Showing posts with label city breaks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label city breaks. Show all posts

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Top 5 tips for European Train Travel

Europe’s rail network is vast and can get you to almost any part of the continent. Enjoy and experience much of the beauty and charm of this part of the world from the comfort of your carriage. Here are my top ten tips for getting the most out of your European rail vacation.

Point-to-point tickets


It is easiest to purchase point-to-point tickets online, especially if you want to reserve your seat/s in advance on a particular train. Point-to-point tickets are tickets purchased individually at the station and take you from Point A to Point B.

Travel Light


Make sure you bring a few key items to help you pass the time such as a good book, your tablet, or a travel journal, especially if you are embarking on a journey of more than 2 hours. While the views are sensational and there are often plenty of other passengers who will be happy to strike up a conversation, it’s always good to have a book on hand to escape to when you need it.

A lot of trains now provide power outlets for passengers on-board so you can charge your laptop or mobile device (some trains offer this facility, even in second class). Some trains are equipped with Wi-Fi (but you may have to pay for it).

Comfort and Safety


Sleepers are the safest and most comfortable option as they are like small hotel rooms on rails.

By travelling overnight, you can save money on hotel accommodation and give yourself more time to see the sights during the daytime at your holiday destination.

Plan your Journey


Check how long it takes to get to the station and work out how you are going to arrive at the station the day before so you don’t end up being late on the day of your journey. Get to the station early on the day of your journey so you can truly enjoy your trip and have enough time to carry out all of the important steps listed below.

Enjoy your trip


Now that you have done all your planning and considered everything you need to know to have the ultimate European rail adventure, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Get ready to see some amazing sights and meet some very interesting people along the way. 

Don’t be scared to mingle with other travellers and friendly locals. Just make sure you keep your valuables close to you at all times.

Author: Michelle Reed

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Friday, 28 September 2018

Honeymoon Cruises Guide: What Are Important Things to Consider When Booking a Cruise?

After the wedding and reception, it's time for a honeymoon - and a cruise. Whether you just want to get out on the sea for a few days or go exploring the world, honeymoon cruises can be very romantic and fun. Why go stay at a resort on an exotic island when you can visit multiple islands? Or nap right on deck, overlooking the ocean? The cruise ships themselves are filled with countless activities for newlyweds.

Before you hop on a ship, here are a few things you need to consider when choosing a honeymoon cruise:

The Itinerary

Think about what you want yourself as an individual as well as with your spouse as a couple. Select an itinerary that includes activities you will both be interested in. At the same time, you might want a bit of "me" time here and there. If you want to spend most of your time on the ship and don't want to leave it, there is no use in paying for any excursions and sightseeing in capitals.

Destination(s)

Make sure places that are synonymous with "romantic" appear on the itinerary: Cabo San Lucas, Maui, Half Moon Cay, Bermuda, Yucatan, etc. An Alaskan cruise can also be very romantic, as there is plenty of beautiful sightseeing to do. Just make a list of places you'd both love to see during your honeymoon and check out various cruise itineraries until you find the one you both want.

Make Sure You Get a Nice Suite

A standard cabin might be okay for a regular cruise, but not for a honeymoon. Don't be afraid to splurge on a cruise ship suite, just as you would want to splurge on a luxury honeymoon suite at a four or five-star hotel. The perks vary from cruise line to cruise line, but you can always count on getting the best experience possible on any particular ship.

Seclusion

Solitude is key when it comes to honeymoon cruises. The trip is supposed to focus on just the two of you. Look for a cruise ship that has adults-only areas like sun decks and pools. You should also look into amenities such as secluded hot tubs and padded, comfortable lounges just for two. Check if the cruise ship you are considering has special limited-access areas. If nothing else, you might want to rent a cabana by the main pool.

Don't rush into your decision. Keep these factors in mind when looking over itineraries for honeymoon cruises, and you will surely find a great deal.


Author: George Botwin


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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Five Essentials For Your Next Summertime Mountain Town Getaway

You just got back from having the time of your life on a summer getaway to a quaint mountain town. Your bags are being handed over to you by the driver of the car service, and you're heading up the pathway to your front door, and the smile on your face is almost hurting your cheeks. You really had more fun than you've had in a long time.

When you finally get inside, you dump the bags, toss your keys on the bar, and take a nose dive into the couch just to come down a bit. After a bit, though, you start thinking about the things about the trip that you wished were a little different. You haven't come down from cloud nine, but your euphoria is a bit tempered now. Whatever. It's time for a long, hot shower, some tea, and probably falling asleep watching TV.

