Travel Tips: When is the Best Time of Year to Visit

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A Complete Guide to Deciding When to Book Your Paris Vacation

By Courtney Traub. Paris Travel Expert

A native of the notorious San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Courtney Traub now divides her time between Paris and the UK.

A freelance writer, reporter, and editor who’s worked for print, web, and radio outlets, Courtney enjoys aimless strolling around her favorite Paris neighborhoods. old movies on crackly screens. and the endless challenge of polishing her French .

When planning a trip to Paris. one of your most pressing questions is likely to be when is the best time to go? If you re set to visit Paris for the first time, you may be persuaded that the much-lauded Paris in the springtime is the obvious choice– but depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, and your personal centers of interest, another time of year may in fact suit you much better.

Similarly, if you ve been to Paris before, you may wonder whether a fall or winter visit will be worthwhile, given rumors of cold, bitter conditions and gloomy, unsociable locals. The reality, though, is far more nuanced– the winter holiday season in Paris offers plenty of light and celebration as the city lights up for Christmas and other winter holidays. In the fall, meanwhile, events like the Montmartre Wine Harvest (Vendanges)  and Nuit Blanche. an all-night arts and culture event that sees crowds throng the streets for free exhibits and performances, bring the city to life in a memorable way.

As a long-time resident of the city of light, my own perspective is that every season here has its charms and pitfalls, pros and cons– as they do anywhere else, of course! There s no ideal time, in short, and deciding when to book is a highly personal decision that will depend on a number of factors.





26/11/2017

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Season by Season: Knowing When to Go to Paris

If you are planning a trip to the capital of France, then you probably want to know when to go to Paris. Spring is one of the best times to go visit the City of Lights. This is just when the sun is starting reappear after a long winter, and the flowers are blooming. The weather is not super hot, and you will not need to bundle up when you go outside. You will have cooler weather and some showers, but it is well worth the trip.

Summer is not bad either as the Parisians really start to come alive. There are plenty of festivals and parks that are lovely to visit. Plus, the national holiday on July 14th is a must see! You can join millions of others on the Champ de Mars and watch the Eiffel Tower light up with fireworks. It is a magical sight, and one you will not forget too soon.

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Fall is just as good as any other season when considering the best time for Paris travels. The weather will be starting to cool, and the leaves will begin to change color. The Jardin de Luxembourg is lovely in the Autumn. You cannot be strolling through the park as the leaves circle around you. Plus, it also a great time if you love fashion. Every year the city hosts fashion week during the first week of October.

Winter is also just as lovely as Christmas is a great time to see the city full of holiday spirit and cheer. All of the festive lights and decorations will be out as well. Plus, there is a the giant Christmas fair down the Champs Elysee that you should not miss. However, if you can wait a couple of months, go in February. The weather will be miserable, but the tickets will drop to at least half price. Plus, crowds will be fewer and hotels cheaper. The weather is not great, but you will see Paris as real Parisians do. Sometimes it is nice to see a city in the off season. You trip will feel more authentic as a result of knowing when to travel top Paris.

August: Just Do Not Do It!

If you only take one thing away from this article, remember to not visit Paris during the month of August. This is the official summer holiday of many French men and women. You are more than welcome to visit the city during that month, but you will be met with great disappointment. Many shops, restaurants, and bars are closed as the owners go on vacation. Also, tickets will be more expensive as Parisians race to leave the city. Sure, there will be fewer crowds, but you will not be able to see at least half of the city. Thus, save your trip for the other eleven months of the year.

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24/11/2017

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When to Go in Australia #how #to #get #the #cheapest #airline

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When to Go

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is basking in the Southern Hemisphere s summer, and vice versa. Midwinter in Australia is July and August, and the hottest months are November through March. Remember, unlike in the Northern Hemisphere, the farther south you go in Australia, the colder it gets.

The Travel Seasons

Airfares to Australia are lowest from mid-April to late August the best time to visit the Red Centre and the Great Barrier Reef.

High Season – The peak travel season in the most popular parts of Australia is the Aussie winter. In much of the country particularly the northern half the most pleasant time to travel is April through September, when daytime temperatures are 66[dg]F to 88[dg]F (19[dg]C 31[dg]C) and it rarely rains. June, July, and August are the busiest months in these parts; you ll need to book accommodations and tours well in advance, and you will pay higher rates then, too.

On the other hand, Australia s summer is a nice time to visit the southern states, and even in winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing.

Generally, the best months to visit Australia are September and October, when it s often still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states, it s cool enough to tour Uluru, and the humidity and rains have not come to Cairns (although it will be very hot by Oct).

Low Season – October through March (summer) is just too hot, too humid, or too wet or all three to tour the Red Centre. North Queensland, including Cairns, suffers an intensely hot, humid wet season from November or December through March or April. So if you decide to travel at this time and lots of people do be prepared to take the heat, the inconvenience of potential flooding, and the slight chance of encountering cyclones.

Australian National Public Holidays

On national public holidays, services such as banking, postal needs, and purchasing of alcohol might be limited or unavailable. There also may be additional holidays as declared by individual states and territories, such as Melbourne Cup Day: Based on the country s most famous thoroughbred horse race, Melbourne Cup Day is celebrated the first Tuesday of November, and the race is nicknamed the race that stops the nation.

* New Year s Day, January 1. Expect the usual fireworks and festivities to begin the night of December 31 to ring in the New Year.

* Australia Day, January 26. This national day recognizes the First Fleet s arrival in 1788, when 11 ships made their way from England to establish a colony here in Australia.

* Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. The Christian commemoration of Jesus crucifixion and his death. In Australia, Good Friday is observed the first Friday after the full moon (on or after Mar 21).

* Easter Monday, day after Easter Sunday. The Christian commemoration of Jesus resurrection from the dead.

* Anzac Day, April 25. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day recognizes those who have served the nation in times of war.

* Christmas Day, December 25. When Christians celebrate Jesus birth. Note: If Christmas is on a weekend day, the next Monday is termed a public holiday.

* Boxing Day, December 26. Originally a British tradition involving gift-giving, Boxing Day is now an Australian holiday, and some sports kick off their seasons on this date. If Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next Monday is deemed a public holiday. If it falls on a Sunday, the next Tuesday is the holiday.

Steer Clear of the Vacation Rush

Try to avoid Australia from Boxing Day (Dec 26) to the end of January, when Aussies take their summer vacations. For popular seaside holiday spots, hotel rooms and airline seats get scarce as hen s teeth, and it s a rare airline or hotel that will discount full rates by even a dollar.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





24/11/2017

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When to Go in Italy #cheap #hotels

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When to Go

The best months for traveling in Italy are from April to June and mid-September to October temperatures are usually comfortable, rural colors are richer, and the crowds aren t too intense. From July through early September the country s holiday spots teem with visitors. May and June usually see the highest hotel prices in Rome and Florence.

August is the worst month in most places: Not only does it get uncomfortably hot, muggy, and crowded, but seemingly the entire country goes on vacation, at least from August 15 onward and many Italians take off the entire month. Many family-run hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed (except at the spas, beaches, and islands, where most Italians head). Paradoxically, you will have many urban places almost to yourself if you visit in August Turin and Milan, in particular, can seem virtual ghost towns, and hotels there (and in Florence and Rome) are heavily discounted, Just be aware that fashionable restaurants and nightspots are usually closed for the whole month.

From late October to Easter, many attractions operate on shorter (sometimes much shorter) winter hours, and some hotels are closed for renovation or redecoration, though that is less likely if you are visiting the cities. Many family-run restaurants take a week or two off sometime between November and February; spa and beach destinations become padlocked ghost towns.

Weather — It s warm all over Italy in summer; it can be very hot in the south, and almost anywhere inland landlocked cities on the plains of Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, and in Tuscany, can feel stifling during a July or August hot spell. The higher temperatures (measured in Italy in degrees Celsius) usually begin everywhere in May, often lasting until sometime in October. Winters in the north of Italy are cold, with rain and snow. A biting wind whistles over the mountains into Milan, Turin, and Venice. In Rome and the south the weather is warm (or at least, warm-ish) almost all year, averaging 10 C (50 F) in winter.

The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.

Holidays — Offices, government buildings (though not usually tourist offices), and shops in Italy are generally closed on: January 1 (Capodanno, or New Year); January 6 (La Befana, or Epiphany); Easter Sunday (Pasqua); Easter Monday (Pasquetta); April 25 (Liberation Day); May 1 (Festa del Lavoro, or Labor Day); June 2 (Festa della Repubblica, or Republic Day); August 15 (Ferragosto, or the Assumption of the Virgin); November 1 (All Saints Day); December 8 (L Immacolata, or the Immaculate Conception); December 25 (Natale, Christmas Day); December 26 (Santo Stefano, or St. Stephen s Day). You ll also often find businesses closed for the annual daylong celebration dedicated to the local saint (for example, on January 31 in San Gimignano, Tuscany).

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





24/11/2017

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When to Go in Peru #find #cheap #hotels

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When to Go

Peak travel season for foreigners is in great part determined by weather. Peru experiences two very distinct seasons, wet and dry — terms that are much more relevant than “summer” and “winter.” Peru’s high season for travel coincides with the driest months: May through October, with by far the greatest number of visitors in July and August. May and September are particularly fine months to visit much of the country. Airlines and hotels also consider the period from mid-December through mid-January as peak season.

From June to September (winter in the Southern Hemisphere) in the highlands, days are clear and often spectacularly sunny, with chilly or downright cold nights, especially at high elevations. For trekking in the mountains, including the Inca Trail, these are by far the best months. This is also the best time of the year to visit the Amazon basin: Mosquitoes are fewer, and many fauna stay close to the rivers (although some people prefer to travel in the jungle during the wet season, when higher water levels allow for more river penetration). Note that Peruvians travel in huge numbers around July 28, the national holiday, and finding accommodations in popular destinations around this time can be difficult.

Climate

Generally, May through October is the dry season; November through April is the rainy season, and the wettest months are January through April. In mountain areas, roads and trek paths can become impassable. Peru’s climate, though, is markedly different among its three regions. The coast is predominantly arid and mild, the Andean region is temperate to cold, and the eastern lowlands are tropically warm and humid.

On the desert coast, summer (Dec-Apr) is hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 77 F to 95 F (25 C-35 C) or more along the north coast. In winter (May-Oct), temperatures are much milder, though with high humidity. Much of the coast, including Lima, is shrouded in a gray mist called gar a. Only extreme northern beaches are warm enough for swimming.

In the highlands from May to October, rain is scarce. Daytime temperatures reach a warm 68 F to 77 F (20 C-25 C), and nights are often quite cold (near freezing), especially in June and July. Rainfall is very abundant from December to March, when temperatures are slightly milder — 64 F to 68 F (18 C-20 C) dropping only to 59 F (15 C) at night. The wettest months are January and February. Most mornings are dry, but clouds move in during the afternoon and produce heavy downpours.

Although the Amazon jungle is consistently humid and tropical, with significant rainfall year-round, it, too, experiences two clearly different seasons. During the dry season (May-Oct), temperatures reach 86 F to 100 F (30 C-38 C) during the day. From November to April, there are frequent rain showers (which last only a few hours at a time), causing the rivers to swell; temperatures are similarly steamy.

Public Holidays

National public holidays in Peru include New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Three Kings Day (Jan 6), Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (Easter week, Mar or Apr), Labor Day (May 1), Fiestas Patrias (July 28-29), Battle of Angamos (Oct 8), All Saints’ Day (Nov 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8), and Christmas (Dec 24-25).

Check http://events.frommers.com, where you’ll find a searchable, up-to-the-minute roster of what’s happening in cities all over the world.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





24/11/2017

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When to Book Christmas Flights – Thanksgiving 2013 Fare Tips #travel

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The Best Time to Book Thanksgiving Holiday Flights 2013

Posted by PeterGreenberg.com on October 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

By now you know to expect high fares for Christmas and Thanksgiving travel, but there are a few booking secrets you can employ to get ahead of the pack. Here s what you can do to score to best deal on holiday flights 2013.

So How is 2013 Shaping Up?

Once again, airfare is up and by all analysis the 2013 holiday season will have higher fares than 2012.

Hotwire found that fall airfares for 2013 are up 4 to 5 percent for domestic travel. This fall, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Vancouver represent the best airfare deals for 2013.

Over the holidays, fares are on par with last year according to FareCompare. The site noted that prices are up just 1 percent over 2012, however 2012 prices were at an 8-year high.

Orbitz also noted a fare hike. On average, flights to the top 10 destinations over Thanksgiving are up 9.4 percent. Over the Christmas holiday flights are up 8.6 percent, and flights during New Year’s Eve are up 2.4 percent.

When to Book

If you’re thinking about Thanksgiving travel, it s probably too late to take advantage of this year’s lowest fares.

FareCompare CEO and co-founder Rick Seaney claimed last week that you can add $5 every day you wait to book your Thanksgiving ticket. If you wait until October 31, you can expect to pay $140 more.

Kayak  offered a more tempered approach. The lowest time to book Thanksgiving flights appeared between mid-August and Labor Day. After the August drop, fares were predicted to stay low until the last week of October. Last-minute flights after October are predicted to rise 21 percent.

Hipmunk offered yet another schedule for fare hikes. CEO Adam Goldstein noted that between August and September fares go up 35 percent, then an addition 10 percent in October and 15 percent in November.

When it comes to the holiday rush or any other seasonal rush, it’s always best to keep your eyes out for fare sales. For the legacy carriers you can periodically find fare sales for year-round travel, a 330-day travel period, says Peter Thornton, senior airfare analyst at Smarter Travel Media, parent company of Airfare Watchdog. BookingBuddy.com and other travel resources. Keep in mind a fare is not valid for all 330 days and blackouts will apply.

Thornton  notes,

“There will be more availability for the peak dates when [fare] sales happen just after the said travel period. February can be a good time to pounce on seats for peak holiday travel when the 330-day travel period flash sales occur. Of course, there is no guarantee that any given route will have one of those sales and no idea of knowing exactly when. Alerts are key.”

Of course, the standard wisdom about when to book applies. The best day to book flights remains at the start of the week. Hotwire suggests, “Book on Monday or Tuesday and fly on Tuesday or Wednesday to find the best deals, as planes are typically at their fullest Thursday through Monday.

If you’re even questioning whether the airfare you found for the holidays is a bargain, you’ve probably found a deal. To understand whether or not you have found a deal, search for the same route on a different days outside the holiday time period.

Don’t expect the best airfares of the year for holiday travel. Thornton confirms what we all already know too well: “You will pretty much never see the lowest fare on offer available for peak holiday travel dates. These dates can often be much, much higher than dates which are just a few days or a week apart from them.”

Instead, Thornton confirms that you will have found a deal if “the price for peak holiday travel is the same or only slightly higher than the off-peak prices (September/October, early November/December).”

The Best Days NOT to Travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas

If you’re worried about crowds at the airport, chances are you are flying during some of the most expensive days of the year.

If possible, avoid traveling on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving; December 21, the Saturday before Christmas; and December 28, the busiest day for both New Years and Christmas travel.

Orbitz noted that those traveling on November 27 will experience the most expensive airfares on average, paying $499, compare this to the cheapest average airfare of  $406 on Thanksgiving day. On Christmas, December 21 has an average airfare cost of $591, compared to $408 on Christmas Eve. For December 28, the most expensive departure date of the holiday week, the average airfare costs $513.

Airfare experts at Kayak confirm that Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the most expensive days to travel. Also to be avoided are Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, the dates most are returning home from Thanksgiving travel.

Kayak analysts also recommend avoiding December 21, which for them is considered the second-busiest travel day of the year.

The Best Days to Travel

When it comes to the cheapest days for travel over the holidays, fly on the actual holidays. For Thanksgiving, according to Kayak the least expensive is actually Thanksgiving Day. You’ll also save if you travel on the Monday or Tuesday before and the Saturday and Tuesday.

Additionally, you will save up to 20 percent if you depart close to or on Christmas Day and returning close to New Year’s Day.

If you don’t want to travel over the holidays, you can save money on airfares by traveling for longer. If you re able to take an extra long trip, (example leave before December 18 and returning after January 6) you shouldn t have too much trouble finding a decent price).

As you book, keep in mind these resources:

  • Bing Travel has a flight-prediction tool that suggests whether prices are expected to go up, down or remain the same, based on historical data.
  • Subscribe to airfare alerts to jump on airfare sales when they happen. AirfareWatchdog has them, as well as Travelzoo. Cheapoair. Hotwire. and Expedia. If you do score a deal, pay attention to the fine print in terms of blackout dates and cancellation policies.

By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com





24/11/2017

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21/11/2017

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10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #book #airline

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A Few More Tips

Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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16/11/2017

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When – Where To Go in 2015? #travel #to #spain

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When Where To Go in 2015?

2015 is upon us, so now s the time to start thinking about planning your next holiday! Exciting times ahead, but the hard part is deciding where to go and when!

We’ve put together a short round-up of some of our top destinations and recommendations of when and where to travel. Plus we have a fantastic New Year sale now on, so there s no excuse not to start planning now!

January – Dubai

Situated in the Arabian Desert, Dubai has very little rainfall and offers heat and sunshine pretty much year round. December through to February are a little cooler so offer fantastic conditions for getting out and about sightseeing, or playing golf.

