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Any plans of taking a break after a few months of stressful work? Then, travelling out of town might be a good idea. To ensure that the hard-earned money will go far, here are some of the budget travel tips to keep in mind:

Call the hotel first before booking it through the Internet. 

Though it's convenient to make travel arrangements online, it doesn't guarantee to give travellers the best possible deals. It's recommended to call the hotel depending on the expected time of arrival and speak with a supervisor or manager on duty. Ask if they can offer an affordable package during the stay. Normally, some hotels would give discounts to travellers who prefer rooms that aren't as coveted as the others. And for those who are celebrating their birthdays or anniversaries, some hotels offer complimentary upgrades for a night.

Compare prices of airline tickets. 

People will prefer to purchase tickets online than over the phone because it's more convenient. However, it's essential to make a comparison first by calling the airline and check if the ticket price is similar to what is displayed on the Internet. When purchasing tickets, it's also recommended to consider the extra fees. Once all of this has been made, go for the one that offers a lower rate.

  
Ask for repositioning cruises or flights. 

Airlines and cruise lines usually reposition their trips from time to time. it's cheaper than the traditional trips but also offers similar services to customers. One thing to note though, travel time for repositioned trips may take longer than the usual.

Avoid travelling during peak seasons

As the number of tourists goes up, the travel cost also does. Though visiting a certain country during Christmas time is a perfect idea, travellers can save hundreds of dollars on flights and hotel accommodations if they can wait to visit once the season is over.


Stay at the hotel is another essential thing to consider on a budget when travelling. There are hotels where room rates for a single person is also the same as the cost of rooms for two persons. Instead of taking separate rooms for this situation, why not get a room for two? Aside from the saved money, this will also be a good time to spend bonding moments with a friend while on vacation. Forget about the loud snoring during bedtime though.




Travel like the locals. 

As tourists, riding glitzy air-conditioned buses with movies onboard is a convenient option but often comes with a hefty price. Doing this might take away the money that should be spent on exploring other places around the area.

Travelling should not be expensive. All it takes is just the right preparation, timing and budgeting. By keeping all these budget travel tips in mind, everyone can have a wonderful vacation without shedding out too much money from their pockets.


Author: Terence Zweni

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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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After arriving at the airport arrivals halls, there are many different options to reach your hotel. The cheapest option is likely to include the public bus or train service, but that isn't going to be the most convenient, especially if travelling with a lot of luggage or with small children. A more relaxed and stress-free option is to look at booking a taxi or private transfer.

Here are the five of the most practical options to get to your intended destination:

Private transfer

The option to pre-book a private car will make the onward journey stress-free and eliminate issues related to queuing. The majority of the private car services will give the option to choose the preferred type of transport, which can range from a standard estate car to a limousine or a minibus.

Taxi transfer

The price and queuing time at the taxi rank can be difficult to predict. Also, it can be quite expensive if there is quite a distance to reach your intended destination. If you are arriving at the airport at a quiet time it may be more appealing to simply head to the taxi rank, but at busy times it will often benefit to make prior arrangements.

Shared transfers

The shared transfers are likely to be a more economical option compared to the private transfer. They are great at getting you to your hotel or other destination, but may not be the best choice for larger groups or those travelling with a lot of luggage. Also, it is worth taking into consideration the regular stop along the route will extend the travel time.

Uber

Uber is now widely available in major cities throughout the world and a car can easily be organised once your luggage is collected and you are ready to leave the airport. The app can give plenty of useful information, such as the pickup location and whether a flat fee applies to your particular city.

Car rental

Car rental at the airport is likely to give the desired flexibility for those travellers that want to visit a variety of places over a period of time. Any decent airport will give easy access to booking a suitable car through one of the many reputable brokers.

Overall, the airport transport is just one more expense that is added to a business trip or holiday, so it makes sense to look at the different options to see which is able to give the most appealing package.

Author: Leo Eigenberg


What was your last airport transfer experience like? Please share with us in the comments.


Imagine yourself flying to South Korea to finally watch a K-pop girl group for the first time, in person. The concert ticket is bought and you're ready to catch the fever and enjoy this unique and exquisite musical experience. Unfortunately, upon arriving in Seoul, you were informed that for a certain reason, the concert won't push through.

What if you are attending a Digital Start-up Conference in Berlin, but before you board the plane, you were informed that for a number of reasons, the organizers were prevented to set up and it cannot push through.

In cases of events cancellation, travel insurance can definitely help as it offers coverage for cancelled events.

