Roadtrips mission for each of our guests to enjoy special moments and a worry-free experience. We accomplish this by being experts in our field, by providing only top quality travel and hospitality products, and through our commitment to the highest level of service possible. Anticipating and quickly responding to your needs – that is our goal. It’s what sets Roadtrips apart and is one of the many reasons why our guests return every year.

Stellar Reputation

When you travel with Roadtrips, you can be confident that you are being completely taken care of by one of the leaders in the sports travel industry. Roadtrips has received many accolades for its superlative service and is known in the travel industry as a unique private source for luxury travelers. Roadtrips is the preferred sports travel supplier to top travel agent networks including the Signature Travel Network, Ensemble Travel Group, AAA SignaTours, and the American Express Travel Network participating in the Platinum Destinations® Vacations program, one of the exclusive travel benefits available to Platinum® Card members from American Express. Our staff members have been recognized as the most knowledgable in their field including the prestigious Travel + Leisure 2013 A-List award for the World s Best Travel Advisor for International Sporting Events.

Loved By You!

Of course, our most appreciated recognition is from our valued guests. Most of our annual business comes from repeat customers and referrals. Each one of our satisfied guests is the ultimate proof that we are experts in our industry, provide only top quality travel and hospitality services, and are committed to the highest level of service. Feel free to ask us for references or take a look at the hundreds of customer comments that guests have submitted to us.

Contact Us Today

Just one call to one of our helpful sports travel specialists is all you need to plan your entire sports travel package. We’ve done all the research, saving you the time and hassle of trying to make the arrangements yourself. Backed by our years of experience and commitment to excellence, we will take care of all the details so you can relax, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the best sports travel experience ever!

Hotel Partners

Roadtrips works with many award winning hotels including recipients of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, and members of the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. Whether it’s five star accommodations on the beach in Rio De Janeiro for the World Cup or Summer Games or the finest downtown hotels in London and New York for Grand Slam tennis, we offer the best at the world’s top events.





19/05/2017

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The ultimate guide to long-haul travel with young children #kenya #travel

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The ultimate guide to long-haul travel with young children

Experts share their top tips for enjoying family getaways that deliver enjoyment for adults and offspring alike, and for coping with the inevitable incidents

The thought of faraway holidays with children can leave many parents feeling fatigued before the plane has even taken off. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Marianne Rogerson, a mother of two, was determined not to let being a parent curtail her spirit of adventure. Rogerson, who grew up in Hong Kong, has always harboured a passion for adventure travel, trekking up mountains in Peru, white water rafting in Costa Rica and hiking the rainforest in Borneo.

Having children means less of such adrenaline-fuelled fun. “Things have to be a little calmer with toddlers in tow,” Rogerson says – but her wanderlust has not waned. This year, the mumonthemove blogger took her daughter, four, and two-year-old son bamboo rafting in Guilin, southern China, and on a farming and fishing adventure in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Anders Bay Jenson describes his frequent trips around the globe with wife Alexandra and son Anton, five, on the blog threeonthego.com

He and his wife are firm believers that children are an asset to travel. “We refused to believe having a child should prevent us from travelling,” says Jenson. “The way in which we travel has changed. We travel slower but we see much more, and with completely different eyes; also through the eyes of our son.”

Still, for many families, travelling abroad is as much about mishaps as having fun – whether it’s temper tantrums, wetting themselves while asleep on your lap or spilling your red wine on the plane. So these are some of the factors to consider when planning the next family getaway.

Location, location, location

Booking hotels with child-friendly facilities can make life easier, especially for relaxing beach holidays. This also guarantees the presence of other families, so your kids won’t get disapproving looks for splashing in the pool.

The ethos of Intrepid Travel (intrepidtravel.com) is that families can have fun off the beaten track. It offers tailor-made trips for families in Africa, the Middle East, India and the Himalayas that feature a range of activities but build in flexible family time.