The Maldives boasts a tropical climate with plentiful sunshine year round. However the dry season runs from January through to March/April, so February is the perfect month to bask in the sunshine on the many white sandy beaches.

March – Mexico, Cancun

There is no bad time to visit the Mexican Rivera Maya. The stunning coast line and lively atmosphere are forever popular with holiday makers. Look out in the summer months though, from June through to October there is high humidity and the highest likelihood of hurricanes.

April – Thailand, Koh Samui

Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is its third largest island, surrounded by dive sites and fantastic beaches. The best time to visit is December through to June to avoid the rainy season and potential torrential storms.

May – South Africa

South Africa is a vast country with many attractions, whether you’re interested in game viewing on a safari or visiting the wine lands of Stellenbosch. The best time to visit Kruger National Park is May to September where the animals congregate at watering holes, and the wine lands can be visited any time.

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California offers everything you could wish for, from sandy beaches to exploring national parks to visiting the bright lights of Hollywood. One of the best ways to see it all is on a fly drive, along the coastal highway from San Fran to LA, with lots in between:

July – Canada

Canada is home to magnificent national parks, spectacular landscapes of snow-topped mountains and glaciers, and dramatic coast lines. You can’t do it all at once, but July is a great time to visit. Try Ontario with dramatic Niagara Falls, Toronto and Ottowa.

August – Orlando

A popular time to visit during the summer months with families, but with good reason as the schools are out for summer and Disney World is in full swing with tons to offer families. Stay in a villa and hire a car to see more of this spectacular region.

The fantastic sub tropical climate of Mauritius means it’s always a great time to visit. However September through to December is one of the best times, with temperatures just hovering below 30 degrees. It’s also a time that sees many of the country’s ceremonies and festivals.

October – Barbados

Visitors flock to Barbados year round, due to its tropical climes and endless white sandy beaches. Barbados boasts almost year round sunshine, while its east Caribbean location on the Atlantic Ocean ensures clean air and a fresh breeze. A haven of white, sandy beaches and clear, turquoise seas, world-class golf courses and rich colonial history, holidays in Barbados cater for a full range of tastes.

November West Coast of Malaysia

Kuala Lumper, Panang and Pangkor situated on the West coast of Malaysia are perfect in the winter months, while the east coast is being battered by the intense rainy season. Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city that features colonial architecture and lively markets, while Pangkor and Penang offer sensational tropical beach escapes.

The dry season in Cuba runs during the winter from November through to April, a very popular time for visitors with less rainfall and less humidity. Temperatures during this time average around 26°C. There is so much to see in Cuba it will leave you wanting more, with a mix of stunning architecture, lush gardens and sandy beaches.





15/11/2017

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When to Buy Airline Tickets and More Travel Advice #travel #australia

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When to Buy Airline Tickets and More Travel Advice

Want to find cheapest available flights every time you shop? FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney shares his favorite money-saving tips.

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5 Ways to Save on Airfare

Let s start off  with basic advice for all travelers: Always  compare airfare prices. No single airline always has the best deal. If you don t compare, you could pay too much. More good tips:

#1: Shop for domestic deals on Tuesdays

According to FareCompare s database of current and historical airfares (one of the world s largest), airfare pricing trends show the best day to shop for U.S. domestic tickets is Tuesday and the best time on Tuesday is about 3 p.m. eastern. Here s why:

Airlines typically kick off airfare sales late Monday or early Tuesday.

  • Other airlines lower prices to stay competitive
  • Price matching is usually complete by early Tuesday afternoon
  • Newly discounted airfares hit reservation systems by 3pm eastern

However, deals can and do pop up at other times and this is especially true for deals sought by international travelers which bring us to our second tip.

#2: Sign up for real-time airfare alerts

Sign up for airfare alerts and you ll receive notifications of airfare price drops in real-time. This is important because sale seats are limited and the quicker you learn of a deal, the better your chance of getting it.

#3: Don t buy airline tickets too early

Airlines don t begin actively managing U.S. domestic fares until about three and a half months before departure; if you buy earlier, you will likely pay a mid-range price which won t be the best deal. For international flights, there is a longer window. Our guidelines:

  • U.S. flights: Start shopping no earlier than about 3 and a half months before departure.
  • International: Start shopping no earlier than about five months before departure.

#4: Don t buy airline tickets too late

When it comes to most U.S. legacy carriers (American, Delta, United),  airfare prices can rise dramatically inside 14-days before departure; with discount or low cost airlines, that window is usually 7 to 10 days before departure. This is when last-minute business travelers typically shop and as a result, they pay more. No reason for vacation travelers to do likewise.

  • U.S. domestic flights: Purchase tickets a month before departure.
  • International travel: Purchase tickets a month and a half before departure.

#5: Fly the cheapest days

Most people want to squeeze as much time out of a vacation as possible which is why flights on Fridays and Sunday are so popular. However, the airlines know this and they usually charge more for such flights.

  • Cheapest days to fly, U.S. domestic flights: Usually Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.
  • Cheapest days to fly, international flights: Midweek dates are often cheaper than weekends.

Now that you ve found cheaper airfare, what will you spend that extra vacation money on?





15/11/2017

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Fort Worth Bankruptcy Advice and Bankruptcy Help in Fort Worth #fort


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Although the prospect of bankruptcy may seem intimidating, a qualified attorney can offer Fort Worth bankruptcy help to guide you through each step of the process. The attorneys at The Vida Law Firm, PLLC can represent you and your interests to creditors, the trustee, and the court, helping you reorganize debts and make a fresh start.

Bankruptcy in Fort Worth – We specialize in cases like yours

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Behrooz Vida and Richard Venable are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as specialists in consumer bankruptcy law. Mr. Vida is also a specialist in business bankruptcy law, and is the recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious AV peer rating. indicating the highest levels of professionalism and ethical standards. Carla Reed Vida is an exceptional Fort Worth bankruptcy attorney with strong capabilities in all areas of personal and business bankruptcy in Fort Worth. and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Fort Worth bankruptcy help advice – We have your best interests in mind

At The Vida Law Firm, PLLC, we meet with you personally to examine your financial situation and explore all possible Fort Worth bankruptcy options. Once you have decided what is best for you, your family, or your business, we move quickly to ensure that you can begin rebuilding your finances as soon as possible.

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15/10/2017

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How to Avail Cheap Air Tickets When Flying Within the US

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How to Avail Cheap Air Tickets When Flying Within the US

The United States is a big country and if you want to see as much of it as possible during your holiday you probably are going to have to travel between cities and regions by air.

The problem is that in recent years the number of airlines offering flights in the US have substantially constricted to a select few. Because there are now only a handful of carriers, the remaining airlines can essentially set their airfares at whatever they please.

While that is bad news for the ordinary traveler, there are still a few remaining insider tricks you can use to guarantee you get the lowest rate so you will have more money to spend once you arrive at your destination.

Avoid America’s Busiest Airports

The busiest airports in the US are LaGuardia in New York, O’Hare in Chicago, LAX in Los Angeles, and Hartsfield in Atlanta. These also are the most expensive airports to travel in and out of because they are where the biggest airlines fly.

In practically every American city, there is a second or third airport nearby that is cheaper and often more convenient to use for your travel. For example, while Chicago is only the third biggest city, O’Hare International is one of the country’s busiest because of its location in the geographic center of the nation.

However, most travelers don’t realize that Chicago has a second airport – Midway – which is not only smaller and less busy, but usually substantially cheaper. Plus, like O’Hare it has a rail link that leads directly into the city’s center.

Similar cheaper, less busy airports can be found in other cities as well. Los Angeles is served by smaller airports in nearby Burbank and Orange County. Travelers to New York City can use Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey, which has commuter trains that lead into Manhattan.

Use Search Engines in Disguise

We all know that computers are super smart. That’s why when you use one of the most popular search engines to look up air fares you usually will be inundated with ads, emails, pop-ups and other marketing tools that try to scare you into booking your flight as quickly as possible.

This is caused by the “cookies” that track your Internet searches and use this information to market specific products – in this case airline tickets – to you aggressively.

The solution is simple: When searching for airfares and other travel deals, always use the private or incognito browsing modes. This will keep your identity a secret from marketers and advertisers so you can compare prices and find the right flights without having to worry about dealing with high pressure sales tactics and campaigns designed to scare you into buying a ticket right away.

Fly Off-Peak Days and Hours

Like any industry, airlines are driven by supply and demand. When demand is highest – such as before or after holidays, during business hours, and on weekends when people are more likely to travel – prices will always be higher.

But if you are willing to travel during the middle of the week, in the early morning or late night hours or even overnight, and avoid busy travel days like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or around the Christmas holidays, you can often find fares that are a fraction of the high price airline fares you would otherwise have to pay.

Look for ‘No Frills’ Airlines

The United States doesn’t have as many economy, bare bones airlines as Europe or parts of Asia, but there are still a few that have survived the “Airfare Wars” or have been launched since the major US airlines consolidated.

Look for smaller, regional airlines that can get you to your destination – or at least close enough to it – for far less money than the big name airlines. While you may find your seat a little more cramped and may have to bring your own in-flight snacks and make your entertainment, the savings are often worth it.

Don’t Fly At All

In the US, flying is the most convenient way to get around, but it’s also the most expensive. If you aren’t traveling across the continent, you might consider a less costly mode of transportation.

While inter-city rail in the US is still expensive and inconvenient, rental cars are cheap and plentiful. And there are still enough bus lines that can get you from Point A to Point B for very little money.

America is a big country and there is plenty to see. When you travel over the road rather than flying over most of the scenery, there is more to experience. Meet the friendly, outgoing people who live in the in-between spaces to make the most of your visit.

As the Buddhist saying goes: “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”

Author Bio – This guest post is written by Simon Hopes in support of InsanelyCheapFlights.com. If you’re looking to fly to destinations within the US, don’t forget to check out JetBlue flights and save up to $20.





06/10/2017

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Clunking noise when turning – Nissan Forum #clunking,noise,when,turning, #clunking #noise #when


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Im almost 100% positive that it’s a cv joint. You dont have to take it in to have it checked out! With your car parked, turn the wheel to the left as far as it will go. Put it in ‘park’. Using a flashlight, look at the cv boot. You might catch a glare from the grease if theres a tear. Because the cv boot is black, you might not be able to see any grease. In this case, feel in between the folds (try using latex gloves. cv grease is a b*tch to clean off your hands) for tears. Be thorough like a good proctologist (butt doctor, in lamens terms).
Some B14’s are notorious for tearing up cv boots. Driving technique has a bit to do with the wear and tear. When driving, try not to turn the steering wheel to its max radius. This causes the inner part of the boot to rub against the axle joint.
It took me about 20-30 minutes to replace one, however, I used a pneumatic ball joint spreader. It’ll no doubt be extremely tough to do the job without one. Taking it in might be your best bet.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

R.I.P Kirby H. Wright April 9, 1990 – May 23, 2005. I’ll always miss you, my littlest of brothers. The tears will never stop.
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so are we talking about replacing the CV joint or just the boot? b/c that’s a huge price difference.

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From the sound of the axle (if thats what it is) the damage has already been done. A new boot will not fix it. I usually trade my old one in for a completly rebuilt one at a parts store.

There are other check you can do like jacking up one side of the car and wiggling up and down, then side to side. This checks the tie rod ends, balljoint, wheel bearings.

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i’ve noticed that whenever i turn, there’s a clunking noise that seems to be coming from my passenger side front tire. it’s more prominent when i turn right, but it happens on left turns as well. does anyone have a clue to what this is from? thanks.

I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

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i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

is that the price from the dealership. because i have to go in for my 86,000 check up (or something like that) and i have the same problem, i want to know the price from nissan, if it is at all possible. can anybody help on the pricing.

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I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

125 for the part, and another 100-150 for labor. is that for the boot replacement? or the joint. I’ve noticed my ’96 doing it too at 108k. I can handle a 225 repair job. I was thinking it’d be much more.

I may as well take the car in and have the whole 9 yards done up on it. Bought a 24mo warrenty with the car, so we’ll let the warrenty cover it and the airbag light that keeps blinking.

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125 for the part, and another 100-150 for labor. is that for the boot replacement? or the joint. I’ve noticed my ’96 doing it too at 108k. I can handle a 225 repair job. I was thinking it’d be much more.

I may as well take the car in and have the whole 9 yards done up on it. Bought a 24mo warrenty with the car, so we’ll let the warrenty cover it and the airbag light that keeps blinking.

I paid $150 including part and labor for the half axle replacement(I dont know what it means)in a shop around here, and it is warrantied for 2 years. and there are ton of a people saying that the shops does great job So you better search around for shops, actually get the lowest price and call back the other shops back. That bsometimes works and they pricematch it

I dont know when people will start to understand that Mechanical Engineers are not Mechanics.

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I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

Now that’s one expensive CV joint replacement!
Do they have to be Nissan Original or can you go for an aftermarket one? i replaced both sides of mine with some CV Joint aftermarket, which works like new for $25 each. it’s been 6 months by now and still works perfect. no clicking, no loose feeling at cv.


25/09/2017

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When a travel site won’t honor its Best Price Guarantee #travel

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When a travel site won’t honor its Best Price Guarantee

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Q: I recently booked a flight from Sacramento, California, to Honolulu for me and my husband using Expedia. Later, I found the exact same itinerary on Travelocity for $176 less. I called Expedia and asked it to honor its Best Price Guarantee. I am looking to receive the difference between the trip we booked with Expedia for $4,416 and the cost we could have gotten it for, the minute we booked this trip, through Travelocity, which was $4,240. A representative told me we would be “covered” by the guarantee. In fact, she reassured me a number of times, even after the price jumped from $4,300 to $4,400 before we were able to book it with her through Expedia. I followed the instructions to request the refund and a $50 travel voucher. Expedia turned me down. I’ve appealed to Expedia’s executives, to no avail. Can you help me? Megan Bevens, Sacramento, California

A: If Expedia promised it would honor its Best Price Guarantee, then it should have. But the call-center reps you spoke with are trained not to commit to anything, so I’m not sure if a review of the recording would have indicated anything more than a promise to consider your case. Expedia’s Best Price Guarantee, like most others, looks like a great deal — until you read the fine print. The guarantee places time limits and other significant conditions on the offer. Most important, it must be an “apples to apples” comparison — an exact itinerary match, including the same dates and times of travel or service as booked through Expedia.com. That gives online agencies enough wiggle room to escape most claims.

Curiously, Travelocity is now owned by Expedia, so you actually were asking Expedia to honor a lower price on its own site. That should have been easy for Expedia to verify. But just in case, you saved all your screenshots, which is a smart thing to do.

As a side note, I always recommend that once you’ve made a booking decision, you don’t look back. I know it’s tempting to see if you really got a better deal, but you want to do that before you push the “buy” button. You’ve probably spent more than $176 worth of time pursuing this. Appealing to an Expedia executive was the right thing to do. I’m surprised that didn’t work, because as far as I can tell, this claim should have been honored. I contacted Expedia on your behalf. It reviewed your claim and agreed with my assessment. You’ve been refunded the $176 price difference, plus a $50 travel voucher.





24/08/2017

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Travel Tips: When is the Best Time of Year to Visit

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A Complete Guide to Deciding When to Book Your Paris Vacation

By Courtney Traub. Paris Travel Expert

A native of the notorious San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Courtney Traub now divides her time between Paris and the UK.

A freelance writer, reporter, and editor who’s worked for print, web, and radio outlets, Courtney enjoys aimless strolling around her favorite Paris neighborhoods. old movies on crackly screens. and the endless challenge of polishing her French .

When planning a trip to Paris. one of your most pressing questions is likely to be when is the best time to go? If you re set to visit Paris for the first time, you may be persuaded that the much-lauded Paris in the springtime is the obvious choice– but depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, and your personal centers of interest, another time of year may in fact suit you much better.

Similarly, if you ve been to Paris before, you may wonder whether a fall or winter visit will be worthwhile, given rumors of cold, bitter conditions and gloomy, unsociable locals. The reality, though, is far more nuanced– the winter holiday season in Paris offers plenty of light and celebration as the city lights up for Christmas and other winter holidays. In the fall, meanwhile, events like the Montmartre Wine Harvest (Vendanges)  and Nuit Blanche. an all-night arts and culture event that sees crowds throng the streets for free exhibits and performances, bring the city to life in a memorable way.

As a long-time resident of the city of light, my own perspective is that every season here has its charms and pitfalls, pros and cons– as they do anywhere else, of course! There s no ideal time, in short, and deciding when to book is a highly personal decision that will depend on a number of factors.





18/08/2017

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Traveling or travelling? Doubling a final consonant when adding a suffix.

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Hi everybody,

I have found these two forms in different texts, and I am not very sure about its proper use. I have found that the single l form (traveling) is commonly used by American English speakers, and travelling is the normative English form, but another doubt arises in me, I thought that the rule to double the final consonant when adding a suffix, suposses that it has to be a stressed syllable which ends in the following structure, consonat + vowel+ consonant , example: for get – forge tt ing, am I right? If it is so, is it an exception or am i forgetting anything?

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Traveling Vs. Travelling

but there are many exceptions, are there not, as already pointed out in this conversation, such as travelling, counselling, counsellor, modelling, quarrelled, cruellest .