A few weeks later, you and your friends are hanging out & talking about the trip you all took earlier. Lo and behold, everyone else had the same reaction you did. Nothing could erase the perfection that was the trip, but there were some parts of it that could have been better. As you talk things out, you decide two things: 1) there will most definitely be a return trip next summer; and 2) a list must be made for the essentials that must be part of the trip.

Here are five essentials for your own summertime mountain town getaway:

Layers Are Imperative - Changes in elevation and fluctuation in temperature throughout the year can make it hard to know how cold or hot it will be sometimes. Dressing in comfortable layers lets you navigate this back and forth. Since you're in the mountains, think about a flannel shirt. It may be a little on the nose, but you'd be surprised at flannel's versatility.

Pack More Than One Pair of Shoes - If you'll be doing some serious hiking, you need some serious hiking boots or shoes. You'll also be doing a lot of walking. If in the event you may have a more sophisticated night out, dirty hiking boots or tennis shoes may not fit the bill.

Sunscreen, Hand Cream, & Insect Repellent - No explanation needed. These are the basic you should have with you on any trip, and manufacturers are doing their best to make traveling with them easier & not take up so much room.

Sunglasses and Eye Protection - Bright sunlight hitting the snow or water can really mess with your eyes. Protect them at all times.

Something To Carry Water In - You're in the outdoors, so don't be that guy and carry plastic water bottles that'll be thrown away later. Have some respect for nature, and carry a reusable bottle. It's good to stay hydrated, and it's an example of good stewardship.

Obviously, your essentials may differ a bit, but these tend to cover the most basic needs of staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the elements. Remember, you're in the mountains, and while the natural beauty is taking your breath away, you want to be sure to be safe & prepared.


Author: Morris Raymond




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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Must-Have Money Saving Travel Ideas

Planning a trip can be tricky. Before you know it, prices can add up and spill over your planned budget. However, there are budget travel ideas you can use when vacationing to save money here and there. These saved dollars will add up and enable you to feel more financially comfortable with your trip.

Go For the Bundle

Bundling your flight, lodgings and car rental is one way to save money while planning. The more business you conduct with the company, whether it's an airline or booking agency, the more likely they are to knock down your overall price. Even if your plans don't include a car rental, you'll likely still get a discount for booking a flight and hotel together. Shop around on different sites and with different airlines to find the best price for the longest stay time or the most convenient flight.

Flexible Booking

There are many factors that go into whether a particular flight is expensive or not. While scheduling and buying in advance will always help you save, there could be local events or holidays that increase popularity and tourism. For example, the Fourth of July could be a very popular event at your destination, which will drive up the price of flights significantly. When you're comparing prices, try to keep your dates as flexible as possible. Being able to fly during the week, or at a time that's not as popular, will save you a bundle.

Lodgings - Home Swap Sites

While hotels are the traditional choice for vacation lodgings, home swap sites are gaining more traction and becoming an affordable safe option among travel ideas. Many websites offer in-depth information about local available houses, ratings and direct contact information with the owner. Choosing to stay in a home rented out by a local instead of a hotel can save you big bucks. Plus, you'll increase your chances of staying close to a downtown area without paying extra.

Meals - Home Cooking and Picnics

Meals can absorb a large part of your budget. Although you may not feel like cooking on your vacation, it can be a great way to save money. If you happen to stay in lodgings that have a fully functional kitchen, don't be averse to using it. Additionally, visit the local grocery store for supplies like water and snacks. You'll find lower prices at local places rather than on the tourist boardwalks and hot spots. Instead of dining out, opt for a picnic with prepared food from a local mart. Another trick to saving is to make lunch your biggest meal of the day. Since lunch prices are typically lower than dinner prices, you can fill up earlier for a cheaper price and reduce your evening meal.

By utilizing budget travel ideas, you can save money that can be repurposed elsewhere during your trip. Don't be anxious about seeing the world on a tighter budget. From staying in a local home to comparing rates online, persistence can go a long way in saving.


Author: Antoinette Ayana



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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Here's 5 Reasons to Take a Holiday Right Now

Are you a leader in your business? Have you taken any holidays in the last 12 months? What's going on? Do you need a reason to take a holiday - here are 5 reasons to take a holiday now.

1. Clear your mind - from the grind

Holidays give you time to think. There will be very few day-to-day tasks to consider. No deadlines to meet and no business to satisfy, especially if you turn your phone off and don't look at emails. The main decisions of the day will be about what you eat and what you drink! And perhaps, when do you get up in the morning! Think about the future - what do you really want to do? If it is different, think about how the transition would occur.

2. Time to grow your mind by reading

Read a book. Perhaps there is some skill that you wish to improve or blogs to write on some topic. Be inspired by reading biographies, autobiographies, life stories on video and great movies that inspire.