Finding a suitable destination is also a top priority: no one wants to drag their children to a city. Safedestinations.com is a great resource, packed full of tips on safe places to visit with the family. Hong Kong ranks 12th safest among 141 countries and territories listed on the website, with Finland, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates taking the top three spots.

Planning and packing

Engaging children in learning about the world can go a long way in pushing their boundaries. Subscribing to tools such as Little Passports (littlepassports.com) will give them an appetite for travel. Australian mumpacktravel.com blogger Evie Farrell and her daughter Emmie, five, gear up for adventures with a countdown on a blackboard, counting off each day until their departure.

Pre-booking a baby cot or rollaway bed at hotels and checking the availability of other amenities, such as a baby bath and steriliser, is recommended. This saves on suitcase space and lugging around excess luggage, says Sotheat Heng of Discover the Mekong, which organises tailor-made trips across Southeast Asia.

Nicola Burke, the author of award-winning family travel blog jetlagandmayhem.com, often packs travel blinds. “I’ve stayed in far too many hotels where rogue windows stream light in and wake my kids up early,” says the mother of two. Portable blackout blinds, such as the Gro Anywhere Blind or SnoozeShade, can be bought for cots, or you can make your own using black bin liners and Sellotape.

To avoid jet lag, adapt to the local schedule as soon as you can, and resist the urge to snooze the day away. Getting out into the daylight will help reset your body clock.

Get the gear

Investing in good equipment goes a long way: Rogerson often takes along a lightweight Maclaren stroller and ready bed – a blow-up mattress with a built-in sleeping bag – while Anders buys garments made of merino wool (such as those from New Zealand brand Icebreaker), which are easy to clean and don’t smell.

The Trunki – fun mini suitcases with wheels that young children can hitch a ride on – make walking long airport corridors fun for kids. The Maxi Micro Luggage Scooter is an alternative for older children. The 1stClassKid+ Travel Pillow is another worthwhile investment. Light to carry, it inflates to fit on the floor in between passenger seats so young children can spread out to sleep.

Up and away

The idea of keeping young children entertained during long hours in the air or waiting at airports during stopovers and because of delays sends chills down the spines of the most seasoned parents. Packing saviours such as snacks, colouring books and toys in hand luggage is essential, and downloading movies and games on the iPad is a must.

“People can be as disapproving as they like but the iPad is an absolute godsend,” says Rogerson.

She often books overnight flights for long-haul trips in the hope the children will fall asleep.

Infants under the age of two can fly free of charge if seated on an adult’s lap. On long-haul flights, most airlines offer bassinets that hook into the wall in front of bulkhead seats, so book early to reserve the right seat. Consult SeatGuru for the plane’s layout to find spots with the most leg room.

Shea Stanley, co-founder of parenting site Little Steps Asia, says bending the rules is a no-brainer. “While travelling, all traditional rules go out the window, including bribery. It works wonders on a flight,” says Stanley, who has two children.

She packs a bag of little surprises – one for every hour of the flight – and rewards her children for good behaviour and nap time. “It’s all about survival.”

Many parents dread the thought of flying with a baby who won’t stop crying, but Farrell believes such anxiety is unnecessary.

“People are generally understanding, and your priority is your baby and their comfort. If your baby cries, then comfort them as you would at home and try to enjoy the flight,” says Farrell, who is gearing up for a year backpacking across Southeast Asia with her daughter.

Out and about

Rogerson makes it a point to balance cultural excursions with a fun activity, such as the hotel pool or beach time. “Nothing ruins a sight-seeing day more than a whingeing child,”she says.

Long day trips can be broken up with snack breaks, games such as Eye Spy and scavenger-hunt-style activity sheets. Sotheat says: “There are lots of ideas online for games to keep children engaged.”

Many holiday destinations offer classic bus tours of major sites, which Jenson says is ideal for families.

“There’s a reason why the ‘classic bus tours’ have become classic,” he says. “They give you an easy overview of the place so you can easily pick “must sees” to look at afterwards.”