One exception often pointed out in both country s usages – though I am sure that there are others – is for matting . which doubles the consonant even though it seems unnecessary to do so.

Kid napping . – which troubled me – from to kidnap , is said to be a back formation from kidnapper (kid napper = child stealer), which required the double consonant because of the stress on the first syllable. I read that there is an alternative spelling (US, I guess), kidnaper.





17/08/2017

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Between 1815 and 1915, some 30 million Europeans arrived in the United States. For many it was a long and arduous journey. In the early part of the century, just getting to a port of embarkation might mean days or weeks of travel on foot, by rivercraft, or in horse-drawn vehicles. Because regularly scheduled departures were rare in the age of sail, immigrants often had to wait in port for days or weeks before their ship departed.

In Northern Europe, many immigrants departed from Dutch or German ports like Amsterdam and Bremen. Later, when immigration from Central and Eastern Europe was on the rise, immigrants often had to travel down the Danube River to Black Sea ports like Constanta and Varna. From there, they had to endure weeks or months at sea aboard sailing ships subject to the vagaries of wind and weather.

The spread of the railroads across Europe in the mid-1800s greatly shortened travel time to embarkation ports, while the introduction of steamships cut passage time from weeks to days, in the case of the fastest ships. Ships also increased in size, some carrying more than 1,000 immigrants in steerage class.

Except in places where immigration was restricted like the Russian Empire it was fairly easy to travel from an obscure European village to the United States by the late 19th century. A potential immigrant contracted with a shipping company agent, often a local cleric or teacher, who informed the head office at the departure port. The agent then received a departure date and ticket voucher, which he passed along to the immigrant, who boarded a train for the port city. If the port of embarkation was Bremen, immigrants could almost step directly from the train onto their ship the city had railroad track leading right onto the docks.

Between 1882 and 1917, the U.S. government introduced laws regulating immigration. In 1891, for example, Congress barred from admission those “suffering from a loathsome or a dangerous contagious disease” and those “convicted [of] a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude” like anarchists and polygamists. As a result, steamship lines became increasingly careful about whom they let on board. Immigrants had to have their papers checked and their health inspected before departure. Sometimes immigrants had to spend several days awaiting boarding, during which they were lodged and fed by the steamship company.

Source: Destination America by Charles A. Wills

Sources: Busch-AP, German guide-Minnesota Historical Society-CORBIS, Fumigation-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Russian pogrom-Bettmann-CORBIS, Ship-Bettman/CORBIS, Book & Series. Destination America

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17/08/2017

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In euchre, What is the best card to lead first? #yuker,euchre,first


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One of the first questions new players frequently ask is ‘having the first play, what card should I lead?’ There are many different factors involved. Let’s take a look at some common situations.

Opponents bid and I have first lead

Usually the best starting lead is a singleton ace (an ace with no other cards in that suit). An ace with one other card in that suit (doubleton ace) should be your second choice, if not next suit (the shortened suit which is the same color as the trump suit). Playing a doubleton ace in next suit, or an ace in a suit where you have two or more additional cards, means there are at most three cards remaining in that suit. It will likely be trumped, probably by the bidder. If you wait, you may be able to make these aces good after a round of trump has been played.

With no good ace to play, try setting up a king for use later in the hand. This is done by leading the low card from a King – X combination. You are hoping for the ace to fall. While not guaranteed, this strategy may work and is worth a try. Even in a junk hand, it’s important to try and use every card to your advantage.

If you don’t have any of the above, the best lead seems to be the smallest non-trump card from your shortest suit. This is based on my experience and worth a try. No matter what you end up leading, keep in mind you’re trying to lead a suit that your opponents won’t able to trump.

In general it is not a good idea to lead the right when your opponents call. In fact most of the time it is not wise to lead any trump when they call. This only serves to take trump out of your partner’s hand and helps your opponents to make their bid. There are a few unique circumstances where a trump lead may be correct. There is a link at the bottom with more information.

This is good time to mention that one should never lead the suit that was turned down. The most likely reason it was turned down is that your opponents didn’t have any or many of that suit. If you hold an ace in the turned down suit, it is best to wait till later in the hand to play it.

If the dealer picks up and you hold three trump, lead the middle trump, not your smallest. You don’t want to lead a small trump as this may allow the bidder to take the trick using their small trump. You are trying to force out their large trump, which could leave you in a position to control trump latter on. Many times this is the only way to set them up for a euchre, as there is a chance that you hold more trump then the bidder does.

My partner bid and I have first lead

If your partner declared trump and you hold the right or left bower, this should be your first lead. This tells your partner where it is, and informs them how to play the rest of their hand. If you hold both bars (bowers), only play the right. Do not play both, as this may clear out all trump and leave the opposition holding the boss aces.

If you do not hold a bower, lead a small trump. Since your partner bid, they most likely hold at least one bower. A trump lead should take out a round of trump and bring the lead straight to your partner. It will also give you partner a chance to play any aces they may hold. You will get a chance to play your aces latter in the hand. Remember, there are a total of seven trump cards, and a trump lead could remove four of them straight away. This greatly increases the chance of your team’s aces winning later.

On a call from 3rd seat, a trump lead is mandatory. Often a team has been euchred because the partner did not lead trump first. If you don’t have a trump to lead then lead your aces as described in the first paragraph. By leading an ace or a non-trump card you are telling your partner you don’t have any trump in your hand. Now he knows the other trump could be in the oppositions’ hands and he can play his hand accordingly.

I bid and have the first lead

On a bid from 1st seat, you should start by planning out how you are going to play the hand. Ask yourself: How strong is my hand? Would it be best to get trump out of the way so I can make my other cards good? Will I be able to control trump?

In a hand where you hold aces and you also hold a couple of trump plus the right bower, your best lead is normally the right. By removing trump from your opponents’ hands you will increase the chances of making your aces good. When you lead the right, watch to see if your partner follows suit. If they don’t, and you hold the left plus another trump, lead the left. The opposition is likely to be holding more than one trump, and you don’t want them to be able use trump against you. If you partner throws off because they can’t follow suit pay attention to what card they play. They may be giving you information on what suit they hold boss cards in.

On a next call, as your partner may hold a bower, many times a small trump is your best lead. This will draw out a round of trump, pass the lead to your partner, and allow them to play any aces they may hold.

Guidelines to help get you started

As your skill level advances, you may want to try out different strategies. Plan out your hand and try to make it work for you. Only experience will teach you the best lead in any given hand. Remember, there are four things to take into consideration to determine your lead: Who made trump? What is trump? What is your position at the table? What cards do you hold in your hand? Your position and who made trump are the most important.

It may also be a good idea to occasionally change the way you lead. You don’t want your opponents to be able to predict what your lead will be. Some people suggest switching between colors when you are in the lead. So if black was just led, lead red, and vice-versa. When you have that option, it’s worth a try.

Normally one should not lead trump on the opponents call. Improper leading of trump generally results in helping them making a point. While there are some circumstances where this lead may be correct and possibly the only way to set a team up for a euchre, new players should avoid leading trump.

In particular, it is worth asking yourself
the following questions:

Should I try and pull trump?
Should I lead a loser and hope my partner can trump it?
What suit was turned down?
Do I play my Ace now or wait until the end?

Each decision could mean the success or failure of the hand. There is little opportunity to recover from a mistake. Remember, this is a partnership game, so try to play into your partners hand when possible. Try different types of leads. Through practice, you will learn what works best.

4th trick leads

There are those players who think that once they get to the 4th trick and make their point, nothing else matters. They just toss out a random card to get the hand over. The truth is that the correct play here can make the difference between 1 and 2 points. There are even some hands when the correct lead could mean saving their team from being euchred. Knowing what card to play on the 4th lead is such an important part of a player’s euchre strategy that I have dedicated an entire section to it.

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My brothers-in-law tried teaching me euchre this weekend, and I have the basics in mind, but, they gt kind of mad at me for this: if it s my lead and I have 9/Q/A of the trump suit, why *shouldn t* I lead with the 9? Wouldn t sacrificing that 9 to draw out the bowers make my Q and A stronger?

To give an answer I would need more information. Who made trump, what position are you, was it the first lead of the hand.

but let s assume you re in 1st and your partner just named trump. Then I would agree a trump lead is best.

Don s right, position and who made it is everything. Assuming your 1st.
1 if you made trump and play your 9 the opposing team can now use a smaller trump card (Q) to steal a trick. Or sees your partner play a K or Bower and the 4th player trumps higher.
2 if you did not make trump youve now sucked not only you small trump but whatever you partner had. If you partner has 1 trump they could be useless now. If they have 2 trump your team went from 5 trump to 2 now.

Here s an app that will help determine what your odds are.


17/08/2017

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When to Book Flights to Get the Lowest Fares #find #the

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When to Book Flights to Get the Lowest Fares

By Cameron Huddleston | March 4, 2014

The best times to buy airline tickets depend on where you want to go and when you plan to travel.

As any procrastinator can attest, you’ll usually pay a big premium by waiting until the last minute to book a flight. But you’ll also pay more if you purchase your tickets too far in advance. So when should you book a flight to get the lowest fare?

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Those who booked before that window paid an average of $33 more per ticket, and those who booked after that period an average of $73 more per ticket, according to CheapAir.com. However, there are exceptions to these findings. Although you usually won’t get a deal if you wait to book a flight 14 days or fewer in advance, you can save by purchasing tickets for some flights more than 54 days before departure.

When to book early

You need to book early to get the best fares on domestic flights to popular destinations during peak travel periods, flights during the holidays and on international flights, Klee says.

Flights to popular destinations. If you want to fly anywhere warm, you need to book sooner rather than later because flights will sell out, Klee says. For example, CheapAir.com found that the best time to buy tickets to Florida cities such as Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Pensacola – as well as some cities in Arizona and California – is 75 days in advance. For Las Vegas, it’s 81 days in advance. And to get the best fares on flights to Hawaii, you need to book at least 87 days before departure – and even sooner if you plan to travel during Christmas, Klee says.

Flights during the holidays. Prices on flights around Thanksgiving and Christmas are notoriously high. So to nab fares when they’re at their lowest, CheapAir.com found that you need to book in June – five months in advance of Thanksgiving flights and six months in advance of Christmas flights. If you can’t make plans that far in advance, you can save by booking flights on the cheapest days to fly during the holidays, which are the holidays themselves, according to FareCompare.com .

International flights. For summer flights to Europe, you’ll get the lowest fares by booking 319 days in advance, according to CheapAir.com. However, you’ll save the most on trips to Europe by traveling during the fall or spring rather than in summer. A study by FareCompare.com found that prices on flights to Europe after May 16 rise 35% or more. Prices drop back to spring levels after August 23 and fall even more in late October, according to FareCompare.com. You’ll also pay a premium for flights to the Caribbean before April 24, according to FareCompare.com.

You also should book early if you’re traveling to a smaller city with limited service because flights will fill up quickly, Klee says. As the number of available seats dwindle, the fares rise.

More strategies to save

Monitor fares. Even though CheapAir.com found that there is a prime booking period for most flights, Klee says that fares are volatile. So the key to getting the best price for airline tickets is to check fares at least once a week, he says. This will help you spot price drops. When you see a deal, don’t hesitate to buy your tickets because the price can change again quickly, Klee says. Signing up to receive fare alerts from Airfarewatchdog.com. CheapAir.com or Kayak.com will help you know when the price drops on flights you want to take.

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Be flexible. According to FareCompare.com, you pay more for convenience, such as non-stop flights or flights on certain days and during certain time frames. Sometimes you can save a lot by booking flights with connections, or flights that are early in the morning or late at night. Also, flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays tend to be cheaper, according to FareCompare.com. You can use a flexible search option on travel booking sites, such as the ones at Bing Travel or Kayak.com. to see which days have the best fares.

Check alternate airports. Most large cities have several airports nearby, and the difference in fares for flights into those various airports can be dramatic. Check prices on flights to all of the airports in or around the city you’re visiting. If you’re traveling to a midsize city with just one airport, look for cheaper flights to other nearby cities. If you were planning on renting a car anyway, driving an hour or so to get from the alternate airport to your final destination probably is worth it. If you weren’t going to rent a car but will need to if you fly into an alternate airport, make sure the cost of the car rental and flight don’t exceed the cost of flying directly to your destination.

Keep an eye on your fare after you buy because most airlines and online travel agencies will give you a rebate (usually in travel credits or vouchers) if your flight’s price drops below what you paid. You can sign up on Yapta.com to receive alerts if the price falls on a flight you’ve booked. Be aware, though, that some airlines can charge hefty fees for re-booking your flight to get a lower fare. It’s not worth it to make a change if the fee outweighs your rebate.

However, if you book a ticket through CheapAir.com, you can get a credit of up to $100 for future travel if the price of your ticket drops. You don’t have to re-book your flight (and possibly incur fees) to take advantage of the site’s Price Drop Payback credit.





16/08/2017

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10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #travel #bags

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Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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12/08/2017

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What to Bring When Traveling to Europe

Packing for a European holiday needn’t be a chore. (Photo: Old Europe image by Nikituk from Fotolia.com )

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There are many misconceptions when it comes to packing for travel, especially when you re going to Europe. Take heart, however: Unless you ll be doing specialized activities in Europe, there s no need to replace your wardrobe or buy travel clothing that you ll never use at home.

Climate

The climate and geography of Europe varies widely. Northern maritime countries like England and Ireland are mild, cool and damp throughout winter, while southern Mediterranean countries like Spain and Greece are often much warmer and drier. Do research before you pack, however. Even northern countries like Russia can be boiling hot in summer, for example. Pack primarily for the season you will be traveling, but don t forget a sweater or jacket even in summer, or a lighter top and pants for winter in case the climate surprises you.

Style

While style and level of formality varies by country, it is usually a good idea to dress fairly conservatively. Shorts are not worn in most European countries, and most churches, cathedrals and other places of worship will deny entry to tourists wearing shorts or tank tops. It s best to wear a knee-length skirt and keep a scarf to cover your shoulders with if you re a woman traveling in hot weather, but still want to enter churches. Both men and women can get away with tailored jeans and dressy sneakers or sandals in summer, or trousers and boots with a dressy coat in winter. Neutrals like black are always in fashion.

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12/08/2017

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When To Buy Plane Tickets For The Holidays #flight #& #hotel

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When To Buy Plane Tickets For The Holidays

Sep 27, 2013

It happens every year. We celebrate Labor Day and it’s a sleigh-ride into the holidays. As Thanksgiving is under 70 days away, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday plans. And then the constant question looms: when’s the best time to buy those plane tickets?

It’s hard for consumers: There’s so much (sometimes conflicting) information about when to buy tickets. One recent study found that booking on weekends can lead to 5% lower fares than those booked during the week. Yet Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com disagrees, and maintains that Tuesday afternoons are still ideal as airlines hike fares usually one weekend a month (but if you do buy during a hike don’t fret, the hike will likely only be between $4 and $10 more what you might pay on a Tuesday afternoon).

So we asked Kayak and Expedia to break it down for us for holiday travel specifically, which has its own set of rules and tips, in terms of when to buy and when to fly.

According to Kayak, on average the cheapest airfare for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are found between September and mid-October. Starting in late October, airfares increased by 17% for Thanksgiving, 51% for Christmas and 25% for New Year’s Eve. For those wanting to go international, try to book sooner rather than later; if last year is any indication, airfare steadily increased as departures got closer.

Jeremy Boore, a Travel Analyst for Expedia.com, recommends purchasing your Christmas tickets around the end of September to early October, once domestic ticket prices have stabilized following fluctuation early in the month (if you wait, you’re looking at average round trip ticket prices starting around $400). International travelers have more flexibility, he notes, and can wait until the beginning of November to book flights.

So you’re looking at flights and need help whittling down the options? Here are the best days to fly during each holiday.

For domestic travelers looking for Thanksgiving flights, the best departure days are Monday and Tuesday, with airfares roughly 15 to 23% below average, according to Kayak (Expedia’s Boore seconds a Monday departure). If you return on Thanksgiving Day, Friday or the following Tuesday, you’re looking at savings of more than 20% (if you want to get really thrifty, fly in and out on Thanksgiving Day and save up to 36%).

Kayak recommends departing as close to Christmas Day as possible (like even Christmas Eve, notes Expedia’s Boore) and try to depart and return during the weekends around Christmas, where fares were up to 24% above average last year). Same goes for New Year’s.





12/08/2017

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When To Buy An Airline Ticket #cheap #airline #fare

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When to buy an airline ticket

[Voice of Kristin Arnold, Bankrate.com reporter]

Take VO: Before you take off. you can land the best deal on your airfare. When you’re talking tickets, timing is everything.  Here’s the rundown.

Departure: First and foremost, you need to buy your ticket a good 14 days in advance to score a good price.  To get the cheapest seats, before they sell out, buy a month or two in advance.  But don’t buy too early. since most airlines don’t start releasing cheaper seats until 3-4 months in advance for domestic flights and 4-5 months before international travel.

[Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com talking] “Most people are procrastinators. They book inside of 30 days of departure. In fact, most tickets are sold inside those days.  If you think about it from an airlines perspective, they have to hold back these seats for high paying business travelers. They’ve got to have a lot of trust that those business travelers will come in the last 14 days. And so, you really need to be buying that ticket no later than 14 days before departure.”