3. Clearer perspective

Sit back and think about the big picture. See the trees and not the forest! Perhaps contemplate your product lines and why some are better earners than others. Think about your staff and the encouragement you can give them on your return. What can be done in a better way to meet the customer's needs? Holidays are a great mulling time!

4. Become more creative

Escaping normal life and experiencing new markets, tastes, smells, sounds and other senses enhances creativity. A new perspective can form which may help create a new way, new products etc. Take what you see and use it wisely.

5. Refresh

Holidays help people recover from the daily grind of hard work. Long hours each week are difficult to sustain. Catch up on your sleep and rest. Get back to the "top of your game" during the break.

If you have not taken a holiday in some time, consider taking one right now. The benefits to you and your business can be enormous. Once a decision has been made to take a holiday, hold yourself to the decision so that it is not lost in the indispensability myth!


Travel somewhere new and experience a new culture. Observe how people work live and play and grab the bits that make sense and bring them back. You never know - it could be the best decision of your life!


Author: David Nivala


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Friday, 14 September 2018

The Hilltop Town of Ronda: One Place You Should Definitely Visit in Andalucia

Ronda is a city which is famous for its Mondragón Palace. However, there is more to the city which you should not miss during your visit to this autonomous community of Andalusia. Ronda is in the Spanish province of Málaga and you should take a flight to the Málaga airport to visit this city. Take a car/taxi and travel for about 109 KM to reach the beautiful city of Ronda.

Gibraltar airport (109 KM), Jerez airport (122 KM) and Tangier airport in Morocco (130 KM) are other airports which you can choose in order to visit Ronda. Before reaching the city, you should do your advanced bookings in the hotels to avoid any disappointment. There are luxurious hotels like Hotel Rural Molino del Puente Ronda, Finca Los Pastores, Hotel Rural El Cortijo etc. There are more than 100 hotels to choose from. If you are on a budget, then you may even choose furnished apartments for your short trip to Ronda.

Ronda tops the list of many tourist guides and you might be wondering why. Here are some of the places you must visit during your trip to Ronda.

1) Alameda Park- Rent a bicycle and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Take pictures with the meadows filled with wildflowers and walk through the olive groves. Take some pictures when you pass through the white-walled villages and enjoy a small picnic in Alameda Park. On your way back to your hotel, enjoy the blue hazy mountains surrounding this captivating small Spanish town. When you are in the park, do not miss the best viewing platform of El Balcon del Cono. Enjoy the panoramic countryside which you miss in your city life every day.

2) Bullrings- The ones who have been mesmerised by the matadors and bullfights in movies can fulfil their fantasy here. One of the oldest bullrings owned by the Romero family in Spain is located in Ronda and you can think about visiting the place if you have the guts. Plaza de Toros de Ronda is the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain which was built in 1784. Architect José Martin de Aldehuela designed this building in the Neoclassical style and it can hold over 5000 spectators. The festival of 'Corrida Goyesca' is a unique and historical bullfight festival which is similar to the ones which you might have watched in movies. It takes place once a year in Ronda and if you are an enthusiast, then do not miss it.

3) The Palacio of the Marqués de Salvatierra- This is a small museum of Renaissance art and artefacts and you may choose to visit it for a few hours. If you are a fan of Madonna, then you may want to visit this place. Her music video ''Take a Bow'' was shot in the palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra.

4) Bridges- There are three bridges in this beautiful white city which you should not miss- Puente Romano, Puente Viejo and Puente Nuevo. The architecture of these bridges is interesting to watch. Even though ''Puente Nuevo'' which means ''new bridge'' was constructed in 1793, it is still a very sturdy structure.

This city of Ronda is full of beautiful buildings like Plaza del Socorro, and many others. This building is the political center of this city and the Andalusian flag was first hoisted in this building in 1918. This city is the third most visited city in Andalucia. So spend a few days in this magnificent city, and you will feel like buying a villa here and settling down.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Texas Tourism Is Booming: This Is Why


The United States is a country that is going through a bit of a rough patch right now, and with any period of trials & tribulation come dips in how much people want to travel. Even with what seems to be a lack of enthusiasm for travelling in this great country, Texas tourism seems to be weathering the storm better than even the most grizzled travel experts could have predicted. The question is simple - why? How is it that the Lone Star State is able to maintain a steady movement of travellers across its borders when other states are seeing lulls?

It's best to think of the Texas tourism boom as more than just a current blip. In fact, the campaign to make Texas a premier destination for out-of-towners has been in full swing since the 1960s. At the time, Texas was seen as nothing more than a relic of the Old West, and it certainly didn't help that there was a presidential assassination in Dallas in 1963. Times were tough for the state, and even its own residents were seeking greener pastures.

