Preparing to travel
|The world has changed a lot in the past century. Thanks to the invention of airplanes and high-speed trains, today’s world is wide open to travel. In a day’s time, we can travel to the other side of the world without using our entire life’s savings. We also have a number of options open to us to help us plan our travels, and choosing wisely can help save time and money.1. Travel Agents. Many people have the misconception that using a travel agent entails paying a fee. Nonsense. In actuality, most travel agents receive commissions from the vendors (airlines, hotels, tour agencies); they are the ones paying the fee, not you. A travel agent has access to deals that often are not available anywhere else. He or she can help take the headache out of planning, allowing you to sit back and relax while the logistics are plotted out. Another bonus is that travel agents often include travel insurance in their packages, to ensure that you are getting what you paid for.
2. Internet. With the widespread use of the world wide web, travel prices have gone down considerably. Using travel sites like Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity, buyers can find lower rates than ever before for airfares, hotels, and package deals. The downside? Truly finding the best travel deals often requires a lot of time and patience as you compare rates with other sites and with direct booking. Another downfall is that you can’t always find availability at these lower rates, but it is nice to plan right at home.
3. Guidebooks. Tried and true, travel guidebooks are a traveler’s best friend. Seasoned travel writers research and compile guidebooks based on their own experiences, and who better to give advice than someone who’s been there, done that? Depending on your preferred level of luxury, you are sure to find a guidebook to meet your needs. Best of all, travel guidebooks are often available at your local library-for free!
In any case, travel opens up our eyes to worlds our forefathers never could have dreamed of visiting. Whether you travel around the globe or just a city away, a little careful planning and an open mind can allow for an experience of a lifetime. Happy travels!
5 Romantic Travel Resolutions
|A new year always means a chance for a new start. You and yours can begin this new year by making some travel resolutions together, regardless of your time and budget restraints. Put aside those old travel habits and make some new ones! Let this be the year that your travel plans focus on fun, fantasy, and festivities!
(1) We’re going to plan a real vacation. No, it doesn’t have to be an around the world cruise or first class getaway (but if you can afford it, what are you waiting for?) It does have to be an honest-to-goodness vacation, though. No cell phones, no laptops. Mark the dates on the calendar and keep it just like you’d keep any business appointment. The business of romantic travel, though, is a fun one and an activity that the two of you can plan for months.
(2) We’re going to involve each other in the trip planning. All too often, one partner gets the job for planning a trip…and that task quickly becomes a bore. Plan your trips together! Anticipation is half the fun. Visit a travel agent. Collect brochures. Buy a guidebook. Rent a video about your destination. Search the internet for information.
(3) We’re going to do something we’ve never done. Here you can be as mild — or as wild — as you dare. Go whitewater rafting. Rent a houseboat. Take a hot air balloon ride. Spend the night in a local bed and breakfast. Learn to scuba dive. Dance the whole night away under the stars. The choice is yours.
(4) We’re going to take one mini-vacation every month. Whether it’s for the night or just for the night out, plan one tiny slice of a vacation every single month. The only rule: you must pretend you’re on vacation. Book a night at a local bed and breakfast. Call your local hotel and find out their non-peak nights (in business-oriented cities, it’s usually Friday and Saturday) then plan a short romantic getaway.
(5) We’re going to go to at least one festival. Special events take place at just about every community around the world. Whatever your interests — from square dancing to sandcastle building — you’ll find a festival celebrating with a day or two of fun and food. If you don’t have the time or budget to go far, contact area chamber of commerce or tourism offices within a day’s drive of your home for their calendar of events. If you can, extend your trip into a long weekend. If you’ve got the time and resources, check out some of the major fun festivals: Carnival, Mardi Gras, Rio’s Carnivale. Don’t forget your costume!
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Because of the economic situation in most of europe now is a good time to travel. The travel industry in Europe is hurting cruise lines make a portion of their revenue in American and Canadian dollars, most came from the more lucrative euro zones that were until recemtly very profitable
Today it is a vastly different story. A lot of these European Travel companies geared up and expanded their operations they added more capacity to their existing cruise lines and for a while their gamble paid off.
However today the story is very different Cruise ships are running at less than their former capacity in some cases they are offering air credits and at least one cruise line is taking several ships out of the market because the demand from europe has decrease dramatically.
Another fly in the ointment hase been the increase in the cost of flying to Europe. and when you add in extra fees, especially here in North America the airfare has almost tripled in some cases.
Yet for a seven-day cruise the price is low. Why you may ask is the reason for this. On the one hand we have high air fares and on the other low cruise prices.
The answer is simple enough many current Mediterranean countries are not doing so well economically, there is very high unemployment in Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal to name a few.
People in these areas are understandably fearful of their economic future and now they will not spend the way the way they used too. So now you have consumers who are holding on to their disposable incomes.
If you are willing to get a great deal I would suggest this mode of travel contact all the major lines and check out some of the great deals they are offering. Many of them are willing to discount air fares for most destinations in the US and Canada.
Some of the latest news out reports on the following Transatlantic sailing specials on the Queen Mary 2, are already available including east-bound sailings from New York to Southampton
Royal Caribbean was the first cruise line to reduce its costs. With over a dozen ships sailing all over Europe, They recently announced only nine of them will return next summer.
Even though there will be a reduction of 25 per cent. Bargains currently exist for the remaining ships. Demand is low and the consumer can now have a better deal for the less money, that is why you should call and check out their prices.
Oceania is another cruise line that is cutting back on its European cruises, choosing to spend more time in Alaska next summerinstead. you will find some great travel bargains, especially in the Mediterranean area for some time to come.
Below you will find links to some of the biggest and best cruise lines offering great European destinations.