[Continue voice of Kristin Arnold] Business Class: Become business minded when buying your ticket. More airline tickets are sold from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. so airlines offer their best prices when people are more actively shopping.  Purchase volume is the highest on Tuesdays…which makes it the cheapest day of the week to buy.

Turbulence free Tuesday’s: According to Farecompare.com, Tuesday is also one of cheapest days to fly. along with Wednesday and Saturday. because they are the slowest air travel days.  The cheapest time to fly is usually the first flight out in the morning and the last flight out at night.

[Rick Seaney talking on camera]”If you at least take half your trip on those days, you get half the benefit. So, you know, leave on a Wednesday come back on a Sunday when you want to come back. Or leave on a Tuesday and come back on a Saturday. You’ll end up saving a lot of money.”

[Continue voice of Kristin Arnold] Don’t forget about the overnight “red eye” flights. another cheap option as they are neither comfortable nor convenient.

Flight data:  Just like you use your computer to track ticket prices, so do the airlines. In fact, if an airline notices that cheap seat sales are picking up, they can instantly raise prices. and drop them if sales are lagging. Since airfares can change all the time. taking advantage of email alerts offered by a variety of travel websites and airlines can help you get the best airfare bargains.

TAG: For more ways to save on travel, visit the Bankrate.com Frugal Vacation Travel Guide. I’m Kristin Arnold.





12/08/2017

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Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA #wholesale

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Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA

Planning a trip to the United States? You ll have a much better time and eliminate travel hassles if you remember to adjust to some of the peculiar American quirks. Here are the 10 key issues we advise looking out for.

The United States is one of the most popular travel destinations for Australians: more than 863,000 trips were made there in 2012, ranking it as our third-most popular destination (after New Zealand and Indonesia). US culture often seems familiar to us after a lifetime of imported TV, music, movies and games, but there are some peculiar quirks of travelling to the States which aren t always so apparent.

I ve been thinking about these issues in the run-up to our World Of Servers visit to TechEd North America these are problems that our winning bloggers are going to have to bear in mind. However, they re equally applicable to anyone travelling to the US. We ran a more basic version of this list back in 2010. but given the many changes since then an update seemed wise.

10. You ll pay more than the listed price

Despite Australia s proximity to China, many items are still cheaper stateside (clothes being one obvious example). The ongoing near-parity between the Australian and US dollar also makes shopping sprees very tempting. Have at it by all means, but remember one crucial point: unlike Australia, the price tags you see won t include sales tax. That will vary from state to state, with the typical rate hovering between 4 and 6 per cent. I usually assume a 10 per cent markup that s almost always an exaggeration, but it s an easy mental calculation and makes it simple to assess if a bargain is still a bargain post-tax. Picture: Douglas Muth

9. Don t make jokes to airport security

Yes, this rule applies in any airport, but the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be particularly humourless. The process is annoying (you always have to remove your belt and shoes), but we have some sympathy here. People make jokes on an astonishingly regular basis about having bombs , something we highlighted by putting all the reported comments on a map. Having to deal with people carrying loaded firearms in hand luggage is also a daily occurrence. Tamp down your inner comedian and put up with life in the queue; it will be easier for everyone in the long run.

8. Stock up on dollar bills for tipping

I m not a fan of having to give dollar bills to shuttle bus drivers and add 15 per cent to every restaurant bill, but tipping is an inescapable fact of life in the US. Many minimum-wage jobs presume that tips will form a large proportion of overall income. In theory, that should lead to better service; in practice, that varies widely. But tipping is expected, and stocking up on dollar bills (the US has dollar coins as well but they re much rarer) is the easiest way to handle tipping the doorman who gets you a taxi. Note: some restaurants will automatically add a gratuity to your bill to make sure you pay it. Check that before adding anything extra yourself. Dollar bills picture from Shutterstock

7. International transit is not a thing

The US sometimes pops up as a transit stop en route to other countries (particularly Canada and South America). The bad news: if this happens, you will still have to clear US customs, even if you re immediately heading to another flight and your baggage is already tagged to your final destination. It s a nuisance and something that happens almost nowhere else in the world, but US airport design means it s never going to change. If you do book a trip with transit via the US, allow yourself an absolute minimum of two hours between flights, and make sure your bookings are connected, so that the airlines involved will be looking out for you. Departures picture from Shutterstock

6. Know your body scanner rules

Both Australia and the US now use body scanners to check passengers for banned items, but there are some key differences. In Australia, the scanners are currently only used for international flights and aren t used on every passenger, but you can t opt out ; refusing to be scanned will see you kicked out of the airport for 24 hours.

In the US, scanners are used for domestic and international flights, and everyone passing through the airport is subjected to them. However, you do have the option of asking for a pat-down scan instead. Personally I wouldn t bother the body scan is much quicker but the choice is there if you have health or privacy concerns. Picture: Getty

5. You won t hear airport-wide flight announcements

Australian airports are small enough that airport-wide boarding calls are usually made for every flight. That isn t the case at US airports: the only announcements that are made are at the gate itself, so you won t hear them if you re lurking in the shops or at a bar. Take note of the boarding time on your card and make sure you re at the gate on time. US flights are often overbooked, so you risk getting booted if you don t show up, especially if you don t have checked baggage.

Again, this isn t unique to the US, but it s worth noting. If you have access to an airport lounge, note that they typically don t make flight announcements for domestic flights either; international flights are often called, and some lounges will highlight boarding flights on a separate screen (as in the picture), but this depends on the airport and airline.

4. Your accent may be a problem

Americans are friendly folks, but many of them haven t travelled, and their only routine exposure to other accents is via South America. I might have an exaggerated view of this because I speak far too quickly at the best of times, but I ve often found it easier when ordering coffee or a meal to simply drop into an American accent rather than being repeatedly questioned. The mere process of having to remember to do the accent slows me down.

3. If you must lock your bag, use TSA locks

As well as scanning your body on the way in, the TSA also often inspects luggage after it has been checked in. If this happens, you ll find a note in your bag to that effect. However, if you have locked your bag, you ll know well before that, because the lock will have been broken open.

The only way to work around the lock ban is to use one of the TSA-approved locks. which can be opened with a master key. That means baggage screeners can inspect your baggage if it does set off security processes, but it will remain impervious to other outsiders. I m cynical about the usefulness of this there must be a lot of master keys around but if you like locking your luggage, it s the only way to do it.

2. Be sparing when using your phone

The US is no exception to the rule that mobile phone roaming rates will bleed you dry. Check out our top 10 tips to avoid roaming rorts for specific advice on how to minimise this problem. Free Wi-Fi is definitely your friend; it s increasingly common in US hotels, but check carefully as some hotels will charge a resort fee to cover it. If you want to acquire a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot for data access in the States, we ve rounded up some of the better options. Hotspot picture from Shutterstock

1. Make sure you apply for an ESTA

Most Australians don t need a specific visa to travel to the US for holiday or business trips lasting less than 90 days. However, you do need to apply online via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization for electronic approval prior to your trip.

The process is relatively speedy and can be done entirely online, but it isn t free; you have to pay $US14, and payment via credit card is the only option. This may seem fiddly, but there is one advantage: if you have an ESTA, you only have to fill in customs paperwork on board your flight, rather than separate customs and immigration forms.

Apply for an ESTA well in advance of your trip; if you arrive at the airport and don t have an ESTA (or a visa), you won t be able to board your flight. An ESTA remains valid for two years. The official minimum time period is 72 hours.

Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman often feels he knows Las Vegas better than Brisbane, which is a worry. His Road Worrier column, looking at technology and organising tips for travellers, appears regularly on Lifehacker.





09/08/2017

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How To Find Cheap Flights: When, How, & Where #hot #travel

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How To Find Cheap Flights: When, How, & Where

by Isabelle Rizo 17 November 2014

So you re aching to study abroad in Thailand and ride elephants, or volunteer at a hospital in Africa, or conquer Europe by backpack in between semesters abroad. But, something is holding you back money! International flights are expensive, but there are secrets to help you find cheap flights, even on a student s budget! This article is the first step to getting a seat on the next plane to your dream study abroad destination!

View from the plane on a clear day. Photo by Isabelle Rizo

Flight Alerts

Make an AirfareWatchdog.com alert for specific flights and destinations, which will get you deals sent straight to your inbox, instead of spending hours looking for an affordable flight. AirfareWatchdog also has a fantastic search feature use it! STA Travel is a full service travel agency for students that can help you through the process of finding good deals on airfare combined with study abroad programs. If you are new to the process STA Travel is a great source to actually speak with to find an expert that can help you find the ideal plane ticket for your study abroad trip.

Travel Cards

Are you using a credit card? Make sure you re getting some kind of travel rewards. Check out Cards for Travel and talk to your bank about rewards cards. There are many credit card programs that will allow you to earn points that directly apply to future airfare purchases.

Frequent Flyer Programs

Star Alliance, OneWorld, and SkyTeam names you probably have never heard of but you need to know. These airline alliances are what will get you miles that you can use for cheap or even free tickets for your next adventure abroad. Sign up for a frequent flyer program under each alliance and research which airlines are part of which so you can start accruing miles. It can be a little difficult to be loyal to a particular airline, especially as a student. When you always just want the cheapest flight no matter who the provider, it is good to get a membership with each of the alliances even if you don t typically fly the airlines they work with.

Surveys = Miles

There are more ways to get miles than actually flying or having credit cards. Doing online surveys from E-miles is another way to earn miles, it may take a little longer to get a big number of miles but spending just 15 minutes a week doing a few surveys can earn you miles to use for your next trip.

Shopping Online

There are lots of shopping portals from different airlines that you can use to get miles for your next flight. Next time you have a big purchase check to see if the airline frequent flyer program you signed up for has a shopping portal. Usually it will include a downloadable plug in search that will be added to your browser. So instead of doing a Google search for your travel guide or backpack, you can use the MileagePlus Shopping Plug-In and get miles while you online shop!

When is the best time to buy tickets?

Think of it this way, when are people most likely to be buying tickets? Avoid those times. People tend to shop in the morning before work, and in the evening after work. Many cheap deals will come up in the afternoon between noon and 3 p.m.

Many people wonder how far out to wait to buy their ticket from their departure date. The consensus seems to be three months before your study abroad program begins. If you want to play the dangerous game of buying a week before you fly, you can try and maybe get lucky if the airline is trying to fill last minute seats.

In my experience, three months is a little much. There doesn t usually seem to be much change between one to three months in advance of your trip so don t discredit that last minute trip idea!

Important Secret!

Your browser and the airline search engines can track what you have searched for in the past and raise the prices since they know you want it. How to be secret? Do additional searches in an incognito window to see fresh search results.

Where to buy your airline tickets?

Kayak. Orbitz. There are some really cool websites that aggregate many different websites all together, so you have more to choose from. Check out skyscanner.com or cheapoair.com. These will be the best sites for you to find a cheap ticket. Some sites even offer special discounts for students too.

These are just some of the ways you can make travel a less expensive endeavor. If you really put your mind to it and focus on your dream adventure it can and will happen .

Now find the study abroad program that is perfect for you and use these tips to help you get there!





06/08/2017

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How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

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How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

Editor s note: We updated this popular post as of Sept. 29, 2014 and loaded it with fresh information and useful tips. One thing hasn t changed, though it ll still help you find the cheapest airfare deals available.

Flexibility is a wonderful thing especially when it comes to travel. The more flexible you can be, the more you ll save. [Check out the video below]

See the latest airline sales on the Deals Blog

Flexibility Savings: Shopping and Flying

Follow these six rules to find cheaper airline tickets whenever you want to fly.

1. Shop for airfare on Tuesdays

The cheapest day to shop for airfare is Tuesday about 3 p.m. eastern time. It s when you ll find the most airline sales, and the competition will match the sale prices to keep up. Always check prices on an airfare comparison shopping site to be sure of getting the best deal available.

  • Tip: Since many sales often run Tuesdays through Thursdays, waiting to shop til Friday or the weekend could cost you a deal.

2. Set airfare alerts

Sometimes, deals come out of the blue (sometimes mistake fares do, too) but you won t know about them unless you sign up for airfare alerts . Get the deals you want delivered in real-time on your phone or tablet or laptop the moment they become available.

  • Tip: When you receive an alert and if you like what you see book immediately. There is a lot of competitions for the best deals and they go quickly.

3. Fly the cheapest days

Generally, the cheapest days to fly year-round are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Again, always compare airfare prices so you ll know for sure.

  • Tip: Cheapest days to fly can vary around holidays. Thanksgiving is a good example as the Wednesday before Turkey Day is one of the most expensive days to fly all year.

4. Fly the cheapest times

Be flexible enough to fly when others don t want to. This includes flights at dawn, flights at the dinner hour and late-night flights and red-eyes.

  • Tip: Noise-canceling headphones are great for napping on planes.

5. Fly connecting routes

Are you flexible enough to endure a longer flight? A connecting flight with a stop (or two) can sometimes save as much as 50 percent over a non-stop.

  • Tip: This is generally not the case when it comes to hub-to-hub flights of 90 minutes or less.

6. Fly out of larger airports

Are you flexible enough to drive an extra hour or two  so you can fly in and out of a larger airport? In most cases, bigger airports have better deals, and it maybe be worth the extra effort.

  • Tip: Be sure to factor in the cost of the extra gas and maybe higher parking prices to be sure a longer is worth your time.

VIDEO: More tips from FareCompare CEO and airfare expert Rick Seaney .





24/07/2017

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When a travel site won’t honor its Best Price Guarantee

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Q: I recently booked a flight from Sacramento, California, to Honolulu for me and my husband using Expedia. Later, I found the exact same itinerary on Travelocity for $176 less. I called Expedia and asked it to honor its Best Price Guarantee. I am looking to receive the difference between the trip we booked with Expedia for $4,416 and the cost we could have gotten it for, the minute we booked this trip, through Travelocity, which was $4,240. A representative told me we would be “covered” by the guarantee. In fact, she reassured me a number of times, even after the price jumped from $4,300 to $4,400 before we were able to book it with her through Expedia. I followed the instructions to request the refund and a $50 travel voucher. Expedia turned me down. I’ve appealed to Expedia’s executives, to no avail. Can you help me? Megan Bevens, Sacramento, California

A: If Expedia promised it would honor its Best Price Guarantee, then it should have. But the call-center reps you spoke with are trained not to commit to anything, so I’m not sure if a review of the recording would have indicated anything more than a promise to consider your case. Expedia’s Best Price Guarantee, like most others, looks like a great deal — until you read the fine print. The guarantee places time limits and other significant conditions on the offer. Most important, it must be an “apples to apples” comparison — an exact itinerary match, including the same dates and times of travel or service as booked through Expedia.com. That gives online agencies enough wiggle room to escape most claims.

Curiously, Travelocity is now owned by Expedia, so you actually were asking Expedia to honor a lower price on its own site. That should have been easy for Expedia to verify. But just in case, you saved all your screenshots, which is a smart thing to do.

As a side note, I always recommend that once you’ve made a booking decision, you don’t look back. I know it’s tempting to see if you really got a better deal, but you want to do that before you push the “buy” button. You’ve probably spent more than $176 worth of time pursuing this. Appealing to an Expedia executive was the right thing to do. I’m surprised that didn’t work, because as far as I can tell, this claim should have been honored. I contacted Expedia on your behalf. It reviewed your claim and agreed with my assessment. You’ve been refunded the $176 price difference, plus a $50 travel voucher.





22/07/2017

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When to Book Christmas Flights – Thanksgiving 2013 Fare Tips #travel

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The Best Time to Book Thanksgiving Holiday Flights 2013

Posted by PeterGreenberg.com on October 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

By now you know to expect high fares for Christmas and Thanksgiving travel, but there are a few booking secrets you can employ to get ahead of the pack. Here s what you can do to score to best deal on holiday flights 2013.

So How is 2013 Shaping Up?

Once again, airfare is up and by all analysis the 2013 holiday season will have higher fares than 2012.

Hotwire found that fall airfares for 2013 are up 4 to 5 percent for domestic travel. This fall, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Vancouver represent the best airfare deals for 2013.

Over the holidays, fares are on par with last year according to FareCompare. The site noted that prices are up just 1 percent over 2012, however 2012 prices were at an 8-year high.

Orbitz also noted a fare hike. On average, flights to the top 10 destinations over Thanksgiving are up 9.4 percent. Over the Christmas holiday flights are up 8.6 percent, and flights during New Year’s Eve are up 2.4 percent.

When to Book

If you’re thinking about Thanksgiving travel, it s probably too late to take advantage of this year’s lowest fares.

FareCompare CEO and co-founder Rick Seaney claimed last week that you can add $5 every day you wait to book your Thanksgiving ticket. If you wait until October 31, you can expect to pay $140 more.

Kayak  offered a more tempered approach. The lowest time to book Thanksgiving flights appeared between mid-August and Labor Day. After the August drop, fares were predicted to stay low until the last week of October. Last-minute flights after October are predicted to rise 21 percent.

Hipmunk offered yet another schedule for fare hikes. CEO Adam Goldstein noted that between August and September fares go up 35 percent, then an addition 10 percent in October and 15 percent in November.