For a claim to be valid, the following conditions should be met:

* The event cancellation should be beyond the control of the insured.

* The event cannot take place before your flight back to your home country.

* The organizer should provide a written confirmation that the event was cancelled.

There are two (2) circumstances that can occur when availing this insurance coverage.

These are:

1. Event was cancelled before departure - If you were informed before travelling to the venue, the maximum sum insured per person shall amount to £400 for Unused Event Tickets and specific limits as indicated in the insurance policy that covers unutilized travel arrangements such as flights, accommodations, and excursions, as well as other additional travel expenses associated with the trip.

2. Event was cancelled after arrival at the country/city of destination - For this case, up to 50% of the travel costs and seven (7) days of accommodation will be covered by the insurance policy.

Since this is an additional cover, do check if your standard or comprehensive policy has this feature. If it doesn't, you can always contact the insurer to include this feature.

It's noteworthy that your claim cannot be considered if the event is re-scheduled before your flight back home. Also, the insurance should only indemnify those that are not reimbursed by the organizers. The claim also doesn't include costs of food and drink, as these are regular, recurring, everyday expenses.


To experience an event cancellation, especially one you have financially and emotionally (significantly) invested in, it can be heart-breaking. That's why it's worthwhile to ensure that we are able to recover our pre-payments upon the occurrence of this cancellation and one can do that through the purchase of the right travel insurance policy with event cancellation cover.

Author: Anna Stafford


Have you had any personal experience travelling all the way to a concert venue and finding out the concert had been called off? How did your travel insurer handle it? Let us know in the comments.


Any plans of taking a break after a few months of stressful work? Then, travelling out of town might be a good idea. To ensure that the hard-earned money will go far, here are some of the budget travel tips to keep in mind:

• Call the hotel first before booking it through the Internet. Though it's convenient to make travel arrangements online, it doesn't guarantee to give travellers the best possible deals. It's recommended to call the hotel depending on the expected time of arrival and speak with a supervisor or manager on duty.

Ask if they can offer an affordable package during the stay. Normally, some hotels would give discounts to travellers who prefer rooms that aren't as coveted as the others. And for those who are celebrating their birthdays or anniversaries, some hotels offer complimentary upgrades for a night.

• Compare prices of airline tickets. People will prefer to purchase tickets online than over the phone because it's more convenient. However, it's essential to make a comparison first by calling the airline and check if the ticket price is similar to what is displayed on the Internet. When purchasing tickets, it's also recommended to consider the extra fees. Once all of this has been made, go for the one that offers a lower rate.

• Book everything alone. Third parties such as travel agents and booking websites offering services to arrange everything seldom work for free. Normally, there's an equivalent fee that will go to them. Travellers will save more money by booking each and every element separately through contacting their preferred hotel and airline. By doing so, they will also have the option to contact other choices for price comparison.

• Ask for repositioning cruises or flights. Airlines and cruise lines usually reposition their trips from time to time. it's cheaper than the traditional trips but also offers similar services to customers. One thing to note though, travel time for repositioned trips may take longer than the usual.

• Avoid travelling during peak seasons. As the number of tourists goes up, the travel cost also does. Though visiting a certain country during Christmas time is a perfect idea, travellers can save hundreds of dollars on flights and hotel accommodations if they can wait to visit once the season is over.

• Share a room with a friend. Stay at the hotel is another essential thing to consider on budget when travelling. There are hotels where room rates for a single person is also the same as the cost of rooms for two persons. Instead taking separate rooms for this situation, why not get a room for two? Aside from the saved money, this will also be a good time to spend bonding moments with a friend while on vacation. Forget about the loud snoring during bedtime though.

• Travel like the locals. As tourists, riding glitzy air-conditioned buses with movies on-board is a convenient option but often comes with a hefty price. Doing this might take away the money that should be spent on exploring other places around the area.

Travelling should not be expensive. All it takes is just the right preparation, timing and budgeting. By keeping all these budget travel tips in mind, everyone can have a wonderful vacation without shedding out too much money from their pockets.

Author: Terence Zweni



Hotels in Las Vegas furnish a guest with the excitement, amenities, and appeal of this wonderful destination. Everyone has heard of Circus Circus. Its appealing restaurants, theme parks, shops, gaming and the world's greatest circus acts guarantees good fun for everyone. Best of all, it continues to be the value leader on the Las Vegas Strip. The possibilities are unlimited in where to stay when you play in Las Vegas! Some things to consider when selecting a hotel are its amenities, restaurants, attractions and more.

