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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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Wednesday, 17 October 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 a 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


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Friday, 12 October 2018

Must-Have Gadgets for Savvy Business Travellers

Right now, there are plenty of cutting-edge gadgets for tech-savvy business travellers to sink their teeth into. Jetting across the world can be a tiresome chore – especially if you don’t have clever, modern tech solutions to help with travel inconveniences. With so much new tech on the market, here is a useful guide to just a few of the hottest travel gadgets in 2018.

Smart Luggage

The airport plug run is infamous to veteran travellers. With your phone about to die and an important business call scheduled to begin shortly, travellers dash around the terminals in search of plugs, often ending up sitting on floors and next to vending machines. Wouldn’t it be more convenient if you could charge your phone from your luggage case? The folks over at Bluesmart had the same brainwave and have designed a luggage range that has built-in USB charging ports, as well as a scale and tracking device.

GPS Luggage Tags

Losing luggage is a nightmare, especially if it contains suits and skirts for tomorrow’s meeting. Although it usually comes back to you in the end, a lost case may take weeks to be returned. With Trace Me GPS luggage tags, lost cases can be tracked and returned far quicker and more efficiently. This means less waiting around and more certainty about your lost possessions.

Anti-Crease Shirt Transporter

Ironing is time-consuming enough in the comfort of your own home with your own equipment. On a holiday, it can be a nightmare! An anti-crease shirt transporter allows you to transport blouses and shirts neatly without having to iron everything at the other end. Think of it as cosy Tupperware for your nicely ironed clothes.

Mobile Scanner

This clever piece of tech allows you to scan documents and business cards with ease and send them straight to the cloud or your home computer. Mobile scanners are perfect for situations where you need a copy of something and don’t have time to get to a printer or don’t want to take a blurry snap with your phone camera. Plus, taking out a mobile scanner at a client meeting leaves everyone impressed and shows everyone that you mean business.

USB Ink Pen

Combining two of the business traveller’s most essential weapons, this handy USB and ink pen mashup looks cool and is super functional. Travellers might not think twice about losing a pen, but when it’s attached to a USB, it tends to make you more careful. With this gadget in your back pocket, you will always have documents and ink at hand.

Expert Protection

For your new shiny travel gadgets, it is highly recommended that you invest in some quality gadget travel insurance. Keeping new technology protected against damage and loss will help to give you peace of mind on your travels. With high-quality cover, if anything happens to your gadget, travel insurance will be there to ensure that you are protected.

Author: Laura Jeeves



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Monday, 8 October 2018

A Guideline of Planning Your First Solo Trip

No matter what corner of the globe you're traveling to, your first solo trip will always be super special. It's not easy to stop waiting for appropriate company and make the efforts of embarking on a journey alone. Traveling solo can be one of the most rewarding experiences of life and takes a lot of courage to plan a trip. Because the risks and fears are extremely high, a lot of people take an extremely long time to plan a journey.

If you've decided to build the courage, here are some valuable tips to plan your first solo trip!

1. The Destination Decision

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be extremely challenging, and would make you regret your decision on several occasions. When traveling alone, one of the motives is to discover your inner self. This is the perfect time to step out of the monotonous routine and have a delightful trip. Choosing a destination is going to determine your experience to a great extent so it is essential to pick up a destination that doesn't make you uncomfortable.

2. Convincing Your Loved Ones

Let's begin by a piece of warning: not everyone will be pleased to know about your plans. As soon as you begin planning your trip, it is wise to be considering ways to convince your family and loved ones about your travel plans. It might take longer than what you'd expected! No matter what your age, travel-wary parents can nearly have a panic attack once they discover what you're up to. This process will trigger limitless questions that you should be prepared to answer. You can only pass this phase if you are prepared for all the answers and convince them that you've taken all their concerns into account. One important assurance to give out is that you'll constantly stay in touch with them.

3. Research Well

No one would want to invite themselves any troubles on a solo trip. Although troubles often come unwelcomed, it is important to research well in order to escape any unwanted surprises. Being well versed is essential for your trip to be a successful one. Whether you consult the internet, people around, travel blogs or books; researching would help you to get to know your destination. If you still don't feel confident enough, it is a good idea to carry a guidebook. This keeps you occupied during the journey time and gives you a better sense of direction.

4. Listen to Your Instincts

It is essential for you to trust your gut feeling while traveling to a foreign land. Your instincts will guard your safety along the way and it is best to follow them to make sensible decisions. Many adventures on solo trips can potentially invite troubles for solo travelers. In order to avoid them efficiently, it is best to trust your intuition.

Last but certainly not the least, don't forget to let go and have the time of your life! These solo trip tips will help you have a fantastic journey.

Author: Abuzar Mir


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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Five Things You Must Do In Red River, New Mexico


So, let's play a game. Your job is to come up with a list of things you absolutely, without a doubt, without fail must do while you're visiting Red River, New Mexico. How long would it take you to compile a list that you were confident would be the essential Red River activity package? The truth is that Red River, like so many other small towns, may not be top of mind enough for most people to rattle off even just a few things that are "musts" while you're visiting.


In fact, there's a very good chance you may never visit Red River, which is a real shame. This mountain town is the perfect embodiment of everything you've ever wanted from a vacation destination in the American Southwest without the hoopla of so many more popular areas. Unlike other places, Red River has activities that span the entire calendar year, which means you can visit anytime and still get the best it has to offer. This mountain oasis looks as though it has been curated in a museum to represent a time in this country that was less hectic, which sounds nice and relaxing.

Don't let that fool you, though. If you and your family are big fans of adventure, you'll get more than you handle. You want to claim you've hung out in the Rocky Mountains? Check. Is sea level just a big yawn? Well, maybe being nearly 9,000 above it will put a smile on your face. If only your travels lead you to hanging out in one of America's premier national parks, right? Boom. Welcome to Carson National Forest, boss.

There is an abundance of activity throughout the calendar year, and this is due to the tireless work of the town's leaders. Most destinations in the area are content with a busy ski season and then lie a bit dormant throughout the rest of the year. Red River has taken the opposite approach. They not only have a killer ski season, but they've made sure spring, summer, and fall all are stacked. Moreover, with the tremendous backdrop of Mother Nature they have, they really pull out all of the stops with the outdoors interactions.

Not if, but when you make it to Red River, here are five things you must do while you're there:

Wheeler Peak Hiking Trail - Hiking to Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,161 ft.) is about four miles each way with an elevation gain of almost 3,000 feet. You're going to put in some work.

Four-Wheel & ATV Tours - Red River Offroad puts you in the driver seat of some all-terrain vehicles to explore all that the area has to offer.

Hidden Treasure Aerial Park - Zip line adventures with three levels of difficulty, and a grand finale called the Ultimate Descent that'll really test you.

Red River Ski & Summer Area - This place is an institution, in operation for nearly six decades. If you're looking for year-round fun for the whole family, look no further.

Pan for Gold - You can actually pan for gold in certain areas. Pioneer Canyon, Placer Creek, and Bitter Creek are known hotspots.

Red River, New Mexico may not be the first place you thought of for a vacation destination, but it sure may be the last.

Author: Morris Raymond



Wednesday, 12 September 2018

What Are the Main Airport Transfer Options?


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


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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 ...