When it comes to the holiday rush or any other seasonal rush, it’s always best to keep your eyes out for fare sales. For the legacy carriers you can periodically find fare sales for year-round travel, a 330-day travel period, says Peter Thornton, senior airfare analyst at Smarter Travel Media, parent company of Airfare Watchdog. BookingBuddy.com and other travel resources. Keep in mind a fare is not valid for all 330 days and blackouts will apply.

Thornton  notes,

“There will be more availability for the peak dates when [fare] sales happen just after the said travel period. February can be a good time to pounce on seats for peak holiday travel when the 330-day travel period flash sales occur. Of course, there is no guarantee that any given route will have one of those sales and no idea of knowing exactly when. Alerts are key.”

Of course, the standard wisdom about when to book applies. The best day to book flights remains at the start of the week. Hotwire suggests, “Book on Monday or Tuesday and fly on Tuesday or Wednesday to find the best deals, as planes are typically at their fullest Thursday through Monday.

If you’re even questioning whether the airfare you found for the holidays is a bargain, you’ve probably found a deal. To understand whether or not you have found a deal, search for the same route on a different days outside the holiday time period.

Don’t expect the best airfares of the year for holiday travel. Thornton confirms what we all already know too well: “You will pretty much never see the lowest fare on offer available for peak holiday travel dates. These dates can often be much, much higher than dates which are just a few days or a week apart from them.”

Instead, Thornton confirms that you will have found a deal if “the price for peak holiday travel is the same or only slightly higher than the off-peak prices (September/October, early November/December).”

The Best Days NOT to Travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas

If you’re worried about crowds at the airport, chances are you are flying during some of the most expensive days of the year.

If possible, avoid traveling on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving; December 21, the Saturday before Christmas; and December 28, the busiest day for both New Years and Christmas travel.

Orbitz noted that those traveling on November 27 will experience the most expensive airfares on average, paying $499, compare this to the cheapest average airfare of  $406 on Thanksgiving day. On Christmas, December 21 has an average airfare cost of $591, compared to $408 on Christmas Eve. For December 28, the most expensive departure date of the holiday week, the average airfare costs $513.

Airfare experts at Kayak confirm that Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the most expensive days to travel. Also to be avoided are Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, the dates most are returning home from Thanksgiving travel.

Kayak analysts also recommend avoiding December 21, which for them is considered the second-busiest travel day of the year.

The Best Days to Travel

When it comes to the cheapest days for travel over the holidays, fly on the actual holidays. For Thanksgiving, according to Kayak the least expensive is actually Thanksgiving Day. You’ll also save if you travel on the Monday or Tuesday before and the Saturday and Tuesday.

Additionally, you will save up to 20 percent if you depart close to or on Christmas Day and returning close to New Year’s Day.

If you don’t want to travel over the holidays, you can save money on airfares by traveling for longer. If you re able to take an extra long trip, (example leave before December 18 and returning after January 6) you shouldn t have too much trouble finding a decent price).

As you book, keep in mind these resources:

  • Bing Travel has a flight-prediction tool that suggests whether prices are expected to go up, down or remain the same, based on historical data.
  • Subscribe to airfare alerts to jump on airfare sales when they happen. AirfareWatchdog has them, as well as Travelzoo. Cheapoair. Hotwire. and Expedia. If you do score a deal, pay attention to the fine print in terms of blackout dates and cancellation policies.

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When to Use a Travel Agent

By Ann Rivall | July 17, 2014

It’s an assumption you’ve heard before: Travel agents are a dying breed. Many people presume that the rise of do-it-yourself booking engines like Travelocity.com and Expedia.com all but wiped out travel agencies Yahoo recently declared a career as a travel agent a “dead-end job.” But that’s not necessarily the case. Travel agents still have their place: In fact, members of the American Society of Travel Agents book more than 144 million vacations a year, and ASTA reported more than $17 billion in revenue for 2012.

In an attempt to change consumers’ views, John Pittman, a vice president at ASTA, said the society prefers to use the term “travel professional.” This term describes the profession more broadly as today’s booking agents do more than act as the go-between for travelers, airlines and hotels. Travel professionals now work across multiple platforms (even using DIY sites) to help clients book a wide variety of vacations. “The truth is, travel agents have adapted to the changing environment, and they are relevant and they are meeting a consumer need,” Pittman said.

Jeff Klee, the CEO of DIY-booking website CheapAir.com seems to agree: In June the site announced it would begin offering every customer who purchases a plane ticket access to a CheapAir.com travel adviser who can be reached directly by email or phone. The adviser can help you make modifications to your booking, deal with trip delays or cancellations, or organize additional elements for your booking, like car or hotel reservations.

Even still, there are certain instances where it’s more beneficial to book with a traditional travel agency rather than to attempt to organize a trip on your own. Pittman cites five examples as optimal opportunities to use a travel agent:

International travel

In addition to providing some destination-specific advice, travel professionals can negotiate international hotel and flight packages for you to help trim the costs on a trip overseas. Pittman also stressed that things can get tricky when traveling abroad, especially if you’re visiting a nation with complicated visa or passport requirements. Not only can you get a better value when you use a travel agent, but you also have the peace of mind that you won’t get stranded in a foreign country.

Honeymoon travel

You’ve got enough on your plate when it comes to organizing your wedding let someone else plan the honeymoon. Not only can a travel agent get you discounted rates, but they can use their established relationships to provide you with special honeymoon perks like room upgrades, welcome amenities and candlelit dinners.

Large group and corporate travel

Thanks to their industry contacts, travel professionals can help you negotiate large-group discounts and organize all of your itinerary details so your family reunion or your corporate retreat goes off without a hitch.

Cruise travel

Planning a cruise may sound easy, but you have to consider a lot of variables. What itinerary is right for you? Will you be spending an extra night in the departure or arrival port? Do you need to book a hotel room or car rental? What shore excursions do you want to sign up for? A travel professional can help you sort out all of the intricacies of your cruise and use their connections to secure unadvertised deals. If you’re hoping to use an agent that deals exclusively with cruise travel, you can search for one through the Cruise Lines International Association CLIA offers an Accredited Cruise Certification for agents, which means travel professionals with this credential have gone through extensive training in order to better match travelers with the right cruise itineraries.

Theme park travel

Theme park vacations can get expensive quickly, especially when you factor in daily park expenses like tickets and food. Though places like Disney World routinely advertise package discounts to entice vacationers, a travel professional can help you distinguish between a good deal and a deal that’s too good to be true. He or she can also find you those under-the-radar discounts, such as special family or group rates.

If you decide that your upcoming vacation requires an expert planner, choosing the right professional is key. Pittman offered five tips to help you narrow down your choices.

Look for an accredited agent

ASTA is the only professional association that represents travel agents, and it’s the only organization that has its own code of ethics (meaning ASTA members are required to respond to customer complaints). Many travel agencies include the ASTA badge on their websites, but you can also search for an ASTA-accredited professional on the association’s consumer website, TravelSense.org .

Ask your friends

As with any investment, it’s helpful to get advice from your family and friends. Ask for agent recommendations from people you know have used travel professionals in the past. Pittman reiterates that the best travel professionals strive to create long-lasting relationships with clients that go beyond a single booking experience.

Check credentials

If you can’t tap friends or family for recommendations, rely on the industry’s accreditation system to guide you to the right agent. Some travel professionals are Certified Travel Counselors, which they’ve earned through The Travel Institute (the certification body for the travel professional industry). Agents can even become “destination specialists” through the program, meaning they become experts in a given region. Some of these certifications can be attained through remote course study, while others earn the title through extensive first-hand travel experience.

Ask about fees upfront

After your travel professional supplies you with a vacation package estimate, make sure to ask if there are any additional fees and if the cost of an agent’s service is included in the quoted vacation price. If the sight of “service fees” has you rethinking the use of an agent, keep in mind that an agent’s on-ground contacts and affiliations can likely score you more free extras and discounts that you wouldn’t necessarily be eligible for if you made the travel plans yourself.

Check the agency’s record

If you decide to book through an ASTA-certified agency, you can be sure that the agency adheres to the association’s code of business ethics. If you go with an agent that isn’t connected to the ASTA, you can still check up on its business practices through the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the agency or individual you’re considering.

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When to Go in Australia #super #travel

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When to Go

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is basking in the Southern Hemisphere s summer, and vice versa. Midwinter in Australia is July and August, and the hottest months are November through March. Remember, unlike in the Northern Hemisphere, the farther south you go in Australia, the colder it gets.

The Travel Seasons

Airfares to Australia are lowest from mid-April to late August the best time to visit the Red Centre and the Great Barrier Reef.

High Season – The peak travel season in the most popular parts of Australia is the Aussie winter. In much of the country particularly the northern half the most pleasant time to travel is April through September, when daytime temperatures are 66[dg]F to 88[dg]F (19[dg]C 31[dg]C) and it rarely rains. June, July, and August are the busiest months in these parts; you ll need to book accommodations and tours well in advance, and you will pay higher rates then, too.

On the other hand, Australia s summer is a nice time to visit the southern states, and even in winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing.

Generally, the best months to visit Australia are September and October, when it s often still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states, it s cool enough to tour Uluru, and the humidity and rains have not come to Cairns (although it will be very hot by Oct).

Low Season – October through March (summer) is just too hot, too humid, or too wet or all three to tour the Red Centre. North Queensland, including Cairns, suffers an intensely hot, humid wet season from November or December through March or April. So if you decide to travel at this time and lots of people do be prepared to take the heat, the inconvenience of potential flooding, and the slight chance of encountering cyclones.

Australian National Public Holidays

On national public holidays, services such as banking, postal needs, and purchasing of alcohol might be limited or unavailable. There also may be additional holidays as declared by individual states and territories, such as Melbourne Cup Day: Based on the country s most famous thoroughbred horse race, Melbourne Cup Day is celebrated the first Tuesday of November, and the race is nicknamed the race that stops the nation.

* New Year s Day, January 1. Expect the usual fireworks and festivities to begin the night of December 31 to ring in the New Year.

* Australia Day, January 26. This national day recognizes the First Fleet s arrival in 1788, when 11 ships made their way from England to establish a colony here in Australia.

* Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. The Christian commemoration of Jesus crucifixion and his death. In Australia, Good Friday is observed the first Friday after the full moon (on or after Mar 21).

* Easter Monday, day after Easter Sunday. The Christian commemoration of Jesus resurrection from the dead.

* Anzac Day, April 25. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day recognizes those who have served the nation in times of war.

* Christmas Day, December 25. When Christians celebrate Jesus birth. Note: If Christmas is on a weekend day, the next Monday is termed a public holiday.

* Boxing Day, December 26. Originally a British tradition involving gift-giving, Boxing Day is now an Australian holiday, and some sports kick off their seasons on this date. If Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next Monday is deemed a public holiday. If it falls on a Sunday, the next Tuesday is the holiday.

Steer Clear of the Vacation Rush

Try to avoid Australia from Boxing Day (Dec 26) to the end of January, when Aussies take their summer vacations. For popular seaside holiday spots, hotel rooms and airline seats get scarce as hen s teeth, and it s a rare airline or hotel that will discount full rates by even a dollar.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





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10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #cheap #flight

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Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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08/07/2017

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When To Buy The Cheapest Airline Tickets #how #to #find #cheap

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When To Buy The Cheapest Airline Tickets

by Deborah Jian Lee

Timing is everything when it comes to buying airline tickets (Photo: Coline Ali-Belhadj / EyeEm/Coline Ali-Belhadj / EyeEm)

If you’re shopping for cheap airline tickets for your next vacation, wait until the weekend to grab the best deal.

Though Tuesday has traditionally been favored (it’s when sales tend to hit) a recent study shows that the new day for the deepest discounts is Sunday. The Sunday advantage applied to both domestic and international ticket purchases, according to the Airline Reporting Corporation, which analyzed air ticket transactions between January 2013 and July 2014. Average Sunday purchases made between 7 and 14 weeks before travel were typically $110 cheaper.

This shift allows airlines to lure vacation shoppers with weekend deals, but still charge full price for the tickets business travelers might purchase on weekdays, writes the Wall Street Journal. And though Sunday has taken the mantle from Tuesday as the day for cheapest fares, airline sales and price drops still happen on Tuesday. In fact, outside of Saturday and Sunday, Tuesday still offers the best deals.

Another factor to consider is how far in advance you purchase your tickets. If you’re traveling domestically, the study found that purchases made eight weeks beforehand yielded the lowest prices. For international flights, the best deals were nabbed 24 weeks in advance.

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When to Go in South Africa #travel #to #germany

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When to Go

Roughly speaking, the summer months are December to March, autumn is April to May, winter is June to August, and spring is September to November. Because southern Africa is such a large area, and each region’s offerings change with the seasons, when you go may determine where you go.

The Coast — South Africa’s southwestern coast (the province known as Western Cape) tends to attract the majority of international visitors during the summer months. Fortunately, the country is big enough to absorb these increased numbers without causing the discomfort most people associate with busy seasons, though parts of Cape Town become unbearably full for locals’ tastes. Be aware, however, that accommodation prices do increase in summer, some by as much as 70%; and if you dislike crowds, you should try to avoid South Africa’s coast during the busiest school holidays, which — like elsewhere — take place from around mid-December to mid-January. In fact, the hot months of February and March are considered by most Northern Hemisphere dwellers to be the best times to visit; not least, to escape what by then has felt like a very long winter up north. April, too, is a great month to visit, when the light takes on a softer hue, sunsets are often spectacular, and balmy temperatures are preferable for those who dislike baking heat. Note, though, that you’ll need to book early if your visit coincides with Easter weekend, when you will compete with locals on their 10-day school vacation.

Depending on your interests, winter (June-Aug) brings substantial benefits, too: July to November are the months when the Southern Right whales migrate to the Cape’s southern coast, providing the best land-based whale-watching in the world (and plenty of opportunities to see them by boat). With the Cape a winter rainfall area, local tourism authorities have aptly dubbed the May-to-August period its “green season,” and indeed the Cape’s valleys and mountains are an ideal verdant backdrop to dramatic displays of fynbos (shrublike plant) in flower. While it can at times rain continuously, the pattern is usually broken every few days with balmy, sun-drenched days. It’s a wonderful time for Capetonians, who get to air their winter coats for only these few months and reclaim the city, now virtually empty of visitors, as their own.

If you’re at all hankering for the sun, plan to head to the Garden Route and Karoo, preferably along Route 62, where year-round sunshine ensures that any time of year is a great time to tackle a driving tour of this region. Winter is also the ideal time to visit the east coast of Kwazulu-Natal, which can be oppressively humid in summer.

October to November is when the Cape floral kingdom again wows her human inhabitants with a new batch of flowering species, while the beaches, still relatively empty, sparkle in the temperate sun, and guesthouses and hotels, hungry after the winter wait, offer some of the best deals of the season.

Inland — May to August are considered the best months for sighting big game in and around Kruger National Park. The foliage is less dense, malaria risk is lower, yet many of the private game reserve lodges drop their prices substantially.

June to October, however, is peak season in the Delta, Botswana; game-viewing is best at this time, thanks to the rains. Given the low-volume approach to tourism, lodges are booked months in advance, despite charging top dollar. The Delta is often combined with a visit to Victoria Falls, but the Falls are widely considered most impressive in full flood, between March and May, when some 500 million cubic liters of water cascade into the Batoka gorge every minute. The spray can obscure views, however, and prohibit riding the Batoka’s Grade 5 rapids — renowned in rafting circles as one of the most exhilarating rides in the world — as they are out of bounds when the falls are in flood.

The Climate

Depending on where you are, average maximum temperatures can vary from 80°F (27°C; Cape Town) to 90°F (32°C; Kruger National Park) in the summer, and from an average 69°F (21°C; Cape Town) to 77°F (25°C; Durban) in winter. While summer is the most popular time, high humidity in KwaZulu-Natal can make for muggy days, and gale-force winds often occur in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Winter visitors would be well advised to pack warm clothes, despite higher average temperatures than in the United States or Europe. South African buildings are not geared for the cold; insulation is low on the priority list, and central heating is nonexistent. Temperatures in the interior fluctuate wildly in winter; you’re best off layering.

Rainfall

South Africa is generally considered an arid region; two-thirds of the country receives less than 500mm (20 in.) of rain a year. In the interior, rain usually falls in the summer, and spectacular thunderstorms and the smell of damp earth bring great relief from the searing heat. The Garden Route enjoys rain year-round, usually at night. In Cape Town and surrounds, the rain falls mostly in the winter, when the gray skies are a perfect foil for the burnt-orange strelitzias, pink proteas, and fields of white arum lilies — and an equally good accompaniment to crackling fires and fine South African red wines.

Holidays

If you are traveling during the South African school holidays, make sure you book your accommodations well in advance. (Check exact school holiday dates with South African Tourism, as provinces differ, but they usually run 4 weeks in Dec and Jan, 2 weeks in Apr, 3 weeks in June and July, and 1 week in Sept.) Flights can also be impossible to find, particularly over the Christmas holidays. Easter holidays (usually late Mar to mid-Apr) can also be busy, while the Kruger is almost always packed during the winter vacation (mid-June to mid-July). There’s another short school break in spring, from late September to October 7.