Check out the casinos for games, dining and entertainment.
Hotels like Hilton have the hottest entertainment acts performing nightly. From the nightclub center stage to the world famous theater, only the top acts in show business perform on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton. It has spacious accommodations, which provides you a homey atmosphere and makes you feel like a pampered guest. Heck, you can even enjoy yourself in cheap hotels or discount hotels.

Hotel Marriot ----What I really liked about the room was the huge Jacuzzi tub that you could lay down in. That is the ultimate pleasure! There are several restaurants presently at the JW Marriott. The pool is one of the best features at the JW Marriott. It offers a serene environment to host board meetings or romantic weddings, receptions and social affairs. Wedding parties have the opportunity to select a venue sited for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid's brunches or evening parties when staying at the Marriott.

Author: Mike Yeager     






All-inclusive resorts can really help vacationers get the most out of their travel dollars. Today, over 400 hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico are either all-inclusive resorts or offer all-inclusive packages.

Destinations such as Aruba, Cancun, St. Thomas, and Bahamas have an infrastructure that is well suited to all-inclusive and not all-inclusive resorts because there is a wide selection of restaurants and amenities for tourism. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, on the other hand, don't have the tourism infrastructure in place and are best suited for all-inclusive vacations.

You'll want to consider carefully before choosing an all-inclusive resort. Resorts do vary -- some are designed for couples, some for singles, some for gays and some for families. Some cater to a younger or older crowd. There are also some that offer clothing-optional activities. For obvious reasons, most of those don't allow children under 18.

The resorts come in all shapes and sizes. Some include airfare and hotel. Some include airfare, hotel, transfers, and some meals. Others include all meals and activities, but not airfare. Often, purchasing airfare as part of the package can be a better deal than doing so separately, unless you are using frequent flier miles.

Many all-inclusive have, as part of their program, child-care facilities that are often a resort-within-the-resort for children, a 'day camp' that is special and that kids look forward to attending. And many all-inclusive resorts give incredible price breaks to children (they don't drink liquor, after all,) while some even have no charge for children up to 17 sharing their parents' room.

What are the advantages of all-inclusive vacation resorts?

The security of knowing that one price covers everything, with none of those nasty surprises that can blast a hole in any family's travel budget. All meals, entertainment, activities and sports, as well as airfare and accommodations, are generally included in one price. You can forget your worries about carrying lots of extra cash for expenses, and just sit back and enjoy your vacation.

Who should check out an all-inclusive?

Travelers who are: on a tight budget, traveling with the kids, receiving the trip as a wedding gift or getting married on the honeymoon.


So, is an all-inclusive resort right for you?

If you are the type of traveler that enjoys sampling all of the local fares, then spending all of your time at an all-inclusive resort is probably not for you. If you like to go somewhere just to relax and not worry about taking out your wallet every couple of hours to pay for food, drinks, or activities, then there's probably an all-inclusive resort that's just right for you.

If you like to stay up all night partying and drinking, if you want to take advantage of all the included watersports and activities, if you want to have food and snacks available all day and if you don't want to have to worry about the final bill when you check out, an all-inclusive is definitely a viable option. Some resorts even boast 24-hour room service.

All-inclusive resorts can be costly. On the other hand, they can also provide great value. If you are going to a destination where the cost of meals, snacks, liquor, and activities are expensive, and your hotel or resort is high-quality with an expensive nightly rate, an all-inclusive might end up saving you money.

If, on the other hand, you don't drink much, you enjoy lazing on the beach and getting an early nights sleep, you are dieting and choose simple salads for your meals, you would probably be overspending for an all-inclusive resort. Bear in mind the drinks are only the cheap local which are not very strong.



Author:  Yuri Smolyansky




From packing your bags correctly and boarding your flight to exchanging your money and finding the best places to eat and sleep abroad, traveling can quickly turn into a very complicated venture. Make sure you approach traveling with the knowledge necessary to pull your trip off without a hitch. Check out this article to find out how.

Do some research online that covers all of the additional fees that you may be charged by individual airlines. These fees include baggage fees, snacks, entertainment, wifi and seat section. You will then be able to add up what everything is going to cost you including the price of the ticket itself.

When you are traveling in exotic locations, where you might be taking safaris or going on off-road excursions; It is very beneficial for women to remember to wear sports bras or bras that provide mega support as the bumpy roads will not be comfortable for you unless you are well supported.