Older children can be kept occupied creating a scrap book. Pinterest is full of ideas – visit the Vacation Travel Scrapbooking board for inspiration. “Give them a cheap compact, digital camera to shoot and record their own memories. You’ll be surprised by what they see,” Jenson says.

Despite the extended pre-planning, tackling long-distance travel as a family is undoubtedly an enriching experience, he says. “Children are some of the best travel mates you will ever get.”

Flight essentials for babies

Nicola Burke, who blogs on jetlagandmayhem.com, lists five items she finds indispensable for infant comfort on long-haul flights.

  • A baby carrier, for example Ergo, which allows you to be hands-free and is also useful for jiggling a baby to sleep.
  • A black shawl to drape over airline bassinets to create blackout (be sure to leave a gap for ventilation, though).
  • Baby wipes.
  • A change of clothes for you and your baby.
  • Spare plastic bags to hold items from finished bottles to vomit-soiled clothes.




14/04/2017

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Low cost airlines business model practices vary widely. Some practices are more common in certain regions, while others are generally universal. The common theme among all Low cost airlines is the reduction of cost and reduced overall fares compared to legacy and flag carriers.

Some Low cost airlines operate aircraft configured with a single passenger class, and most operate just a single type of aircraft. In the past, Low cost airlines tended to operate older aircraft, such as the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and older models of the Boeing 737. Since 2000, fleets generally consist of smaller, newer, more fuel efficient aircraft, commonly the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 families, reducing training and servicing costs.

Like the major carriers, many Low cost airlines develop one or more hubs to maximize destination coverage and defend their markets. Many, like Southwest Airlines, do not operate a traditional hub in any market. Southwest operates point-to-point service, with focus cities serving as mini-hubs for passenger connections to other cities.

Aircraft often operate with a minimum set of optional equipment, further reducing costs of acquisition and maintenance, as well as keeping the weight of the aircraft lower and thus saving fuel. Pilot conveniences may be excluded such as Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) and Autothrottle. Often, in-flight entertainment systems are not made available, though many US Low cost airlines do offer satellite television or radio in-flight. Some do not offer reserved seating, hoping to encourage passengers to board early and quickly, thus decreasing turnaround times. Some airlines even use only non-reclining seats, or operate aircraft with no window shades.

Low cost airlines often offer a simpler fare scheme, such as charging one-way tickets half that of round-trips. Typically fares increase as the plane fills up, which rewards early reservations. Often, the low cost carriers fly to smaller, less congested secondary airports and/or fly to airports in off-peak hours to avoid air traffic delays and taking advantage of lower landing fees. The airlines tend to offload, service and re-load the aircraft (turnaround) in shorter time periods, allowing maximum utilization of an aircraft.

In Europe and early in Southwest’s history, luggage is not automatically transferred from one flight to another, even if both flights are with the same company. This saved costs and is thought to encourage passengers to take direct flights. Modern US-based Low cost airlines generally transfer baggage for continuing flights, as well as transferring baggage to other airlines.

In many cases, low cost carriers generate ancillary revenue from a variety of activities, such as à la carte features and commission-based products. Some airlines may charge a fee for a pillow or blanket or for carry-on baggage. In Europe, it is common for each and every convenience and service to have an additional charge. In other regions this practice is more limited.

Low cost airlines are intended to be low-cost, so in many cases employees work multiple roles. At some airlines flight attendants also clean the aircraft or work as gate agents (limiting personnel costs). Southwest Airlines is well known for using fuel hedging programs to reduce its overall fuel costs. Some airlines eschew the use of gates that include jetways, since these generally cost more to lease.

Where permissible, some airlines have a disinclination to handle Special Service passengers, for instance by placing a higher age limit on unaccompanied minors than full service carriers. Often these airlines offer no refunds or transfers to later flights in the event of missed flights; if the aircraft leaves on time without a passenger who arrived late, he will have to buy a wholly new ticket for the next flight.





06/04/2017

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