Zimbabwe/Zambia

Zimbabwe and Zambia’s climates are similar to that in South Africa’s northern provinces, with a rainy season in summer, mostly between December and mid-March. Summers are warm to hot (late Oct-Dec can be uncomfortable), and winters are mild. Malaria is still a danger in many areas. There are tsetse flies in parts of the Zambezi Valley and in the southeast. And certain rivers, lakes, and dams are infected with bilharzia. Victoria Falls are often at their fullest around mid-April, at the end of the rainy season (Nov-Apr), though this is also when the mist created by the falling water may obscure the view and malaria-carrying mosquitoes are at their most prolific. Temperatures range from 90°F (32°C) in October and November to 60°F (16°C) in June and July. Many think the best time to see the falls is from August to December, when the view is clearer (though the flow of the water is at its lowest). June through December is high season for many of the upmarket lodges, which raise their prices during these months. You are unlikely to be affected by public holidays.

Botswana

Botswana has a pleasant, temperate climate with low humidity, with a maximum mean temperature of 91°F (33°C) in January and a minimum mean temperature of 38°F (4°C) in June. There are effectively two seasons: summer (Sept-Apr), with frequent rains and thunderstorms, and winter (May-Aug), with cold and dry days and nights. Rainfalls make the summer months a great time to visit the delta if you’re interested in birds and plants, but it can get very hot. From April to September, the days are mild to warm, but temperatures drop sharply at night and early in the morning, particularly around June and July. Most consider these 2 months the best time to visit the delta, when the rain that falls on the Angolan bushveld plains seeps down to create what is referred to as the “flood.” At this time, water lilies bloom, countless aquatic creatures frolic in the water, and a huge diversity of game from the surrounding dry areas moves into the delta. You are unlikely to be affected by public holidays.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





08/07/2017

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When to book tickets from travel sites rather than airline sites?

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For domestic flights in the US, the cheapest price is almost always on the airline’s website. Additionally, airlines sometimes include other benefits like additional frequent flyer miles, reduced baggage fees etc. for booking directly through their site.

Online travel agents such as Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz etc. can sometimes find flight combinations that you cannot book directly through a single airline. This can be useful when there is no single airline (or airline alliance) that serves your route. This is not common for domestic trips, but can happen sometimes for international flights between more minor destinations.

There is also the convenience of using a single site with all your information already stored instead of having to navigate a different a airline site every time you make a reservation. This can be especially useful for foreign airline websites which are sometimes more difficult to use and can be troublesome with foreign credit cards.

Finally, if you book through an online travel site, they become your “agent” and can take care of things such as cancellations, schedule changes etc. You might find it more convenient to speak to an English speaking customer service agent on a 1-800 number than calling a foreign airline which may not have a toll-free number or even a number at all in the USA.





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2011 Darwin Award: Motorcycle Helmet Law, ex-Protestor #darwin #award: #motorcycle #helmet


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Motorcycle Helmet Law, ex-Protestor
2011 Darwin Award Winner
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(July 2011, New York) Protesting motorcycle helmet laws, an Onondaga, NY man was participating in a bare-noggin protest ride when he was killed via flipping over the handlebars. The motorcycle accident injured the noggin of Mr. Contos, 55, fatally damaging a brain that was unable to determine the physics of the situation. Moreover, he�d do it again if he could, according to his elder brother. �He would have wanted it that way.�

Certain laws have physics on their side, obviously, and the laws say one’s body cannot walk away from a high-speed physical impact. Laws not subject to repeal. Unprotected–you squash like a bug. Protected–you eat squash for dinner.

Since properly padded and protected men can walk away from a 90-mph crash, protection is prudent when you increase above a critical threshhold.

Prudent, but sould protection be mandatory? Robert Frost says, “I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.”

Police said Phil “hit his brakes, fishtailed and went out of control, flipping him over the handlebars.” What we, the Darwin Awards committee, would like to know–and news reports don’t explain–is just how he went over the handlebars?

DarwinAwards.com 1994 – 2017
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04/07/2017

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Best Rental Car Deals: How To Shop (And When) – The

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Best Rental Car Deals: How To Shop (And When)

Whether it s a weekend trip out of town, a family road-trip vacation, trying out a different vehicle prior to making a new purchase or securing transportation during a business trip, finding the best deal on a rental car takes a little planning.

Knowing how to shop as well as when can make all the difference between the best rental car deals and some that are only so-so. The worst thing is to find out you ve missed a great deal because you were in a hurry. To give yourself an advantage, here are some tips on the best rental car deals: how to shop and when.

Online shopping is great but know the particular advantages of different rental car companies. With the number of car rental companies in business, you might think that they re all the same. They re not. Knowing the difference between them can influence your choice of one over another at certain times when you choose or need to rent a car.

  • For example, National Car Rental and Budget allow one-way rental, while other rental car companies require you to return the car where you picked it up.
  • Enterprise is famous for offering to pick you up. This service is very convenient if you want or need to leave your own car at home or don t have someone to drive it back for you as well as if you don t own a car and are renting one for a specific trip or reason.
  • Price, of course, is a significant determining factor between car rental companies.
  • Model selection is another consideration when choosing a car rental company. You may want to rent a luxury car instead of a mid-size or economy car. If the rental car company doesn t typically offer luxury cars, or charges a higher premium for them than another car rental company, even if you usually do business with this car rental company, it may be a better choice to go with one that has many in stock and specializes in renting this type of vehicle. Hertz offers the Tesla S for rent at the San Francisco and Los Angeles airports.

Where to shop online makes a difference. The big travel sites online are a good starting point when it comes to comparison shopping car rental prices and deals. These include Expedia, Travelauto, Orbitz, and Kayak, among others. What makes these travel sites a good choice is that they negotiate with car rental companies to be able to offer competitive rates and they are always competing for your business. This means that you can often get much better deals online than in person or by phone.

  • Orbitz is known for allowing you to input discount codes to your car rental so that you wind up with an even better price.
  • Expedia touts its Best Price Guarantee.
  • Using a meta-search engine such as Kayak helps you figure out which rental car company offers the best deal in a one-step process.
  • Travelauto has worldwide car rental deals at attractive rates and discounts.

When to shop is also important. As with securing airline reservations at the best possible price, the key strategy is to shop as early as possible. Waiting until the last minute puts you in jeopardy of limited or no product available and/or having to pay a higher price than you would if you d shopped and reserved your car early.

Join the club. It s easy and inexpensive (or free) to join car rental clubs or rental car loyalty programs. These include Avis Preferred, National s Emerald Club. the Quicksilver Club at Alamo, Dollar s Rapid Rental Program, among others. Being a loyalty program member allows you access to discounts and deals you might not otherwise have available. While program perks vary, they may include free days, or points or miles. The idea behind joining a car rental company s club or loyalty program is that you ll likely use that company every time you rent, as you get more discounts the more you rent from them.

Don t forget discount codes available elsewhere. If you are a member of AAA, AARP, credit card services or certain other organizations, you have access to discount codes, points or miles. Some credit card companies, such as American Express and Bank of America Platinum Visa, cover the insurance on your car rental, saving you the optional insurance cost each time you rent. Check out DealMine.com to search one site for a number of the best of these kinds of discounts and deals.

With a little advance planning, you should be able to secure rental car deals that save you money and peace of mind.

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How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

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How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

Editor s note: We updated this popular post as of Sept. 29, 2014 and loaded it with fresh information and useful tips. One thing hasn t changed, though it ll still help you find the cheapest airfare deals available.

Flexibility is a wonderful thing especially when it comes to travel. The more flexible you can be, the more you ll save. [Check out the video below]

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Flexibility Savings: Shopping and Flying

Follow these six rules to find cheaper airline tickets whenever you want to fly.

1. Shop for airfare on Tuesdays

The cheapest day to shop for airfare is Tuesday about 3 p.m. eastern time. It s when you ll find the most airline sales, and the competition will match the sale prices to keep up. Always check prices on an airfare comparison shopping site to be sure of getting the best deal available.

  • Tip: Since many sales often run Tuesdays through Thursdays, waiting to shop til Friday or the weekend could cost you a deal.

2. Set airfare alerts

Sometimes, deals come out of the blue (sometimes mistake fares do, too) but you won t know about them unless you sign up for airfare alerts . Get the deals you want delivered in real-time on your phone or tablet or laptop the moment they become available.

  • Tip: When you receive an alert and if you like what you see book immediately. There is a lot of competitions for the best deals and they go quickly.

3. Fly the cheapest days

Generally, the cheapest days to fly year-round are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Again, always compare airfare prices so you ll know for sure.

  • Tip: Cheapest days to fly can vary around holidays. Thanksgiving is a good example as the Wednesday before Turkey Day is one of the most expensive days to fly all year.

4. Fly the cheapest times

Be flexible enough to fly when others don t want to. This includes flights at dawn, flights at the dinner hour and late-night flights and red-eyes.

  • Tip: Noise-canceling headphones are great for napping on planes.

5. Fly connecting routes

Are you flexible enough to endure a longer flight? A connecting flight with a stop (or two) can sometimes save as much as 50 percent over a non-stop.

  • Tip: This is generally not the case when it comes to hub-to-hub flights of 90 minutes or less.

6. Fly out of larger airports

Are you flexible enough to drive an extra hour or two  so you can fly in and out of a larger airport? In most cases, bigger airports have better deals, and it maybe be worth the extra effort.

  • Tip: Be sure to factor in the cost of the extra gas and maybe higher parking prices to be sure a longer is worth your time.

VIDEO: More tips from FareCompare CEO and airfare expert Rick Seaney .





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When a travel site won’t honor its Best Price Guarantee #travel

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When a travel site won’t honor its Best Price Guarantee

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Q: I recently booked a flight from Sacramento, California, to Honolulu for me and my husband using Expedia. Later, I found the exact same itinerary on Travelocity for $176 less. I called Expedia and asked it to honor its Best Price Guarantee. I am looking to receive the difference between the trip we booked with Expedia for $4,416 and the cost we could have gotten it for, the minute we booked this trip, through Travelocity, which was $4,240. A representative told me we would be “covered” by the guarantee. In fact, she reassured me a number of times, even after the price jumped from $4,300 to $4,400 before we were able to book it with her through Expedia. I followed the instructions to request the refund and a $50 travel voucher. Expedia turned me down. I’ve appealed to Expedia’s executives, to no avail. Can you help me? Megan Bevens, Sacramento, California

A: If Expedia promised it would honor its Best Price Guarantee, then it should have. But the call-center reps you spoke with are trained not to commit to anything, so I’m not sure if a review of the recording would have indicated anything more than a promise to consider your case. Expedia’s Best Price Guarantee, like most others, looks like a great deal — until you read the fine print. The guarantee places time limits and other significant conditions on the offer. Most important, it must be an “apples to apples” comparison — an exact itinerary match, including the same dates and times of travel or service as booked through Expedia.com. That gives online agencies enough wiggle room to escape most claims.

Curiously, Travelocity is now owned by Expedia, so you actually were asking Expedia to honor a lower price on its own site. That should have been easy for Expedia to verify. But just in case, you saved all your screenshots, which is a smart thing to do.

As a side note, I always recommend that once you’ve made a booking decision, you don’t look back. I know it’s tempting to see if you really got a better deal, but you want to do that before you push the “buy” button. You’ve probably spent more than $176 worth of time pursuing this. Appealing to an Expedia executive was the right thing to do. I’m surprised that didn’t work, because as far as I can tell, this claim should have been honored. I contacted Expedia on your behalf. It reviewed your claim and agreed with my assessment. You’ve been refunded the $176 price difference, plus a $50 travel voucher.





28/05/2017

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Travel Tips: When is the Best Time of Year to Visit

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A Complete Guide to Deciding When to Book Your Paris Vacation

By Courtney Traub. Paris Travel Expert

A native of the notorious San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Courtney Traub now divides her time between Paris and the UK.

A freelance writer, reporter, and editor who’s worked for print, web, and radio outlets, Courtney enjoys aimless strolling around her favorite Paris neighborhoods. old movies on crackly screens. and the endless challenge of polishing her French .

When planning a trip to Paris. one of your most pressing questions is likely to be when is the best time to go? If you re set to visit Paris for the first time, you may be persuaded that the much-lauded Paris in the springtime is the obvious choice– but depending on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, and your personal centers of interest, another time of year may in fact suit you much better.

Similarly, if you ve been to Paris before, you may wonder whether a fall or winter visit will be worthwhile, given rumors of cold, bitter conditions and gloomy, unsociable locals. The reality, though, is far more nuanced– the winter holiday season in Paris offers plenty of light and celebration as the city lights up for Christmas and other winter holidays. In the fall, meanwhile, events like the Montmartre Wine Harvest (Vendanges)  and Nuit Blanche. an all-night arts and culture event that sees crowds throng the streets for free exhibits and performances, bring the city to life in a memorable way.

As a long-time resident of the city of light, my own perspective is that every season here has its charms and pitfalls, pros and cons– as they do anywhere else, of course! There s no ideal time, in short, and deciding when to book is a highly personal decision that will depend on a number of factors.





20/05/2017

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When to Travel to Paris France. #travel #to #mexico

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When to Travel to Paris France

Season by Season: Knowing When to Go to Paris

If you are planning a trip to the capital of France, then you probably want to know when to go to Paris. Spring is one of the best times to go visit the City of Lights. This is just when the sun is starting reappear after a long winter, and the flowers are blooming. The weather is not super hot, and you will not need to bundle up when you go outside. You will have cooler weather and some showers, but it is well worth the trip.

Summer is not bad either as the Parisians really start to come alive. There are plenty of festivals and parks that are lovely to visit. Plus, the national holiday on July 14th is a must see! You can join millions of others on the Champ de Mars and watch the Eiffel Tower light up with fireworks. It is a magical sight, and one you will not forget too soon.

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Fall is just as good as any other season when considering the best time for Paris travels. The weather will be starting to cool, and the leaves will begin to change color. The Jardin de Luxembourg is lovely in the Autumn. You cannot be strolling through the park as the leaves circle around you. Plus, it also a great time if you love fashion. Every year the city hosts fashion week during the first week of October.

Winter is also just as lovely as Christmas is a great time to see the city full of holiday spirit and cheer. All of the festive lights and decorations will be out as well. Plus, there is a the giant Christmas fair down the Champs Elysee that you should not miss. However, if you can wait a couple of months, go in February. The weather will be miserable, but the tickets will drop to at least half price. Plus, crowds will be fewer and hotels cheaper. The weather is not great, but you will see Paris as real Parisians do. Sometimes it is nice to see a city in the off season. You trip will feel more authentic as a result of knowing when to travel top Paris.

August: Just Do Not Do It!

If you only take one thing away from this article, remember to not visit Paris during the month of August. This is the official summer holiday of many French men and women. You are more than welcome to visit the city during that month, but you will be met with great disappointment. Many shops, restaurants, and bars are closed as the owners go on vacation. Also, tickets will be more expensive as Parisians race to leave the city. Sure, there will be fewer crowds, but you will not be able to see at least half of the city. Thus, save your trip for the other eleven months of the year.

Things to Remember When Travelling To Paris





20/05/2017

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When to Go in Australia #price #of #airline #tickets

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When to Go

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is basking in the Southern Hemisphere s summer, and vice versa. Midwinter in Australia is July and August, and the hottest months are November through March. Remember, unlike in the Northern Hemisphere, the farther south you go in Australia, the colder it gets.

The Travel Seasons

Airfares to Australia are lowest from mid-April to late August the best time to visit the Red Centre and the Great Barrier Reef.

High Season – The peak travel season in the most popular parts of Australia is the Aussie winter. In much of the country particularly the northern half the most pleasant time to travel is April through September, when daytime temperatures are 66[dg]F to 88[dg]F (19[dg]C 31[dg]C) and it rarely rains. June, July, and August are the busiest months in these parts; you ll need to book accommodations and tours well in advance, and you will pay higher rates then, too.

On the other hand, Australia s summer is a nice time to visit the southern states, and even in winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing.

Generally, the best months to visit Australia are September and October, when it s often still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states, it s cool enough to tour Uluru, and the humidity and rains have not come to Cairns (although it will be very hot by Oct).

Low Season – October through March (summer) is just too hot, too humid, or too wet or all three to tour the Red Centre. North Queensland, including Cairns, suffers an intensely hot, humid wet season from November or December through March or April. So if you decide to travel at this time and lots of people do be prepared to take the heat, the inconvenience of potential flooding, and the slight chance of encountering cyclones.

Australian National Public Holidays

On national public holidays, services such as banking, postal needs, and purchasing of alcohol might be limited or unavailable. There also may be additional holidays as declared by individual states and territories, such as Melbourne Cup Day: Based on the country s most famous thoroughbred horse race, Melbourne Cup Day is celebrated the first Tuesday of November, and the race is nicknamed the race that stops the nation.

* New Year s Day, January 1. Expect the usual fireworks and festivities to begin the night of December 31 to ring in the New Year.

* Australia Day, January 26. This national day recognizes the First Fleet s arrival in 1788, when 11 ships made their way from England to establish a colony here in Australia.

* Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. The Christian commemoration of Jesus crucifixion and his death. In Australia, Good Friday is observed the first Friday after the full moon (on or after Mar 21).

* Easter Monday, day after Easter Sunday. The Christian commemoration of Jesus resurrection from the dead.

