Pages Menu
TwitterRssFacebook
Categories Menu

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Budget Travel, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

Tips for Planning an Extended Holiday

Tips for Planning an Extended Holiday

If you are in a position to do it, taking a longer holiday of a month or more can be a great experience. You can really get to know a place and have an experience almost like living there when you take an extended holiday, and you can benefit a lot from the time out from your normal life. You could make huge progress on learning a language with a period of immersion, make some new friends, and enjoy a totally different way of life for a while. However, planning a longer holiday is different from planning your usual week or two away, especially if you have a limited budget, so it is worth putting in some effort in advance to plan and research where you’ll be going. Finding Reasonably Priced, Well Equipped Accommodation If you are staying for a month or more, unless money is no object, you probably won’t want to stay in a hotel. Not only is this very costly for longer stays, but it also...

Read More

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in World Travel |

The Main Categories in the Hospitality Industry

The Main Categories in the Hospitality Industry

The mantra today in the hospitality business might be “customization, customization, customization,” but that means hotels and travel service providers must really get to know their clients. Fortunately, there are more tools than ever to help those in the industry learn details about guests’ lives, travel tendencies, and vacation preferences. What kind of difference can that knowledge make to the bottom line? Huge. Hoteliers won’t waste time trying to sell spa treatments to nature junkies. French restaurants can target hopeless romantics around Valentine’s Day. The smart marketer takes all possible traveler information into account when targeting messages. So, how well do you know your customers? This infographic can offer some insight on the main client categories in the hospitality universe. Related post:  Vacation Packages Offer Many Varied choices...

Read More

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Family Travel, Only The Best, Travel Asia, Travel Destinations, Travel Japan, Travel Style, World Travel |

Family Fun in Japan – Take a trip to the world’s friendliest country for kids!

Family Fun in Japan – Take a trip to the world’s friendliest country for kids!

A few years ago, Time published a list of the World’s Top 10 Kid-Friendly Nations, and surprisingly, the U.S. wasn’t even on it! The list was made by Save the Children, a non-governmental organization devoted to improving the lives of children across the globe. Looking at health, education and nutrition factors, Save the Children creates a Child Development Index every few years, which ranks the countries of the world based on the quality of life children will experience when staying in those countries. Japan topped the list, proving that its advanced state of childhood education and medicine are the best in the world. But Japan isn’t just a great place for kids who live there; rather, there are loads of fun things for families and their children to do when visiting the country. Sanrio Puroland Essentially Japan’s own Disneyland, Sanrio Puroland lets kids experience life with Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, and friends. There’s a wonderful parade of Sanrio characters that lasts about 30 minutes, a participatory live show, roller...

Read More

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Family Travel, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Culture and History, World Travel |

Sensitivity to Local Culture and its Importance

Sensitivity to Local Culture and its Importance

Traveling is always fun and brings you closer to exciting and rewarding experiences. Apart from helping you get a respite from the regimes of day-to-day life, your trip itinerary introduces you to new cultures, adventure filled activities, cuisines of different regions, unique festivals, different garments and host of cultural differences. The sounds and smells of varied cultures can often leave you spellbound and asking for more. In certain cases you may feel offended by the differences in gestures and behaviors, while at other times you may be overwhelmed by the warm hospitality and helpful demeanor of the people around you –either way you are a winner, as you end up learning something new. Whether you are frequent flier to foreign lands or are planning to visit a one-off destination in your next vacation, you need to ask yourself these two important questions before booking your tickets or proceeding to pack in your bags. These questions are: Does the local culture of the holiday destination of my choice apply to...

Read More

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Outdoor Nature Travel, Travel Destinations, Travel Ecuador, Travel South America, Travel Style, World Culture and History, World Travel |

Guaranda Carnival—Steep in the Fervor of Ecuador’s Carnival Festivities

Guaranda Carnival—Steep in the Fervor of Ecuador’s Carnival Festivities

If you go through the famous popular festivities published on the yearly calendar of Ecuadorian celebrations, then the one event that is bound to catch your attention is the Guaranda Carnival. Staged and celebrated with a lot of fanfare in central Andean destination of Guaranda, this carnival lures thousands of participants and revelers to the tiny province of Bolivar. During the Guaranda Carnival the intensity and fervor of the local population transcends all levels of imagination and delights domestic and international visitors alike. So, are you ready to explore the cultural bounties of Guaranda’s quaint city, tucked in the fertile Andean valley? Located on the western slopes Chimborazo Volcano (highest mountain in Ecuador) and rising to an elevation of 21.000 feet above sea level, the stunning scenery, colonial style architecture and other attractions of this region lying between the Pacific Coast and the Andes are also worth a look. Oft referred to as the “City of the Seven Hills”, Guaranda is a hotspot for vacationers, art and culture enthusiasts...