Finally, an organization named the Texas Tourist Development Agency was created with the sole purpose of making Texas seem like the place to be. With only a little over $100,000 in the mid-1960s, the agency got to work. By 1970, tourism numbers had begun to skyrocket, and revenue had broken a billion dollars.

Since then, the agency has been absorbed by other offices in state government, but Texas's tourism boom still holds steady, and when you step back & look at things, you can understand why. For starters, Texas is very business-friendly. Generous tax breaks and subsidies have attracted some of the biggest brands on the national, and international, scene. This migration of businesses into Texas has certainly made its mark. For example, in the last decade, the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex was second only to New York City in terms of the amount of construction for retail, warehouse, office, and rental spaces. Real estate, retail, and economic experts not only noted the historic length of the boom in Dallas/Fort Worth, but they were also in agreement that there was no slowing down anytime soon.

The jump in businesses making their home in Texas has meant better job numbers for both residents and non-residents. The uptick in employment numbers usually positively impacts the retail markets, too.

Perhaps the neatest reason Texas has found itself so high on the list of satisfying places to visit or call home, is that no matter where you are, you can always find a hidden gem of a town with a lot of hospitality and charm to offer. Moreover, you're not really more than a day-trip's distance from the major cities of Texas (e.g., Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio), and with hundreds of thousands of miles of roadways, Texas is the ultimate road-trip destination.


Texas tourism is certainly seeing a new era of explosion, but in reality, the Lone Star State has been on the rise for the better part of six decades. All this means for you and your family is that when you decide to visit, you'll be right on time.


Author: Morris Raymond


Friday, 7 September 2018

Five Popular Tips for Perfect Grand Canyon National Park Chopper Excursions


Are you thinking of heading to Las Vegas for a helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon? You won't find a better adventure, but even so, there are some things you can do to make sure that your trip goes ahead smoothly and according to plan. To ensure that you get the most out of your trip, I've put together these 5 simple tips that you can follow when you're organizing your next vacation.


#1 Book Early

It goes without saying that you should book in advance, but when it comes to Canyon tours, this might be even earlier than you're used to. I recommend at least two weeks in advance, because air tours are some of the most popular tour packages in the region. Booking early will also ensure that you don't experience any price changes at the last minute.

#2 Book Online

Booking online makes things simple, and also ensures that your seats are secure. Also, booking online will get you the best rates, as you don't need to worry about any additional booking fees or commissions from travel agents. To be eligible for the online discount, you will have to complete the purchase with your credit card.

#3 Book A Deluxe Tour

Deluxe tours cost a little more, but they provide exceptional value, and the best touring experience that is available from Vegas. Deluxe tours provide a complimentary limousine service, which adds the VIP touch that is missing from the basic tours. Deluxe also gets you tickets to a newer and more exclusive helicopter. This helicopter is the EcoStar 130. It is larger than the Bell Ranger helicopters used on basic tours, and it has a bigger, 180-degree front facing window. It also has large stadium-style seats, a quieter cabin, and more cabin room. Deluxe tours also include a Las Vegas Strip tour, which will take you on a flyby journey over all of the famous attractions on the strip. When you choose the last tour of the day, this is an especially exciting sightseeing opportunity.

#4 Choose A Landing Tour

Want the best adventure possible? If so, a landing tour is the way to go. A landing tour gets you closer to all of the action. When you fly from Vegas to the West Rim, you can choose to land at either the top or the bottom of the Canyon. This opens up some other touring options, such as the Skywalk, or a Colorado River tour. When you land at the National Park, you also get a chance to explore all of the hiking trails in the area.

#5 Dress For The Weather

Helicopters use climate control, so you will need a light sweater for flying. On a landing tour, check out the weather beforehand. It can get chilly at the Canyon during the winter, and can be extremely hot over summer. Always dress appropriately, and pack some snacks and drinks if you will be exiting the helicopter.

Conclusion
I hope these tips were helpful as you plan your Grand Canyon heli ride. Keep in mind that we are in the summer travel season. Thus these flights are subject to quickly selling out. My recommendation here is to always book in advance - like right after you book your hotel room. And do the booking online. That way you'll get the best trip at the lowest price possible.

Author: Lea Fallon

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Book a Flight Online and Save Money Using These Tips


Whether you need to travel to another city or another country, it's never been easier to book a flight. There are many options for travelers. The airline companies themselves offer booking services via the internet, phone, and in person. There are also budget travel sites that simplify the whole process by allowing you to compare all of the rates from every airline at once and choose which one would most suit your preferences.