* Anzac Day, April 25. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day recognizes those who have served the nation in times of war.

* Christmas Day, December 25. When Christians celebrate Jesus birth. Note: If Christmas is on a weekend day, the next Monday is termed a public holiday.

* Boxing Day, December 26. Originally a British tradition involving gift-giving, Boxing Day is now an Australian holiday, and some sports kick off their seasons on this date. If Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next Monday is deemed a public holiday. If it falls on a Sunday, the next Tuesday is the holiday.

Steer Clear of the Vacation Rush

Try to avoid Australia from Boxing Day (Dec 26) to the end of January, when Aussies take their summer vacations. For popular seaside holiday spots, hotel rooms and airline seats get scarce as hen s teeth, and it s a rare airline or hotel that will discount full rates by even a dollar.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





20/05/2017

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When the World Is Your Office – Adventure Tourism Business. #group

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How This Private Aviation Startup Found Its Niche in the Luxury Market

August 27, 2010

It all started with a passion and a curiosity for Italy. In search of her Italian roots and gorgeous roads to ride, Lauren Hefferon s year-long Rotary scholarship to Italy evolved into a three-year cultural immersion, which included hanging out at Mario Conti s bike shop in Florence (and learning the local dialect), racing for his team and exploring every road of Tuscany with her new network of Italian cycling friends.

That s how Hefferon started Ciclismo Classico. a cycling tour company that brings in $3.5 million a year.

I found a niche that I knew very well, and knew that I wanted to be in business for myself, so I made the leap, Hefferon said.

Adventure tourism may not be incredibly lucrative, but the industry provides an inviting environment for entrepreneurs. Passion is key to cultivating a successful adventure tourism business; Hefferon is overflowing with it.

Adventure travel engages our bodies, mind and spirit all at the same time, Hefferon said. It fills you up, makes you whole again.

The adventure travel industry has been on the rise, according to a 2010 survey by the Adventure Travel Trade Association. a global network of more than 550 adventure tourism companies. Of the 300 companies that responded to the ATTA survey, 70 percent were looking to grow this year.

Overall, the adventure tourism industry is expected to reach $52 billion in 2010 in terms of outbound travel from North and South America and Europe, according to the ATTA. While most adventure travel businesses are small operations that bring in less than $1 million each year, about 20 percent of respondents to the ATTA survey have revenue of $1 million to $5 million a year. Frontiers Travel. established in 1969, boasts $30 million per year.

However, because of an operating margin between 9 percent and 11 percent, adventure tourism is not an industry that will bring in large sums of money, Frontiers co-owner Mollie Fitzgerald says. Instead, she emphasizes the psychic income side of running a travel business, which includes a love of travel.

The opportunity to travel, the things that you learn about, the experiences I ve had certainly outweigh the financial side of the business, Fitzgerald says.

An analysis of the last decade could be enough to scare off many entrepreneurs before they jump into the travel industry. Fitzgerald, who joined Frontiers full time in 1985, listed some of the most recent deterrents to travel: the Gulf War, 9/11, SARS, foot-and-mouth disease in Europe and acts of terrorism. But she has observed cycles in the industry during the 40 years Frontiers has been in business.

I think travel has become an essential ingredient in people s lives, and (the travel industry) does bounce back. It always does, Fitzgerald says. We ve seen enough peaks and valleys over the years that I m confident in saying that.

As the economy stabilizes, adventure travel is indeed swelling. Some companies anticipate as much as a 35 percent increase in bookings this year over 2009, according to a report from the Adventure Collection. a group of 10 adventure travel businesses.

As the number of travelers grows, the number of destinations has the potential to increase, as well. Xola Consulting Inc. established in 2004, works with governments to develop their countries as adventure travel destinations, which stimulates economic growth in those areas. Christina Heyniger, president of Xola, worked with the ATTA and The George Washington University to produce the Adventure Tourism Development Index. The index provides information about a country s potential to succeed as an adventure tourism destination by analyzing 10 Pillars, which include safety and security, tourism infrastructure, cultural resources, adventure activity resources and health.

Hefferon took the importance of location to heart when she founded Ciclismo Classico in 1988. She was the first to specialize in cycling tours of Italy, and Ciclismo Classico still offers many tours to places no other tour company goes. Hefferon led eight women on Ciclismo Classico s first tour, called Tuscany and the Enchanting Island of Elba. At that time, many tours were taking travelers to Tuscany, so Hefferon included Elba to add an exotic element to her tour.

Adventure tourism thrives on specialization. In the early 1970s, Mike and Susie Fitzgerald, who founded Frontiers, decided to concentrate on a few unique locales. They were among the first to offer salmon fishing in Iceland and photographic safaris to southern Africa. Frontiers also differentiates itself from other travel companies through its network of destination experts within the company. For instance, one team takes care of all the Atlantic salmon fishing, while another team focuses on saltwater fishing.

No one is protective; no one s earning commission or afraid to share their clients with their colleagues, says Mollie Fitzgerald, Mike and Susie s daughter.

Building a strong clientele within Frontiers led to requests for non-sporting trips, such as wine-tasting in Italy after a fishing trip in Iceland. Eventually, Frontiers hired a person to focus on luxury trips, and the company established a division called Elegant Journeys in 1983. Diversification, in terms of both destinations and services, gave Frontiers the opportunity to flourish.

We ve been a lot of places–I would say probably more than most travel agencies–collectively, Fitzgerald says. It s that collective body of experience that I think gives us a good advantage.

Another important way to grow an adventure travel business is through online marketing, social networking and search engine optimization. Hefferon has developed a strong social networking presence for Ciclismo Classico, allowing the company to connect with more than 4,000 people on Facebook. To garner even more Facebook fans, Ciclismo Classico will randomly select one person for a free trip once the page reaches 5,000 fans, and Heffron also has a personal blog .

Other successful adventure travel companies, like Adventure Life. have high-traffic blogs and 20,000-plus Facebook fans. Adventure Life specializes in small group adventures to Latin America. A few years ago, Xola s Heyniger heard about a man offering trail-running trips through his website, AdventureRunningCo.com. The company s name in itself increased its presence on search engines such as Google.

It s one of my favorite examples of why you need niche marketing, Heyniger said. They re making it because they re building up a database of people who love to run and who think this would be an awesome trip.

Starting an adventure travel business means a tour operator is going to face unanticipated challenges, which presents an irony of sorts. Consultant Heyniger has noticed that many adventure travel entrepreneurs are looking to escape from government and policy, but they end up getting pulled back in. Heyniger illustrates the situation this way: A man starts a rafting business in Idaho, then discovers that the Salmon River is being polluted by unregulated dumping. He begins lobbying for better regulation while still trying to build his business and client base. Choosing an area where policies can be influenced can determine whether a business expands or dies; some countries are not as open as others to modifying regulations.

Another essential element of adventure tourism is the impact locals have on travel experiences. Guides for Ciclismo Classico are locals who have tremendous passion, Hefferon says. For 30 years, Frontiers has been working with the same driver, a one-man operation, in the United Kingdom.

Those are the kinds of people that can really make experiences come alive for a client, Fitzgerald says.

And when experiences come alive for clients, adventure travel businesses will thrive.





20/05/2017

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When to Go in South Africa #where #to #get #cheapest #airline

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When to Go

Roughly speaking, the summer months are December to March, autumn is April to May, winter is June to August, and spring is September to November. Because southern Africa is such a large area, and each region’s offerings change with the seasons, when you go may determine where you go.

The Coast — South Africa’s southwestern coast (the province known as Western Cape) tends to attract the majority of international visitors during the summer months. Fortunately, the country is big enough to absorb these increased numbers without causing the discomfort most people associate with busy seasons, though parts of Cape Town become unbearably full for locals’ tastes. Be aware, however, that accommodation prices do increase in summer, some by as much as 70%; and if you dislike crowds, you should try to avoid South Africa’s coast during the busiest school holidays, which — like elsewhere — take place from around mid-December to mid-January. In fact, the hot months of February and March are considered by most Northern Hemisphere dwellers to be the best times to visit; not least, to escape what by then has felt like a very long winter up north. April, too, is a great month to visit, when the light takes on a softer hue, sunsets are often spectacular, and balmy temperatures are preferable for those who dislike baking heat. Note, though, that you’ll need to book early if your visit coincides with Easter weekend, when you will compete with locals on their 10-day school vacation.

Depending on your interests, winter (June-Aug) brings substantial benefits, too: July to November are the months when the Southern Right whales migrate to the Cape’s southern coast, providing the best land-based whale-watching in the world (and plenty of opportunities to see them by boat). With the Cape a winter rainfall area, local tourism authorities have aptly dubbed the May-to-August period its “green season,” and indeed the Cape’s valleys and mountains are an ideal verdant backdrop to dramatic displays of fynbos (shrublike plant) in flower. While it can at times rain continuously, the pattern is usually broken every few days with balmy, sun-drenched days. It’s a wonderful time for Capetonians, who get to air their winter coats for only these few months and reclaim the city, now virtually empty of visitors, as their own.

If you’re at all hankering for the sun, plan to head to the Garden Route and Karoo, preferably along Route 62, where year-round sunshine ensures that any time of year is a great time to tackle a driving tour of this region. Winter is also the ideal time to visit the east coast of Kwazulu-Natal, which can be oppressively humid in summer.

October to November is when the Cape floral kingdom again wows her human inhabitants with a new batch of flowering species, while the beaches, still relatively empty, sparkle in the temperate sun, and guesthouses and hotels, hungry after the winter wait, offer some of the best deals of the season.

Inland — May to August are considered the best months for sighting big game in and around Kruger National Park. The foliage is less dense, malaria risk is lower, yet many of the private game reserve lodges drop their prices substantially.

June to October, however, is peak season in the Delta, Botswana; game-viewing is best at this time, thanks to the rains. Given the low-volume approach to tourism, lodges are booked months in advance, despite charging top dollar. The Delta is often combined with a visit to Victoria Falls, but the Falls are widely considered most impressive in full flood, between March and May, when some 500 million cubic liters of water cascade into the Batoka gorge every minute. The spray can obscure views, however, and prohibit riding the Batoka’s Grade 5 rapids — renowned in rafting circles as one of the most exhilarating rides in the world — as they are out of bounds when the falls are in flood.

The Climate

Depending on where you are, average maximum temperatures can vary from 80°F (27°C; Cape Town) to 90°F (32°C; Kruger National Park) in the summer, and from an average 69°F (21°C; Cape Town) to 77°F (25°C; Durban) in winter. While summer is the most popular time, high humidity in KwaZulu-Natal can make for muggy days, and gale-force winds often occur in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Winter visitors would be well advised to pack warm clothes, despite higher average temperatures than in the United States or Europe. South African buildings are not geared for the cold; insulation is low on the priority list, and central heating is nonexistent. Temperatures in the interior fluctuate wildly in winter; you’re best off layering.

Rainfall

South Africa is generally considered an arid region; two-thirds of the country receives less than 500mm (20 in.) of rain a year. In the interior, rain usually falls in the summer, and spectacular thunderstorms and the smell of damp earth bring great relief from the searing heat. The Garden Route enjoys rain year-round, usually at night. In Cape Town and surrounds, the rain falls mostly in the winter, when the gray skies are a perfect foil for the burnt-orange strelitzias, pink proteas, and fields of white arum lilies — and an equally good accompaniment to crackling fires and fine South African red wines.

Holidays

If you are traveling during the South African school holidays, make sure you book your accommodations well in advance. (Check exact school holiday dates with South African Tourism, as provinces differ, but they usually run 4 weeks in Dec and Jan, 2 weeks in Apr, 3 weeks in June and July, and 1 week in Sept.) Flights can also be impossible to find, particularly over the Christmas holidays. Easter holidays (usually late Mar to mid-Apr) can also be busy, while the Kruger is almost always packed during the winter vacation (mid-June to mid-July). There’s another short school break in spring, from late September to October 7.

Zimbabwe/Zambia

Zimbabwe and Zambia’s climates are similar to that in South Africa’s northern provinces, with a rainy season in summer, mostly between December and mid-March. Summers are warm to hot (late Oct-Dec can be uncomfortable), and winters are mild. Malaria is still a danger in many areas. There are tsetse flies in parts of the Zambezi Valley and in the southeast. And certain rivers, lakes, and dams are infected with bilharzia. Victoria Falls are often at their fullest around mid-April, at the end of the rainy season (Nov-Apr), though this is also when the mist created by the falling water may obscure the view and malaria-carrying mosquitoes are at their most prolific. Temperatures range from 90°F (32°C) in October and November to 60°F (16°C) in June and July. Many think the best time to see the falls is from August to December, when the view is clearer (though the flow of the water is at its lowest). June through December is high season for many of the upmarket lodges, which raise their prices during these months. You are unlikely to be affected by public holidays.

Botswana

Botswana has a pleasant, temperate climate with low humidity, with a maximum mean temperature of 91°F (33°C) in January and a minimum mean temperature of 38°F (4°C) in June. There are effectively two seasons: summer (Sept-Apr), with frequent rains and thunderstorms, and winter (May-Aug), with cold and dry days and nights. Rainfalls make the summer months a great time to visit the delta if you’re interested in birds and plants, but it can get very hot. From April to September, the days are mild to warm, but temperatures drop sharply at night and early in the morning, particularly around June and July. Most consider these 2 months the best time to visit the delta, when the rain that falls on the Angolan bushveld plains seeps down to create what is referred to as the “flood.” At this time, water lilies bloom, countless aquatic creatures frolic in the water, and a huge diversity of game from the surrounding dry areas moves into the delta. You are unlikely to be affected by public holidays.

Note. This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.





18/05/2017

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When to buy travel insurance #travel #to #italy

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When should I buy my travel insurance?

When to buy travel insurance? As soon as you make a trip deposit.

While you can buy travel insurance right up until the day before you leave on a trip, it’s important to understand what constitutes the initial trip deposit date.

Once a traveler makes their first arrangement for a trip, that date becomes the initial trip deposit date .

Many travel insurance coverages require you to purchase your plan within a specified number of days (usually 10-14) of making that initial trip deposit if the coverage is to be in effect.

In fact, buying travel insurance as soon as possible is essential in avoiding some common insurance loopholes .

Coverages that require purchase soon after trip deposit

Of course, purchasing your travel insurance earlier rather than later is ideal because travel insurance only covers unexpected events.

That means, you can purchase your travel insurance for a Bahama getaway any time you like, but if you wait until there is a hurricane alert to purchase it, you won’t have coverage for hurricanes.

If I buy travel insurance early, can I add the plane tickets I plan to purchase later?

Yes, you can cover additional costs for plane tickets, tours, and more after you make your initial travel insurance purchase.

It’s best to estimate the total trip cost and get the insurance protection you need and make changes to the policy as you need to. Estimate high, and if you end up with lower trip costs, then you can make changes to the coverage and get a partial refund of your premium as well.

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The easiest way to compare plans is to use a comparison website.

Get travel insurance quotes from all companies at the same time using a comparison tool. You can check coverages side-by-side, compare prices, and purchase online using a credit card.

About this website

My name is Damian, and I started this website in 2006 to help travelers understand travel insurance.

The site features company reviews , guides. articles. and many blog posts to help you better understand travel insurance and pick the right plan for your trip (assuming you actually need travel insurance).

I am also a licensed travel insurance agent, and you can get a quote and purchase through this site as well.





18/05/2017

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When To Buy The Cheapest Airline Tickets #best #airline #prices

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When To Buy The Cheapest Airline Tickets

by Deborah Jian Lee

Timing is everything when it comes to buying airline tickets (Photo: Coline Ali-Belhadj / EyeEm/Coline Ali-Belhadj / EyeEm)

If you’re shopping for cheap airline tickets for your next vacation, wait until the weekend to grab the best deal.

Though Tuesday has traditionally been favored (it’s when sales tend to hit) a recent study shows that the new day for the deepest discounts is Sunday. The Sunday advantage applied to both domestic and international ticket purchases, according to the Airline Reporting Corporation, which analyzed air ticket transactions between January 2013 and July 2014. Average Sunday purchases made between 7 and 14 weeks before travel were typically $110 cheaper.

This shift allows airlines to lure vacation shoppers with weekend deals, but still charge full price for the tickets business travelers might purchase on weekdays, writes the Wall Street Journal. And though Sunday has taken the mantle from Tuesday as the day for cheapest fares, airline sales and price drops still happen on Tuesday. In fact, outside of Saturday and Sunday, Tuesday still offers the best deals.

Another factor to consider is how far in advance you purchase your tickets. If you’re traveling domestically, the study found that purchases made eight weeks beforehand yielded the lowest prices. For international flights, the best deals were nabbed 24 weeks in advance.

Summary Statistics for U.S. Domestic Flights by Day of Week





18/05/2017

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Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA #cheap

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Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA

Planning a trip to the United States? You ll have a much better time and eliminate travel hassles if you remember to adjust to some of the peculiar American quirks. Here are the 10 key issues we advise looking out for.

The United States is one of the most popular travel destinations for Australians: more than 863,000 trips were made there in 2012, ranking it as our third-most popular destination (after New Zealand and Indonesia). US culture often seems familiar to us after a lifetime of imported TV, music, movies and games, but there are some peculiar quirks of travelling to the States which aren t always so apparent.