Take earplugs for flights and hotel stays. With the right level of noise blocking, you can eliminate the volume that accompanies airplane travel. Also sleeping in hotels in an unfamiliar location can be hit or miss as far as the outside noise level. These earplugs can be the difference in a good night's sleep or a grouchy morning.

If your schedule allows it, leave yourself one day after your vacation before going back to work. You never know what kind of surprises you will encounter when you get back home. Plus it will also allow you to transition into reality and your daily grind a little bit easier.

If you are going to be traveling by car and the distance is while sizable it may be to your benefit to rent a car rather than drive your own. The abuse your car will take on the trip will certainly devalue it whereas if you rent a car your car will not lose value.

Before leaving on a trip, find out and write down the addresses of the American embassies in the countries you'll be visiting. While the embassy is not a traveler's aid office, they can help you if your passport is stolen or if you find yourself in some kind of unexpected legal trouble while overseas.
Great deals that are available are in many cases limited. You can sign up to receive emails from different companies to find out as soon as the deal is offered so you can get first dibs on these deals. Sign up for these emails for your favorite hotels, rental cars, airlines and many other activities that can be done on vacation.

If you should lose your passport or important papers while you are out of the country, seek help. Go to the local police, in the country you are visiting, and report them stolen or lost. Make sure they are aware of all the circumstances. Then go to your closest embassy to get help in replacing your papers.
Traveling doesn't have to be a complicated thing if you know how to approach it. Take your time to read informative articles like these and your next trip can be planned without the usual hassle. If you're willing to invest the time and focus on your travel plans, you can do the dirty work up front and enjoy a worry-free vacation.


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“The stress-free way to enjoy the holidays is to plan, take one step at a time, and have a sense of humor." Beth Tabak

Can you feel the holiday jitters beginning? Suddenly there it is right around the corner. Relax! Take time to plan well now and ease into the holidays with a big smile. Grab a journal and pen, and let’s get started.

Reminisce over previous holidays- In your journal create a column for What Works and another for Not That Again. Under What Works list the activities that bring you joy, come naturally, and click into place. Under Not That Again list your challenges. Jot down the things that drain your energy and bring you down. What can you do to delegate, dump, or change the items in the Not That Again column and embrace more of the activities in the What Works column? What changes need to be made?

Choose a theme you can be excited about- What is important to you this holiday? Base your theme on that. If you want to stay home instead of travelling your theme could be “Home for the Holidays". If your budget is tight consider “Simply Sensational". Your theme helps you stay focused. A theme that honors your spirituality could be 'Faith and Family First'. Or choose a favourite quote such as Mahatma Gandhi's “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World". Get creative, have fun, and write it down.

Set your top 4 priorities- Base them on what you really want which should connect with your theme. Get crystal clear. Write them down. When you know your priorities you are able to respond easily to a request and set boundaries. When someone asks you to get involved request 24 hours to respond. Look at your priorities and see if it serves them. If it does, consider it. If not, the answer is likely no.

Create a Map- What if you took a big trip without planning? You would likely get lost, waste time, and experience anxiety.

It makes sense to plan at the holidays when so many areas of our lives are effected: time, energy, personal care, relationships, physical environment, and finances. Consider creating a task list thru the end of the year. It takes a block of time but will save you time and stress. It will rescue you from running in circles, going back and forth to the same place, and trying to remember what’s next. In the past I've had hundreds of items on my task list. No wonder we get stressed when we attempt this in our heads. Here's a tool to help.

Create your own task list. On your computer create a chart with 4 columns. Use your theme for the header. Under your theme list your priorities horizontally. Label the columns in a way that is helpful to you. I use Business, Personal, Holiday, and Need List. Use small font and minimal margin space to fit as many rows as possible. Print your map. List your tasks and add on as they come to you. Keep your map with you at all times. Schedule time to carry out the tasks. Have fun and build momentum as you make progress. Remember to save it for next year.

Simplify- Every task must be handled. You can do it, delegate it, or dump it. Eliminate what does not serve your priorities. What can you get help on and delegate? This is a good time to get rid of those items on your Not That Again list. Hire someone to decorate or a housekeeper for the month. Have everyone bring a dish instead of you doing it yourself. Get your family involved and remember that things don't have to be perfect. Let go. This will give you the space to embrace what you truly enjoy.