There are many things to consider when booking a flight: departure city, departure date, arrival city, arrival date, whether or not you want a round trip, number of nights you'll be at your destination, whether or not you want to book a car rental and/or hotel along with the flight, and so forth. Luckily, all of this is made easy with the use of online search and comparison tools. You can experiment with the dates and times as well as the destinations to get an idea of the price range. The more flexible you are, the easier it will be to get a cheaper price.

Age is an important factor as well - especially if you'll be traveling with children or the elderly. Ticket prices are different for adults and children 17 and under. For older adults, senior discounts may be available. While credit/debit cards are the primary methods of payment preferred by the airline industry, there are a few airlines who accept PayPal and unused travel funds. You might also have flyer points or gift cards that you can redeem.

Price Alerts Will Help You Book a Flight

Be sure to sign up for price alerts before you book a flight. Tickets can fluctuate considerably - even on a daily basis. Even a small decrease can result in large savings if you have to buy tickets for relatives or associates. Some online sites and tools even allow you to set your own budget and will notify you when a ticket becomes available within your budget range.

Determine whether or not it would be cheaper to book a long haul flight yourself. If you are flying a long distance, consider that it might be cheaper to book two or three legs of the trip separately by adding another destination or two to the trip. For example, if you need to fly from Europe to Alaska, it might be cheaper to first book a trip to Atlanta, then book a trip from Atlanta to Chicago, then fly from Chicago to Seattle, and then finally onto Alaska by taking budget airlines who offer smaller trips.

The best thing to do is to use a travel shopping comparison site that will allow you to compare all of the prices from all of the airlines on the dates you enter at once. Choose the option that best suits your needs and book a flight as well as hotel room and car rental if you need to.


Whether you want to book a flight for a business trip or a vacation, the best place to begin your search is online. The site will not only uncover the best airfare rates, but hotel rates and car rental discounts as well. You can create your entire itinerary and save money in the process by using online coupons.

Author: George Botwin



Bonus Travel Hack: Use your browser's incognito mode to surf for airline tickets. They are usually cheaper that way. The reasoning behind this airline and booking sites use your cookies to identify you've visited their site too often and may assume you might be willing to pay higher for the tickets, thus prices are likely to go up if they notice you've visited their site multiple times. 

We would like to know your thoughts on this. Is this something you've personally experienced?

Monday, 25 June 2018

Destination Europe


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Traveling abroad used to be considered to be a luxurious affair for many. But with the expansion of the global economy and electronic flow of money, today almost anyone can realize their dream to travel to a different continent or country of their dreams.

Europe has always been a sought-after tourist destination. It is the distinctness in culture, historic monuments and people that attract thousands of tourists to these continents. Europe is a continent which stands out in every respect. Whatever your interests are, from monuments to museums, to ancient Roman ruins and night clubs, Europe will satisfy them all.

Online booking of tickets has simplified the travel process. Today, special offers are given by most international airlines. You can also seek the services of travel agencies whose link to numerous airline companies can get you comparatively cheaper airfares than if you book as an individual.

Flexibility is key if you wish to secure cheap tickets to your favourite destination.

This will allow greater cost savings as budget modes of travel are usually limited in terms of departure dates. If you are willing to leave on a number of dates, this would increase the chances of you being able to book a seat at a good price.

Before traveling to a particular destination, say Amsterdam, it is necessary that you have sufficient information about the mode of transportation available to that location. Amsterdam is quite accessible whether it is by air, train or even by bus. When you catch a flight to Amsterdam, it generally lands at Schipol airport from where you have to a take a train to reach the Central Station. 

A taxi ride is all you need to reach the main city and the cost usually depends on the distance of the exact location where you want to go. Bus services are available from Amstel station which is in fact connected to the Central Station by metro. 

Nieuwmarkt and Waterlooplein are the two metro stations in the city. Tram, car, bikes are usually the normal means of transportation in the city. Since the city is quite accessible, it is generally easy to get around it by cars, bikes, trams and even on foot.

Almost all airlines offer exceptional service and the ticket prices are also quite affordable. Time and flexibility, as mentioned, should be the two major considerations when opting for a cheap European tour. Planned European tours usually do not give you the time to be your own. So try to find out a package that meets all your requirements.

Whether it is romance of Paris or nightclubs of London, the queen's residence or the peaceful alpine valley, Europe offers many venues of entertainment to choose from. Plan wisely and plan ahead, and you can be sure your holiday will be an affordable yet memorable one.


Author : Barney


Top 5 tips for European Train Travel

Europe’s rail network is vast and can get you to almost any part of the continent. Enjoy and experience much of the beauty and charm of ...