I ve been thinking about these issues in the run-up to our World Of Servers visit to TechEd North America these are problems that our winning bloggers are going to have to bear in mind. However, they re equally applicable to anyone travelling to the US. We ran a more basic version of this list back in 2010. but given the many changes since then an update seemed wise.

10. You ll pay more than the listed price

Despite Australia s proximity to China, many items are still cheaper stateside (clothes being one obvious example). The ongoing near-parity between the Australian and US dollar also makes shopping sprees very tempting. Have at it by all means, but remember one crucial point: unlike Australia, the price tags you see won t include sales tax. That will vary from state to state, with the typical rate hovering between 4 and 6 per cent. I usually assume a 10 per cent markup that s almost always an exaggeration, but it s an easy mental calculation and makes it simple to assess if a bargain is still a bargain post-tax. Picture: Douglas Muth

9. Don t make jokes to airport security

Yes, this rule applies in any airport, but the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be particularly humourless. The process is annoying (you always have to remove your belt and shoes), but we have some sympathy here. People make jokes on an astonishingly regular basis about having bombs , something we highlighted by putting all the reported comments on a map. Having to deal with people carrying loaded firearms in hand luggage is also a daily occurrence. Tamp down your inner comedian and put up with life in the queue; it will be easier for everyone in the long run.

8. Stock up on dollar bills for tipping

I m not a fan of having to give dollar bills to shuttle bus drivers and add 15 per cent to every restaurant bill, but tipping is an inescapable fact of life in the US. Many minimum-wage jobs presume that tips will form a large proportion of overall income. In theory, that should lead to better service; in practice, that varies widely. But tipping is expected, and stocking up on dollar bills (the US has dollar coins as well but they re much rarer) is the easiest way to handle tipping the doorman who gets you a taxi. Note: some restaurants will automatically add a gratuity to your bill to make sure you pay it. Check that before adding anything extra yourself. Dollar bills picture from Shutterstock

7. International transit is not a thing

The US sometimes pops up as a transit stop en route to other countries (particularly Canada and South America). The bad news: if this happens, you will still have to clear US customs, even if you re immediately heading to another flight and your baggage is already tagged to your final destination. It s a nuisance and something that happens almost nowhere else in the world, but US airport design means it s never going to change. If you do book a trip with transit via the US, allow yourself an absolute minimum of two hours between flights, and make sure your bookings are connected, so that the airlines involved will be looking out for you. Departures picture from Shutterstock

6. Know your body scanner rules

Both Australia and the US now use body scanners to check passengers for banned items, but there are some key differences. In Australia, the scanners are currently only used for international flights and aren t used on every passenger, but you can t opt out ; refusing to be scanned will see you kicked out of the airport for 24 hours.

In the US, scanners are used for domestic and international flights, and everyone passing through the airport is subjected to them. However, you do have the option of asking for a pat-down scan instead. Personally I wouldn t bother the body scan is much quicker but the choice is there if you have health or privacy concerns. Picture: Getty

5. You won t hear airport-wide flight announcements

Australian airports are small enough that airport-wide boarding calls are usually made for every flight. That isn t the case at US airports: the only announcements that are made are at the gate itself, so you won t hear them if you re lurking in the shops or at a bar. Take note of the boarding time on your card and make sure you re at the gate on time. US flights are often overbooked, so you risk getting booted if you don t show up, especially if you don t have checked baggage.

Again, this isn t unique to the US, but it s worth noting. If you have access to an airport lounge, note that they typically don t make flight announcements for domestic flights either; international flights are often called, and some lounges will highlight boarding flights on a separate screen (as in the picture), but this depends on the airport and airline.

4. Your accent may be a problem

Americans are friendly folks, but many of them haven t travelled, and their only routine exposure to other accents is via South America. I might have an exaggerated view of this because I speak far too quickly at the best of times, but I ve often found it easier when ordering coffee or a meal to simply drop into an American accent rather than being repeatedly questioned. The mere process of having to remember to do the accent slows me down.

3. If you must lock your bag, use TSA locks

As well as scanning your body on the way in, the TSA also often inspects luggage after it has been checked in. If this happens, you ll find a note in your bag to that effect. However, if you have locked your bag, you ll know well before that, because the lock will have been broken open.

The only way to work around the lock ban is to use one of the TSA-approved locks. which can be opened with a master key. That means baggage screeners can inspect your baggage if it does set off security processes, but it will remain impervious to other outsiders. I m cynical about the usefulness of this there must be a lot of master keys around but if you like locking your luggage, it s the only way to do it.

2. Be sparing when using your phone

The US is no exception to the rule that mobile phone roaming rates will bleed you dry. Check out our top 10 tips to avoid roaming rorts for specific advice on how to minimise this problem. Free Wi-Fi is definitely your friend; it s increasingly common in US hotels, but check carefully as some hotels will charge a resort fee to cover it. If you want to acquire a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot for data access in the States, we ve rounded up some of the better options. Hotspot picture from Shutterstock

1. Make sure you apply for an ESTA

Most Australians don t need a specific visa to travel to the US for holiday or business trips lasting less than 90 days. However, you do need to apply online via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization for electronic approval prior to your trip.

The process is relatively speedy and can be done entirely online, but it isn t free; you have to pay $US14, and payment via credit card is the only option. This may seem fiddly, but there is one advantage: if you have an ESTA, you only have to fill in customs paperwork on board your flight, rather than separate customs and immigration forms.

Apply for an ESTA well in advance of your trip; if you arrive at the airport and don t have an ESTA (or a visa), you won t be able to board your flight. An ESTA remains valid for two years. The official minimum time period is 72 hours.

Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman often feels he knows Las Vegas better than Brisbane, which is a worry. His Road Worrier column, looking at technology and organising tips for travellers, appears regularly on Lifehacker.





16/05/2017

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How to Avail Cheap Air Tickets When Flying Within the US

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How to Avail Cheap Air Tickets When Flying Within the US

The United States is a big country and if you want to see as much of it as possible during your holiday you probably are going to have to travel between cities and regions by air.

The problem is that in recent years the number of airlines offering flights in the US have substantially constricted to a select few. Because there are now only a handful of carriers, the remaining airlines can essentially set their airfares at whatever they please.

While that is bad news for the ordinary traveler, there are still a few remaining insider tricks you can use to guarantee you get the lowest rate so you will have more money to spend once you arrive at your destination.

Avoid America’s Busiest Airports

The busiest airports in the US are LaGuardia in New York, O’Hare in Chicago, LAX in Los Angeles, and Hartsfield in Atlanta. These also are the most expensive airports to travel in and out of because they are where the biggest airlines fly.

In practically every American city, there is a second or third airport nearby that is cheaper and often more convenient to use for your travel. For example, while Chicago is only the third biggest city, O’Hare International is one of the country’s busiest because of its location in the geographic center of the nation.

However, most travelers don’t realize that Chicago has a second airport – Midway – which is not only smaller and less busy, but usually substantially cheaper. Plus, like O’Hare it has a rail link that leads directly into the city’s center.

Similar cheaper, less busy airports can be found in other cities as well. Los Angeles is served by smaller airports in nearby Burbank and Orange County. Travelers to New York City can use Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey, which has commuter trains that lead into Manhattan.

Use Search Engines in Disguise

We all know that computers are super smart. That’s why when you use one of the most popular search engines to look up air fares you usually will be inundated with ads, emails, pop-ups and other marketing tools that try to scare you into booking your flight as quickly as possible.

This is caused by the “cookies” that track your Internet searches and use this information to market specific products – in this case airline tickets – to you aggressively.

The solution is simple: When searching for airfares and other travel deals, always use the private or incognito browsing modes. This will keep your identity a secret from marketers and advertisers so you can compare prices and find the right flights without having to worry about dealing with high pressure sales tactics and campaigns designed to scare you into buying a ticket right away.

Fly Off-Peak Days and Hours

Like any industry, airlines are driven by supply and demand. When demand is highest – such as before or after holidays, during business hours, and on weekends when people are more likely to travel – prices will always be higher.

But if you are willing to travel during the middle of the week, in the early morning or late night hours or even overnight, and avoid busy travel days like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or around the Christmas holidays, you can often find fares that are a fraction of the high price airline fares you would otherwise have to pay.

Look for ‘No Frills’ Airlines

The United States doesn’t have as many economy, bare bones airlines as Europe or parts of Asia, but there are still a few that have survived the “Airfare Wars” or have been launched since the major US airlines consolidated.

Look for smaller, regional airlines that can get you to your destination – or at least close enough to it – for far less money than the big name airlines. While you may find your seat a little more cramped and may have to bring your own in-flight snacks and make your entertainment, the savings are often worth it.

Don’t Fly At All

In the US, flying is the most convenient way to get around, but it’s also the most expensive. If you aren’t traveling across the continent, you might consider a less costly mode of transportation.

While inter-city rail in the US is still expensive and inconvenient, rental cars are cheap and plentiful. And there are still enough bus lines that can get you from Point A to Point B for very little money.

America is a big country and there is plenty to see. When you travel over the road rather than flying over most of the scenery, there is more to experience. Meet the friendly, outgoing people who live in the in-between spaces to make the most of your visit.

As the Buddhist saying goes: “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”

Author Bio – This guest post is written by Simon Hopes in support of InsanelyCheapFlights.com. If you’re looking to fly to destinations within the US, don’t forget to check out JetBlue flights and save up to $20.





14/05/2017

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How To Find Cheap Flights: When, How, & Where #asia #travel.com

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How To Find Cheap Flights: When, How, & Where

by Isabelle Rizo 17 November 2014

So you re aching to study abroad in Thailand and ride elephants, or volunteer at a hospital in Africa, or conquer Europe by backpack in between semesters abroad. But, something is holding you back money! International flights are expensive, but there are secrets to help you find cheap flights, even on a student s budget! This article is the first step to getting a seat on the next plane to your dream study abroad destination!

View from the plane on a clear day. Photo by Isabelle Rizo

Flight Alerts

Make an AirfareWatchdog.com alert for specific flights and destinations, which will get you deals sent straight to your inbox, instead of spending hours looking for an affordable flight. AirfareWatchdog also has a fantastic search feature use it! STA Travel is a full service travel agency for students that can help you through the process of finding good deals on airfare combined with study abroad programs. If you are new to the process STA Travel is a great source to actually speak with to find an expert that can help you find the ideal plane ticket for your study abroad trip.

Travel Cards

Are you using a credit card? Make sure you re getting some kind of travel rewards. Check out Cards for Travel and talk to your bank about rewards cards. There are many credit card programs that will allow you to earn points that directly apply to future airfare purchases.

Frequent Flyer Programs

Star Alliance, OneWorld, and SkyTeam names you probably have never heard of but you need to know. These airline alliances are what will get you miles that you can use for cheap or even free tickets for your next adventure abroad. Sign up for a frequent flyer program under each alliance and research which airlines are part of which so you can start accruing miles. It can be a little difficult to be loyal to a particular airline, especially as a student. When you always just want the cheapest flight no matter who the provider, it is good to get a membership with each of the alliances even if you don t typically fly the airlines they work with.

Surveys = Miles

There are more ways to get miles than actually flying or having credit cards. Doing online surveys from E-miles is another way to earn miles, it may take a little longer to get a big number of miles but spending just 15 minutes a week doing a few surveys can earn you miles to use for your next trip.

Shopping Online

There are lots of shopping portals from different airlines that you can use to get miles for your next flight. Next time you have a big purchase check to see if the airline frequent flyer program you signed up for has a shopping portal. Usually it will include a downloadable plug in search that will be added to your browser. So instead of doing a Google search for your travel guide or backpack, you can use the MileagePlus Shopping Plug-In and get miles while you online shop!

When is the best time to buy tickets?

Think of it this way, when are people most likely to be buying tickets? Avoid those times. People tend to shop in the morning before work, and in the evening after work. Many cheap deals will come up in the afternoon between noon and 3 p.m.

Many people wonder how far out to wait to buy their ticket from their departure date. The consensus seems to be three months before your study abroad program begins. If you want to play the dangerous game of buying a week before you fly, you can try and maybe get lucky if the airline is trying to fill last minute seats.

In my experience, three months is a little much. There doesn t usually seem to be much change between one to three months in advance of your trip so don t discredit that last minute trip idea!

Important Secret!

Your browser and the airline search engines can track what you have searched for in the past and raise the prices since they know you want it. How to be secret? Do additional searches in an incognito window to see fresh search results.

Where to buy your airline tickets?

Kayak. Orbitz. There are some really cool websites that aggregate many different websites all together, so you have more to choose from. Check out skyscanner.com or cheapoair.com. These will be the best sites for you to find a cheap ticket. Some sites even offer special discounts for students too.

These are just some of the ways you can make travel a less expensive endeavor. If you really put your mind to it and focus on your dream adventure it can and will happen .

Now find the study abroad program that is perfect for you and use these tips to help you get there!





13/05/2017

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How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

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How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

Editor s note: We updated this popular post as of Sept. 29, 2014 and loaded it with fresh information and useful tips. One thing hasn t changed, though it ll still help you find the cheapest airfare deals available.

Flexibility is a wonderful thing especially when it comes to travel. The more flexible you can be, the more you ll save. [Check out the video below]

See the latest airline sales on the Deals Blog

Flexibility Savings: Shopping and Flying

Follow these six rules to find cheaper airline tickets whenever you want to fly.

1. Shop for airfare on Tuesdays

The cheapest day to shop for airfare is Tuesday about 3 p.m. eastern time. It s when you ll find the most airline sales, and the competition will match the sale prices to keep up. Always check prices on an airfare comparison shopping site to be sure of getting the best deal available.

  • Tip: Since many sales often run Tuesdays through Thursdays, waiting to shop til Friday or the weekend could cost you a deal.

2. Set airfare alerts

Sometimes, deals come out of the blue (sometimes mistake fares do, too) but you won t know about them unless you sign up for airfare alerts . Get the deals you want delivered in real-time on your phone or tablet or laptop the moment they become available.

  • Tip: When you receive an alert and if you like what you see book immediately. There is a lot of competitions for the best deals and they go quickly.

3. Fly the cheapest days

Generally, the cheapest days to fly year-round are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Again, always compare airfare prices so you ll know for sure.

  • Tip: Cheapest days to fly can vary around holidays. Thanksgiving is a good example as the Wednesday before Turkey Day is one of the most expensive days to fly all year.

4. Fly the cheapest times

Be flexible enough to fly when others don t want to. This includes flights at dawn, flights at the dinner hour and late-night flights and red-eyes.

  • Tip: Noise-canceling headphones are great for napping on planes.

5. Fly connecting routes

Are you flexible enough to endure a longer flight? A connecting flight with a stop (or two) can sometimes save as much as 50 percent over a non-stop.

  • Tip: This is generally not the case when it comes to hub-to-hub flights of 90 minutes or less.

6. Fly out of larger airports

Are you flexible enough to drive an extra hour or two  so you can fly in and out of a larger airport? In most cases, bigger airports have better deals, and it maybe be worth the extra effort.

  • Tip: Be sure to factor in the cost of the extra gas and maybe higher parking prices to be sure a longer is worth your time.

VIDEO: More tips from FareCompare CEO and airfare expert Rick Seaney .





21/04/2017

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When a travel site won’t honor its Best Price Guarantee #south

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When a travel site won’t honor its Best Price Guarantee

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Q: I recently booked a flight from Sacramento, California, to Honolulu for me and my husband using Expedia. Later, I found the exact same itinerary on Travelocity for $176 less. I called Expedia and asked it to honor its Best Price Guarantee. I am looking to receive the difference between the trip we booked with Expedia for $4,416 and the cost we could have gotten it for, the minute we booked this trip, through Travelocity, which was $4,240. A representative told me we would be “covered” by the guarantee. In fact, she reassured me a number of times, even after the price jumped from $4,300 to $4,400 before we were able to book it with her through Expedia. I followed the instructions to request the refund and a $50 travel voucher. Expedia turned me down. I’ve appealed to Expedia’s executives, to no avail. Can you help me? Megan Bevens, Sacramento, California

A: If Expedia promised it would honor its Best Price Guarantee, then it should have. But the call-center reps you spoke with are trained not to commit to anything, so I’m not sure if a review of the recording would have indicated anything more than a promise to consider your case. Expedia’s Best Price Guarantee, like most others, looks like a great deal — until you read the fine print. The guarantee places time limits and other significant conditions on the offer. Most important, it must be an “apples to apples” comparison — an exact itinerary match, including the same dates and times of travel or service as booked through Expedia.com. That gives online agencies enough wiggle room to escape most claims.

Curiously, Travelocity is now owned by Expedia, so you actually were asking Expedia to honor a lower price on its own site. That should have been easy for Expedia to verify. But just in case, you saved all your screenshots, which is a smart thing to do.

As a side note, I always recommend that once you’ve made a booking decision, you don’t look back. I know it’s tempting to see if you really got a better deal, but you want to do that before you push the “buy” button. You’ve probably spent more than $176 worth of time pursuing this. Appealing to an Expedia executive was the right thing to do. I’m surprised that didn’t work, because as far as I can tell, this claim should have been honored. I contacted Expedia on your behalf. It reviewed your claim and agreed with my assessment. You’ve been refunded the $176 price difference, plus a $50 travel voucher.





18/04/2017

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