Set a budget- Develop a budget that feels good. There are lots of ways to make a holiday special without adding stress to your budget. Show people they are appreciated. Plan family fun and activities. You can let someone know what is special about them in a card, letter, cassette, or video. Get creative. Every year I have one gift for the kids to find. I wrap empty boxes inside each other. When they open the last box there is a clue telling them the next step. Don't let a tight budget steal your joy. Make it fun!

Set boundaries- Decide now what you will not tolerate. Write it down. Remember your Not That Again list? Is there someone who ropes you into things you don't want to do? Have the conversation that's overdue. No is no. If someone keeps asking after you said no, they are attempting to control you. Setting boundaries is about educating people on how they can treat you. Is there someone you need to educate?

Schedule time for planning and yourself- When is a good time to update your plan? When can you take time for you? Put it on your calendar each week thru the end of the year. Keep the appointments. Add this line to your daytimer as a reminder: 'I have an appointment in honor of myself this ______(day) at __:__ (time) to do something special for me because I sooooooo deserve it!'

Give in a way that gives you joy vs. obligation- When you give in a way that comes naturally to you, you stay in integrity with who you are. Therefore, you are able to share your own special gifts with others. When you are doing what you love life clicks. If there is a situation you are dreading, think about how you can tweak it and handle it in a way that would bring you more joy.

Take action now- Begin today so that you are tying up your last bows well before the pitter patter of hoofs on the rooftop. Keep your holiday journal and map close at hand. The sooner you complete your tasks, the sooner you can sit back, smile, and enjoy the season!

What I want for you is to take action to move one step forward to prepare for the holidays...Starting Now!

Author: Beth Tabak


Using credit cards while travelling is a good idea for number of reasons:

  • ·     You have a record of your expenditures for record-keeping and tax purposes (especially important if you travel for business)

  • ·   You may get a better exchange rate when obtaining foreign currency when using your credit card.

  • ·  Credit card companies can refund disputed charges and may offer extra guarantees, special deals or warranties.

  • ·        Your liability in the case of a stolen credit card is limited to $50


But, traveling these days is often a juggling t of luggage, boarding passes, identification cards, passports and a gauntlet of security measures. These identification acrobatics can leave you distracted and even a little bit addled, perhaps putting you more at risk of being targeted by an enterprising pickpocket or purse snatcher.

And, even though your liability is limited, costs can quickly add up if multiple cards are involved. Factor in the hassle and increased risk of identity theft, and it is apparent a few preemptive measures can save you from a boatload of heartache.

Consider the following tips as guidelines to traveling safely and affordably with your credit cards….

Plan Ahe
Anytime you travel you should make photocopies of all of your credit cards airline tickets and documents, both front and back.


You should leave these photocopies with a friend or family member.

Be aware that if you make copies of your cards and documents to take with you, you may be giving thieves another opportunity to rip off your personal information. Consider blacking out details such as expiration dates, verification codes and social security numbers.

If you decide not to carry photocopies of your credit cards, be sure to have the card cancellation numbers from the backs of the cards written down and stashed in your luggage.

Leave a Paper Trail
Save receipts and keep track of the places you used your card. Make sure receipts are stored in a safe place so they can be checked against your credit card statement to ensure unauthorized charges have not been made and/or gone unnoticed.

His & Hers
When traveling with other family members, even spouses, bring different credit cards that are on separate accounts. When a card is lost or stolen and must be cancelled, all cards on the account are cancelled as well. Having at least two cards from separate accounts will prevent the situation from leaving you stranded.

Lighten Up
Carry only the personal information absolutely necessary for vacation, such as a passport or driver's license. The less personal information you have, the better off you will be if your purse or wallet is stolen.

When traveling by air, always keep copies of important documents in a separate part of your luggage, such as a carry-on bag.

Keep cards on your person. Most travel stores carry small bags that you can keep cards, cash, and other items you will need to access while out and about. Consider a money belt or security wallet.

Look out for fees
When traveling abroad and using a credit card, watch out for the convrsion fee that many banks levy to convert charges in foreign currencies to dollars, generally 1% of the purchase amount. Some banks charge a fee and some don’t so, if you have several cards, it's worth checking with the issuers to see which one has the best deal. Even with the conversion charge, many times ATM machines will have the best possible exchange rates and the lowest fees.

With proper planning, credit cards are a convenient, secure and cost-effective means of payment when traveling. Just keep these tips in mind, and the next time you’re balancing on one foot at the security gate, you’ll be glad you did.

Author: Gail Corwin

Source: http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/9622/travel_and_leisure/playing_your_cards_right____tips_for_traveling_with_credit_cards.html