Read More

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Luxury Travel, Transportation, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel Resources, Travel Spain, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

An Insight into Spanish Travel by Train

An Insight into Spanish Travel by Train

Spain—best explored by local transportation facilities like trains, buses and cabs, is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Europe. Tourists from all across the globe fly in to experience its many bounties and steep their senses in its rich cultural heritage, festive carnivals and great cuisines alike. The trains running through Spanish terrains are efficient, fast and comparatively cheaper than those found in other nations. Unfortunately, their network/coverage is not as great and some of the routes are poorly serviced, if at all.  However, while planning your journey in and around Spain, it is wrong to assume that train traveling will always end up being quicker or cheaper—there are quite a few advantage and disadvantages to this popular means of commuting in Spain. Read on for a closer look at why traveling by train (as opposed to commuting by buses) is a more favored option by many. Pros and Cons of Train Travel in Spain After going through the easily available Interactive Maps of Train Routes in...

Read More

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Only The Best, Travel and Health, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

Travel Smart: Ensure you are Up-to-date on All Your Vaccines

Travel Smart: Ensure you are Up-to-date on All Your Vaccines

When planning trips, a lot of people tend to focus on the activities they will engage in, the places they will visit and generally how much fun they intend to have. Most people tend to forget about their vaccinations when they are planning to travel. It is very important to be up to date with your vaccines when planning a trip whether local or international. This is because it protects you from getting infected with any illness that may be present in the area you intend to visit. Getting your vaccines enables you to remain healthy throughout your trip which is important since sickness prevents you from enjoying your time. There are 4 considerations you should keep in mind before you take your next vaccine. 1. Where you are traveling  The travel destination is very important when you decide to take a vaccination. This is because it gives you an idea of which vaccinations you should get. For instance, if the place you intend to visit has been having...

Read More

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Budget Travel, Money and Travel, Only The Best, Travel Asia, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel Greece, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Thailand, Travel Tips, World Travel |

Travel Destinations Under $30 Per Day

Travel Destinations Under $30 Per Day

Whether your vacation is for a gap year from college or as a career, choosing the most perfect travel destination can be daunting task. To some people, travel is not a choice but a luxury. However, I’d like to emphasize that traveling doesn’t always need to be expensive. There are a lot of destinations where you can travel for under $30 per day. As a matter of fact, below are the places which I personally like because of the cheap expenses I spent there : Thailand Yes, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destination. But there’s a reason why it’s famous. Not just because of the landmarks, nature, sandy beaches and beautiful girls;  but it’s also because the cost of traveling there is dirt-cheap! USD6-usd10 is the standard starting price of a budget room per night and you can always eat and drink for lesser than USD2-USD5. When I spent days in Bangkok to go sightseeing, I’ve realized that my activities cost me around USD10. For those...

Read More

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Money and Travel, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

ATM Card—Your Best Friend in Europe

ATM Card—Your Best Friend in Europe

Planning to travel to Europe in the near future? ATM cards, credit cards, prepaid travel cards and a host of other options make your travel easier and less enduring than carrying hard cash. Tourists loaded with traveler’s cheques are now passé. Modern day vacationers in Europe are looking towards more reliable and smarter ways of handling their hard earned money, shopping in European avenues and visiting its many attractions alike. Read on for tips and guidelines that you really need to be aware of while using an ATM card in the continent. With standing in long queues in front of the counters of domestic bank and currency conversion kiosks at airports fast receding into oblivion, savvy tourists are now using their ATM cards to act as the perfect friend in need for their money conversions. More and more users are now logging into their accounts in Europe, making banking folks realize that money is fast flowing out of the numerous European ATMS—this is giving way to fees that are...

Read More

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Family Travel, Only The Best, Travel Insurance, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel | 1 comment

Four Reasons You Should Get Travel Insurance

Four Reasons You Should Get Travel Insurance

Traveling abroad is usually a delight for most people. The allure of going to a new country to view famous attraction sites and experience the wonders of nature in those destinations is quite irresistible especially after spending a whole year toiling to meet your financial needs. Traveling can be very therapeutic and it helps you to take your mind from your daily routine and rejuvenate your energy so that you become more productive once you go back to work. Therefore, you should grab the chance once you get it and make a maximum use of it. In fact, going to new places is known to have a positive effect on one’s creativity. Actually, most artists and writers have attested to this by acknowledging that they get new ideas by visiting new places around the world. Surely, traveling is a wonderful thing. However, traveling can be hampered by some unforeseen circumstances. It is for this reason that every traveler should purchase a travel insurance policy so as to cushion them...

Read More

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Only The Best, Travel Africa, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel France, Travel South Africa, Travel Style, Travel Switzerland, World Travel |

Great Travel Destinations for your Vacation in 2014

Great Travel Destinations for your Vacation in 2014

Looking for the best travel experiences and ways of seeing the most attractive destinations in the world? This intriguiging list of some of the oft visited cities –from those on the rise to reinvented classics, will inspire your travel plans in 2014.Take a look. Urban Renaissance–Paris, France Whether it is about tulips in full bloom in the premises of the iconic Sacre Coeur or the drives to reduce the number of cars clogging this Europe’s most visited and congested cities—Paris is surely on the role. It attracts with many UNESCO World Heritage sites, river banks, walkways and cycle ways alike. Visit its scenic and manmade bounties of Eiffel Tower, Seine’s Right Bank, artificial islands, pedestrian promenades and more. The Louvre’s new art galleries, Musée Picasso’s display works within a 17th-century mansion and hundreds of other renovations have made this alluring city all the more beautiful. (image by Rita Crane). Fascinating History of  Trinidad, Cuba Tiny Trinidad, lies tucked between the sparkling Caribbean Sea and the tropical foothills of Escambray...

Read More

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

Travel Smart—Great Tips that Take you Places

Travel Smart—Great Tips that Take you Places

Are you getting the travel jitters already? Like many others, you are also apprehensive about stepping out from your comfort zone and tackling the many situations that may/may not arise in the course of your travel. Take a look at these simple but effective tips that go a long way in taking you places –the right way! Thing Left by Mistake in Taxis Are you afraid of leaving behind your purse, mobile or other valuables in a taxi? Fortunately the smart and innovatively designed GPS systems in taxis and other means of public transportation can track your lost possessions down within hours; so, do not give up on them very soon. For instance, Nik Munson (a reputed professional musician) had left behind his acoustic bass guitar in the boot of a New York cab. He used his VeriFone GPS system to report the loss to the authorities linked with the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), who utilized the benefits of GPS technology to return his guitar that same day....

Read More

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Only The Best, Travel Insurance, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

Gap Year Travel: How to Get it Right

Gap Year Travel: How to Get it Right

Many students in the UK decide to take a gap year before they start with their university studies. A gap year is indeed a great way to spend time volunteering, working, or exploring the world while working as a volunteer. Some students spend their gap year teaching abroad, while some spend it by gaining unpaid work experience while taking an advanced driving course. Gap year travel can help you become motivated towards your studies, or help you decide the academic field or career you want to pursue. Being involved in a course-related work can also boost your chances of being hired right after graduation. Whatever you choose to do and whichever road you decide to take, it’s important to get your gap year travel right and use your time constructively to make your year more rewarding and meaningful.(Image by CreditCardOffers) Here are some tips to help you get started on planning your gap year travel. It is very important to determine what you want to accomplish on your gap...

Read More

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Backpacking, Only The Best, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

8 Items You Must Consider Taking on Your Holiday

8 Items You Must Consider Taking on Your Holiday

Holidays are great, but sometimes packing is the bane of the traveler. More specifically, how do you choose the small items that you are going to take? Remember that the devil is in the detail and the small details are the ones that can make the difference between a good and great trip. Read the list below and keep it in mind the next time you prepare your travel kit. 1. Universal charger A universal charger is very important for any trip, especially in this day and age when phones are so common and so necessary. If you have more than one phone and the phones are not similar, it is best to take a universal charger. This will help you in a wide variety of situations.   Image via Flickr by Cambrionix 2. Smartphone open to all providers A smartphone by itself is an essential item, but a smartphone that is open to all providers is even more important. If, unfortunately, your smartphone is restricted to only one...

Read More

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Expats, Only The Best, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

4 “Gotta-Have” Travel Devices

4 “Gotta-Have” Travel Devices

Traveling in this era is a lot easier when you compare it to back in the days when internet and devices were not invented yet. Our ancestors used to rely on the universe, laws of nature and the good old maps to help them move around. Whether you are traveling for pleasure, business or both, there are plenty of travel devices in the market which can help you to adjust yourself to the new environment. We have gather 4 “gotta-have” travel devices just for you. Franklin 12-Language Global Translator No one speaks English? No problem. You need to tell the taxi driver in Korean that you want to go to Mount Sorak? No problem at all! With 12,000 programmed phrases and the opportunity to piece together some of the words from a total of 450,000 to create a new sentence, the Franklin Electronic 12-language global translator can be your best friend during your trip abroad. Even though we don’t recommend having the device to translate your words during an...

Read More